There are millions of self-help books that all promise the secret to obtaining a happy lifea successful career, lots of money, loving relationships, a defined and firm sense of morality; whatever could possibly define “happiness” for one person. But nothing is possibly more subjective than happiness. Born with a deformity known as Pectus Excavatum (sunken chest) happiness eluded Brad Wheelis as he struggled with low self-esteem, perceive flaws, and societal pressure to be perfect. Eventually, he realized that he had been chasing the wrong ideal.
Today, Wheelis believes that a truly happy life is impossible. No one can be happy all of the time. But you can strive to achieve a fulfilled life that contains a myriad of emotions by making a series of changes: how your preconceived notions of fulfillment differ from realistic goals, what you want to accomplish for yourself, and how you can make those ideas come true. Making a conscious decision to transform your perceptions of both trivial and significant aspects of your life, one at a time, will lead you to your own kind of happiness and inner greatness. The Perception Myth combines personal memoir with a step-by-step approach to happiness for anyone who is afraid or does not know how to take risks. Fulfillment is around the corner; you just need to figure out how to reach it.
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About the Author
Brad Wheelis is an award-winning journalist and former ABC News correspondent for twelve years. He produced and anchored Your Voice Your Vote , an Edward R. Murrow Award winner, and Focus on the White House. Wheelis is active in charitable work for such issues as multiple sclerosis and cancer research and is an avid car aficionado. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Who Is Brad? vii
Chapter 1 The Perception Myth 1
Chapter 2 The Perception of You 11
Chapter 3 Changing Your Self-Perception 25
Chapter 4 Tap Into Your Inner Greatness 41
Chapter 5 The Perception of Success 57
Chapter 6 Famous and Flawless? 71
Chapter 7 Be Powerful 83
Chapter 8 So You Had a Bad Day? 101
Chapter 9 Letting Go 111
Chapter 10 And Finally 125