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    1. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke
    by SuzeOrman
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    Asin: 1573222976
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-03)
    Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
    Sales Rank: 72
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    If you are tired of struggling to make ends meet but don't know a 401(k) from Special K, this book is for you. Aimed specifically at "Generation Broke"--those in their twenties and thirties who are working yet buried in credit card debt and student loans--this user-friendly guide offers a clear introduction to practical investing and money management techniques that can turn even a dismal financial situation around. Bestselling author Suze Orman has a knack for taking the fear out of money matters, and in The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous &amp: Broke, she shows readers how to set priorities and achieve goals, whether it is to buy a house or save for retirement or pay for a child's education. She also offers inspiration to readers to face their financial problems and get started on a solution. After all, there is good news: young people still have the time to correct problems so that they will never be broke again. Readers who find terms such as diversification and IRA rollover scary--or worse, unimportant--will learn much from this book.

    In these pages, Orman clearly and succinctly explains what a FICO score is and why it's so important, offers the lowdown on stocks and mutual funds, provides career advice, and offers lots of tips on dealing with student loan debt, saving money even when times are tight, debt consolidation strategies, and the safest way for newlyweds to merge their finances. She also offers information on credit cards, including why canceling cards is not a good idea, when it makes sense to use them, and the best strategies for paying them off. It may not be the only money book you'll ever need, but it's an excellent place to start. --Shawn Carkonen

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    The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke is financial expert Suze Orman's answer to a generation's cry for help. An Emmy-award winner, Orman is the author of four consecutive New York Times® bestsellers, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, The Courage to Be Rich, The Road to Wealth, and The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life. The Money Book was written to address the specific financial reality that young people face today, and it offers a set of real, not impossible, solutions to the problems at hand and the problems ahead.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Beginners book- but thats what I needed !
    I read this book along with 'The Idiots Guide to personal finance in your 20s'. Both books were actually very helpful in getting my head together. I graduated 3 ago (hello scary loans), working (poor), and living (tiny space) in New York City. So this book was perfect for a person like me.

    It really got me thinking about HOW to take advantage of a 401K and Roth IRA. I am having a great time being young, but when Suzy illustrates how a person who started saving in a 401K at 25 compared to 35 will have hundreds of thousands dollars more by retirement you realise that being responsible is not only smart, but necessary given this recent retirement social security fiasco.

    She also gives great motivation to clean up your credit (via your FICO score). As a young person who wants to buy a car and apartment in a few years, you begin to understand how your credit numbers will affect you. Most important- your interest rates on these purchases. She also gives tips on these purchases. Additionally, moving in with someone, getting married, and basics of investing options.

    Whats great about the book though is that Suzy motivates you, but also details HOW to get things moving. She offers websites or agencies to further gain financial information.

    Buying both Suzy and the Idiots guide may have been a bit redundant. They offer around the same advice, but Idiots guide is a bit easier formatted to read. Its easier for me to reference my Idiots guide. That is the only reason why Suzy gets 4 and not 5 stars.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Average
    The advice given can be found in many, many books.Except for a new formating and a slightly easier way to search, there is nothing new here.Read Clark Howard or Dave Ramsey, people I can trust.My trust in this writer took a huge hit when she accepted an endorcement to sell new automobiles. This is at best a check out from the local library book, do not waste your money on it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes you CAN be broke AND fabulous.
    I live in Manhattan where it's hard to think of those two words in the same sentence.My parents have given me financial guidance books before but there is something about this that validates who you are and who you want to be- just in the title, that made me respond to it.I am clueless about money and I hate thinking about it. But you have to.This book, along with the online component,was kind of like a financial Mary Poppins.She tells you what to do and how to do it- in a non-condescending way.I wish I had had it 10 years ago.If you are a young woman with money problems like I am, don't question- just buy it and do what she says.

    5-0 out of 5 stars And it's ADD friendly too!
    After reading several sections from a friend's copy, I know for a fact that this is the book on finances I've been waiting for.If you have trouble focusing and end up drifting into space before making it through a sentance in any book- let alone one about dreary finances- I think you'll be wanting your own copy of this title as well.As if she had the ADD personality in mind, Susie is direct and to the point without being crass.The book is also highlighted with coloring which is another ADD friendly technique, along with short summeries to sum up the already to the point chapters.She also gives very simplistic examples behind her reasonings to make sure even the most clueless college co-ed or financing novice can understand it, but she breaks things down in a way that doesn't make you feel like a dumb-ass for not understanding it earlier.The PERFECT gift for a highschool graduate who's about to embark on to the world of college loans and credit! And great for anyone who wishes there was such a thing as financing 101 in H.S. or College.Highly Recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book especially for new college grads
    This should be your first financial book in your twenties. I could find so many answers to the questions that I had as I will be graduating soon and start my own career along with investments. Although I am not in huge debt, this book has helped me so much in terms of finding out what I have to do in order to save and what I need to do in order to succeed financially in life. Highly recommended for anyone who's broke or not broke but wants to stay financially stable and happy. ... Read more

    2. How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life
    by Tom Rath, Donald O. Clifton
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    Asin: 1595620036
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-10)
    Publisher: Gallup Press
    Sales Rank: 427
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    How did you feel after your last interaction with another person? Did that person-your spouse, best friend, coworker, or even a stranger -fill your bucket" by making you feel more positive? Or did that person "dip from your bucket," leaving you more negative than before? The number one New York Times and number one Business Week bestseller, How Full Is Your Bucket? reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, and grounded in 50 years of research, this book will show you how to greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life-while reducing the negative. Filled with discoveries, powerful strategies, and engaging stories, How Full Is Your Bucket? is sure to inspire lasting changes and has all the makings of a timeless classic. ... Read more

    3. Change Your Life in Seven Days : The World's Leading Hypnotist Shows You How
    by Paul McKenna
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    Asin: 1400082870
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-22)
    Publisher: Harmony
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book that will really make you think!
    So many of us were lied to as we grew up.Victims of childhood abuse may have been told they are worthless or unworthy of love and success.Change Your Life in Seven Days will help those people become reconditioned and understand that we are all born to lead happy, successful lives.

    Hypnosis, meditation, doesn't matter what we call it.The information in this book will give the reader a new way of thinking and the ability to see herself as worthy, lovable, and unmask one's true potential.

    Suzannah L Crowder
    Author, Damaged Goods: Adults Can Heal from Childhood Trauma

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very helpful book
    This book is filled with really useful checklists, exercises and good stories which helped me to actually use what I learned. The book did change my life. Nothing unrealistic but I've made a clear change for the better based upon his encouraging advice and amazing mind-control techniques presented in the book. I would say it could help anyone who follows the information presented to make at least a small, significant shift that is a bargain for $15.

    Another new book I recommend that helped me a great deal recently is "The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Many will find this book helpful and enlightening
    I am always a bit leery of self-help books especially ones that make wild claims. However this is not your typical self help book.
    Although many of the techniques elucidated in this book have long been known the presentation of how to employ these techniques is quite good. It is a book that I believe anyone can follow and use.
    McKenna has been employed by the rich and famous to help them. Let him help you.
    Speakingfrom my own scientific background as a psychology major who did his graduate work in neuroscience (Princeton) and animal behavior (Max Planck Institute in Germany)I see nothing in this book that runs contrary to what science knows about how the mind works.
    This is not a "new age fad" and the author explains this by giving a brief history of hypnosis in both its use and misuse.
    One of the great living Tibetan Buddhist lamas would continue to ask his pupils "where is your mind?" It is a question that is not as simple to answer as you might think if you reflect on it. I will rephrase by asking "are you driving your mind or is your mind driving you?
    McKenna's techniques are sound and should help the reader get out of negativebehavioral loops into which we all often fall.
    There is nothing sinister about self-hypnosis. It is one of the ways our mind works. Whether or not we are aware of it we are haphazardlyself-hypnotizing everyday. This book shows you how to take control of the process.
    Those still in doubt after reading this review should check out other books on hypnosis by McKenna. This man is no "flash in the pan".
    Read it and be helpless no more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Even Small Changes Can Make A Huge Difference
    Over the next 7 days you can make small changes that will make a huge difference in your life improving your happiness, success, and your well-being for years to come. The author has helped millions of people to quit smoking, lose weight, increase their self-confidence, cure phobias, and greatly improve their self-image.

    Paul McKenna has studied many highly successful and effective people and discovered that their success and happiness are not just accidents of good luck that happen to some people and not to others. Their success and happiness are created by deliberate ways of thinking and acting - such ways that are available to you, the reader, to follow. The author presents to you the core strategies and techniques of the most successful persons into a life makeover that you can use to think and act more positively and confidently. You will noticeably improve your life, amazingly so, in as little as one week.

    We are all "brainwashed" by our negative life experiences which affect our lives in terrible ways. For many of us our self-confidence has been broken down and damaged. We need new loops and new thoughts in our brains. Our self-images can be repaired and improved as is necessary. I strongly recommend this book. It can change your life.

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    4. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
    by Robert B. Cialdini
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    Asin: 0688128165
    Catlog: Book (1998-10-07)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 1766
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Arguably the best book ever on what is increasingly becoming the science of persuasion. Whether you're a mere consumer or someone weaving the web of persuasion to urge others to buy or vote for your product, this is an essential book for understanding the psychological foundations of marketing. Recommended. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Superb Text About Influence
    As I sit here and write, I wonder why I did not draft this review long before now. I read Cialdini's book about five years ago and have been hooked ever since. It is simply a superb book about influence.

    Cialdini believes that influence is a science. This idea attracted me. As a rhetorician, I have always thought of persuasion as more of an art. Cialdini, however, makes a first-rate case for the science point of view. But maybe most importantly, he makes his case in a well-written, intelligent, and entertaining manner. Not only is this an important book to read, it is a fun book to read too.

    He introduces you to six principles of ethical persuasion: reciprocity, scarcity, liking, authority, social proof, and commitment/consistency. A chapter is devoted to each and you quickly see why Cialdini looks at influence as a science. Each principle is backed by social scientific testing and restesting. Each chapter is also filled with interesting examples that help you see how each principle can be applied. By the end of the book, I had little doubt that these are six important dimensions of human interaction.

    I highly recommend this book to all professionals. It does not matter if you are a manager, sales person, pastor, or non-profit volunteer. The ideas in this book, once applied, will make it easier for you to accomplish your goals. In a video featuring the author, Professor Cialdini even goes so far as to promise that these principles can help you influence the most resistant of all audiences--your children.

    With a claim like that, who wouldn't be intrigued?

    My advice is to read this sooner rather than later. You will be quite glad you did.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening!
    This book is fun to read. It is basically a study on certain peculiar human traits that when triggered would automatically elicit an almost subconcious automated response. The 6 traits that are presented here are as follows:

    (1) Reciprocation
    (2) Commitment and Consistency
    (3) Social Proof
    (4) Liking
    (5) Authority
    (6) Scarcity

    What is amazing about these 6 traits is not that they are unusual (all these traits can be treated as common sense), but the scale of influence they are able to exert from a sales deal to human torture and destruction. This book really explains and reaffirms why these traits work and the power they have by providing numerous interesting examples of different form and scale. It goes to show why we are affected by them. It is a powerful book especially if you want to use them as what the author called 'weapons of influence'. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I used to be a people pleaser
    I used to agree with other people to avoid making waves. Because of this book, I understand why I was compliant and I am more truthful in my responses to others. This book really made me understand why I was persuaded to do things I didn't want to do. A book called Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self also made a huge impact on me. Optimal Thinking helped me to let go of what is out of my control, make the most of what is in my control and get the best results in every situation. So I recommend each of these books. Read them side by side and you will be your best when noone is around and with other people.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book which can help you a lot
    What I can say in simple words... Ono of the best books I have ever read. Cialdini is highly seasoned professional.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I picked this book up because somebody online recommended it, and the topic interested me. This has been one of the best books I've ever bought. Dr. Cialdini told me things I already knew, just had never put any actual thought into. After having read most of the book I was able to apply the material into my life and I think it helped me from making a bad decision related to my higher education. I highly recommend everyone read this! ... Read more

    5. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
    by Don Miguel Ruiz
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    Asin: 1878424319
    Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
    Publisher: Amber-Allen Publishing
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    Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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    Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom of days long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman. The four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. It's the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering. --P. Randall Cohan ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars No Hocus Pocus.
    So many "self-help" books are pure rhetorical tripe. Common sense, good manners, and sensible actions regurgitated. In "The Four Agreements," Ruiz does not break new ground but the simplistic and thoughtful nature of his message make this book a winner.

    Let's face it, experience and iteration (practice) will propel one toward their stated goals with certainty. To point, the four agreements, as simple as they may be, are tantamount to successful achievement of personal and/or professional goals:

    1) Be impeccable with your word - keep your word or your reputation will fail.
    2) Don't take anything personally - tough act to muster at times but possible (besides, its good for the soul).
    3) Don't make assumptions - those who assume will lose the benefit of fact and learning; check your facts--learn what is necessary.
    4) Always do your best - this is the most simplistic of the agreements but one that we all have a tendency, at one time or another, to allow to lapse; if you decide to undertake something, make it YOURS!

    So many people who read books such as this or "Who Moved My Cheese" (self-help genre) attempt to pick apart the conceptual nature of the message whether simple or complex. Certainly, many books of this ilk are not worth the paper they're written on but when you find a message that speaks to your intellectual being as well as your soul, you'd better listen. Riuz's message is poignant; follow these simple rules and create your own happiness.

    This isn't a "cure-all" book. If you read it without concurrent introspection, then you've done nothing more than read a short book espousing basic vitues. However, if one reads this book with an open mind and the congruous search for excellence, this will be a truly powerful experience. If one does not, then one has lost the message behind the words. Don't read the WORDS, absorb the MESSAGE!

    Jump in, both feet. You'll not be sorry.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ancient wisdom for modern days.
    What a great book! "The Four Agreements" flows with a simplicity and honesty that caught my attention. I came away from this book feeling more at ease in myself. Perhaps the most powerful passage in the book for me was "Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive -- the risk to be alive and express what we really are." I hadn't looked at this idea before, and when I checked with myself I found it to be true. Miguel Ruiz's book does a great job of describing the process through which we lose sight of our true selves. After that, Ruiz outlines the four agreements you can make with yourself to have a fulfilling life. They are simple and powerful and they can make a a great difference in the quality of your life.

    Gladly enough, when I found this book on Amazon and read the reviews to check it out, I saw a review for another book which I bought as well. It is Ariel and Shya Kane's "Working of Yourself Doesn't Work: A Book About Instantaneous Transformation." This book is about having a magnificent life and nothing less. And while it seems too good to be true, I found that the three principles of transformation the Kanes talk about touched me so profoundly that I HAVE discovered my own magnificence. No kidding! Just by being in the moment, life becomes magical. By becoming aware of the mechanical behaviors that keep us out of the moment, we regain our original freedom. My work is easier and I feel more connected to the people in my life. Read this book and the presence of the Kanes will seep through and you'll feel how true and powerful their words are, and how deeply they care about people and about the often-missed possibility of living with immeasurable joy, wellness, relationship, and satisfaction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Agreements for Life
    This is a beautifully written book coming from the sincere and simple yet profound wisdom that will help many people if applied. I found this to be among the few books I have purchased where the solutions for humanity are filled with compassion, inspiration and expansive wisdom as well as compassion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good ideas..remedial delivery...
    I enjoyed the book, but it was very repetitive and a little simplistic. Lots nifty ideas with a few interesting metaphors and insights... The book doesn't provide many revelations (if any). It mostly serves to re-enforce what we already know is right and true. We've all heard a million versions of the ideas delivered in this book. Stuff like:

    "Say what you mean. Mean what you say"
    "Assuming makes an ASS out of U and ME"

    You get the idea... Read this book as a reminder. Read it to gain an alternate perspective. I would recommend it to anyone who is on a path to self-discovery. Remedial or not, the toltec perspective referenced in this book is a valuable one...

    One thing I've noticed about most of the negative reviews. They all seem a little bit angry. Perhaps too angry to be receptive to a book with such a positive spin...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not Making Assumptions
    By implementing the four agreements into my daily life I have been transformed. I took back my power by being able to 'see' other peoples parasite when it was exposed to me. I have been handling every situation in my life now with one of the agreements. I also recommend reading Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life by JoAnna Carey. ... Read more

    6. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
    by Melody Beattie
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    Asin: 0894864025
    Catlog: Book (1996-07-01)
    Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
    Sales Rank: 681
    Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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    recovery has begun for millions of individuals with this straightforward guide.through personal examples and exercises, readers are shown how controlling others forces them to lose sight of their own needs and happiness. ... Read more

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    As a counsellor with thirty years experience, I can assure you that, contrary to what at least one other reviewer has indicated, loving yourself is NOT easy for everyone. If life was that simple, counsellor's case loads would be much lighter and the world a much happier place.

    This book is an excellent starting point and great self-help book for those who are codependent. It is not simply a matter of "starting to love yourself," but a matter of going back through the years, generally to the formative years of childhood, and discovering why you have developed the need to be codependent. In other words, it helps to know where you came from before mapping a route to where you are going. I did find the book made considerable reference to drug and alcohol addiction. While that is a major form of codependency, it is not the only form, but others received less priority. For that reason, the book lost a star in the rating. "Codependent No More" is written in an honest, straight-forward manner; therefore, if it evokes anger or negativism in the reader, it is likely because the reader sees at least a partial reflection of themself in the book.

    Like any self-help book, the advice given only works if the individual is prepared to make long-term changes and has the commitment to work at the root of the problem. For those who are codependent to a minor degree, this book provides helpful insight on how to deal with the problem; however, if the problem is a more serious one, opting for professional counselling is likely still the best course of action. Often old habits are difficult to change on one's own. Freeing yourself from the chains of codependency can result in newfound freedom, peace of mind and a happier, less stressful lifestyle. I do recommend this book for the valuable information it contains.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Looking for how to change? Get this book.
    Many books have been written on growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise destructive house. While it is important as a first step to know how some of our bad habits and attitudes get developed (the "why"), it is CRITICAL to know the "how": how can we recognize them in ourselves, to challenge our faulty thinking, to implement healthy strategies for interacting with others (and ourselves). This book is fantastic in the whys and the hows. I suspect many of you who read it will say things out loud as you read as I did, such as "Yes!", "So true!", etc. when you see yourself in the descriptions she gives. I was so impressed with this book, immediately after I finished it I ordered "The Language of Letting Go": daily readings to help stay on the right track. I have gone to counseling, read books on cognitive therapy and several other self-help books, but this book is by far the most helpful. I finally GET IT: I didn't know I was codependent. This book helped me diagnose it, then provided prescriptions to facilitate recovery. Ready to change? Get this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Real McCoy
    This is the one that started it all and changed the way we communicate, act and treat co-dependent relationships. The book was a breakthrough when it first came out, and it is still an invaluable resource and guidebook. Extremely helpful

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beattie is a Recovery Beauty!!
    This author is one of the most honest, insightful, and thoughtful writers in the world of recovery. I own a copy of each of her books. You are encouraged and blessed with each chapter. I refer to her codependency books frequently to remind myself what getting better is all about. Thanks, Melody!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth a Read
    I first came across this book as a recommendation (from a psychologist, no less) as to how to deal with an abusive relationship I was involved in. Like some of the other reviewers, it was painful at first to see myself described in the book. But it helped me to understand why I was attracted to addictive personalities, what attracted them to me, and how to eventually break the cycle. I certainly won't say that all of your problems will be solved with this book, but it is a step in the right direction. It certainly worked for me. ... Read more

    7. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
    by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0071401946
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-18)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 797
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    "Most books make promises. This one delivers. These skills have not only helped us to change the culture of our company, but have also generated new techniques for working together in ways that enabled us to win the largest contract in our industry's history."--Dain M. Hancock, President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

    A powerful, seven-step approach to handling difficult conversations with confidence and skill

    "Crucial" conversations are interpersonal exchanges at work or at home that we dread having but know we cannot avoid. How do you say what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, child, or relationship partner? Crucial Conversations offers readers a proven seven-point strategy for achieving their goals in all those emotionally, psychologically, or legally charged situations that can arise in their professional and personal lives. Based on the authors' highly popular DialogueSmart training seminars, the techniques are geared toward getting people to lower their defenses, creating mutual respect and understanding, increasing emotional safety, and encouraging freedom of expression. Among other things, readers also learn about the four main factors that characterize crucial conversations, and they get a powerful six-minute mastery technique that prepares them to work through any highimpact situation with confidence.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding tool that gets results!
    As a coach to both individuals and groups, I see the very costly problems in the workplace that result from the important conversations that are not occurring because they are too hard or scary. The cost includes harm to relationships, careers and the bottom line. Both executives and high performance teams have been derailed by not addressing the dead elephants in the room. Crucial Conversations is absolutely the best book on the subject of difficult and critical communication. The book is very well organized, presenting clear steps to create an environment in which the hard conversation can happen. There are so many tools in this book that if it were not so well organized and presented in stages, the reader would be overwhelmed. The authors handle this very well - you can tell there was experience and expertise in adult learning informing the structure of the book. Why my clients and I become so excited about the book is its immediate results. You can start using the concepts and skills before you have finished the book! The foundations of making the environment safe - even for someone you may not like or respect is particularly effective. I have been very pleased with the results I have experienced - as well as my clients. Every leader should have this book on their bookshelf!

    A bonus to readers is the continued support from the authors on their website described in the book. There is a wealth of additional information, interactive reviews, assessments and even video vignettes that illustrate the learning points with relevance and humor. For those truly smitten, there are training courses available to assist in obtaining personal mastery or even to teach the material if desired. I recommend this book and Primal Leadership to top-level executives in the federal government and private sector. I, and they, have never been disappointed at the difference it has made. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Crucial Conversations - Crucial Results
    I have read Crucial Conversations cover to cover 4 times now. The results in my business and my marriage have been amazing. The book is well written and easy to understand. It teaches step by step skills to help you master the content. Before reading this book, I thought influential people possessed a natural ability to effectively handle conflict. After reading the book, I now realize that there are specific skill sets that anyone can learn (and master) to effectively deal with these "High Stake," "Strong Emotions," and "Opposing Opinion" conversations.

    My confidence and productivity has increased in every area of my life (My business has increased by 30%-50% since I read the book the first time) and I am now effectively handling conversations with my wife that once caused constant upset.

    I would recommend this book for anyone 1) wanting increased results and 2) willing to have a profound breakthrough in how they communicate. It has made a profound difference for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Packed With Knowledge!
    Wanna argue? Nope. Then you need Kerry Patterson and his co-writers, who describe techniques for effective negotiation and conflict resolution in the context of important, potentially life-changing conversations. Examples include talking yourself into a promotion, bringing up important information at meetings and working out problems with your spouse. Some tips will sound familiar, such as knowing what you really want and being open to alternatives. However, the book also highlights some themes that are often forgotten in negotiations, such as making it safe for others to express their true feelings and desires. The authors explain how to avoid getting forced into false either-or choices and tell you how to remain alert for unstated alternatives or possibilities. This lively book includes many examples drawn from business and personal relationships. We recommend it in particular to those are new to negotiations and conflict resolution, though it teaches solid skills that any manager - or any marriage partner, for that matter - could benefit from mastering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, illustrated with clear diagrams
    I bought this book after I heard Dr. Glickman, the author of Optimal Thinking-How To Be Your Best Self, recommend it during an Optimal Thinking seminar. When I read that Dr. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, recommended this book too I knew that this was going to be a life-changing book for me. I was right. This book has given me a formula for handling myself and others correctly during tough interactions. I am embarrassed to admit that I sometimes yelled and degraded people when I did not get what I wanted from them. Now I use optimal thinking to put my best self in charge, start with heart, look for safety problems, make it safe, retrace my path, and take the other steps recommended in this book. The steps are simple and clear. I am not perfect at them yet, and might never be, but I have already come a long way. You can't go wrong with this book, so press the "Buy" button right now, and if you want to optimize your effectiveness in all areas of life, buy the other books I mentioned.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very basic common sense!
    I was lead to believe there would be some ground beaking information in this book but it's really just common sense. I think everyone knows, when they're thinking straight, that just being true to yourself, honest, and respectfull of other people while holding to your point of view is the only way to truly get things done. And this is basically all this book says. ... Read more

    8. Think and Grow Rich
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    Asin: 0449214923
    Catlog: Book (1987-05-12)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 368
    Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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    Here are money-making secets that can change your life. Inspired by Andrew Carnegie's magic formula for success, this book will teach you the secrets that will bring you a fortune. It will show you not only what to do but how to do it. Once you learn and apply the simple, basic techniques revealed here, you will have mastered the secret of true and lasting success. And you may have whatever you want in life.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book--Great foreward by Melvin Powers
    Over the years I have bought several copies of Think and Grow Rich but this particular edition, original unabridged version is perhaps the best and my personal favorite.

    Think and Grow Rich is without a doubt one of the most prestigious and beloved books in the field of motivational literature. This version is a reprint of the original, unabridged, classic edition of Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill. No doubt, Think and Grow Rich has helped shape the lives of millions of people around the world. Perhaps moreso than any other book ever.

    In Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill shares his brilliant philosophy and practical techniques for achieving your financial goals, reaching your highest potential, and ultimately creating a life that brings you great personal happiness.

    Think and Grow Rich will teach you how to harness the awesome mental magic of your mind. You are given a blueprint for self mastery. You learn that there are no limitations to what you can accomplish, only those you impose on yourself.

    Napolean Hill said, "If you can conceive it, you can believe it." This precept has proven true repeatedly throughout history. Did we not send a man to the moon and accomplish other seemingly miraculous feats in many fields of endeavor? Every one of these feats began as an idea that was then transformed into reality. Think and Grow Rich shows youhow to transform your dreams into reality too.

    Melvin Powers inspiring foreward and indicating how this great book transformed his life adds just on more great testimonial of the power behind Think and Grow Rich.

    If you were to buy just one book on personal development, you wouldn't go wrong by making Think and Grow Rich that one and only book.

    Thank you Napolean for sharing your wisdom!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bugaboos of the Mind Revealed
    Why do some achieve great wealth when the vast majority wallow in poverty?

    Napoleon Hill interviewed nearly 500 wealthy men (including steel magnate Andrew Carnegie) to determine the underlying causes of wealth. In addition, Hill interviewed thousands of financial failures to determine what drove them to poverty.

    Think & Grow Rich is a remarkable text that outlines what Napoleon Hill learned from his vast number of interviews. Hill enables readers to emulate the traits of the wealthy while shunning those characteristics of the financially challenged.

    Several highlights of the text are:

    (1) Prerequisites to wealth acquisition include a statement of: (a) the amount of money desired (b) the sacrifice one is willing to give in exchange for the money (c) the deadline for obtaining the money (d) a definite plan for acquiring this money (e) a declaration of this statement twice daily once before sleeping and once after waking.

    Hill remarks, "You may as well know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities unless you can work yourself into a white heat of desire for money, and actually believe you possess it."

    (2) The subconscious mind can be a powerful ally (or foe) in the pursuit of wealth. One should truly believe that one will become wealthy and "the subconscious mind will hand over the plan that you need". This belief should be infused with emotion.

    (3) Create a Master Mind group of encouraging individuals who can provide the specialized knowledge necessary to achieve wealth

    (4) "Success requires no explanations; Failure permits no alibis"

    (5) Common causes of failures include: Lack a well defined purpose in life, Lack of ambition, Lack of self-discipline, Procrastination, Lack of Persistence, Lack of decision.

    (6) Persistence is absolutely critical to wealth. Hill mentions that "I had the happy privilege of analyzing both Mr. Edison and Mr. Ford ... I found no quality save persistence that even remotely suggested the major source of their stupendous achievements."

    (7) To develop persistence one must have a: (a) specific goal with a yearning for its attainment (b) definite plan (c) mind closed against negative influences (d) friendly alliance with those who will encourage one to achieve the goal

    (8) Sublimate your sexual urges to a yearning to accomplish your goals

    (9) "You have absolute control over but one thing, and that is your thoughts"

    This is a remarkable book that is a paean to the power of the mind and its ability to create wealth in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! but the hardcover version is abridged
    Wonderful book, which inspires me and makes me think big and stay motivated. I love the unabridged version from wilshire book company. Unfortunately it comes only in paperback. I recently bought the hardcover, collector's edition. Unfortunately it is abridged, in some chapters several pages in total. The format in this book is among the best i've seen though. Leatherbound, goldedges etc. Anyway, great book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It Helped Jim Carrey, myself and it can help you too...
    What can I say? I bought this book at a church bookstore, ironic huh? Having been fortunate enough to attend elite academic institutions in America and Europe, I can say without a doubt that the principles espoused by Mr. Hill's writing are by far more valuable than much of what I learned in a formal academic environment--this is real education....SELF education, i.e. knowledge of Self.

    Jim Carrey reputedly read this book while working a low wage job before becoming famous, applied the fundamentals and the rest, as we say is history.

    I always like to point out interesting teaching points from books and here are a few:

    **"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve"

    **"There are no limitations to the mind EXCEPT those we acknowledge"

    **"Both poverty and riches are the offspring oof thought"

    One of my greatest ambitions is to actualize the level of success I envision for myself and in doing so, be in a position where I can mentor others about the principles of success such as those. Mssr. Hill teaches. One of the first things I shall do is give this book away in order to complete the cycle of giving and receiving.

    I also recommend reading this book along side Joseph Murphy's book "Power of Your Subconscious Mind" and Claude M. Bristol's "The Magic of Believing" along with "It Works" by RJH. These books along with Think & Grow Rich can truly enable you to achieve whatever you desire not only financially but in health, relationships, peace of mind and true expression--true wealth.

    I have personally achieved some wonderful results through the application of these principles and look forward to applying them even further for higher and higher levels of achievement. I hope you do so as well!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but a great book by Napolean Hill
    Think & Grow Rich is a condensed version of Hill's 17 principles of success; he course that he used to teach in over 17 lessons via weekly lectures and is still available in other books and tape programs like Your Right To Be Rich.

    Nonetheless, Think & Grow Rich is an excellent intro to the principles and techniques that Hill discovered after interviewing the wealthiest people of his time.

    Think & Grow Rich will open your mind and open opportunities to you. Great book by Hill. ... Read more

    9. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens
    by Sean Covey
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    Asin: 0684856093
    Catlog: Book (1998-10-09)
    Publisher: Fireside
    Sales Rank: 450
    Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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    Based on his father's bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly EffectivePeople, Sean Covey applies the same principles to teens, using avivacious, entertaining style. To keep it fun, Covey writes, he "stuffed it fullof cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teensfrom all over the world... along with a few other surprises." Did he ever! Flipopen to any page and become instantly absorbed in real-life stories of teens whohave overcome obstacles to succeed, and step-by-step guides to shiftingparadigms, building equity in "relationship bank accounts," creating actionplans, and much more.

    As a self-acknowledged guinea pig for many of his dad's theories, Sean Covey isa living example of someone who has taken each of the seven habits to heart: beproactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win;seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw.He includes a comical section titled "The 7 Habits of Highly Defective Teens,"which includes some, shall we say, counterproductive practices: put first thingslast; don't cooperate; seek first to talk, then pretend to listen; wear yourselfout... Covey's humorous and up-front style is just light enough to be acceptableto wary teenagers, and down-and-dirty enough to really make a difference. (Ages13 and older) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is it...a must read!
    We all know what the meaning of teenage means. Late-night parties, cheating on tests, and sneaking into movie theatres. It's a golden age in our life when we can just wild out and simply have fun! I have to admit the person I am now, is quite a different character from what I was before I read the book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens". A bit like a mentor who taught me to see the light, I've learned to appreciate so much more in life. The book really reaches out and touches each person individually, and helps them find the best in themselves. Sean Covey has created 7 "habits" to help teenagers make the most out of their teenage life. Illustrated with funny cartoons, easy to read fonts, and simple language, not once was I ever bored when I read the book. Speakin from the heart, Covey brings back memories of his own personal past and shows us how we can change things before they actually happen. For example, he spends a chapter talking about the importance of being a good friend. After reading that chapter, I tried using some of the tips he mentioned into my real life senerio. And guess what? It really works! I've learned to become a much better listener, a better advice giver, and better at keeping secrets. All that was deprived from one chapter. I was just surprised to find out that a lot of the things he said related directly to me, therefore it made it really personal. If Covey was able to make a personal connection with me, I'm sure he can do so with everyone else. I speak as a teen to a teen; read it. This'll be the most memorable peice of writing you'll remember throughout your teenage career.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Book review for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
    As a sophomore in high school, there have been a lot of ups and downs in my life. So, during the winter break, just when I started caring about my grades and life, I saw this book and thought it might be helpful.

    This book is written by Sean Covey, the son of Stephen R. Covey. Stephen R. Covey wrote a book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is about 7 habits, be proactive; being with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw. His son, Sean Covey, built his book around the same 7 habits, yet with ¡§teen language¡¨. Usually when books are about habits for teens or how to improve your life, they're usually dull and readers dread for the ending. This book is absolutely not like that. There's a comic illustration on nearly every single page, lots of great quotes from well-known people, along with real-life stories from teens around the world.

    At the end of each one of these chapters, there's a section called ¡§Baby Steps¡¨. Here Sean Covey gives step-by-step directions on how to improve yourself using what you had just read in that chapter.

    Some things to keep in mind while reading this book is that, in order to really learn something from this book and use it as a helpful tool, you really need to read it with an open mind and a heart willing to learn. Also, in order to move on to the next habit, you really need to thoroughly understand the previous one.

    Unquestionably, this is a fascinating book and it will definitely help you in one way or the other. So go purchase this excellent book, read it and live by the 7 habits for a while and see how it works!

    1-0 out of 5 stars expensive toilet paper
    I hate this book! I truly can't see why this book is so popular.
    Heres why i hate it: First off I can't stand covey's writing style. Its just so unsophisticated, so annoying, and very dry.
    Second the messages that covey presents are blatant. He says that we should perform random acts of kindness (Really? i don't think my grandmother ever told me to do that) he also says that we should not let our fears make our decisions (wow!!!! what a great motivator). so if you already wiped your ass today you haven't any use for this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book to steer teens in the right direction
    Sean Covey is a great role model for teens! He uses the principles from his father's best-selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, to show teens how they too, can use them. The Covey model encourages solid character formation, and provides essential strategies for success in all areas of life. You start by mastering yourself and then you learn how to interact correctly with other people. The book is logical and the cartoons add fun.

    I must also recommend "Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self" endorsed by Dr. Steven Covey. The author of Optimal Thinking, a former teacher, interacted with teens in the classroom for a decade and truly understands them. Optimal Thinking shows all of us how to bring our best self to every situation, deal most effectively with our feelings, bring out the best from others, and make the most of every situation. Optimal Thinking should be taught in every school, and these books should be in every home.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An effective book for effective people
    I bought this book last year.What attracted me was not just the content,but the fun and interesting English language teenagers will find reading enjoyable (Note: it's not the type of super English with bombastic words and terms that'll probably send you poring through the dictionary).There are also interesting and cute little quotations that get you start laughing and giggling.

    But what is really great about this book is that it is hardly a book.It's so well-written,it's like a essential manual for all teenagers to possess! There are true-account experiences as well as well as well as accounts of scenarios which you may find struggling to do well in an exam,coping with relationships problems and stuff.

    Frankly speaking,Sean Covey did make a point.I was quick to point out that i'm a procastinator (something i learnt over here),and is now able to control my emotions and get the better of myself.Though this book is like the one of the many thousands "self-improvement" source i've read,i think it is one over at my top ten list.Pointers,comics strips,useful hotlines,true accounts...and a really cool author,what more can you expect?

    Need help? This is the book for you! ... Read more

    10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People : Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
    by Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0743269519
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-09)
    Publisher: Free Press
    Sales Rank: 344
    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity -- principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best business/success books out there
    Unfortunately, during my experience with corporate America I've had several business/success books thrust upon me. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is the only one that was worth reading.

    This book, coupled with the First Things First training I received at work has had an enormous impact on me. Five years later, I still organize my life based on my mission statement, roles, and goals. I plan weekly and take time out to Sharpen the Saw. I don't always live up to the seven habits, but at least I'm going in the right direction. Periodically I pull this book out of my bookshelf and flip through it to reinforce the lessons it contains. It's also one of the few books I've ever bought someone as a gift.

    My biggest criticism is that Covey has a tendency to beat you over the head with examples. Numerous times as I read the book I thought to myself, I get it, move on. My other big complaint is that this book coined the word "proactive," which is believed to mean the opposite of reactive, but actually means that the person using it is an idiot and needs to resort to using made-up words to appear highly effective.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has definitely changed my life for the better.
    This is a book that has changed my life irrevocably and forever. It required great energy, patience and time to read, one with much meaning and very deep in content. In fact, after struggling through the first two Principles outlined in this book I found myself putting it away on the shelf. For nearly a year it sat there and I didn't pick it up again until I had another reason to. The second time around I could not put the book down and took prolific amounts of notes. The third time I read it I learned even more.

    This book is about self, about becoming the true you and living your life optimally. This is not a pep-rally or a psychological breakdown of "The 100 Top Tips to Boost Your Self-Esteem". The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is all about understanding where you can (should) be taking yourself in your life. The influence, the support, the understanding, the energy that Dr. Stephen Covey discusses comes from within yourself; it is not an external influence that fades as soon as the source is gone. You create it; you live it; it becomes you and you become it. These principles are not subject to the whims of others. You create yourself, you build upon yourself and you become an effective person in your life through learning to help yourself and others. You learn how to graduate from dependence to independence and then even further on to a higher level: interdependence all by looking deeply within yourself and following seven sound principles that are laid out in a very logical, rational and emotionally-sound manner. The principles behind Dr. Covey's ideas are based on faith in self, community and God. He helps you to understand the philosophy, "Love Me for Me."

    In The Seven Habits, Covey talks about the Personal Mission Statement. This is a project that you create, write, rewrite over and over until it describes the person you most want to be. Then you simply spend the rest of your life living those beliefs until you become that person. It is probably the easiest, yet most difficult thing you will ever do in your entire life. Why? Because you must devote your entire life, and energy to this task. How easy it is to become side-tracked and slide into old habits of comfort. But these old habits are the ones that you want to rewrite with new, better habits. This is a difficult road to follow. It is also, without a doubt the most rewarding activity you will ever do in your entire life. After all, the most rewarding things in life are often the most difficult.

    Stephen Covey outlines the best strategies for maximum effectiveness in this great book. The fact that this book has remained a best seller for over 15 years should tell you something about the merits of the informmation that it contains.

    Highly recommended book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely a must read book
    I have worked for major corporations and I have been self employed in direct sales and network marketing. Hardly a day goes by when I don't find someone who recommends and in many cases, carries The 7 Habits around with them in their briefcase.

    In a world of me, me, me, me. It's great to have a noted and highly respected authority like Dr. Covey teach the concepts of "Win-Win" and "seek first to understand, then be understood."

    I am also happy to see that Dr. Covey has endorsed network marketing and recommends it. easy to understand why. Network marketing is indeed the wave of the future so it makes sense that the professionals of the present and the near future will be applying Dr. Coveys techniques just as those Fortune 500 companies have been doing since the 1980's.

    Great book. I highly recommend it to everyone and especially network marketers who want to significantly grow their business.

    Thank you Dr. Covey for a great book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
    The way the author has deconstructed human development and potential is insightful. The author's view is that people first develop a triumvirate individual competances and skills.

    1) Be Proactive.
    2) Begin with the End in Mind.
    3) Put First things First.

    Once they have mastered this they can then accelerate the results they achieve by mastering 3 more skills that enable them to enable others.

    4) Think win-win.
    5) Seek first to understand.
    6) Synergize.

    Encompassing these 6 habits is the seventh habit which emcompasses the others is the

    7) Sharpen the saw.

    Though the some of the ideas are a little trite or naive together they form a good toolset. ... Read more

    11. And One More Thing Before You Go...
    by Maria Shriver
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    Asin: 0743281012
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
    Publisher: Free Press
    Sales Rank: 205
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    Graduating from high school is a big step for any girl. She is leaving her childhood behind and beginning the rest of her life. She is also leaving her mother's protective circle of love and guidance. One of the greatest gifts a mother can give her daughter at this pivotal moment in her life is good counsel. In And One More Thing Before You Go...Maria Shriver, bestselling author, acclaimed journalist, First Lady of California, and mother of two daughters, provides a loving and heartfelt guide for girls as they go off to college.

    Expanded from a speech given to her young friend Ally's graduating class, Maria writes as a wiser, more experienced girlfriend, but also as both the daughter of a mother whose advice she still seeks and as the mother of daughters for whom she wishes a fulfilling and happy life. In this stirring and inspiring guide, Maria talks to young women about how to find abundance and emotional richness, and how not to overlook life's most special gifts. Her ten rules -- told in a witty and poignant anecdotal style -- offer a firm grasp on what's really important in life.

    And One More Thing Before You a book that transcends age groups, a book that will make you laugh, cry, and open your eyes to a new way of looking at life. Thoughtful, compassionate, and above all, filled with love, And One More Thing Before You a book that will make every mother cry and every daughter stop and think about her mother's words.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars cute book of valuable advice
    I really liked Maria's book. It's short and sweet and to the point. She also makes you really appreciate your mother alot more after reading her bits of sisterly advice. A must read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it
    I love this little book.I look at my son and I see how fast the time has gone and I feel an ache in my heart.I find myself being fearful of the cruel world the resides ahead of him and it is then that I wonder if I have taught him everything about the down side of life.This book is excellent and I urge you to read it.Another great book is Whispers of the wicked saint, by Veronica Haddon and the glass castle, by jeannett Walls.Try them all !!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great little book !!
    I loved this short little book.It is an excellent read for mothers and daughters.It is scarey how fast life goes and what is even more scarey is that we have to all one day send our children out into this mean and cruel world.Arm them with advice, and the best advice is in this book.Every woman should also read the glass castle and Whispers of the wicked saints.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book Filled with Excellent Advice!
    Maria Shriver conveys her wisdom in a heart felt down to earth manner that will help any young adult. She speaks of adversity, and how it serves us to become stronger, better people, while she gives examples of how people have endured a lot that made them so much better from the growth they gained. This book is a treasure of wosdom. It doesn't have to be a 300 page book to bring insight and golden advice. In some respects, it reminds me of the book "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen - that was a small book, and big on messages that are timeless.
    Maria's book is also timeless. I would give it to anyone that values solid advice that can only point you in the right direction.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Transcending gender and age...
    A short book born of an expanded speech to a high school graduating class, Maria Shriver has penned a gem for females and males alike. Additionally, I don't necessarily think her 10 steps are isolated for the young; many of these precepts are applicable to the average adult in every day life. And, before you begin thinking this is just another celebrity trying to make another buck, think again. Maria Shriver is an odd character; as one who has practically been in the limelight her entire life, she is neither pompous or pretentious. Her offerings are heartfelt and poignant.

    Perhaps the most important gem in this book is "Fear can be your best teacher." This, particularly for young adults but for mature adults as well, is such an important premise. Fear, along with its twin primary emotion, greed, create more ill feelings, health concerns, mistakes, anger, resentment, and doubt than practically any other emotion. As a business consultant, I deal with fear constantly; I have so very many clients who are afraid to do much of anything. Fear is paralyzing and dangerous. But I digress...

    Maria Shriver, while short and succinct, has created a wonderfully well written and important "set of instructions" for life. Female or male, young or old, this book will be quite useful and perhaps, magical. Recommended. ... Read more

    12. Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
    by AnneLamott
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    Catlog: Book (2005-03-03)
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    Few people can write about faith, parenting, and relationships as can the talented, irreverent Anne Lamott. With characteristic black humor, ("Everyone has been having a hard time with life this year; not with all of it, just the waking hours") she updates us on the ongoing mayhem of her life since Traveling Mercies, and continues to unfold her spiritual journey.

    Plan B finds Lamott wrestling with mid-life hormones and weight gain while parenting Sam, now a teenager with his own set of raging hormones. Her observations cover everything from starting a Sunday school to grief over the death of her beloved dog, Sadie; lamenting the war to bitterness over her relationship with her now-departed mother.

    As she tugs and pokes out the knots in a slender gold chain necklace, it becomes a metaphor for letting go and learning to forgive. "…any willingness to let go inevitably comes from pain; and the desire to change changes you, and jiggles the spirit, gets to it somehow, to the deepest, hardest, most ruined parts." It’s her willingness to show us the knotted-up, "ruined parts" of her life that make this collection of sometimes uneven essays so compelling.

    "Everything feels crazy," writes Lamott, adding, "But on small patches of earth all over, I can see just as much messy mercy and grace as ever…."Lamott’s essays will serve as reminders to readers of the patches of messy mercy and grace in a chaotic world.--Cindy Crosby ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
    Honest to Pete - Lamott blows it with this book.I quit reading it when I was half way through as I wondered why I was bothering - why continue to be assaulted like this? Other books by Lamott have been invigorating and fun - this one bashes our President repeatedly (Ok for a chapter - but in almost every chapter?), flaunts the use of vulgarity (just because she's free to do so, doesn't mean she should), and champions rebellion. Lamott is a smart sassy woman - and I love her and I have enjoyed reading about her jaunty walk with Jesus.But this time around I simply wanted to yell at her " Oh, Anne, CUT IT OUT!"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Laughed Until I Cried
    Annie Lamott is one of the few writers today who write about faith in an honest, straight-forward, humorous way. She doesn't try to portray herself as a model goody two shoes. Her acknowledgment of her own shortcomings, whether in parenting an adolescent, struggling to act on faith, or maintain a decent diet, will keep you smiling and nodding your head in agreement. This book sparkles with honesty and wit. It is a must read!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars "It's all about. . . . MEEEEE"
    I think you can make fun of George Bush. And I think you can inject a little humor in your own Theological beliefs. I mean look at what we put on television and call it a 'craft,' then host a show with people who only have one name telling us how great one particular show was and how the actors never gave up their 'integrity,' and then tell me God doesn't have a sense of humor. "Friends" ran on network television for what . . . 60 years?

    It's just if you have a point, make it. Don't leave the reader confused as to what you were trying to say.

    I find this to be mean spirited writing. Ms. Lamott seems uncertain as to what she is going to say and I am then left with uncertainty as to what she said. Or why. Writing about Christ and his teenage years is something I would expect from George Carlin or Moore. I get the feeling that Ms. Lamott wanted to touch on everything that might pull in a few extra readers. Like a director of a poor script, action, violence, skimpy tops on the female stars, "cool" humor between the African American and Caucasian heroes, more violence, more skimpy tops, fast cars. Let's do a little of everything.

    Some points Ms. Lamott makes are genuine. They are unfortunately few and far between. 2 stars. Larry Scantlebury

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ranting?I think not!
    After reading most of the negative reviews of this book, I just have to laugh.Most come from those "upset" with Ms. Lamott's criticism of Mr. Bush and/or her interpretation of religious dogma.

    Get over yourself people.First, there is nothing wrong with one critizing your government and or president!Ever since our government was formed, people have bashed the government.Those who challenged government tenets during the 18th century, for example, were not told to cease the criticism or face jail time.Our fore fathers saw debate about issues that effect all of us as paramount to a successful democracy.(It would be nice if all those who do not understand this basic fact, read up on it and become more informed before choosing to voice their opinions on this issue).

    Second, there is nothing wrong with one person's interpretation of religious dogma.I found Ms. Lamott's writing to be poignant and funny and her descriptions of Jesus as being a rebellious teenager real and refreshing.What would Jesus do?He would not chastize Ms. Lamott for her humor but probably have a good laugh along with her!

    Third, Ms. Lamott is someone who has had alot of pain in her life and is working it out.She is far from perfect.I know many people who exhibit some of her qualities but with alot less reflection on their parts.She yells at her kid, she swears, she has a drinking problem, ... does that make her less of a human being?What is the old saying about judging not?

    Join Ms. Lamott for one's person faith journey and leave your judgements at home.You'll be pleasantly surprised!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Ugghh
    A dreadful, awful, and utterly terrible book.I enjoyed Anne Lamott's previous work but this one did nothing but anger me. Yuck. Read at your own risk. ... Read more

    13. Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
    by Spencer Johnson
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    Asin: 0399144463
    Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
    Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (Paper)
    Sales Rank: 232
    Average Customer Review: 3.22 out of 5 stars
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    Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of Who Moved My Cheese? is that all can come to see it as a blessing, if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives. Who Moved My Cheese? is a parable that takes place in a maze. Four beings live in that maze: Sniff and Scurry are mice--nonanalytical and nonjudgmental, they just want cheese and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Hem and Haw are "littlepeople," mouse-size humans who have an entirely different relationship with cheese. It's not just sustenance to them; it's their self-image. Their lives and belief systems are built around the cheese they've found. Most of us reading the story will see the cheese as something related to our livelihoods--our jobs, our career paths, the industries we work in--although it can stand for anything, from health to relationships. The point of the story is that we have to be alert to changes in the cheese, and be prepared to go running off in search of new sources of cheese when the cheese we have runs out.

    Dr. Johnson, coauthor ofThe One Minute Manager and many other books, presents this parable to business, church groups, schools, military organizations--anyplace where you find people who may fear or resist change. And although more analytical and skeptical readers may find the tale a little too simplistic, its beauty is that it sums up all natural history in just 94 pages: Things change. They always have changed and always will change. And while there's no single way to deal with change, the consequence of pretending change won't happen is always the same: The cheese runs out. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth your time
    This little book is right up there on the New York Times best-seller list. A short read (one hour at most) on how to deal with change in your life.

    Four mice named Sniff Scurry, Hem and Haw live in a Maze and look for cheese to nourish them to stay happy. The Maze is a metaphorical place where you look for what you want in life. The mice, it turns out, act like people and the cheese is a metaphor for whatever it is you want out of life.

    In this charming story, the mice are faced with unexpected change because their cheese disappears. Some of the characters are able to deal successfully with this change and some are not. One of them (the successful one) writes about what he learns from this disaster on the walls of the Maze and thereby hangs the gist of this short, sweet tale. Among the "writings on the wall" are:

    "If you do not change. you can become extinct." "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" "The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese." "Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese." "Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to bigger changes that arc to come."

    Well worth your time. Give a copy to your kids or grandkids. Promise (them money if thev read it, but make them write you a book report to prove they really read it...

    4-0 out of 5 stars gourmet cheese between two slices of moldy bread
    Who Moved My Cheese? is divided into three sections: A Gathering, The Story, and A Discussion.

    The Story is about Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw, four unique characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to survive. When their familiar source of cheese dries up, each character handles the situation differently.

    The Story on its own is brilliant -- a simple illustration that allows the reader to assess their own reaction to change in their life. It could almost be considered (alongside Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go!) as a classic primer for recent graduates, displaced employees or budding entrepreneurs who know that today there is no such thing as "job security".

    Where this book falls apart is in A Gathering and A Discussion. These two sections assume that the reader is not smart enough to figure out The Story's metaphor on their own, and are jammed with shameless infomercial-type dialogue.

    This book has great content if you stick to the middle section. Five stars for The Story, less one star each for A Gathering and A Discussion.

    Larry Hehn...

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Modern Day Parable
    Some people just don't get "Who Moved My Cheese?" This is prefectly acceptable, because it will not work for everybody. Just like biblical parables, it is often interpreted in different ways. If you have not read it, I suggest that you give it a chance.

    I first encountered the book in graduate school and enjoyed it a great deal. Only recently, has my cheese been moved. Although prepared for my cheese to be moved, I find myself looking for my new cheese. The theme of the book deals with the adjustments or adaptations we must make in our lives periodically. All facets of life are really based in social darwinism, or survival of the fittest. While you may not like the book, you must agree that adaptation is the key to success and satisfaction in life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best parable for dealing with change
    I have read lots of books on change management. Most of them are dry and boring. This book shows you various reactions to change and how one arrives at the right response. How mice deal with supplies of cheese provides an entertaining and educational context for this topic. The book is well worth the investment. I would recommend reading it in conjunction with Optimal Thinking--How To be Your Best Self. Optimal Thinking is the "mental software" to make the most of any situation and will help you deal with all the emotions and thoughts that stop you from making the most of change.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding selection
    This is a ourstanding book. The story or parable is set up to give the reader the information they can use to come up with a lesson for themselves. A story that we can all understand. You can almost let your children read it as a childrens book. That is how universal this book is. I've given away several copies of this book and everyone has found some value in it. I consider this to be one of the best Self help books out there. You might to. read and heed it. ... Read more

    14. Development First: Strategies for Self-Development
    by David B. Peterson, Mary Dee Hicks
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    Asin: 0938529137
    Catlog: Book (1995-06-01)
    Publisher: Personnel Decisions Inc
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    Development First is concise guide that provides practical ways to integrate development with your responsibilities and goals so you can do your job better, now and in the future."First" is an acronym for the five simple steps that can help drive your development. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Career and personal development planning made easy!
    This book has no-nonsense suggestions and practical tips on how to take charge of your personal development. I'm more cognizant of my behavior and the positive and negative forces that affect my development at work and in life. The FIRST model the authors use helps me remember that my development is continual, involving myself *and* interaction with others, and I am always evolving. I was really challenged to be honest with myself, and the action steps and suggestions for involving others have helped me be more accountable for moving my career the direction I want it to go. Easy-to-read, motivating, and challenging! (Leader As Coach by the same authors is also a good read. ... Read more

    15. The Likeability Factor : How to Boost Your L-Factor and Achieve Your Life's Dreams
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    Asin: 1400080495
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
    Publisher: Crown
    Sales Rank: 1111
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best business/self-improvement books I've read
    C R A C K . . . That's the sound of Tim hitting it out of the park again!

    I'm a huge fan of Tim's first book, Love is the Killer App, and couldn't wait to get my hands on the Likeability Factor.There aren't many non-fiction business or self-improvement books I haven't read, and I'm always a little skeptical.If I can get one new idea or strategy from a book it's worth it for me to read it.Well, having read the Likeability Factor, I can tell you there are tons of new ideas I'm taking away.

    The premise is deceptively simple . . . the more people like you the more successful you will be in business and in relationships.The real genius is Tim's thorough breakdown of the different components that make up "likeability."Rather than approach it like a textbook, he gives insightful real-world examples and stories.

    Chapter Six is an absolute goldmine and worth a hundred times the cost of the book.Tim shows you step-by-step how to become more likeable.I loved the "My Personal History" exercise.

    I can't wait to read whatever Tim's working on next!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Solid Follow-Up
    "The Likeability Factor" is a solid follow-up to Tim Sanders' "Love Is The Killer App," which is one of my all-time favorite business books.

    While Tim's first book provides a great philosophical context for living your business life, "The L-Factor" provides you with advice for becoming more self-aware inside and outside the workplace.

    Loaded with data and how-to advice, this quick-and-easy read will first convince you that nice people can indeed finish first and then give you some practical exercises for improving your likability.

    But be warned: Don't try this at home unless you're truly committed to becoming more likeable. Otherwise, you'll lack the "realness" Tim espouses and people will see right through you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful Book...A Must Read
    Likeability is an character trait many of us take for granted in our dealings with those around us.Tim Sanders has extensively researched the topic and presents a wide range of examples of how likeability gives a person the edge in life's everyday "popularity contests".This is a great book and will make you think differently about the way others perceive you and give you practical tips on boosting your likeability.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great concept, but a boring read
    As I write this, I feel "unlikable". I wholeheartedly agree with Tim and his concept of getting ahead and having a better existence by putting out genuine likeability vibes. The concept is not new, but I enjoyed some of the statistics anyway. I just think the book was boring. He covers study after study to back up his claims, but I felt it lacked with personal testimonies and heart felt true stories. It reads a lot like a college text book, only the answers are all in the first 25 pages, instead of the back.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you want to be liked by others, start here
    I really loved this book!This is a book that I've needed for many years.I grew up as a science nerd, studying science and math and technology instead of people.Now, years later, I'm struggling to make up for all the things that I didn't learn about people during high school, while I was studying science.As Tim states early on in the book, our lives are determined largely by other peoples choices about us, such as who to hire or promote.
    I was a big fan of his first book. "Love is the Killer App", so I bought this book as soon as I heard it was out.
    Like "7 habits", or "How to win friends and influence people", this is a book that you have to treat as a workbook and work through it to get real results, so don't expect good results unless you come to the book willing to work.
    One of the goals that I have set for myself after taking the Dale Carnegie class is to become the kind of person that everybody likes, and Tim has told me what I need to do to get there.Thanks, Tim!
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    16. Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (A Hazelden Guidebook)
    by Jeff Jay, Debra Jay
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    Asin: 1568385218
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
    Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
    Sales Rank: 10200
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A straightforward, simple and practical resource written specifically for families seeking to help a loved one struggling with substance addiction. Jeff and Debra Jay dispel two all-to-common and damaging beliefs: Addicts, they say, don't have to hit bottom before they can get help and get sober, and second, interventions don't have to be confrontational-hence their emphasis on a love first approach. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good, Good, Good!
    As a recovering addict, this book has great ideas and is right on the mark! I will suggest this to the many people I know dealing with the disease. As with many addicts like myself, I have always had problems in relationships with women too. Another wonderful book that helped me is Stumbling Naked In The Dark: Overcoming Mistakes Men Make With Women. Between the two books there is a lot of great advice that helped make my life better and certainly more bearable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best single source for friends and family of addicted
    I've read several books and online materials about substance abuse and how to help someone out of addiction. This book is the most comprehensive, considerate, simple, and useful source for friends or family members. It is more complete and helpful than the better-known cornerstone works from the Betty Ford Clinic and Dr. Vernon Johnson. Not only is the text full of information, but the charts offered at the end to help organize an intervention are most user-friendly and designed to give you a thoughtful helping hand. This one is the best investment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best I've read on this subject
    Whether you are a family member, a friend or a professional counsellor, this book is a "must-read" for anyone dealing with alcoholism or drug addiction. It may be painful to read, but it's so true. I am purchasing copies to share with friends. I need their support.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Diocese Assistance Program (DAP)
    In an effort to promote the healing and recovery of individuals and families in the 10 county diocese with 98 parishes, the parish representatives trained in the community resourses to assist people who have loved ones with a substance abuse/alcohol problem are using the guidebook "LOVE FIRST". Because of this new approach to intervention we are averageing ONE intervention a week acrose the diocese. A beautiful well written, easy to under stand text that appeals to those with a caring love for someone who is hurting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love First
    This is a fantastic book!Not only did I read it,I participated in the actual intervention.A wonderful way to bring the family together and help them understand the problem.It may not cure the alchoholic but certainly makes them aware of their problem using only love. ... Read more

    17. The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way
    by Wayne W. Dyer
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    Asin: 1401902154
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
    Publisher: Hay House
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    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    After years of spiritual study and reflection, inspirational speaker and bestselling author Wayne Dyer has emerged a highly esteemed teacher. His current message about tapping into the power of intention may sound like good old positive thinking: just stay focused on what you want, rather than focusing on the lack of having what you want. But the teaching here goes deeper than just controlling thoughts (although he does acknowledge that thought control is a surprisingly challenging and significant endeavor). This book might help readers land a better job, but it's more relevant for those who are ready to detach from an ego-driven life filled with quick fixes of happiness and step into a more authentic, joyful, and spiritually fulfilling life. His core teachings speak to tapping into a universal source of energy that can also be called the "power of intention." He calls people who are consciously co-creating with this energy source "connectors" and describes them as "individuals who have made themselves available for success...They don't say With my luck things won't work out. Instead, you’re more likely to hear something like, I intend to create this and I know it will work out." Connectors are also committed to Dyer's "seven faces of intention"--creativity, kindness, love, beauty, expansion, abundance and receptivity, which he speaks to throughout the book. Each chapter concludes with five suggestions for becoming stronger connectors, such as how to monitor one's inner speech or shift out of low-energy beliefs. Some criticize Dyer for not giving credit to other teachers who offer this same message, especially Jerry and Esther Hicks (A New Beginning I) and even Ralph Waldo Emerson. It's impossible to know whether this was a deliberate omission, but it is obvious that Dyer has tapped into a growing conversation about co-creating with "source." Other leading-edge voices in this conversation include Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now), Shakti Gawain (Creative Visualization ) and Lynn Grabhorn (Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting). --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Praise for the Power of Intention
    Another great book by Dr. Dyer. He is a very passionate persuader. I was watching Dr. Dyer on PBS and his message sounded so simple and sincere: determination as energy, not something you do, but something you are. Lots of platitudes but never vague, The Power of Intention has inspired me to get going with my life; To overcome negative thoughts and feelings, to let go of erroneous thinking and seeing.

    This is also a feel good and warm book. After you read it, you will feel uplifted for a while and if you are like me, you will strive to be a nicer and more sincere person.

    As the father of some very active young children, I found myself searching for a way to teach the Power of Intention to them. I knew that they could benefit greatly from Dr. Dyers material, and I was right. I read a book by Matt Pasquinilli called The Child Whisperer a couple of years ago and I got it off the shelf and reread it after reading The Power of Intention. Although the two books are very different in scope and style, I found that they compliment each other nicely. The Child Whisperer is a step by step guide to employing concepts like the Power of Intention with children.

    4-0 out of 5 stars ¿Simple Concepts, Profound Effects¿
    In his book, Dr. Dyer helps us identify how we can be in harmony at all times by merging our thoughts with the creative energy that he calls intention. He does this in a very graceful way, through stories and quotes as well as lists of suggestions. He urges us to examine our usual behaviors to life and describes how the power of intention "matches-up" directly with our thoughts (according to him it is in our thoughts that we produce reality, so we have to be aware of the energy our thoughts carry). His approach is indeed very useful and inspiring, with concepts that are so simple, one some times oversees them in this fast paced world. While enjoying this book, some of the concepts Dr. Dyer touches reminded me of another book that I hold very dear to my heart and that I would like to share with you, called "WORKING ON YOUR RELATIONSHIP DOESN'T WORK" written by Ariel and Shya Kane. Through their book, the Kanes present the three principles to create magic relationships in your life, including the one with yourself. I highly recommend both of these books which pearls of wisdom continue to light up my life.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Power of Intention
    In The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer he does a goof job of describing a power he calls "The Source". However, the author doesn't do a good job of explaining how to obtain it. This book is filled with nice sounding platitudes, but it is a bit overly simplified.

    I have however read a book recently gave me a lot of answers concerning the inner struggles I have been battling with for years. It is laid out in a question and answer format that helped make it a quick and easy read as well. It dealt with such subjects as different religions, the Christ Consciousness, DNA, reincarnation, and much more. It is called "The Book of Thomas," by Daniel Aber and Gabreael.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Dyer Is Confused
    As I have indicated before, I have read and enjoyed numerous Dr. Dyer titles. However, I do feel that in this book and the previous There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, Dr. Dyer has become increasingly vague and unsure of what he wants to say. When he attempts to talk about "higher energy", he never really comes to the point, or how it might be applied to our lives. I really think he is confused. And the sources he cites, such as Hawkins and Hunt, are spurious at best.

    My advice is to stick with Your Sacred Self and You'll See It When You Believe It.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Dr.Dyer Repeats Himself Again
    Although I enjoyed listening to The Power Of Intention it is basically the same philosophy that Dr.Dyer has sold his followers for the past 20 years.What I dont get is how Dyer and other new-age gurus express that emotions such as jealousy and anger are "low energy" emotions when Christ and other spiritual leaders they quote from poseesed these energies also as documented in the Bible,etc.etc. ... Read more

    18. Delivered from Distraction : Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
    by Edward M. Hallowell M.D., JOHN J. MD RATEY, John J. Ratey M.D.
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    Asin: 034544230X
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-04)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
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    19. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
    by David Allen
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    Asin: 0142000280
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
    Publisher: Penguin Books
    Sales Rank: 689
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:

    € Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to empty
    € Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
    € Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
    € Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
    € Feel fine about what you're not doing

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Time Tested Principals
    I attended one of David's seminars in 1986. As a result, I was able to successfully manage 101 concurrent projects, finishing on time and under budget. Fast forward to 2001. I keep this book by my side at all times (David publish it in Ebook form so it's easier to carry!). The company I'm with now wonders how I get the "impossible" projects done. Using David's techniques in the book, it seems like I can complete a full work day in fewer hours because I know what all my "next actions" are, and do them promptly. Gives me a lot of worry free time.

    This is a book you "DO" not just read. Be prepared to work when you start out, but when the initial work is done, that's when the fun begins.

    I cleaned my inbox and email box of 300 items in less than 15 minutes, filtering out the junk, the things that needed immediate attention, and the "someday maybe" things (like buying my first Harley).

    This works for my personal life too. No more missed anniversaries, birthdays, phone calls, errands, etc.

    Do you ever think about work projects at home? Do you ever think about home projects when you're at the office? Ever worry about that phone call you need to make or that errand you need to run? Forget it! Get the book. It's awesome. Get the book - period. If you don't, you deserve your stress.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly the guide to stress-free productivity
    I manage a team of twenty, in a very stress-filled IT environment. We juggle multiple projects with overlapping deadlines all the time. This book taught me far more than the well known time management guides and gurus. I learned to put EVERYTHING - my work life, personal life, dream life (to be a millionaire without being the weakest link or swallowing bugs!) into one place, and organize it all based on me - my life, current job, etc. I also used it to help my team. We now breeze through our deadlines, with lots of productivity and very little stress. We are able to work long hours when needed, and take time off when needed. Hopefully, future releases will bring a companion workbook and this book unabridged on tape or CD. FYI - Mr. Allen has a wonderful web site ... where you can sign up for his free weekly newsletter and continue to learn and grow. He also lists lots more helpful tips, etc. on the web site that you can download and share with your peers and staff members. I urge anyone who is feeling overwhelmed in their life and career to give this process a try. You will be very glad you did.

    4-0 out of 5 stars DAM! (David Allen Method).
    The real gist of this book is this;

    First, tangibly ALL your thoughts to do something must be somewhere in order for you to PHYSICALLY apply it. Hence, you must write them down or put them all (stuff) somewhere, notes, post-it, napkins, etc., ANYTHING, just make it physically tangible. This is the only way for us to now LOGICALLY apply it. Because we are physical creatures, we must see our thoughts physically also. Down one.

    Number two: when all of this is done, get the little ones out of the way, hence the "two-minute rule". Anything under two minutes DO IT NOW. DAM! (David Allen Method) yeah!!!

    That's basically the "d.a.m." (pardon the pun) method. For details and even a better understanding buy or borrow the book.

    When you think about it, it's all about logic. Delineate the process, divide, then conquer. Sort of like eating a big steak, you have to cut it to make it chewable, then taste, and decide to swallow, chew, or just spit it out, and before you know it, it's gone! It's funny we never applied this logic to our business, maybe below will explain why!

    One thing that bugs me is that if something takes 2 minutes and we now need to do it now, there is one section about a guy going through 800 e-mails. If each one took two minutes, the e-mail "project" then took more than 26 hours!!! He didn't mention that in the book! Should he then delegate it, defer it, dump it, or simply call the waiter??? Note: vomiting is NOT an option!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works, I'm Using it.
    I have read both books first from the library and only bought the paperback of Allens second book, Ready for Anything.

    I am now buying the hardcover edition for this book because I plan to use it over and over. I have been a student of effective work flow for 15 years and this is one of the best methods I have found to clear your work surfaces and your mind to get down to creative, fun productive activities.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I looked like I was OK but my cupboards were full of junk
    I was one of those people who looked like I had things under control, and wasn't far from it, but my cupboards, drawers and email files were full of junk and felt like a ball and chain. I heard about this book at an Optimal Thinking seminar and decided to buy it. I knew it was in my best interest to clean up the junk and proceeded with Dave Allen's system. If anything took less than two minutes to resolve, I did it on the spot. I have to say that almost everything is in place now. I feel free of a huge load and am proud that I took control of it. This is a terrific book. I recommend it if you want a simple system to get things done. If you want to learn how to make the most of your thinking to achieve emotional mastery and get the most from every situation, read Optimal Thinking-How To Be Your Best Self too. ... Read more

    20. How Did I Get Here? : Finding Your Way to Hope and Happiness When Life and Love Take Unexpected Turns
    by Barbara De Angelis
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    Asin: 0312330154
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    Sales Rank: 962
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and Reassuring, A Book that Makesa Difference!
    We live in a time of instant gratification and defined success.It's easy to become overwhelmed by the unexpected and the disappointments of being destination driven.Through her writing, Barbara De Angelis has shown me how to step back, so I can see more and give more. "How Did I Get Here" helps release the energy, the hope and the vision necessary to experience a more fulfilling journey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the Best book Barbara has written!!!

    Barbara de Angelis has said this is her lifes work, and the best book she has written - i completely agree!
    With heartfelt honesty about her journey she guides and supports the reader to reach deeply within ourselves... and gets results.

    Regardless of HOW MUCH personal development, or how many books you have read.. you must read this one!
    This book is Highly recommended to everyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    I haven't even finished the book yet - but I like it so much I've already ordered two other copies!One for a friend who will really like the book, the other for a family member who NEEDS this book right now, as he is going thru exactly the situation the book describes.

    Ms. DeAngelis is showing me that it is okay to just ask questions about life, and not be too impatient waiting for the answers to come.Sometimes it just takes a while.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book
    A great book.Well worth reading.Take the time to invest in yourself by reading this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST FOR WOMEN-My wife gave it to me and I loved it
    Okay, I know Barbara De Angelis has a huge female following-- my wife has at least five of her books and I never touched them, as I mostly read mystery or business books. But my wife asked me to give this one a chance and I am glad she insisted. How did I Get Here lays out an illuminating point of view about life, stress, success and the things I have gone through as a man who owns my own company that gave me tremendous insight into myself and how, as BD says, I've been sabotaging my own happiness.
    Barbara D. hits the nail on the head, and explains things I've never read before in a way that made sense even to me, a guy who wouldn't be caught dead watching Oprah. I like practical books, and this one, although admittedly very "feel good" does give you ways to look at things that make a difference instantly. I feel less stuck, less stressed and gulp..I must admit...closer to my wife. I will never hear the end of it. Ladies, get this book for your reluctant husband. Even if he growls at you at first, he'll thank you. ... Read more

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