I know Matthew Michalewicz intended Life in Half a Second: How to Achieve Success Before It's Too Late to be an inspirational book. But, it can also make a reader uncomfortable. Using his formula, I probably have less than 8,260 days left to live. When you put your life in days left, it's a sobering figure. And, that's exactly what Michalewicz intended.
The author says in planet-time, our lives are only half a second. "The tragedy of life isn't that we only have half a second. The tragedy is that we waste it." Michalewicz says he's obsessed with one question. "What would you do if you only had one year to live?" So, he asks readers to measure their age in "days left" rather than "years lived". Would you change your life if you knew how few days you actually have left?
Michalewicz uses his own life to provide five doors to success in life. And, he says really all books about succeeding in life can be broken down into the same steps beginning with defining your goals, and working on them.
It's a sobering book, as I said. First, he asks readers to look at the days left. And, then he makes the reader wonder what would happen if you defined your life and goals more clearly. Well, darn. I'm going to admit that I haven't had a goal in life since I was twenty-two. My goal was always to be Director of my hometown library. What happens when you achieve your goal at such a young age? I've never found another goal. I wonder where I'd be or what I'd be doing if I had found something else I wanted in life as much as I wanted that job.
So, have you ever defined your goal? Have you reached it, or are you still working on it?
Matthew Michalewicz' website is www.michalewicz.com.au
Life in Half a Second by Matthew Michalewicz. Hybrid Publishers. 2013. ISBN 9781925000207 (paperback), 176p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author's publicist sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.