‘The Motivation Station’ is a motivational book penned by Pita Taufatofua, a two-time Olympian from Tonga, who rose to fame as a topless flag bearer at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Sometimes it is difficult to lead a motivated and fully happy life. Sometimes it is difficult to get up in the morning and do what we are supposed to do without procrastinating and wasting our precious time. Sometimes it is difficult to achieve what we have always wanted to achieve. Sometimes it is difficult to be who we are destined to be. But Pita Taufatofua is a living proof that, with enough determination, you can not only do great things but also – or maybe most importantly – become the best version of yourself.
If a motivational book makes you motivated right after you’ve started reading it, then you know the author did a terrific job. ‘The Motivation Station’ does just that. The book’s very beginning will get you inspired and after a few sentences you will want to change your life for better.
Despite the fact that Pita Taufatofua is not a professional in the field of psychology / counselling, you can sense that he is speaking from experience. Indeed, he used to work as a youth worker in Australia helping troubled people find their purpose and break the cycle of misery and hopelessness. What is more, he managed to achieve the unachievable when he qualified and competed in two Olympic games – Summer and Winter – in two unrelated sports. He can proudly say: ‘Been there, done that; and now I can try to teach you something.’. The many examples he provides us with are excellent illustrations to his ‘lessons’. You believe in what he’s telling you, because you know those are not empty words.
And what exactly is Pita Taufatofua sharing with the readers? First and foremost, his ways of dealing with any difficulties any of us may – and probably will at some point – encounter in our lives. Starting with general knowledge, which is the foundation you need to understand the complexity of the issues you are about to explore, he is slowly leading you towards his 8-step motivation guide – a sort of focal point of the book. This deliberate structure makes a lot of sense – if you want to learn how to run, you must first learn how to walk. Step by step, without rushing anything. By the time you get to the end of the book, you will have learnt at least a few things you will be able to use in your own life. That’s Pita Taufatofua’s goal – to help and inspire people. Somehow I believe he will succeed.
The book is written in straightforward language, and the more complicated terms are clearly explained. Actually, at times you may feel as if you were chatting with a good buddy of yours over a glass of healthy fruit smoothie. The author’s personal stories as well as his humour and disarming honesty only add to this feeling. There is no psychological gobbledygook there, no boring chapters you want to fast forwards through; just pure essence. It is everything you need to know about motivation presented in a condensed, pleasant to read form.
‘The Motivation Station’ is one of the best – if not the best – books on self-growth I have ever had in my hands. It’s a kind of book you want to have sitting on your bookshelf; just in case you need a little pick-me-up read. Pita Taufatofua will not let you down. I give you my word on that.