Book Review: Play Your Bigger Game

Hey, I’ve started a new section on my blog to review books, primarily because I joined Hay House’s Book Nook program to receive free books in exchange for reviewing them. I LOVE Hay House and purchase from them regularly. As well, I often quote teachings from their founder, Louise Hay, who is a thought leader on the connection between our health and our emotions.

In the future, I also want to include reviews of books that I’ve found to have had a profound impact in my life, not just books received through the Book Nook program. I love to read, although I don’t get to do it as much as I used to before I was a mom :).

That said, here’s my first review for the Book Nook program on Rick Tamlyn’s, Play Your Bigger Game: 9 Minutes to Learn, a Lifetime to Live. I was immediately drawn to the title of the book as I’d been reevaluating my life during the last few months of 2013. This book got me wondering what is MY bigger game.

I realized that simply teaching reflexology techniques wasn’t enough. It was HUGE for me to step out of my comfort zone and start sharing Chinese Reflexology online and in workshops. However, I realized I was holding back on about 90% of the wealth of my knowledge and personal experience. After reading Play Your Bigger Game and the plethora of examples in the book of other people who stepped up to play their bigger game, I felt inspired to do the same. Hence, you’ll be noticing a shift in this site to not only share reflexology techniques, but to encompass the real “secret” to amazing health and vitality, which is the Mind/Body/Spirit connection.

Since Rick Tamlyn’s book got me thinking bigger and for that, I’m very appreciative. I was however, I bit disappointed in the book and found the time investment I made to read it, was not entirely worthwhile. I suppose it had to do with expectations.

Rick does a lot of corporate training to teach people about his “play your bigger game” philosophy. I was hoping that the book would provide a more hands-on approach and include more exercises and tools to help me learn and apply his philosophy to my life. Also as a Hay House book, I was expecting more of a spiritual and alternative perspective, but instead got a very corporate-y training guide.

I found after I had the realization to play bigger, which by the way I was already considering since I was attracted to the book title, the book did not actually give me very many tools or exercises to help me play a bigger game. Most of the advice consisted of a bullet list of questions to ask yourself. E.g. How do I need to grow? What skills do I need to build so I can keep playing my bigger game?

I honestly felt like the book description was a bit misleading especially the part about “9 minutes to learn” because it took MUCH longer than 9 minutes to learn the methodology and the description promised tools and that “you will never feel stuck again.” I’m sure Rick’s live trainings are amazing and transformational for people, but some things just don’t translate well into print.

On a positive note, I enjoyed a lot of the inspiring stories in the book of people and businesses playing their bigger game. Some projects were quite fascinating such as the Bayview community in Virginia and especially, Brenda Eheart’s Hope Meadow project. Look up Hope Meadows if you want to feel truly inspired.

So, while the book may not have been my cup of tea, oftentimes we learn when we are open to perspectives that are different from our own and presented in ways that are different than what we are used to. As the book emphasizes, life’s about getting out of your comfort zone. For me, reading a corporate-y training guide is out of my comfort zone! :)

FTC Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Hay House to review and the book cover is an affiliate link to Amazon. It was the easiest and fastest way for me to add a cover image to this article :)

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