Simpleology by Mark Joyner
Book Review - 3 Stars
"Simpleology: The Simple Science of Getting What You Want" by Mark Joyner is a strange book which is rather too clever and knowing in places but interesting and very revealing in others.
It is one of the few books that if you read it, I recommend you read the end first.
Not the last page but the last section which looks at the five laws of Simpleology.
The book is written in four parts
- The Asylum - why you're stuck where you are now.
- The Invisible Walls - your defective mental programming and the offensive weapons used against you to keep you there.
- Disposable Reality - defensive weapons to help you to break out.
- Simpleology, the simple science of getting what you want - how to get to where you want to be using the programming language to turn dreams into reality.
There are some great examples in the book which illustrate the issues but I found that without a psychological background, some of the book moved too fast. It introduced terms, explained them briefly and then referred to them later assuming that I now understood and remembered.
The Simpleology book also builds up ideas and I found myself thinking "that makes sense" and then it deconstructs the idea and knocks it back down.
I know Mark Joyner is aware of the problem. He even writes in the final section "Hey, isn't this supposed to be the simple science of getting what you want? My head is spinning and none of that was simple."
So let's just quickly look at how Simpleology is simple to apply by examining the rules of Simpleology.
The Five Laws Of Simpleology
- The law of straight lines - as you know the shortest path between two points is a straight line but too often while we know it, we ignore it in what we do, moving first left and then right as we allow ourselves to be distracted.
- The law of clear vision - every improvement methodology emphasises the importances of clearly identify what you want to achieve and Simpleology is no different.
- The law of focused attention - after you decided your target, you need to focus on it and not allow yourself to be distracted by other issues.
- The law of focused energy - thinking is not enough, you need the action that comes from the application of focused energy.
- The law of the inescapability of action / reaction - which emphasises the point that you are always doing something so procrastination and laziness are seen as ineffective actions"
Running The Right Mental Programs
Mark Joyner contrasts the human brain with a computer and shows that you have a choice.
You can either choose to run the wrong mental programs which are obsolete, stuffed with viruses and trojans where other people manipulate you to do what they want.
Or you can run the right mental programs based on the laws of Simpleology.
Only you can make that choice but Mark Joyner and his organisation, Simpleology have given you the tools to take back control of your life, to live it purposefully and reject the wrong mental problems.
You Don't Need To Read The Simpleology Book
I'm not even convinced that Mark Joyner wants you to read Simpleology and I rate Simpleology as a 3 star book.
Actions speak louder than words.
Sign Up To Simpleology 101 - It Is Free
Mark Joyner and Simpleology have put together a computer based system to help you to get what you want more easily and quickly.
Simpleology 101 (affiliate link)
The first step is to create your Simpleology account. It doesn't cost anything so you have nothing to lose to give it a try. There is no big sales letter to read. Just the promise that:
Within minutes of setting up your account, you will:
- See your day with instant clarity
- Focus instantly on what´s important
- Dump the rest (liberation is a click away)
- Clear your brain of clutter and distraction
Taking control of your time and your life on a day by day basis could be the most important thing you do all year.
I will review the Simpleology 101 program over on my main Business Coaching Blog but here is the video posted by someone on YouTube with Mark Joyner explaining the Simpleology 101 free course.
Update Following Mark Joyner's Comment
OK I got that one wrong.
Mark Joyner does want you to read the book but I still found the early sections in the book a mixture between fascinating and confusing and it was only on the third attempt that I was able to finish it.
But what do I know?
I do seem to be in the minority of those who struggle with it based on the Amazon reviews (affiliate links).
To date there have been 85 reviews:
5 Stars - 56
4 Stars - 12
3 Stars - 8
2 Stars - 5
1 Star - 4
so the vast majority have been very positive.
My own view is that you should buy into the Simpleology ideas and practices for organising your time before you consider reading the book. As Mark says it his comment, the book provides the back story about how things stand in your way.