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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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    Christa Houston, TX, United States 08-28-12
    Christa Houston, TX, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Short, Sweet, & Impactful"
    What did you love best about What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast?

    It's a quick listen and gets right to the point. Not a lot of fluff, and uses great case studies as examples.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Although I didn't end up listening to it all in one sitting, I definitely could have.


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    Kiana 08-28-12
    Kiana 08-28-12
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    Useful advice. Would recommend to a friend! Easy short listen that I can refer to time and again.

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    Pamela 08-27-12
    Pamela 08-27-12
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    "Good Points but Not Especially Realistic"
    What did you like best about What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast? What did you like least?

    There were some good points in this books but the author's main suggestion is to just get up early and do it. Whatever the "it" is. It took almost to the end of the book before she addresssed the need for sleep and then it was to go to bed earlier. Not an option for most people. So I came away with the idea that she thinks people should examine what is important to them and then arrange their lives to address the priorities first thing in the morning. Which makes sense but...there are still only 24 hours in a day and the US is the one of the most sleep deprived nation in the world. I really don't see how a single mother could follow this advice.


    If you’ve listened to books by Laura Vanderkam before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to other books by this author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The concept of examining what is important to you in your life.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast?

    People who have the luxury of some sort of spare time and/or a support system to help out. for most people, though, I don't think hiring a babysitter to get the kids out the door in the AM for Mom can meditate or exercise is realistic. I mean really...most people are stretching their budgets as it is and 41% of families below the poverty level are single mother families....I couldn't help thinking about them as I was listening to this book. I am one of the lucky people who do have some leisure time but I just don't see howa whole lot of the suggestions in this book could be used by the average person struggling to get by. Affluent yes....average, not so much.


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    Susanne B. Myers Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-27-12
    Susanne B. Myers Rock Hill, SC, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Motivational and Quick LIsten"

    I listened to this quick audio book this morning, after waking up early and not being able to go back to sleep. I bought it a few weeks ago and hadn't had the time to listen yet. While there are no earth-shatteringly new concepts in this book, it was a good review of some old concepts and I found it quite motivational. Most importantly it reminded me to be conscious of how I spend my time not only in the morning, but throughout the day.

    My favorite quote from the audio book came toward the end. I'm paraphrasing a bit here ...

    Early morning victories create a cascade of more of them throughout the day.

    I enjoyed listening to this and will make it a point to relisten once a month or so as a reminder.

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    Elizabeth Smith 08-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    What did you like best about What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast? What did you like least?

    I liked how people were able to rearrange their days to flow in a more productive way.

    It is geared specifically for business people which I am not. My job isn't about concentrating on work projects so I'm trying to adapt some of the theories to my job in Nursing,


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Vanderkam? Why or why not?

    Yes. I would like to read The Happiness Project


    Was What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast worth the listening time?

    Yes! It's a short and easy listen.


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    Duncan FREDERICTON, NB, Canada 08-20-12
    Duncan FREDERICTON, NB, Canada 08-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast again? Why?

    I listened to this in the car and found it very interesting. I listened to it twice and found it interesting and refreshing both times.


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    Christine kitchener, on, Canada 08-18-12
    Christine kitchener, on, Canada 08-18-12
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    "Great tips"
    What did you like best about this story?

    this book was fantastic for practical tips for a crazy morning household. How to tame the day with easy changes to control your mornings and be successful by the time you hit your desk.


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

    no i have not


    What did you learn from What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast that you would use in your daily life?

    she gives practical tips to apply to a realy life.


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    Katharine kew Gardens, NY, United States 08-16-12
    Katharine kew Gardens, NY, United States 08-16-12
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    "Enjoyable"

    What I enjoyed most about this book was it was short and direct. There were moments when the book repeated itself but it's alright. Incorporating what Vanderkam discusses will be challenging for me as sometimes I have to be at work at 5:15am; I think she would agree that waking at 3:00am is a little much. My schedule varies from week to week so I will have to do what I can to make this happen.
    She offered up many lists with tons of examples so I think I will have to go back with a pen and paper to get down some of the points that stuck out the most.

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    J. C. Labozzetta New Haven, CT 08-13-12
    J. C. Labozzetta New Haven, CT 08-13-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Inspiring read/listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended - helpful tips on making the most of your time and prioritizing your schedule to get the most out of each day. Some of the tips seem obvious, but hearing them explained through various examples makes it easier to apply them to your own life.


    What about Laura Vanderkam’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed her reading style. I could tell she was passionate about the subject and that made it all the more inspiring and motivating. She makes you believe that you can improve your life through some fundamental changes to how we manage our day.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, we stayed in the car to finish it even though we had reached our destination!


    Any additional comments?

    Great author, lovely voice, and sense of humor. Would highly recommend!

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    Abdulla Springfield Gardens, New York, United States 08-13-12
    Abdulla Springfield Gardens, New York, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not bad"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    May be


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Stories


    What three words best describe Laura Vanderkam’s performance?

    Average


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

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    NO

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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