Way of the Cobra

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A book review of Way of the Cobra by Sean Kanan

A book review of Way of the Cobra by Sean Kanan

Stars: ***

Sean Kanan (2021)
Self-help
186 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Welcome to my dojo; dojo of life.. COBRA life. I am your Sensei. I will teach you to release your inner bad ass using my battle-tested tactics and time-proven strategies. Time to wake the beast. Trust me, you have one! It may have gotten lost or ignored for too long, but it’s in there. I am going to find your COBRA (that successful, focused, driven beast within you) by the end of this book, what you do with it is up to you. I recommend becoming the Sensei to help others do the same. 

The endless circle of helping yourself by helping others is the Way of the COBRA; transform yourself and you can transform the world.  We are taught to give respect, as Sensei, I intend to earn yours with my philosophy and strategies. I’m just a small town boy with a dream made possible by following the Way of the COBRA. My COBRA philosophy propelled me into icon status as Karate’s Bad Boy Mike Barnes in The Karate Kid III then saved my life after a near-death experience. 

Recently, my inner COBRA wrote Success Factor X (an Amazon new release best-selling book), created and star in STUDiO CiTY (an Emmy winning TV show on Amazon Prime); oh… and lost 35 pounds, all in one year! This is not a flex, rather a demonstration of the power of the inner COBRA. If you continue reading, together we will reveal your path by exploring your personal truth, obstacles, and motivations in order to charm your COBRA out of it’s basket. I’m up for the challenge… are you? Let’s Begin

Way of the Cobra

Everyone loves the Karate Kid movies, don’t they? I mean they even have a new show called Cobra Kai based off of it. Sean Kanan is an actor and producer best known for playing Mike Barnes in Karate Kid III and A.J. Quartermaine in General Hospital. As stated in the summary, he is currently the creator and a star in STUDiO CiTY on Amazon Prime.

In this book he takes on the role of Sensei of his dojo. You, the reader, are in his dojo too, working through the book to get your black belt at the end. He teaches lots of things, from the Way of the COBRA (Character, Optimization, Balance, Respect and Abundance), how to deal with internal obstacles, define your success, dealing with external obstacles and finally, understanding the nature of the Cobra and the two sides of every person (light and dark.)

The advice in this book is solid. I especially liked the section on safety in the Brown Belt/External Obstacles section. First we are told about emotional vampires, thieves of time, narcissists, sociopaths, psychopaths and gaslighting. Then we are taught about the mongoose which is basically just dangerous or potentially dangerous people and situations. This is where we are taught how to be safe in our cars, at home, at work, while walking, on planes, in taxis and such. Street smarts is not something that is taught in schools so this is important.

The only thing that could have really been improved is the look of the pages. This is something that could possibly change in the future though so I wouldn’t not read the book because of it. What I mean is the text is all bold and there are many different fonts. This makes it a little hard to read.

I also really liked the Green Belt/Define Your Success. The clarifying your goals subsection is especially helpful and includes an activity and chart where you can figure out your physical, emotional, mental, financial, spiritual and creative goals. You can also list actions you will take, obstacles and solutions. These are further divided into 30 days, 1 year, 3 and 5 years. The activity before you do that part is really thorough and can help you figure out where you want to be and what you want to work on.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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