Yes! Energy: The Equation to Do Less, Make More Audio CD – Audiobook, Mar 15 2012
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About the Author
After creating her own financial freedom and reaching a net worth of $1 million, Loral Langemeier decided that she would start a coaching and seminar company to provide a catalyst that would allow others to reach this same level of success. That company, Live Out Loud, LLC, was a fledgling endeavor that grew to a multimillion-dollar company in just five years.
Loral now shares her high-value strategies at seminars all over the world, teaching people her simple recipe for capitalizing on their skills and talents to make new money. She is also the author of four best-selling books, including 'The Millionaire Maker' three-book series and 'Put More Cash in Your Pocket;' and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, 'The Street,' Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, 'The View,' and 'Dr. Phil.'
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What was I expecting? Nuts and bolts. What did I get? Stories. As an example, she recounts the story of a woman at one of her workshops who thought she had no skills. OK, so what happened? Lorel told her as a mother and grandmother, she had many skills. End of Story. What were her skills? What happened to the woman? We'll never know.
As a motivational tool, this book may be useful for business beginners, but it failed to provide me with new information or stories that provoked me to action. I'm still wondering what's on the table at the back of the room.
There is some useful advice in the book but it's buried in a lot more that is not useful. For example there is a story in the book about the author being handed a contract worth tens of millions of dollars to do some health work for an offshore oil rig company. I was waiting to hear how the author applied her formula to successfully pull this off. Instead I was told verbatim the formula again. I did part one of the formula, I did part two of the formula, etc. I'm not kidding, it's on page 40.
The anecdotes in this book are personal and I think the author uses the word "I" about 10,000 times. It's all about her and she obviously has a high opinion of herself. She is not the only author to do this and it can be overlooked if there is a lot of substance beneath it. But in this case there was not. Furthermore her formula seems contrived and over complicated to me.
I hate to pan it completely because I do admire the author's enthusiasm, she obviously has been very successful, and there are some good points. However I got tired of reading about the universal vibrational harmony woo woo stuff and I will note she is part of "The Secret". When she talks about being all about action first then she makes sense. So there is some good, if not original suggestions in the book. It just wasn't my taste at all. Maybe for some people it will be. Not recommended.
But after I put the book down, my feelings were quite different. First the "equation" isn't and equation at all. My first hint should have been in the introduction when she talks about using the equation to "source God" when she had a problem. She talks about living a life "sourced from spirit" and apparently God and spirit always want us to have what we want. Her story about deciding to make a million dollars before her baby was born is just a little odd. I don't feel comfortable with that interpretation of God.
Some things are just insanely impractical. Since it's important for her to stay positive and enthusiastic, she asks her "team" to protect her from negative people. While I agree strongly about not letting others bring negativity into our lives I found it hilarious that it was fine for her support team to deal with that crap but not her. I felt similarly skeptical about her suggestions to outsource things you don't want to do.
Other reviewers have done a great job of pointing out that book consists largely of anecdotes and is very light on process so I won't rehash that here but it did make the book less useful to me.
In short if you loved "The Secret", you'll love this book to. But if you've read the secret, you don't really need this book.
I am also a little skeptical of the 5 star reviews. Loral tells a story where she ended up needing to buy some new clothes after traveling. The woman helping her recognized her from The Secret. Loral tells the woman that she is buying a bunch of clothes from the shop so the saleswoman should buy a ticket to her seminar. THe saleswoman does and this is an example of Yes Energy at work. The five star reviews are so over the top (it'll change your life!) that I wonder if something was traded there too.
The basis of the book is on having extreme optimism and energy, and how you can manifest more optimism and energy in your life to help you be more happy and successful. To get this energy and optimism, Langemeir has a formula, or equation. And it is not that easy to remember, at least not for me, and that's why I didn't really care for this manner of presenting her message. (A very good message mind you.) The formula boils down to change the conversation, source from faith to build certainty with confidence, drive by dreams, add your own unique gifts, get the team in place, properly support everything by sequencing the right thing at the right time and as a result you'll have Extreme Optimism and Energy. Again, I like these concepts and the information shared, I just didn't care for this long equation and didn't find it easy to remember.
Also notice the word "faith" in the equation. This book does talk about faith as one of the elements at the core of extreme optimism and energy. If you share this belief, you will enjoy this book. If you don't like messages about faith, you probably won't enjoy parts of this book. I point that out because the topic sometimes polarizes some groups of people.
The book gets you to look at your values, your faith, and your life. It shares strategies and concepts that have helped the author lead a life of abundant energy and productivity. For some people, who connect with this message, the book just may motivate and inspire them to also increase the joy of living in their life and live with more excitement, purpose, and yes, energy.
Again, I really think there were some gems in this book, but I didn't really connect with the message as strongly as I'd have liked, and the equation and formula just didn't "work" for me. I think it is a good book, and worth reading, but it wasn't "great" or "outstanding" and one that I'd read over and work toward implementing the lessons, one by one, into my life. However, I do think many will want to do just that, and I hope they do, because it will undoubtedly help them.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of the Tough Guy Wisdom series.