Please no corny comments on the title of this post!
Now generally I would skip past most "self-help, push yourself, you can be bigger and better or the seven habits of highly effective pets" stuff. However, Leon seemed like a normal guy. A good programmer, and great writer with an excellent sense of humor. He also has a life saving software product. So I read the post.
I loved the post.
Then surprisingly I read the book.
And then in the next 3 years I gifted the book to 7-8 different people. I felt strongly that people should at least glance through the book. You would think I am surrounded by real sad people all around me! Well, Maybe!
Most of them loved it.
Then recently the most fantastic things of all happened. One of my friends, Rubal, took the book home, and her teenage brother picked it up. He probably liked the bright yellow cover. He flipped a few pages and said he wanted a copy. My friend was pleasantly surprised, considering her brother was this outdoors kind of guy. She gladly passed on the copy and got a new one for herself.
When I heard about this, I assumed the teen is probably kidding. My second guess was he was trying to project a intellectual and serious outlook to impress a girl.
However, the next time Rubal met her brother he told her- "I am using "Do Nothingness" concept from the book you gave me, and I have been cleaning up my room regularly now! ". He also told her that he was using the double column technique to control his anger!
Hearing that made my day. I was talking to a friend telling him, this should be required reading in High school. Now I know if it does become required reading, it would work!
A world with spot clean rooms of teenagers, controlled kids who don't fight after provocation - might be a dull place, but it would be change.