Considering Plastic Surgery? Read this book first, it will help prepare you.

This article is not written to persuade or dissuade anyone from getting plastic surgery.

Whether you want a chin augmentation, loose skin surgery, breast plastic surgery, a thigh lift, or you’re just thinking about what your rhinoplasty cost will be, consider reading the book “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz first.

Because… Beauty and success is something it would benefit you to prepare for. If and when you do get the nose surgery you have been looking for, and you look completely different, will you be prepared for it?

Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon who studied why some people who became more beautiful overnight through plastic surgery did not become happier or confident. Some did become happier and more confident, but others became more depressed. And he decided to study this phenomenon and write a book about it.

You’ve probably heard it before.

  • “Money can’t buy happiness.”
  • “Beautiful people have sad eyes.”
  • “You’ll just want to get more fixed.”

As I mentioned, this article is not written to preach about the philosophy of happiness or that being happy is more important than being more attractive because being more attractive can impact your self-esteem and maybe even career or family.

But the fact remains that some people who become beautiful do not “grow into” their beauty (at least not right away). Maybe because they did not prepare for it.

“Psycho-Cybernetics” does a great job of helping readers of all types manage their self-esteem. But it is especially relevant to anyone who is considering or has undergone plastic surgery.

Pretend for a second you are unconcerned about the plastic surgery costs, and you already know who the best plastic surgeons are. Step into the future of how beautiful you imagine you will be.

If you are the humble type that just wants to “fix something that always bothered you… How prepared are you for more attention? Or how prepared are you to accept that you are suddenly at least “perceived” as better (not that you believe you are better, only that people start to treat you “differently”) by others?  Or maybe you do not feel as if you deserve what it is you thought you wanted: more beauty.

Or what happens if you believe that you are uglier? Not because of a bad surgery, but because you have not worked on your confidence enough?

Those are some real dilemmas people can end up facing according to “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz.

There is a psychology behind self-esteem, identity, and how your perspective changes when you enter a new phase of life.

If you want to live among the stars (it is ok to admit that you want to be beautiful and famous, there is nothing wrong with that) and be highly successful (and eventually well-known), there is some preparation you might have to do. If you want to receive fame and recognition for your beauty, or just be seen as more beautiful one day be sure to read “Psycho-Cybernetics.”

It will help you prepare yourself.

And if you already did your jawline surgery or thigh lift and look fantastic, and are unsure why you still feel “incomplete”, “Psycho-Cybernetics” might be able to help you find some answers, or at least provide you with some exercises to work on.

For most people, beauty doesn’t just suddenly happen.  And some people have time to adapt to their changes which can happen over many years. Therefore, it might be a good idea to prepare beforehand.

Even if you want to live a regular life and not be called on to be on the pages of a beauty or fitness magazine, you could still get some value out of Maxwell Maltz’s book to help you become the best version of yourself (and truly believe it).

Maltz does a great job of applying his knowledge as a doctor in a way that could help and benefit a lot of people.

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“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey Book Review – Automate Your Life

Automate Your Life

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey is one of the most successful selling books on personal development. And I really like how Stephen R. Covey touches on the concept of habits because I have this theory that, if you can build habits that make people successful (or in this case effective), then you can essentially automate success (or effectiveness).

Because what are habits after all? They are things we do automatically and they can include nervous tics, reactions to stressful events, and even the way we treat other people.

The cliche quote “fake it til you make it” comes to mind. With reference to “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” in theory, if people can learn the habits of successful (or effective) people, and just start “faking those habits” over and over and over again until they become a habit, then that person can thereby have a habit that makes them successful or an eventual success, or highly effective.

The popular topic today is “computer automation” but I believe there are things that people do that are automated in life as well, and we call those automated activities or behaviors habits.

Therefore, anyone who wants to be more effective, which I believe eventually leads to a successful life, will need to learn the habits of highly effective people, then apply them. And “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” does a remarkable job of establishing what those habits are.

Isn’t it great to have someone who narrows down the habits for you? No need to study the lives of hundreds of people and find the common factors, unless that is what you want your business to be. But if you want to get straight into the details, you can just learn from Stephen R. Covey, and that is why this book is totally worth it.

Now, although I feel this book has a tremendous lot to offer, I think it misses the mark in a few areas as well.

We’ll start with some things I disliked.

The element I disliked is that the book is very perfectly designed for who I believe are “corporate types.” Most people who are seeking self-help or personal development might not pick this book up because people want to be “successful” but they don’t really care about what it takes to be “effective.”

But Covey knows better than to oversell ideas to corporate biz dev guys. Words like “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful/Wealthy/Productive/Famous People” just would not work.

But… “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is valuable for anyone, not just the straightforward corporate audience.

Also, the writing feels very “corporate-y” in style, and the book did not keep me engaged enough and took me a while to finish reading the book even though I knew the information was valuable. He does add some great personal stories though.

Again, it is a great book that targets its’ audience very well, as opposed to trying to appeal to the “get rich quick” audience. Because habits of success are not built overnight, so this might be for the better.

My final dislike is that I personally love “how-to” books. Having read “Think and Grow Rich,” Tony Robbins books, NLP training manuals, and works by Brian Tracy, I am spoiled by personal development books with actionable how-to’s and practical steps with their main ideas.

And “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” does a great job coming up with and presenting ideas, but could do bit more on providing ideas with which to execute on. For a book on such an important topic of building the right habits to be more effective, it goes very little into getting you to establish those habits. Sure it is a motivational “get started now” type of book, but it could dive just a little deeper into the habits and how they apply.

And now for the good…

There is a reason “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” has sold over 30 million copies, and Covey has worked with some of the top leaders in the world. Because the book is fantastic at bringing together very high-level habits of effectiveness. They include what highly effective people do, and why their methods are effective.

He also shares many personal stories that tie in well that demonstrate the effectiveness of his proposals.

Furthermore, Covey does a fantastic job of tackling both personal and professional growth, and breaks down some very important ideas into behaviors such as being a better negotiator.

Overall, I would give “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” a 3.5/5. It knows its’ audience very well, and is very well organized. However, for me personally, I was looking for something to really shake me up when I read a book that has had such success with such raving reviews.

Maybe I was just not the target audience, and maybe it was over-marketed. But regardless of my opinion, as someone who studies personal development in depth, and creates personal development content, it has a lot of great information and could be a very beneficial read for anyone who wants to be more effective in any area of their life whether it is family, professional, and even in physical health.

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P.S. Building the right habits can change your life and even help you automate yourself to achieve the things you want. If being an effective employee, entrepreneur, leader, family-man/woman, student, salesman, engineer, and anything else is something you think will be of value to you, be sure to read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie Book Review – Fundamentals of Leadership

Fundamentals of Leadership

I read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie three times:

  • Once in college,
  • Once when I was selling IT hardware for a big company,
  • And once in 2019 when I moved to a new city and was starting a new job. Each of these readings was a couple of years apart.

Two of the common complaints I find from people who have not read the book include “the title sounds stupid and manipulative, I want to make friends, not win people, life isn’t just about winning friends and influence!”

The second complaint is “this book can’t work for me, I am not social, attractive, or interesting enough.”

And here is the thing…

First, the book is not about manipulation. Influence is not about manipulation. Everyone learns about influence from a very young age, and some just become better at it over time.

Don’t put down the importance of influence in life simply because you are not yet good at it, or you envy those who are incredibly influential. And there is nothing wrong with having to “win” people over. Most people are too busy to make friends with everyone in the world. Friendships and personal and professional relationships can take time to craft.

How can you expect someone important and busy to just suddenly become your friend? You shouldn’t expect it. Sometimes you have to win them over, and not by beating anybody at tricking them into thinking you are a cool and interesting person. It is by applying some of the age-old wisdom of “How to Win Friends and Influence People” which everyone and anyone can learn to apply.

To address our second complaint, if you truly, deeply, stubbornly believe that “‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ can’t work for you, and that you are not social, attractive, or interesting enough,” then there may be other books to look into.

Yes, the cover says it is “The Only Book You Need to Lead You to Success,” and while I believe it can help everyone, there might be a big personal barrier of skepticism of your own ability that you have to first overcome.

You can choose to always live in disbelief of the things that can help you, or you can pick up a copy of “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and start learning about the fundamentals of leadership.

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” does a great job of presenting the core of how all great personal and professional relationships begin and flourish. And that knowledge is valuable for business leaders, salespeople, world travelers, entrepreneurs, entertainers, artists, and more…

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” provides the foundations of:

  • The fundamental skills leaders need to have
  • How to become an incredibly valuable employee at a company
  • How to attract people who you might perceive as “more successful than you”
  • How to be charismatic and likable even if you are an introvert
  • What it takes to grow a business whether you are a contributor or the owner
  • Why some men and women seem to form valuable relationships with ease, and others struggle…

And for all of that wisdom, I give “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie a 3.5/5. Many books have been adapted off Carnegie’s book because (and this is my personal perspective) there has been a need to adapt his wisdom for the modern world. Communication is changing incredibly quickly. And the great thing about the ideas in “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is that everyone can take action on them. But in order to get the most out of the work, is to put in work, and to throw in personal substance. I also disagree that it is the “only” book for success since I am a big biased fan of “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Law of Success.” But it is a great foundation from which to build that teaches ideas that cannot be found in Napoleon Hill’s work.

It is undoubtedly worth the read though.

Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” stands the test of time for a majority of the ideas. Even Warren Buffett took his leadership speaking course.

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P.S. Don’t wait to take action. The ideas in “How to Win Friends and Influence People” do require “action” on your part. You can’t “Win Friends and Influence People” without working with people and getting yourself to form those relationships. So get a copy of the book today, and start applying what you learn today.

“The Psychology of Selling” by Brian Tracy Book Review – Help More Customers

Help More Customers

I argue that Brian Tracy is and will be known as one of the most influential figures and authorities on the subject of sales, in history. And he became an authority on the subject of sales because he was an exceptional student of sales.

Through decades of experience, Brian Tracy shares some of his best knowledge in “The Psychology of Selling.” The book includes ideas and wisdom such as::

+ Minor tweaks such as words to say or actions to take to enhance your sales techniques that can have a massive impact. Remember that even minor improvements in skill can have an exponential impact.

+ Activities that will drastically improve your productivity and motivation so that you can constantly perform as a top-notch salesman to deliver more value to your boss, your customers, and therefore earn more for you and your family.

+ Expert knowledge on sales, what sales means, how sales works, why certain sales methods succeed and others fail, becoming more valuable within your organization, how to learn from the best, and so much more…

I have just barely scratched the surface on how the information provided in “The Psychology of Selling” can help you and your business.

Even if you are not a salesperson, learning the techniques will be valuable for your career because everybody sells. Everybody buys something. Even if you do not like being sold, you are being sold (or motivated to buy) every moment you watch television, walk down the street, surf the internet, or a friend or family member wants to go on an adventure with you.

Wouldn’t it be great to at least have an idea of how it all works?

Even if you are an administrator who enters data, a surgeon, or parent or young adult who wants to build a better future, this book can be valuable to you.

Again, small actions and additions of knowledge can create massive shifts in your life. Even improving one thing per day (and most of us can learn more than one thing per day), or taking the challenge of improving something by 1% every day, you can have massive improvements every year. Either 365 new things learned, or a +3700% personal improvement over 365 days if you go the percentage route.

Now imagine if you focused all of that energy into understanding “The Psychology of Selling” and how this affects just about every area of the economy. And to be able to use the ideas in “The Psychology of Selling” for your own career.

Some people might be scared of the word selling maybe because of the “old school methods”. But don’t worry, to build a long-lasting career like Brian Tracy requires tremendous integrity of information. Unscrupulous people have not built careers like Tracy who preserved his knowledge through his lectures and books.

And any true salesperson knows that everyone today is smarter than they were 20, 10, 5, even 1 year ago! Things that worked yesterday will not work today. And every good salesperson knows that sales are not about convincing or tricking people. It is about doing your very best to help a customer get what they want or need in the most effective way possible. And yes, sometimes your customer is your boss or company you work for too.

So when you take a read into “The Psychology of Selling” you are learning some of the greatest ethical sales methods every established in history.

But there are two caveats with “The Psychology of Selling.”

One, that it is a bit outdated in the sense that sales have changed, and at least a good handful of savvy businesspeople have learned about some of the strategies proposed by Brian Tracy. As a matter of fact, just to be competitively even, you may want to know the ideas in ‘The Psychology of Selling.”

The second caveat is most millennials, younger generations, or introverts probably won’t want to read “The Psychology of Selling” it because they hear about the great opportunities as being in online marketing.

Most millennials and future generations are going to hear about advertising online, making money from home, and selling as a form of writing or e=mail or social media marketing as opposed to the face to face and door to door interactions of the past. They might never have to experience a face-to-face rejection in the future and still be able to build a successful business.

But the fact is, even for those people who are not in face-to-face sales, knowing the techniques is still important, especially if you plan on growing your business. Plus, if you want to “stand out” in the future, having the knowledge in “The Psychology of Selling” will be valuable when others are over-knowledgeable about marketing and under-knowledgeable about selling.

And in terms of dating (timewise, not relationship-wise) the material, Brian Tracy even created a course called “21st Century Sales Training” which addresses the issues that some more traditional tactics need to be adapted for the future. While he does not specify which ones, I imagine some of the ideas in “The Psychology of Selling” could be re-worked, but there are still many great fundamentals. And for all those reasons, I give “The Psychology of Selling” a 4/5.

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P.S. Don’t just think about “The Psychology of Selling” as a book on selling. Brian Tracy also shares many ideas on personal development, and how to be more persuasive which can be useful no matter where you work or what age you are.

Two book recommendations that will make you a better writer over night

Writing is one of the top skills today for anyone who wants to start their own independent business, and you can improve your writing skills overnight by reading these two books. Estimated time is about 4.5 total hours.

Even if you can build a website…
Even if you can get a bunch of followers to your social media…
Even if you can create an email list…

You will need some level of skill in writing or at least a partner who handles the writing. But writers are expensive. Even video and audio often requires a good writer if you are trying to sell something, or at least know the skills of how to create advertising copy.

But it isn’t just any type of writing.

There is a very specific skill internet/digital marketers and advertisers need, and that is the ability to write persuasively, or also known as copywriting.

After studying a handful of courses on copywriting, along with the video sales letters and sales page letters of some of my favorite online products, I came across these two books:

“This book will teach you to write better” by Neville Medhora
and
“The Boron Letters” by Gary and Bond Halbert

And best yet, they can both be read consecutively, between your evening dinner and breakfast the next morning. You’ll even have time to grab some zzz’s.

Combined, those books will teach you to:

+ Write for impact and action
+ Capture people’s attention through your words
+ Grasp some of the fundamental techniques used by the top persuasive writers
+ Make friends with the people you are writing to who you eventually want to have as clients
+ Use powerful frameworks and methods to apply to your writing so it sounds better without even having to learn new grammar techniques
+ and much more…

These are impactful, straight to the point books with just enough details to get you going.

Wish you the best

P.S. If you want to become an entrepreneur or start an online business, Content is King. Even if you do not want to be a writer, having knowledge in this area will be valuable, and you can learn some tactics over night! So check out the books on Amazon:

“The Boron Letters” by Gary and Bond Halbert

“This book will teach you to write better” by Neville Medhora

“Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz Book Review – Prepare for Beauty and Success

Prepare for Beauty and Success

Are you ready for beauty and success? If you magically become more attractive, wealthier, more physically fit, or more successful overnight, month, or even a couple of years will you be ready for it mentally and spiritually?

Here is some information you can find online about the “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz. In a gist, Maxwell Maltz was a surgeon who studied why some people who became more beautiful overnight through surgery did not become happier or confident. Some did, in fact, become happier and more confident, but others became more depressed.

You’ve probably heard it before.

  • “Not all rich people are happy.”
  • “Money can’t buy happiness.”
  • “Beautiful people have sad eyes.”

Now I’m not here to preach about the philosophy of happiness or that being happy is always more important than money because money can help you purchase the time and things that can make you happy whether that is a vacation, a new fresh and clean wardrobe, or a great dinner for you and your family.

But the fact remains that some people who become beautiful or successful have not “grow into it.” They may not have prepared for it.

“Psycho-Cybernetics” does a great job of helping readers manage their self-esteem.

Some people are not prepared for more attention or are unprepared to accept that they are at least “perceived” as better (not that they believe that they are better, only that people start to treat them “differently”).  Or maybe they do not feel as if they deserve what it is they thought they wanted.

These are real problems people face.

There is a psychology behind self-esteem, identity, and how your perspective changes when you enter a new phase of life.

If you want to live among the stars (it is ok, just admit that you want to be famous, there is nothing wrong with that) and be highly successful (and eventually well-known), there is some preparation you might have to do. If you have the belief it will happen to you one day, be sure to look into “Psycho-Cybernetics.”

And if you have already reached a level of success or fame, and you are unsure why you feel down sometimes, “Psycho-Cybernetics” might be able to help you find some answers, or at least provide you with some exercises to work on

For most people, beauty doesn’t just suddenly happen, and huge amounts of money don’t suddenly flow into the bank account overnight.  And some people have time to adapt to the changes. Therefore, it might be good to prepare beforehand.

Even if you want to live a regular life and not be called on to be on the pages of a beauty or fitness magazine, you could still get some value out of this book to help you become the best version of yourself (and truly believe it).

To rate it, I’ll give “Psycho-Cybernetics” a 4/5 because I think Maltz did a great job of applying his knowledge as a doctor in a way that could help and benefit a lot of people. -1 because there is some more repetitive information that you’ve probably read in other personal development books, although he does an awesome job of putting his twist on it, sometimes it felt like he added ideas to make the book “longer.” But overall, it is a fantastic, and helpful read.

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“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill Book Review – Open Your Mind

Open Your Mind

Published in 1937, “Think and Grow Rich” is an important piece of American literature, and I argue that Napoleon Hill deserves a globally recognized economic award.  Many of today’s top experts in personal development have adapted some of the ideas developed by Napoleon Hill, which he credits to some of the greatest leaders in American history including Thomas Paine, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Luther Burbank, and much more…

“Think and Grow Rich” is a how to become rich and successful, personal growth and development, history, and philosophy book all wrapped into one.

But let’s be clear here, if you are looking for the secret to getting rich quick, you won’t find it… you won’t find it anywhere for that matter.

“Think and Grow Rich” is more of a book from which to build a strong foundation as you pursue your next big idea. And by that I mean, if you dream of building the next unicorn mobile app company, open a restaurant, or space travel company like Elon Musk, you will likely want to study specifically how to build a successful mobile app, how to manage a restaurant, and how Elon Musk got started.

What “Think and Grow Rich” does, is it provides ANYONE, not only the world’s supergenius’s, with exact steps and knowledge from which to start pursuing your biggest life’s goals, because in the United States it is possible for everyone. And it is an exceptional resource for that.

Consider that the book was published in 1937, and was being developed throughout the Great Depression. If you are into marketing, you might realize that it was a brilliant time to come up with a book like “Think and Grow Rich” to help the millions of people who suffered from The Depression.

And education, skills, and technology were far less advanced back in 1937.

Let that sink in.

Before 1940 less than 5% of the American population went to college. Today in 2019, more than 30% of Americans have a four-year degree.

And “Think and Grow Rich” was made to help everyone, not just the most educated and privileged people, although it could be beneficial to you as well if you are in the top percentage of people in America.

What’s more…

“Think and Grow Rich” doesn’t just help you figure out how to earn riches. It helps provide you the ideas and philosophies with which to keep your riches.

All these factors tie together to make “Think and Grow Rich” a 4.5/5.

I subtract 0.5 points because “Think and Grow Rich” is actually a condensed version of his original “The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons.” Most people might not read the full text of “The Law of Success” but once you read it, you will feel “Think and Grow Rich” could have added so much more (which are in “The Law of Success”).

It might not be fair that I am judging “Think and Grow Rich” with foreknowledge… but be sure to read it because it can help guide you where you want to go.

Here is the toughest thing though, and why I start this post with “Open Your Mind.” It isn’t about meditation or mindfulness although those are some valuable activities. It is about being open to the possibilities in your own life! And that is easier said than done.

It took me three readings of “Think and Grow Rich” over a period of about 4 years before some of it finally started to click. Call me stubborn or whatever, but if you can truly open your mind and read the book, it will be incredibly helpful to you.

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“This book will teach you to write better” by Neville Medhora Book Review – How to Write Better

How to Write Better

There are very few books that pack as much punch into less than 60 pages as “This book will teach you to write better” by Neville Medhora.

More is not always better. The reason why a lot of modern non-fiction books seem “longer” is that there is oftentimes a lot of filler because sometimes ideas need to be sold to the reader. Those books sometimes present extensive “pitches” before delivering the final idea.

You might even get a few pages worth of introducing the idea. Good writers do this for good reason, just like how fiction writers need a good cliffhanger or need to create a climax, otherwise, the end result is just not as fulfilling.

In “This book will teach you to write better” Neville Medhora does a fantastic job of both “selling you” on the ideas in the book, while also giving you precise actions that you can take to improve your writing, instantly. But I understand the word “sell” can be scary.

The book is not one long pitch to sell a course or anything, although there is a course you can purchase.  But the thing is, ideas need to be sold. Why is it that someone can hear about a product from an acquaintance and not think twice about it, but as soon as the product is pitched by a celebrity, suddenly it is worth attention? Because things need to be packaged and sold (or at least marketed).

This is true for books as well. It is a fine art to write in a fashion that will motivate someone to take action to improve their lives because many who say “I’ve heard that before” or “that won’t work” will not do anything, and consider the idea useless. The ability to package ancient wisdom in a way that someone will value it is a valuable skill. And Neville Medhora does it superbly in a minimalist fashion.

This book will teach you how to write better by [Medhora, Neville]

This is stuff that you can get started right away either by writing a letter to a friend, a Tweet to your followers or in formulating a new sales message to a client.

Although it does not state it, “This book will teach you to write better” is primarily for those who are content creators who need to write to either engage an audience or sell a product. You might call this copywriting. However, the ideas presented by Neville Medhora could possibly even be applied to modern fiction as well.

The chances are, some of the main ideas in the book have been heard of before, but they are packaged very effectively so that the reader absorbs the information in just the right amounts.

It is a fast enough read that you can get all the information in an evening, but it is long enough to feel like you learned something.

I personally read it and started crafting new sales messages, and I have to say some of them helped me get a higher response rate than some of my more complex pitches.

“This book will teach you to write better” fulfills on the promise to teach you to write better by condensing a lot of ideas from other great copywriting books.

After finishing it, and doing some writing, I couldn’t help but think to myself that sometimes I make things harder than they need to be. Some of the ideas presented in “This book will teach you to write better” are obvious, but sometimes you need a good mentor to tell the ideas to you in an easy to understand format.

I have personally written and self-published 6 books to date, wrote hundreds of articles, and still got a lot of value out of “This book will teach you to write better.” 

It was a solid reminder with basic to more advanced techniques for writing effectively, especially for today’s fast-paced social media-driven world.

I give “This book will teach you to write better” a 4.5/5 because it does an amazing job of giving you some of the most solid foundations with which to write better. Compiling such valuable information in an entertaining way that motivates me to buy into the ideas is a very noteworthy skill, and Neville Medhora does a great job of it.

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“Unlimited Power” by Tony Robbins – You Are Powerful

You Are Powerful

I majored in a field of science, and I think that made me skeptical of Tony Robbins. Seminars where people are required to shout and dance to increase their energy and where people are “healed” is what I believed he did. It was all a bit too “mystical yoohoo” for me; of course you can increase peoples energy by making them dance, I thought.

Such a simple perspective I had on personal development.

But something happened to me that made me dive into studying personal development. I would go to the library and skim through books such as “Unlimited Power” thinking, ok, I’ve heard that, heard that, heard this, oh this is kind of new, but I heard something similar to it. I was sure stubborn. But that attitude wasn’t going to help me get where I wanted to go.

If you are a skeptic like me, I ask you to risk just an hour to visit a local library and start reading his book with an open mind, for FREE. Or watch some of his YouTube videos with an open mind. It can change you and help you improve anything you are looking to improve.

And then something hit me like a truck that made me realize I needed to stop discrediting everything, especially when someone spends such an extensive career helping so many people (I’m talking about Tony Robbins).

So there I was sitting with the massive book that is “Unlimited Power”; not a casual book to read on a bus ride. You need to be fully engaged with it, as you do with any of Tony Robbins’ programs. You have to be mentally, physically, and emotionally engaged with the material in order to get more of its’ benefits.

By the time I overcame my skepticism and decided to start diving into “Unlimited Power” I have to say my life has shifted tremendously. The ideas in the book are not something to take lightly.

I want to keep talking about the many cool ways the book has changed my life, or how the different parts of the book have affected me, but there is another book review I will go into for that, and that is Tony Robbins other book “Awaken the Giant Within” which is a more comprehensive and newer version of “Unlimited Power.” 

If I had to suggest reading only one of the two books, I would say read “Awaken the Giant Within” also by Tony Robbins. However, there is something incredibly valuable you can gain from reading both “Unlimited Power” and “Awaken the Giant Within”.

Most NLP Practitioners and Tony Robbins included talk about the concept of modeling.  And if you want to model and learn from Tony Robbins, and study how he got started, the book “Unlimited Power” provides great insight into the early stages of a successful career. It also has a lot of powerful activities and ideas in it. But if you are not looking to study or learn how a career changes over time, you can skip straight to “Awaken the Giant Within”.

Secondly, even if you read “Unlimited Power” first, you can still get the benefit of having more “advanced reminders” of how to be the best person you can when you read “Awaken the Giant Within.” 

Despite the size of “Unlimited Power” with over 400 pages, it is a pretty smooth read. Robbins does a great job of keeping you engaged with useful advice, actionable activities, and more.

For me, I spent a lot of time researching and studying the concepts Tony Robbins talks about. He is the father of the coaching industry, and as such, you can gain a greater appreciation for it when you dive into studying coaching. However, you don’t need to do that to get value out of “Unlimited Power.”

What is important, is to be open to the ideas, or at least that was the hardest thing for me. But if you are open to transformational books that can enhance and improve your life, “Unlimited Power” is a great way to take a huge step forward.

I will give the book a 5/5 simply for boldness. It takes someone who really wants to, and has the ability to help people, to come up with a book like “Unlimited Power.”

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“Strengthsfinder 2.0” by Tom Rath Assessment and Book Review – Focus on Your Strengths

Focus on Your Strengths

I completed “Strengthsfinder 2.0” assessment nearly 5 years ago, and it still is one of my top five favorite personal assessments even compared to other free and paid assessments including DiSC, Myers-Briggs, and a variety of other adaptations for different jobs. I only wish I could take it again, but the creators recommend that it only be taken once.

I was introduced to it by a former leader-boss who said it was used as a tool at a previous company he worked at (a MAJOR company) to build teams. As someone who is constantly seeking self-improvement, I had to try it out.

The assessment itself is relatively simple and straightforward. You buy a copy of the book (or just the voucher), register, and then complete it online right from your home.  After you get the results of your strengths, you can go through the book (or the online results file) to gain a better understanding of your personal strengths, and how to apply them.

It even tells you exactly who you can partner up with in order to balance out your strengths and weaknesses for when you start to build or join teams.

I won’t go too into detail with “how it works” simply because you can easily find that out. What is important is what it did for me, and maybe “Strengthsfinder 2.0” could do it for you as well.

First, “Strengthsfinder 2.0” felt pretty accurate and helped solidify a few beliefs I had.

Second, the assessment also helped me gain some clarity and focus on what I am good at, and what I should look for in potential business partners. This awareness is powerful. And I am sure if the assessment is done as a team-building activity, that it could yield even greater results. I did it as an individual.

Third, the book provides many great actionable ideas that you can do in your personal and professional life to maximize your strengths.

I think the philosophy of “Strengthsfinder 2.0” is executed very well. By focusing on your more natural strengths, you can go much further than you might if you are constantly worried about your weaknesses.

Even with the extensive assessments I have personally used, I felt “Strengthsfinder 2.0” gave me one of the best comprehensive “actionable steps” to move forward with.

As far as assessments go, I give “Strengthsfinder 2.0” a 4.5/5 (I don’t know if there is a 5).

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