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THE FIRE PHILOSOPHY Cope with change and live a happy life, by Liam O’Connell &Steve Lilley, reviewed by Valerie Dwyer, Serial Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, founder of My Wonderful Life Coach™, Strategic Insight, Everything is Possible™, and other enterprises

October 28, 2011

With anticipation I read The Fire Philosophy, the latest book from Liam

The Fire Philosophy

The Fire Philosophy

O’Connell is co-authored with Steve Lilley. Following on from his excellent Don’t Feed the Ducks and, forerunner to this title, My Fire’s Gone Out! I was not disappointed. Coping with change and finding happiness are the theme so if these are on your agenda, read on. Otherwise, there are still lessons to be learned, so read on anyway!

The Fire Philosophy brings us up to date with the trials and tribulations of the four little devils who were endeared to us in My Fire’s Gone Out! Having learned important lessons while stoking the fires of hell, they regained their motivation and sense of purpose only in the meantime to fall back into the rut of routine “Wake up, go to work, work hard, go home…” This time they get to grips with life once again in order to avoid some very dark places!

Sparky, Oxy, Diesel and Stubbo are unique characters in which you’ll recognise the traits of people you know and have the opportunity for a little more empathy and understanding.

Two of the sayings that I’m known for ‘Opportunities often arrive disguised as challenges’ and ‘It’s not what happens to us but how we respond to what happens that’s important’ are clearly demonstrated in this second little parable. Do we always see what’s under our noses? I think not and the little devils (some at least) fall into the same trap at first.

“Meanwhile up in the real world…” is used as a device to introduce the true and thought-provoking but brief and inspiring life stories of James, Owen, Lisa and Mike that aptly illustrate the life-changing lessons in ‘Thoughts from the flames’. An added bonus is the courage of offering up, very briefly, the author’s stories, their motivation for writing The Fire Philosophy. We’d all do well to heed the words from the scrolls and thoughts from the flames.

I strongly recommend you to read My Fire’s Gone Out! before reading The Fire Philosophy. Though the latter is a stand alone work, reading the two brings greater context.

80 neat little pages with important key life messages, powerful stories and lessons simply told and beautifully illustrated..A big little gem to read in under an hour but learn for a lifetime. Packs a punch far beyond its size. One of my best books for 2011. We’re definitely adding this to our online bookstore of inspirational and motivational titles!

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MY FIRE’S GONE OUT! How to Cope with Change in Your Work and Your Life –Liam O’Connell – Reviewed by Valerie Dwyer – Serial Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, founder of My Wonderful Life Coach™, Everything is Possible™,

June 29, 2010

My Fire's Gone Out! How to Cope with Change in Your Work and Your Life.MY FIRE’S GONE OUT! is an excellent parable for our times! Best little book! Half hour read, common sense, inspiration, motivation!! Reminds us ‘change’=opportunity. Focus on what matters! 

Billed as the NEW ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ Liam O’Connell uses ‘fire’ as a metaphor for setting a new focus on what is really important to you, in your life and your work so that you can handle change in whatever guise it presents to you. Through the device of four aptly named little devils, (read the book..) stoking the fires of hell, the story tells how differently each reacts when sudden and dramatic change interrupts the normal flow of their lives.

Coaches and others will recognise what is happening here but there’s great value to be had from sharing this book as a tool to get some key messages across to other people.

Condenses the spirit of self-belief and reinforces in 81 enjoyable pages the timeless truth that with change comes opportunity, provided you take a little time to think, spot it and confidently work it through!  Inspirational and Motivational. Peppered with common sense and realism. A refreshingly light treatment of a sometimes all too heavy topic! (More please!!) Read my review at

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