©2000 by Steve Chandler; (P)2000 by Audio Renaissance, An Imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.
"Chandler is like...an insane combination of Jerry Seinfeld and Anthony Robbins." (Fred Knipe, PBS TV writer)
This book is full of great tips and insights. I didn't give the book a 5 star rating because I felt the reading could have been a little more animated. However, I have to stress that this is just a minor quibble. Once I got into it, I forgot about that and focused on the excellent and insightful content. I have already recommended this book to a few of my friends. This is definitely one that should not be passed by.
Chandler says that human beings delude themselves in many ways. (He especially mentions the standard kind of self-help without sacrifice books; the "Get Rich While You Sleep" books.) Becoming better than you currently are requires hard work and hard decisions, and he doesn't pretend it doesn't. This book is never boring, never indecisive. It's also not a copycat of every other self-help speaker out there. (For one thing, his voice, although clear, is not that of a great orator. He speaks like an average human being, which is very comforting.)
Take it from a self help book junkie. This book is a cut above the rest. Exposing the lies is the path to the truth.
In a world where it is very easy to get down on yourself, and then excuse yourself from action with little lies, this book exposes some of the more common lies and debunks them.
Had some good thoughts - many that have been around for a while and appeared in other self help books.
But with these types of books it can be just the way that its explained or justified that can make all the difference to your understanding of it.
Some aspects were well described or explained that made me think "I hadn't thought of it like that" which is all you can hope for.
Of all the books I've read, tapes I've listened to, and workshops I've attended, this audiobook is probably the most amazing thing I've ever heard... and I thought I had heard everything. The collection of lies, while both powerful and revealing, are delivered in such as way that you likely will be smiling at some of the lies we tell ourselves, and nodding your head in agreement with others. This audiobook alone was worth my one year membership at audible.com.
It teaches me how to notice limiting beliefs and behaviours and how to propel myself forward in life.
The War of Art. Both of these titles are incredible to get me proactive in life.
Chapter 7 Steve teaches about worrying and how to cure yourself of that disgusting habit.
Stop thinking like you're dying dipshit.
When I got this I thought there would be a 50% chance of returning it because I wouldn't like it.
But, I love it, once you get used to Steve's deep voice the content is very motivational.
If you're interested it's definitely worth giving a shot.
I listen to it in the morning during my coffee ritual and it goes well with the caffeine.
I listened to this audiobook three times in a row the first week after I purchased it. I was amazed at how many of the lies are part of our everyday life and we just don't realize it. I had to laugh when I saw myself and others I know in the examples he uses. This book makes you WANT to take responsibility for every aspect of your life and to stop relying on excuses. BE PREPARED TO SEE YOUR LIFE CHANGE BEFORE YOUR EYES!
Although in other reviews of Steve's work a few listeners have commented on his tone of voice (it is rather deep) and his delivery (he isn't as inflective as some readers), I thoroughly enjoyed listening and laughing to his dry sense of humor and his cut-to-the-chase insights. In my view, Steve's delivery is excellent, as you feel like he's right there talking to you (as opposed to simply reading the book to you). Steve's openness and candor about his own foibles makes this work even more enjoyable - as he openly admits that he has told these same lies to himself (and he provides numerous examples), and has struggled as much as (if not more than) most when it comes to getting a grip and taking responsibility for his own life. This is one audio book I plan to listen to again and again. Way to go Steve! BTW... I found a good photo and background info on Steve at http://www.stevechandler.com/about.htm
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