How to Take Charge of Your Life by Richard Bandler, Alessio Roberti and Owen Fitzpatrick, is an unusual self-help book, since it is written in the form of a fable. It depicts how the lead character, Joe, takes a three day introductory course to NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), and what he learns there. It also describes some techniques we can use to change our thoughts and our beliefs about ourselves.
About the authors
Richard Bandler is an American author and world-renound co-creator of NLP, and he has helped millions of people to change their lives for the better. He is also the guy who taught and trained Paul McKenna. In this book he has teamed up with Alessio Roberti and Owen Fitzpatrick, who are both NLP Master trainers, to write an easy-to-use introduction to the groundbreaking NLP ideas.
About the book
How to Take Charge of Your Life is an easy to read and quite entertaining book. It tells the story of Joe, who is stuck in a rut of negativity, too much work, nicotine addiction and who has just broken up with his girlfriend. His sister convinces him to take an introductory course in NLP to find tools for change and by listening to Richard Bandler’s speaches and doing the exercises he manages to turn his life around.
The book is a bit simplistic and at times even irritating, because the exercises are so easy to do and some of the things Richard is saying are very in-your-face. I would, for example, not tell someone who is complaining about loneliness that they are mean and selfish for not connecting with other lonely people, but maybe that is just me?
I have tried some of the exercises and found them to be quite helpful and I have to say that I think it is a good introduction, since I am curious to find out more and will most likely read more of Richard Bandler’s books in the future. I was a bit skeptic at first and I still am not sure what to think since the ideas described in the book are so simple, but I will definitely use them for a while to see what happens.
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