You may remember that, a little while back, I made a post about a pink feather that had turned up on one of my walks with the dog. Well, recently, one of my blog readers kindly sent me the book that I had taken the exercise from a few years back. The book is called Success Engineering and its author is Phil Gosling.
From time to time, I do get sent review copies of books, but this is the first time that the universe has conspired to send me the same book twice; originally the ebook version and now the paperback. So, under the circumstances, I decided that perhaps I should actually read it and today, I finished it.
As I read the book, I discovered the author to be something of a kindred spirit, clearly having read many of the books that I have also read. Whilst I don’t personally buy some of the ideas in the book, for example, getting clouds to morph into a desired shape by using the power of your mind, I did enjoy reading it and found it to be stimulating.
The central idea is that we live in a world of parallel universes and that every time you make a decision, another version of you has effectively made the opposite decision and is then living in a different universe acting out the consequences of that decision, just as you are acting out the consequences of the decision you made. We are treated to a nice discussion on Schrodinger’s Cat in support of the parallel universe theory.
But what do parallel universes have to do with achieving success? Think of it this way: imagine for a moment that future, very successful person you want to become, doing whatever it is you want to do with your life and having everything in it that you want. Now, let me ask you a little question: do you think it is possible for you to become that person? As usual, I like to separate my questions with some text, primarily to give you time to think. Go on, it’s important stuff isn’t it? What would your answer be?
Well, I hope that you answered ‘yes’ to the question because the question was not about whether you would become that person; it was about whether it would be possible for you to become that person. So I hope you are already open to the idea that success – whatever it represents for you – is at least a possibility.
Now, if we can label success as point B for a moment and your current position as point A, then the question we need to consider is: how do we get from point A to point B? As we have, hopefully, already accepted the proposition that it is possible, the conclusion that the route that connects these points is fundamentally made up of a series of decisions is almost inescapable. If you make all the right decisions, you inevitably end up connecting the dots.
Can this book assist us in making the right decisions? I believe it can. Phil has a lot to say about goal-setting and how it is usually taught, challenging some of the traditional dogma around the subject. It makes entertaining reading too; it caused me to laugh out loud once or twice. I love his explanation of how, with their ability to see things that are invisible to men, women live in a different version of reality.
The book has an opening that I found absolutely compelling and you can read it for yourself at his website where you can preview the first 46 pages free – it contains 180 pages in total. Preview it here: Success Engineering.