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Chop Wood Carry Water

How to Fall in Love with the Process of Becoming Great
Narrated by: Joshua Medcalf
Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,151 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Same old advice

So a quick caveat, I have been reading business and motivational books for over 20 years. What I’m finding is that a lot of the principles are the same in every book. But I also recognize that certain people will connect with certain speakers. So if you’re new to business books or want to get motivated on how to be great and you’ve never read any books on the subject, but then this book will be amazing for you. I thought that the story started out great but I felt like the false parable of this guy going to work with a samurai and then watching the NBA finals with him was a little cheesy so I’m glad I didn’t spend a lot of money on this audiobook and I’m going to wait for the paperback to be on special because for over $20 that’s just way too much for something you could read on a blog post.

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Great Book

a quick read that is full of great lessons on discipline, focus, and understanding yourself.

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Common themes, silly story

This book communicates all of the common self improvement themes that are common across this genre through a ridiculous story of an American who faces tragedy and moves to Japan to become a samurai archer (evidently a 10 year process- but there’s a point to the time). His sensei is an overly worldly Gentleman with a Jesus-like wisdom and parable teaching style. A quick refresher on focus and the small things is that’s what you need.

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Life changing

This book will set you on a trajectory to realizing your greatest potential. I loved it!

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Probably a better reader than listen.

Kind of a weird story that I’m not sure it could happen but, maybe someone would do that stuff. Either way, this one was read/spoken by the author and so brutal I couldn’t even finish it. After listening to other books with professionals who do a good job at using inflection, it was like watching a movie with bad actors. I think it would be ok to read, maybe.

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great for me and my son

I enjoyed this book so much that that I played it again one chapter at a time with my eight-year-old son. The stories are fantastic and one day the life lessons will mean even more to him. A great tool for shaping young minds.

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Absolutely incredible!

What a challenging book full of wisdom. The way Joshua pulls all of the lessons together is truly an art. This book has instantly jumped to the top 5 on my list. As a soccer coach, it has really challenged me to look at how I’m training my players and team and helped me think through how to make our team great.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to challenge themselves in their life.

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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.