Book Review: Jolt!: Get the Jump on a World that’s Constantly Changing by Phil Cooke

Jolt! by Phil CookeBOOK DESCRIPTION (FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK)

In Jolt! television producer, social media guru, and cultural commentator Phil Cooke helps you discover how you can navigate today’s culture of disruption and actually use it to your advantage.  You’ll learn that changing a company and changing your life are based on virtually the same key principles.

The world is changing at light speed, but mastering the power of change can revolutionize your business and your life.  Stop feeling overwhelmed with changing technology, culture, business trends, and values and regain the confidence that can give you a real advantage.

The book reveals twenty~five “jolts” that anyone can leverage to establish a new direction, maximize potential, overcome insecurity, and create an amazing future and legacy.  Jolt! will revolutionize your thinking and shake up your life!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Phil Cooke has produced media programming in more than forty countries around the world, and in the process, was shot at, survived two military coups, fell out of helicopter, and in Africa, was threatened with prison.  Meanwhile, he’s helped some of the largest nonprofit organizations in the world navigate periods of dramatic disruption and change.

According to former CNN journalist Paula Zahn, Phil is rare ~ a working producer in Hollywood with a PhD.  He’s appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and FOX News, and his work has been profiled in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

He’s lectured at universities, including Yale, University of California at Berkeley, and UCLA and is an adjunct professor at The King’s University and Biola University in Los Angeles.

Find out more at:

Facebook:  Phil Cooke

Twitter:  @PhilCooke

Website:  Phil Cooke

MY OPINION

I’m not a real big self~help book reader but this book truly resonated with me.  You’ll find out exactly why in the next few weeks…  Anyway, in my younger days, I craved change.  I thrived on waking up and not knowing what I was going to do from one minute to the next.  I know, not exactly conducive to my life in the Army but, believe it or not, I was able to make it work.  In the last 13 years or so, I’ve become complacent ~ I go to the same grocery store, shop at the same clothing stores, speak to the same people, very little in my life changes.  And I’ve become used to it.  I find a great deal of comfort in the routine of it all.  In fact, going to new places scares me.

This fear is a new emotion for me…

I miss the fearlessness.  I miss that desire to experience new ~ new people, new surroundings, etc.  And Jolt! has given me just the er, um,” jolt” I needed to reclaim the dreams that I once had.  Cooke offers tips on how to make changes or adapt to changes that confront us by going back to our childhoods and recalling the dreams that we had when nothing was impossible.  He asks us to think big and imagine there are no limits, then focus those dreams within the realm of the possible.

Cooke also stresses the need for us to stop looking backward and reliving past failures.  Moving forward and changing one’s life requires forgiveness (of ourselves as well as others).  My favorite quote from the book is “Some think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go” by Sylvia Robinson, a vocalist.  This book is chock full of inspirational quotes by everyone from Ronald Reagan to Fyodor Dostoevsky.

I would recommend this book to anyone who’s experiencing change in their lives or anyone who’s desiring to make significant life changes.

RATING

★★★★★

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me courtesy of Thomas Nelson free of charge in exchange for a review.

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