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“A US Navy physician shares his secrets for a more successful life in this self-help work. 

Mathurin conceived of his debut book when he realized how critical checklists are in the worlds of naval aviation and medicine. Itemized lists, he says, help avoid flight mishaps and operating room errors, so he wondered, ‘Why not apply this same concept to people’s lives to help them achieve their highest potential?’ That epiphany resulted in this book - a kind of instruction manual for living that breaks achievement into seven ‘checklist items: ‘Goals’, ‘Take Action’, ‘Courage to Consistently Commit’, ‘Value Resources’, ‘Investing in Yourself and Others’, ‘Giving Back’, and ‘Create a Legacy of Service to Others’. An introductory section helpfully explains each of the core concepts, in brief, and these same blocks of text are repeated at the beginning of each of seven chapters. The items themselves are unlikely to be new to most readers, as many of the ideas are common in self-help literature (such as ‘Have the courage to go the extra mile with everything that you do, each and every time’). But the presentation of the material feels more novel, as the overarching checklist concept isn’t taken literally; the book’s merit derives from the idea that one can systematically address several broad areas in the quest for a fuller life. At the very least, this notion gives the book a highly focused structure that makes it easy for readers to navigate. 

Unsurprisingly, given the author’s military and medical background, there’s a sense of logic and precision to this book. Each chapter’s content is uniformly positive and always emphasizes proactivity, but it’s also clear that the book isn’t intended to highlight step-by-step procedure. Instead, it offers a wide-ranging, general discussion of each list item, using examples and personal anecdotes to illustrate specific points. To that end, Mathurin writes from a very personal perspective - sharing, for example, how he grew up in poverty in Haiti - and he explains with some eloquence how he used the principles that he lays out in his book to ‘transform [his] life from famine to abundance.’ He writes with a great deal of insight, as well, offering not only accounts of his own experiences, but also the wisdom of others, such as investor Warren Buffett and the late self-help authors Zig Ziglar and Napoleon Hill. Mathurin’s style often takes an inspirational tone, as he exudes a sense of confidence in his approach to life: ‘Success,’ writes Mathurin, ‘is only ten percent intention and ninety percent action.’ About leading others, he writes, ‘always strive to be the leader you would want to follow; strive to be the calm voice in the midst of the chaos, and - while you are at it - strive to be the change that you want to see.’ Finally, Mathurin stresses that you can ‘lay the path to your legacy by focusing on giving back the acts of kindness you have received along the way.’

A book of noble, sincere, and expressive advice for living.” (Kirkus)

©2018 Jean G Mathurin, MD (P)2018 7 Checklist Items LLC

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The author did a great job, I love this book

the principles in the book are so relevant to the reality we are living and can help you change any circumstances in your life into success!

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Amazing book

I believe this book is awesome. The author put all of himself into this book. After reading this book I see life with more hope that I can achieve more. The author encourages me to create value for myself and for my surroundings.

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this is a great book. I encourage everyone to read this book. LOVED IT!!! keep up the great work God bless you

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A book that will change life

A better life is not only for a selected few. Everyone can achieve their utmost in life by following these 7 Checklist Items for Success.

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Set goals, prioritize and take actions while delaying gratification = success

One the richest books I have read in 2018 thus far! So many of us can use this book to keep us going and reach our ultimate goals. Set goals, prioritize and take actions while learning along the way. Goals setting with persistence are prescription for success.

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Reflecting On Your Goals!

Mr. Jean Mathurin I have listened to your book and I must say that The LORD has been intervening in your life from before he created you. Your story is inspiring. I must say that your teacher being an adult should have been more encouraging, instead of putting down a child. That could have lefted you scarred for life, but no you decided right there that you were going to proof her wrong and that you did, also your less than encouraging friend from the casino job among others. You overcame the odds even when they were against you. Your faith and determination to persevere is awe inspiring. You know we see people in life and they could dress the part, look the part, play the part, but deep down what's going on on the inward parts of their life, deep down, the parts only GOD can see. That's why it's important to love on people, show people how much you care, encourage people in a positive way and remember where we have been ourselves. Someone said everything in life is good and then continued on to explain what he meant he said even the bad things in life is good because when bad things happen it's for a reason in the aftermath there's a lesson to be learned, so if you never went thru the bad experience you wouldn't learn the lesson and have something good come from the experience. Setting goals, taking action, applying what you have learned, be enthusiastic about those goals everyday, take the negative and the positive move forward, it won't be easy and if anyone tell you it's easy that's a lie, you must face the struggles as they come, get motivated, hang around people with the right mindset because people can easily be influenced and you don't want to be influenced by the wrong people. Look at how GOD took light from darkness, only GOD. Look at how many times JESUS fell while carrying HIS cross and did HE stay down no HE got back up again, that is to show us all that we shouldn't just give up easily but keep on pressing on. You pressed on and look at what you have accomplished everything you said you would and then some. You are guided, protected, shelter, favored and blessed by GOD and thank you for not being selfish and sharing your story with the world. I'm quite sure your wife, children, family relatives and true friends are proud of you and the man you turned out to be. Thank you Mr. Mathurin for introducing this family to your book and to your life.

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Powerful and uplifting book

I read this book at a time that I was looking for answers and someone to understand my fears of the future. This book teaches you about not only about success but also about how to live a better life, how to react your fullest potential, how to believe in oneself and to rise above fears, critics, and negative thoughts. I really thank Jean Mathurin for sharing his life story with me. I hope many of people who are struggling with life can find this book and read it and find power and solace from it.