By Yulia Tulegenova
We all have dreams and desires, but how often do we actually ask for what we want? How often do we let fear, doubt, or insecurity stop us from pursuing our goals? How often do we settle for less than we deserve?
These are some of the questions that Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, explore in their book The Aladdin Factor: How to Ask for What You Want–and Get It. The book is based on the premise that anything is possible if you dare to ask, and that asking is a skill that can be learned and improved.
The Aladdin Factor is divided into five parts, each covering a different aspect of asking. The first part explains the benefits of asking, such as increasing your self-esteem, expanding your opportunities, and enhancing your relationships. The second part identifies the five barriers to asking, such as ignorance, limiting beliefs, fear, pride, and guilt. The third part offers practical tips and techniques to overcome these barriers, such as affirmations, visualization, role-playing, and scripting. The fourth part provides examples of how to ask for different things in different situations, such as asking for information, advice, referrals, money, favors, and forgiveness. The fifth part shares inspirational stories of people who have achieved success by asking for what they want, such as Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney, and Martin Luther King Jr.
The Aladdin Factor is a motivational and informative book that aims to empower readers to take charge of their lives and make their wishes come true. The authors use a conversational and humorous tone, and include anecdotes, quotes, exercises, and checklists to illustrate their points and engage the readers. The book is easy to read and understand, and can be applied to any area of life, whether personal or professional.
However, the book is not without its flaws. Some of the drawbacks of the book are:
- The book is too long and repetitive. The authors could have condensed their message and avoided repeating the same ideas and examples over and over again.
- The book is too simplistic and optimistic. The authors seem to suggest that asking is the only thing that matters, and that anyone can get anything they want by asking. They do not acknowledge the complexities and challenges of the real world, and the factors that may influence the outcome of asking, such as timing, context, competition, and ethics.
- The book is too anecdotal and subjective. The authors rely heavily on their own experiences and opinions, and do not provide enough evidence or research to support their claims. They also use some questionable sources and stories, such as the legend of Aladdin, the law of attraction, and the power of prayer.
- The book is too self-promotional and commercial. The authors use the book as a platform to advertise their other products and services, such as their seminars, workshops, tapes, and newsletters. They also use the book to endorse their friends and associates, such as their mentors, colleagues, and clients.
The Aladdin Factor is a book that can inspire and motivate readers to ask for what they want and pursue their dreams. However, it is not a book that can guarantee or deliver results. Readers should take the book with a grain of salt, and use their own judgment and common sense when applying the principles and techniques of asking. Asking is not a magic formula, but a skill that requires practice, patience, and persistence.