I tend to be bitterly disappointed by self-help books but decided to try this one when events and challenges in my life began to get the best of me. Inspired by one of the reviews about the power of Sterner's ideas, I purchased the audiobook. Today I'm so happy I did so. The book is definitely a keeper, and I plan to listen to it over and over again until cultivation of "the practicing mind" replaces the habit of self-judgment and fear of failure. With the author's clear explaination of how ego-driven thought patterns sabotage our efforts and his message about "the simplicity of doing one thing at a time...slowly, with purpose," he shows how focusing on either "success" or "failure" causes suffering.
Author identifies and helps you understand how some ways of thinking are prejudicial to bringing discipline and focus to life, thereby changing your perception towards the way we are normally inclined to do things and, in doing so, effecting change in a more efficient and meaningful way.
Book is short, easy to read and filled with interesting anecdotes that will help you better grasp what is being discussed. I have noticed significant improvements in my abilities to concentrate and focus since applying what was taught in the book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in improving their abilities.
I also got the audio version. You can listen to a chapter every night and finish in a week. Different methods work best for different people, this one worked best for me. I find that the information sinks in best this way.
I also highly recommend that you take some notes of the main points whilst listening/reading. Writing things down also helps you learn them, add to that the fact that you have a concise and neat summary by the time you finish.
Apply what you have learned! Buying and reading the book count for, at best, good intentions. You have to fully integrate the concepts into your life if you want to reap their true benefits.
The author read the book with all the meaning he meant and feelings he had when he wrote it. If someone else would have read the book it may not have had such a strong impact. The authors has rich life insights.
I heard this book on my way to and from work. Immediately I was able to use the insights Mr. Sterner gave. As a Merchandise manager, I get calls,emails and other things which push the limit of what I can concentrate on. Mr. Sterner's message of slow down and focus was needed.
I highly recommend this book and heard it twice. This is a real jem.
Hi I'm Matt. I help companies get found online in Google. I love to read, and I love just about anything to do with Science, & learning.
I guess it's basic info, but I learned a lot.. I say if you're new to phone sales..
(< 3 yrs in sales) you should get this. helps start a solid foundation.
The author made his essential points in the first 1/3 of the book, and did not need to give example, after example of what was already stated.
Not likely, if the book is over $7.00 and this is his strategy.
Everything after the fist 45 min.
I was hoping the author was going to cover more ground in how the mind works, and what strategies can be used to access other ways of thinking and focusing.
good suggestions and advice, but the author overgeneralized his introspective thoughts to be truth. the word "you" was used excessively, and was a bit of a turn off
Well-crafted book with valuable messages and wisdom in every chapter, I'm already adopting a practicing mindset after just one month. While some will find Sterner's narration a bit wooden, I felt it almost meditative and certainly acceptable. Now on my third listening. Also helpful in this genre are McKeon's Essentialism and Duhigg's The Power of Habit.
Very good book, articulates clearly what every professional learns through trial and error. In order to be good at anything we must practice and learn. All of life is practice. I will reread this book often.
This is my second listen through this book. And I could easily see it being a monthly thing.
Mr. Sterner has written an outstanding book however his reading of it seems a bit robotic. It's not hard to listen to it's just very dry
The author has written a book that explains so many valuable truths about living life in the moment. We have all walked through activities with the mindset of a competitor and only caring about the score. My frustrations will be greatly reduced since I now have a better perspective of the importance of the journey. I will listen to this book again and share with friends.