I do feel Awaken the Giant Within covers a lot of areas but it doesn't need the little suggestions of the authors wealth scattered throughout the book the way they are, for example he mentions 'his castle' 'chartering a plane' 'looking at buying an island' (what!!!) I think this cheapens the book. If all people want is a blueprint to be rich then they wont enrich their lives just by chasing money. He talks a lot about contribution and he himself has set up a charitable organisation which is fantastic but we don't need to keep hearing about the expensive toys every few pages or the name dropping. It could just be me and I will read his other books to see what they have to offer but the flaunting of the wealth for me is a no no. I think he has done incredibly well and helped lots of people but by having these little showy bits in it could lead people to chase the wrong things in life.
I got this book from the library and I ordered it months ago but reading is something I love and thanks to the library I can read as much as I want. My goals have always been to have a happy life with my family, to enjoy my work and to continue to learn and grow. I don't feel any of these goals require me to be rich, of course we need to have employment but if you treat what you have with respect many people are in a position to live a comfortable life provided they can find employment. The reason a lot of people feel unhappy is because they look to celebrity magazines and so on and wish they could have all the riches they see there. I don't think that has a place in a self help book. People need to be inspired to be more creative with the talents they have and also to grow as people rather than acquiring things.
I feel I have had a bit of a rant but I will be back tomorrow with sewing. Promise.