©2005 Brian Tracy; (P)2005 Oasis Audio LLC
The book advocates a return to personal responsibility. If you are a conservative, he is preaching to the choir, you are not likely to find anything new. If you are a young person, say from 15 to 25, this could be a great blueprint for your life.
The book is written with a lot of simplicity, therefore is highly accessible, at the cost of being simplistic at times.
As a minus, the author is quantifying the entire human behavior regarding humans as very selfish, rational beings that act predictably at all times. I found this view a bit shallow. For example, he advocates that the crime will drop only when the punishment and enforcement increases. Sounds logical, but he avoids explaining countries like Sweden, where the crime is low, and the punishment a lot less severe than the US. He seems to attempt to create a responsible life plan for the readers and that’s great, but as a sociologist, he is a bit shallow.
This book is beyond words. It speaks to the most profound issues and troubles of our time. If you don't get it... you're part of the problem. The system of totally self serving government and believing you're entitled to something for nothing is a horrific evil that must be cleansed from the world. Brian's insight is priceless. This is a must hear for every human being on the face of the planet. It should be taught in a mandatory year long course in the school system. The truth can change the world...one person at a time...
Now retired living in Arizona in winter with our motorhome and the NWT Canada in summer. With many thanks to your library of audio books
very real, very fair, very honest. I will listen to this often to reinforce its true meaning. Thank You, Thank You.
I used to think that the welfare state we have in the United States was a good think. Then I began to take economics classes and read this book. You can't walk into an empty room with nothing in it is at all and sit in a chair. Where did it come from? If the room was empty. That is what this book points out. How can you have something for nothing? People want fame and fortune yet they spend 8 hours a day watching TV. When someone does make it people say it was a gift from God or they got lucky. I will give you the second one. Hard work doesn't guarantee success, however it does improve it's chances by a significant amount. I personally know million dollar earners that couldn't tell you what was on TV, but they can tell you about the people working for them and what their kids are into. They also let their kids fail which were being taught in this country no to allow to happen. How else will they learn?
This is a great book that takes an in-depth look at our mentality as Americans and humans. We can't have a something for nothing culture or attitude because it is hurting us.
This tape should be part of the standard curiculum in our schools. It clearly lays out the framework that having the government encourage people to stand in line for 'free stuff' is not a solution but rather is the problem. If more people are taught TANSTAFL (There Aint No Such Thing As a Free Lunch) in school as Tracy advocates, the US would be a much better place. The USA already is the greatest country in the world - it will be a much better place to live if all our citizens hear this material. Buy it and share it with ALL the students in your school.
Eclectic bookworm...I listen to a little bit of everything. Give up after listening to something for 20 minutes and don't like it.
Listening to this audiobook will turn a democrat into are republican. Over the past few years, I've considered myself to be middle of the road though right now I'm a registered democrat and voted for Obama in both of his elections. I would have voted for John Kerry but I was only 17 at the time. However, people have remarked recently that I now seem to have republican leanings so maybe I am one after all.
Tracy's thesis is that everyone wants something for nothing and that policies and laws in our country that give people leeway to get something for nothing (ex: government handouts, not cracking down on illegal immigrants, bureaucratic governmental and nonprofit organizations that get nothing done, labor unions, universal health care, and casinos) are ruining life for everyone.
I found myself largely agreeing with the majority of what Tracy said in his book but found his tone to be too critical and condescending. He even goes so far as to call groups of people "crazies," "stupid," and "ignorant."
After a while, the audiobook becomes wearisome so I listened to most of it at 1.25x speed which made it a better and faster read.
In sum, I'd say it has some good ideas but it could have been expressed in a more neutral and less aggressive manner.
Though the idea of taking responsibility is good but generalizing everything is not great idea. A lot of people help others for nothing- (OK it probably makes them happy- but is it a selfish reason??)
At the end the author talks a lot about political issue- I am not an expert so I do no comment but the point is I am not sure about the expertise/insight of the author either- And at this point the author does not comply with what he told in earlier chapters- This book may not be universally acceptable for this reason- expressing we are good they are bad is a big NO NO
The author has a clear agenda advocating stronger personal responsibility and knocking out short-term props that cause long-term decay. With his thesis I have no argument.
The way he forms his argument, however, is slow and repetitive. It is almost as though he has about a lecture's worth of material, but has to create a book-length work in order to sell it.
Furthermore, though he offers some factual back-up for his generalizations, they are too anecdotal and infrequent. If you already believe what he says, no problem. But if you're a skeptic, his back-up will be far from convincing.
I agree with him, I hope the world takes his message seriously. I don't think his argument is particularly well presented.
While I think there is considerable merit in his thoughts on the role of character in overcoming base needs and his thoughts on what motivates man are, his proposed solution, if he actually offers one, is extremely expediant, selective, and indifferent.
His sweeping judgement of anyone in governement seems extreme and contrary to people I know; his complete faith in pure free markets without the appropriate consideration of externalities that a free market does not build in until much is lost; and his dismissiveness in organized resistance to perceived in justice all seems contradictory to his thesis of character.
In short, it's a conservative rant that does not deliver the goods.
I am a big fan of Brian's stuff, but I could not get past his 'Greed and laziness are neither good or bad in themselves..' idea! Where does that come from Brian? Of course greed and Laziness are bad... but then again, maybe bad is not really bad in itself??!!!
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