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What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast Audiobook

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life

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Publisher's Summary

Mornings are a madcap time for many of us. We wake up in a haze—often after hitting snooze a few times. Then we rush around to get ready and out the door so we can officially start the day. Before we know it, hours have slipped by without us accomplishing anything beyond downing a cup of coffee, dashing off a few emails, and dishing with our coworkers around the water cooler. By the time the workday wraps up, we’re so exhausted and defeated that any motivation to accomplish something in the evening has vanished.

But according to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives.

Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day. While many of us are still in bed, these folks are scoring daily victories to improve their health, careers, and personal lives without sacrificing their sanity. For instance, former PepsiCo chairman and CEO Steve Reinemund would rise at 5:00 a.m., run four miles, pray, and eat breakfast with his family before heading to work to run a Fortune 500 company.

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast is a fun, practical guide that will inspire you to rethink your morning routine and jump-start your life before the day has even begun.

©2012 Laura Vanderkam. (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC

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    Melvin Nashville, TN United States 01-25-13
    Melvin Nashville, TN United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Senoir Sales Executive, Taoist, Inspirarional, high energy... Loves to live life...

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    "Verd good ideas and information on Mornings"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a very good listen to people who say they are not morning people


    What about Laura Vanderkam’s performance did you like?

    Practical and common sense priciples and ideas


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not


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    John M. Raleigh, NC 01-23-13
    John M. Raleigh, NC 01-23-13

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    "Very helpful."
    What insight do you think you’ll apply from What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast?

    Not only the importance of starting early as a way of making my life (each day) better, but of using that time and the rest of the morning that I may have got-lots-done days, weeks, and career.


    Any additional comments?

    That which I had already been doing, this reaffirmed and gave me confidence in it. Also, it gave me many thoughts to direct my morning time. Lastly, she leaves it open what one can use this early morning time to accomplish, based on one's own goals and stage in life. That is, she's not a one-size-fits-all, you-must-do-this-particular-activity author. I liked that a lot.

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    Ahmed Asal 12-02-12
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    "Amazing book"

    I enjoyed every single moment It's giving answers for different questions in mind related to how to make most of your day. How to be more successful the importance of the first 90 min of the day and in ur work

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    LifeDontWasteIt 12-02-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Quick motivation!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to be better than the print version?

    Only reviewed audio, but see no clear benefit to a print version.


    What other book might you compare What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to and why?

    I have started to listen to her 168 Hours book which I didn't realize was hers, so of course similar.


    Which character – as performed by Laura Vanderkam – was your favorite?

    I honestly don't remember.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast?

    Use my time more efficiently and seriously consider if our family could switch from night orientation to morning. Seems like a big switch. Motivating and helps you choose you're life, rather than just let it happen.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure the mornings work for all families. There are time constraints in the morning that are not so present at night. Of course maybe we'd use it more effectively and not 'drag' at night...? Also, maybe we wouldn't be grouchy in the morning if we got to bed earlier. Yes, we 'know' a lot of this, but unless we're doing all of it, we apparently need to be reminded!

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    Phyllis canyon lake, TX, United States 12-02-12
    Phyllis canyon lake, TX, United States 12-02-12
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    "same advise again"

    I was very dissapointed in this book. Get up early and you will get more done in a day. Nothing new or groundbreaking here

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    GothamReader Emeryville, CA 11-13-12
    GothamReader Emeryville, CA 11-13-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Information you can get reading 3-4 of her posts"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am glad I listened to this while multi-tasking because there was absolutely nothing new or inspiring about the information or the way it was packaged.


    Has What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily, but I think 30 minutes on Lifehacker would have been time better spent.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reading was a little stiff and formal.


    Was What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast worth the listening time?

    It was worth half the time I actually spent listening.


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    Avid Reader 11-10-12
    Avid Reader 11-10-12

    You are the sum of what you read!

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    "None of this was new"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Save your credit. This is common sense and what most people who are even moderately successful do.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    No


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    No


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Slow and ponderous


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    Jennifer Plattsbugh, NY, United States 11-05-12
    Jennifer Plattsbugh, NY, United States 11-05-12
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    "Not good"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't even think straight after listening to 15 minutes of this. The author just continues to repeat the same thing so let me just break it down to you..."get shiz done 1st thing in the morning 'cause the rest of the day you will be busy and distracted." The end.


    Has What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES


    What didn’t you like about Laura Vanderkam’s performance?

    not good. flat. I was distracted by her lack of enthusiasm.


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    Cristina Tampa, FL 11-02-12
    Cristina Tampa, FL 11-02-12
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    "I Would Have Read the Blog Post"
    Would you try another book from Laura Vanderkam and/or Laura Vanderkam?

    I thought about it, but I know that when it comes right down to it, reading a book about time management is just counterproductive unless it's just going to be a few inspirational tidbits to get you going.


    Would you recommend What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I mean, I liked it, but it wasn't earth-shattering. It didn't offer any new or original ideas. The gist of it is just that many successful CEOs get up early to exercise or do things that are important to them in solitude.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laura Vanderkam?

    Someone who didn't read as breathy.


    What did you take away from What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast that you can apply to your work?

    Her point that the morning hours are when you get to focus on things without distraction and the afternoon hours should be spent corresponding with people and having meetings (i.e., dealing with other people) was poignant and helpful.


    Any additional comments?

    It was short. It was okay. I liked it. But it needs more expansion, otherwise I could have read all of it in a blog post.

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    Fran Bridges Tallahassee, FL USA 10-28-12
    Fran Bridges Tallahassee, FL USA 10-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Info but hard to listen to"
    If you could sum up What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Interesting, Slow


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the topic and am inspired to try to revamp my morning routine.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was slow - the rate of speech was unnaturally slowed. This made it difficult to listen to at times.


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