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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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    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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    Amazon Customer Bay Area, California 09-23-12
    Amazon Customer Bay Area, California 09-23-12 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The reading is autrocious"

    Yet another case where the author should not read their own works. Information was nothing new.

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    Chris Boston, MA, United States 09-18-12
    Chris Boston, MA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Thought provoking if a little short"

    No completely groundbreaking ideas, but should help you think about how you use your time. Worth the listen.

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    JQ 09-17-12
    JQ 09-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    What made the experience of listening to What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast the most enjoyable?

    I was a good quick listen.


    What about Laura Vanderkam???s performance did you like?

    I always like to hear the writer read their own work.


    What???s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Do what ever is most important first thing in the morning.


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    Flor Denver, Colorado, United States 09-17-12
    Flor Denver, Colorado, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "This audio got me out of bed early"
    Where does What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best audio I've heard yet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This audio really reaches out to all people whether they are already used to waking up early or have a lot of excusses as to why they "can't" get up early.


    What does Laura Vanderkam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I imagine the book is equaly as good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My favorite part is when she talks about will power energy and how waking up early as part of a routine can really change your life.


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    Sabine LEXINGTON, MA, United States 09-17-12
    Sabine LEXINGTON, MA, United States 09-17-12
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    "Point of the book: get up 5:30!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is good for someone who wants to develop a self-improvement habit and is a morning person!


    What was most disappointing about Laura Vanderkam’s story?

    It was disappointing for me because of the oversimplified message that if you get up early you'll be more successful. While I agree that making time for self improvement and nourishing your psyche is important I think it can be scheduled anytime.


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

    Her tone and pacing is like she is reading to a child.


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

    The only takeaway for me was that her suggestion that once an activity is a habit it becomes routine and when it is a part of a routine you don't get caught up scheduling it or dropping it from your day - you just do it. I'm glad I didn't pay more for this book.


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    Edward OMAHA, NE, United States 09-17-12
    Edward OMAHA, NE, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish the book didn't keep repeating the same ideas.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't change anything to make it more enjoyable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked that she included real life people as her examples of what was possible to do in the morning. Not just high-flyers, but the average person in the trenches.


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

    I don't know how it could be a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it would have helped me figure out how to motivate myself better in the morning. I know I CAN do more, but I have a hard time getting the motivation to do it.

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