Although this book has been a benefit to me compared to watching TV for 5 hours, it wasn’t a great book. Its a (mostly) good idea with poor execution.
While I was reading I would often ask myself, “what is the point of this chapter?”
Not only are his intentions not always clear, he doesn’t follow basic principles of persuasion. He makes a bold claim about “Slowing Down the Aging Process” using his techniques and then says “Is there any scientific evidence for this? Try it out and you will be the evidence.” OK, maybe he’s right, or maybe he’s blowing smoke.
Another way he does a poor job of convincing a skeptic is by not providing any sort of counter argument. For instance, he says sacrificing the future for the present is a ‘dangerous mental illness’ and you shouldn’t do things as a means to an end. I think almost anyone who stops and thinks for a moment will disagree with that, whether it's right or wrong, and he doesn’t address why that appeals to most people and why they shouldn’t do it. He just calls them ‘unenlightened.’
I don’t agree with everything in this book, and he didn’t change my mind on anything. Through my own personal experience, I’ve already learned it’s bad to sacrifice too much of the present for the future, to not dwell on the past too much, and that meditation can calm your mind. For people who haven’t come to those conclusions, and don’t need much convincing, this book could help them.
What this book did for me was to remind myself to live more in the present, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it to anyone over another book on this subject.