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The Charge Audiobook

The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives that Make You Feel Alive

From the author of the number-one New York Times and number-one audio bestseller The Millionaire Messenger, an electrifying and inspiring work that provides the keys to motivating yourself to satisfy your highest, most essential creative and intellectual needs. Burchard, a world-renowned motivational speaker and best-selling author, makes a compelling case that it's time for an entirely new approach to understanding what drives human ambition and achievement today.
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the number-one New York Times and number-one audio bestseller The Millionaire Messenger, an electrifying and inspiring work that provides the keys to motivating yourself to satisfy your highest, most essential creative and intellectual needs.

In the hyper-connected, hyper-digitized world in which we are living, the time has come to revise Abraham Maslow's classic "hierarchy of needs" a pyramid of human drives that places the basic needs of safety and sustenance at the bottom. Burchard, a world-renowned motivational speaker and best-selling author, makes a compelling case that it's time for an entirely new approach to understanding what drives human ambition and achievement today; it's time to change the conversation about what it takes to succeed and feel alive and fulfilled in a stressful, chaotic, distracted world.

In The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives that Make You Feel Alive, Burchard, using pioneering studies from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience, as well as great stories from his own experience, identifies the ten simple drives of human emotion and happiness: Control, Competence, Congruence, Caring, Connection, Change, Challenge, Creative expression, Contribution, and Consciousness. The Charge provides the keys to understanding and activating these drives in clear and concrete ways that will inspire and help everyone find the one thing we all are searching for: more life in our lives.

©2012 The Burchard Group, LLC (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"The Charge is an inspiring guide to the one thing we all want: more life in our lives. Brendon Burchard proves that we can harness our emotional drives to feel more alive, and that it's our internal charge that helps us meet life's challenges with joy and courage. I love this book." (Paulo Coelho, New York Times bestselling author of The Alchemist)

“There hasn't been a game-changing book on personal development in a long time. The wait is over. The Charge confronts our very notions of what drives us as humans, and after reading this book you’ll find a new internal charge that’s stronger and more energized than you ever imagined possible.” (Jack Canfield, Co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and author of The Success Principles)

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    Pamela 01-06-16
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    Good info, if not completely new...
    I appreciate the intent of this book BUT
    it lost me with the less than inspiring presentation. I think he should hire a professional narrator. He sounds like an infomercial speaker the whole time, trying so hard to relate to the audience, but sounding plastic. Ugh! He needs to work on learning to speak naturally. Just TALK to people. Stop performing. Huge turn off.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Penang, Malaysia 08-27-12
    Christine Penang, Malaysia 08-27-12
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    "A Masterful Piece"
    Where does The Charge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Amongst the top 5 audio books in self development


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Charge?

    There are times when we need a wake up call to challenge how we do things and how we can go about to change our behaviors. This book provides many inspiring stories to help the readers change, challenge and to bring about creative expression and consciousness to achieve the forward drive.

    I like the part where the author shared about sharing our voice first before we can find it. Often we think of finding our voice first before we go out and share it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoy listening to the ideas and stories. He makes it come alive and real. He challenges us to bring out the best in ourselves, by using great questions. Most of the answers to the questions lie within ourselves and we need to reflect on them.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Engineer 10-23-15
    Engineer 10-23-15
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    "Good but a bit fictitious"

    Interesting perspectives but a bit to "diary" like and to much religion related discussions. Great book though, thanks!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JCALdigital 05-26-12
    JCALdigital 05-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply, this book is a truly great work!"
    Would you listen to The Charge again? Why?

    Yes! It's a game-changer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Charge?

    When Brendon introduces the book with a heartfelt story about his love for his late father.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final four drives were my favourites


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Charge?

    I'll be taking more action in life and consciously building my life via the 10 drives in the charge


    Any additional comments?

    This along with Simon Sinek's "Start With Why" are the two best Audio program's I've heard!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    sgrams 06-12-12
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    "not sure what I expected"
    Where does The Charge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it ranks in about the middle of the heap


    What did you like best about this story?

    Listening to audio has many benefits for me including this was read by the author and he hands out a lot of enthusiasm, mostly the story has a perspective given by someone who knows how to motivate people, is successful himself, and gives actual events and thoughts.


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

    This is the first I have listened too but for the free performances which persuaded me to buy this book.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Nepean, Ontario, Canada 04-17-16
    Ryan Nepean, Ontario, Canada 04-17-16 Member Since 2013

    University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.

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    "Not top of my list"

    So at one point during the listen Mr. Burchard lets on that his coaching fee for a one year period is $250,000. So when I heard this, I said this is gonna be fantastic. Rather it was just meh. I’ve listened to several personal development books and while he had several good ideas and recommendations, I did not find his system particularly compelling, nor in many instances practical. There are better listens out there. It could be that his program resonates with hyper successful people but it didn’t resonate with me and he didn’t seem overly genuine. He narrated his own book, which I felt took away from his message as I didn't find him particularly enjoyable to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Brown 04-14-16
    Sara Brown 04-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Awe inspiring!"

    I did struggle with this book. There was a lot of information I wasn't ready to hear, a lot to take in during a move, and a lot to learn/teach myself to do.

    This is a book that I plan to read again (and use a different color highlighter) to be sure I am hearing what I need to hear and that I didn't miss anything!
    I highly recommend this book!

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    matt barrow 04-14-16
    matt barrow 04-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great advice"

    The charge is an excellent source of inspiration for anyone that want to take control of his life. But it's more than just a lot of motivational sayings. It's a useful collection of strategies that you can start implementing immediately. At the end of each chapter, there are activities that you can use to reflect on how this chapter applies to you. I highly recommend you do this.


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    Matt Stefanik, The Lifestyle Architect™ Waxhaw, NC 04-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A must for all"

    It's amazing after reading personal development and success books for the last 20 years I can still pick up new strategies and tips for my own personal growth. I highly recommended this book, and it's one I know I'll listen to again at least once a year.

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    Elizabeth & Jeff Brinton 04-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great, but..."

    I have watched most of Brendon's vides and really enjoy them. I started this book and it was enjoyable for the first few chapters. One day I was listening to it and Brendon was quoting himself and others using profanity to communicate. I work at an elementary school and I was glad no students were around while listening. That night I was rocking my 4 month old baby girl after she had an allergic reaction and while rocking her, I decided to listen to more of the book. Brendon quoted the suicidal text from a story along with the extremely vulgar language it used. That ended it for me. If I can't listen to a book in the presence of my family, I don't want to listen to it. I returned it the next morning. Thanks Audible!

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