Life coach Bill Blalock’s Living Your Legacy Now!: Inspiring Life Lessons for a Successful, Healthy and Fulfilling Life aims, in the author’s words, to be a “comprehensive book of life lessons” for “encouragement and influence.”
Although it covers some serious issues like fear, tragedy and disappointment, Blalock’s book is primarily joyful in its focus on topics ranging from authenticity and endurance to money and mindful eating. More than 65 unnumbered chapters, some only a page long, are separated by inspirational quotes. The book closes with a one-page list of life lessons, starting with “Liberate Your Hearts From Hatred,” that’s worthy of tacking to a wall as a daily reminder.
Many of the passages offer valuable morsels of wisdom: “Solitude is self-strengthening”; “When you forgive, you in no way change the past—but you sure do change your future”; “What you are worrying about does not really exist as anything other than a thought or idea.” However, while some are on point, others tend to ramble. For example, the chapter labeled “Going to the Extreme!” begins with a reference to civility, then morphs into a discussion about the importance of thinking, which then leads to talk of decision making, problem solving, creating (including “creating a new life for yourself”) —and more. While perhaps tangentially related, these ideas feel jumbled and unfocused.
Still, Living Your Legacy is worth reading if for no other reason than the delightful quotations. Before the aforementioned chapter, Blalock cites Clint Eastwood, who said, “Extremism is so easy. … It doesn’t take much thought.” Later, the author uses a humorous Mark Twain quip, “My life has been filled with terrible misfortunes, most of which have never happened,” to preface a two-page chapter about reframing your life.
Living Your Legacy doesn’t always deliver, but those willing to sort through the many ideas presented here will find an uplifting approach and a smorgasbord of food for thought.
Also available in hardcover and ebook.