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20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now Hardcover – December 31, 2012
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"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!"
"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."
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 YorkTimes 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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Do we need 100 pages -- much of it quotes and "filler" to understand that?
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inspiring & practical! Robert D. Smith fulfilled his aim of getting me, his reader, to immediately benefit from this easy to read book. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Robert D is a straight forward writer with a powerful message for a life well lived and full of meaning. If you are looking for guidance for successful living, read this book.Published 16 days ago by Alisha Alligood
This book is short in length but filled with insight and straightforward application. Take the time to answer the questions and do the exercises. A game changer.Published 18 days ago by sd22
I consider a non-fiction book good if I get one golden nugget out of it that I can apply to life. This gave several - in less than an hour.Published 20 days ago by Sarah
One of my desires has been to live my life on purpose and to the fullest. This book gives me the how to. God has given me life and the right to choose how I will use that life. Read morePublished 26 days ago by irishlady
This is a great book! Short, Sweet, but plenty of gold nuggets. We have one life to live. After reading this book, I reflect on the past, and I am encouraged for the future.Published 28 days ago by Douglas
How long do we each have to live. Makes you think of just how much time we waste. Inspires us to do the most in the time we have.Published 1 month ago by Norma F. Gillespie