Look past the bland cover and nondescript title, and you’ll see that this is not a run-of-the-mill self-help book. In an engagingly casual, encouraging voice, Deitch, a leading financial planner with a well-informed interest in personal growth (he also won a Tony Award for co-producing “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” on Broadway), provides a “roadmap” of shortcuts to leading a fulfilling life. Like any good teacher, the author draws from years of his own experience and others’ wisdom to speed up our learning curve so that we can avoid “the pain and frustration of mistakes and missed opportunities.” Scattered throughout are relevant, pithy, and uplifting quotes, as well as anecdotes, that underscore his points.
Deitch divides the book into two parts, the first half focusing on awareness, and the second, on action. Because each concept informs the other, says the author, we need both in order to grow and change. In other words, first we have to become aware of what does and does not work for us (Deitch illustrates how), and then we have to put that awareness into action by implementing the ten skills the author details in individual chapters in Part Two.
The book’s title reflects Deitch’s goal of helping readers “elevate” their “awareness, understanding, and growth.” The author avoids using the pat jargon and truisms similar works employ. And most of his ideas are very practical, as he can attest to given his own success in several professional spheres. This work represents a sincere, down-to-earth effort to help others see themselves and the world in new ways and is well worth reading.