How many self-help books are written by authors whose biggest success is selling self-help books? Three Simple Steps is different.
Despite stock market crashes, dot-com busts, and the specter of recession, the author started a virtual company from home, using a few thousand dollars of his savings. A few years later, without ever hiring an employee or leaving his home office, he sold it for more than $100 million. As the economy slipped into another free fall, he did this again with a company in a different field. He accomplished this through no particular genius. Rather, he studied the habits of the many successful men and women who preceded him, and developed three simple rules that, if followed diligently, virtually ensure success. Using them first to escape poverty, then to achieve a life of adventures, he finally turned them toward financial independence.
Written in a straightforward and no-nonsense style, Three Simple Steps shows you how to take back control of your destiny and reshape your mind for increased creativity, serenity and achievement. While building on the wisdom of great thinkers and accomplished individuals from East and West, Three Simple Steps isn't a new age text or guide to esoteric fulfillment. Rather, it's a practical guide to real-life achievement by a pragmatic businessman who attributes his incredible successes to these very simple ideas. Three Simple Steps is a must-listen guide for everyone who wants to achieve more, live better and be happier.
©2012 Trevor Blake (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"...an inspirational and thought-provoking read..." (Publishers Weekly)
“I've read dozens of personal fixer-upper tomes by business gurus and New Age self-helpers, but this one is different in one important way: Blake actually followed his own three simple steps to get to where he is today - a happily married multimillionaire businessman and philanthropist. Finally, a self-help author who's done more than write self-help books!”(Blogcritics.org)
"Offers sound advice and clear steps that could be applied to one’s own life." (Lani Relucio, Examiner.com)
The three simple steps revolve around the ways you can consciously use your mind (or "mentality" as Blake calls it):
1. Focus only on what you want, not on what you do not want. Filter out negative conversation, people and media. Cultivate internal views of scenes and conditions you enjoy, love and wish to have more of.
2. Set aside quiet time each day. Quiet is the ground of potentiality.
3. Develop *intention* to attract your desired results and circumstances. Not a goal; a goal is inherently separate from us and has doubt attached. Intention -- or as Blake also puts it, a state of knowing -- is part of us and does not include doubt. Intention brings itself into being.
The book includes inspiring stories, including the one at the beginning that I will refrain from spoiling by not revealing the surprise ending. He relates being bullied as an English boy growing up in poverty in Wales (with some truly harrowing anecdotes), and how he overcame trauma by learning about and following the examples of others from oppressed backgrounds who discovered secrets to phenomenal success.
A modern take on some age-old ideas, the "Three Simple Steps" are refreshingly straightforward, but there is also nuance to this book. Blake encourages us to pay close attention to our internal and external experience, and to become the selectors of the circumstances and lives we want.
The voice performance is adequate, although to hear Britishisms read in an American accent is a little odd at times. Overall there is nothing negative to say about Dudley's narration; it is easy to listen to without sending the listener to sleep.
Recommended for those who wish to set their lives on an upward trajectory.
I really liked this book at first. It definitely started with a little more of a spiritual perspective than I was expecting (positive thinking and filtering out negativity from others and the media to steer your mentality in a positive direction) but it wasn't too out there.... at first. As the book progressed however, things really took a turn. At one point the author uses the theory of relativity to explain why all thoughts "must" become reality and he uses the actual mathematical formula E=mC^2 as proof where mass (things) = energy (thoughts) divided by the speed of light in a vacuum (nothingness) squared. A bit of a stretch to say the least. Later, he very casually walks through a story in which a dead person explains how unhappy he was in life to his parents via a spiritual medium. The thing I found most off-putting about that part was how matter-of-fact the story was presented as evidence to support the major conclusions of the book. And then there is the "quiet time" ritual which is obviously exactly the same thing as meditation, although the author basically bends over backwards not to call it that. At another point, the author suggests that a friend of his didn't get the job she really wanted because she told other people that she wanted it and their positive thoughts about her getting the job interfered with her own communication to the universe, preventing the universe from turning her specific thoughts into reality. For a book framed under the pretense that self-help gurus are a dime-a-dozen and usually offer little practical advice, I found it ironic how much of this book was the most guru laden material I have ever encountered.
Overall, I think there are a few takeaways from this book that will serve me well. It's an easy listen with lots of good story-telling, which I enjoyed. If you are able to let a few shaky conclusions about thoughts vs reality slide, you will probably enjoy this book. If you're someone who thinks critically about the information being presented, you might take issue with some of the ideas presented and you will probably struggle, as I did, with the repeated advice of the author not to worry about how it all works, just trust that it will.
Top audiobook in terms of learning about life.
Turn off the negative Commercials and News in life and focus on what you want.
Great voice expression. He keeps things interesting
Forget all the other self help movies and look at this one.
This book is worth every important second of your life.
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The Three Simple Steps has no real new ideas, but these ideas are put in terms that make them easy to understand and to put into practice and that is its true brilliance. I have read numerous self help books in the last twenty of thirty years and non of them put the basics in such terms that allow you to follow them.
You are what you think about, has been taught through out the history of the subject, but my trouble was always how to put that into practice. Blake tells you not just to think positive, because we all know that is hard to do, but how we react to the negative thoughts that makes the difference. When a negative thought come into your head, try and think a even better, positive thought to drown it out. Think about what you hear and say, as he says, map it on your tough before you speak, change a little, change a lot.Good advice.
I had listened to "The Secret" and it all made since, but it never told you how to keep the positive thoughts in your head, to keep from getting bogged down in the negative. Blake gives you some great advice. It's the next step, at least for me.
The other two steps are to take quiet time each day to get to nothingness, that is where the great ideas come from and then have intentions, not just goals. Intentions are something that you can see as already happening, goals are something that is going to happen. It's a subtle , but important difference.
He did sometimes get bogged down in too long story telling, the stories were good, just a little to long, and the narration was just ok, but I will listen to it again.
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My time was well spent listening to this boook. I am sure that I will learn more as I relisten to the book which I will do again.
No! The story line was entertaining.
I listen for content. Unless the voice is not annoying I don't pay much attention to it.
A good listen!!
The history of some of the other successful people in the book. It was a bit of an eyeopener to hear their stories.
This is great book to allow you to get focused on improving your life with Trevor's "3 Steps". However, like most things in life they may be simple but there are not always easy. I recommend this to anyone who has been studying goal setting and getting frustrated with your success. It is not just the goal, it is the actions you take to achieve it. Trevor's lessons and experience will open a whole new process for you. It has for me!
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I didn't know it when I bought it, but now I know, and if there were something from the book I could tell my previous self so that I would have saved the money, it would go something like this:
The Universe can hear when you say things out loud (it speaks English, by the way). And if you think something, it will happen, and stones are perceived by humans as more dense than trees, but they vibrate at a lower frequency. Positive thinking and E=MC² and waka waka bing bam.
The initial revelation in the book that the author is a multimillionaire serial entrepreneur made me think that he might actually reveal some secrets to his success, but with all this new-age woo woo, he clearly doesn't even know himself.
Yes, he is a successful millionaire. And he believes the universe reads his mind. That doesn't mean the latter was the cause of the former. I'm good at, let's say... languages. I also scratch my rear end sometimes. I won't try and convince you that scratching your butt makes you a cunning linguist, however.
There, former self! Save that money and but a more sensible book. Sorry I had to toss this one. I will never be successful if I keep buying junk like this.
The simple steps highlighted by Trevor Blake
Trevor himself. He tells it in a humble way.
This guy comes across like Terrence the new age preacher from the movie Yes Man. Tolerated it through most of the book, but then he cited the conclusions of one of Europe's most renowned psychics as a source to back up some point....click. Any shred of credibility was lost. Can't finish the book. Complete waste of a credit.
The book is an interesting real life story that's a case history of applying the three basic success principles. You see the exact and detailed way the principles worked in an actual story. Envisioning yourself as part of the story allows you to think and feel your way through each real life situation as you face the challenges of practically applying the principles. You can project your actions and feelings and then see how things worked out; a valuable read.
"1st class, simple guide personal growth that works"
a practical guide to the law of attraction. seven more words before I can submit
A story full of inspiration and have already started the 3 simple steps, will continue until my intentions are achieved
5 stars loved it , highly recommend. Trevor goes into full details on how to be successful in life and business
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