A colleague of mine recently released a book about the science of the life-changing moment, and I could not recommend it more.
The Holy Sh!t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant, written by James Fell, is an interesting work. The very way it is written breeds inspiration, and it is peppered with personal stories, yet there is an undeniable focus on science and evidence.
The thesis of the book is pretty simple: it’s possible for the hare to beat the tortoise. In other words, sometimes acting quickly and on instinct can get you further than more traditionally traveled paths. The book proves its argument using compelling science, including citing recent studies, but it also relies heavily upon philosophical and psychological academics.
Fell quotes Plato, Marcus Aurelius, and even Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory as he walks readers through misconceptions about how we learn and process new information. Here’s an excerpt I enjoyed:
“Homo sapiens’ neurological processing unit is complex and beyond our current understanding of mathametical formulae to neatly explain,” Fell writes. “We may not know all regarding the complexities of the mind, but human motivation has been studied for millennia. We do understand some interesting things, and through trial and error, people have transformed their lives for the better using myriad methods for change.”
Holy Sh!t Moment, published by St. Martin’s Press, is written in a conversational style that makes it accessible to everyone. And that’s exactly who should read the book.