Originally posted on Kitabi Karwan
Investing in personal growth is easily one of the most intuitive things one ought to be doing. Yet, it somehow never makes it to our to-do list, let alone languish at its bottom. I read a quote a few years back which deeply impacted me – “If I asked you to name everything you love, how long will it be before you name yourself?”
Among our many, many follies as human beings, perhaps the greatest one is the society backed and pedalled system of defining ourselves through an external locus, which often is simply a materialistic object. Stacy is a lawyer earning 3 million dollars a year. Eric is a salesman making 15,000 euros a year. But what this antiquated system fails to recognise, and inevitably causes irreparable inter-generational damage to the human psyche, is the fact that true happiness and satisfaction is always centred around an inner locus.
In that context, this book is not your ordinary self help book. Meticulously researched with empirical evidence to back both, his scientific theories and logical assumptions, the author tries to achieve one simple goal through this book – to help us be better versions of ourselves. Not better in the eyes of anyone else, but better, by our own personal and moral standards. To put it succinctly, the book will make you realise how you define yourself, and help you get there, step by step.
Habits are indeed transformational, and I must confess that in the frenzied hangover of this book, I have started a few new ones, and improved upon some old ones, using the lessons I took away from this book. Honestly, it is too early to comment on their effectiveness, but what I can state with conviction is that starting a new habit, however difficult or boring it might appear to you right now, will be eased massively after reading this.