The message of the master by John McDonald

I recently read this book and couldn’t let go. Chunks of time drifted  like lazy clouds and I was literally there, glued to this book like a shadow on a crescent night. Today I’ll share the most incredible ideas I learnt. 


McDonald says and I quote,

” When the first objective is reached, what then? Set another one beyond that, immediately. Why? Because the peculiar nature of the Outer Mind is to drop back into inertia after achieving an objective. You can imagine the Outer Mind saying something like this, ‘Well, I have been mercilessly driven, and forced to attain that goal, and now that I’ve reached it I’m going to rest.’ And your answer will be, ‘No rest for you, for I’ve already started you on another.’ Once you have attained that valuable momentum, maintain it. Cling to it. And as the momentum increases, the steps in your progress become more rapid, until eventually it’s possible to reach an objective almost immediately.”

That’s powerful.

First: Identify the most important objective in your life. Go get it.



Mcdonald shares an idea that after working on a certain project for a while, there is a tendency of allowing inertia to creep into the system. We need to welcome Mr Momentum  and keep on check. Once you’ve commenced a project, don’t let that weird tendency of allowing inertia to back in your schedule uninvited. Once you’ve committed to creating a new goal, WELCOME MR MO AND KEEP GOING!

This concept reminds me of Darren Hardy who wrote The compound effect

 Hardy tells us we need to keep Mr. Mo in the house and shares this gem: “The same thing happens when a rocket ship launches.The space shuttle uses more fuel during the first few minutes of its flight than it does the rest of the entire trip. Why? Because it has to break free from the pull of gravity. Once it does, it can glide in orbit. The hard part? Getting off the ground. Your old ways and your old conditioning are just like the inertia of the merry-go- round or the pull of gravity. Everything just wants to stay at rest. You’ll need a lot of energy to break your inertia and get your new enterprise under way. But once you get momentum, you will be hard to stop—virtually unbeatable—even though you’re now putting out considerably less effort while receiving greater results.
Get off the ground?

Well done!!!

That was the hardest part.

Now keep on flying, my friend! 🙂

I have always been a great fan of John McDonald. I love the content he uses to tell a story, and the way he makes even the simplest of principles and mind-blowing stories fascinating. His penchant for creating classics is unparalleled, and The Message of a Master  serves true to the writer’s fame.

Although extremely verbose and filled with a lot of details that might shy away a restless reader, The Message of a Master draws its strength from the classic John McDonald theme of life from a different angle.

In short, the book is definitely worth a read for the John McDonald enthusiasts.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy my post“Man’s Search For Meaning” By Viktor E. Frankl

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