Friday, March 21, 2014

Book Review: "Breaking Out of a Broken System" by Seth and Chandler Bolt

Has your life turned out exactly as planned?

When you were younger did you have dreams of being a rockstar?

...a fireman?
...a doctor?

Who did you want to be before the world told you who you should be?

When we're born, we enter a world full of systems, most of which are out of our control. There are tons of unwritten rules and social pressures we feel forced to follow.

We're pressured to:
- study hard and get good grades
- get accepted and attend college
- graduate and find a secure job
- get married and start a family

We're trained not to stray too far from the path.

If we follow this recommended path, why do we still feel that we're missing something?

In Breaking Out of a Broken System, Seth & Chandler Bolt give you the tools to re-draw the lines, chart new roads, and expand the borders around your life.

Each of the brothers writes a totally different perspective on the 15 most important life lessons taught by their parents. These are things they thought everyone learned growing up, but they realized otherwise after going out into the "real world".

As you read, you'll have the option to read two completely different perspectives on each life lesson.

You can start with the artistic account written by Seth, bass player for the southern rock band NEEDTOBREATHE.


Dive into Chandler's entrepreneurial story told from the perspective of the younger brother.

  • I honestly didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. It was very hard to put down! Not only is it written in a unique format that makes reading much faster and enjoyable, but this book covers topics that I have always felt strongly about, but that is not popular in today's culture. (For example: Not everyone should feel entitled to go to college.)
  • Their tips on how to work hard and lead a productive, successful life were very beneficial. 
  • I loved reading their strategies on how to begin a successful small business. 
  • Although this is a fast read, I went through this book slowly, but only because it was packed-full of information. (I literally took a screenshot of almost every page on my iPad so I could refer to them later!)
  • Everyone needs to read this book. We all have a dream, and so many of us push it aside in order to conform to our culture. This book reminded me just how brainwashed our society has become. No, we are not all called to take the same path in life, and that is okay. Yes, it is possible to pursue what you love and pay your bills.
  • Being a college student, Seth & Chandler's tips on how to save money could not have come at a better time in my life. 
  • In summary, this book was full of advice on how to: start a small business, save money, increase productivity, and decrease procrastination.
  • This book could be enjoyed by all ages--both adults and young people alike. 
  • One of the best parts about buying this book is that you will save a life! So whenever you purchase this book, 100% of the profit will be given to charity to provide a life-saving malaria pill. Seth & chandler hope to provide 10,000 life-saving pills by selling 10,000 copies. Please be sure to purchase yours so they can reach this goal! (Don't you love having a legit excuse to buy a book without having to feel guilty?!)
Book Trailer

(My sister made this trailer. Didn't she do a great job?!) 

"Imagination isn't a waste of time; it keeps you from wasting time. And it would save some people from a lifetime of 'chugging along' at a job or in a town that's nothing like the life they want. Imagination time shouldn't end with childhood."

"Five-year-olds don't pay attention when someone says they might not play in the NBA and be a police officer . . . When you're too dumb to know you can't do something, innocence and naivete often allow you to plow ahead, pushing through any obstacles. You make it happen because your mind doesn't let you come up with excuses."

"Rebellion IS a good thing. It's about not letting others define you and your options. It's about questioning the status quo."

"We are all capable of changing the world. Why don't we?"

  • Non-fiction
  • Self-help/motivational books
  • Career guides
  • Books on entreprenuing and creativity

"Helpful. To the point. Inspiring. Makes you pumped about doing something, dreaming big, and implementing the small helpful tips they Bolt bros give!"

 "When I scrolled through the pages of the book, I could not put it down. I laughed, I smiled, I teared, I raised my hand because their was so much truth in Seth and Chandler's words." 

"It is like that boost of mental energy and encouragement that will help me to forge ahead. Every page unlocks the mystery of how I can grow into my purpose."

"I would recommend it to anyone wanting to go against the crowd, but in a good way!"

Seth is a musician, producer, recording artist &entrepreneur. His passion for music led him to build a recording studio, Plantation Studios, where he began recording and producing records at age 16. After earning a degree in recording engineering from Full Sail University, he began touring with his band, NEEDTOBREATHE; the band signed with Atlantic Records/Lava Records in 2005. Since then, they have recorded five albums, won ten GMA Dove awards (including Group of the Year, Recorded Song of the Year, and Album of the Year), toured with Taylor Swift, and performed at Bonnaroo. Seth has continued his work in the studio helping other young artists to achieve their dreams. He is also active in a number of charitable organizations including the Imagination Foundation and Palmetto Medical Initiative. Much of Seth's art and charity work revolves around encouragement through story telling; empowering others to create a life full of purpose by seeking and serving something bigger than themselves.

After a near miscarriage by his mom before birth and an action packed entrance into the world, Chandler grew up as a rebellious adventure seeker trapped in a small town.
Chandler was bit by the entrepreneurial bug at an early age when he saw that he could make a lot more money working for himself. While his friends were off searching for jobs, he was out starting businesses. He began early (age 11) by selling his personal snacks at scout camp and, by age 17 he hired his friends to help him operate his landscaping business that earned him $10,000 for college. All in all, by age 20 he started and ran over $320,000 in businesses. During this time, he taught other college students how to run their own successful businesses and received the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award from Young Entrepreneurs Across America. Chandler now speaks to students across the country teaching them the lessons he's learned as a young entrepreneur and encouraging them to take the entrepreneurial leap.
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  1. This sounds like a great book! I'll have to get it! It's always bothered me that we are expected to fit into that life-plan mold. College isn't for everyone. You don't have to get married straight out of college or even at all. Thanks for the great recommendation Tessa! It sounds like a good book and a good cause!

    1. Exactly! I've never understood why so many people are determined to do what everyone else is doing. God has a unique plan for all of our lives, and that might not include going to college or getting married.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Hi Tessa,

    Thanks for taking the time to share and recommend this book! It sounds like a wonderful book to pick up and read! I can't ever get enough of inspiring, motivating, and uplifting books. :)

    Your sister did a cool video, there, by the way!

    1. No problem, Karina! (By the way, I really appreciate your review of Purple Moon! I'm glad you enjoyed it!)



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