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Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness Hardcover – November 28, 2012
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praise for Amazing Things Will Happen
"For people who want to make a leap into a new kind of career but just can't quite make the jump, C.C. Chapman offers practical advice, real-life examples, and thoughtful, realistic encouragement that will allow them to dare to do amazing things."
—Gretchen Rubin, author of Happier at Home and The Happiness Project
"This book is a field manual for living life with passion and gusto. Read it only if you're prepared for amazing things!"
—Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup
This book is not a how-to manual for life. It doesn't deliver a step-by-step approach that you execute in order to achieve an amazing life. Rather, it offers a collection of thoughts and inspiration that will get you up and guide you on a journey toward a more fulfilling life. Amazing Things Will Happen??shows how others got it done and gives you the inspiration to chase your dreams. You'll be empowered to:
- Cope with the situation you are currently in and make the most of it until you can break free
- Define your goals and set out realistic tasks to reach them
- Navigate the sea of doubters and obstacles to get to where you want to be
- Be happier, satisfied, and more rewarded by the life you choose to lead
About the Author
C.C. CHAPMAN is the founder of the Cleon Foundation, whose mission is to make the world a better place through creativity. Whether on stage delivering a keynote, in a conference room consulting with some of the largest brands in the world, or through any of his online channels, he always inspires and motivates others. C.C. is considered to be one of the premier thought leaders in creative social media and an innovative marketing expert. He is an advocate of the belief that through being a good hardworking person, anyone can achieve their dreams, and he shares these stories on his popular web series, Passion Hit TV. Visit cc-chapman.com to find out more.
Amazon's editors selected this title as a Best Book of the Month in business & leadership. See our current Editors' Picks.
More About the Author
C.C. is a keynote speaker who has entertained and educated crowds around the world. His web series Passion Hit TV profiles people who have taken their dreams and turned them into a livelihood. C.C. is also the founder of DigitalDads.com and the host of the Managing the Gray Podcast.
C.C. lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family.
Top Customer Reviews
The premise of the book is less of a step-by-step how-to so much as a collection of thoughts about how to live your best life, with the bulk of the information focusing on professional and career development. I was fine with this premise. A true how-to seems a bit unrealistic to me because life (and especially one's career) doesn't always unfold in a consistent and linear fashion. But my issue was that the actual book seemed like it didn't fully realize it's premise, at least not for me.
My first issue was with the introduction. The author spends 24 pages of a 180 page book giving an overview of his life story. To me it frankly was boring and felt self-indulgent. It wasn't really punctuated with life lessons or insights that made it worth reading. Not to mention there really wasn't anything about it that suck out as special or interesting or that nodded to any adversity he had to overcome. He also doesn't really nod back to it in the rest of the book so I'm not sure why it was included.
My issue with the rest of the book that followed was that it read like fluff. Most of the lessons he includes are things that have been trotted out time and time again in business and self-help books. To me if you're going to do this you writing either needs to be more eloquent than anything that has come before it on the topic or you need to expand the conversation or provide a new take. For me, the author did neither. For the sections that were a bit more novel were just too high level to be helpful.Read more ›
If you've never seen a motivational speaker or Tony Robbins infomercial...
If you've never heard a graduation speaker...
...Then maybe, MAYBE you'll find something fresh in this book.
I truly liked CC Chapman's first book, Content Rules, so I had high hopes for this one. I'm a sucker for "life improvement/achieve your dreams" books, too. But there was nothing interesting or unique in this short tome. And it is certainly not worth its $22.95 (!!) price tag.
You'll be treated to deep thoughts such as: "Nothing bad ever comes of being careful before moving forward." And, "LIfe and happiness are about a lot more than only money." And my favorite: "When setting goals, it often helps to break them down into smaller steps."
I am amazed that this one made it past the editorial committee. Geez, my 12-year-old could have written this stuff. All in all, it comes off as a series of notes cribbed from Napoleon Hill, the aforementioned Robbins, and Stuart Smalley's Deep Thoughts from Saturday Night Live. "...Doggone it, people LIKE you!"
Put your wallet away, skip this one, and instead get a copy of Oprah's magazine from the newsstand. You'll save yourself about $15 and a lot of time.
The author may be holding things back, but I got the sense that he was succeeding with very light burdens upon him, and few obstacles placed in his way. Yes, he was proactive, and the act of setting goals, making plans and following through on them are 1/2 the battle, but the advice here comes off a bit too often as "look at all I've done" and "look at all these world beaters I know" rather than "look at what all you can do".
The advice just doesn't seem to apply to those he don't have the freedom to act quite as freely as the author could. The advice isn't ~bad~, but if you've been around the block a few times, it certainly seems simplistic.
I'm sure there are some people that will just love this book, and if they get something out of it, that's great. However, I've read better books that go deeper into similar material.
Bottom Line? It isn't a bad book, but it could have been a better one.
This book, at its heart, is the voice so many of us need to hear: reassuring and wise, yet reminding us of our responsibilities to those around us and ourselves. It promises that amazing things WILL happen if you take stock in who you are and what you want out of life, if you share your passion and expertise, and if you recognize the value of your friends, family, and even the complete stranger.
This book is a nudge, a pat on the back, a warm embrace, and a kick in the ass. I hope you all get a chance to enjoy it!
Congrats to C.C. on a job well done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book to give you some perspective and help to set a plan for a more creative, successful future. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Russo
is a story that if your starting a career and are working your way up it may help as a guide.But if your a regular person nothing Amazing.Published 14 months ago by julio romo
Great read and very inspiring to get moving on the important stuff to achieve your goals and lead a happy and rewarding life.Published 16 months ago by K. Piddington
I thought it was well written, however, it may relate better to those who have started off with the advantage of a having stable upbringing as well as direction with detours that... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Lola
The book was interesting, but not quite what I was looking for. Did have some good ideas for other things though.Published on July 22, 2013 by Donald Coker
If you're looking for a get rich quick or self-help shortcuts book then Amazing Things Will Happen is probably not the book you are looking for. Still there..? Good. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Brian Green
C.C. Chapman is known as a marketer, but this book goes deeper than business strategy. What if you did a SWOT Analysis on your life? Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Georgia Cross
Self-help books are intimidating and typically imply that you're doing something wrong and need to fix it. This is not what C.C.'s book is like at all. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Ginger
C.C. did a fantastic job articulating his thoughts in such a concise way (only took a plane ride from Boston to NYC and back to read). Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Scott Ludwig