The Art of Being Unmistakable: A Collection of Essays About Making a Dent in The Universe
By Srinivas Rao (I bought the Kindle edition from Amazon in November 2013)
This book is quite short, but it’s a really good read. From the beginning, I noticed strong parallels with the concepts uncovered by Joseph Campbell as explained in the Finding Joe Movie, but it’s great to read Srinivas’ take on these issues. I enjoyed reading it and enjoyed a number of the quotes that Srinivas made (I’ll be noting some on them on the Quotes page). One example;
The system is not designed for this kind [of] behavior, but it’s only through a bit of intentional chaos we end up letting our imagination guide us to the places we might have never arrived.
It’s fairly high praise for this book that I add it to my list of “musts” for every teenager as they are trying to figure out how to become an adult. I recommend that every teenager;
- Watch the Finding Joe movie
- Read Caroline McHugh’s book – Never Not a Lovely Moon
- Watch Caroline’s talk – The Art of Being Yourself
- Read Srinivas’ book – The Art of Being Unmistakable
If teenagers could slow down enough to watch these and read these, and really absorb and reflect on these issues, they could really avoid a significant amount of heartache and trouble in their lives. I hope these messages get through to some teenagers.
Having said that, the messages are also good for adults who are struggling through life (everyone?). I’ve certainly found them useful.
Here’s a short interview of Srinivas by Glenn Beck – http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/10/30/glenn-talks-to-author-srinivas-rao-about-the-art-of-being-unmistakable/
Shane Lester says
I wanted to thank you for your article about The Art of Being Unmistakable. Back in 2014 I bought this book because I heard about it through the media.
In many ways Rao’s book is about failure and what he learned from those failures. His experience in the corporate world paralleled many of my experiences. It was that message that helped me look at all of my failures, all of my strengths and deicide to make a change.
I’m now blogging about learning from your failures and I wrote a new book about the value of failure.
I wanted you to know that sharing messages like this makes a difference.
Thanks for you comment Shane. I don’t think we ever “fail” in anything that’s truly important, we just think we do. Of course, what we think is extremely powerful.
Good luck with your blogging and I hope the future goes well for you.