Let me begin with a disclaimer.
I am a fan of the author’s podcast Unmistakable Creative.
I encourage you to listen to some of interviews. They are well done.
I was eagerly waiting to get my hands on this book and I could feel the signature presence of the author in the book as well.
My son saw this book and it took me some time to explain the title. After that he pulled a fast one on me at the dinner table. I queried him on the way something he did and he replied ‘See appa. I am only!’.
The author presents a unmistakable case for standing out from the crowd and argues on how it can lead to a more fulfilling life.
There is a clear sense of authenticity in the writing as the author traces his own journey and his struggles before he chose to become ‘Only’. There are interesting stories about people in each chapters who have chosen to become ‘only’.
Also the metaphorical association of establishing the process for becoming ‘only’ with the author’s passion for surfing makes it an engaging read. Even if you do not know surfing, your curiosity will increase to learn more about it. You could substitute surfing with your favourite sport and the lessons will still apply. It is not easy maintaining that the metaphorical language throughout the book and the author deserves kudos for doing that.
There is an interesting observation which I liked
“Style in any art form emerges when we let go of what we perceive as universal truth and start to embrace what is true for us. Our art must answer deeper questions of what makes us completely alive, what we want to be known for, and how we want to be remembered. Our foundational habits and our mentors and coaches have served as training wheels. Now it’s time for us to make the ride our own”
Letting go and embracing uncertainty is not easy, but the author convinces you that it would be fun and time well spent.
This is one the books that I could complete in one sitting. It is not preachy and the style presents a mirror to my own self and that is the reason I feel that I will go back to this book again and again.
Can you manage ‘The Drop’ ?
To figure that out, get yourself a copy and I am positive that you will gulp it at one go and come back to it repeatedly.
It is worth your time and money.
Enjoy Maadi(Have Fun)