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Could happiness lie in helping others and being open to accepting help yourself?Mentors – the follow up to Sunday Times number one bestseller, Recovery – describes the benefits of seeking and offering help.‘I have mentors in every area of my life, as a comic, a dad, a recovering drug addict, a spiritual being and as a man who believes that we, as individuals and the great Could happiness lie in helping others and being open to accepting help yourself?Mentors – the follow up to Sunday Times number one bestseller, Recovery – describes the benefits of seeking and offering help.‘I have mentors in every area of my life, as a comic, a dad, a recovering drug addict, a spiritual being and as a man who believes that we, as individuals and the great globe itself, are works in progress and that through a chain of mentorship we can improve individually and globally, together . . . One of the unexpected advantages my drug addiction granted is that the process of recovery that I practise includes a mentorship tradition. I will encourage you to find mentors of your own and explain how you may better use the ones you already have. Furthermore, I will tell you about my experiences mentoring others and how invaluable that has been on my ongoing journey to self-acceptance and how it has helped me to transform from a bewildered and volatile vagabond to a (mostly) present and (usually) focussed husband and father.’Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped describes the impact that a series of significant people have had on the author – from the wayward youths he tried to emulate growing up in Essex, through the first ex-junkie sage, to the people he turns to today to help him be a better father. It explores how we all – consciously and unconsciously – choose guides, mentors and heroes throughout our lives and examines the new perspectives they can bring.

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Could happiness lie in helping others and being open to accepting help yourself?Mentors – the follow up to Sunday Times number one bestseller, Recovery – describes the benefits of seeking and offering help.‘I have mentors in every area of my life, as a comic, a dad, a recovering drug addict, a spiritual being and as a man who believes that we, as individuals and the great Could happiness lie in helping others and being open to accepting help yourself?Mentors – the follow up to Sunday Times number one bestseller, Recovery – describes the benefits of seeking and offering help.‘I have mentors in every area of my life, as a comic, a dad, a recovering drug addict, a spiritual being and as a man who believes that we, as individuals and the great globe itself, are works in progress and that through a chain of mentorship we can improve individually and globally, together . . . One of the unexpected advantages my drug addiction granted is that the process of recovery that I practise includes a mentorship tradition. I will encourage you to find mentors of your own and explain how you may better use the ones you already have. Furthermore, I will tell you about my experiences mentoring others and how invaluable that has been on my ongoing journey to self-acceptance and how it has helped me to transform from a bewildered and volatile vagabond to a (mostly) present and (usually) focussed husband and father.’Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped describes the impact that a series of significant people have had on the author – from the wayward youths he tried to emulate growing up in Essex, through the first ex-junkie sage, to the people he turns to today to help him be a better father. It explores how we all – consciously and unconsciously – choose guides, mentors and heroes throughout our lives and examines the new perspectives they can bring.

30 review for Mentors: How to Help and be Helped

  1. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    A good book. Don't judge this book by its size, this book. This book contains some condensed in some cases summarised versions of his book Recovery, but it is not the same book. This is part Russell's thank you to people who have mentored him, and mainly the importance of mentoring and finding the correct mentor. He goes through the characteristics needed, as well as what he learned and then passed on to people he has mentored. Their is a great chapter on his experience of parenthood, as well as d A good book. Don't judge this book by its size, this book. This book contains some condensed in some cases summarised versions of his book Recovery, but it is not the same book. This is part Russell's thank you to people who have mentored him, and mainly the importance of mentoring and finding the correct mentor. He goes through the characteristics needed, as well as what he learned and then passed on to people he has mentored. Their is a great chapter on his experience of parenthood, as well as dealing with every parents worst nightmare. If you are looking for a quick easy read this is not the correct book. It is deep in some places, light hearted in others. Unlike in Revolution where Brand spoke of a revolution to come, but himself was not sure where he was not sure which side he would be classed on when it did come, he know exactly where he stands on the topic of mentoring. How important it is, what people should look for, and it works. He uses himself as an example to illustrate what mentoring has done for him and allowed him to do for others. Like a good teacher, a good mentor not only guides, but never stops learning from those he is helping.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    Look, lets get this out of the way first - Russell Brand is wordy. He strings out a sentence that could be condensed down into three words, but he does it in such a way that you know his brain has been slow cooking the thoughts for such a time that the meat of the sentence is falling off the bones and can only be held together with poetic expanse and entropic tangential lines of thought. Oh, it seems I am a bit wordy too. I really liked this one, I did not read Recovery, despite my addiction to Look, lets get this out of the way first - Russell Brand is wordy. He strings out a sentence that could be condensed down into three words, but he does it in such a way that you know his brain has been slow cooking the thoughts for such a time that the meat of the sentence is falling off the bones and can only be held together with poetic expanse and entropic tangential lines of thought. Oh, it seems I am a bit wordy too. I really liked this one, I did not read Recovery, despite my addiction to writing longer sentences than necessary and my obsession with needing to know everything, I didnt think it was applicable to me. I may have to go back and read it, because if asked, I would have thought Mentors didnt apply to me either, but I got a lot out of it. I read the book in the same month that I started listening to Under the Skin, and so there was a bit of crossover. But the relationships he mentions that were either mentor or mentee at various stages of his recovery or his life, were beautiful to experience. Whether spiritual, physical, psychological or just based in friendship, Brand explores the people that have inspired him to become the bearded bastion of philosophy that is today. I think fatherhood has had an enormous impact on Brand's view of the world, and it comes through in his recollections of past relationships and present experiences. The knowledge that the ultimate role of mentorship has been thrust upon him forever has given him insight into what it takes to allow yourself to be helped or guided by the wisdom of others, and what it means to pay that forward. This is a book for everyone, and serves as a reminder to stop and think about the people that have - deliberately or not - become mentors to you on your own journey. Russell Brand is becoming one of my favourite voices in this mixed self-help/philosophy/motivation genre.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Naaz

    I didn't read it, rather I listened to it - which is my preferred method when it comes to Russell Brand. He is wordy, which is to be expected. But he is also insightful, self-aware, endearingly flawed and full of fresh perspective. I enjoyed it and will probably give it another listen.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    3.5 rounding up because I just like the guy! Since drug addiction he is constantly working on himself and very introspective, I admire that in him.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Farley

    As an additional adjacency to his brilliant self-help tome, Recovery, Russell introduces us to the many different characters in his life that has aided and abetted him (so to speak) throughout his spiritual improvement over the last decade or so. From sages to ex-addicts such as himself to business and medical professionals who guide and impart their wisdom, Mentors is full of great advice along with Brand's trademark wit. It's inspiring and thoughtful, tragic and sad in parts, but most of all, As an additional adjacency to his brilliant self-help tome, Recovery, Russell introduces us to the many different characters in his life that has aided and abetted him (so to speak) throughout his spiritual improvement over the last decade or so. From sages to ex-addicts such as himself to business and medical professionals who guide and impart their wisdom, Mentors is full of great advice along with Brand's trademark wit. It's inspiring and thoughtful, tragic and sad in parts, but most of all, clever and impactful.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Imogen

    I loved Recovery by Russel Brand and what a brilliant book to follow it. It is very wordy and he rights exactly as if he is speaking directly to you which I liked. I think we tend to think of people having mentors for specific skills or moments in their life but this book shows that at any point we all need and can be mentors. I also particularly enjoyed his statement that mentors do not need to be perfect, that they can have just one quality that you are learning from them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan Caulfield

    I love Russell Brand and his unique way of communicating his truths , very insightful, interesting and honest. Enjoyed very much

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aria

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- Firstly, the reworking of the 12 steps he throws in at the end is f'ing fab. That's what they need to officially be changed to, as Brand's version is much more realistic & helpful than the standard/traditional form. So say I, anyway. This book is one that needed to be written, I think. Brand has created a work that is accessible to many types of people, but particularly to those who have had to go through some sort of long ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- Firstly, the reworking of the 12 steps he throws in at the end is f'ing fab. That's what they need to officially be changed to, as Brand's version is much more realistic & helpful than the standard/traditional form. So say I, anyway. This book is one that needed to be written, I think. Brand has created a work that is accessible to many types of people, but particularly to those who have had to go through some sort of long-term, intentional work toward personal growth. Such experiences are always unique to the person, but certain necessary characteristics are normally required for such work to be successful. That being the case, it is therefore possible to talk about generalities of certain types one would find in that process, i.e. the mentor(s) & the mentee(s). More or less, that's what he does in this book. It is not a self-help book, a how-to guide, or any other such thing. It is also decidedly different from his past books, those being full of anecdotes regarding drug use, sex as a drug, rides on the roller-coaster of fame, etcetera. This is more a discussion about the roles of different people involved on both sides of any intentional learning process, which in Brand's case, is also a recovery & maintenance process. All kinds of people come in to play in such an experience, & the parts played by those people, deliberate or not, is what this book is about. Expecting otherwise from this book will only lead to dissatisfaction. I won the cd’s & they were fine, but I have the advantage of having consumed a load of programs from the UK. As such, a lot of the terms he throws around were not completely foreign to me, but I can see how differently-exposed people might have some (slight) trouble w/ it. That being the case, for more, shall we say, insular persons, I recommend a print version that will allow one to easily re-read bits, & to read at one’s own pace. Brand occasionally gets into a quick rhythm that can really throw a listener off if they are unfamiliar w/ the terms & references to the UK-local names he whips about. To be clear though, the content is such that even if a term or name is not known to the reader/listener, it doesn’t really affect one’s ability to gather the point of what Brand is saying. It’s easy to let such things slip by & still carry on forward w/ the book. I’d sum it up as cultural flavor that could be confusing only if one allowed oneself to get hung up on not quite fully grasping the reference, rather than just letting it go by & staying focused on the overall idea or theme of what he’s getting at. Really, it’s no big deal. I just thought I’d mention it, being that a wide variety of people from all walks are going to come across this & make format choices.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Edward

    Russell Brand has a way of writing things in a way that sounds like it is something you'd expect at a Poetry Slam. It is insightful and visual, poignant and eloquent, humorous and heartfelt. Not like Chewbacca in a taxi. You get the idea? However, most of this book is the journey through Russell's life and the key people who have and still do influence and help him on the path to being a better person. It's another book in my canon of 'success' stories and what it takes to be better at being huma Russell Brand has a way of writing things in a way that sounds like it is something you'd expect at a Poetry Slam. It is insightful and visual, poignant and eloquent, humorous and heartfelt. Not like Chewbacca in a taxi. You get the idea? However, most of this book is the journey through Russell's life and the key people who have and still do influence and help him on the path to being a better person. It's another book in my canon of 'success' stories and what it takes to be better at being human. Russell takes us through his addiction, his showbiz life, and parenthood, plus all the cracks and bridges in between. He explains how his mentors helped him, but also discusses the traits of mentors so you get an idea of how to be when your calling comes - even a friend might end up citing you as an inspiration (or mentor in some form) even after you support them during the briefest of periods. Russell ends the book with the 12-step process used in his recovery (which is also the basis for many structured programs of all types) and proposes this as a model for mentoring in general. Very useful. He also guides the reader to seek out mentors and help identify the qualities you expect from them and what they expect from you for it to work. Although short, this is a good introduction to the framework of mentoring and a lovely way to say thanks to all the people who have (and still do) positively impact his life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jazz Singh

    Here Russell Brand describes his journey through a selection of 8 mentors that he worked with for self recover, sanity and elevated happiness. He focuses on self-healing and mental stability through the acceptance and support of individual mentors. A very descriptive and detailed expression throughout the different stages of his early life to his current adult years. He focuses on the importance of heroes, role models and mentors to help guide you to a much more improved version of yourself and p Here Russell Brand describes his journey through a selection of 8 mentors that he worked with for self recover, sanity and elevated happiness. He focuses on self-healing and mental stability through the acceptance and support of individual mentors. A very descriptive and detailed expression throughout the different stages of his early life to his current adult years. He focuses on the importance of heroes, role models and mentors to help guide you to a much more improved version of yourself and progressing beyond your temporary limitations. A very well thought out projection of his mentors journey and how each one provided the accurate help, support and guidance needed in each of the stages of his self improvement mentors journey. Russell here has written, as he would speak to you or anyone, which makes the reading experience more enjoyable and real. He has his ways to script sentences and make perfect sense for the reader to relate to and understand. Overall a very well executed book that is thought provoking and challenges your perspective for the greater good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I picked Mentors by Russell Brand up on a whim at the library. I thought it might give some nuggets of wisdom for my ministry and my training to as a life coach. However, this book was not what I expected. Each chapter described a different one of Brand’s mentors. With a subtitle of "How to Help and be Helped," I assumed it would be self-help, but it's really more memoir than self-help. The writing was anything but linear. But something about the style of writing kept me reading. I don’t know th I picked Mentors by Russell Brand up on a whim at the library. I thought it might give some nuggets of wisdom for my ministry and my training to as a life coach. However, this book was not what I expected. Each chapter described a different one of Brand’s mentors. With a subtitle of "How to Help and be Helped," I assumed it would be self-help, but it's really more memoir than self-help. The writing was anything but linear. But something about the style of writing kept me reading. I don’t know that I would necessarily recommend the book. It doesn’t do what the title suggests. I’m also not disappointed I read it. I enjoyed the words on the page. Brand has a beautiful, lyrical writing style and it was a quick read. Some parts really made me think. Brand's description of ritual and religion and emotions stopped me dead in my tracks and made me pause and think about these things in my own ministry contexts. Perhaps in some strange way Mentors actually did succeed in self-help, just not as it promises to.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dara Skolnick

    I enjoyed this book, like I enjoy pretty much everything Russell Brand writes. He’s quite wise and insightful and has clearly gone through a lot of personal growth. So why non-glowing rating? First, if half stars were allowed, I’d give it a solid 3.5 rather than a 3. With that aside, I felt a bit misled by the book’s subtitle, how to help and be helped. There wasn’t much of that in the book at all, but rather a look back at Russell Brand’s own mentors and their impact on his life. It was still a I enjoyed this book, like I enjoy pretty much everything Russell Brand writes. He’s quite wise and insightful and has clearly gone through a lot of personal growth. So why non-glowing rating? First, if half stars were allowed, I’d give it a solid 3.5 rather than a 3. With that aside, I felt a bit misled by the book’s subtitle, how to help and be helped. There wasn’t much of that in the book at all, but rather a look back at Russell Brand’s own mentors and their impact on his life. It was still a good read with some nuggets of wisdom, but it wasn’t what I thought it would be, which is a little more instructional, or directed at least somewhat at the reader’s life rather than being mostly a look at the author’s. TL;DR: expectation mismatch but well written!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Scott

    Well, well. I have to confess that I came to this book with doubts. A controversial character, with no reputation for the written word. To my surprise, Russell Brand combines a fluent (even poetic) literary style with some wise reflection on the (broken) human condition. One could read this as a kind of self-help book for those of us - especially perhaps, those men of us - with addictive and self-destructive behaviours. But it's also worth reading for its eloquence and use of language.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mohammad Javad

    Really enjoyed Russell's new book. His honesty and wisdom make the book very pleasant to read. Really enjoyed it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I came to this inspired by Russell Brand's recent podcasts, especially those with Gabor Maté and Fearne Cotton. I respect Russell's openness about his addictions, recovery path, and spiritual challenges. This book builds on that, illustrating how we do better at life if we go through it with others and allow ourselves to be guided by appropriate teachers (or mentors). Although the overall focus is Brand showing gratitude to the eight mentors featured, he also gives insight into his everyday stru I came to this inspired by Russell Brand's recent podcasts, especially those with Gabor Maté and Fearne Cotton. I respect Russell's openness about his addictions, recovery path, and spiritual challenges. This book builds on that, illustrating how we do better at life if we go through it with others and allow ourselves to be guided by appropriate teachers (or mentors). Although the overall focus is Brand showing gratitude to the eight mentors featured, he also gives insight into his everyday struggles and how he has learned from his past. Some of my favourite quotes from the book: On mentors: "I can only guess that they, like me, when invited to fill the role of guide, access an aspect of themselves not only unsullied by failure but elevated by it." On Pete, who would never, "yield to self-pity or rage" and had an, "incredible aptitude for positivity . . . I hold Pete in my mind as an antidote to self-pity. Perhaps if we spend time around positive people, being positive to one another, we can raise our common frequency as well as our individual well-being." "Radhanath Swami, like Amma, has entirely rejected the possibility that the material world can bring satisfaction. He prioritizes eternal principles such as compassion and integrity over temporary phenomena like prestige and haircuts. I need to study this as I still have a foot in each camp." "The word 'swami' means 'he who is with himself' . . . " "By being open to suggestion, by letting go of my will in favour of the will of others, I begin to change. . . . If you learn how to listen to your fear, how to recognize your uncertainty, you can then invite the superior consciousness of a mentor into your life." ". . . a mentor, well chosen, can guide you to the frontiers of your Self."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sputnik Sputnik

    First half was interesting enough, just going through the idea of mentors, and some of the mentors Russel has in his life... some of whom were pretty cool. But for me the book really warmed up in the back half with few more ideas I found useful and inspiring.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sam Williams

    As a disciple of Russell's "Trews" on YouTube and Under The Skin podcast, it's likely I'm being biased, but it seems every book Russell writes gets better and better; and this is no exception. Absolutely loved it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    A very interesting and genuine sounding book but I use genuine with caution now that Brand is moving his podcast to a subscription site and no longer using free options. Sort of takes the shine off what he's got here, which is a great book able to help many people.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cath Lyders

    I sped through this. Funny and poignant. If you like Russell, the way he engages, and enjoy hearing his thoughts on the world and on himself, this is for you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ting Tong

    Brand discusses the importance of mentors both in our lives and being one to others. He begins by suggesting that this book will suggest how to help and be help and understand the process of being a mentor and how to improve it. This is where my expectations laid a path to ruin. If you’ve ever listened to Russell Brand he often talks in a convoluted way which sounds fancy but contains very little substance. I doubt he does this intentionally but essentially he’s just a waffler. This book is esse Brand discusses the importance of mentors both in our lives and being one to others. He begins by suggesting that this book will suggest how to help and be help and understand the process of being a mentor and how to improve it. This is where my expectations laid a path to ruin. If you’ve ever listened to Russell Brand he often talks in a convoluted way which sounds fancy but contains very little substance. I doubt he does this intentionally but essentially he’s just a waffler. This book is essentially a self-indulgent tour through Brand’s life and the few minor experiences he’s had with his own mentors and being a mentor himself. I went back over the chapters and essentially each one contains about one sentence of use and thus the book’s wisdom could be condensed to a pamphlet. If Brand had advertised this book as a memoir I’d be more forgiving in this review; don’t claim to delve into mentorship if you just want to talk about yourself. The nuggets of wisdom he did posit are as follows: trust a mentor and be open minded to being vulnerable and talking about your feelings; they often have something you want and thus know more than you do. A mentor can be someone who fulfils a role for you such as a nurturing presence or someone who asks questions that allow you to self-sufficiently reveal your truth and whose comments give you insight that you wouldn’t come to on your own. We all need mentors in our life to override our own neuroses as they provide us with different views to help override our default programming, such as the possibility of asking someone ‘should I do this? What do you think I should do?’. We need mentors in our intimate relationships to understand what we feel our role is and what we need the role of our partner to be, and how to communicate this vulnerability in a positive way. Essentially mentors show us how to behave, guide us with their words and give freely what was given to them and thus so should you to those who seek your mentorship.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Monana

    I think most people will disregard Russell because of his troubled past, but if you can look beyond that, I think you can find a lot of value in his writings. This book is no exception, because the author has extensive experience in the realms of mentoring, both as a mentee and a mentor (the latter is mostly because of his work with the 12 step program). The thing I consistently like about him is that he never takes himself too seriously. Yeah, he uses big words and talks a lot (both in writing a I think most people will disregard Russell because of his troubled past, but if you can look beyond that, I think you can find a lot of value in his writings. This book is no exception, because the author has extensive experience in the realms of mentoring, both as a mentee and a mentor (the latter is mostly because of his work with the 12 step program). The thing I consistently like about him is that he never takes himself too seriously. Yeah, he uses big words and talks a lot (both in writing and in real life), but I never get the sense that he positions himself higher than me; he is very relatable, which for a millennial like me is key to winning my heart. In conclusion I would recommend this book to any person interested in mentoring/personal development and likes a bit of humor and lightheartedness with their profound wisdom.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marcel Armstrong

    Russell Brand gifts us this book elucidating the many aspects of mentorship, from the perspective of the mentee to the mentor. He does so with the linguistic skill and eloquent brilliance of true genius. Russell's story not only encourages the reader/listener to discover the latent power and unique potential we all have within but also reminds us of the frailty and paradox of human nature. Whilst, on the one hand, we have these base needs of survival as individuals and as a species, on the other Russell Brand gifts us this book elucidating the many aspects of mentorship, from the perspective of the mentee to the mentor. He does so with the linguistic skill and eloquent brilliance of true genius. Russell's story not only encourages the reader/listener to discover the latent power and unique potential we all have within but also reminds us of the frailty and paradox of human nature. Whilst, on the one hand, we have these base needs of survival as individuals and as a species, on the other hand, there is longing for deeper spiritual needs of love, belonging and connection to one another and to the divine. Brand shares his experiences in rich candor and deep personal insight. Thanks for this book, Russell. You are indeed a gifted mentor and inspiration.

  23. 5 out of 5

    C.

    Russell Brand is one cheeky bugger and Mentors: How to Help and be Helped, is deceivingly slim in appearance but is brimming with dense material. Brand's narration is in the voice of his distinctly humorous and (notably very British as well) flawed stream of consciousness that questions if I'm using as much of my brains as he does. This humble voice praises his own experiences with mentors and stresses the importance in asking for help. Mentors are implied teachers but without the hierarchy and Russell Brand is one cheeky bugger and Mentors: How to Help and be Helped, is deceivingly slim in appearance but is brimming with dense material. Brand's narration is in the voice of his distinctly humorous and (notably very British as well) flawed stream of consciousness that questions if I'm using as much of my brains as he does. This humble voice praises his own experiences with mentors and stresses the importance in asking for help. Mentors are implied teachers but without the hierarchy and systematic pay roll. These are people we seek out when we are searching for ourselves and they are everywhere. In a world where we are constantly trading connection for distraction, Brand trades in the irony of himself to hold space for us all.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Sice

    Russell Brand is an icon and he knows it, which makes him often come across in interviews as smug, superior and intolerant. However, this book makes it very clear that Brand is vulnerable, is not a complete arse and is actually trying to be a better person. This felt like a similar journey to Eat, Pray, Love, in that Brand tries different experiences, religions and rituals to try to reach enlightenment. He meets gurus, coaches and therapists all in the name of grounding him and helping him to ba Russell Brand is an icon and he knows it, which makes him often come across in interviews as smug, superior and intolerant. However, this book makes it very clear that Brand is vulnerable, is not a complete arse and is actually trying to be a better person. This felt like a similar journey to Eat, Pray, Love, in that Brand tries different experiences, religions and rituals to try to reach enlightenment. He meets gurus, coaches and therapists all in the name of grounding him and helping him to banish the demons from his body and mind. He may not actually have reached that pinnacle yet, but his journey is fascinating and encouraging, and he imparts many gems of wisdom to the open-minded reader. Heartening, hilarious, highly intelligent and humbling, this is a book worth reading.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Grete

    Note: I received a copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review. It is exactly what the description says it is. I think I prefer that I had an audio cd because it was definitely enjoyable hearing the author reading his own words. The humor comes across better this way I'm sure. I particularly enjoyed the chapter about parenting because I so easily relate to that part. Also love his personalized recreation of the Twelve Step program.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Russell Brand's story telling is a little bit jangly junkie and poetic performance art. Listen on Audible for the bonus of his Essex accent and engaging cadence. When he speaks his written asides, it seems he's thinking outloud but also speaking directly to you rather than performing for you. Touching and insightful and a lovely reminder that we are all just walking each other home, and if you need a guiding hand they are out there if you seek them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeri Walker

    I'll start off by saying I adore Russell Brand and would buy a copy of whatever new book he publishes. Therein lies the problem with this one. It felt like a supplement to Recovery, and I wanted more. I think this is a case of a book being published when it's known that fans will rush to buy it. I did. And I will buy his next book as well. In any case, I continue to learn much from this man and consider him a role model for how any one of us can get a grip on our rather bratty brains.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I recommend all things Russell Brand, as always. However, I must say that this book was not as strong as Recovery, or Brand's Netflix special, or his podcast. The central thesis of finding mentors and cultivating them (and your relationship with them) for different facets of your life -- particularly in moments of crisis and growth -- is a great one, of course. But the examples here weren't anything all that new or exciting. Nevertheless, a good reminder.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rik Schnabel

    He's clearly got an active mind, an articulate and almost poetic way of expressing himself, but I must say that this book was more about Russell and fairly empty in content. It's promise of "How to help and be helped" wasn't achieved. I truly believe however, that when Russell gets beyond all the masks he's created for himself (some might call his ego), he will put that brilliant mind of his to great use.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Malin Gisela

    My only complaint really was that it felt short (I read it in one sitting). I wish he would have continued on to cover more examples of people he's mentored himself. This book did make me think about the people I'm learning from on pretty much a daily basis, and made me appreciate everything they do for me and how they've helped me grow.

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