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  • The 5 Second Rule

  • Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,410

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I turned it off after an hour.

  • By Zac on 04-08-17

Excellent Contest, Crass Delivery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-17

If you could sum up The 5 Second Rule in three words, what would they be?

Impactful but kinduv offensive

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I've heard Mel Robbins speak in person and I don't remember her being so "street" in her style. I understand she probably uses "gutter talk" to convey the message that anyone ... even a drunken sailor ... can put the 5-Second Rule into practice. But I felt her crassness in presentation actually took away from the importance of the message.

Any additional comments?

There were several moments in the book where I was touched, on an emotional level, and started to use the 5-Second Rule immediately to begin generating my own dose of daily courage. So the book (and philosophy) has had an impact on my life. If you can get past the crude / base delivery, there's good stuff here.

  • The ONE Thing

  • The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
  • By: Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
  • Narrated by: Timothy Miller, Claire Hamilton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,686

This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Helpful Book!

  • By Marisela Gutierrez on 04-01-17

Good Insights, but Music? Really?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book was a "good" listen. Not great, but good. The overall premise is well received and thought provoking but is overshadowed by the somewhat "hypey" and overly "dramatic" narrator. Anytime I hear music interludes in an audiobook dealing with personal or business development, I have to wonder. I get it ... you want to make it engaging and entertaining. But why waste my time inserting music to break up sections? It's like they are compensating for a lack of content. Listening to this book is "time well spent," but not as engaging or intellectually stimulating as others that deal with focus and "beginning with the end in mind."

Has The ONE Thing turned you off from other books in this genre?

This book hasn't "turned me off" from the genre ... just made me wish I'd spent my credit on something with a little more substance.

Would you be willing to try another one of Timothy Miller and Claire Hamilton ’s performances?

No, not really.

What did you take away from The ONE Thing that you can apply to your work?

FOCUS on one thing at a time.

Any additional comments?

While I agree with the premise of focusing on ONE primary objective is good, the examples used to support the premise didn't make sense to me. Using Apple as an example of focusing on "ONE THING" was almost contradictory. They focused on computers ... THEN iTunes ... THEN iPhones .... THEN ... you get the idea. I think the one thing Apple focused on was their "WHY," NOT their products as suggested by the book. Good take away (be focused) but not in the way it was presented in the book.

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  • Before Happiness

  • The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change
  • By: Shawn Achor
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

In his international best seller, The Happiness Advantage, Harvard-trained researcher Shawn Achor described why happiness is the precursor to greater success. This book is about what comes before both. Because before we can be happy or successful, we need to first develop the ability to see that positive change is possible. Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals. In Before Happiness, Achor reveals five actionable, proven strategies for changing our lens to positive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every young person should be given a free copy

  • By Nigel on 03-05-15

Outstanding follow up to The Happiness Advantage.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Sometimes follow up books are way too redundant. However, this book provides outstanding insights that go hand in hand with the previous book. Great research, outstanding presentation, and a "must have" for your library if you want to grow a more positive reality.