The Impossible Just Takes A Little Longer: Living with Purpose and Passion by Art Berg
, William Morrow, 200 Pages, $25.95 Hardcover, February 2002, ISBN 0060199903
I generally have a hard time with reading and reviewing self-help or motivational books because many of the books in that category seem to be too simplistic. So, with a healthy dose of skepticism, I dug into this book, in large part because I was engaged by the subtitle. Who doesnt want to be passionate about life? Well-told, heart-felt, and realistic, this book turned out to be well worth my time. The author, Art Berg, had a horrific car accident that left him a quadriplegic. Prior to the accident, he had led a vital active life and was in top physical shape, but after, the doctors told him he would never walk, hold a job, or have children. Talk about a monumental challenge! This book is not just a story of one mans happiness; it is a reflection on what happiness means. Let me repeat that: This book is not just a story of one mans happiness; it is a reflection on what happiness means. The author doesnt tell you what your hopes should be, instead he uses great stories to help us find these hopes for ourselves.
This book consists of 20 chapters, each with a strategy offered right below the chapter title. For example, the strategy for the chapter, Courageous People Are Not Afraid is: Instead of hiding from your fears, embrace them. Instinctively, I reacted negatively to this chapter title, thinking, whos afraid? Im not afraid. This isnt a chapter for me, but Berg predicts this reaction and heads my negativity off at the pass:
After reading this chapter title, youre probably saying. Sorry Art, This isnt me. Im hardly someone who is afraid. And Im certainly not scared of change. Otherwise, why would I have bought this book?. Well, its easy to read a book. Its hard to make real change. And the reason its hard to make change is because youre full of fear. Im not exaggerating
The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer is a book that can help us all leadwith purpose and passion the life we really want to lead.
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