About the Author

Willie Jolley (born 3 September 1956, Washington, D.C.) is an author, radio host, speaker, singer and media personality. He is best known for his motivational bestselling book, It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life. In 1999, he was named as one of the outstanding five speakers in the World by Toastmasters International and was also inducted into the 2012 Speaker Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association. See Wikipedia

About the Book

Jolley says that for so many years, he thought, like most people, that a minute was an insignificant amount of time. The only significant use of a minute was just to make hours, which were more important. A minute was just a figure of speech, something that everybody took for granted. The author submits that as he grew older, he began to realise that great things can come in small packages. A minute is not only vital but also the starting point of all success. We must, therefore, be mindful of the fact that just as pennies create dollars, minutes develop into hours. The difference is that if you threw away your pennies, you have the capability of making more; as many as you want. However, it is not the same with your time, especially that you have a limit on the time you have on this earth; a limit on the number of minutes you have to live. You must, therefore, be mindful of the time and respectful of the minutes that make the hours, days, months, and ultimately the years.

Once lost, that minute cannot be regained. What you do with your minutes will ultimately determine what you do with your life. According to the author, the book is written to share with you, the importance of time. It contains stories and thoughts that are designed to be short and quick but leaving a lasting impression, as well as ideas that are designed to give a maximum in minimum time. In an age of minute rice, instant coffee, fast food, quick cash and phone loans, the book is about dreams concerning time consciousness.

Book Structure

The book is segmented into ten chapters.

Chapter 1 is titled It Only Takes a Minute to Change Your Life! It opens with the corresponding poem written by Al Johnson titled, It Only Takes a Minute. There is a need to talk about the importance of a single minute, just like the minute you are investing in reading this page. It may not seem like a big deal but let me tell you that it is a significant deal because the minute is the starting point of building your dreams. From a great minute, comes a great hour, and from a great hour comes a great day, and from a great day comes a great week, then a great month, then a great year, and from there you can be the architect of the great life, and it starts with a single minute.

Chapter 2 of the book is entitled, To Do the Incredible, You Must Dream the Impossible! As we look through the annals of time, we see that every great accomplishment, every outstanding achievement came about because someone was willing to go after that which was considered to be possible. To do the incredible, you must first dream the impossible. Every day is a brand-new day, a day, unlike any other day with brand-new opportunities to make your dreams come true. For your dreams to come true, you must have a dream. You have got to have a dream, a goal – not just the resolution that you make on 1 January forget by the 15, but a goal, a target, a destination that you have committed to. You must have a dream.

In Chapters 3 to 6, concepts such as goals and dreams with the deadline, a man being as he thinks, getting a new attitude, and never giving up are discussed.

Chapter 7 of the book is interrogatively entitled What’s Love Got to Do with It? Everything! Love can heal and cure, to build and to restore, to renew and reform, to translate and transform. Love hopes all things, bears all things, believes all things and endures all things. Love conquers all and love never fails! Love is a choice which creates options, while heat is also a choice, but it removes options. You have to learn to love yourself and feel good about yourself because if you do not feel good about yourself, you will let anything and anybody talk you out of your dreams and destructive from your bubbles and your mission in life. To love self is the greatest love of all. Yet, so many never learn to love themselves.

In Chapters 8 to 10, concepts such as blessed assurance, the sky being the limit, and small steps taken on a mighty long road are examined. The sky is truly the limit, and your faith can and will take you as far as you want to go. There will be challenges, obstacles and difficulties that will test your resolve. But if you can go after your dream, then you will see that it is true – the sky truly is the limit! We all have defining moments that have altered and affected our directions, but it only becomes a defining moment when it defines and shapes our characters and perspectives. It is not the moment that explains it, but our responses to the moments that are unexpected, and that alter our histories. But many run from those moments and wilt in the heat of those moments. They refuse to rise to the challenges of the moment.

Book Evaluation/Review

Stylistically, the author’s efforts are commendable. Apart from the simplicity of language, the mode of presentation is unique. For instance, the author uses a lot of reflective illustrations, Biblical and classical/literary allusions for analytical reinforcement to ensure easy understanding and concrete conviction on the readers’ part. He uses thematically corresponding poems to achieve conceptual amplification and radiate genre interconnectedness. Jolley also uses clock image in the discussed concepts to achieve thematic visual reminder of great temporal emphasis and consciousness.

Do you aspire to know what it takes to change your life in a minute? Then this book is a must-read for you.

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