Book Review: Personal Development for Smart People by Steve Pavlina

His view of the world is very interesting and we can learn a lot from it, even if I don’t agree with everything.

Personal Development for Smart People
The book is meant to be a guide to your personal growth. It is written to be your guide, your friend, your support.

The Three Fundamental Principals
All decisions are based on Love, Power and Truth. By combining these principals we get others like authority and courage.

But all decisions and the start of growth comes from Love, Power and Truth.

My Experience
What touched me most in the book was Steve’s connection with people around him.
He advocates that we all are connected, that we all are one.

If you have seen the movie Inception with Leonardo Dicaprio where they break into peoples subconscious to plant ideas and extract information, you will have a good insight into Steve’s world view.

The world is your subconscious
The people around you are all parts of you. Just like in a dream, where everyone in the dream is created by your subconscious and therefore a part of you, so can the world be.

I had a fun experience with this mindset a few weeks ago.
Two kids about 17 years old sat down in front of me on the subway. I was trying to read, but that was made impossible by their talking, laughing, singing and so on.

At first I started getting annoyed, but then I started thinking about, “What if they were just a part of me?” my annoyance vanished instantly and I started seeing traits in them that mirrored me.

I realized that the things that annoyed me most, where things about myself that annoy me the most.

You do not have to believe, but it is useful
Getting annoyed, angry or sad is just a waste of your time and energy. This world view lets you counter act that annoyance and understand that everyone else is a part of you.

Helping others, helps you, standing in the way of others, blocks yourself.

A great writer
Steve shares a lot from his own life and his ideas all make you think. He is a very talented writer and will keep you interested while he helps you grow.

After reading the book I feel as though I have learned a lot about myself, especially when it comes to relating to others around me.

He pushes his beliefs on you
The only thing I have against the book is that I felt many times that he was trying to get me to adopt his view of the world instead of just incorporating his ideas into my own.

He goes on at length about the benefits of being a vegan, and the wrong about not being one, and his views on religion will probably put many people off since he believes religions just are lenses through which we can see the world (being a non-believer would also be a lens).