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6 Overall

6 Applicability

4 Innovation

7 Style


Reinventing Yourself is a difficult book to review. Taken as a whole, it fails to deliver, falling into many of the comfortable platitudes ("Own the human sprit") and meaningless generalities ("You can tap into your spirit at any time") that plague the self-help universe. But author Steve Chandler manages to surprise you again and again with insightful passages that make you think twice about self-improvement concepts that you’ve probably glossed over hundreds of times in the past. He does this in part by weaving in contemporary and compelling examples ranging from Janis Joplin concerts (OK, maybe not contemporary) to a Matt Lauer interview with Tiger Woods’ father. Quotes from figures as diverse as Thomas Jefferson and Carlos Castaneda also add some heft to what would otherwise seem flimsy assertions. In short, getAbstract recommends Reinventing Yourself as a book that manages to rise above its genre, and even, somehow, itself.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to escape the cocoon in which you and your personality are trapped;
  • Why it is beneficial to become a giver rather than a taker; and
  • Why you should never allow yourself to get offended.

About the Author

Steve Chandler is the author of 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself.



Most people live in cocoons. They feel trapped inside their dark and dusty shelter. This cocoon is known better by another name: personality. The truth is, people can tear their way out of their cocoons, if they want to. But is not uncommon for people to spend their entire lives...

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