250 pages / August 2014 / 1500 yen(w/o tax)
All that's needed is a little courage.
Many people would like to change their lives, but the number of people who feel it’s possible to make drastic changes is surprisingly small. On the other hand, there are a considerable number of people who’ve managed to dramatically change their lives. What could be the difference between these two groups of people?
The author of this book, John Kim, like many people, once reached a point in his life when he longed to effect wholesale change, wondering in agony how it could ever be possible. Mr. Kim assures us, however, that there’s “no need for concern.” Not only is it possible to change your life, all that’s needed is a little courage and a change of perspective. He explains that rather than blaming the outside environment, it’s important to muster up the courage to change your inner perspective.
Specifically, your “emotional strength,” “interpretability,” “susceptibility,” “ability to interact,” “personability,” “punctuality,” “reading ability,” and “decision-making ability” are the first eight areas to start working on in order to change yourself from within. If you can do this, your life will change drastically.
Having spent time in Asia, America, and Europe working as a researcher, his discourse on a liberated lifestyle and the philosophy of self have made John Kim very popular. The words in this book are very meaningful as they come from a man with an abundance of life experience. Reading this book will greatly impact your inner self.
– You are your own worst enemy
– Even bad intentions are 1% good
– A “reward and punishment” approach is important in managing your emotions
– Be circumspect in your choice of words
– Humans act with 90% emotion and 10% reason
– Confrontation is meaningless
– Don’t say anything irrelevant
– Pray for the happiness of hostile people
– A pleasurable life comes with deciding what’s right
– Making a decision means disposing of that which is unnecessary
This was the first time I had read over a manuscript so slowly, due in part to a desire to fully understand John Kim’s words, and also wanting to remain immersed in his world and outlook. The more I read, the more profound I found his message to be, and I was able to realize many things about myself. I hope others will be just as moved, and I encourage everyone to slowly savor this book one page at a time.