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Dare to Succeed: How to Survive and Thrive in the Game of Life Hardcover – September 12, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (September 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078686849X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786868490
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Burnett is an Emmy-winning producer and founder of the Eco-Challenge -- a series of extreme sports events that have aired on MTV, ESPN, Discovery Channel, and the USA Network. His CBS series Survivor and Survivor II are among the most popular in television history. In addition to producing, Burnett is an avid extreme sportsman who also speaks frequently on leadership and team-building for corporations worldwide. A former member of the famed British Army Parachute Regiment, certified skydiver, and white water guide, he lives in Los Angeles, but is known from Pulau Tiga to the Australian Outback.

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Read it with a highlighter, a pen and a notebook.
Pastor John Raymond
It is an easy read, and one that will not only share some of Burnett's life story with you, but maybe motivate you to pursue your dreams a little harder as well.
Alain B. Burrese
Mark Burnett was and still is a visionary and his story is motivational for all walks of life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It's easy to slam Mark Burnett. He's freaking rich, he's changed the way television does business, and he doesn't seem to make a wrong move careerwise. But unlike other self-help authors who use adventure anecdotes without having any experience of their own, Burnett has put himself out there. I was surprised to see that he was on the front lines in the Falklands War, finished ninth in the Raid Gauloises, and personally scouts each Survivor location and pre-runs each Eco-Challenge course. The guy's not a wanna-be, he's the real deal. His words on success are worth reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a quick read and very entertaining. Mark Burnett is the Producer of "Survivor" and "Eco-Challenge" and he draws from these shows in his example of how to succeed (at least how he succeeded). The book is structured like a self-help book, and it is (from the standpoint that Burnett's stories motivate you to put your dreams into action). However, I appreciated it as a story of someone struggling to establish oneself in life - not so different from you or I, but with results that most of us will only dream about. I was rooting for Burnett to succeed as soon as I read the first chapter where he moves to the United States from Great Britain and lands a job as a nanny. I will wholeheartedly recommend this book to friends and family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Dare to Succeed" tells the story behind someone who is one of the successful people in the United States. I found Mark Burnett's story of his path to his success very accessible and inspiring. Mark Burnett shows by example how one can go from having very little in America to finding one's own unique niche. Burnett offers tips, or "guideposts" on how to work a
vision into reality. I was uncharacteristically inspired after reading this success story. From being ones boss to learning from ones failures, I found tidbits of wisdom that I will definitely carry with me to any job interview or just the office.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I'm wondering if "Mooresville, NC" even read this book. It sounds to me like he has a personal issue with Mr. Burnett. I might have taken heed in his/her review if it actually said something about the content of the book. I'm on chapter four, and I personally see Burnett's life-view refreshing. Unlike other self-help/success stories I've witnessed, so far I see no signs of self-pity or "martyrism". Burnett seems to sincerely appreciate whatever opportunities he's had in life. Obviously, he's doing something right to have created/produced Eco-Challenge and produced "Survivor". So far, I find his success strategies enlightening. They may not be profound, but at least we know for sure that they worked for him!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pastor John Raymond on September 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Wow! Even if I weren't a fan of Eco-Challenge and Survivor going in I would have become one after coming to realize the story behind the stories. This book isn't intended to promote his television programs but after seeing all that Mark Burnett has gone through I have a much greater appreciation for what he has accomplished.
I'm a 39 year-old pastor after having been a financial planner for over a decade. I have a comprehensive library of self-help and success books from Covey to Robbins and from Dyer to Ziglar. "Dare To Succeed" lines up with the best of the best because of the way Mark Burnett shares his real-life struggles as he grabs the reader's hand to help him climb that same hill step by step. Regardless of your type of employment or station in life, you will find these steps well placed.
This award winning producer and mega-media mogul doesn't talk Pollyanna and doesn't come across as a primadonna. He shares his failures and fears as well as the practical steps to success. As great as your life is now it will be better after reading "Dare To Succeed" and if you are just embarking on your self-help journey you will find this book indespensible. Read it with a highlighter, a pen and a notebook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RUSirius on May 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I happened to pick up the audio cassette of this book from the library and although its an abridged version I really loved listening to it. The story of Burnett's trials and tribulations and also his rise from rags to riches is told in a very interesting manner. The Survivor/eco Challenge story is really thrilling and Burnett's talent and perseverance in creating these shows is inspiring. The book has some great anecdotes and is replete with memorizable pearls of wisdom for the ambitious soul. The things which stick out most is his courage and determination to succeed. However I feel that the words eco challenge and survivor has been over used in this book and becomes too banal after a point although overall this book should be a good buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judah on March 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Below is Mark's philosophy, and this book is the story of how he lived his success:

1.) Only results count
2.) Have the courage to fail
3.) Choose teammates wisely
4.) Perseverance produces character
5.) Be right or be wrong, but make a decision
6.) Set achievable goals
7.) Try to go above, beyond, and then even further.

Mark writes how his life didn't go as planned, and while he received some big breaks, they were more about positioning himself to receive them and make them happen than simply luck. If he wasn't willing to try anything, he'd have let opportunities pass.

It's a good read. The man was a soldier, a nanny, a t-shirt seller, an insurance agent, a credit card banker, a three times competitor in the Raid Gauloises, the producer and scouter for the Eco-Challenge race, and finally the mastermind behind Survivor. He's accomplished a great deal, and if you don't care about the philosophy, the stories are still interesting.
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