I was in work, last week, when I got involved in a discussion with a respected colleague about telling the truth. I have always taken pride in my own personal view that I always tell the truth. Interestingly, some of my close friends believe that I do it too often and that some thing’s are better of left unheard. My colleague, whose name is Sarah, advised me not to change, and to continue telling the truth. She grabbed my notepad and wrote the words RADICAL HONESTY on it, “Buy that book because it changed my life,” she said.
Before I traveled to Las Vegas to work at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) I stopped off in Los Angeles to meet my girlfriend’s family. While I was there she gave me twelve books to read and one of them was Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton. Was this a pure coincident? Who cares, when incidents like these present themselves I go with the direction I am being pushed and this is how this book became my nineteenth book of the year.
So what did I think of Radical Honesty?
Buy it and buy it now! Don’t even read the rest of this review, just go straight to the bottom and click on the hyperlink. Brad Blanton is not only an intelligent man, but he is also hilarious. His writing style is full of wit and honesty, and I really associated with it. It is important for me to relate to the author of a self-help type of book. I need to be sure that he understands me and Blanton did. I can’t remember the last time I read so many passages to my girlfriend and said, “this bloke is reading my mind.”
I thought this book would just sell the virtues of telling the truth, but telling the truth is only a part of what this book is about. It screams of a man obsessed with changing the world. There are moments where you think you are listening to Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield or any of the coaches from the Landmark Forum, and Blanton is quick to praise all of these people. He believes that together they are forming a movement with an intention to change the world, and I want to hop on the bus. What I dearly like about Blanton’s work is he delves into the area of childhood and parenting more than any other writer I have stumbled upon. Only last week I was complaining about the lack of literature on fatherhood (when I wrote Book 18 of 52: Where Were You When I Needed You Dad? A Guide For Healing Our Father Wound by Jane Myers Drew) when lo and behold along comes Blanton.
The book supplies you with plenty of exercises designed to create a future, using lessons learned from the past. It is also contains an amazing bibliography of reference material and each time I read it I felt a happiness come over me. I have found the book to be a real morale booster and I cannot wait to read his next book about parenting. Most of all I love the way Blanton has realised that if positive change is going to made in this world of ours then we need to change the way our children think. The children are the next generation and therefore that’s where our teachings should start.