It explains, in detail, why we only have one political party disguised as two in this country.
There is No Difference.
This is a great listen for anyone who still believes that there is still a fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. Both parties are betrothed to big corporate interests and their lobbyists (not to mention the world banking oligarchs who control the Federal Reserve), both favor big government in one form or another, and both have sold out to the American people. Politics in America has become a big football game, and the fans in the stands are paying the price. Problem is, no matter who has the ball, we all lose. It's far past time for a third party.
The premise of the book is a good foundation for changing thinking patterns and developing a positive, attractive attitude, but is sorely lacking in the other half of the equation. Positive thinking is great, and nobody will argue that one needs it to succeed, but positive thoughts aren't much without positive goals, positive plans and positive hard work. I don't buy the notion that if you just think happy thoughts, checks will magically fly into your mailbox. Positive thinking without action to back it up is like having a million-dollar check with no funds behind it. Ms. Byrne almost vaguely touches on this point at certain junctures in the book, but she falls far short of pointing out the obvious. If you're looking for a book to improve your perspective on life and put you in a better mood, it might be worth a listen. However, if you're looking for a more practical approach to success, you'll probably want to search out something else.
This book was recommended to me by a colleague, and I was not disappointed. Mr. Connors outlines, in the simplest of terms, what must be done to experience happiness in all areas of life. Implementing the principles outlined in this book may not be easy, but it's simple. Connors does an excellent job to point out the characteristics of below-the-line thinking, and shows the steps to defeat it. I didn't realize until I heard this book how much of my own time and energy I was still wasting blaming outside circumstances for my own problems instead of taking control to confront them head on. If you're not open to self-change, you will likely find this book to be a waste of your time, but if you are, it provides a great foundation to begin.
If you're in sales and marketing, or even considering it for a career, this is a must-have for your arsenal! Hopkins hits it out of the ballpark with logic, honesty and common sense (which, as we know, is not at all common), Even if you're not in this field, Hopkins offers excellent techniques and strategies for interacting with people in every situation while keeping our own thinking on-track. The key is to be coachable and willing to learn. Personally, I find this audio to be a great opportunity to learn from someone who has been where I am, and has gone to where I want to be. Great listen!
Cardone's style was very sales-like, so when I discovered he was a former used car salesman, I wasn't surprised. The best sales professionals, IMO, are those who don't come across as salesmen (ex: Tom Hopkins). Also, didn't appreciate the chapter-long infomercial for his system and materials, or all the other stuff you could "call his office" to get. That's fine if the ad comes via media like a podcast or blog, but not in a book I've already dropped money for. I'm not paying for the author's book so he/she can just pitch more of their wares to me.
This was the first book I've listened to from this author.
Haven't read the hard copy yet, but I might do that just to see how the information comes across without the personality interjected.
The guy who advertises more stuff he wants the reader to buy. Bought a book, not a commmercial.
Judge for yourself. I don't think it's a terrible listen, but it's not stellar either. Cardone offers some great advice, especially early in the book. A lot of it is common sense you'll hear in any sales book, so it comes down to whether Cardone's style resonates with you. Not exactly my cup o' tea, but your results may vary.
Gary Coxe puts the sales process in a positive and practical light. This is not a book of "rah rah feel good" cliches, but a step-by-step guide for dealing with the ups and downs experienced by anyone who has ever worked in a commission-based field. Gary discusses how to effectively navigate the emotional rollercoaster that is sales, and make it a much smoother ride.
The key point of the book resonated best - we can't let our emotions drive our drive to resolve to succeed in business or life. It's so easy to get excited by a nibble, and just as easy to feel disparaged when the nibble doesn't convert to a catch. Gary cites example after example of why it's important for a sales person to keep their emotions in check, and not write stories in our head when we don't know the facts. I also enjoyed his take on persistence vs passiveness, and why persistence, even with its negative short-term side effects, always wins out long-term.
I have subscribed to Gary Coxe's daily videos for some time, so I knew I would enjoy hearing him read his book. He brings an enthusiasm and sincerity to the audiobook version that I'm not sure I would have enjoyed by just reading the hard copy, although I do recommend having the written version for reference.
Gary's personal story of starting a highly-successful business as a teenager, losing it all and starting over again is a true lesson in the power of persistence. Many people would have given after such a downfall, but this author never gave up on himself and what he could accomplish with the right mindset, which makes the information he offers in the book more than credible.
This is a must-listen if you want to improve your people skills and develop an effective strategy to move ahead in business and in life.
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