I was recommending Martina Navratilova's exceptional fitness and health book Shape Your Self to an acquaintance recently, and I received one of the most unusual excuses I've heard in a long time:
"Nahhh. I don't want to read her book. She's in such great shape. It'll just make me mad."
Look, agreed that Martina is an absolute physical specimen. She's won tennis titles over an astonishing four decades, and she won her last major pro tennis title at age 49. She's faced down breast cancer, for goodness' sake.
Heck, as an 18 year old, she defected from her home country, Czechoslovakia, which was under the control of the Soviet Union in those days. In other words, not only is she a physical specimen, she's really brave too.
And it's true, she looks as fit now--at age 55!--as ever.
So I can understand being jealous of somebody like Martina. But why get mad? What is there in a book where she gives away all of her secrets that could possibly make a person mad?
Readers, help me out here. Do you ever catch yourself getting angry or jealous when someone talks about the methods behind their successes? How do you avoid this, and more importantly, how do you help others avoid it too? Please share your thoughts!
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