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"It's who you know." "I don't have time." "I'm too old." "That's just the way I am." These crippling statements deny our power to change our lives. In this program, the celebrated author of 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself teaches you how to stop telling yourself these lies that prevent you from being your best. When you free yourself from these lies, you will break your pattern of self-deception, and begin on the road to a new, more profitable, more fulfilling life.
©2000 by Steve Chandler (P)2000 by Audio Renaissance, An Imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.

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"Chandler is insane combination of Jerry Seinfeld and Anthony Robbins." (Fred Knipe, PBS TV writer)

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Excellent Content

This book is full of great tips and insights. I didn't give the book a 5 star rating because I felt the reading could have been a little more animated. However, I have to stress that this is just a minor quibble. Once I got into it, I forgot about that and focused on the excellent and insightful content. I have already recommended this book to a few of my friends. This is definitely one that should not be passed by.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Only 17?

Had some good thoughts - many that have been around for a while and appeared in other self help books.

But with these types of books it can be just the way that its explained or justified that can make all the difference to your understanding of it.

Some aspects were well described or explained that made me think "I hadn't thought of it like that" which is all you can hope for.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Buy, Listen, Take Action

Of all the books I've read, tapes I've listened to, and workshops I've attended, this audiobook is probably the most amazing thing I've ever heard... and I thought I had heard everything. The collection of lies, while both powerful and revealing, are delivered in such as way that you likely will be smiling at some of the lies we tell ourselves, and nodding your head in agreement with others. This audiobook alone was worth my one year membership at

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • Orlando, FL, USA
  • 07-17-04

Unvarnished, honest, serious but humorous.

Chandler says that human beings delude themselves in many ways. (He especially mentions the standard kind of self-help without sacrifice books; the "Get Rich While You Sleep" books.) Becoming better than you currently are requires hard work and hard decisions, and he doesn't pretend it doesn't. This book is never boring, never indecisive. It's also not a copycat of every other self-help speaker out there. (For one thing, his voice, although clear, is not that of a great orator. He speaks like an average human being, which is very comforting.)

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Motivational, funny, direct

Looking for inspiration to get moving? Steve Chandler has done an excellent job providing it!

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Singapore, N/A, Japan
  • 03-06-04

Self Help Book Junkie

Take it from a self help book junkie. This book is a cut above the rest. Exposing the lies is the path to the truth.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Not Earth-shattering, but effective

In a world where it is very easy to get down on yourself, and then excuse yourself from action with little lies, this book exposes some of the more common lies and debunks them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Allen
  • New Milford, CT, USA
  • 05-11-05

Outstanding Piece of Work

Although in other reviews of Steve's work a few listeners have commented on his tone of voice (it is rather deep) and his delivery (he isn't as inflective as some readers), I thoroughly enjoyed listening and laughing to his dry sense of humor and his cut-to-the-chase insights. In my view, Steve's delivery is excellent, as you feel like he's right there talking to you (as opposed to simply reading the book to you). Steve's openness and candor about his own foibles makes this work even more enjoyable - as he openly admits that he has told these same lies to himself (and he provides numerous examples), and has struggled as much as (if not more than) most when it comes to getting a grip and taking responsibility for his own life. This is one audio book I plan to listen to again and again. Way to go Steve! BTW... I found a good photo and background info on Steve at

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Charles
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 04-11-13


What did you love best about 17 Lies that Are Holding You Back and the Truth that Will Set You Free?

It teaches me how to notice limiting beliefs and behaviours and how to propel myself forward in life.

What other book might you compare 17 Lies that Are Holding You Back and the Truth that Will Set You Free to and why?

The War of Art. Both of these titles are incredible to get me proactive in life.

Which scene was your favorite?

Chapter 7 Steve teaches about worrying and how to cure yourself of that disgusting habit.

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

Stop thinking like you're dying dipshit.

Any additional comments?

When I got this I thought there would be a 50% chance of returning it because I wouldn't like it.

But, I love it, once you get used to Steve's deep voice the content is very motivational.

If you're interested it's definitely worth giving a shot.

I listen to it in the morning during my coffee ritual and it goes well with the caffeine.

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  • seth
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 10-15-11

This isn't total crap... but almost.

Other reviewers listed how dull and monotone Chandler's delivery is with this book and I would agree with that. However, more than this is the limited perspective that the author himself has. He is like a dog unable to see the rainbow of possibilities because of his limited vision. Some of his information has value for those just beginning a conscious path, but for others who already have gotten these concepts, so much of it is just oversimplified and even misleadingly limiting crap.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful