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What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast Audiobook

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life

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Publisher's Summary

Mornings are a madcap time for many of us. We wake up in a haze—often after hitting snooze a few times. Then we rush around to get ready and out the door so we can officially start the day. Before we know it, hours have slipped by without us accomplishing anything beyond downing a cup of coffee, dashing off a few emails, and dishing with our coworkers around the water cooler. By the time the workday wraps up, we’re so exhausted and defeated that any motivation to accomplish something in the evening has vanished.

But according to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives.

Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day. While many of us are still in bed, these folks are scoring daily victories to improve their health, careers, and personal lives without sacrificing their sanity. For instance, former PepsiCo chairman and CEO Steve Reinemund would rise at 5:00 a.m., run four miles, pray, and eat breakfast with his family before heading to work to run a Fortune 500 company.

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast is a fun, practical guide that will inspire you to rethink your morning routine and jump-start your life before the day has even begun.

©2012 Laura Vanderkam. (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC

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    Jennifer Plattsbugh, NY, United States 11-05-12
    Jennifer Plattsbugh, NY, United States 11-05-12
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    "Not good"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't even think straight after listening to 15 minutes of this. The author just continues to repeat the same thing so let me just break it down to you..."get shiz done 1st thing in the morning 'cause the rest of the day you will be busy and distracted." The end.


    Has What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES


    What didn’t you like about Laura Vanderkam’s performance?

    not good. flat. I was distracted by her lack of enthusiasm.


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    Cristina Tampa, FL 11-02-12
    Cristina Tampa, FL 11-02-12
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    "I Would Have Read the Blog Post"
    Would you try another book from Laura Vanderkam and/or Laura Vanderkam?

    I thought about it, but I know that when it comes right down to it, reading a book about time management is just counterproductive unless it's just going to be a few inspirational tidbits to get you going.


    Would you recommend What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I mean, I liked it, but it wasn't earth-shattering. It didn't offer any new or original ideas. The gist of it is just that many successful CEOs get up early to exercise or do things that are important to them in solitude.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laura Vanderkam?

    Someone who didn't read as breathy.


    What did you take away from What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast that you can apply to your work?

    Her point that the morning hours are when you get to focus on things without distraction and the afternoon hours should be spent corresponding with people and having meetings (i.e., dealing with other people) was poignant and helpful.


    Any additional comments?

    It was short. It was okay. I liked it. But it needs more expansion, otherwise I could have read all of it in a blog post.

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    Fran Bridges Tallahassee, FL USA 10-28-12
    Fran Bridges Tallahassee, FL USA 10-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Info but hard to listen to"
    If you could sum up What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Interesting, Slow


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the topic and am inspired to try to revamp my morning routine.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was slow - the rate of speech was unnaturally slowed. This made it difficult to listen to at times.


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    brntsllvn Seattle, WA 10-22-12
    brntsllvn Seattle, WA 10-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Get up earlier..."

    It seems most of life's problems can be solved or better approached by getting up earlier. Run the morning, family time in the morning, socialize in the morning, work in the morning. With that in mind, there are some useful details that support this lifestyle change. Put it on1.5x, worth the less than 2 hr listen, but not much more.

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    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 10-20-12
    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.

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    "Solid Advice For A Nice Price"
    What did you like best about What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast? What did you like least?

    The best part was that the author had one point that she stuck to and backed it up with examples and anecdotes. The weakest part might be the delivery, which seemed a little sleepy at times.


    What aspect of Laura Vanderkam’s performance would you have changed?

    I think a little more energy might have helped.


    What did you take away from What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast that you can apply to your work?

    That successful people find time to dedicate to doing the things that are important to them. That the first half hour of work is often wasted by settling in (I am guilty of this and it was good to have it pointed out)


    Any additional comments?

    For the price, it's not a bad little audiobook. A quick study with some solid, supportive advice.

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    Amy D. Lewis Dunedin, FL United States 10-04-12
    Amy D. Lewis Dunedin, FL United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A healthy snack"
    Any additional comments?

    A quick and concise piece of motivation. Listen to it just before bed to help you jump up excited to start early the next day.

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    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 09-29-12
    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2011

    As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!

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    "This was well worth the listen!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have been trying to capture control of my out of control life, so this book had some interesting points. The idea that we should get up and use our time in the morning isn't a new one. At first I was disappointed that this might be the premise, however, the author gave good examples of other advantages of using your mornings wisely. Since listening, I have put into use some of the suggestions and find things going much smoother.

    Wish there were more to the book, though.


    Has What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but there are actually studies that show you should get REM sleep rather than get up to exercise if you are trying to learn anything new, be creative or loose weight.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I wish a professional had read the book


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    Perry 09-25-12
    Perry 09-25-12
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    "Whole book in five words"
    What would have made What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast better?

    This is an unnecessary book. It says virtually nothing. The whole book could have been written in five words. "Get up earlier and exercise." That is the whole message of the book.


    What could Laura Vanderkam have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book shouldn't have been written in the first place. The title promises much more than it delivers.


    What didn’t you like about Laura Vanderkam’s performance?

    Her voice and style of speaking are so low and soothing that you are at risk of falling asleep and running off the road if you listen in the car, as I do.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you are a veteran couch potato and really don't have a clue what to do after you wake up in the morning, I guess this book might help you, but if you are that kind of person, you aren't listening to books in the car or as you run anyway. I'm sure the author is a very nice and very competent person. I have not read any of her other works. Presumably this is not the best of her portfolio.


    Any additional comments?

    I thik that about covers it. The only good thing about this book is that it is so short. I tend to listen to things all the way through hoping something at the end will rescue a bad effort. Nothing rescued this book, but at least I didn't have to wait long to find that out.

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    09-25-12
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    "short, concise to the point must read really good"
    Would you listen to What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast again? Why?

    It is full of very useful Information that you can grow from.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rev. Al Sharpton


    Have you listened to any of Laura Vanderkam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


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    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 09-23-12
    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 09-23-12

    family tree buff

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    "Nothing new here"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There just wasn't any new or insightful information in this book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The book just ends.


    What three words best describe Laura Vanderkam’s performance?

    Pleasant, nice inflection


    What did you take away from What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast that you can apply to your work?

    Nothing - I already do all of the things she recommended.


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