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Chop Wood Carry Water is the story of one boy's journey to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a samurai warrior. Guided by "Akira-sensei", John comes to realize the greatest adversity on his journey will be the challenge of defeating the man in the mirror.

This powerful story brings the train-to-be-clutch curriculum to life in a powerful and memorable way.

Some things you will learn....

  • No matter how it feels, you are always building your own house.
  • How and why you must surrender the outcome in order to be at your best.
  • Why you never want to have your identity wrapped up in what you do.
  • Why your strength lies in faithfulness to the little things.
  • How to develop a heart posture of gratitude.
  • How to use the biggest challenges as a training ground for greatness.
  • Why the process is more important than the goal.
  • Why comparison is the thief of all joy.
  • How to develop a growth mindset.
  • Why talent is more of a curse than a blessing.

©2015 Joshua Medcalf (P)2016 Joshua Medcalf

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Has moments but wears thin quick

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book is certainly not a waste of time but I started to find it very annoying as each chapter passed. It came across as way too simplistic and not very realistic considering the context. The underlying messages and stories told in each chapter certainly can help bring balance to someone in a crazy world. I just wish it didn't make me feel like I was dealing with a spoiled adolescent in John.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Similar to my reaction to previous chapters, simplistic.

Have you listened to any of Joshua Medcalf’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No and not sure that I would based on this one. Great potential with some moments but message gets lost.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe depending on the liberties taken by the producer. Potential is there but this was a lost opportunity.

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Overly simplistic... perhaps meant for teens?

All of the content seems okay, but it is nothing original. It is every basic self help concept boiled down and told in a cheesy anecdotal story line with modern details. The Japanese sensei is a bit cliche and doesn't come across as a believable story at all.

Gave it three stars only bc the intent is good and it may be a good starting point for some young people.

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Could not put this book down

Very powerful story. This should be required reading for all High School students. I cannot wait to get the other books.

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Brilliant wisdom

Joshua packs some of the most powerful wisdom and fundamental concepts into this entertaining and enlightening read. Great book!

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not great as audio for me

I don't like to be read to, probably would have liked this better if I had read it instead of listening to the audio book. Story and wisdom shared within the book was okay.

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Great story and easy to follow

Really enjoyed how author integrated principles into the story. I’d recommend this to anyone looking to grow personally.

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This was a phenomenal read I truly enjoyed it!

The principles were easy to understand there was no fluff in the book there was just truth great clarity as a result of reading this book has come to my personal business and I look forward to implementing these principles in my businesses in the years to come!

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Both eyes on the journey.

For those building themselves in the early stages of your entrepreneurial venture, this is a must stop location. Please don't overlook the message in this book. Greatness isn't granted, it is gained, through hard work and determination. This book will teach you how to walk the path to greatness.

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Great book

This is a great book for everyone. Easy to relate to and understand. A book to hear/read for those who wants more from their life

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Love the message! My teenage daughter is reading this before she starts her volleyball season required by her coach! Great life lessons!!!

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  • Carl Keeley
  • 05-24-17

Essential listening

Loved this book. Short and to the point.
Without a doubt one of my all time favorites.
So much so I've gifted it to at least twenty friends and clients already.