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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    What an amazing journey! I lived with a Grey back in the mid 70's, wish I had know more about parrots at the time. I was a teen just out of high school, dad bought him because he always wanted one. Romeo (who later became Juliet 4 years later when she laid eggs) was creative and playful. And I've learned since then that she loved me, I didn't understand her behavior fully, there was no internet back then so i had to surmise her actions were positive towards me. She too liked to play games, such as the time I had just installed a smoke detector in the hallway outside my bathroom. her cage was about 10 feet away in the kitchen but in view of that hallway. I was in the shower when the detector went off, i was home alone. I panicked and jumped out of the shower and went into the hallway where the alarm was not going off. I was perplexed until about a minute later. Juliet imitated the alarm and followed that up with a laugh! It took her one day to learn the sound and she thought it was funny that I reacted! Smart bird. There are more things that she did too. I miss her. Thanks for taking the time to write this book, it brought back memories while learning about the intelligence, which we know better today exists in all living creatures.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    Interesting story about a scientist and the parrot who touched her so deeply not only in an academic sense, but also a humanistic one as well. They spent two decades together and formed a special and unique bond. At the end I asked myself if Alex touched Irene more deeply as a scientist or a woman. In my mind there was no doubt of the answer.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    Great story about a remarkable bird. The author's relationship with Alex is heartwarming and winningly told. The things she and Alex accomplished are amazing. I liked how well she treated her birds and that she makes clear these intelligent creatures should not be left alone as solitary pets. Her research changed the way people think about birds. After reading this I watched Alex videos on YouTube.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    This Book was AMAZING! It was enlightening and inspirational. It make man kind realize there is more than our self centered views that we are the only intelligent forms on earth. We have so much more to learn from these animals. We need to respect and share the world with them. Thank you ALEX for touching our lives. Thank you Irene for sharing your ALEX and believing in him.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    I have to admit I'm a "parrot person" so the stories of parrot behavior resonate easily with me. That said, it was very interesting to read about Alex's accomplishments (and oh, by the way, Irene Pepperberg's as well.) There's a sense of the personal and academic drama but the book doesn't get too caught up in it, focusing more on the people and the parrot of the narrative. In the end we're left wondering why there's so much desire to find intelligent life in space when we are ignoring it here on earth. I found the story engaging on multiple levels -- first the descriptions of Alex's behavior reminded of my own (late, lamented) bird, but also the sense of people working together for a common purpose reminded me of the happiest days in my life. As a factual telling, the book is sparse but as an emotive description of a period in someone's life it's rich and satisfying.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    Alex, the wise guy; Alex, the joker; Alex, the sometimes bored and resistant subject. Irene, the cross-disciplinary scientist with a quirky feathered being as principal research focus, trying to find a fit, a home, in typically rigid academic boxes. These are a few of my favorite things in reading Dr. Pepperberg's account of her life with Alex, the African Grey Parrot. Alex and Me opens and closes with the premature and unanticipated death of one of two main [email protected]#$%!&?ing us with an emotional jolt that destroys any pre-conception that we're about to read a volume that limits itself to a popularized recounting of a set of surprising and interesting scientific research findings. Throughout, Pepperberg's provides an entertaining and humanize account of her career with Alex: his display of many cognitive skills thought impossible in any such small-brained, non-mammalian subject; her professional challenges in building a niche for her studies with Alex; the trappings of growing public admiration, even love, for Alex contrasted with the constant struggles to find acceptance, employment, and research-funding to continue her work with Alex and his lab companions, both avian and human. I found this an entertaining, informative read easily absorbed during a week long vacation trip. Well worth the read, if you, too, marvel and the abilities underestimated abilities of so many of the critters with whom we share the planet. Enjoy!

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    I enjoyed the book. It made me think and reconfirmed what I see in my male will get my attention when he wants something, usually whining in a sing-song way like that is his way of "talking" to me. When I ask, "Do you want something?", his ears lift up waiting for my next words which are, "Show me."Then he leads me to the kitchen for treats, or to the door for a walk or to a toy he wants to entice me to throw to him over and over again.If I do not have time to respond, he drops to the floor like he is totally disappointed, depressed and he just "gives up."He is quite a is book about Alex further reconfirms animal 's ability to come up with an idea, then through his creativity and communication skills convey that idea to me. He shows me that we share common feelings and ways of expressing those common feelings.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    There was way too much about her childhood life and not nearly enough solid scientific information. She said the things learned by birds were influenced by what they needed in the wild but that she wasn't going to go into it! That was exactly the kind of information the book desperately needed! It wasn't about the bird itself and science, it was about her emotional life with the bird. I was very disappointed in the book. I learned little about avian intelligence and too much about her emotional life!

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    What an amazing story, don't miss reading this book! The journey of Irene and Alex's life together is so moving and inspiring, and yet another confirmation of how much we can learn from our animal friends. I could not put the book down, and when I did I was watching them on you tube videos. It's a beautiful story and so very sad when Alex passed. I fell in love with Alex, what a delightful read!

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    As well as the difficulties within academia for a talented woman and a smart parrot to gain the recognition and funding they deserved. Proof that some of the real "bird-brains" should have been knocked off their "perch" for failing to support a proposition that ran counter to their prevailing opinion. It's also a love story that ended tragically and too soon.

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    I love this book! I only [email protected]#$%! had been written about thirty-five years ago when my fifteen-year-old self so much needed it! I can identify with so much here: the craving for solitude, the introvert hangover (my maximum comfortable time at gatherings is usually about two hours), the need for deep conversation rather than chit-chat, being misunderstood (no, I'm not upset, I just need to be alone), and on and on. And Resting Sad Face! OMG. At age 50, it is a startlingly gratifying thing to realize that others have had that, too. I truly thought this was something that was simply wrong with me. LOL. For decades now, my mother has smiled at me in the company of others, reminding me to smile to look more approachable...It takes courage to care for one's self according to one's deepest needs and withstand the scrutiny of others. I have learned over years that to live as I need and want to means living within a very rich solitude and "visiting the world of people" and I have learned to smile but ignore those who want me paired off or socializing more often. One thing I am still embracing: It is not selfish to take exquisite care of my sensitivity and introversion by deciding how and when to participate in the world when others seem to be able to handle the stimulation of "normal life" with ease. A HUGE thank you to the author for this book which will surely be a classic in no time. I know you will help so many of us! Please keep writing and sharing your insights. 💐

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    Since discovering I am an introvert, I am always on the lookout for information to help me thrive in a world that does not always value my temperament. I was excited to hear that Jenn Granneman, founder of the Introvert, Dear community, wrote The Secret Life of Introverts. Compared to Quiet by Susan Cain, the The Secret Life of Introverts is lighter on the research and heavier on the practical advice. The Secret Life of Introverts clears up introvert myths, gives lots of relationship advice in addition to work and career pointers, and highlights tips for extroverts to help them understand the introverts they love. Introvert, Dear community stories and survey results as well as examples from Granneman’s own life illustrate the sensible guidance scattered throughout the book. I learned that an introvert hangover is a thing (now I have a word for that overstimulated feeling) and that there may be 4 different types of introverts (is it possible to be three at once?). Best of all, The Secret Life of Introverts reminded me that as an introvert, I need solitude, but solitude isn't just about me. The reason to guard my solitude is to make sure I get enough of it to be at my best for the people in my life.Disclosure: I asked for (and received) an advanced reader copy of The Secret Life of Introverts in exchange for my unbiased review.

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    This book provides a good explanation of both extroverts and introverts. I highly recommend it for all.

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    This book can help you to improve your strength in character and find out more interesting you can read.

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    Interesting book....a good read for introverts

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    Great insightful book.

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    On the whole, this is a decent guide for introverts who have found their temperament to be a problem for them. It's written in a peppy, accessible tone with lots of short 's oriented mainly toward people who are just getting settled in life, and it doesn't have much to offer for more mature people. For example, there's barely a mention of parenting, and there's next to nothing about interpersonal interactions besides dating, love and the office. I don't think it's meant for introverts who are already well-adjusted and who simply want to understand themselves me sections have a needlessly negative tone, such as in "Introversion doesn't have to doom you" and "Being a single introvert looking for love is hard." I've been a fairly extreme introvert for more than 50 years and never once felt it was a life sentence, and my everyday life brought me many, many opportunities for romance.

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    As a mental health therapist I really enjoy how Granneman is able to discuss the differences in the brain between introverts and extroverts in a highly accessible way. I've already recommended her book to several of my clients. An enjoyable, enlightening and affirming read!

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    As an introvert, I have been branded as shy, reticent, snobbish, and easily upset. I have always been puzzled by how people see me, as I am none of those things. This book is helping me to counter those false perceptions, and I am learning many new things about myself. I am especially fascinated with the connection between dopamine and extroversion. The author includes many helpful features, including self assessments to test the type of introvert one might be, and side notes to extroverts who are reading the book to understand the introverts in their lives. This is truly for the introverts out there seeking a greater understanding of themselves. A remarkable book.

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    As an current MBTI trainer/practitioner and a former mental health counselor, I have read a great many books on personality and temperament, and this is a wonderful book for introverts who want to understand themselves, as well as extroverts who are trying to understand the introverts in their lives. The book gives a great mix of research, the author's experiences, and stories from other introverts. It is written with a hefty dose of good old humanity and a side of delightful quirkiness that make the book both enjoyable and relatable. I will definitely recommend this book to clients and friends who could benefit from a written opinion on how normal and, dare I say, awesome it is to be an introvert!

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    Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success [Book]  2018-2-1 18:0

    I wasn't sure if I should give this book 3 or 4 stars, so bear in mind it could have been 4 star. I chose 3 because much of the premise has already been out there for ages. It's a very positive and helpful point that if you decide you want to change something about your life to create an environment which supports this. However this is the first suggestion made for decades for anyone wanting to change their eating habits ( clean out the cupboards! throw away all the junk food! have prepared healthy snacks ready!...want to quit smoking ( drinking?) ? throw out all the ashtrays! don't hang out with your smoking ( or drinking) buddies, do something different when you usually smoke ( or drink), complete a puzzle, go for a walk volunteer etc etc etc..... on another level this was also a premise I was told when starting in the workforce ( a looonnnggg time ago) " dress for success" remember that? Dress and act as how you mean to end up. So nothing there was new or revolutionary, unless of course, the person reading this is very young and has never had any unhealthy vices they wish to stop....What I did appreciate was the thought of stretching yourself, of taking on a task or doing something you don't feel you are quite ready for. That's great advice, if you want to do a good job or be successful you will have to focus and put more energy into it, which will keep you mindful and aware and you'll grow. It helps if you can find a mentor but really, I've known very few people who were fortunate to have one. I also thought the idea of changing up your routine even a bit was a good idea, take a different route to work e book was engaging, easy to read - which means it's likely to get read - and did have helpful suggestions/points. I just felt quite a bit of it was a reworking of what most people already know, but I could be mistaken about that.

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    Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success [Book]  2018-2-1 18:0

    Self-help books are only as good as the individual reading them. To paraphrase the main idea in Dr. Benjamin Hardy’s Willpower Doesn’t Work, our environments determine our success, and we can change our environment to either help or hinder our us, if you read this book and make the necessary changes as prescribed, you’re likely to make some positive changes in your life. If you read this book with a pessimistic attitude, or comprehend the lesson but fail to apply it, you’re going to end up right where you were before you read this book. And so it goes.Hardy’s book is a relatively easy read, a big plus for self-help books, because it doesn’t get too bogged down in scientific theory or textbook verbiage. That’s not to say that a simple book is best when seeking to change one’s life, or that this book is superficial by any means. But, there is a level of advantage to keeping the reader interested. It takes some writing skill to make one’s research accessible to a broad audience, and Hardy has a conversational, smooth tone to his ditionally, the research appears to be sound, and it is a surprisingly simple refutation of the adage that all one needs is to “want” to change in order to achieve change. Even sheer hard work alone may not be enough if one constantly has to overcome the environmental obstacles that may be a bigger hindrance than one’s desire for reaching a goal. Packed with plenty of anecdotes that show how subtly we may be sabotaging our own best interest, Hardy demonstrates that merely wanting change, or even working toward it might not be enough. Moreover, he lays out comprehensive plan for getting you into your highest potential environment.I’m not a big fan of self-help books because I tend to cynically think that, like fad diets, the only one’s benefiting are the people behind the product. Additionally, much of the writing is merely common sense. Then again, it’s common sense that we often ignore until we find our lives needing to adjust our thinking. This book came at such a time for me, and it hit me with a lot of impact and profundity. At a time in my life when my second divorce is happening, I have the perfect opportunity to make some changes in my life, and Willpower Doesn’t Work will serve as a good tool to have for the road ahead. Recommended for people seeking change that is achievable. It’s still early in 2018. Those New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be abandoned yet. Change your mind and read this book.

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    Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success [Book]  2018-2-1 18:0

    Ever made a New Year’s resolution you didn’t (couldn’t) keep? Ever joined a gym or weight loss program and failed to get the results you were looking for? Read a self-help book, attended a transformational workshop or seminar only to find the promised results were not forthcoming?You probably were relying on willpower. According to Benjamin Hardy, PhD, author of Willpower Doesn’t Work, relying on willpower dooms you to failure.“Social norms are more powerful at controlling your behavior than your deepest ideologies and desires. A person’s life is a product of the social norms around them.” What this means is that your environment is more powerful than your intentions. If you want to change, then you need to change your cording to Dr. Hardy, “Environmental design is your greatest responsibility.”If you are looking to make positive, permanent change in your life, this book will give you the tools and the framework for making those changes.Dr. Hardy goes deep into the psychology of change and human behavior. He writes from personal experience and years of research and psychological e book is written in a very conversational tone. Although it covers deep, complex subjects – human behavior is one of the most complex there is – his writing is clear and concise. He takes the complex and makes it straightforward. He provides plenty of real life examples to illustrate his e writing is well research and he frequently quotes/references other authorities in the e bottom line is this. “You can change. But you must change your environment.” The book is both educational, insightful and informative. It is inspirational. But achieving the desired results requires a different approach. Dr. Hardy gives the reader a blueprint. You still have to change your environment.

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    Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success [Book]  2018-2-1 18:0

    I enjoyed reading this book. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I like the approach change the author takes to being successful....whatever definition of success works for you. The basis of the book is that willpower doesn't work and there is a better approach to success. The better approach is understanding how environments can influence our life, our wellness, happiness, and success. I think we all know this but often don't think about it, instead just trying to will our way to success and happiness. When you think about it, environments do very much matter. Why is it that a NFL coach can succeed at one team and not at another? There are different variables of each environment that allow each of us to succeed or fail. The author highlights the need to change environments to achieve your potential. The author talks about taking a break from your daily environment and going to a new environment to relax, recharge, and to have your best clarity and thoughts occur. I find this to be very true. I often find that when in the routing of work, home, and general life, my ability to see outside of that environment is very difficult. Yet, when I travel and I'm away from the environment, my thoughts, ideas, and life clarity improve. With the weight of your routine environments in the way you fall into a pattern that is difficult to break. The author goes into detail how to create the environments you need to be successful.Overall, I enjoyed the book and liked the different approach of not only focusing on what changes you have to make to be successful, to what changes to your environment you need to make to be successful. The book is an easy read with enough information to get you thinking about your environment and approach to success.

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    Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success [Book]  2018-2-1 18:0

    This book gives new insight into an old topic: Self Control. It gave me reason to rethink some of my presuppositions and explained why I have experienced a burst of creative energy associated with the new studio I'm building (better envroment=better productivity+mental health). While some of the tips and ideas were basically common sense it was good to cut through the clutter and remind myself what really e best idea for me was the concept of Forcing Functions. You engineer your life so that you are more prone to comply with goals than defy your best interest. For example, if you rented a workspace within walking distance of your home you would be more prone to walk every day to work thus having a built-in compulsory exercise program. I really like the concept and have since built some very effective Forcing Functions into my bit of advice, that you have 5 people around you who are helping you be your best self was a tough one for me. My friends are currently all struggling–some of them are very difficult to be around. I'm going to be there for them no matter what (or until they self-destruct) but how do I find like-minded people to become friends with in this busy age? I sense that this is a great way to move forward with my life but this topic will take some more reflection to come up with a solution. Nevertheless, these tips, whether easy or hard to accomplish, are better known that ignored. Overall one of the best books on self-improvement I have read.

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    Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success [Book]  2018-2-1 18:0

    I have been battling with depression and anxiety for years now. I have tried everything from counseling to hypnotherapy , and nothing seemed to work. My husband got me this book and suggested that I take it one day at a time and try to apply it to my life. The basis of the book is simple- change your environment to change your life. The tips are practical and the book is very easy to read and understand. I made small steps and tried to rewire how I usually approach situations. I can say that this book has made a positive impact in my life. I don’t feel as anxious as I usually do and feel more in control of my life. I read the book in small bits every day and would try to apply it. It really made a difference. I feel much happier and content. I still have setbacks every now and then, but this books makes it easy to get back on track.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    If you want to separate yourself from the crowd by accomplishing important things or if you want your team/organization to accomplish important things, Deep Work has what it takes to go to the next level. A must read for our email/social media burdened world. Here are my “top 15” takeaways from deep work. If you multi task, jump to number 15. :-).1. Spend enough time in a state of frenetic shallowness and you permanently reduce your capacity to perform deep work..2. I build my days around a core of carefully chosen deep work, with the shallow activities I absolutely cannot avoid batched into smaller bursts at the peripheries of my schedule..3. Two Core Abilities for Thriving in the New Economy 1. The ability to quickly master hard things. 2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed..4. High-Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) x (Intensity of Focus).5. Busyness as Proxy for Productivity: In the absence of clear indicators of what it means to be productive and valuable in their jobs, many knowledge workers turn back toward an industrial indicator of productivity: doing lots of stuff in a visible manner..6. Depth-destroying behaviors such as immediate e-mail responses and an active social media presence are lauded, while avoidance of these trends generates suspicion..7. “Who you are, what you think, feel, and do, what you love— is the sum of what you focus on.”.8. You don’t need a rarified job; you need instead a rarified approach to your work..9. You have a finite amount of willpower that becomes depleted as you use it. …The key to developing a deep work habit is to move beyond good intentions and add routines and rituals to your working life designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower necessary to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration..10. … the minimum unit of time for deep work in this philosophy tends to be at least one full day. To put aside a few hours in the morning, for example, is too short to count as a deep work stretch for an adherent of this approach..11. Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets… it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done..12. At the end of the workday, shut down your consideration of work issues until the next morning— no after-dinner e-mail check, no mental replays of conversations, and no scheming about how you’ll handle an upcoming challenge; shut down work thinking completely. If you need more time, then extend your workday, …trying to squeeze a little more work out of your evenings might reduce your effectiveness the next day enough that you end up getting less done than if you had instead respected a shutdown..13. for a novice, somewhere around an hour a day of intense concentration seems to be a limit, while for experts this number can expand to as many as four hours— but rarely more..14. The ability to concentrate intensely is a skill that must be trained..15. So we have scales that allow us to divide up people into people who multitask all the time and people who rarely do, and the differences are remarkable. People who multitask all the time can’t filter out irrelevancy. They can’t manage a working memory. They’re chronically distracted. They initiate much larger parts of their brain that are irrelevant to the task at hand… they’re pretty much mental wrecks.Dr. James T Brown, Author, The Handbook of Program Management, McGraw-Hill

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    Deep Work is the execution/tactical companion to Newport's last book, So Good They Can't Ignore You and it doesn't ese books should be taken together as a whole because they give you the WHAT, the WHY and the HOW for being an elite knowledge Good they Can't Ignore you shows you why building valuable and rare skills, which Newport calls "career capital" is the number one most important thing for finding a job you love (not "finding your passion"). Building that capital allows you to find a job where you can have creative control over your work and more control over your time, which allows you to do "deep work," aka deliberate practice (and the 10,000 hour rule for expertise, Gladwell, Ericsson and others). There are also 2 other factors, choosing a domain or mission or project where you will have a postive impact on the world, and choosing to work with people who you like being around, which aren't covered much but Newport assumes you should be able to figure out on your mmary of what you need to be So Good They Can't Ignore You1. Rare and valuable skills (aka career capital)2. Creative control over projects3. Control over your time (which allows you to do deep work, virtuous cycle)4. Work that has a positive impact on the world5. Working with people you enjoy being withHere's the formula:-Use deep work to learn fast and build up rare and valuable skills.-Then apply these rare and valuable skills to the right projects so that you can build up career capital.-Then cash in the career capital to get more creative and time control over your job.-All the while, try to pick jobs and projects that have a positive impact and allow you to work with good people.-However, these are usually also things that you need to trade in your career capital (rare skills and experience using them) in order to maximize.-Don't try to save the world or have a big impact until you have the career capital to match. Otherwise you will probably fail. You have to earn all these perks via building career capital by using deep Good They Can't Ignore You doesn't spend much time explaining how to actually implement deep work (deliberate practice) into you life. It tells you to focus deeply, stretch yourself cognitively and get constant high quality feedback on your work/at's where Deep Work comes in. Deep Work shows you exactly WHY deep work is so important (as opposed to Shallow Work), especially for modern knowledge workers, and why the way most people work, with constant interruptions from social media, email and their phones, is holding most knowledge workers back from being successful and competitive in today's job e first part of the book argues for why Deep Work is important. If you have already bought into the idea, you can skim this part, but I found the examples and people he featured to be very interesting so it's worth a read. Just don't expect a lot of tactics until part apter 1 explains why deep work is VALUABLE. Our economy is changing, and the days of doing the same thing over and over for 40 years until you retire are over. Newport lays out an interesting theory for 3 types of workers, Superstars, Owners and High Skill Workers and makes a convincing and important argument for the importance in the future of being able to work at higher levels of abstraction and work with intelligent this chapter he also makes a case for the two critical skills for knowledge workers:1. Learning Quickly2. Producing at an Elite LevelThis conclusion informs the rest of the book. If you want to be good at these two skills, the most important thing to be good at is deep apter 2 focuses on why deep work is RARE. He shows how distractions are becoming more and more common for knowledge workers, and that attention is becoming more and more fractures. Newport makes a good case for how complex knowledge work is often hard to measure, so managers measure busyness instead of output that relates to bottom line results (KPIs). Busyness as a vanity metric. People end up optimizing for looking busy instead of getting real work done, and everybody plays along with this apter 3 goes into why deep work is MEANINGFUL. Meaning is a key part of Newport's argument because the whole book links back to the Passion vs. Rare Skills debate…which is a better strategy for finding a job you love? If the job isn't meaningful, then deep work doesn't fully answer the question of how to best find a job you love. Newport give 3 theories on why deep work is meaningful, a psychological, neurological and a philosophical at's it for part Part 2, Newport tells you how to implement deep work into your day to day life with 4 le 1 gives you a bunch of strategies and examples of how to integrate deep work into your schedule. He offers different strategies depending on what kind of work you do. The Grand Gestures part of this chapter is really good, you learn about Bill Gates Think Week and same famous authors who go to secluded islands or build cabins to get a lot of deep work done when necessary. There is also a section here on execution using the 4 Disciplines from Clayton Christensen's work. The point on lead vs. lag measures is really le 2 covers the idea of embracing boredom. Newport gives a number of strategies for doing two important things: improving your ability to focus and eliminating your desire for distraction. At first these seem like the same thing but Newport explains why they are actually two different skills. For example, someone who is constantly switching between social media and infotainment sites can block off time for deep work but they won't be able to focus if they can't control their desire to always have instant gratification and constant stimulus. The point about making deep work your default, and scheduling shallow work in between is also a game le 3 is about social media sites and infotainment sites. This rule isn't as strategic as the other ones, it's mostly about making a side argument that these networking sites aren't as important is you think they are. He gives some good strategies for measuring what sites and services you should include in your day to day life based on the total collection of all the positive and negative effects. This sort of critical thinking and measurement usually doesn't get applied to these kind of le 4 is about draining the shallows, meaning going through the process of eliminating as much as possible shallow work from your daily schedule. This is more tactical chapter, (This and Rule 1 are the most useful of the 4) you learn how to plan out your day, how to stop from bringing your work home with you with an end of day ritual and how to manage your email so that you cut down on the amount of time you spend in your inbox each day. There is also a strategy for how to talk to your boss about deep work so you can get permission to re-arrange your schedule to be more productive.Overall Thoughts:This book, and Newport's previous book So Good They Can't Ignore You, are some of the most important books you will read on planning your st people spend little to no time on these decisions, or just go with the flow or with how other people approach things, even though this planning process will affect the next 4 to 5 decades of their st people's thinking is still stuck in the industrial economy way of thinking…it makes sense thought, our education system is also stuck in this way of thinking. Deep work gives you a solid, actionable plan and doesn't leave anything out that I can think of.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    I have generally been a fan of Cal's work, but had a mixed view on this book. TL DR: It has some good actionable steps, but with a lot of fluff about being more counter-culture and revolutionary than it is or needs to e Good1. Cal highlights actionable ways to 1) increase concentration and focus and 2) produce more work output. He specifically delineates between "shallow" low priority work and "deep" high-priority, high-payoff work and ways to identify which types of work fall into which category.2. Cal anticipates more of the (valid) objections and nuances to his thesis than I've seen him do previously. I thought his discussions on professions like CEOs that might not be deep-work appropriate, different ways to think about what social media improves your life, and going off-schedule to pursue an insight made the book much more well-rounded and connected to e Not-so-good1. The book is written as if it's presenting "a new, flashy, grand theory of everything". It's not that. The idea of working in a deep, focused manner isn't a new one or one that would shock people (as the book's extensive citations show). But the book puts up a very intense battle against an army of straw men. I don't think you'd find anyone who disagrees with the general notion of working intensely on your priorities; it's making your life conducive to it (and getting done what you aim to get done when you sit down) that's the hard part. So the book feels more to me like ideas you'd share with friends about how to be more productive than a revolutionary new idea, but you have to wade through *pages* of why this is *life-changing* and *flashy* to get to the more useful actionable steps.2. I think that deep work is a very large umbrella term that could be broken down. For example, the way in which brainstorming or writing an academic paper stretches your brain is very different from the way in which editing a paper (p. 228) stretches your brain. Cal identifies all of these as deep work, but more thought on how you attack very different types of deep work would be helpful. For example, the open-ended process of generating an idea and getting it on to paper requires a different process than the mind-numbing tedium of final paper edits. I would have liked more thinking through the "initial attack" and then the "follow-through".

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    I picked up the book because I could completely relate to the headline, and I was really impressed. This book has made me more conscious about how I work, read, and engage with Newport makes a solid case for a more focused work-life. The single most important change you can make in your working habits is to develop the ability to sustain great patience and focus to develop deep, creative ere’re two problems with the prevalence of the new distracting technologies and the current distracted state of our culture. We obviously need to learn how to use devices and apps more consciously so that we don't wire our brains to crave distractions. But we also need to train our attention muscle by working for longer stretches of time without interrupting ourselves to check messages, social media or surf the e quality of your work is to a large extent a function of how well you sustain longer stretches of time in deep work. Newport’s advice for us is to block off chunks of time every day to intensely concentrate on creative or analytical work with the phone and e-mail off.Another great advice is to not judge your day by the details of what you actually produced and the progress you made, but how well you executed the process of deep work.But Newport’s point is not only relevant to work in terms of producing. It’s equally valid for setting aside undistracted time for thinking and evaluating our lives. Not many of us take the time to do this.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    Another excellently plotted book on work by the meticulous Cal Newport. The first section, which lays out the rationale for what he's calling "deep work" (the kind of work that requires concentrated thought in a distraction-free environment, and that produces gains/results not easily replicable), is almost too long if you've been (shallow-tasking and) keeping up with the popular literature around this. (That's assuming you don't share my personal experience of watching an ability to apply concentrated effort evaporate—use it or lose it!) I wanted at that second section, which, as promised, lays out a series of prescriptions for carving out the time and developing the thought muscles necessary for this intellectually rigorous life.I think it's a must-read for knowledge workers, especially ones at the beginning of their careers. At the risk of sounding ageist, I do think that at a certain point in one's life, especially if one [email protected]#$%! it hard in one's 20s, 30s, 40s, one is willing to trade a little future glory for present Netflix.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    I'm a sign business owner and musician, and I bought this book because I'd like to make more of the time I have, I never have enough for my music. I am always distracted. I heard about it on NPR, and was intrigued. I'm about halfway through, and I've already decided that I will probably re-read it in the future, it is wonderfully inspiring. I enjoy the author's style of writing very much. It is enjoyable to read, the concepts are very clear, and it is already having a positive effect on my work. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I hope that I can all 3 of my teenage girls to read it. It's the kind of read that is a life-changer.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    Cal Newport's Deep Work is a short but excellent book on how to work in a very focused, productive way. It is an antidote to "open offices," social media and smartphone distractions, and other factors that have become commonplace the last few years. It has many good examples and suggestions for focusing and more effective "Deep Work" for the ep Work has a few weaknesses. Like most self-help books, it uses a lot of exceptional examples -- Theodore Roosevelt did this, Carl Jung did that -- rather than more systematic surveys and data to make its' case. Although I believe the notion of "Deep Work" is mostly valid, it is vaguely defined, a weakness it shares with K Anders Ericsson's "Deliberate Practice" (famously popularized by Malcolm Gladwell).

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    Cal Newport's work is essential to understand in a world becoming continually distracted. He explains a way of life that usually only writers, philosophers, and artists are familiar with. In doing so, he extracts that way of life unfamiliar to most and makes it accessible for everyone. This is the practice of deep work. The practice of deep work will help anyone manage their time better and drain the shallows of distractive habits that the mind becomes accustomed to, constantly checking email or social media, for example. Deep work ultimately is a lifestyle design philosophy that works for people who are especially creative. Yet I don't think that deep work is just for "knowledge workers" as Cal postulates. I feel it is for everyone. I believe athletes, artists, and people with ordinary jobs will benefit from this book. Essential reading for anyone in the modern world.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    To what: Master the art of (quickly) learning complicated thingsSo that why: To gain an edge in our economy and to enjoy the linkage between attention and happinessBy means of how:a. “move beyond good intentions and add routines and rituals to your working life designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower necessary to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration”b. Monastic deep work = isolating yourself from shallow obligations; Bimodal deep work = divide your time between monastic isolation and shallow obligations; journalistic deep work = shifting back and forth during the day (works in only the rarest of cases)c. “the single best piece of advice I can offer to anyone trying to do creative work is to ignore inspiration”d. Your ritual needs to ensure your brain gets the support it needs to keep operating (esp. coffee, food, exercise, rest)e. Keep a public scoreboard of progress, leading indicator(s), toward your goalf. “At the end of the workday, shut down your consideration of work issues until the next morning”g. Move tasks out of your mind and onto a to-do list (paper or electronic)h. “Schedule in advance when you’ll use the Internet, and then avoid it altogether outside these times.”i. “As in mindfulness meditation, you must continue to bring your attention back to the problem at hand when it wanders or stalls”j. “drop the need for a weekly status meeting in preference for results-driven reporting”k. “send fewer e-mails and ignore those that aren’t easy to process”When:a. Build a habit with a set starting time that you use every day for deep workb. “map out when I’ll work deeply during each week at the beginning of the week, and then refine these decisions, as needed, at the beginning of each day”c. Deliberate practice: Start with an hour a day and build to “Three to four hours a day, five days a week, of uninterrupted and carefully directed concentration” in combination with “feedback so you can correct your approach”d. “the minimum unit of time for deep work in this philosophy tends to be at least one full day. To put aside a few hours in the morning, for example, is too short to count as a deep work”e. “perhaps once or twice a month, take a period of two to four days to become completely monastic.”f. “Don’t Take Breaks from Distraction. Instead Take Breaks from Focus”; Be comfortable being bored; idleness is essential to mental recoveryg. “Schedule Every Minute of Your Day”h. “If you’re not sure how long a given activity might take, block off the expected time, then follow this with an additional block that has a split purpose. If you need more time for the preceding activity, use this additional block to keep working on it. If you finish the activity on time, however, have an alternate use already assigned for the extra block”Where:a. “Your ritual needs to specify a location for your deep work efforts.”b. Ensure regularity in WHERE you do deep workc. Avoid shared workspaces when doing deep work

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    I love Cal Newport's work, am a longtime reader of his blog and his previous book, "So Good They Can't Ignore You", and this book was no exception. I took copious notes throughout the book and highly recommend it to anyone in a technical field, or in any kind of creative endeavor whatsoever. Even if you think you're not working in a field that requires deep work, think again. Newport's convincing arguments for the value of deep work and its importance in our automation-leaning economy are compelling. Do you think you can't be outsourced or your work mechanized? In the coming years, as other authors have argued (cf. Dan Pink's book, Thinking on The Right Side of the Brain among others), the value of humans as employees will increasingly rely on our ability to come up with creative, deep insights that are still beyond the reach of machine intelligence or low-paid individuals in developing countries. And we will definitely not be paid for reading and responding to our Newport shows the way to a better work environment where you are contributing results that can't easily be replicated without only beef with the book, and one that I've struggled with in all of Newport's materials, is that his advice seems particularly suited for people who know what they want to achieve and what goals to set their sights on. It is less helpful for those of us who are "Renaissance Souls" (see The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life-A Creative and Practical Guide) and wired more like Benjamin Franklin than Mozart. The irony is that even as Cal Newport strongly recommends picking one thing and focusing solely on it, he himself has been extremely successful in both his main focus - his academic career - and his "side interest", his business/blog/books. I found little advice on how to bring the concept of Deep Work to bear on multiple at caveat aside, the final score is still definitely a 5 star rating. Highly recommended.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    This is by far the most inspiring book that I've read all year (and I've read a lot of them)! It was interesting and funny, and has inspired me to get off my duff and start putting one foot in front of the other on a journey towards living out Christ's love in my life. No doubt, I will read this book again, and again; and will surely buy copies for my friends and loved ones to read! Thank you Bob for sharing your stories, and most of all leaking Jesus!

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    What a wonderful book full of love, living life and freedom to follow your pathLove the stories and how real Bob makes living a life worthy of being a Jesus follower yet challenging to do something with what you have been givenEndless possibilities

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    I'm moved beyond words by the simple way "Love Does" suggests we live from day to day. Loving others , connecting through relationship, giving of oneself freely, this is what love does.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    Very easy to read and very light. Definitely inspiring.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    This is a great book. It was recommended by a friend. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It is a book that plays with your emotions. I found myself laughing, crying and thinking about all the different ways I could make a bigger impact on the people around me. Bob Goff is an inspiration!

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    What an awesome book. Bob Goff made each chapter personal & showed how we are connected with the Old & New Testaments characters. Our story is in HIS story. My son is a graduate of Pepperdine University so Bob's book is even more special to me. I passed "Love Does" on to one of my Pastors to read & told many, many others about it. My Sunday school teacher's wife told me about it, which the very next day I bought one. Now I'm buying more because everyone should read it. His book is a great Evangelistic tool & he does it all in love. WOW! I love this book; if I had to rate it, "Love Does" would be a 10. GOD has blessed Bob Goff w/a brilliant mind; may you always use it for HIS glory.Blessed,Carol Glenn

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    Bob is a wonderful storyteller. His style is clever, engaging and down right entertaining. But the best part of this book is that you catch Bob's personal heart - wanting others to experience Jesus and the life changing effects of Jesus' love when we are willing to get up out of our pews and BE MOVED by HIM! This book will change you. Thank you for writing it Bob. Hope I can write you my own "Love Does" story someday soon.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    I loved this book and learned a lot of valuable lessons from it. I read many of the reviews and was really surprised at how many mentioned Bob Goff's wealth as something negative in his life. I wonder if the young people in those jails in Uganda that received a fair trial and were freed feel the same way...obviously not. Jesus had some rich friends and enjoyed their hospitality. Lazarus, for instance was wealthy. Second, I never got the impression that Goff invites us to do what he has done; he actually stresses the idea of each person being who God created them to be and devotes a whole chapter on that. He just tells us what he does with the love he has in his heart and invites us to be doers as well, not hearers only. As for writing to famous people, it's not as outlandish as it sounds. I corresponded with a famous author years ago and wrote to a Prince. I got a warm reply. Not all famous people are as aloof as we think they are. I find Bob Goff's book amazing and it convinced me to lighten up and stop holding grudges or being afraid to be myself. This book is worth reading; it's funny, light, serious, entertaining and traces one man's adventures with love in action.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    This is not a theological tome. In fact, Bob's pretty much against that sort of thing. One of his memorable lines in the book is about wanting to be part of a "Bible doing" group rather than a "Bible study" group. He's the kind of guy that just likes to do stuff, with great love (thus the book title).The book is a series of short digestible vignettes told by a man who has made himself extraordinarily available and vulnerable, as a lifestyle choice for himself and his family. Each one drew me in to the next, and because they are short, made it easy to pick up and put down. The book and Bob's life witness make me wish I could live a little more freely, a little more whimsically, with less anxiety and more love. I've heard Bob speak to a small audience and he talks even more animatedly than he writes. He really does live out the advice he gives in his book. He's the real anks Bob for this gift of a book, which encouraging even the most jaded cynic to live a life abandoned to God's love.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    I can't really do this book justice in a review. Bob very clearly executes in relating what his title simply states: Love Does. He draws the reader into life, love and adventure, sharing incredible & whimsical, yet simple stories. Many times, as I read Love Does, my wife and kids would ask me why I was laughing or crying as I read & many times, I found myself reading them chapters of Bob's great adventures in response. My reading has turned in to wonderful discussions with my family and has inspired us to pursue some new capers of our own.If you've ever wondered if there is any purpose in life beyond the daily drag, or if ordinary people can in fact make a difference, pick this book up and dive in. Warning- you will be challenged and just might make the decision to do something crazy that others won't really understand after reading this. Do it still, breaking free from the ordinary just might be worth it after all.

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    I am not a sports person. Period. My husband and/or son ritually explain the rules of each game to me at the beginning of every season, not because I can't remember them, but simply because it's information that I can't apply elsewhere, so poof, it disappears at season's end never to return except in the vaguest of recollections. If offsides meant the same thing in every sport, that would help. Also, shouldn't defense mean defending ownership of the ball? I realize that half of the readers of this review have stopped reading in sheer disgust by now, but I wanted to drive home the fact that...this is not a book about sports, or solely for sports my immense surprise, I could not put this book down. It is phenomenally well-written, so well written in fact that I want to get a subscription to the WSJ so I can keep reading what this author writes. The amount of research, outlined by the author at the beginning of the book, is so staggering that I found myself compelled to find out what that amount of research could yield. Although the title of the book seems to give that away, there is so much more to learn than simply e principles that unfold in each chapter are those that can be extended into so many areas of life and business for women and men alike, which on balance makes a whole lot of sense, but is not always in-your-face obvious. When I lamented to friends that I wasn't sure about my son wanting to play college sports, those who owned some very successful and prominent businesses wasted no time telling me that a resume with "team captain" of any sport on it automatically pushed that candidate to the top of the list of potential is book made the reasoning behind that crystal clear."The Captain Class" initially piqued my interest mostly because my son was captain of his high school and college lacrosse teams and I suppose I wanted to have more insight into what that position entailed than I had as a "sports mom" who went to the games, but had know idea what anyone out on the field was that...and also because of the chapter on the Steelers which no self-respecting Pittsburgh-born person could pass up.

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    Every so often, I come across a non-fiction book that is so well written that it becomes as impossible to put down as a first-rate spy thriller. The Captain Class meets that rare standard. After reading a few pages, I cast aside a pretty good novel I was half-way through so I could focus on what Sam Walker had to say. His theory, distilled from painstaking research on the most successful teams in the history of sports, is startling in its simplicity. Walker came away from his research convinced that these freakishly successful teams shared one, and only one common factor: each team included a captain who displayed a rare set of character qualities that transformed the team into something extraordinary.What's really surprising is that this "Captain Class" includes few athletes who received public recognition as superstars, and in the rare cases when they did receive media attention, invariably shunned it. Indeed these captains often displayed characteristics that many would consider antisocial, often content to serve unglamorous supporting roles on their teams and prone toward stubborn, opportunistic behavior that furthered their one goal: a winning spite the convincing case that Walker makes for selecting the right captain, it appears that many of today's teams are discarding captaincy as a purposeless relic and putting all of their resources into attracting star players and high-profile coaches. If more owners and general managers read this book, it may cause them to pay attention to this special class of overlooked leader. As Walker observes, businesses also benefit from having a captain in their midst who is willing to champion unpopular positions and take bold actions for the greater good of the l in all, a terrific read, chock full of important leadership lessons for any organization that strives to be the best.

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    The Captain Class is many different genres trying to fit into one book. On the one hand it is a serious and sober examination of sports dynasties and how they come to be. This is of course an impossible task undertake, but Sam Walker takes a very logical and serious look at the topic. It is also a primer for what makes something like a sports dynasty come alive and breathe and succeed. It is also a book on leadership and what makes a leader in the sports uth be told, I feel like he succeeded in all of his missions but the important part is that he did not go down some well-trod paths. For that I am eternally rt I of the book describes the process by which he takes all the successful sports teams, from many time periods, from almost all sports, and he applies various sieves to disqualify candidates so that he has a manageable number of candidates to analyze. This alone is a large job, and a contentious one that would involve just about every denizen of every sports bar and pub the world over. I won’t get into his process, needless to say it will be the start of many a conversation, and his reasoning and explanation should be read and thought over by the e author comes up with sixteen teams. Sixteen iconic teams that the author labeled as his Tier One teams; by the way, he helpfully lists the Tier One teams and the Tier two teams in the appendix of the book, i.e. those teams that barely missed being tier one. This appendix will be well thumbed in the future by this e next daunting task is to examine at all the teams and to come to a conclusion as what made these teams Tier one, what drove them to being so salient amongst the many, which factor defined the success of that team. This is yet another impossible task, one that will also be debated ad infinitum. Once again, the author does an admirable and thoughtful job of considering a large number of factors and then writing an erudite defense of his analysis. Again, this is argument fodder amongst the denizens of the bars and pubs as well as the denizens of board rooms, think tanks, B schools, and consulting firms.His conclusion is that what drives the bus for these teams, are the captains of these teams, a throwback position in our entitlement society, a society that disdains hierarchy and a position that serves the greater good of the team. He explains why he moved past the mythical and iconoclastic belief in the coach, or the idolatry of the superstar athlete and settled on the water carrying captain. Again, I won’t repeat his arguments from the book because he does a much better job than I ever will, since he carried the water for the book and I think his argument, the way he phrased it, is important for the reader to absorb and rt II of the book lists seven qualities that the author feel are unique and defining for a Tier one captain. He describes in depth, using anecdotes and extensive interviews with those captains, the unique and critical qualities that make these men and women so very successful and so very unique. Each chapter is a cogent explanation of each quality that the author feels is crucial for the success of each of these rt III is the counterexample. The story of the Tier 2 captains, who had all the necessary qualities, except for that one critical quality which doomed them to Tier 2 rather than Tier 1, a cautionary e well-trod path that the author did not go down is the path of the ubiquitous and trite path of the vast majority of business books. This book could very easily have become a mish mash retelling of the same points and sold as a formulaic recipe for success. The bane of the modern day business world is this formulaic grinding out of uninteresting and useless tomes detailing simplistic recitations of some Powerpoint m Walker has too much respect for the subject; more importantly, he appreciates the complexity and coupled nature of the successful captaincy. He has lain out what he feels is super salient about these captains and he is smart enough to not lead the reader to believe that the results of the great captain can be duplicated simplistically. He leaves it to us to try to put the facts together, to think about the ramifications of what we can do to develop those seven qualities, either for ourselves or as a coach or teacher for a I finished the book, I was actually hoping for some pithy summation for my convenience, but in the end, I was grateful that he avoided the clichéd business school content. Now I can think deeply and critically on his be fair, the author does reiterate the major points that he wanted to make at the end of each chapter, but it is a re-statement of the argument and not a how-to guide.Whether you are a sports fan, a coach, a consultant, or anyone having to do with developing people into leaders, this is an excellent and challenging addition to your library.

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    This is one of the best books I've read. I've worked as a teacher and coach for about a decade and have transitioned into the field of sport psychology over the last five years or so. With that, I do a lot of reading on different concepts within sports, coaching, sport psych, pop psych, etc. The concepts of culture and leadership have become big buzz topics in the sports world, and there is a lot of fluff out there. What I loved about this book is it fights through the fluff with years of intensive research on the world's greatest athletic teams of all time to provide a fantastic read incorporating stories, well-explained research, and substantive takeaways. It's outstanding and will be a great read for you if you're a coach, athlete, parent, or just a fan of sports. This will be one of those books that stands the test of time in the field of sports and coaching. Hope you give it a shot and enjoy!

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    The premise is simple, but it’s still well worth reading the book for all the fascinating and readable information about the key factor in making a successful team, whether in sports or elsewhere in life.When you watch sports, there are sometimes almost magical elements that come together and get a team a championship. But what about those teams that can reproduce that magic and be successful over time? Sam Walker makes the case that it’s a particular type of strong leader that is the key to “freakish” sustained success. This leader isn’t necessarily the best athlete on the team, the highest paid or the most though I was interested in Walker’s thesis, what I wondered most of all before I read the book is what are the teams Walker uses as his case studies in the book. First of all, he set himself the task of defining his criteria for identifying the world’s best sports teams. He did it by asking three questions:1. What qualifies as a team? Walker decided it had to have five or more members; the members must interact with an opponent (so, not sports like rowing, cycling, gymnastics); and the members must work together (not golf, wrestling or boxing, even when they are organized as competitive teams).2. How to you separate the wheat from the chaff? Walker decided to include only teams playing major sports against the world’s top competitors and achieving success over many years.3. What qualifies as freakish? Walker wanted his finalists to not just be regular dynasties, but to be freakishly excellent. He considered lots of statistical tests, but finally decided to ask whether the team had enough opportunity to prove itself and then to put together a record that stands l that background being described in a few pages, here’s what Walker came up with for his list of the world’s most elite teams:Collingwood Magpies, 1927-1930 (Australian rules football)New York Yankees, 1949-1953 (Baseball)Hungary, 1950-1955 (soccer)Montreal Canadiens, 1955-1960 (ice hockey)Boston Celtics, 1956-1969 (basketball)Brazil 1958-1962 (soccer)Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-1979 (American football)Soviet Union, 1981-1984 (ice hockey)New Zealand All Blacks, 1986-1990 (rugby)Australia, 1993-2000 (women’s field hockey)USA, 1996-1999 (women’s soccer)San Antonio Spurs, 1997-2016 (basketball)Barcelona, 2008-2013 (soccer)France, 2008-2015 (handball)New Zealand All Blacks, 2011-2015 (rugby)Like me, you may look at that list and think: hey, what about my team? It’s handy that Walker has included an appendix where he lists all his finalists who didn’t quite make the cut for the above list, with a key explaining why. I thought his reason for excluding my team was utter nonsense, and I’m sure you’ll think the same if your legend team didn’t make the cut.Anyway, once Walker identified his freakishly successful teams, he analyzed them to find the key to their success. While he found it to be their leadership, the leaders weren’t the types of people you’d necessarily expect. They could be grouchy, not fan-friendly, not the team’s best player, but still the glue that held the team together and spurred it to continued excellence. His very first example is Bill Russell for the Boston Celtics, just to give you an e book doesn’t include college teams, which leaves me with a lot of questions about how or if Walker’s thesis would translate to that level. And if not, how would he account for the unprecedented success of teams like the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team? Would he just put it down to the coach and, if so, why would he say that the coach is the key in college but not in the pros?This is a particularly well-written book that should appeal to anybody with an interest in sports, business management or any other field requiring teamwork.

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    What is most surprising about this excellent book is not so much that our assumptions about what makes a great leader are all wrong. The thing that surprised me is that, at least when it comes to some of the best sports teams in history, the public can't even identify the actual leaders. We assume the people leading these great teams are the highest point scorers or the players with the most polished public personas. But those people are not the real leaders. It makes me wonder whether many of the world's overcompensated CEOs, who take all the credit for a company's success (and sometimes even its failures) are actually less consequential than everybody thinks. Anyone who cares about organizations, whether they are sports teams or public companies, should read this book. Everyone else should also read it, simply because it's highly entertaining.

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    This is a delightful "whodunit?" Or perhaps better to say, "Who does it?"The author started out looking to figure out which teams could really be counted as the "GOAT" in their respective sports. During the course of his research he stumbled upon a more intriguing and interesting problem: what made these teams great. What he found out was a stunner to the author and may be equally as stunning to the reader: it's not the owner, manager/coach, approach, or even the superstar that makes the difference: it's the team of the trends these days is to look for empirical support for things we knew (or thought we knew) in earlier times just by intuition. So in that sense I'm also glad for the book. But honestly, everything in this book pretty much parallels what we were taught in ROTC and our officer basic courses: there's rank and then there's (to use the author's term) "glue." Rank is what people focus on when they grade a unit's performance, discipline, success, etc., but it's the "glue" that is the essential ingredient and it was the purpose of our initial officer training (and I imagine it was the same for the NCOs) to try to make sure that (at a minimum) at least the one wearing the rank was also one had was the "glue." Over my military career it was interesting to see when that didn't happen: units with bad leaders were at a quick glance inexplicably competent and units with great leaders were at a quick glance inexplicably laughingstocks. What they had in common is that the informal leader/informal chain of command ( the "glue") worked at odds with the formal chain of command. Wasn't this fairly common knowledge "back in the day" (e.g., Prewitt in "From Here to Eternity" (etc.))? I felt the author came closet to this point in the chapter on "Carrying Water: The Hidden Art of Leading From the Back."Anyway, as I said, I'm glad for the empirical proof that supports less scientific intuition. But there is one thing I'm not too happy/glad about: what is this annoying technique writers felt compelled to use where they go into silly detail about the physical appearance of the character or setting? I guess it's meant to make the people and settings more approachable/more tactile. But it's really annoying and really off-putting and unfortunately shows up too often throughout the Zealand All Black Buck Shelford "with his dark hair, narrow eyes, prominent cheekbones, and strong jaw, ... certainly looked the part of a rugby captain. Even in a passive state, his face conveyed strength, purpose, and command--or mana, as it's known in Maori." Cuban volleyball player Mireya Luis "was the youngest of nine children. Tall and slim with a toned frame, wide-set almond-shaped eyes, and a broad smile with a gap between her front teeth...." A blurb on Carla Overbeck , while not so extreme, is similar. Or, "As the Soviet-built Il-62 passenger plane cut through the frigid February air above the Atlantic...." C'mon, do we have to be sooooo descriptive? I can't be the only one who lost points on an English composition assignment for this... (furiously wrote the tall, fair-haired, but slightly overweight, middle-aged, bachelor reviewer as he sat on the slightly thread-bare sofa whose color matched the color of the attractive wall hanging - one that was handed down from a courageous and spirited female ancestor who arrived on the Mayflower off the coast of New England on a frigid day almost 400 years ago - near the front door of the slightly run-down, but rustic cabin that overlooks a cool, fast running stream stocked with plump, delicious, striped bass)?To be fair, it does work in a number of places when it's not so over the top (like the author's description of Yogi Berra; I thought that was fairly done). (Btw, speaking of Yogi Berra, I thought the juxtaposition of Ted William's comment to Yogi Berra to STFU with a comment a sentence or so later about Carles Puyol being "flaccid" was pretty funny.)All in all and pet peeve aside, the author writes in a very entertaining, accessible manner on a fascinating subject. This makes the book an easy read rather than a slog (which it could have been in less skillful hands). The "end of chapter" takeaways are very helpful. This may not be as monumental a book as "The Selfish Gene," but that's not to say it's not important. For those who read it as a sports story it's really good. For those coming to the book for leadership/organizational effectiveness insight I think this is a great book to read through and ponder over.4.5 stars (rounded down to 4 stars; just like my HS comp assignments!).

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    I work in a fast-paced manufacturing environment. 10 hour production days and 4 day weeks with mandatory warm-up exercises to start the day mean that my teams "play" about 200 physically demanding "games" per year. The best work groups in my factory depend on well-chosen, respected, and dedicated working leads to get great performance. This book is a wonderful find for me, because it's full of outstanding examples of the traits that I'm looking for as we develop our leads and identify new ones. I have no problem recommending this book.

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    Good concept but became technical and tedious

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    If there were such a beast as a perfect non-fiction book, The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams would be a strong contender for that bine a unique way of approaching a popular debate subject--greatest sports team of all time--with well-thought-out ranking criteria and a combination of anecdotal and scientific support, and you get a remarkably insightful perspective of what seems to be the single common denominator for those few teams that truly achieve the rank of "world's greatest."Not only that, but Walker tells his story beautifully, weaving in anecdotes with facts and citations of clinical research, then ending each chapter with two or three main takeaways that summarize his points.When a book makes me laugh out loud, drop my jaw in shock and surprise, and stimulate my brain with a different way of looking at a topic (world's greatest sports teams), it deserves my highest recommendation. If you are a serious sports fan, both from the entertainment viewpoint and from the psychological aspect of trying to get inside the minds of those few athletes and teams that truly excel, I guarantee you'll enjoy this book.

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    Hidden [Book]  2017-12-2 18:0

    I found this to be a warmly written, highly emotional read that really delivers. I've liked many of Catherine McKenzie's books but I think this has to be my favourite so far. I love her writing style and it's not many who can create a high level of suspense within such a few short pages, and fuel that suspense throughout the entire novel without it breaking. My heart was in my mouth so often and it's definitely, for me at least, one of those books that even as you read, you catch your mind racing in every direction trying to piece together the information and answer questions that you can't shake.I couldn't put this book down, both times. It went everywhere with me (yes, I was even that crazy person sitting outside the store in the minivan, in -10c temperatures, reading away because I couldn't bear to put the book down long enough to join my husband in the store). The author skillfully draws out the story as well as leading the reader on an emotional roller-coaster which brought tears more than a few times. It's a highly charged, intelligent read that brings so much to mind regarding grief, and unresolved issues, but also with regard to ethics. For me, Hidden is now a favourite that will be re-read often. While it's been days since I last read it, the characters are very much still on my mind. I love characters that haunt.

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    Hidden [Book]  2017-12-2 18:0

    One of the things that’s compelling about McKenzie’s work is that each book is distinct from her others. They are all unique. What’s unique about this story isn’t simply that it alternates points of view between different characters—lots of novels do that—but that one of the narrators, Jeff, is killed in chapter one, yet he continues throughout the book to tell his part of the story. His point of view helps explain why it’s not just his wife, Claire, who is grieving, but a coworker who lives a few hours away, is book goes back and forth in time—the present in which Claire is planning and then attending the funeral, back to work events that happened a few days or weeks or a year prior to Jeff’s untimely e relationships between the characters are complex and nuanced. Claire begins to suspect that there may have been something more between Jeff and Tish than simply working for the same company, even if they worked at different branches. Claire has her 12-year-old son, Tish has a doctor husband and a precocious 11-year-old daughter. We, the readers, are also unclear throughout the book if Tish and Jeff simply enjoyed emailing each other and being together at work retreats, or if something more was going on—something that could destroy both their ter the initial shock of Claire’s husband dying in a car accident and dealing with the funeral and the endless stream of people telling her how sorry they are for her loss, Claire becomes obsessed with finding out if the love she shared with Jeff was real, or was he also in love with another woman? She is dealing with her own grief and her complicated past with Jeff’s brother—who has largely been estranged and living in Australia for years but comes back for the is is a complex book about the choices we make with relationships, with love, with family, and with ourselves.

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    Hidden [Book]  2017-12-2 18:0

    What can I say, I am a Catherine McKenzie fan. But not all her works are equal. Like any author you see her writing become better with each book. So Hidden is a mature story of the complexity of relationships and the repercussions of our personal e story is narrated by three different voices, and I love this kind of narration because I know how hard it is to write this way. The story has a steady pace, and you are hooked on to know the answer which doesn’t come until the very last herine has done a great job at showing the complexities relationships. Every relationship, past and present makes us the people we are and the people we become. Our past experiences shape our future relationships with each other and others around us.I just loved some of the lines from this book:"But, of course, everyone has regrets. Loose ends. Things they could do if they had more time.""That I'd been letting life act itself out on me when I should have been directing it.""Everyone says that, but we all lie about things. Little things, big things. We all keep stuff hidden. And the longer you're with someone, the more stuff there is like that, I think. That doesn't mean he didn't love me, or wasn't good to me in other ways. So it made me think. Maybe honesty isn't always the best policy. Because him telling me about it was selfish. The only person it was going to make feel any better was him. So maybe if you make a mistake, you have to live with it by yourself, and that's how you fix it."

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    Hidden [Book]  2017-12-2 18:0

    When it comes to cheating, there are varying opinions on whether you should break your partner's heart by coming clean or keep it to yourself and allow guilt to be your isolating punishment. I say it depends. Is cheating a chronic issue for you? That needs to be discussed. Have you put your partner at risk of an STD? That absolutely needs to be discussed. Other than that? Just don't. At least don't if the only reason is to relieve yourself of guilt because that makes you an @#$%!&?. You've brought the person who chose you and only you down in a hole with you and only the very resilient ones get out intact. True forgiveness is not a natural trait found (or earned) easily these days. In Hidden, Catherine McKenzie shows how these choices look both externally and internally, and various forms of infidelity were explored. There's the physical crossing of boundaries obviously, but there's also that tricky emotional infidelity which can be far more destructive than a one-time act. I liked that Ms. McKenzie explored this debate with such grace and thoroughness, but I didn't find the book as a whole to be incredibly engaging. But...I firmly believe this story was written to provoke thought and not necessarily for entertainment value and when you think, you gain perspective and grow. There is ALWAYS value in that. Check it out!My favorite quote:"It’s so easy, even in this day of suspicion and privacy, to find someone if they’re not careful. It’s so easy to lose someone too."

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    Hidden [Book]  2017-12-2 18:0

    Another really great story!! The storyline isn't unique but the way it's written, the insight from all the primary characters, and the end...the questions left for the reader to ponder and answer for themselves... makes this a very unique and different reading experience!! The characters are so clearly developed and defined and their voices so individual and true to their creation that you will love them all, faults and all! It's often heartbreaking but in various ways and for various reasons but there's some satisfaction at the end. And the reader is left with a sense of finality even as their thoughts dwell on unanswered questions for their own lives.

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    Hidden [Book]  2017-12-2 18:0

    Despite the subject matter, this was a nice romantic escape. There were some unresolved issues and some challenges regarding plausibility with certain aspects of the story, but it is a quick read that speaks to anyone who may have, at one time or another, wondered if there is a perfect match for them in the world. How would you proceed upon meeting that person after you've married and started a family with someone else? The romance is sweetly handled, and the structure of the story is well crafted.

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    Hidden [Book]  2017-12-2 18:0

    Hidden is the most recent novel by Catherine McKenzie. A very interesting story! Something is definitely hidden between three people: Jeff, his wife Claire, and Patricia. So what are they hiding? How engrossing is this story?Synopsis:John is not looking forward to what he has to do. He has to fire a colleague who has mentored him. While Tish (Patricia) can advise him as a member of Human Resources at the company they both work for. They work at a company that is located in two Springfields. John's choices will affect both women in his life. Claire is his wife and the mother of their son. Then there is Tish Underhill the wife of Brian and her daughter Zoey. So who do they all relate to one another in this story? There are many ways because his death causes paths to cross that may or may not give answers to both Claire and Thoughts:I am a fan of Catherine's work. I liked Hidden! I found the story interesting especially the way she chose to tell it. It is told from three different perspectives of: Jeff, Claire, and Patricia or Tish. The story is told in first person by each character. The question becomes can you keep the details straight? The story deserves to be taken apart with a fine tooth comb.I didn't find as many hooks in the story to keep me interested as I have with her previous novels. I would probably have to go back and read more myself. I actually found myself wanting to fight for the character of Patricia. Her story won me over and how she strove to move ry interesting read!

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    Hidden [Book]  2017-12-2 18:0

    Catherine McKenzie weaves a tale of secrets kept in her latest book HIDDEN. Jeff Manning [email protected]#$%! by a car while walking home from work and leaves two women devastated. One, his wife Claire, is left to struggle with this unimaginable loss while at the same time helping their son Seth find his way through his own suffering. The other, Jeff’s co-worker Julie, is faced with hiding her grief and at the same time burying her secret before anyone discovers it.Written in the voices of main characters Jeff, Claire, and Tish, this book is brimming with emotion and excitement. Even though Jeff dies at the beginning of the book, his explanations interposed in this way, bring clarity to the story. HIDDEN is about the complexity of relationships – good, bad, and everything in between.I am an ardent fan of Catherine McKenzie, and have read all of her fabulous books. HIDDEN is a masterpiece! It is carefully crafted with a story line and characters that left me mesmerized. HIDDEN is a book you will carry with you everywhere you go until you read the last words. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a truly absorbing read. I give it five stars.

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    Hidden [Book]  2017-12-2 18:0

    I was going to give this book 3 stars because to me all 3 characters sounded the same, especially the two women. I am a big fan of books written in first person from different view points, I have read every Jody Picoult novel, but in "Hidden" Beth and Claire sound like the same person, you can only tell through context who is talking. The reason why I gave it four stars after all, was that a good book is one that captivates you and that you finish in a short period of time. I read this book in two days because I really wanted to know what happened. And - unlike many of the negative reviewers, I absolutely loved the epilogue! First of all because I didn't expect it, I was totally surprised and I love unpredictable endings - there aren't enough of them in literature today, and second of all, because it was real, it made sense. Life isn't about happily ever after and everyone doing their good deeds and behaving perfectly according to (whose anyway?) moral standards - this is stuff for fairy tales. The epilogue was what really tied the story together "Hidden" is not prize winning material in my opinion, but a very nice read for cold winter nights or a sunny beach.

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    Hidden [Book]  2017-12-2 18:0

    "But, of course, everyone has regrets. Loose ends. Things they could do if they had more time." (Hidden, ebook pg 103)Catherine McKenzie has spun a tale that is still resonating with me. She wrote what is was like to have to face a loss and to make life work under a new and uncarted set of circumstances. When Claire loses her husband, Jeff, expectedly her life is turned upside down. But, when she has an encounter with one of Jeff's co-worker at Jeff's funeral her life takes another unexpected detour down a road she may wished she never explored."I've spent a lot of time thinking about this, too much probably, and I don't think that bad actions erase good ones. Not really." (Hidden, ebook pg 278)We all too often just go along with life, not wanting to upset the order of things. Not really wanting to discovering what may lie ahead. Hidden explores what happens when people make choices, how each choice affects others in ways we may never had intended. How we, at times, are forces to move ahead and take the reins in our own new reality."That I'd been letting life act itself out on me when I should have been directing it." (Hidden, ebook pg 139)How many of us wish we could go back and unlearn something that was completly unexpected and rocks our world to the core. Hidden explores what is the best about literature; human relationships at their best and worst, complexities in marriages, the impact of loss and how every action has a consequence."Everyone says that, but we all lie about things. Little things, big things. We all keep stuff hidden. And the longer you're with someone, the more stuff there is like that, I think. That doesn't mean he didn't love me, or wasn't good to me in other ways. So it made me think. Maybe honesty is isn't always the best policy. Because him telling me about it was selfish. The only person it was going to make feel any better was him. So maybe if you make a mistake, you have to live with it by yourself, and that's how you fix it." (Hidden, ebook pg 278)5 stars!!!!

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-20 18:1

    Irish author Mike Pettigrew has been a successful entrepreneur since he was a teenager. He has founded, bought, built and sold more than 15 businesses, and is widely recognized as an expert in helping ordinary people to achieve extraordinary goals. Mike is also the creator of several products, courses and coaching programs that can help anyone to create the life they have always yearned for. These include The 30 Day Success Formula, The Millionaire Mind Secrets, Change Your Thoughts - Transform Your Life!, the Achievers Elite group coaching program, and one-on-one Certified High Performance Coaching. Impressive credentials for a very impressive book!The subtitle of Mike’s book – ‘The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything you want’ – sets the reader up with high expectations and after spending time reading and re-reading this book Mike’s predictions can come true. Or as he states in his powerful introduction, ‘You will see how your dominant thoughts, emotions and actions create the circumstances of your life. And when you change your dominant thoughts and emotions, and start taking the right actions, your environment will reflect those changes and your circumstances can improve dramatically. This is the true secret to long-term success and happiness – if you want to change your circumstances, you must first make a change within yourself. And you will discover that change can be a lot easier than you may think! With the exciting tools, techniques, and strategies that I will share with you in this book, you will find out how to powerfully propel your life forwards in a wonderful new direction, so you can achieve your life's biggest dreams, and become the person you always wanted to be.’And in sharing with us the manner in which we can achieve our goals he offers what he terms ‘magnifiers’ that speed results: How to create a positive mental attitude so you can achieve your goals more easily, and become deeply happy and fulfilled. How to increase your brain power through simple health improvements, so you can improve your focus and gain more energy. Why developing a “persistence mindset” allows you to overcome setbacks and temporary failures, and actually enables you to achieve really big goals. Why lifelong learning is so important, and how mentors, coaches and mastermind groups can help you increase your capabilities tenfold, and achieve your goal more quickly. How to discover your own true purpose in life, so that you can make the best use of your time to create a life of continual successes and deep fulfillment. and Ways to access your inner genius, so you can boost your creativity and get answers to any problems from deep within your own mind.Mike’s now famous 7 steps to getting everything we want are 1) Decide what you want 2) Create Highly Charged Goals 3) Give each goal a deadline 4) Program your mind 5) Plan for accelerated success 6) Become a high performer and 7) Overcome limiting beliefs. But listing the steps, while challenging, does not begin to share what Mike so amply offers in the pages of this fine book. He knows his subject matter, offers fine illustrations to keep the reader involved (and entertained!) visually, and in the end he makes us believe in ourselves – especially using the ‘magnifiers’ he distributes throughout. And the Affirmation Library at book’s end is brilliant!While others have written self-help books on this subject, they simply do not compare to the surge of power Mike creates. Required reading for those who want a better life. Grady Harp, September 17

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-20 18:1

    If you want to read a book that will change the way you think this is the book you need to read. The majority live their lives in dull mediocrity with jobs that turn them into zombies. They go to these jobs to work hard only to be unsatisfied, unappreciated and wanting more in life. They were trained by colleges and told by people, who are also unsatisfied that this is the best way to live. They go into debt after high school so they can go to college, hoping that they can use their education to make their mark upon the world. What if you had a chance to get away from all of this? What if there is a better life out there for you? You may think you have many shortcomings, and that you can never get away from the chains, but this book tells you can no matter your background, experience or even your intelligence that you Mike Pettigrew’s book The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World, he gives you seven steps that will change the way you think about life. These seven steps are: decide what you want, create highly-charged goals, give each goal a deadline, program your mind, plan for accelerated success, be a high performer and overcoming limiting Pettigrew shows you through his book how the mind works and how you received all of the negative thoughts that you accumulated throughout your life. Then he shows you how to break free and how to change the way you think so you can live a fulfilled the author, I recommend starting with step one then work your way through the final step and doing the exercises as they come. Personally, I have done all the exercises and downloaded most of the tools that Mr. Pettigrew writes about. I have noticed a change within me. Even my friends around me have noticed it too. If you want a better life, and want to improve the way you think then this is it.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-20 18:1

    Everything you want is achievable in life if only you were taught to be more intentional and set goals. This eBook teaches you a system that does exactly that. The author has laid out the 7 step system, which is an easy to learn and execute way to do just that. I like the following chapters:- Step1: Discover What You Really Want: Start with asking yourself important questions about your life in the future- Step2: Program Your Mind - before anything, or anyone else does!- Step7: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs. Very important one this, sometimes we need to look outside of ourselves to see this blind-spotBonus: Affirmation Library. At the back of the eBook there are daily affirmations you can leverage for you own life. I see that the author has shared the 3 P's when setting goals: Personal, Present and Positive. You use the 3 P's when you set intentions or goals in your life.Overall I am glad I bought and read this book, which I will recommend to my network too.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-20 18:1

    I always thought that I was good at goals but this book reminded me to set a time limit on the goals. We often say something like "Some day I will do such and such". The Most Pwerful Goal Achievement System in the World, reminded me that goals really are not goals unless we also set a goal of the e other major point of discovery for me while reading this book was that I had always thought that I had no limiting beliefs. Mike's explaination allowed me to really look inside and admit that I had limiting beliefs. I suppose believing I had no limiting beliefs was in itself a limiting belief :)I would highly recommend those who are a bit stuck in life to read this book to give them the push they need to finally reach the goals they have had for many years or perhaps all of their only regret is that this book is only in kindle form. As a very busy woman I would have preferred to have it in audio. I finally managed to read it on a transatlantic flight :) I often travel long distances by car and would have loved to have this on audio to listen to this several times while on my PaulineMenopause Morph Podcast

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-20 18:1

    I've read the book once and loved the information in it. Some of it seems like common sense, like setting goals for yourself and things like that, but this author takes it a step further and actually gives you brainstorming ideas, step by step instructions, and experiments you can do yourself at home to test out the law of attraction and prove to yourself that it works. I've read The Secret and enjoyed it but found it somewhat lacking. This book has more actionable steps you can take, plus its outlined in a way that makes sense to me. Now that I've read it once, I'm going to go back through and reread it while actually trying the experiments and the steps that he gives you. If you liked The Secret and are into Law of Attraction type stuff, you'll probably like this book. I've also watched some of his videos and really enjoyed them as well.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-20 18:1

    Congratulations! Know it or not, you just made a good move. All of us have goals, and our minds have handicapped most of us. The successful evolution of our race required brains that could avoid disaster! Our brains develop the habit of using our memories of the past to predict the future. Like most of us, your memories have some failures, and your brain is prepared to warn you: that which you have not won before is dangerous!Mike Pettigrew has experienced failure and one more thing: success at achieving his goals! Let him train you in the process of using your brain to lead you to achieve goals! His method worked for him, and a similar one works for me! Enjoy the trip!

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-20 18:1

    Most goal-oriented books I've read are uninteresting and difficult to get through, but as soon as I started reading this book it immediately grabbed my attention. This book not only gives you a goal achievement system that is easy to execute in your daily life, it will also make you feel empowered and liberated. You quickly realize that you have the ability to change your life for the better in spite of your current circumstances.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-20 18:1

    I enjoyed the book very much. It's practical, well laid out, easy to understand/follow, and absolutely encouraging me to get my act together!The book is thought-provoking for me as a Christian; the author and I have different worldviews and outlooks on life/the universe, and I enjoyed the mental exercise it prompted me to partake of, to incorporate and implement according to my faith and what that would look like. I came away with plenty of takeaways for implementation in my own life, and I'm looking forward to doing so.I received a free copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-20 18:1

    Great book about achieving your goals. Mike gives a clear explanation of the seven steps of the goal achievement system. The system is easy to understand and to follow, thanks to Mike’s style of writing and teaching. Breaking down goals into short, medium and long terms goals is helpful. Sometimes (or most of time) goals seem intimidating. But by breaking things down, one sees small successes and step-by-step, these lead to long-term success and happiness. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs that extra help in achieving their goals.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-20 18:1

    This book is informative and instructive if you're feeling in a slump and you need to sort through life situations and are not sure how to begin than this book might a good start. It offers Life situations. MikePrttigrew put those situations into lists to get through them in a more organized,instructive and simple way. If you were a list type of person than this book is definitely for you.I did not purchase this book I was asked to read it and give my honest opinion.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-21 18:0

    Irish author Mike Pettigrew has been a successful entrepreneur since he was a teenager. He has founded, bought, built and sold more than 15 businesses, and is widely recognized as an expert in helping ordinary people to achieve extraordinary goals. Mike is also the creator of several products, courses and coaching programs that can help anyone to create the life they have always yearned for. These include The 30 Day Success Formula, The Millionaire Mind Secrets, Change Your Thoughts - Transform Your Life!, the Achievers Elite group coaching program, and one-on-one Certified High Performance Coaching. Impressive credentials for a very impressive book!The subtitle of Mike’s book – ‘The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything you want’ – sets the reader up with high expectations and after spending time reading and re-reading this book Mike’s predictions can come true. Or as he states in his powerful introduction, ‘You will see how your dominant thoughts, emotions and actions create the circumstances of your life. And when you change your dominant thoughts and emotions, and start taking the right actions, your environment will reflect those changes and your circumstances can improve dramatically. This is the true secret to long-term success and happiness – if you want to change your circumstances, you must first make a change within yourself. And you will discover that change can be a lot easier than you may think! With the exciting tools, techniques, and strategies that I will share with you in this book, you will find out how to powerfully propel your life forwards in a wonderful new direction, so you can achieve your life's biggest dreams, and become the person you always wanted to be.’And in sharing with us the manner in which we can achieve our goals he offers what he terms ‘magnifiers’ that speed results: How to create a positive mental attitude so you can achieve your goals more easily, and become deeply happy and fulfilled. How to increase your brain power through simple health improvements, so you can improve your focus and gain more energy. Why developing a “persistence mindset” allows you to overcome setbacks and temporary failures, and actually enables you to achieve really big goals. Why lifelong learning is so important, and how mentors, coaches and mastermind groups can help you increase your capabilities tenfold, and achieve your goal more quickly. How to discover your own true purpose in life, so that you can make the best use of your time to create a life of continual successes and deep fulfillment. and Ways to access your inner genius, so you can boost your creativity and get answers to any problems from deep within your own mind.Mike’s now famous 7 steps to getting everything we want are 1) Decide what you want 2) Create Highly Charged Goals 3) Give each goal a deadline 4) Program your mind 5) Plan for accelerated success 6) Become a high performer and 7) Overcome limiting beliefs. But listing the steps, while challenging, does not begin to share what Mike so amply offers in the pages of this fine book. He knows his subject matter, offers fine illustrations to keep the reader involved (and entertained!) visually, and in the end he makes us believe in ourselves – especially using the ‘magnifiers’ he distributes throughout. And the Affirmation Library at book’s end is brilliant!While others have written self-help books on this subject, they simply do not compare to the surge of power Mike creates. Required reading for those who want a better life. Grady Harp, September 17

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-21 18:0

    If you want to read a book that will change the way you think this is the book you need to read. The majority live their lives in dull mediocrity with jobs that turn them into zombies. They go to these jobs to work hard only to be unsatisfied, unappreciated and wanting more in life. They were trained by colleges and told by people, who are also unsatisfied that this is the best way to live. They go into debt after high school so they can go to college, hoping that they can use their education to make their mark upon the world. What if you had a chance to get away from all of this? What if there is a better life out there for you? You may think you have many shortcomings, and that you can never get away from the chains, but this book tells you can no matter your background, experience or even your intelligence that you Mike Pettigrew’s book The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World, he gives you seven steps that will change the way you think about life. These seven steps are: decide what you want, create highly-charged goals, give each goal a deadline, program your mind, plan for accelerated success, be a high performer and overcoming limiting Pettigrew shows you through his book how the mind works and how you received all of the negative thoughts that you accumulated throughout your life. Then he shows you how to break free and how to change the way you think so you can live a fulfilled the author, I recommend starting with step one then work your way through the final step and doing the exercises as they come. Personally, I have done all the exercises and downloaded most of the tools that Mr. Pettigrew writes about. I have noticed a change within me. Even my friends around me have noticed it too. If you want a better life, and want to improve the way you think then this is it.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-21 18:0

    Everything you want is achievable in life if only you were taught to be more intentional and set goals. This eBook teaches you a system that does exactly that. The author has laid out the 7 step system, which is an easy to learn and execute way to do just that. I like the following chapters:- Step1: Discover What You Really Want: Start with asking yourself important questions about your life in the future- Step2: Program Your Mind - before anything, or anyone else does!- Step7: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs. Very important one this, sometimes we need to look outside of ourselves to see this blind-spotBonus: Affirmation Library. At the back of the eBook there are daily affirmations you can leverage for you own life. I see that the author has shared the 3 P's when setting goals: Personal, Present and Positive. You use the 3 P's when you set intentions or goals in your life.Overall I am glad I bought and read this book, which I will recommend to my network too.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-21 18:0

    I always thought that I was good at goals but this book reminded me to set a time limit on the goals. We often say something like "Some day I will do such and such". The Most Pwerful Goal Achievement System in the World, reminded me that goals really are not goals unless we also set a goal of the e other major point of discovery for me while reading this book was that I had always thought that I had no limiting beliefs. Mike's explaination allowed me to really look inside and admit that I had limiting beliefs. I suppose believing I had no limiting beliefs was in itself a limiting belief :)I would highly recommend those who are a bit stuck in life to read this book to give them the push they need to finally reach the goals they have had for many years or perhaps all of their only regret is that this book is only in kindle form. As a very busy woman I would have preferred to have it in audio. I finally managed to read it on a transatlantic flight :) I often travel long distances by car and would have loved to have this on audio to listen to this several times while on my PaulineMenopause Morph Podcast

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-21 18:0

    I've read the book once and loved the information in it. Some of it seems like common sense, like setting goals for yourself and things like that, but this author takes it a step further and actually gives you brainstorming ideas, step by step instructions, and experiments you can do yourself at home to test out the law of attraction and prove to yourself that it works. I've read The Secret and enjoyed it but found it somewhat lacking. This book has more actionable steps you can take, plus its outlined in a way that makes sense to me. Now that I've read it once, I'm going to go back through and reread it while actually trying the experiments and the steps that he gives you. If you liked The Secret and are into Law of Attraction type stuff, you'll probably like this book. I've also watched some of his videos and really enjoyed them as well.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-21 18:0

    Congratulations! Know it or not, you just made a good move. All of us have goals, and our minds have handicapped most of us. The successful evolution of our race required brains that could avoid disaster! Our brains develop the habit of using our memories of the past to predict the future. Like most of us, your memories have some failures, and your brain is prepared to warn you: that which you have not won before is dangerous!Mike Pettigrew has experienced failure and one more thing: success at achieving his goals! Let him train you in the process of using your brain to lead you to achieve goals! His method worked for him, and a similar one works for me! Enjoy the trip!

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-21 18:0

    Most goal-oriented books I've read are uninteresting and difficult to get through, but as soon as I started reading this book it immediately grabbed my attention. This book not only gives you a goal achievement system that is easy to execute in your daily life, it will also make you feel empowered and liberated. You quickly realize that you have the ability to change your life for the better in spite of your current circumstances.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-21 18:0

    I enjoyed the book very much. It's practical, well laid out, easy to understand/follow, and absolutely encouraging me to get my act together!The book is thought-provoking for me as a Christian; the author and I have different worldviews and outlooks on life/the universe, and I enjoyed the mental exercise it prompted me to partake of, to incorporate and implement according to my faith and what that would look like. I came away with plenty of takeaways for implementation in my own life, and I'm looking forward to doing so.I received a free copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-21 18:0

    Great book about achieving your goals. Mike gives a clear explanation of the seven steps of the goal achievement system. The system is easy to understand and to follow, thanks to Mike’s style of writing and teaching. Breaking down goals into short, medium and long terms goals is helpful. Sometimes (or most of time) goals seem intimidating. But by breaking things down, one sees small successes and step-by-step, these lead to long-term success and happiness. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs that extra help in achieving their goals.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-21 18:0

    This book is informative and instructive if you're feeling in a slump and you need to sort through life situations and are not sure how to begin than this book might a good start. It offers Life situations. MikePrttigrew put those situations into lists to get through them in a more organized,instructive and simple way. If you were a list type of person than this book is definitely for you.I did not purchase this book I was asked to read it and give my honest opinion.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-22 18:0

    I really like the simple and easy-to-understand methods of changing your mindset and start creating the future you have been wishing for. The personal stories that Mike included in various parts of the book truly resonate with me.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-22 18:0

    Irish author Mike Pettigrew has been a successful entrepreneur since he was a teenager. He has founded, bought, built and sold more than 15 businesses, and is widely recognized as an expert in helping ordinary people to achieve extraordinary goals. Mike is also the creator of several products, courses and coaching programs that can help anyone to create the life they have always yearned for. These include The 30 Day Success Formula, The Millionaire Mind Secrets, Change Your Thoughts - Transform Your Life!, the Achievers Elite group coaching program, and one-on-one Certified High Performance Coaching. Impressive credentials for a very impressive book!The subtitle of Mike’s book – ‘The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything you want’ – sets the reader up with high expectations and after spending time reading and re-reading this book Mike’s predictions can come true. Or as he states in his powerful introduction, ‘You will see how your dominant thoughts, emotions and actions create the circumstances of your life. And when you change your dominant thoughts and emotions, and start taking the right actions, your environment will reflect those changes and your circumstances can improve dramatically. This is the true secret to long-term success and happiness – if you want to change your circumstances, you must first make a change within yourself. And you will discover that change can be a lot easier than you may think! With the exciting tools, techniques, and strategies that I will share with you in this book, you will find out how to powerfully propel your life forwards in a wonderful new direction, so you can achieve your life's biggest dreams, and become the person you always wanted to be.’And in sharing with us the manner in which we can achieve our goals he offers what he terms ‘magnifiers’ that speed results: How to create a positive mental attitude so you can achieve your goals more easily, and become deeply happy and fulfilled. How to increase your brain power through simple health improvements, so you can improve your focus and gain more energy. Why developing a “persistence mindset” allows you to overcome setbacks and temporary failures, and actually enables you to achieve really big goals. Why lifelong learning is so important, and how mentors, coaches and mastermind groups can help you increase your capabilities tenfold, and achieve your goal more quickly. How to discover your own true purpose in life, so that you can make the best use of your time to create a life of continual successes and deep fulfillment. and Ways to access your inner genius, so you can boost your creativity and get answers to any problems from deep within your own mind.Mike’s now famous 7 steps to getting everything we want are 1) Decide what you want 2) Create Highly Charged Goals 3) Give each goal a deadline 4) Program your mind 5) Plan for accelerated success 6) Become a high performer and 7) Overcome limiting beliefs. But listing the steps, while challenging, does not begin to share what Mike so amply offers in the pages of this fine book. He knows his subject matter, offers fine illustrations to keep the reader involved (and entertained!) visually, and in the end he makes us believe in ourselves – especially using the ‘magnifiers’ he distributes throughout. And the Affirmation Library at book’s end is brilliant!While others have written self-help books on this subject, they simply do not compare to the surge of power Mike creates. Required reading for those who want a better life. Grady Harp, September 17

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-22 18:0

    If you want to read a book that will change the way you think this is the book you need to read. The majority live their lives in dull mediocrity with jobs that turn them into zombies. They go to these jobs to work hard only to be unsatisfied, unappreciated and wanting more in life. They were trained by colleges and told by people, who are also unsatisfied that this is the best way to live. They go into debt after high school so they can go to college, hoping that they can use their education to make their mark upon the world. What if you had a chance to get away from all of this? What if there is a better life out there for you? You may think you have many shortcomings, and that you can never get away from the chains, but this book tells you can no matter your background, experience or even your intelligence that you Mike Pettigrew’s book The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World, he gives you seven steps that will change the way you think about life. These seven steps are: decide what you want, create highly-charged goals, give each goal a deadline, program your mind, plan for accelerated success, be a high performer and overcoming limiting Pettigrew shows you through his book how the mind works and how you received all of the negative thoughts that you accumulated throughout your life. Then he shows you how to break free and how to change the way you think so you can live a fulfilled the author, I recommend starting with step one then work your way through the final step and doing the exercises as they come. Personally, I have done all the exercises and downloaded most of the tools that Mr. Pettigrew writes about. I have noticed a change within me. Even my friends around me have noticed it too. If you want a better life, and want to improve the way you think then this is it.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-22 18:0

    Everything you want is achievable in life if only you were taught to be more intentional and set goals. This eBook teaches you a system that does exactly that. The author has laid out the 7 step system, which is an easy to learn and execute way to do just that. I like the following chapters:- Step1: Discover What You Really Want: Start with asking yourself important questions about your life in the future- Step2: Program Your Mind - before anything, or anyone else does!- Step7: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs. Very important one this, sometimes we need to look outside of ourselves to see this blind-spotBonus: Affirmation Library. At the back of the eBook there are daily affirmations you can leverage for you own life. I see that the author has shared the 3 P's when setting goals: Personal, Present and Positive. You use the 3 P's when you set intentions or goals in your life.Overall I am glad I bought and read this book, which I will recommend to my network too.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-22 18:0

    I always thought that I was good at goals but this book reminded me to set a time limit on the goals. We often say something like "Some day I will do such and such". The Most Pwerful Goal Achievement System in the World, reminded me that goals really are not goals unless we also set a goal of the e other major point of discovery for me while reading this book was that I had always thought that I had no limiting beliefs. Mike's explaination allowed me to really look inside and admit that I had limiting beliefs. I suppose believing I had no limiting beliefs was in itself a limiting belief :)I would highly recommend those who are a bit stuck in life to read this book to give them the push they need to finally reach the goals they have had for many years or perhaps all of their only regret is that this book is only in kindle form. As a very busy woman I would have preferred to have it in audio. I finally managed to read it on a transatlantic flight :) I often travel long distances by car and would have loved to have this on audio to listen to this several times while on my PaulineMenopause Morph Podcast

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-22 18:0

    I've read the book once and loved the information in it. Some of it seems like common sense, like setting goals for yourself and things like that, but this author takes it a step further and actually gives you brainstorming ideas, step by step instructions, and experiments you can do yourself at home to test out the law of attraction and prove to yourself that it works. I've read The Secret and enjoyed it but found it somewhat lacking. This book has more actionable steps you can take, plus its outlined in a way that makes sense to me. Now that I've read it once, I'm going to go back through and reread it while actually trying the experiments and the steps that he gives you. If you liked The Secret and are into Law of Attraction type stuff, you'll probably like this book. I've also watched some of his videos and really enjoyed them as well.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-22 18:0

    Congratulations! Know it or not, you just made a good move. All of us have goals, and our minds have handicapped most of us. The successful evolution of our race required brains that could avoid disaster! Our brains develop the habit of using our memories of the past to predict the future. Like most of us, your memories have some failures, and your brain is prepared to warn you: that which you have not won before is dangerous!Mike Pettigrew has experienced failure and one more thing: success at achieving his goals! Let him train you in the process of using your brain to lead you to achieve goals! His method worked for him, and a similar one works for me! Enjoy the trip!

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-22 18:0

    Most goal-oriented books I've read are uninteresting and difficult to get through, but as soon as I started reading this book it immediately grabbed my attention. This book not only gives you a goal achievement system that is easy to execute in your daily life, it will also make you feel empowered and liberated. You quickly realize that you have the ability to change your life for the better in spite of your current circumstances.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-22 18:0

    I enjoyed the book very much. It's practical, well laid out, easy to understand/follow, and absolutely encouraging me to get my act together!The book is thought-provoking for me as a Christian; the author and I have different worldviews and outlooks on life/the universe, and I enjoyed the mental exercise it prompted me to partake of, to incorporate and implement according to my faith and what that would look like. I came away with plenty of takeaways for implementation in my own life, and I'm looking forward to doing so.I received a free copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-22 18:0

    Great book about achieving your goals. Mike gives a clear explanation of the seven steps of the goal achievement system. The system is easy to understand and to follow, thanks to Mike’s style of writing and teaching. Breaking down goals into short, medium and long terms goals is helpful. Sometimes (or most of time) goals seem intimidating. But by breaking things down, one sees small successes and step-by-step, these lead to long-term success and happiness. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs that extra help in achieving their goals.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-23 18:1

    I really like the simple and easy-to-understand methods of changing your mindset and start creating the future you have been wishing for. The personal stories that Mike included in various parts of the book truly resonate with me.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-23 18:1

    Irish author Mike Pettigrew has been a successful entrepreneur since he was a teenager. He has founded, bought, built and sold more than 15 businesses, and is widely recognized as an expert in helping ordinary people to achieve extraordinary goals. Mike is also the creator of several products, courses and coaching programs that can help anyone to create the life they have always yearned for. These include The 30 Day Success Formula, The Millionaire Mind Secrets, Change Your Thoughts - Transform Your Life!, the Achievers Elite group coaching program, and one-on-one Certified High Performance Coaching. Impressive credentials for a very impressive book!The subtitle of Mike’s book – ‘The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything you want’ – sets the reader up with high expectations and after spending time reading and re-reading this book Mike’s predictions can come true. Or as he states in his powerful introduction, ‘You will see how your dominant thoughts, emotions and actions create the circumstances of your life. And when you change your dominant thoughts and emotions, and start taking the right actions, your environment will reflect those changes and your circumstances can improve dramatically. This is the true secret to long-term success and happiness – if you want to change your circumstances, you must first make a change within yourself. And you will discover that change can be a lot easier than you may think! With the exciting tools, techniques, and strategies that I will share with you in this book, you will find out how to powerfully propel your life forwards in a wonderful new direction, so you can achieve your life's biggest dreams, and become the person you always wanted to be.’And in sharing with us the manner in which we can achieve our goals he offers what he terms ‘magnifiers’ that speed results: How to create a positive mental attitude so you can achieve your goals more easily, and become deeply happy and fulfilled. How to increase your brain power through simple health improvements, so you can improve your focus and gain more energy. Why developing a “persistence mindset” allows you to overcome setbacks and temporary failures, and actually enables you to achieve really big goals. Why lifelong learning is so important, and how mentors, coaches and mastermind groups can help you increase your capabilities tenfold, and achieve your goal more quickly. How to discover your own true purpose in life, so that you can make the best use of your time to create a life of continual successes and deep fulfillment. and Ways to access your inner genius, so you can boost your creativity and get answers to any problems from deep within your own mind.Mike’s now famous 7 steps to getting everything we want are 1) Decide what you want 2) Create Highly Charged Goals 3) Give each goal a deadline 4) Program your mind 5) Plan for accelerated success 6) Become a high performer and 7) Overcome limiting beliefs. But listing the steps, while challenging, does not begin to share what Mike so amply offers in the pages of this fine book. He knows his subject matter, offers fine illustrations to keep the reader involved (and entertained!) visually, and in the end he makes us believe in ourselves – especially using the ‘magnifiers’ he distributes throughout. And the Affirmation Library at book’s end is brilliant!While others have written self-help books on this subject, they simply do not compare to the surge of power Mike creates. Required reading for those who want a better life. Grady Harp, September 17

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-23 18:1

    If you want to read a book that will change the way you think this is the book you need to read. The majority live their lives in dull mediocrity with jobs that turn them into zombies. They go to these jobs to work hard only to be unsatisfied, unappreciated and wanting more in life. They were trained by colleges and told by people, who are also unsatisfied that this is the best way to live. They go into debt after high school so they can go to college, hoping that they can use their education to make their mark upon the world. What if you had a chance to get away from all of this? What if there is a better life out there for you? You may think you have many shortcomings, and that you can never get away from the chains, but this book tells you can no matter your background, experience or even your intelligence that you Mike Pettigrew’s book The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World, he gives you seven steps that will change the way you think about life. These seven steps are: decide what you want, create highly-charged goals, give each goal a deadline, program your mind, plan for accelerated success, be a high performer and overcoming limiting Pettigrew shows you through his book how the mind works and how you received all of the negative thoughts that you accumulated throughout your life. Then he shows you how to break free and how to change the way you think so you can live a fulfilled the author, I recommend starting with step one then work your way through the final step and doing the exercises as they come. Personally, I have done all the exercises and downloaded most of the tools that Mr. Pettigrew writes about. I have noticed a change within me. Even my friends around me have noticed it too. If you want a better life, and want to improve the way you think then this is it.

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    The Most Powerful Goal Achievement System in the World TM: The Hidden Secret to Getting Everything You Want [Book]  2017-10-23 18:1

    Everything you want is achievable in life if only you were taught to be more intentional and set goals. This eBook teaches you a system that does exactly that. The author has laid out the 7 step system, which is an easy to learn and execute way to do just that. I like the following chapters:- Step1: Discover What You Really Want: Start with asking yourself important questions about your life in the future- Step2: Program Your Mind - before anything, or anyone else does!- Step7: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs. Very important one this, sometimes we need to look outside of ourselves to see this blind-spotBonus: Affirmation Library. At the back of the eBook there are daily affirmations you can leverage for you own life. I see that the author has shared the 3 P's when setting goals: Personal, Present and Positive. You use the 3 P's when you set intentions or goals in your life.Overall I am glad I bought and read this book, which I will recommend to my network too.

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