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Recommendation: “If you go out, you reach wonderful places” by Dr. Seuss

Author: Alex Shillman
Keter Publishing.

“Good luck!

The day has come
You go out to wonderful places!
So hello.”

This time I would like to recommend a book that on the face of it is a children’s book, but behind the colorful illustrations and simple rhymes hides an exciting essay about coping with the fear of failure, the need to dare and try, and aspirations and dreams that can only come true if we step out of our comfort zone following natural curiosity.

Dr. Seuss may not be an expert in behavioral economics, but believe me, if you find an excuse to buy this book, you won’t regret it. The book addresses anyone who has had to deal with challenges, anyone who has experienced failure and hesitates to take a risk and embark on a new experience, to anyone who has found himself at some point in his life waiting for the long-awaited change to happen and in the meantime neglecting the present – in short, this is a book about all of us.

Even those who are not familiar with Dr. Seuss’s work cannot help but identify with the tiny figure who embarks on a new path and gets lost in a fantastic world just to learn a thing or two about life. The protagonist learns that sometimes you have to change the familiar environment: “If you don’t find any street you like at all, leave the city and go out into space,” but space involves many dangers and we will quickly learn that “when you’re in trouble, it’s not pleasant at all! Getting out of trouble is not so easy.” It is precisely in a fantastic world and through the eyes of a childhood hero that it is easier to shed the defenses and listen to the voice of the author who teaches that “life is the wisdom of equilibrium.”

In so few words, Dr. Seuss manages to cram in wonderful insights into life without making an effort and without being perceived as a preacher. I came across the book by accident and only later found out that it was known in professional coaching circles. This is a wonderful and humorous break in any process of growth and goal conquest.

Happy reading

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