Book review: Your Greatest Power

Book cover for Your Greatest Power by J. Martin Kohe

Our attitude towards the events that happen in our lives and around us has a huge impact on our outlook on life. It affects our mood. It determines our level of success (or failure). The choices we make determine if we are going to help make the world a better place or contribute to making it worse.

In Your Greatest Power, J. Martin Kohe examines the power of choice and how to use it to make a positive impact in your life, the lives of those around you, and the world in general.

Your Greatest Power is a short read. It can easily be read over one or two sittings. It’s not your typical self-help, personal development book that uses 300+ pages to give you a step-by-step plan to turn your life around. Kohe’s work is ~75 pages and focuses on one item, to the extreme.

That one item is the power choice has over your life.

We all have choices to make on a daily basis, and the sum total of these choices defines our station in life. Our choices determine if we are a part of society’s ills or an instrument in the solutions that will help make the world a better place in which to live.

Quite honestly, Kohe could have written the words above and been done with the book. Everything else around that quote is reinforcement of why our freedom to choose is so powerful. He does it through anecdotes, examples, and supporting statements. It may feel a bit like overkill, but he is trying to hammer his point home.

…we are going through life just once, we should choose to make life a confident one, instead of a timid one…that we should choose to make a calm life rather than one of restlessness…that we should choose to have poise rather than confusion…that we should choose to make the most of life for ourselves and everyone else around us…rather than spoil our own lives and those about us.

Your Greatest Power is not a book I would consider a Must Read, or one that you need to put at the top of your reading list. However, what it’s good at is a pick-me-up, reminder, or reinforcement regarding the power of choice. I would consider it a good book to pick up when you feel like things are spinning out of control, or you need a shot of motivation. It’s a short read, one that you can breeze through in an hour or so that gives you that little nudge, or big shove, that you need to get back on the right track.