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What Matters Most: The Power of Living Your Values

Some books come back to greet you like an old friend, even if the message they deliver the second time around is completely different from the one you originally received. This book is one of those gems.

I first read this book nearly two decades ago, long before it was customary to leave an online review. Truth be told, I couldn’t even find this title in e-book format. Instead, I was forced to comb the online bookstore annals to locate a physical hard copy. And boy am I glad that I did.

The words inside these covers are not intended to be read alone. They’re meant to be absorbed into the essence of your being. Honestly, when I think about it, it’s even more than that. The principles and ideas shared by this author are there to help you define the essence of your being.

As someone with a scientific background, I gravitated toward the atomic analogy presented throughout this book. The human being as a nucleus with electrons representing one’s roles, governing values, and personal mission spinning around that center point.

It would take an entire book to expand upon just how much these timeless principles have the power to change your world. And maybe that’s why this book took so long to read. I don’t believe it’s meant to be read cover to cover. Instead, it calls for us to read a chapter, reflect, and write. And with each new concept introduced and internalized, I felt myself come closer to the person I want to be. Not what someone else thinks I should be, or who society asks me to be. No, for the first time, I honestly asked myself what matters most to me and why. It’s an easy question to ask of someone and a seemingly impossible one to answer, but the way Mr. Smith guides us through the process, I can honestly say that I now know what matters most to me, and I have a clear idea about what I need to do in order to live in accordance with those ideals.

Is it easy? Definitely not. Will there be hiccups along the way? Undoubtedly. Is it possible to become the truest version of yourself? Absolutely. In fact, after going through this process, I feel more empowered to effect change in my life than I ever have before. And not only that generic type of change that we casually toss around near the beginning of a new year. No, this is change that matters… change that matters most to us. And when we begin a shift to engage in those things that matter most, we begin to recognize just how amazing and fulfilling our journey through life can be.

Dave’s Rating: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️


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