Reviews of the book,
The Path of the Genie
“This book is a “must read!” It will grab your
heart, awaken your mind, and open your eyes to what it takes to achieve
your heart’s desire.”
Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, author
of the best-selling Life is Tremendous
“Finally there is a book that takes you so deep it
speaks to your spirit. The Path of the Genie guides you on a tremendous
journey of fulfillment and joy. It is not just a book; it is a
life-changing tool. I couldn’t put it down, so I didn’t. Dilip
Abayasekara has written a book destined to be of great importance to
countless readers. Everyone can benefit immensely from understanding and
following The Path of the Genie. I know I have.”
Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion
of Public Speaking
“This book helps us to pause, ponder, and respond to
that inner voice which calls us to be “the person we ought to be.”
Dilip Abayasekara writes as he lives, a life full of meaning and
fulfillment. Make sure you read this. His insight will inspire you.”
Priyan Fernando, Senior Vice President
& Chief Operating Officer, Global Corporate Travel, American Express
"There are inspirational books and there are
inspirational books…but none has so totally captured my interest until
this superb book by Dr. Dilip. He takes you on a magical journey using
the familiar story of Aladdin, the Genie, and the three wishes. I
especially liked what Dr. Dilip says early in his book, “Dust off your
spirit” as I am a firm believer in keeping one’s spirit alive and
fulfilled. You will enjoy this easy to read book that jolts you into the
realization of life’s promises if one just looks as oneself with “new
eyes” and follows Dr. Dilip’s “Path of the Genie.” Thanks for an
easy to read, straightforward book that can renew one’s spirit."
Theodore Charles Wood, Past
International President, Toastmasters International
"The need for self-fulfillment is a fundamental
motivating force within every human being. When understood and acted
upon, it becomes the primary driving factor in defining who we are.
Dilip Abayasekara brilliantly uses personal experiences and perfectly
chosen examples to illustrate the importance of identifying one’s own
self-fulfillment driver. Equally as important, he provides easy to
follow action steps for the journey. The Path of the Genie is
interesting, extremely well-written, practical and powerful. It is a
must read for those who believe they have achieved success and for those
still on the journey."
Eddie Dunn, Vice Chancellor for
Strategic Planning & Executive Director of the College Technical
Council, North Dakota University System. Past International President,
"Wow, your words are sincere, soothing, and
inspiring. Thank for putting me back on track. You’ve convinced me to
“dust off my spirit!” Thank you – everyone should read this. If
you are not feeling fulfilled, The Path of the Genie is a must read. Dr.
Dilip, your words and experiences are truly inspiring and thought
provoking. Thank you."
Darren LaCroix, 2001 World Champion of
"Dr. Dilip clearly lays out solid principles for
living a meaningful, rewarding, and fulfilling life. In clear, concise,
and conversational fashion, he draws from personal experience and the
wisdom of the ages as he guides his readers along The Path of the Genie.
His practical action steps are powerful tools, which will catapult those
who take them to a new level of self-discovery and fulfillment. Enjoy
Mark L. Brown, 1995 World Champion of
"This book was well conceived and well written. The Path of the
Genie sheds a bright light on how to live a happy and productive life. I
re-read several chapters I order to be sure to implement their profound
principles. Dilip, thank you for sharing your ideas and your life."
Philip P. Monetti, Partner, The
"Dr. Abayasekara blends his career experiences, the
story of Aladdin, Biblical events, historic figures, and a touch of
American folklore onto a compelling essay on the pursuit of personal
fulfillment. This book reveals the need for humility, integrity, and
charitable giving in pursuit o your heart’s desire. A must read for
those interested in expanding their vision of life."
John S. Latin, Past International
President, Toastmasters International
"The difference between happiness and fulfillment
may seem superficial, but the chasm between the two is vast. In The Path
of the Genie, Dilip Abayasekara explains the difference and shows us how
we can use Aladdin’s journey to fulfillment as a guide for our on
voyage of discovery. All you need to embark on that voyage are an open
mind, a willing spirit, and an understanding heart."
David Brooks, 1990 World Champion of
"The Path of the Genie challenges you to look at
the magic within yourself and seek the path of fulfillment. Dr. Dilip
Abayasekara provides a roadmap to rediscover your life and set a course
toward truly reaching your heart’s desire."
Jay Murray, Senior Vice
President/Chief Operating Officer, Mid-Atlantic Corporate Federal Credit
"Dr. Dilip Abayasekara has outlined a technique for
self-discovery – a method to live life in fullness. We each have a
gift. The “Genie” within each of us can help us to discover our
unique talent and become the person we want to be. The Path of the Genie
leads the readers to discover their own genius and path of fulfillment.
Join in this walk with Dr. Dilip. It will make a difference in your
life. One of my favorite children’s books is The Little Engine That
Could. Dr. Dilip Abayasekara’s book, The Path of the Genie, in a
refreshing and fun way, outlines how we can succeed just as the little
engine did. The Genie helps us to: discover our gifts; reach
fulfillment; become the person we want to be. And “Yes,” we can make
it over the mountain."
William R. Ecker, President/CEO, Bill
"There are myriads of books on self-help, and there
are just as many on faith. Dilip has combined the two with a very
touching personal story. Yes, he’s a Christian. It’s Christian
journey. You just might want to take it."
Clifford L. Jones, Former Secretary,
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
"Throughout one’s life there are occasions when
we question our priorities. The Path of the Genie offers clear guidance
with supportive references that helped me understand what truly is
important and showed me how to get there. Thank you, Dr. Dilip, for
compiling and sharing your wisdom. Your gift allows many others to find
direction and meaning for their lives. Together, we will improve our
Todd A. Milano, President, Central
"Dr. Abayasekara’s book, The Path of the Genie,
makes clear that the path to fulfillment is not an ego trip; it is a
path full of appreciation for others, for the world, and for oneself.
The Path of the Genie is a practical, do-able, journey. The prose is
marked by brisk, clean, insightful writing. The marvelous selection of
quotes represents a rich cross-cultural heritage that taps into people
in a wide range of cultures. He is well qualified to teach us about our
paths to fulfillment through the wide lens of his approach to life. This
book speaks usefully to the towering possibilities within the grasp of
every human being."
Neil L. Irons, Bishop, United
"As I read The Path of the Genie, the words from a
song in the movie Aladdin rang in my ears – “A whole new world … A
new fantastic point of view … A dazzling place I never knew … But
when I’m way up here, it’s crystal clear …” Dilip has provided
us a magic carpet ride – a crystal clear path to our heart’s desire,
and it opens up a whole new and wonderful world.
It is amazing how many new and wonderful things we can
learn from children’s stories. Dilip has done more than Disney could
have in providing us with the eternal truths in Aladdin’s story. Dilip
has kept his message simple, timely, and relevant. And yet, the
far-reaching implications of “The Path” will help everyone find
themselves, find meaning in their lives, and find fulfillment in all
that they endeavor. Truly a “must read!”"
Johnny “Pawe” T. Uy, Chairman and
CEO, Pawe Group of Companies, Cebu City, Philippines
"The Path of the Genie has an immediacy that makes
it magical … Dr. Dilip R. Abayasekara has a generous heart, and an
honest one. The Path of the Genie is an informed and magical perspective
for those who have been soul searching for a clear-sighted road map to
their heart’s desire. It’s a MUST read that you will find moving,
inspiring, life altering, and effective. This book has such genuine and
caring power that you will find yourself reading The Path of the Genie
again and again!"
Ty Howard, Chairman & CEO, The
Baltimore Worldwide Speakers Bureau
Dr. Dilip Abayasekara, author of The Path of a
Genie…Your Journey to your Heart’s Desire, cleverly uses a seemingly
simple story from our childhood to introduce the challenges that we all
face in life. We have all seen or heard the story of Aladdin, and I am
sure we have all dreamt of living this character’s fairytale. Dilip
shows us that we can lead a fulfilling life.
The ease with which Dilip makes use of Aladdin’s life to symbolize our
own takes us back to the time when we were asking deep questions;
questions which may have not yet been answered. And, as we have dreamt,
we can use the very same path as Aladdin in order to discover who we are
and what we want from life, just as Aladdin. The author uses three
wishes to commence a path for the reader’s self-discovery: the wish
for humility, the wish for self-discovery, and finally the wish for
The dilemma that Aladdin faces is not different from the dilemmas that
we face everyday, whether as parent, CEO, or citizen. What could be and
what is are the challenges we face. Aladdin teaches us that decisions
are not easy to make, yet they must be made. The answers to our problems
are always within us, but we must listen to ourselves. We must discover
the doorway that leads to our inner-self. To do this, Dilip reminds us
of human values which we have forgotten. We are also reminded that
spirituality is an imperative, and once we understand the order of life
we are well on the path to discover a higher and better self.
Dilip’s narrative grips the reader. He demonstrates his skill as a
storyteller who draws out our thoughts and makes us discover ourselves.
By using this well-known story, he helps us to develop a road map, a
path that the reader can easily follow in order to achieve
self-discovery and happiness. Dilip writes about his own life and the
obstacles he faced when clearing a path for his own self-discovery.
Although he deftly shows his own path, he supports the readers in
finding their own individually molded path to self-discovery and
Dilip must be toasted for the simplicity with which he has addressed the
significant complexities of life. This book is recommended reading for
someone who wants to solve the answers to their life questions. It can
be read alone, or even with your children if you wish to give them a
head start in life, which is what I did, reading it with my daughter.
CEO, Express Newspapers (Ceylon) Ltd.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Both the casual reader and the professional will benefit
from The Path of the Genie. The text draws upon popular and classical
literature, the arts, and story in motivating an inward journey that
leads to outward manifestations of values and meaningful life. Dr.
Abayasekara is to be commended for helping others find their
“center” and fulfill their desire to grow and serve.
Rev. Dr. George Edwin Zeiders
President, Union Theological Seminary
I have found “The Path of the Genie: Your Journey to
Your Heart’s Desire” a truly inspiring publication. What is uniquely
impressive about the work is the bringing together, within a coherent
framework, of intensely personal experiences, each of which has
immediate relevance to life’s travails and challenges. Particularly
powerful are the passages relating to self-discovery and a sense of
mission or purpose. The book cannot but make a profound impression on
any perceptive reader.
Professor G.L. Peiris
Member of Parliament
Former Minister of Constitutional Affairs
Transformation is the order of the world today. “The
Path of the Genie” talks of the total transformation of an individual.
Unlike any other self-development books, Dr. Dilip Abayasekara takes us
through a step-by-step practical approach towards fulfilling our
The author’s disclosures of his personal experiences in life relating
to self-discovery, self-offering, etc, makes the reader put the subject
into practice immediately. Confessing the truth openly requires
tremendous courage and Dr. Dilip has proved that he is not only humble
but also courageous.
On the whole, as a true Toastmaster, I was so proud and pleased to read
the book. This book is a God-given gift to any individual who aspires to
live a life with a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
CEO, The Gemtrans Engineering Co.
Head, Territorial Council of South Asia for
Toastmasters International in Sri Lanka
"Hopefully, this excellent little self-help book
will give you the courage “to discover your bottled up music” and
allow you to find fulfillment regardless of your stage in life. Young
and old can benefit from this inspirational story."
Patricia H. Vance, State
Representative, 87th District, Pennsylvania, USA
"In Dilip’s conversational style, he reaches out
to touch both the mind and the heart. Step by step through the book he
also gives you specifics on taking action in your own life. Dilip
encourages each of us to live differently – to live lives of impact
Don Schin, President, Pennsylvania
Region, ACTION INTERNATIONAL, and Entrepreneur & Speaker