For all the people with massive potential but little idea how to use it.
Thus reads the dedication in this small, but wisdom-packed book, which starts off with the following motto/mantra:
You have exactly one life in which to do everything you will do. Act accordingly.
Author Colin Wright, 27, is a living example of applying this concept to ones life. For several years, he has moved to a new country every four months based on the votes of his blog audience. He’s also authored numerous books and started several businesses. (Wow!)
I just read his latest book, Act Accordingly, (for the third time) out on the patio after finishing up my breakfast. It is a quick read, but you will likely find yourself pausing several times to evaluate some aspect of your life. Because that is what this book forces you to do.
Far more than just a phrase, acting accordingly is a framework for decision-making that places importance where it belongs: on you and how you spend your time within the context of your life.
Colin explores different concepts related to living a purpose-driven life. A life where you are in charge, living every moment to the fullest. He explores what it means to be confident (this really resonated with me!) and how failures lead to success (in a new, fresh way).
If you pick up this book (which you should), you’ll find out what the “Campsite Rule” and the “Tetris Theory” is all about. You’ll also learn about the icelandic word “lífspeki.” Such a small word. Such a big idea.
It doesn’t matter what I say I am: what I am is the sum of my actions, and these actions added up equal my lífspeki.
Colin’s belief in living a sustainable lifestyle shines through in this book. Not just environmental sustainability, but how to live a sustainable lifestyle that leads to freedom. Learn from the pro.
One chapter that certainly made me pause and reflect was “The Cake.” It brought me back to Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist when Nick says, “I don’t really subscribe to any label.” Ever since I saw that movie, I’ve tried hard to be “unlabelable.” Colin agrees.
What we neglect to remember is that individual attributes are not the most important aspects of who a person is. A person is the sum of their actions and thoughts.
I believe we are placed here on this world to enjoy life and to bring value to ourselves and those around us. Per Colin’s dedication, we all have massive potential, and it’s up to us to do something amazing with that potential.
The Act Accordingly framework is a good place to start.
Full disclosure: Even though I received a free advance copy of this book, my review comes from the heart.