Book Review: The 12 Pillars

Ancient marble pillars in elliptical arrangement with orange sky
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When his car breaks down in front a mansion called the 12 Pillars, Michael Jones isn’t sure what’s wrong with his car or what to do about it.

As his luck would have it, he ran into someone who could help him fill his gas tank and give him life-changing advice. As a reader of the 12 Pillars, by Jim Rohn and Chris Widener, you get to tag along and eavesdrop.

The book takes its name from the mansion of the main character which has 12 Pillars. The reader soon learns that the 12 Pillars are symbolic of the 12 pillars that he feels are critical to a life well-led.

What do you think they are? I had my own guesses, but instead of flipping to the Table of Contents, I starting reading. Along with the main character, I was drawn in by the invitation to find out what the 12 Pillars were. The story unfolded as if the reader was sitting down for a cup of coffee with an older relative who was dispensing sage advice.

Each chapter was a separate pillar explained in careful detail to the main character. It was an easy read, but it is deceptively simple. This book needs to be read more than once. I will be taking a slower walk through the chapters to see what else I can learn from it.

I don’t want to share the list of 12 Pillars with you because I think this book has its greatest impact in the way it delivers its message. I don’t want to reveal the end of the book for the same reason. I do want to share a few of its quotes with you and encourage you to buy it and let it help shape your thoughts as well.

On Goal Setting:
“…the major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than the goal you achieve.”

“…how will you ever grow and expand if you aren’t consistently and proactively pursuing knowledge and ideas that will move your life forward? ”

On Leaving a Legacy:
“We are but breeze of wind that blow through this world. Here one day, gone the next. No one knows how long they will live. You cannot choose how long you will live, Michael, but you can choose how well you will live. I believe that how well you live is bound inherently with how much you leave for others who come behind you and follow your path.”

I’m sure you can see that this book is well worth the read. Have you read anything you’d recommend? Leave a comment or send me a tweet, my id is @jgodfrey.

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