I’ve known Timo for about six months, and I wasn’t at all surprised when he told me back in January that he was planning on releasing a book. He’s a hard worker, always charging full-steam towards his objectives, and his idea for a book sounded solid. Earlier this month, as we were preparing for our podcast session, he asked me if I’d like to take a look at a pre-release.
To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect, other than the subject matter, which dealt with the illusions and lies that shape modern life. I was certainly not expecting a sub-par product, but I was prepared to let Timo know my unbiased thoughts on his work. After all, there’s no point in offering a critique if you’re going to lie to make the author feel good about himself. So, in the midst of our Skype call, I paged through it, and told Timo I would let him know what I really thought about the book as soon as I had the time to actually read it.
Later that night, I took the time to sit down and open Shattered with no distractions. Within the first five minutes I told myself “I’ve underestimated him. There’s no need to think about how I’m going to phrase criticisms, as this is an excellent piece of work”. I was incredibly impressed with what I was reading.
Shattered is not a narrative, a how-to book, or a self-help book. Rather, it is a collection of hard-hitting Maxims and short statements that apply universally. It reads a bit like “The Art of War” but “The Cliffs Notes of Wisdom” is how I would describe it.
This book is designed to be read differently, but it’s an intuitive process. You simply can’t help but stop and think about how each individual Principle or Maxim applies to your life. I find myself going back to it, time and time again, pausing and reflecting, pausing and reflecting. As I said, it’s not a self-help book in and of itself. That being said, if you’re really absorbing the words, they will motivate you to ask yourself some difficult questions, and at times take an unblinking look at yourself.
I’m really impressed with Timo’s book, and consider it quite a valuable piece of writing. Take into consideration that this is his FIRST book and it becomes all the more impressive. Shattered has made an impression. It gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from me, and will remain in my library for a very, very long time.
Check out Timo’s work here.