Getting Past OK: A Straightforward Guide to Having a Fantastic Life

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Integral Press, 1993 - Conduct of life - 235 pages
Brodie dropped out of Harvard to become one of the primary authors of Microsoft Word. But after several intense, stressful years, he quit his job and embarked on a three-year search for a more meaningful life. In this book, he shares the results of his odyssey, and provides readers with a guide to discovering their individual formulas for long-term success and happiness.
 

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I'm not big on books like this as they usually come across as being from the "I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like me" school of self help. (Al Franken's Stuart Smalley skits.)
Part of what drew me to this was that Brodie had retired young and rich after being an early Microsoft programmer who developed MS Word. With the money to do whatever he wanted he still found his life empty and eventually that led him into exploring all sorts of self help systems and ways to get a handle on what he wanted from life. Then he set out to share some of things he'd learned from that via this book.
There's some very useful ideas in this that helped me look at life a bit differently. This also offers some useful exercises to help you consider what really matters to you in life.
One good point was to only take advice from people whose lives you want to be like - i.e. relationship advice from someone who has failed to stay in one may not be of use to you, how to get rich from someone who isn't, etc.
You can read some excerpts from this online for free in Google books. You can find used copies cheap, though it looks like there's a new edition about 15 years after the original printing and this may include enough differences to merit buying the new version.
 

Contents

This Is Your Life
3
Choices
11
Nature Nurture and Culture
21
Models and Truth
31
Fear and Purpose
47
Thats Life
55
Peace and Freedom
61
Honesty
69
Communication and Feedback
121
Commitment
135
The Key Question
149
A Life Purpose
157
Success
165
Fulfillment
177
Resolving Conflicts
185
Big Meaningful Relationships
193

Procrastination
79
Perfectionism
89
Power
95
Breaking Patterns
105
SelfFulfilling Prophecy
115
Pitfalls
201
Happily Ever After
209
Acknowledgments
215
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Brodie is best known as the original author of Microsoft Word.

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