While I knew this was an abridged version of the book and it was a combination live and studio style presentation, there could have been just a little more meat on the bone. I figured a 450 page book would have warranted more than a 50 minute audiobook. But, still some great ideas and information. And Tony's energy is always contagious.
Yes. It's a good foundation for someone trying to make real, lasting change in their lives. Don't be put off by the recordings being decades old. Most of the information can still be applied today. I've mentioned in previous reviews, there are motivational and personal development books. There are differences. Motivational will fire you up for a bit. Personal development will create lasting change. This program is more on the personal development side, which I enjoyed.
There wasn't any specific moment. Most of it is to the point and easy to understand. I can say I've always appreciated Mr. Hill's voice. I'm not sure everyone would agree with me. There's just something very engaging about it for me.
I really couldn't say because I believe this presentation is only in audio form, with no book being available. But if I had to choose something, again, it would be his voice along with his very simple, succinct delivery. He rarely "wanders off." He just makes his points and moves along.
That it's not always about money. So many books, and even portions of Mr. Hill's publications, make money such an important goal. While I have no problem with others making that a target, it's just not for me. I appreciate using the information to improve my personal and professional lives.
The way the information was broken down. No long, winding explanations of the steps Sun Tzu believed were necessary to be successful. Just small, bite-sized nuggets of insightful information and strategy.
Appreciating the fact that information in "The Art of War" is still used today, thousands of years later.
No, I haven't so I can't credibly make any comparisons between his works.
No real extreme reactions. A lot of "wows" when hearing the strategies.
I believe this book is a must for those in the cutthroat world of business and athletics. My work is not in those arenas so there aren't a great deal of ideas that I can utilize. It was a fascinating listen nonetheless.
I'm leaning slightly on the 'no' side. While I love Les Brown's story and enthusiasm, there's nothing deep and sustainable here.
Going a little more into what actual steps and actions he took to be successful. What I took away was Les got where he is/was by just passionately speaking with people. God bless him for being able to make a living that way, but most people are looking for actual steps that can take to make lasting, positive change in their lives.
I did appreciate the TD Jakes' story where he said to a group he was brought in to work with, "As soon as I know more than you, you're fired."
It's important to keep in mind there are major differences between motivational and personal development speakers. Les brown may fire you up for a little while. However, someone like Stephen Covey will help you get to more lasting, significant change. So, if you're looking for a little fire and someone instructing you to chant mantras, then this program is for you. But if you're looking for actual "meat on the bone," look elsewhere.
Yes. While it's bit heavy on the business/financial accumulation side, the essence of the advice can be applied to almost anything. So, I believe I will always find a nugget of knowledge in there every time I have a listen.
I just love Mr. Rohn's voice. It's so unique and interesting.
Yes, I have. I would say it's about the same. Mr. Rohn found a niche in the personal development arena and consistently delivered the same message, often in the same story. But, that's how we get good at something. By hearing and trying over and over again until we make improvements.
I personally enjoyed one of the suggestions at the end of the presentation about never leaving a mailbox empty. It may not make sense in my review but the story in the audio program is very cool.
Doable, comprehensive...and oh yeah, doable.
I haven't really read any other relaxation or stress-reduction books. So in all fairness, I couldn't make any comparison to other books.
No, but she has a great voice.
"I feel the need, the need to breathe!"
It's a very good book. As I mentioned, it's very comprehensive. I was a bit put off at first because of a slow start. As I continued to listen, it became more interesting with some great reminders of things I already know to do to relax, but also some new and creative ideas. I'm putting these to use immediately. Great book!
Absolutely. First, I really appreciated the humor. Second, the narrator is great. Third, the information, even though written more than a century ago, is still applicable today. Finally, enjoyed how it turned the axiom of "time is money" upside down. You have to hear the first few minutes to really appreciate how the author did this. I would do it no justice if I tried to express it here in words. It's really quite brilliant.
I enjoyed the line, "You can always turn over a new leaf in the next hour."
There really weren't any specific characters performed by Mr. Brooks, However, he himself, was excellent.
I like how it encouraged me to look at 24 hours as just that...24 hours. It's not like money. I can never go into debt by using too much. Outside of my dying, I get the same amount deposited into my account tomorrow. And EVERYONE is treated equally and given 24 hours everyday. While simple in it's story, it's fairly impactful.
Not exactly for a couple of reasons. One, the implied message that breaking the law/social norms is permissible. Two, blind loyalty to the service of another is not always a good thing; The story's message is blind loyalty is expected. I could appreciate the message it was trying to convey, but the manner it which the message was being presented was not to my liking.
I figured that would be how the story ended. The path the main character took was a bit contrived and over-the-top.
I'm not "in-the-know" on the narrator's out there, so I couldn't recommend another one. Jason McCoy has a good voice, but his reading of the story was painful. The one thing that was bothersome about his style was his literal reading of every word, specifically non-verbal, vocalizations. Two examples would be "tut tut" and "harumph". He actually read those words instead of vocalizing them. It was annoying and made the reading of the story less warm and authentic.
Oh, yes. I would surely read more from Emerson. I can appreciate his no nonsense approach with his subject-matter and writing.
While I wasn't too impressed with the story, many others in the world are. So, I wouldn't change anything about it so as to leave it as is for those who more fully appreciate the story. It's like me saying let's move the nose on the Mona Lisa a little more to the left. It is what it is and I'm not going to touch it.
There was nothing significant one way or the other with the performance. I guess I would say the narrator's subtle and simple approach, nothing over the top.
It motivated me to continue with my personal belief system that we are all responsible for ourselves in this world. Other than God's hand on my life, I am responsible for taking care of me. Some may call me selfish, but the reality of the real world is I cannot not rely on others to provide or care for me.
No. It's essentially just listening to affirmations and for me, that can be painful as I then struggle with just focusing on one that touched me at that moment.
The information, when you distill it down is really good. The way the narration is presented is bothersome. Very choppy and robotic, in my opinion.
As I said, very robotic and choppy.
No extreme reactions one way or the other. Just disappointed in the presentation.
As my headline says, just read the book. It's short enough and broken down into manageable bites so that it's easy to ready and make part of your life.
Probably. I'ts not too long or short and has some simple and easy to implement ideas that you can get started on immediately. Plus, Mr. Ziglar's ideas have proven to remain relevant and effective for a number of decades.
I really appreciated the story he told of his daughter's death and their faith in God and how it kept them grounded and focused on focusing on the positive. I hope to never know the death of my child prior to my demise, so I have significant respect for Mr. Ziglar's sharing their story and how they got through it.
While I understand Mr. Ziglar's speaking style was down-to-earth while still being dynamic, the narrator was a tad over the top in his attempt to mimic Mr. Ziglar's style.
"Success is knowing who you are, and Whose you are."
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