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Esteemable Acts: 10 Actions for Building Real Self-Esteem Hardcover – January 21, 2003

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From Publishers Weekly

Developing self-esteem is the key to living a life beyond your "wildest imaginings," according to this book, which is divided into 10 "esteemable actions" designed to get downtrodden readers thinking about how to change their lives. Ward certainly speaks from experience: a former drug-addicted alcoholic and call girl, she turned her life around, graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and is now a motivational speaker and president and CEO of her own company. Ward urges readers to keep a journal to reflect upon goals and answer questions such as "What do you value?", "What does financial freedom mean to you?", and "What’s most important to you today?" While much of the advice is common sense—she proclaims the importance of living your dreams, being your own best friend and avoiding a victim mentality—this well-meaning guide all too often slides into overly familiar territory (procrastination is the enemy; you should eat well and take care of yourself) and simplistic platitudes such as "Denial is the enemy of success," or "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
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Ward, a practicing attorney with a harrowing life story of a dysfunctional childhood and recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, offers inspiring and practical advice on building self-esteem. Based on her own remarkable turnaround, Ward offers specific advice on several aspects of life, including career, finances, relationships, and self-improvement. She advises readers to keep a journal of esteemable acts--taking risks, articulating dreams, helping others--and to record those actions and experiences that mark progress in developing self-esteem. She recommends self-examination to detail character strengths and shortcomings and offers advice on how to avoid becoming "a casualty to limited thinking." In each chapter, Ward offers practical exercises to keep the reader focused on achieving goals. This is a practical self-help guide written by a woman who has overcome great odds to succeed. Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (January 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767912187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767912181
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lauretta on June 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
How can you expect other's to know who you are when you don't know yourself? Esteemable Acts is a self-help book based on helping you identify yourself and overcome issues and excuses that's holding you back from being all you can be.
This is one of those books that help you understand why you do some of the things you do and help you identify why things turn out the way they do in your life. You will need to be honest with yourself in order to take the self-help test. Once you realize what you need to do you will find out no-one knows you better than you do.
I really enjoyed this book and most of what I read helped me (Ok, the majority of what I read helped me...see I admitted it).
Thank you Ms. Ward for a well-written book. You really did your research.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Horn on February 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book offers real-life suggestions on how we can be the quality of person we want to be now, not someday. The book shines with credibility because the author has "been there, done this." Her stories of how she overcame a rough beginning prove than ANYONE can develop more confidence if they follow her suggestions. This highly readable and encouraging book gives readers supportive, practical recommendations that will help them turn their intentions into actions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Heller on May 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The book Esteemable Acts, is probably the best thing that's ever happened to me. Francine Ward speaks a lot about walking thru fear -- something i don't do often in my life. She also talks of living your best life, making your dreams come true, and financial freedom. They are the three things I didn't think I could do.
Esteemable Acts teaches you step by step how to make ALL THINGS POSSIBLE. Granted I needed the willingness to take the suggestions in the book, but they really aren't that hard. I've decided to go back to school, and i'm interviewing for a new job. I've moved in with a roommate and am walking thru that fear. I've never felt as good as I do today. Today is by far the best day of my life! Esteemable Acts is a book that has helped me change my life. I'm becoming the person I've always wanted to be!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Rogers on August 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to meet Francine at a book signing and she is indeed an impressive person. The book flows well and Francine's personal story is really the inspiration. I find when I don't feel like doing something I repeat what she said to our group.

"It's an esteemable act to....." and then I do it anyway.

She does not advocate any quick fixes, just constant small esteemable acts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Dahlin Geiger VINE VOICE on July 15, 2007
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What a great book! Ms. Ward summarizes in just a few hundred pages what it took me nearly 30 years to learn. Her story is so inspiring that it left me just mesmerized. The road she traveled to become a success was so long that it makes it easy for the reader to say, "Wow, if she can do it, then so can I!"

The book is well written, engaging, and very enjoyable to read. There are many specific exercises to do so that you can implement her suggestions and look deeply into your own life. I can't say enough good things about this book. I have already bought many copies to give as gifts, particularly to the young adults in my life who have so much potential and are sabotaging themselves with all the daily manifestations of poor self esteem.

Jan Dahlin Geiger, CFP(r), Author of "Get Your Assets in Gear! Smart Money Strategies," available at Amazon. Get Your Assets in Gear! Smart Money Strategies
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen J. Dugas on December 20, 2009
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Great book by an amazing woman!
Surrendering and turning your life over as this woman has on a daily basis is inspiration for us all!
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