Forces of Life

Psychology: What Creates Success or Failure in Life

Non-Fiction - Self Help
369 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2022
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

In the prologue of David L. Shepard’s Forces of Life, Psychology: What Creates Success or Failure in Life, he raises an important question. What is it that the most important minds in psychology and the most successful people know about succeeding in life? This question becomes the core of his book in which he explores the critical knowledge left out of our education and ignored in psychology textbooks. In twelve chapters, you are invited to make sense of success and failure as this book presents you with sources, experiences, ideas, inspirations, and most importantly, the 25 points that must be undertaken if you are truly serious about dealing with real problems and to become an instrument in changing a broken system.

Forces of Life provides real-life lessons on knowledge and failure that most textbooks fail to equip students with when it comes to dealing with the real world. David L. Shepard’s investigation of the experience of success and failure gives solid proof that these opposites are demanding cognitive and emotional tasks and his suggested specific measures may well affect not only our well-being but the system that manages the society in which we respectively belong. Shepard’s book is not limited to the important discoveries in psychology; it is about equipping ourselves with the knowledge and information we need to survive and succeed in a difficult world that has created vast problems in interpersonal relations, marriage, school, sex, the workplace, raising children, and every area of human existence. Shepard does not just poke at or strike a vein—he cuts it open and shows us the root causes of contemporary social problems. He, therefore, answers another important question: What’s wrong with us? You get the answer by reading this work.

Foluso Falaye

In Forces of Life, David L Shepard expresses the view that many problems that plague interpersonal relationships, educational institutions, marriage, parenthood, and other aspects of humanity can be solved if people had access to the right information. Thus, the book provides some of the information needed to alleviate suffering and reduce failure in different human pursuits. It does this in three parts. The first part of the book looks into the problems that we all face and how ideas "shape our mind." Following this is an exploration of what some of the most successful people in life did to handle pain and eventually succeed. The final part treats what different highly successful people know about success and how they found this knowledge. The book delves into such diverse themes as mental health, education, social skills, peer pressure, psychology, and learning.

My early schooling experience would have improved immensely if I had learned by the methods mentioned in the book. It makes sense that schooling in the US and many other countries is not efficient enough because learning is made less exciting than what is promoted in the media. It is obvious that the book is written by an intelligent author as the clearly stated solutions provided are rational, revolutionary, and refreshingly original. Another profound concept in the book is replicating what made the most accomplished individuals successful, and it explores enough examples and well-known names to reveal what it takes to succeed. Educators, world leaders, parents, students, and even psychologists around the world should not hesitate to read Forces of Life. David L Shepard's book contains some of the most logical and original guidelines for success that I've seen.

K.C. Finn

Forces of Life - Psychology: What Creates Success or Failure in Life is a work of non-fiction in the self-help subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author David L Shepard. The book is a discussion on the factors in our attitudes and ways of thinking that lead us toward success or failure. By analyzing the work of numerous psychologists as well as looking at the diaries of famous and successful people, the book seeks to provide readers with the tools they need to navigate the difficulties of their world and develop the skills that they need to find success and get past the hurdles holding them back.

This book was a highly comprehensive journey through the key ideas of psychology that affect our everyday lives and ways of thinking, and I particularly enjoyed the analysis of successful historical figures and subsequent lessons that could be learned from their example. David L Shepard wastes no time in displaying the full extent of his subject expertise, breaking down complex ideas so that a layman can easily understand and making big concepts accessible to people who can then apply the teachings to their own lives. Forces of Life is a book that passionately advocates for self-improvement in its readers and does not rest for a moment in sharing the tools necessary to achieve the major changes in one's life. Overall, I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone looking for an accessible and comprehensive self-help manual to guide them on their journey to self-improvement.