Our mind was given to us to guide us, our hearts to help us live. Then why is it that these two entities often do exactly the opposite? Why do we so often need an external agent to remind us that we should be looking inwards for help. And only then do we ever begin to rein in that pesky mind and heart of ours. Nonetheless, credit then becomes due to that instigator - for surely (s)he first overpowered her/his own inhibitions and conflicts to become even remotely capable of guiding others. So Mr. Stin, thank you.
The book “I will fight back” is one big counselling session with 14 commandments that are abbreviated to form the book title. It is well organized and in doing so, the author bypasses the biggest challenge with any content that deals with life. For, this is a complicated subject. It is not easy to clearly formulate the thoughts, summarize them in succinct principles and order them in a manner that is easy to comprehend. The 14 steps showcase a tough homework already done for you.
Mr. Nelson asks us to begin with acceptance of our failures and status, grim as they may be, carefully analyse it to filter out the extraneous and the exaggerated, envision a corrective scenario, target an achievement, shed fears of this and that and go all out for it. Of course, none of it will work without belief. And that is why this book makes for a great read. While the above pointers can be surmised in a short paragraph, one needs the whys and the hows of each step to truly understand it. We must realize what it takes to achieve each of those little targets, because once we set out on this route, we will inevitably be faced with failures, hiccups, doubts, disillusionment and most importantly, a lack of reference. After all, every argument about life is made in abstracts. So how can we know when we have truly fought back to, and just how well we have done so.
The author strongly recommends everyone to have a proper vision statement about their own life. He also clarifies that the one who loves himself will not be ready to give up because he is not ready to consider himself a loser. He then goes on to cite the cases of Thomas A. Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney, Mahatma Gandhi and Steve Jobs who, in their quest to become specialists and not just professionals, faced unimaginable failures. All very encouraging indeed.
I would comment on the quality of writing, but should I? The written piece is smooth and good, but to be honest, it hardly matters here. For, here is an author on a mission to help us “reveal the king inside of us.” So the lessons must be taken regardless their entertainment quotient, which is available in plenty anyway. Nonetheless, the setting of examples, directives, explanations, introductions and an easy-on-the-eye summary of the main points in each chapter is as easy an experience as one can expect to have.
In Nelson Stin’s words, “to become successful, you must decide what you want to achieve.” The first three words in that line sum up his objective. But he does not hint at us doing so necessarily in career. As he requests of us very early in the book, he wants us to achieve only a vision that we set for ourselves in life. It can be anything, even a simple aim of having clean conscience and going by our day in a certain way. All we need to adhere to is the central purpose of it all, as per the words of the Great Guru, Maharishi Vyasa: “Be a shining sun, when you live in this world.”
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