AmerICAN

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.

Make Your Own Rainbow

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) by Leonard Ryzman.

A prologue opens the book with an excellent example of the power of positive thinking and other components of the author’s program. It is a short recounting of 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 the following introduction that explains 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 individual chapters follow with suggestions on How to Unlock your Abilities; explanation of How the Mind Works; Ways to Use Your Emotions; Benefits of Worry – an amusingly blank page chapter of obvious significance; Breaking Free of Fear’s Stronghold; Creating your future; Gain Support of Your Greatest Ally (self-suggestion); Add Years to Your Life; How to Understand Your Problems; How to Get from where you are to where you want to be and finally; Wake Up! to your potential because “Your potential is vaster than you know”. Each of these chapters contains a host of exemplary persons who provide specific examples to illustrate the effectiveness of the point being made within the chapter. They range from prominent persons well known to all such as violinist Arthur Rubenstein, Albert Einstein, comedian George Burns, Olympian Wilma Rudolph 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.

Discussion: The number of ‘self-help’ books that are appearing in the recent past is reaching a sizeable number. The occurrence seems to coincide with a seemingly growing fear of failure that has become a dominant part of every one’s life. Whether it is achievement in one’s business, love, or even other aspects of life such as the simple matter of attainment of pleasure appear to cause some level of apprehension ranging from a low ‘free-floating anxiety’ to advanced stages leading to depression. The author has set forth one of the better programs this reader has examined and he has written it in the same manner motivational speakers are able to ‘get their message across’ successfully. He has devised a path and shown how individuals can proceed to attain their desires. And, he has provided examples how individuals from numerous walks-of-life have been able to overcome often unimagined physical and/or mental problems by similarly realizing that a negative attitude or worry would only compound their problem. Instead, by thinking clearly and positively about their situation, they were able to understand it, harness their emotions, define what they wanted to accomplish and persevered until they were able to reach their goal. The author ends his presentation nicely, as follows: “Happiness is not in the surroundings. The only thing matters is you, because happiness is not in the surroundings. It is in the view you choose to have of these circumstances. This is why it is not what we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. So make your own rainbow.”

5* Highly motivational presentation of positive thinking and associated factors.