Blurb: License to Live is an inspirational thriller. It is a seekers journey towards finding greatness within. This wonderfully crafted fable is about finding the direction you are destined to head in and creating the life of your dreams. License to Live tells the tale of a successful corporate guru who enrolls herself in a seminar by one of the finest success coaches in the world. His radical training methods take her on a life-changing odyssey. A seven day seminar spread over three countries, puts her onto a journey where she is forced to look within and be her own teacher and guide, something she had done so well for others but missed doing for herself. Full of wisdom, wit and spiritual insights, you collect lessons that will change the way you lead your life forever. Discover within this fast paced fable: Surviving people you don’t understand, Solving situations you seem to have no control over, Finding greatness in your daily choices, Listening to your own voice – following your own path, Taking responsibility of your life and creating a worthwhile mission, Creating a future without fear and doubt entering it, Putting your past behind and standing tall in the present, Living in the present and creating your life a new one moment at a time, Putting an end to your fake helplessness.
About the author: A motivational speaker, corporate trainer and a best selling author, Priya Kumar is the CEO of Priya Kumar’s Training Systems (PKTS). Priya has worked with the best names in the corporate world and her client list includes a number of Fortune 500 Companies. Her interactive and at times unconventional methods of training continue to deliver much sought after tangible results. Apart from being a columnist for leading newspapers, Priya does several radio and television shows on Motivation and Peak Performance. She is the author of I AM ANOTHER YOU: A Journey to Powerful Breakthroughs which is a best seller in India and has touched the lives of tens of thousands of readers.
Review: It is about an emotionally bankrupt person who has everything – name, fame, good job, designation, bank balance etc… Yet who feels a vacuum within eating away her life slowly but surely. The depression seems very intense. Often this leads to suicidal contemplation. Then something unexpected happens…She meets a mentor who guides her into a path of self-discovery through the form of a seven day coaching program. Very unique and different… because it is not something that the participants can only listen to or take notes of and finally write a small question and answer session and be done with. Happy you, happy me…see you bye-bye… till we meet in some other part of the world by some stroke of luck/coincidence… by kind of an abstract design by the creator. Rather it is a no-nonsense stuff… it is something which entails active participation and absolute surrender to the instructions of the coach. No doubts, queries, whys, hows, whinny, pinnie. Carry out instructions in the same way they are laid out. It involves venturing out into the dark… very difficult and unknown missions and then writing about those at the end of each day. It pushes the participants beyond their limits of self-belief, fear, passion and hunger to succeed… which unveils another form of their own selves and surprises them with their own potential. Some of the key lessons (not in the order of occurrence in the book but in the way I could recall) that we can learn from this beautiful book are –
You can choose the future as you wish and in accordance to that you have to live your present. For example if you want to be the number one TT player in the world, then you can’t live your present by playing chess. The example is my addition! You have to remain in the present all the time. For this you have to take up responsibilities on your own shoulder RIGHT NOW! Nobody should be responsible for what you are, who you are etc. Let go of bitter memories, qualms and guilty feelings from past. Keep only fond memories and achievements. Respect time. So much that you should turn up for your duty before time and consider being on time is as good as being late. The final learning that I would take away from the book is very simple, let go the dark past, hold onto the past you would want to cherish, your future is in your hands and no one else, take responsibility of the present and stop the blame game. On reading this you would say that this is what most inspirational books say, this is what we all already know, but you really don’t understand the deeper meaning of the whole learning until you actually complete the mission. If you really wish to understand the deeper meaning, discover the real you, start fresh, it is a book you should not miss. In-spite of me giving the gist of the book out here, it will not at all lessen the enjoyment and learning factor of the book.
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