Motivation expert Todd Beeler has drawn on the latest findings on motivation from over 100 researchers to develop his proven-effective program, which has helped thousands of clients finally unlock their full potential. The Seven Hidden Secrets of Motivation combines the insight and wisdom of psychology, philosophy, and spirituality into a one-of-a-kind program that harnesses the power of cutting-edge theory and distills it into down-to-earth, pragmatic applications.
©2005 Todd Beeler; (P)2006 Gildan Media Corp
While Beeler presents some interesting insights into human motivation, they are buried under a meandering presentation that falls short of its promises. The energy charged delivery can be outright annoying at times. Through the first CD of 5, I felt like I was listening to an infommercial for the audiobook rather than the book itself. To his credit, Beeler draws on a vast reservoir of literature to support his principles as they are laid out in sequence, but it's important for the potential buyer to note that not everything presented is scientifically based. For example his frequent references to the Holy Bible account for a significant (~30%) portion of the reasoning presented, which largely make this book come across as a commercial for Christianity. I purchased this book looking for something to follow Jack Canfield's "The Success Principles" and Stephen Covey's "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." In my opinion, this book falls short of the standard set by those authors. That being said the book is not completely without merrit, as there is a significant amount of good advice at its core.
There are interesting ideas in this audio book, but I would not recommend it. It is not because of its content. It is the way it's read. I am not sure if the author & narrator speed-read the book to cut down on the number CD's to save money, or this is his normal pace of speech. What I have found is, it is almost impossible to multi-task while listening to this book.
I personally buy audio books to listen to during my long commutes and at the office while I am working. If you buy audio books to listen to in similar circumstances, save your money. This audio book is not for you. The ideas come at you so fast that, you either have to stop everything else, or tune out the book. In either case it does not suit a multi tasking envinronment.
If you drop everything and close your eyes, you will get the points the author is making. In that case you probably should buy the print copy, not this audio book version any how.
I almost didn't buy this audiobook because of the poor reviews. I have listened to half the book so far and don't notice any glaring faults. I'm really enjoying it as a matter of fact! I'm finding it extremely informative and find it clear and concise. He only mentions religion because it's part of the research on motivation...I don't feel he has an agenda and I don't find it offensive, and I'm not a devoted Christian. The narrator's voice is a bit scratchy, but I got past that. My audiocredits cost me about $10 a piece, and I totally find this book worth it for that price and I still have half the book left to listen to.
Mr. Beeler is initially engaging....then ..... overbearing.. This material requires written references that are available for review. Biblical references to Cosmopolitan sensationalism seem to reflect a lack of focus... a rambling pedantic lecture. Motivation is the topic that appears to be lost in the self indulgent delivery. The voice is challenging to endure. The material is redundant and NOTHING new. Buzzwords, hackneyed expressions, and vague philosophical allusions lead to a pseudointellectual attempt to authenticate the concepts. Soul is.......
A brief summary:
1. Change requires reviewing/challenging your belief systems.
2. Commitment is essential - more important than willpower.
3. Align your actions with your stated values.
4. Contribution to the greater good is more powerful and sustaining for most than personal pleasure or advancement.
As was noted earlier the audio-book draws heavily from Beeler's faith in Christianity, which is fine but get's tiresome. IMO way too much time is spent on proseltyzing.
I was hoping for a more linear approach than what was delivered. He comes to the point eventually, but it would be nice if there were more bullet points at the end or beginning of chapters emphasizing his central points. Nitpicky perhaps but useful especially in an audio format.
The material is interesting but the presentation is disjointed and the reader sounds like a caffeine addict in an infomercial. Way over the top all the way through. I could only listen to it for a few minutes at a time.
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