Copyright: Charles Watkins, Published: 1st March 2013, 2nd Edition
Cover and internal photographs, copyright, Shawn Jackson,
Description (from iRead Book Tours):
This delightful and engaging story outlines the experiences of a young, poor, and disillusioned reporter who is enticed to do a series of articles about Paul, an unconventional philosopher and motivational speaker. In lieu of payment, he gets to travel to and dive on Roatan, arguably one of the most beautiful, pristine islands in the Caribbean. Through a series of meetings, the reporter gets to know Paul’s innermost philosophies. He learns an alternate way of living from a man who strives to perfect handstands on a dock and practices the art of happiness.
The author developed the book as a guide to help his children live their lives in a way that would allow them to enjoy the journey. Drawing on wildly diverse disciplines including stoicism, neuroscience, skepticism, behavioral economics, and spirituality; the reader is taken on a journey that exposes the author’s philosophy of life. He demonstrates that happiness is indeed a choice.
My Review (3 Stars: Liked it!)
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Also, Paul explains that the best way to bring about change is to make accomplishments one at a time. Each success will have a “ripple effect.” He explains ways to lessen the need for willpower by creating habits. He uses health and lifestyle in his examples.
Paul then discusses “foundation principles”:
“These are basic principles, that if we understand and accept, are meant to help us build the positive changes we all want in our lives.” p. 59
“Conscious Growth.” p.59
“You can’t control what happens to you, so condition yourself on how to react.” p. 62
“Frame the situation correctly and ask empowering questions.” p.77-78
“Time will change us, so choose the change.” p. 91
How to deal with biases that affect us, such as when shopping or watching the news are discussed.
“Simplify your life – Wants are not needs” p. 129
“Embrace difference – Live with contradiction” p.130
“Live without regret – Mistakes are just growing pains” p. 131
“Health matters – Exercise each day, eat well and sleep” p.132
“Be selfish – By serving others!” p. 133
About The Author (from iRead Book Tours)
Chas Watkins was born and raised in England and is a naturalized Australian. His children are all American, which he finds very confusing. He moved to Roatan nine years ago. He has an unused degree in electronics from Hull University in England and has somehow managed to work for many fine and good companies without being fired.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book, To Hold The Sun by Chas Watkins, free from Author Marketing Experts and iReadBookTours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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