Review by TODD RUTHERFORD
- Writer, Publisher, and Book Marking Coach
Finding Your Road to Success--How to get there without getting lost, by Patrick Daniel, CA, is a roadmap to attaining success--and shattering this notion that success is a myth based purely on luck. Through a series of inspirational quotations and personal experiences, Daniel provides his easy-to-understand principles that lead to success.
From adolescents to young adults, and even the elderly, Finding Your Road to Success is aimed at a variety of age groups. Indeed, all can benefit from the proven methods and mindsets presented in Daniel's book. The author reminds us that the human mind cannot retain more than 40% of what it reads the first time around, therefore he suggests adopting a textbook approach with a series of routines that will make this book a cinch to comprehend:
- Highlight, underline, or use sticky notes for the areas that resonate most strongly.
- Read, Reread, and Refresh.
- Attempt to apply and implement into daily routine whenever possible.
Finding Your Road to Success does quite an impressive job in fusing the philosophical nature of success with practical experiences that reinforce an idea. Right from the Preface, Daniel presents readers with inspirational quotes--an excellent way to align their minds with the purpose of the book. Examples of motivational quotes include, "If you expect to be successful, you'll be successful. If you expect to fail, you probably will."
This book emphasizes the journey to success and the need for a map to help in negotiating the twists and turns that occur along the way. More than anything else, Daniel is adamant in pointing the reader away from a negative attitude toward a more positive and constructive frame of mind. At the same time, readers will appreciate his straightforward nature, especially when they come across passages that hit home. For example, one such hard-hitting, eye-opening truth is, "If you feel that your life is not going as you planned, it's most likely your fault. Don't forget, the biggest obstacle to achieving your success is you."
With a number of practical examples to help illustrate important points in achieving success, Finding Your Road to Success is invaluable in uprooting destructive attitudes that serve only to defeat. Furthermore, the book is thoroughly engaging and entertaining as a result of Daniel's down-to-earth examples, many of which deliver moral lessons while imparting a refreshing touch.
One such moral lesson is captured in the tale of the "Donkey in the Well." Instead of being buried in dirt by the townspeople, the donkey in the well used the dirt to climb up, and ultimately out, of the well. The take-home point is that life will throw a barrage of obstacles at you; however, those who succeed use each obstacle as a stepping stone rather than a source of misery, depression, and defeat.
Daniel uses his life experiences and managing of finances to build a strong rapport with the audience. As a successful chartered accountant and owner of his own accounting company, the author's credentials are unquestionably well suited for this book. Finding Your Road to Success is a must-read for anyone who needs a shot of optimism. "Life is filled with solutions, not problems," is at the core of Daniel's "glass half-full attitude," and you'll find this attitude with every turn of the page.