Naga Chokkanathan

Jolt! By Phil Cooke

Posted on: May 27, 2011

Dictionary Definition of ‘Jolt’ says ‘To Disturb. To Shock. To Interfere with Abruptly. To Shake things up’. This book by the same title tries to do the same to our lives, in a world that is changing every minute.

Phil Cooke, author of "Jolt!" is very famous in the social media. In this book, he describes twenty five jolts that we can use to change our lives. To make maximum impact, the entire book is designed in a ‘jolt’ed layout, which is funny at first notice, but makes lot of sense as you read more.

Jolts in this book are organized into five categories: Jolt your direction, Jolt what matters, Jolt your potential, Jolt your heart and finally, Jolt your future. Each category has five interesting jolts, why we need them, what is the benefit if we leverage them, what we lose if we don’t.

For example, my favorite part of this book is the "Jolt your heart" section. It talks about various jolts such as one becoming a cheerleader to make a difference, gaining the freedom by being accountable for what we originally agree (It sounds odd, but believe me, it is true!), Looking beyond ourselves and so on.

Most important point, all the jolts in this book are explained in short chapters which can be read in a matter of five or ten minutes. So you can literally open any page of this book and start reading. As long as we think about the jolts that apply for us and take necessary actions to implement them, this book will immensely benefit us.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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