I have told people that I am a Type-Z person for years, which the Z stands for Zzzzz, i.e. snoring. Most smile at my silly joke, and that makes me think of myself as a comedian, but I never think that someone would publish a book with such a title ;)
The book, The Type-Z Guide to Success: A Lazy Person's Manifesto to Wealth and Fulfillment, is a manifestation to the book's objective. True to the Type-Z philosophy, the book is short and sweet and to the point. The author, Marc Allen, claims that he is as lazy and unorganized as it comes. He does not work on Monday, and frequently sleep until past 11, which I can completely relate.
However, there is no doubt about Marc's success, and he attributes his success to his laziness and his focus, via using intentional manifestation. In the book he describe a simple and easy system that he has devised since he was 30 years old.
Now - intentional manifestation is not a new concept, but few people probably tie that together with laziness. The conventional wisdom is that in order to become successful, one would have to focus, and in order to achieve that focus, that basically means the focus will consume a person's life. An especially prevalent view about entrepreneur completely matches this description - they are exchanging life for financial and professional rewards.
From Marc's point of view, though, he believes that the true accomplishment does not come from the doing, but rather the thinking. When one is truly focused but maintain relaxed state, one would invoke the subconscious to help with the effort. Instead of just doing a bunch of stuffs, having the time and energy to think will allow us to focus on the truly important, and allow our subconscious to help show us the way.
Thus - it is important not to confuse lazy as unfocused - laziness along does not reduce our chance of being successful. Example - many computer people have a degree of laziness - after all, they rather think of better solutions than doing things manually ;)
I love the concept of having a short book. I believe that a book should be to the point and has no fillers. However, I did not find the interactive features that came with the eBook as being all that useful. Maybe this is because the interactive features actually interrupt my train of thought as I go through the book. I might try to re-read the book through again in the future and do the interactive feature separately to see if I feel differently.
Who will get benefit from this book?
If you are a Type-Z person like me, you will probably be rejoiced that someone else has given the affirmation that you too can be successful without having to change your lifestyle. Unless, of course, you want to.
However, I think the benefit really belongs to the Type-A people. The truth is that these days people are really just getting busy without getting things done, and many Type-A people fall into that trap. This book can help the Type-A people to rethink about whether they are really getting somewhere, or just having the appearance of getting busy, but nothing to show for it.
If you have not sat down and have a quality meal with a quality conversation with your family, significant other, or good friends lately, then you need this book.
You will find gems in it.