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Oct 04 2013
So why would you read this book to get that formula? In a nutshell, the real life scenarios and actual-superstar illustrations that dot this work are undeniably worth reading, whether you are seeking success or just looking for a good book to spend some time with. Authored by Myra S. White — clinical instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School — and Sanjay Jha, executive director of Dale Carnegie Training, India, this book has dancer Sudha Chandran, Zensar’s Ganesh Natarajan, movie maker George Lucas, neurospinal surgeon PS Ramani, Iron lady Margaret Thatcher, paediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Chanda Kochhar, Bill Gates and possibly every other name that comes to your mind, contributing their life-bits to make a point.
True, sometimes even the examples seem a tad worn out. But most of them make for inspiring reading. For instance, parts like the one where you get to know that Oprah’s great ability to connect emotionally with people was a huge obstacle in her original career path as a news reporter. She would be so moved by a tragedy that instead of pushing the people involved for details (as news reporters have to do rather cold-heartedly), she would end up telling them, “That’s okay, you don’t have to talk to me.” That was a classic case of forcing a square peg in a round hole. Of course, what happened when she found the right platform for her talents is the stuff that history is made of.
Interestingly, the book follows and interprets the adventures of Dorothy and her friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion, in the land of Oz, to create a visual impact on the reader. Though that sounds rather predictable in the beginning, the comparisons get more precise and hooking as you move ahead.
This work also has a certain edge in that it painstakingly details the ways to execute the steps that it suggests. For instance, there is a section that talks about staying away from people that might rub off their negativity on you. Sure, you think. That’s easier said than done. But then the author lists out three different ways in which you can tackle people that are rubbing you up the wrong way, and those are pretty much do-able.
The final word: you might or might not find your particular Yellow Brick Road through this book, but at least you’ll have a guidebook handy.