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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Find Your YOU by Tony Ashcraft is a non-fiction self-help guide for those who feel like they're little more than a hamster in a wheel as they continue to chase, achieve, and enjoy virtually nothing. Ashcraft shifts focus from the parameters of a simple, single call to action and instead provides the framework for success from the bottom up and working from the inside out. Over the course of fifteen distinct and interconnecting chapters, Ashcraft addresses the psychology behind a mindset of what we should be doing and why it keeps us from what we want to do, the cyclical nature of positive and negative energy, and how external situations, jobs, people, environment, and other forces impact our own—all recurring themes throughout. The book doubles down with a hard look in the mirror to understand ego and imagination, the power of love and forgiveness, and the enhanced quality of life that can only come from within ourselves.
The first thing that intrigued me about Find Your YOU was how I immediately connected with Tony Ashcraft with a summary of disappointment despite, by all appearances, being the guy that others thought was going in the right direction. As I continued to read I was also struck by Ashcraft's comfortable narrative. I've read more than my fair share of books where an author talks about being ourselves only to then try to formulate our rehabilitation into their own idea of what that should be. Ironic? I thought so too. I loved that the book is written like a friend having a good chat, and Ashcraft's honesty about his shortcomings on his own journey was refreshing in the sense that what is encouraged comes from the experience of another who has been there. There's a part where he describes a partnership he'd invested in to purchase a vacation let and, in hindsight, the lesson learned in taking on such a project with others. My father-in-law had a similar situation but, unlike Ashcraft, had trouble seeing where egos were in play and ended up in a years-long legal battle. Walking away takes a spine of steel and the self-confidence to acknowledge your worth, your time, and a value that cannot be measured against the size of an escrow check. Ashcraft has this in abundance and is ready to share. I strongly recommend this book.