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The Power of Losing Control

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“When we learn to stop wasting our precious energy on what we can’t control, we can begin to discover the power of losing control.”

At the age of eighteen, Joe Caruso was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Certain that he was living on borrowed time, he embarked on a quest to understand the meaning of life, which led to the discovery of timeless truths about our spiritual

Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 9th 2004 by Gotham (first published 2003)
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Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Caruso's book is interesting and he definitely makes some great points. I felt that, though he tried not to be, he was a little patronizing at times. He makes some great points and is dead on when it comes to our lack of any real control in our lives. The book can be applied to any area of our lives, work, relationships, etc... I found myself reflecting on how I relate with my children as it becomes increasingly obvious how little control I have on their actions and desires. Surely his focus on ...more
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Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A wonderful read and guide to being a better human being. Has a lot of personal stories which always lead into a point the author is trying to convey.
Joe Caruso is a cancer survivor, and it was this life-changing event that also became his core, defining moment, as well as the central point of this book.

Bad things happen, circumstances occur beyond our control...and in fact, pretty much everything that happens to us is outside our direct control.

This is not the worst thing to realize, though; if anything, it's liberating. It allows us to focus on what matters, what we can control--our focus, plan of action, and ultimately our attitude.

Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The only personal development book you may or may not know you needed. I just loaded the new eBook version to my Kindle which has been updated with a new introduction and new content.
Jun 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
So far so good :) I want to get to the chapter - "Your legacy is none of your business" because I am always kinda obsessed with leaving a legacy.
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After being diagnosed with an incurable cancer while he was still in college, Joe decided to commit whatever time he had left to spending five hours per day, five days per week, studying life. He wanted to identify what he now refers to as Simple, Common, Timeless Human Truths about life. In his quest, Joe felt compelled to answer a simple, yet difficult question, before he was overcome by the can ...more

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