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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118341384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118341384
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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.


More About the Author

C.C. Chapman was born in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and is a modern day renaissance man. He is a passionate content creator, photographer, father and entrepreneur. His business experience has won awards and he has worked with a variety of clients including American Eagle Outfitters, HBO and The Coca-Cola Company.

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.

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CC Chapman has a great book and an easy read.
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C.C. makes no bones about it: amazing things don't just happen, but they will happen if you work hard and be good to others.
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I really enjoyed "Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide On Achieving Success & Happiness" by C.C. Chapman.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lain VINE VOICE on January 25, 2013
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If you've never read an inspirational or self-help book...
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."

REALLY??!!!

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2013
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I want to preface this by saying that generally I really love self-help and self-improvement books. I've reviewed quite a few of them here on Amazon and feel like I've learned a lot and generally grown as a person. But this book just wasn't for me.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Denise Patterson VINE VOICE on March 19, 2013
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Reading this book is like having a series of conversations with that uncle you have who's made a success of himself in business. He's got a lot of good advice, even if it is the same vague advice everyone gives about success, and he's got a lot of long-winded stories about his own personal success. It IS inspiring to listen to him, but you're not going to get a lot of terribly practical information here. If you are already on the road to business success, and you want a little light reading to keep your inspiration level high, this is great. If you are looking for a practical plan for improve your job, or looking to turn around things in your personal life, this isn't quite gonna do it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Central Illinoisian in Chicago VINE VOICE on February 28, 2013
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This isn't a bad book, but an appropriate subtitle might be "What Happens When Everything Breaks Your Way".

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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dan Gorgone on November 28, 2012
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What this easy-to-read, smile-as-you-go journal of stories and advice does is to reassure you: it's okay to dream of the amazing things you want to do... as long as you follow though. C.C. is supportive and motivating, but he's also providing a path for all of us. Simply: forward, through the rough patch, and be sure to pick up those who need help along the way.

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!
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