Book Review: Life’s Golden Ticket: A Story About Second Chances
by Brendon Burchard
My Rating: ***** (5 out of 5 stars)
Why Did I Read?
I read this book because I got a promotional email from Brendon Burchard offering the book and some of his inspirational videos for only the cost of shipping the book ($5.00). I enjoyed his other books, The Charge and The Millionaire Messenger, so I wanted to give this one a try, too! (Click on the book cover above to get your free copy for only the cost of shipping).
Summary (from Goodreads)
The classic inspirational parable from the top motivation and marketing trainer and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaire Messenger—a triumphant tale of personal growth and change that will inspire anyone who has ever wished for a second chance.
What if you were handed a golden ticket that could magically start your life anew?
That question is at the heart of Life’s Golden Ticket. Brendon Burchard tells the story of a man who is so trapped in the prison of his past that he cannot see the possibilities, the choices, and the gifts before him. To soothe his fiancée Mary, clinging to life in a hospital bed, the man takes the envelope she offers and heads to an old, abandoned amusement park that she begs him to visit.
To his surprise, when he steps through the rusted entrance gates, the park magically comes to life. Guided by the wise groundskeeper Henry, the man will encounter park employees, answer difficult questions, overcome obstacles, listen to lessons from those wiser than he, and take a hard look at himself.
At the end of his journey, the man opens Mary’s mysterious envelope. Inside is a golden ticket—the final phase in turning his tragic life’s story of loss and regret into a triumphant tale of love and redemption.
What Did I Think/Recommendation
I loved this book! I was expecting this to be another non-fiction self-help book like Brendon Burchard’s other books (all of which I loved), but I was surprised when I began reading to find this was actually a story. It was an easy read, and it held my interest throughout the entire book. This book helps you to take a good look at your life and ask yourself if you are truly happy. If you are not, it helps you to think about steps you can take to change that, to overcome your fears, and to let go of bitterness and other things from your past that may be keeping you from following your dreams.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in personal growth. There are many valuable life lessons taught all throughout the book. Although I didn’t consider this book to be life-changing for me, I think it could be life-changing for so many people!
Here are a few takeaways I got from this book:
- Think before you speak. Words can hurt FOREVER!
- If you are the recipient of harsh words, don’t take it personally. Recognize that it has nothing to do with you and is just a result of the hurt inside of the other person. Hurt people hurt people. Recognize that and don’t ever take anyone else’s harsh words personally.
- Recognize that everyone does and says what they do for a reason. We are all just doing our best. Don’t judge
The miracle makers in this world are the people who live by choice and live to contribute. (p.181)
Though you cannot recall it ever happening, a spell has been cast upon you, and it has mesmerized you into believing that you are not good enough and that there is something wrong with you. This spell is Society’s Spell, and it has made you secretly feel inadequate, ugly, weak, slow, small, useless, and helpless for far too long. Tonight we break that spell. (p.35)