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20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now Hardcover – January 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849948541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849948541
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I never trust anyone who claims to have all the right answers. But someone who can help me figure out all the right questions? That guy is gold. And that's what Robert D. Smith delivers in 20,000 Days and Counting."
-- Dave Ramsey | New York Times Best-Selling Author and Nationally Syndicated Radio Host


"It's no accident that this little book found its way into your hands. Don't underestimate it. It will change forever how you think about your life. Read it. Absorb it. Live it!"
-- Michael Hyatt | New York Times Best-Selling Author, Former CEO, Thomas Nelson Publishers


"Inside these pages is a crash course in making the most out of this adventure called 'life.' It's simple, powerful, and perfectly reflects my neighbor in Nashville who always has a fresh way to look at any challenge I'm facing."
-- Jon Acuff  Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author of Quitter

About the Author

Robert D. Smith has overseen the career of New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews for more than three decades. He has also served as a private consultant to numerous best-selling authors, speakers, entertainers, and organizations, educating them on the methods he has employed throughout his career. 



Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.


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Robert D. Smith, known affectionately to those around him as THE Robert D, is a leader in providing life-changing entertainment resources, a global customer service rep, and a favorite uncle.

For more than three decades, he has managed and overseen the career of Andy Andrews, a three-time New York Times best-selling author and in-demand speaker. He has served as a private consultant to numerous best-selling authors, speakers, entertainers, and cutting-edge organizations, educating them on the unique methods he has employed to sustain massive success and growth across multiple industries for the past 30+ years.

Characterized by his never-say-die attitude, Robert has made a habit of powering through adversity and closed doors at every turn. He was rejected 51 times while pitching Andrews' first manuscript, "The Traveler's Gift." While most would have quit, Robert persisted through "no" after "no."

"No's don't scare me...I eat no's for breakfast," he says. "All a 'no' means is that you're one step closer to a 'yes.'"

The Traveler's Gift, of course, went on to become a New York Times bestseller and a featured selection of ABC's Good Morning America. It is now available around the world in over 25 languages, another volume in a catalog that continues to sell at an impressive rate. "They tell us that a book by Andy Andrews sells every 60 seconds somewhere on the planet," he says with a grin.

His unique lifestyle, magnetic personality, and uncanny ability to get the best out of those with whom he works shine through in his debut book "20,000 Days and Counting," which he describes as a crash course for anyone wishing to get the most out of each and every day, hour, and minute they spend on Earth.

"20,000 Days and Counting" shows you how to maximize every moment and live purposely with tremendous certainty of who you are and what you are here to do.

Robert spends his spare time mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs and creative thinkers, teaching them lessons in business, finances, and living lives of meaning. He enjoys creating lasting memories with those around him by seizing opportunities for magic moments in seemingly ordinary settings. If you find yourself out to dinner with him, he will insist that everyone order dessert first. He currently resides in the countryside of Franklin, TN, just south of Nashville.

Customer Reviews

If you could only read one book in 2013 - 20,000 Days and Counting must be the one!
Rory Peebles
This was a great book that will energize and motivate you to make the changes you need to to live your life in a bigger and better way.
Dad of Divas
It takes only an hour to read and will give you at least a few tools you can use to start making more out of each day of your life.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By CS on December 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is chock full of simple yet truly thought- (and life-) altering principles for becoming a more productive individual in the life we live, with a view towards an eternity that we'll have no reason to dread. I usually shun self-help and motivational type books but I am glad I read this one. Although not featuring Scripture throughout for the most part, the author shares key Scriptures at the beginning on the wisdom of numbering our days and other similar biblical exhortations. This provides a great foundation for the principles shared. Each chapter is preceded by salient quotations on the topic of Time and Productivity from past voices which were so gripping that I highlighted almost all of them.

Of all the principles shared the one that jumped out at me most was `Motivation is a myth.' The author says:

"Believe me. You cannot motivate people to do any one thing. Even yourself. Never try to motivate yourself or anyone else to increase productivity. Instead, do the opposite: Increase your productivity, then the motivation will follow.

I reflected on my own experiences and could see the truth in this. My attempts at motivation in itself have often been very short-lived to downright failures. However, whenever I did just set my mind to it and accomplish a task, I found I was more likely to feel satisfied and attempt another.

Because I was also intrigued by the author's calculation of his days lived thus far, I followed the information provided to the author's website where I was able to input my birth date for a calculation of how many thousands of days I've been alive. It really does bring perspective if you will soak it in and be reflective!

The author says that the book was designed to be read in about an hour.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By cksheng74 on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This little book by Robert Smith is really a common sense book about beating procrastination and start living life as if everyday is a last day for us on earth. This book reminds us that we are always, very literally, only one step away from dying, from meeting our Creator face to face. Any moment. Any day. Anywhere. Consequently, there is a need to always ask ourselves the question of what is our purpose of life here. As Robert says: "..... I felt a pressing desire to accomplish these little things--make a phone call, write a letter, research an idea--as soon as they occurred to me. I constantly asked myself, What is important now? What is next? I could never escape those two questions as they spun around in my mind. To this day, those same two questions keep me up late, get me up early, and create a never-ending quest of enormous possibilities and accomplishments. In truth, I never really want to be finished, though I am aware that one day, it will all end. But not yet."

As Robert alluded that there is no thought that will purge our priorities of worthless and worldly tastes like the thought of our impending death. Daily pondering of the kind of life we would like to look back on when we come to die helps us to re-focus our priorities daily. The thought of imminent death helps clarify our purposes, a rearranging of what really matters. A good example would be testimonies of people having near-death experiences and then making radical changes in their lives.

However, the reason why most people are unable to live with this mentality of living as if today is the last day is that it's tough. It takes discipline, patience, and even courage because it requires you to live in a way that is contrary to how the majority of people around you are living their lives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By @el_chalangalang on March 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Average by all accounts... Same old song.. Nothing new at the end of the rainbow. Save your time and money
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By trainerdg on January 19, 2013
Format: Audible Audio Edition
I read the raving reviews on-line and purchased the book. Although I gained some good insights from the book, this is more like a booklet. It took me about 30 minutes to read. It is priced way too high. It should be a free ebook or priced like similar items around 2.99.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Quinley VINE VOICE on January 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"20,000 Days" is an idea that was pumped up with hot air and stretched into something that is long enough to be called a book. Seize the day. Treasure the moment. Enjoy the present. Live each day as if it was your last.

Do we need 100 pages -- much of it quotes and "filler" to understand that?

Please.

I received this book as a Christmas gift. It was on my Wish List. After I started reading it, I thought to myself, "You have got to be kidding me!" I realize that my review may be an outlier here, but I cannot drink the Kool-Aid.

On the plus side: it is a quick read.

On the minus side: the author's passion is laudable but the content borders on the insipid.

"20,000 Days..." is like chicken soup for your life outlook. It won't hurt. It may help. It is a time-worn (and valid) concept dressed up as a book, a thesis that could have been developed in a few sentences or paragraph.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Thomason on December 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Remarkable is a great word for this book and for Robert D. Smith! His ability to instill, infect, and restore hope with 20,000 Days and counting is remarkable. After reading I began to immediately recommend it to friends and family. The numbering of our days toward the positive should be all of our goal! Thanks Robert for not only the reminder but the tools to practically apply this to our lives!
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