Thursday, October 26, 2023

Mind Shift by Erwin Raphael McManus Book Review

About the Book:

Throughout his thirty years of work as a mindset expert and leadership coach
Erwin Raphael McManus has been obsessed with these questions: Why do some people succeed despite having all the odds stacked against them? How do others achieve the unthinkable, only to watch their lives slip away? Are there mental structures for failure and success?

McManus has come to realize that too many of us have “near-life” experiences. We almost pursue our dreams. We almost make the decision that changes everything. We are always one choice away. If we want to live without regret, we need to make a mind shift—trading beliefs that limit our potential for ones that help us move toward optimal performance and pursue the success of being fully alive. We must move from a life of obligation to a life of intention.

In Mind Shift, McManus brings together twelve mental frameworks that have helped some of the most accomplished people on earth create internal structures of success. Among them:

• You have to choose between acceptance and uniqueness. If you are addicted to affirmation, you will become what others want you to be rather than who you were created to become.
• You don’t need an audience. It’s what you do in private that makes you who you are.
• Talent is a hallucinogen. It will make you believe that hard work and discipline are for everyone else.

Sharing experiences from entrepreneurs, artists, professional athletes, and his own career, McManus shows us how to transform our thinking—and, in turn, transform our lives.

My Review:

McManus tells stories. That's his writing style in this book. This is a book for readers who are encouraged most effectively by reading stories of the success of others. While he does identify 12 mind shifts needed to break through limiting beliefs, he writes about them in a very conversational way.

This is not a book containing bullet points nor strategic steps to success nor reflective or stimulating questions to answer. McManus writes of his own success and the success of others having no plan at all for that success. He just did not let the lack of experience or expertise stop him. He is very encouraging but mapping out the journey will be up to the reader to figure out.

This is a book for readers who are ready to make changes in beliefs and already have a strategy figured out. This book will be an encouragement for the self disciplined and self directed.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

About the Author:

Erwin Raphael McManus is a mind, life, and cultural architect and an award-winning author and artist. His books have sold over one million copies and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. As a world-renowned communicator, McManus has spent the last thirty years advising and coaching CEOs, professional athletes, celebrities, billion-dollar companies, universities, and world leaders, and is passionate about helping people destroy their internal limitations and unlock their personal genius.

Convergent Books, 160 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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