Rise + Hustle, by Mike Whitfield
I’m no longer concerned with the oddities of commercial writing. Besides all the postmodern variations on story structure and purpose, I’ve reviewed a novel to be used for (other) business purposes, so I don’t blush at all to review Rise + Hustle, Mike Whitfield’s book about the promise and pitfalls involved in getting in shape.
Disclosure: I’m a client of Mike’s, and I can attest to the difficulty of restoring strength and stamina following back-to-back heart and knee surgery as well as the success of Mike’s approach.
This isn’t a “how-to” book, although that’s in there, and it’s not a specific methodology; instead it’s a strategy toward life, toward efficiency in coping with life’s mundane details, toward finding your purpose in life, and (of course) getting in shape and losing weight. Mike accomplishes this by giving the reader page after page of advice and exhortations, each page a new and different vignette, each a bit of advice to be absorbed, not in the moment of reading, but over time in seeing the smarts behind Mike’s pages of modern day aphorisms.
His prose here isn’t literary, nor did Mike intend it to be. But his seasoning is here, as is the wisdom in turning the usual training manual upside down. Mike filters all this through his strong Christian faith, but were you to skip over those and deal only with the secular angle of his work and advice, the results, I think, would be the same or better as time wears on.
To sum up Rise + Hustle,
1 – (how to) be efficient in dealing with life’s onerous responsibilities
2 – in life, take the long view toward success, toward “finding your bliss.”
3 – when you’re discouraged, persist.
4 – In any journey, look for Mike’s “woosh” effect.
Of course, making such a list is easy; the trick is putting these four elements (and perhaps others) into effect. That’s where Mike and his fine book come in.
My Rating: 17 of 20 stars
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