Whilst I initially thought ” Secrets to Shine Through the Noise” would be a book purely about your “brand” and how to amplify it, what I’ve come to discover is this book can be used anywhere in your life. It contains superb guidance that can be used to become a less passive observer, and more the practical director of your own destiny! – It’s Brilliant!
Richie, Founder @LiveYourNow
I met Akasha via Twitter (click to visit her!), instantly finding her approachable, friendly and inspiring. So to get the opportunity to get my hands on a preview of her new book to review, well… that’s not something I intended to pass up!
For me, when someone is trying to teach you something in terms of life, I pay extra attention to those who’ve experienced the sharp end and ridden it out or those who’ve shown resilience, determination and kept going towards their goals even in turbulent times. Akasha has a wealth of experience and success behind her, extraordinary achievements to draw from, to collate and to deliver to you in this fabulous book – and it’s not all been “plain sailing”.
At present, I myself am navigating some choppy seas, so it’s a good test of a book like this “in situ” as it were… so this review is written using the book, experiencing it, at the precise time I bloody well need it! Which means, my interaction with it will be painful, hard work, and authentic. I will be writing the review as I am reading, to capture moments of my journey through it. One such moment has been finding this quote…
Now. Go back and read the quote again. And again. Absorb it and let it sink in. That is such a beautiful pearl of wisdom it’s worth the price of the book alone, and one I will ALWAYS keep with me. It’s a timeless piece of wisdom. Thank you Akasha, by God I needed that! There is background in the book to where that “desire” mentioned comes from, and what it is, that is of high value and I allude to below. The quote comes at the perfect time in the book, but for now, ponder it – if your vessel is feeling a little empty, the realisation of its truth will give you an almighty boost!!
This is a book for all who want to make a change in their life, in any area. It is understanding, and encouraging, straight to the point at times it’s needed, and relaxing to read at others. I have genuinely never read a book like it. And I have read A LOT of books on this topic from the deeply spiritual, to so utterly dry and factual I had to read a page a night and leave it. So, let’s get into more detail. Stay with it…. this book is worth it!
It’s a keeper. Most definitely.
I love this phrase. Akasha consistently refers to a “playbook” – creating more of yourself by design, indeed, challenging you almost instantly to consider how and why you’ve arrived where you are, with some good solid fundamentals already making me question my own journey! It’s made clear this is a “doing” book, with consistent invitations to consider, to reflect and to interact prevalent from the outset. There is a clear and present desire in this book that she would wish to be sat with you, guiding you through the process – it converses with, rather than shouts at you – and the natural charm & encouraging nature I’ve come to love about Akasha does indeed, shine through! It’s a guide, it wishes to draw your desires out, and see you achieve them. It’s a book that will never age and different parts will spark ideas/inspiration at different points in your life. It’s a keeper. Most definitely.
I feel the best way to approach the review, is “on the move”, as I work through it. Just completed the first set of exercises. WOW, that was tough! Pushed me through my own procrastination, highlighted it! Then there’s a lovely exercise to do afterwards to relax, colouring a lovely Mediterranean scene. I’ve never really been one for that, but it genuinely felt like Akasha knew the exercise would test you – then gives you something to sit, and basically chill with for a bit. That’s a lovely touch, and I definitely felt the contrast. Clever & well considered! Continuing to delve in, the translation to it becoming almost like having her with you, blowing the wind into your sails, increases in prominence.
There are some exercises I was doing myself already & indeed some questions I would usually ask others I assist. They are not easy questions to answer, though. You need to be prepared to ENGAGE with this book. Or you could spend $20 on something else edible or drinkable, have it last a couple of days, then feel remorseful and be no further forward. Books like this will not, no matter how well written, inventive or encouraging, do the work for you – but if you are prepared to step up and really desire change they can change your life.
There are some heavy exercises in this book, make no mistake, that serve to hold a mirror up to areas of your life that may be seriously holding you back.
I am labouring this point because they are of high value for those who are ready, and willing, to create more focused, intended direction in their own life.
That said, reviewing this book means I am not getting the time I would like to relax and fully delve into the value these processes offer – this book is like a fine meal, it requires savouring and fully appreciating. When I’ve finished this review, I will definitely be revisiting the exercises more thoroughly. They are DEFINITELY worth spending time with!
The stories of the Akasha’s journey are weaved through the book beautifully, short, relevant and inspiring. A reminder to us all of what can be achieved with relentless self-belief, determination and a professional approach. I myself have been fortunate to walk some interesting paths, rubbing shoulders with intriguing personalities. All the way through, there are reminders and hints about directions I’ve taken in my own life, where I have devalued myself somehow, and it DOES lead to problems. I admire her poise, self-assurance, and reminders that ANYONE can do this. I too, like Akasha, wholeheartedly believe this to be the case… often it’s just guidance that is lacking, of which there’s plenty contained in this book.
The book is also laden with links to articles and references that you can check back on, so it’s not just someone giving you a bunch of opinions – it’s well researched.
The discussions of social media are so important as well, but I’m personally glad she let Twitter more or less off the hook or we may have fallen out 😉
As I continue my journey through this book, I find myself becoming more and more inspired, lights are sparking, obvious things I’ve missed becoming clear – in how I relate to YOU, because that’s who is important in what I do, and WHY I do it… YOU! The person reading this!
I have to add, though, reading some of this, it’s like she’s sat here watching some of the stuff I’ve done to avoid my shine! CRAP! I need to really think more on some of this.
Of course, as if a roadmap to success, inspiring stories, some alternative “Zen Colouring” – being that of actual places, and her encouragement weren’t enough – you also get treated to interwoven tales of Akasha’s travels – not self-indulgent but just great stories! Hawaii has held a personal fascination to me for a long time, to hear of her experiences there was wonderful and for a moment I forgot the kind of book I was reading! Or rather, the book I expected to be reading – which this isn’t. I marvel, for a relatively short book, the way you move from psychology to planning, to colouring, through inspiring stories, personal challenges and roadmaps, to stirring images and travel is quite brilliant! The way they all coalesce is deeply impressive.
It is strange, having to dissect the review into so many little sections, but such is the wealth of these nuggets of wisdom being shared by Akasha in this book, it also contains very pragmatic business focused advice, from someone whose experience you can respect and learn from! I love learning from people like Akasha. To get an insight into the ladder taken toward her success is priceless for those on a journey to setting up a business, or indeed just wanting to extend their personal reach, and more crucially, wanting to understand their own identity in relation to the outside world. Of course, I’m a mindful coach, so I am not here referring to “ego” identity. It’s how Akasha so astutely points out and explains how and why the world wants to put us into specific categories, how it’s unavoidable.. indeed.. understandable – one could even argue, essential in our present world.
Akasha made such a good point it’s made me reconsider this from a new standpoint completely, useful to me understanding the mindful aspect further, as well as how people will view what I do.
If I want to make changes in this world, positive changes, these kind of insights are invaluable! Rule 1 as a coach – you meet the client where they are, not where you want them to be. This helps me understand how to further understand how to meet the world where it presently is, NOT where I think it is capable of being. PROFOUND for me, and believe me, I’ve given this much thought before – Akasha just put this into a point that will also stick with me, just like the quote did. That’s an all too rare skill!
It’s more akin to a whole life approach to change.
“Secrets to Shine Through the Noise” also contains very pragmatic and yet warm and supportive advice on our “emotional” needs and other self-care attributes. Another section I am going to delve back into further after this review, and one in truth, that surprised me. With sensible (although perhaps difficult, which is acknowledged) questions, planning advice, and even further resource suggestions it’s VERY clear that Akasha cares for your wellbeing, it’s not a “goal at any cost” book. It’s more akin to a whole life approach to change. What’s more, you are encouraged to go at your own pace. It’s been a pleasant and welcome surprise, and one I already feel somewhat better myself for reading.
I didn’t expect to find this in this book I admit – that’s not a criticism, some books are just more “hardcore”, but “Secrets to Shine Through the Noise” can be what YOU need it to be, WHEN you need it, slow pace, wait till later, or get stuck in and push hard! Not many books I have read have this facet, it’s a very welcome addition!
It doesn’t matter how old you are, where on your life path you are, whether you’re ready to make big/small change or not, part way down the road (as I am), wanting to illuminate your brand, or just increase your own well-being – there’s something, remarkably, in this book for everyone. There are not many books I can genuinely say that about that I have read. But this advice is just so practical, that I cannot think of anyone who would not benefit from it in some way shape or form.
Another MAJOR point to consider is it’s no longer than it NEEDS to be! So many books feel padded out, at no point does this happen. It respects your time and efforts. My review is in danger of becoming as long as the book!! 😉 SO here I will stop, and simply now invite you to see for yourself… you won’t regret it!
Buy it, keep it, read it, use it! This is one of those rare gems that can accompany you along all of your life journeys!
This is an independent review, having received a preview copy of the book.
The opinions contained within are my genuine thoughts of Akasha’s work. It’s extremely positive because the book is bloody brilliant!