Book Review – S.U.M.O. By Paul McGee


S.U.M.O. (Shut Up, Move On): The Straight-Talking Guide to Succeeding in Life, 10th Anniversary Edition by Paul McGee.

Paul McGee is an international speaker, a bestselling author and performance coach. Paul’s main aim is to help people achieve better results in life, whilst having more fun in the process. He has shared his SUMO message in 40 countries around the globe to date.

This is absolutely my kind of book. Even the chapter titles are appealing and make you want to dive in:

1. E+R=O

2. Change your T-shirt

3. Develop Fruity Thinking

4. Hippo Time is OK

5. Remember The Beachball

6. Learn Latin

7. Ditch Doris Day

As Paul says in the preface to this edition ‘Tell it as it is. No bull. Let’s be really practical’ – The success of the SUMO approach stems from the fact that it’s grounded in reality. You’re encouraged to deal with life as it is, rather than as you’d like it to be. And these seven factors – reflection, recovery, responsibility, resilience, relationships, resourcefulness and reality – are all crucial to us achieving better results in life.

It’s a very easy read and so many statements stand out that you can’t help but practically put a highlighter pen through the book. And then there are exercises within each chapter to help you question your own situations and how to put the SUMO approach into them or future scenarios.

I have a found it a ‘go to’ book on my bookshelf; for when I’m faced with a curveball I wasn’t expecting and how to deal with it, how to advise a friend who can only think through a problem one way to give them other ways of thinking, when I have a question and I can’t quite figure out the answer.

To any of my friends reading this review look out, as it might be a gift you’ll be receiving in future. It’s one of those finds that I can’t wait to share.

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