The School of Greatness — Lewis Howes (Book #7)
If inaction doesn’t scare you, stay away from this one.
Looking for a book that actually gives you great details on how you can change the direction or course of your life? This is what you’re looking for. Each chapter to its own, Lewis dishes out specific actions you can take today to make a difference in your own personal life and others around you. Mind you, they’re not easy, they’re going to take some time to tackle, but once you get it going, it WILL work (eventually) in your favour.
More often than not, we attribute inaction to helplessness or for not knowing what can be done to improve situations, whilst the actual fact is, we’re all trapped in our own bubbles, afraid to come out, because of that little comfort bed we all lay ourselves in (speaking from personal experience). However, once you feel that you’re ready to tackle life on your own terms, this would be a good first book to pick up. Filled with anecdotes of his own life, and numerous others great in their own respect, the book is an easy read for someone who’s willing to make changes TODAY. Otherwise, it will just be a jab in your delusional “help me out, I’m helpless” agenda.
Some of the thoughts in the book that I’d like to remember:
You become what You envision yourself doing — pg 16.
Allow me to add with a little bit of context. Envisioning is one thing, taking action is another. Vision without execution is pointless, and this books nails it in that manner. With the lessons, stories and testimonies packed from many people who’d easily be considered as someone who’ve “made” it, you’re in for a ride.
What stands in the way becomes the way — pg 48.
Our form of adversity or chip on our shoulders, becomes that motivation that pushes us beyond our limits. I have one, a big one, and I can’t wait for the day that I break through that ceiling, coming out anew, stronger than ever.
No one is going to hand me success. I must go out and get it myself. That’s why I’m here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world and myself — pg 91.
Greatness is really the survival of your vision across an extended timeline, based on your willingness to do whatever it takes in the face of adversity — pg 97.
Of course, the earlier thoughts I’ve shared built up to this. In a coherent, precise manner I must say.
I was depressed because I hadn’t done the work to pick myself up, dust myself off, and figure out what’s next — pg 100.
Let this be a self reminder of the time when I was bogged down by that nagging feeling and not knowing what I could do, whilst not realising that the actual reason was for my inaction, and not pushing myself forward. This one spoke extensively to me.
The best hustlers are all underdogs. Even if they’re not, they view themselves that way. They have a chip on their shoulder, or they chase something bigger than they are, because it’s harder to hustle — to give it your all — when you’re in the lead — pg 102
I’m lazy, by my own standards. I know how I am like when I get time to myself, and it can be toxic sometimes (and it can go up to days). No, it is not because I am in the lead, but merely because of my own inclination to want to take things easy and to remain in that little bubble that I’ve created for myself. Irony.
We’ve all been there, where having given up on something or run into adversity we can’t bear to face, we just pretend — pg 122.
We pretend we don’t have a problem and just plain ignore it for so long that it takes a big hit or event that gives us that wake up call from our delusions. Some take longer than others, and regretfully, some spend a lifetime in this pretend. Pity, for what could’ve been out of that individual may be something that would have made such a difference, in any scale they were capable of.
My final verdict for this book is that it is practical, and more for a reader who’s looking to learn something rather than enjoy the written word. It is direct, with no apologies of being plain and blunt and to the point. It is a moderate read and takes a bit more effort to dive deep into the lessons. With that, I’d like to end this entry with a quote from the final pages of the book, imploring the reader to take that step up today to become the person that they are meant to me, in their full glory.
There is no passion to be found playing small and settling for a life than the one you are capable of living — Nelson Mandela.
Kenrick writes down his thoughts about books he reads mainly as a reminder to self on what the book meant to him or impacted him on and he seeks to one day share it with people equally interested in reading the book, all in good spirit of constant learning and self development.