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Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth (Anglais) Broché – 15 octobre 2009

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Despite promises of "fast and easy" results from slick marketers, real personal growth is neither fast nor easy. The truth is that hard work, courage, and self-discipline are required to achieve meaningful results-results that are not attained by those who cling to the fantasy of achievement without effort. Personal Development for Smart People reveals the unvarnished truth about what it takes to consciously grow as a human being. As you read, you'll learn the seven universal principles behind all successful growth efforts (truth, love, power, oneness, authority, courage, and intelligence); as well as practical, insightful methods for improving your health, relationships, career, finances, and more. You'll see how to become the conscious creator of your life instead of feeling hopelessly adrift, enjoy a fulfilling career that honors your unique self-expression, attract empowering relationships with loving, compatible partners, wake up early feeling motivated, energized, and enthusiastic, achieve inspiring goals with disciplined daily habits and much more! With its refreshingly honest yet highly motivating style, this fascinating book will help you courageously explore, creatively express, and consciously embrace your extraordinary human journey.

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Steve Pavlina is the most successful personal development blogger. Instead of posing as a self-help guru with all the answers, Steve encourages people to experiment in order to learn through direct experience. He has written more than 700 free articles, often challenging his readers to question what they've been taught and to consider alternative perspectives. Blue-eyed, colour-blind and left-handed, Steve is the voice of recessive genes that seek creative expression instead of social conformity.

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Ce livre est indubitablement extrêmement intéressant et extrêmement riche : il fait partie des livres que l'on lit et relit plusieurs fois, partiellement ou entièrement, en y trouvant à chaque fois de nouvelles matières pour réfléchir et agir.

Le système complet que développe Steve Pavlina me semble cohérent et pertinent, et très très profond. Vraiment, c'est pour cela que je n'hésite pas à le qualifier de système philosophique : Steve Pavlina propose, ni plus ni moins, un guide complet pour penser et réussir sa vie - à tous les niveaux - tout en laissant à chacun une marge de liberté gigantesque. De plus, alors qu'il aurait pu utiliser un jargon universitaire ou technico-scientifique pour se faire mousser - comme c'est hélas devenu la règle dans le milieu universitaire - , Steve utilise une langue remarquablement claire et simple, allant droit à l'essentiel.

Le corollaire de ce système, c'est qu'il peut sembler un peu trop universel et directif. Mais la richesse du livre fait que chacun pourra y piocher ce qui l'intéresse en fonction de ses besoins et de ses envies du moment, quitte à y revenir plus tard. Je pense que tout le monde y trouvera au moins une idée et une action à faire qui vaudra le prix du livre et le temps passé à le lire.

Pour continuer sur les défauts, toutefois, je dirais que Steve tombe parfois dans une naïveté qui m'aurait fait mettre en sous-titre Steve Pavlina à Disneyland si j'avais été méchant. Mais je ne suis pas méchant.
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I found this book quite different from other personal development references. In fact, despite being a very interesting read, I found it a tad too theoretical. Pavlina conceptualizes a lot and claims that personal development revolves around seven core principles: Truth, Love, Power, Oneness, Authority, Courage, and Intelligence. While there is definitely a lot of research and reflexion behind theses concepts, they require many readings to be fully assimilated and I personally haven't had the incentive to do the suggested exercises in part two.

The good point is that Pavlina's framework is a general theory that can be applied to any area of your personal life (work, relationships, money,...).

In conclusion, this book is an interesting addition to your personal development shelf, but it should be used in conjunction with more practical and straight-to-the-point references.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Centering 23 mars 2016
Par Abner Rosenweig - Publié sur
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This is a great book. I read it in a difficult period of my life, one of my all-time lows, and it helped to restore faith in myself and gave me hope that I could take charge of things and create positive change.

Pavlina is almost Buddha-like in his approach. He identifies a few core principles and then explores how you can effect major life transformations by adhering to these principles. His philosophy is simple but not at all simplistic or shallow. The book is a lucid guide that gives you tools to evaluate and enhance every major area of your life.

The spiritual--not religious--aspect of the book helped to remind me that we're all fundamentally connected and that, consequently, reaching out to others shouldn't be difficult but a natural celebration of pre-existing unity.

There are loads of outstanding, practical suggestions here and I'd challenge anyone to read the book once without getting something out of it that could help them make a substantial change for the better. But to read it just once, I think, would be missing out. The book should be dog-eared and referred to often, experimented with, and heavily field-tested, so that you can truly weave its wisdom into your life.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Weird and Wonderful 21 janvier 2012
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I debated about giving this book 5 stars or not. I found it very illuminating, and Pavlina's perspective on life, work and relationships is refreshingly different from any I have read before.

I strongly recommend stopping by the author's website and reading his blog. There are a LOT of very good articles there - enough for several more books. One word of warning: you may want to stick to the earlier posts - 2009 and before. From what I have gleaned from the site, Steve Pavlina has divorced his wife, chosen to stop earning money, and decided he has psychic abilities. I think that his vegan diet has finally driven him mad, but maybe he's just following his own advice and adopting a wildly alternative belief system in order to grow as a person. He'll come around again, just give him some bacon and tell him it's tofu.

Fortunately, he wrote this book long before he started dancing with the magical elves, and it is a wonderful achievement. Even though I don't embrace the spiritual side of his writing, his metaphors and his holistic view of work, relationships and self-determination resonated strongly with me. I have made several changes to the way I manage time and set goals, and they seem to be leading toward positive results.

If you're going to read one "self-help" book this year, choose this one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Most Powerful Personal Development Book I've Read 18 décembre 2014
Par John Constantine - Publié sur
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I'd read some of Pavlina's blog posts over the years, but actually ordered PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SMART PEOPLE on the recommendation of a speaker I saw. Sad to admit, I didn't even recognize Pavlina's name when I ordered it.

I give this book an unqualified five stars, and have already recommended it to numerous friends (and gotten Steve a number of sales along the way). His approach is to break life into a trio of tenets, then explain how you can strengthen and build your life and paths to goals using those tenets and their components. More important than a book of preprogrammed to-do lists -- you create those based on your own personal interests and aims -- PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SMART PEOPLE gives you the building blocks, and then lets you assemble them to create a stronger, more fulfilling life.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good for a dose of inspiration and a few powerful ideas 12 avril 2014
Par Hbar - Publié sur
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I bought this book to read the chapter about truth after coming across some of the ideas on Derek Siver's blog. Maybe I could have read the same material at Steve's blog, but the book was cheap so I saved myself the trouble of poking around a website for a few hours. The chapter on truth was worth the price of the book. Taking an unbiased and mostly objective look at ourselves is extremely difficult. Any encouragement or strategies that I can find to help me perform this deceptively difficult task are always appreciated. The highlight of the book was the idea that you should only do those things that you find very valuable and fulfilling. I've read a few books that encourage you to stop doing low value tasks, but this is the first time I've seen the idea presented in a way that is both inspiring and practical.

The chapter on power was a nice extension of the ideas presented in the chapter on truth. If your going to take a good look at yourself and your life, you need to recognize that there is only one person who can do anything to change your circumstances. That's you.

I appreciate the central theme of Love, but I found the presentation of that idea very unappealing. Maybe I need a conversion experience similar to Steve's. I don't see that happening any time soon.

Another great nugget was a discussion that doing what is considered normal will never get you exceptional results. The idea is presented in the context of a healthy diet (other people are probably going to think you're a freak if you're pursuing a healthy lifestyle), but it's true of most endeavors. I remember seeing a guy studying chemistry on a Saturday afternoon when I was a college freshman. What a freak, studying on a Saturday! He's a doctor now. A consensus on what is normal is not a good guide to pushing the edge of your abilities and differentiating yourself from your peers.

The book is helpful and a worthwhile read. (I've decided that the real value in books like this is inspiration and a different way to look at life's challenges. As long as they deliver on that, I consider them worth the time to read.) That doesn't mean the book is free of issues.If these concepts are generally applicable to any number of different situations, why do we only see them applied to Steve's life? He constantly talks about all the people who contact him. He couldn't get permission to share a few stories to see how other people have applied these ideas? All we know is that Steve quit making computer games and claims to make a good living helping people develop their capabilities. Just because he tells us that people like his ideas doesn't prove that they're actually effective.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well-worth the price! 14 novembre 2012
Par DixieLady - Publié sur
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As a long-time reader of self-help and personal development literature I decided to purchase Pavlina's book because the price ($1.99) and convenient access (Kindle via Amazon prime) were hard to beat, regardless of any intrinsic value of the book's content. Needless to say, a five-star review indicates a very favorable impression of this book! "Personal Development for Smart People" is engaging, informative and well-written. The author brings together personal experience, research and the experiences gathered from his followers in a straightforward guide to identifying and achieving goals. Although Pavlina's concepts are not entirely novel, his blunt yet reassuring style is quite effective, especially for more 'cerebral' readers who tend to overthink. "Personal Development for Smart People" engages the reader's imagination while encouraging action in real-world situations. Whether the situation requiring change is in the arena of relationships or finance, health or career, this book offers an effective methodology for positive change.
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