Feedback from Readers

Below are Positive Energizers sharing how Be the Sun, Not the Salt has impacted them. Have feedback of your own? Scroll to the bottom to submit your story!
Brittney W. May 04, 2021

The simplicity of Be the Sun, Not the Salt makes the complex topic of what it means to be heliotropic much easier to comprehend. Although it sounds daunting, Dr. Harry Cohen paints a clear picture of what it means to be positive, empathetic, kind, genuine, etc., and offers plenty of examples of small ways to practice these behaviors in our daily lives. I have witnessed readers of all ages discuss what they learned from Be the Sun, Not the Salt, and even young children were able to speak to what it means to be the sun and why everyone should do it. If the new generations can understand this, imagine what this movement could inspire in everyone else!
John R. April 16, 2021

By practicing positivity and the heliotropic effect, I have been able to improve and strengthen the relationships in my life both personal and professional. The wisdom within Be the Sun, Not the Salt is easy to understand and can be applied to almost all aspects of daily life. Plus, lots of what Harry writes is easy to remember and serves as a friendly reminder to Be the Sun!
Spencer Y. March 4, 2021

Be the Sun, Not the Salt is a great reminder that the smallest gestures can make all the difference. I make sure to focus on doing this every day and have noticed that it can be contagious and has even lead to building new friendships. This book gave me a new perspective on what being positive looks like and as Harry describes it, being #Heliotropic!
Shelly K. February 5, 2021

I have a relative who is usually very salty with good reason. I called him the other day to check in and he didn’t call me back for two days. I left a second message saying I was just concerned since I had not heard back and was not going to stand on ceremony waiting for him to call since I know he’s got a lot going on. He was so grateful and appreciative of that message I almost fell off my chair!
Shelly K. February 5, 2021

From Walmart online agent after a difficult confusing conversation regarding a return: “Thank you so much for your kindness and understanding regarding this issue. You are the kindest customer I had all day and I’m very grateful.” My response: “Thank you. I always try to be the sun and not the salt in someone’s day. You have been perfect.”
Pat H. January 11, 2021

The book’s simple messages help us be our best selves. Harry Cohen is the Fred Rogers of the next generation.
Dorothy B. December 28, 2020

I received “Be the Sun, Not the Salt” a few years ago as a gift. It is easy to understand, contemplate and act on. Dr. Harry Cohen is motivating, smart and a skilled communicator. Along with the book, I recommend watching Harrys Ted Tak and other YouTube interviews. His positive encouragement and inspiration reminds us while uplifting others we uplift ourselves.
Tim S.. November 20, 2020

I am a participant in a three-part Be the Sun Not the Salt workshop. Last Friday was our first session. We were wrapping up an impactful session when Dr. Cohen asked for examples of small gestures we do to show others we appreciate them. I shared that I comped a hand-written note to those who made my day a little nicer before my head hits the pillow each night. A few people commented that it sounded nice but that they probably wouldn’t adopt it because it’s a lot of work. I confirmed their suspicion and shared I had recently begun to neglect the process (this has been a multi-year habit). Then something really rewarding happened. A participant shared that she had been the recipient of one of my notes about a year ago. She said it had been very impactful and that she has it displayed in her office to revisit on difficult days. I have been thanked for my notes many times, but nobody has actually shared how big of an impact the message had on them. This exchange was unexpected and it touched me deeply (my eyes may have watered a bit and I’m not a drama person). In that moment, I felt the full effect of that participant’s sun and was blessed to be sun-kissed for the rest of the day. Oh, I have resumed my nightly ritual.
Kevin S. September 18, 2019

Dr. Harry’s message is a universal truth; be a good person and treat people so that they are drawn to you. It’s not just good advice for life, it turns out to be great for managing people and a business. It’s so good I teach it to my employees and my kids. This stuff really works.
Scott M. September 15, 2019

Being critical or pessimistic is easy. Being the sun is hard work–but the effects are all-encompassing. Heliotropic leadership affects all those around us, but most importantly, it helps you become a better person, from a positive change from within.
Mary Kae R. September 14, 2019

Dr. Harry’s coaching philosophy of Do More of That, is a great guide to building your best self/team. Intentionally look for you/your team at their best. Lead with the 5 to 1 strategy, and you will produce more engaged team members. In our office, we are always watching for what went well and pointing it out, so we can repeat it in as many areas as possible!
John W. September 12, 2019

Dr. Cohen spoke about Be the Sun, Not the Salt at an upper management meeting of West Herr Automotive Group. A sprinkling of the comments we received were “Best meeting we ever had”, “most inspiring meeting we ever had” and “most positive meeting we ever had”. Our intent is to use this to inspire all 2200 employees and take our positive culture to the next level.
Dan M. September 10, 2019

I have been a big supporter of Harry Cohen and his works for over twenty years. As a Lincoln dealer, I have witnessed the results of his remarkable compassion and dedication toward motivating people. He truly instills confidence with his words and actions. His recent book, “Be The Sun, Not the Salt” embodies the positive energy he has conveyed his whole career. I purchased forty books for my dealerships in order to show my team some of the positive vibes I would love for them to feel. I am grateful for all of Harry’s wisdom and motivation.
Alex H. September 8, 2019

There is so much wisdom packed into this book! The concepts presented here are elegant (e.g. not designed by a complexifier) as they are easy to grasp and can have an immediate, positive impact on anyone willing to put them into practice — both in business and in life. Well done Harry!