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Book review: 'What Is Your What' by Steve Olsher

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There are plenty of self help books out there that promise life altering advice. In his book “What Is Your What: Discover The One Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do” Steve Olsher wants to help readers discover what their calling is and how to use it to change their lives.

This easy to follow book reads like a brochure at a career counselor’s office and includes exercises to help people find their WHAT. Olsher does this by helping people get to know themselves and in turn find the one thing they were meant to do. He begins by dividing people into four types: Birthers, Shifters, Reinventors and Wanderers to get them to find out how their individual brain works. Each chapter begins with a quote from people like Lao Tzu and Plato and ends with a Case Study that focuses on how people have used their WHAT to better themselves.

The book is organized into three main parts:

  • Part I – Establish the Foundation - Introduces readers to The Four Stages of Learning so that they can better understand themselves and how they think and react to life in general.
  • Part II – Realize Permanent, Positive Change - Explains The Seven Life-Altering Principles (The S.L.A.P) that provide guidelines to reach personal goals.
  • Part III – Become Who You Were Born To Be - Helps identify a person’s WHAT? and how to make it work for them.

Even though most of the advice in “What Is Your What: Discover The One Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do” could be considered common sense sometimes people need to be reminded of the little things that can make a big difference. In Chapter 13 Olsher writes about Life-Altering Principle #7 and it involves the principle of spending time wisely. It is an eye-opening look into how the average person wastes time instead of using it for his or her benefit. Overall this book may not be for everyone but if they take the time to read it they might find a practical tip or two and in some cases may benefit completely from it.

“When you choose to devote an hour to something that doesn’t advance your life goals, you’ve spent that time. It’s no longer yours to use, and there’s nothing you can do to get it back.”

*A copy of this book was given for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this article are solely the author’s.


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