Book Review: Caught Between a Dream and a Job

I rolled my eyes at the first two chapters and had a lot of fun filling in the blank spaces. However, in between all of the overused quotes from Zig Ziglar and Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes about “what lies within you” (please, writers!! no more! Find another quote!),

Astronaut Within You    

there are a few good concepts and comments:

  • “Getting fired is nature’s way to (of?) telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.” – Hal Lancaster.

Preach it, Hal.

  • “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is, discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn

Probably the reason why Jim flew to the heights of motivational speaking success: farming life turned into useful aphorisms.

  • “Your purpose is the womb that travailed all your gifts, talents, abilities, and skills.” – Delatorro McNeal, unplugged. I really want to stand on a stage and pronounce this in heavy, meaningful tones, and see if anyone comes up afterward and boldly asks, ‘what in heck does this mean?’

Tarzan Theory: “You can transition between your job and your dream using the Tarzan theory [only swinging from one vine once you have a grip on the next vine] in a period of one to five years. I did it in two years.” – Delatorro McNeal
Well done on working in Tarzan AND Mufasa into a motivational book!

Tarzan and Mufasa 2

  • “Our bodies are just earth suits, and our minds are the things that control the earth suit and allow us, through the power of free will, to choose our future and create it daily.” – Delatorro McNeal

Okay, leaving aside the age-old battle between heavenly and earthly planning mechanisms, I admire the ability to conjure up old grainy images of humans in clunky glowing space suits.

Glowing Earth Suit




Way to go, Mr. McNeal! I’m inspired now to walk around the house, vaguely waving my arms in an earth-conquering manner, repeating to myself some thrilling phrases from Tom Cruise movies while throatily whispering the word ‘Xanadu’.

Tom Cruise 2

  • “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human spirit on fire.” – Marshal Ferdinand Foch 

Again, leaving aside all of the jokes that could be riffed off of this person’s last name, is it odd that (a) this quote was boldly featured just above the ‘earth suits’ explanation, and (b) does anyone else immediately think of witch-burning scenes from low-budget films? In my mind, the only ready and positive example of the ‘human spirit on fire’ comes from a John Wesley quote and the Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride.

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  • “Private success will always come before public success.” – Dr. Steven Covey

And when public success comes first, i.e. Justin Bieber, there are a lot of problems to be worked through – in public. Not a pretty sight. Better to have some skinned knees in private.

Would I recommend this book? Sure, if you want to pad out an Amazon purchase for free shipping. Otherwise, just read a few Covey-Rohn-Welch blogposts and watch a Mystery Science Theatre clip, you’ll be good to go.

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