Wednesday Author Spotlight – Marc Allen and the Type Z Guide to Success


In keeping with this week’s meditation theme of revisiting the past, I wanted to highlight both an author and a set of concepts that I’ve been revisiting in the past week. The Type -Z Guide to Success, A Lazy Person’s Manifesto for Wealth and Fulfillment by Marc Allen has been on my Amazon wish list for a while.

A few years ago, I became familiar with the work of Marc Allen, and read one of his books, I believe it was Visionary Business.  He’s the co-founder with Shakti Gawain of New World Library, the publisher of Eckhart Tolle and other new thought authors.  He’s written many books on how to create a more successful life and also writes music.

I like Allen’s ideas on goal setting, affirmations, and taking action because I’ve seen these concepts work in my life and that of many other people.   I picked up this book to see how Allen ties ideas about taking action towards our dreams with the idea of being lazy.  This book does a great job in teaching us how to set goals in a highly effective way, and it emphasizes that it is possible to achieve our life goals “in an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way.” Unlike some new thought authors, Allen admits that many of our goals and affirmations don’t come into being or turn out the way we would have hoped. I agree with Allen when he says,

“The goals and dreams that are perfect for you are the ones that finally come true.”

I resonate with a lot of the ideas Allen presented in the Type Z Guide to Success.  I believe that a goal of a humane society should be to create more leisure for all of its citizens so that we can enjoy our lives, and be prepared for times of true urgency.

We live in a time when so many messages in our world tell us to work harder, more often, and faster.  There often isn’t a true urgency behind our modern fast living, but we are led to believe that the world requires for us be fast, stressful, and difficult.  Marketing, media and culture can  make us feel guilty, unrealistic and lazy if we dare to dream of a world where people work fewer hours and experience abundance.  Type Z has a different approach for creating wealth and fulfillment, and I invite you to check it out.

Last week, I purchased Type Z on Amazon as a used book, for about $5.  This could be a small investment to help you make some of your unorthodox new year’s resolutions come true, and could be a great book for your personal library. You can also get a kindle version of this book if you’d like to avoid killing trees.

To end this post, I’d like to share my favorite quote from the Type Z Guide to Success:

What is the Purpose of Family?

To protect and support each one of us,

to be in partnership together,

to respect and love and listen to each other,

to encourage each other to be happy and healthy,

and to help us all fulfill our highest dreams.

May you experience all the joys and blessings of a supportive family this week and if you don’t have one, go out and create one!

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