Review: How Good Can It Get?

How Good Can It Get?: What I Learned from the Richest Man in the World
by Alan Cohen
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads (May 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1571746544
ISBN-13: 978-1571746542
Product Description

Most of us were taught that to reach our goals, we have to work hard and fight every step of the way. But it’s simply not true.

Everything you need to know to achieve personal, financial, career, and relationship success is here in this modern-day, feel-good parable by bestselling author Alan Cohen. Take an inspirational journey with Mr. Everit, the avuncular owner of a wheelbarrow factory, and his management trainee, who challenge us to overcome our preconceived notions about money and our ability to create the good life.

This touching prosperity parable illuminates the importance of attitude, expectation, and self-worth as keys to personal and business success. Cohen offers practical examples and tips in the context of an intriguing, heartwarming story with a surprise twist. You’ll discover important lessons about changing from a fear mentality to a wealth mentality, overcoming small and self-defeating modes of thinking, and taking care of people while letting life take care of you.

This refreshing mix of feel-good, home-spun, universal truths will make you think, laugh, cry, and remind you that the answer to your quest is closer to home than you may know.
My thoughts:

The book is small, very small. I tucked this little gem in my back pocket and forgot about it for several hours. The cover looks like something from a cookbook and I almost expected my Auntie’s cherry pie recipe.

The parables are short, only 6 to 10 pages in length, and couple of them are weak. For example, “The Hungry Fisherman” who threw away fish that were to large for his frying pan. The moral of the story is that the frying pan is your mind and your thoughts limit what you receive. It’s a great lesson but a weak parable. He couldn’t share?

You may connect with some of the parables. I had a similar experience to the one described in “Crooked Beans.” In my case, I bought the woman and her toddler lunch, only to discover that she wanted money and not food.

I liked the notes at the end of each lesson. The fonts gave me the feel that I was reading the young man’s journal. There was a nice twist at the end that I didn’t expect. All in all, I enjoyed reading it.

I would recommend the book. I give it 3 1/2 stars.
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