I should have got the warning signals from the sub-title: A Practical Guide to Releasing Your Inner Genius. It sounded great in the bookshop, but then again, that's what blurb writers are paid for, isn't it?
He kept going on for so long and so often about the need to live in 'your TrueSelf' as opposed to your NonSelf, not to mention how brilliant he is now that he does so 'all the time', he started to lose me and it was as much as I could do to finish the thing. Here's an example:
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And so it went on. I liked his initial idea about not being obsessed by goals but more by living by daily standards so that you get the most out of each moment. That sounds fine. 'So live for today - Tomorrow never comes...' as Black Sabbath sang once, but even that's hardly earth-shatteringly original.
And he likes capitalisation of Important Words. The only person I've ever trusted who did that was Winnie the Pooh, as in "It's a Useful Pot," said Pooh. "Here it is." That's straightforward and unthreatening. TrueSelf and NonSelf sound cabalistic and cunning.
Which is a shame because there was some good stuff in there. It was just drowning under a ton of fuddled new-agey spiritu-psychobabble. And if there's someone that don't wash well with... well, you know who. Not that I'm the insensitive kind, you understand...
And why not...