June 6, 2010
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Creating Your Own Destiny
John Wiley & Sons (2010)
Patrick Snow’s “Creating Your Own Destiny” is the most energetic and inspiring book written about fulfilling your dreams and finding true happiness in life. While thousands of self-help and motivational books exist in the marketplace, this book should be at the top of the list for everyone who wants to improve his or her life. I have had the incredible honor to talk to Patrick Snow in person and to hear him speak in public, and I can truly say he is the genuine article, a man whose energy and incredible gift of vision can help you succeed, a man who truly wants each of us to create our own destinies and choose to live the lives we deserve.
“Creating Your Own Destiny” breaks down the achievement of your destiny into four steps: Dream, Plan, Execute, and Soar. Patrick Snow takes the reader through each of these steps, beginning with dreaming or visualizing what the reader wants because “Only those who can see the invisible, can achieve the impossible!” Snow provides numerous exercises and thoughtful questions to help you decide what you want out of life, and he gives extensive details on how to achieve these goals. He reminds us it isn’t that people plan to fail but that they fail to plan which causes them to be stuck in jobs they hate while living paycheck to paycheck. To back up his program, Snow provides numerous examples of people who have become successful, and he lists many resources beyond his book, which include his own coaching services, Creating Your Own Destiny University, many other books, websites, and professional services to help you achieve your dreams.
One of the key points Patrick Snow focuses upon is how over fifty percent of Americans are unhappy at work, and how the corporate 9-5 model no longer provides security for workers. He enforces the importance of having multiple streams of income, and he teaches the reader how to create these multiple streams of income by following his passions rather than working a job he hates to make an employer rich. Snow advocates self-employment, emphasizing that the only way a person will truly be rewarded for his talents is to own his own business. His chapter on using the Internet to grow a homebased business is one of the best resources I have ever read for Internet marketing. Snow gives examples of how to execute your plans a little everyday, so over time you will succeed. I especially liked his suggestion to plan as if you only had thirty days left to live so you have a sense of urgency to create your destiny. He also emphasizes that happiness is not just about money and that we must also make time to nurture our health, spend time with family, and follow our higher calling.
What I find most impressive about “Creating Your Own Destiny” are the examples of real-life people Patrick Snow uses, especially examples from his own life. The reader may be tempted to say, “Sure, Patrick, it’s easy for you to tell us what to do; you’re already successful.” But Patrick Snow has had an incredible journey that led him to his success. Throughout the book, he bravely shares many details of his life—how his dreams of playing college football were destroyed by an injury, how he has been laid off from work, how he has had his utilities turned off for non-payment and how he nearly lost his home; despite these difficulties, he never lost sight of his vision to succeed. He is now one of the greatest motivational speakers alive today, and his book has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Most importantly, he talks about overcoming fear and selfdoubt; what a loss to the world if he had let his fears prevent him from writing this book, a book thousands have declared to be a great inspiration to them.
I highly recommend “Creating Your Own Destiny.” I do not doubt it will be a classic in the field of self-help and inspiration beside “Think and Grow Rich”, “The Power of Positive Thinking”, and “Ask and It Is Given”. I also recommend the reader visit Patrick Snow’s website www.CreateYourOwnDestiny.com where he provides several free worksheets and resources to help you achieve your goals. You can even listen to one of his remarkable motivational speeches. If you want to live a happier, richer, more empowering life, go out and buy this book!
- Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., author of “Iron Pioneers”
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