Steve Pavlina has written a book entitled 'Personal Development for Smart People'. I was
provided an advance copy of the book, with the agreement that I would provide a review of what
I thought of it. Well, here it is.
It was an interesting read, and I would say would be beneficial to people who have not read a
self-help book before, and a refresher of principles to live by for those that have. Although I
would say that a lot of the core principles and ideas have already been covered in many other
books, he does offer a unique approach in how he presents them.
In the first half of the book, he organizes what he believes the core principles of life to be
into my analogy of a 'color chart of mixing primary colors'. Individually the principles have their own
unique shades of color, and combined (which incidentally in a color chart for white which
actually represents purity), coincidentally join together to what he believes the most
important principle to be, intelligence. Some of the ideas, or rather the format in which they
are presented, may be difficult for some people to accept (i.e., when he discusses oneness and
talks about birds being a part of him, it might seem rather 'out' there, although he is
essentially saying the old adage that 'a stranger is a friend you haven't met yet', or that
'everyone is interconnected')
. However, other areas are easy for people to accept (i.e., when
he discusses 'authority' of one's life, essentially saying that you need to take control of
your life, or someone else is more than happy to, which is just plain common sense, although some may choose to ignore that, and this books helps to remind them of that
In the second half of the book, he offers suggestions on guidelines on how to incorporate these
principles into daily life, from 30 day trials, to stacking accomplishments progressively. He
then discusses money, health, and relationships, which are three of the most important things
to live a fulfilling life. For those people who have a biased view of these three items,
whether through distorted media influence, inaccurate information, or the like, he offers his
point of view after having cleared a lot of the muck off his lens in his life, so to speak, and
suggests steps people can take to obtain a similar viewpoint.
Ultimately, the book is basically saying that you should live your
life to the fullest, and live it in the most honorable, truthful fashion that you can, and that
you will then reap the subsquent rewards. I would recommend this book for those looking to
improve their overall living conditions and experiences, or even those that are already aware of
a lot of the principles, but perhaps just need a refresher course.