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We all want to lead a life of our own making. But in today's accelerated world, with its competing priorities, information overload, and confounding options, we can easily find ourselves steered by impulse, stress, or expedience. Are our decisions the right ones? Or are we being governed, time and time again, and against our best intentions, by the demands of the moment?

A transformative new approach to decision making, 10-10-10 is a tool for reclaiming your life at home, in love, and at work. The process is clear, straightforward, and transparent. In fact, when you're facing a dilemma, all it takes to begin are three questions: What are the consequences of my decision in 10 minutes?

In 10 months? And in 10 years?

Sound simple? Not quite. Recounting poignant stories from her own life and the lives of many other dedicated 10-10-10 users, Suzy Welch reveals how exploring the impact of our decisions in multiple time frames invariably surfaces our unconscious agendas, fears, needs, and desires -- and ultimately helps us identify and live according to our deepest goals and values.

10-10-10's applicability is uniquely broad. Whether it is used by college students or busy mothers or senior business executives, artists, government administrators, or entrepreneurs, 10-10-10 has shown its effectiveness in decisions large and small, routine and radical, consistently changing lives for the better.

Readers of O magazine discovered this pragmatic and innovative idea when Suzy Welch first introduced it in her column. Now, in this immensely useful and revelatory book, she fully explains the power of 10-10-10, a transformative idea that can replace chaos with consistency, guilt with joy, and confusion with clarity.

©2009 Suzy Welch. All rights reserved.; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Jeffrey
  • Highland Park, NJ, United States
  • 08-12-09

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In 10 minutes I found it interesting, but no great epiphany. Think about decisions and possible consequences in both the short and long term to weigh gravity. In 10 months I will most likely recall the name but not the author. In 10 years I will most likely not recall either. The irony here is that this idea, which Welch seems to think is an earth-shattering process of decision making clarification, originally appeared in a magazine article for O. And the reason why is that a magazine article essay is all the space you need, and then some. Book-length its not, unless you want to hear endless stories of women and decision making moments.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • Gresham, OR, USA
  • 05-25-09

Great idea, redundant writing

I appreciate the concept, but wonder if it really merited an entire book. The concept was understandable when first presented. There were WAY too many stories to keep my interest. Unfortunately, I can't bring myself to listen to the whole thing, but I will use the concept. Just borrow this one from the library and skin through it quickly!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Audio Book

The book has a simple formula to make better decisions and then many examples of how it has been applied by different people in different situations. The author is the one talking which makes it more interesting with her emotion and emphasis. Although the concept is simple, learning to apply it in the different situations helped me to better use the technique and to try it in places I wouldn't have thought about. I highly recommend the audiobook as a way to review it until you are using 10-10-10 to make better decisions in your life.

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  • Teresa
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 05-02-09

Some good ideas, not easy listening

I liked the 10-10-10 concept very much, and there are a few other ideas that are helpful. However, maybe it's just her natural accent, but this author's speech is so clipped that she sounds irritated, as if she's already TOLD you these things a million times. Due to this, I tried but couldn't listen to it after buying it. She just never calms down and talks in a relaxed way. A different narrator would help. Also there are way too many stories; this gets redundant and distracting after a while. I'd much rather hear her own experiences with this method and how it can help her and us to make wiser decisions.

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Excellent Ideas

The ideas were excellent. I thought there may have been a little too much narration and stories. The concept could have been put across with less words.

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Great story!

Awesome process for decision making in your personal and professional life! Great takeaways and relatable, real-world stories in the book. Loved Suzy's narration, brought the book to life.

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Great Book for fixing your life in small steps.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend this audio book to a friend because it makes good sense. What you do in the next 10 minutes will create what happens in the next 10 hours, 10 mouths and 10 years.

If you’ve listened to books by Suzy Welch before, how does this one compare?

I have not listed to other books by Suzy Welch before.

Which scene was your favorite?

This is a self-help audio book to help get your life together. Basically, if you looking at and doing certain tasks in the short term - this book can help you create the intermediate and long term design of your life.

I really like the book because I had a similar idea when I was running and training for marathons back in the day. Overall I have run 7 marathons the most recent was about 10 years ago. I use the Galloway methodology of run/walking for a set period of time. For me and my pace group I ran for 7 minutes and walked for a set period of time - which was usually 1 minute. Run 7, walk 1. Run for 7 minutes and walk for 1 minute over and over again until you have completed one mile, two miles - 26.2 miles.

What I discovered was that I did not focus on the 26.2 miles ahead of me at the start of a training session or an actual marathon. I focused on the next 7 minuets until my walk break. When my walk break was done after a minute or so I only focused on the next 7 minutes of running at a steady strong pace.

What I discovered is that if you do something for 7 minutes with small breaks over a long period of time, you can accomplish pretty much anything. Hello, like running a marathon!

Let me be clear, I am not a marathoner. I do not have a learn body mass, like the Ethiopians or the Kenyans. I am athletic but not like your typical marathoners body which is usually really learn with not much stomach fat. I got fat. Lots of fat around the mid section.

So how do you accomplish something that you normally could not accomplish? You break it down into smaller parts. What I did while training and running marathons was I kept my body hydrated and nourished during the walk breaks and I only looked forward to the next 7 minutes. After my running days were over and I went back to walking due to a knee injury and subsequent surgery I suffered in my senior as a JMU as an outside linebacker.

I started reflecting and thinking about how to get things accomplished. I thought why not use the methodology that I used when I was running marathons to everyday life things. So that is how I got things accomplished and came up with the ideal literally 7-7-7.

Seven minutes of running lead to 7 days of training, lead to 7 months, 7 years and 7 marathons.

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painfully obvious

What would have made 10-10-10 better?

This is a one-note concept that could have been condensed into a paragraph.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Suzy Welch?

No, she narrated it adequately. There just isn't any substance.

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