Book Review: The Charge by Brendon Burchard

If you’re looking for some motivating ideas to try out this summer, you might like to get your hands on a copy of Brendan Burchard’s new book The Charge.

I didn’t expect to like the book very much, because I thought Burchard could be too pushy and perhaps this type of book wouldn’t be as helpful for someone like me who wants to enjoy a slower way of life, not necessarily speed up and charge.  I found myself pleasantly surprised

Burchard talked about 10 human drives —  Control, Competence, Congruence, Caring, Connection,  Change, Challenge, Creative Expression, Contribution and Consciousness.  Not sure why all his drives start with a letter c, but he manages to share innovative strategies  and inspiring stories to make you want to keep turning the page.

Here is a brief excerpt from the end of the book that doesn’t give away his ideas throughout the book, but gives you a taste for his style of writing.

The Charged Life urges us to transcend our normal ways of thinking and shift to a higher gear by better controlling the dashboard of our own consciousness.  It also challenges us to find a higher purpose and meaning in our own human experience and to rise above our own circumstance and connect with something greater than ourselves, to stretch beyond the mundane to the magical.

It’s a different kind of life, to be sure — a much more consciously designed existence.  But what else is there?  Shall we let our impulses alone control us, or shall we direct our attention and activities to a higher state of motivation, meaning, and morality?  Shall we let the world go spinning past us, or shall we use our presence to slow it down, take it in, appreciate the magic of it all?  And through each day and up to the very end, when we sense those last moments of life, shall we simply and casually wonder about the force of something beyond us, or shall we slip the bonds of our limited senses and choose to connect with and live through divine love?  The choice, as it has always been, is yours.

I ended this book (dare I say) feeling more charged.  He gave me some new strategies to live this summer and beyond with more presence and awareness.  I particularly liked his chapter on contribution.  If you’re looking for some inspiration as we move into this new season, take a look at The Charge by Brendon Burchard.

10 thoughts on “Book Review: The Charge by Brendon Burchard

  1. stephenedwards425 says:

    Hi Karen, I’ve been following Brendon for a while now…check out his book The Golden Key…it is far better than his other book The Millionaire Messenger. The only problem I have with Brendon is the $10,000 to attend his Expert’s Academy…that is kind of steep.

    Thanks for the review and for nominating me…your check is in the mail. :)

    Be encouraged!

    • Karen Wan says:

      I didn’t like the Millionaire Messenger as much either. You’re right about his fees. I have Brendon’s first book, but I have not read that one yet. Another one for this summer. :)

  2. stuartart says:

    Hi Karen, like myself Brendon is a student of Anthony Robbins – it shows in his writing. I enjoyed his Millionaire Messenger book and I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one too. He is a brilliant marketer too – he’s taught me a lot! :)

    • Karen Wan says:

      Hi Stuart! Brendon is a brilliant marketer, and he was gutsy to show many of his techniques in Millionaire Messenger. I happen to like The Charge more because it also appeals to people who aren’t quite as motivated by wealth and money. The thing that I like about Brendon most is that he has a great sense of humor. :)

  3. bluebutterfliesandme says:

    I could use a book to charge me. I only have seen Tony Robbins once. I went to a free lecture he gave in Los Angeles. I have never before or since felt a charge like I did that day. If the writer is a student, I am sure he learned a thing or two.

    • Karen Wan says:

      I very much like your blog including the one I read today about the Sounds from the Spirit Cave in Tibet, which was beautiful and fascinating. And thanks for stopping by here too! :)

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