AmerICAN ISBN: 9781629212852, first published by Dwyers Pacific Press 2000, this e-book edition published 2014 by Leonard Ryzman.
The author has provided a book apparently directed to the American market. It is well written and certainly an excellent motivational tool that assumedly had been successful in Australia. In large part it is rather repetitious of his book Make Your Own Rainbow, sub-titled ‘You Need Never Again be a Victim of Your Emotions’, Library of Australia ISBN: 187562783. (This new edition published 2014, previous editions 1990, 1996). In both this and AmerICAN, a Prologue is followed by THE END which in turn, is followed by an Introduction that recounts what was once a well know story. Ed Furgol, a golfer with a withered left arm that was eight inches shorter than the right one as a result of an accident at 12 years of age, went on to attain the height of golfing success – the 1954 U. S. Open Golf Champion. Following this short prologue, THE END is presented with a following introduction that sets forth the author’s distinct admonition: “I want you to stop and realize something powerful. For you this is the end – the end to thinking “I do not know how to lead a more fulfilling, successful life’.” From this point on, the author presents his Dynamic Emotion program that “provides you with alternative ways of viewing your life and offers simple techniques for improving it in a dramatic and permanent way”. Thus, you can experience “the thrill of living and achieving” and “become a happier and more successful person at home and at work.” Twelve chapters follow with suggestions as to: Why dynamic emotion is the key; how the mind works – and how to improve its performance; an amusing chapter about “The Benefits of Worry” which contains NO pages; how to successfully use your emotions and more highly motivational topics filled with excellent suggestions. Each of these chapters lists a number of persons who provide specific examples to illustrate the effectiveness of the point being made within the chapter. Specific examples of success over incredible odds include a range of such persons from James Benson Irwin, Apollo 15 Lunar Pilot, seventh man to walk on the moon; Danny Clark, Olympic swimmer; Estee Lauder: Robert Redford; Motor-racing driver Peter Brock and Comedian George Burns to other lesser known individuals such as a former gang member who became a prominent juvenile judge, a paraplegic who managed huge farm sections in Australia and many more fascinating individuals who so perfectly buttress the author’s Dynamic Emotion program. The author also includes some interesting observations: “Voltair once described someone as being ‘like a warming oven – always heating but never cooking anything’. When you start coking you will be surprised by the hidden abilities you have. So many people just go through the motions in their work. But as Sam Goldwyn observed: ‘No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life.’” He ends his presentation with “But if you are an American, you are in a special position to link the riches of the past with the promise of the future. Your heritage is a tradition of saying ‘I can’. Remind yourself of this each time you see the word ‘America’. AND: “The next time you wonder “Can I?’, reverse the words, turn the question mark into an exclamation mark, and, with the Dynamic Emotion techniques, at your disposal, confidently proclaim, ‘I CAN!’”
5* Highly motivational material seemingly first offered in an Australian publication.