Book Review of Miles to Go

The younger version of Brian Tracy through his experiences, takes you on a long voyage from his hometown of Vancouver, Canada, across continents, to his destination of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Accompanied by his two companions, Bob and Jeff, he weaves a tale of intrigue, passion, and persistence across the Canadian Highlands, the streets of London, the lush landscape of rural France and Spain, further crossing the Straits of Gibraltar into Moroccan Africa. The tale temporarily ends upon his crossing the Sahara Desert into sub-Saharan Africa.

In doing so, each of his journeys has a life lesson for all of us which he explains in great detail. His artful wizardry of embedding a life lesson within each of his travel destinations, and the interactions with the people he came across, serves as a reminder to all of us, that we learn not only through our experiences, perhaps even more, through those who came before us. We never do it all alone. Somewhere, someplace, some soul influences us and changes the choices we make, and the decisions we take, for the better.

We all start from the same destination, the roads diverge slowly, and we do not notice that we are still able to wave at each other. As time passes, the paths which ran quite close to each other diverge till we no longer see our fellow travelers, moving towards different destinies.

Brian Tracy through his real-life experiences in his 20’s, shows us that, we all have our own Sahara desert to cross, we like one of the characters in the tale, have the choice to make the decision to cross it come what may, or possibly regret later what
could have been.

He talks of the intrinsic goodness, and kindness of people, and the need for doing good for others. The good done without expectation of any return is always paid back, in some form, or the other.

He also through the long journey gives us warnings about the consequences of our actions, either an act of commission or wanton omission, and the need for proper preparation, and planning before any task.

There are always critical elements in any plan or decision, we either follow them or learn the hard way what not to do.

The most important message is that one should take the first step in faith, from nowhere help arrives in different forms, and people. There would be naysayers, and obstacles dissuading you from your task, still, you would need to move ahead to your destination. Pace yourself, sometimes fast, sometimes go with the flow, however, do not stop.

He also says that quitting is an insidious habit, and before you know, it becomes a habit, a way of life. Also choose your companions and partners carefully, because people rarely, or never change; if they were the source of the problem, they would continue to be a problem later.

If this wasn’t Brian Tracy writing about his real-life experiences, one would have thought the plot belonged to a Blockbuster Hollywood Movie. This particular experience of life definitely would have had a massive role in the making of the person he has become today, a gift to the millions who have been touched by his books, seminars, and his teachings. One needs a Mentor in life, and we would like to thank him from the bottom of our hearts, for sharing his experiences which have inspired us to become larger, bigger, and better, as he puts it.

Choose well, choose wisely, take the first leap in faith, plan, persevere, be kind and grateful, would be the gist of the tale. The Sahara desert travel of one’s life begins where Brian Tracy left his. You get to fill in your story.

However good you are, you can always become a better version of yourself, if only you allow yourself to be.

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