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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470504560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470504567
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Two words, one powerful philosophy. Everything Counts! is a must- read if there ever was one!"—Ivan R. Misner, PhD, founder and Chairman, BNI (Business Network International)

"Gary Ryan Blair is a man on a mission to inspire, promote, and celebrate excellence. You simply must read this book!"—Les Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Live Your Dreams

"A must-read for anyone who values quality and customer service....Everything Counts! is a road map to excellence for professionals, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and everyday folks."—Charmaine Russo, Manager, IBM Corporation

"Paying attention to the small stuff makes a huge difference. Everything Counts! provides a simple, transparent, and powerful execution strategy that works. I highly recommend it!"—Harry Paul, coauthor of Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results

"Every once in a while, a book comes along that delivers a transformational message appropriate for the boardroom, classroom, locker room, and living room. Everything Counts! is that kind of book. It is a treasure that can and should be enjoyed by all."—Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Traveler's Gift and The Noticer

"Everything Counts! is a great find and must-read. It superbly achieves the goal of providing a road map to excellence, both for individuals and organizations. But the true genius of the book is its universal relevance, as it combines a highly effective commonsense approach with frank guidance to enhance results in all areas of life."—Bill Bartmann, Billionaire Business Coach

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"A book becomes a 'classic' when it is the definitive reference source on a subject matter. Everything Counts is destined to become a 'classic' while serving as the guiding philosophy for anyone committed to excellence."
—Brian Tracy, Best Selling Author, How the Best Leaders Lead

"What do Olympic Gold Medalists, Academy Award Winners, and Noble Laureates all have in common? Answer: They all have a passionate obsession with excellence, and they all make everything count. Buy this book... it show you how to become one of the great ones!"
—Dr Lyle Koca, Koca Chiropractic Clinic

"In writing Everything Counts! Gary Ryan Blair has given us a much needed blueprint for defining excellence while reminding us that small is indeed beautiful. This book brilliantly demonstrates how very small differences when consistently practiced produce quality results."
—Bobbi DePorter, President, Quantum Learning Network

"Everyone once in a while a book comes along that delivers a transformational message appropriate for the Boardroom, Classroom, Locker Room and Living Room. Everything Counts is that kind of book. It is a treasure that can and should be enjoyed by all."
—Andy Andrews, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Traveler's Gift & The Noticer

"Everything Counts is a manifesto for unleashing exponential performance improvement in organizations worldwide. This powerful philosophy has transformed the success of my law practice and lent itself to the re-defining of the way I look at the practice of law.
—Tom Anelli, Managing Partner, Anelli Law

"Two words, one powerful philosophy. Everything Counts is a must read if there ever was one!"
—Ivan R. Misner PhD, Founder and Chairman, BNI (Business Network International)

"Gary Ryan Blair is a man on a mission to inspire, promote and celebrate excellence. You simply must read this book!"
—Les Brown, New York Times best-selling Author of Live Your Dreams

"Everything Counts is a profoundly important message for succeeding in school and in life. Blair brilliantly points out that excellence is achieved via qualitative, not quantitative shifts in developing skills. This is an important book that matters."
—Randy Tarkington, >Senior Director of Residential Education Vanderbilt University

"A must read for anyone who values quality and customer service.... Everything Counts is a "Roadmap to Excellence" for professionals, entrepreneurs, entertainers and everyday folks."
—Charmaine Russo, Manager, IBM Corporation

"Blair brilliantly focuses on excellence as a sustainable competitive weapon. Like the air we breathe, we too often take this critical intangible for granted. As Blair makes perfectly clear, we do so at our ultimate competitive peril"
—Steven P. Sitkowski, President, Dynetech

"In life and business, a commitment to excellence is one of the wisest decisions you'll ever make. In Everything Counts, Blair convincingly demonstrates how excellence is the fundamental building block for running a great business and enjoying a wonderful quality of life."
—Donna Curry, Development Director, Subway

"Blair convincingly validates our experience at Falcon Jet-that paying attention to the hundreds of small details has a bottom-line impact on results. When we make everything count by sweating the small stuff, profits go up while costs come down. This principle applies not only in our professional relationships with customers, business partners, and team members but also in our personal relationships."
—Bob Fantozzi, Senior Manager, Dassault Falcon

"Blair's insights around excellence and execution are right on the money. Paying attention to even the smallest of details is not just common sense, it's good business, as excellence builds a powerful brand, loyal customers, repeat business, and enhanced profitability. Buy Everything Counts, it will inspire you to greatness!"
—Jeramy Freeman, CEO, Well Rounded Fitness

"Everything Counts is a great find and must read. It superbly achieves the goal of providing a roadmap to excellence, both for individuals and organizations. But the true genius of the book is its universal relevance, as it combines a highly effective common-sense approach with frank guidance to enhance results in all areas of life."
—Bill Bartmann, Billionaire Business Coach

"Read this book and find that the overarching philosophy of Everything Counts, when applied in business and in life, yields immediate results in performance and satisfaction. Gary Ryan Blair has refined this concept and provides the reader with the shortest distance between understanding and actually taking on personal responsibility. Read it with a pen at hand - it's excellent!"
—David Corbin, Author, Illuminate: Breakthrough Results Using The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

I admit that I was a little dubious when Gary first asked me to write an endorsement for Everything Counts! After all, I am a big picture kind of guy who sees everything in my business and that of my clients from a 50,000 foot point of view. Then I started reading the book and everything in it, down to the tiniest detail, makes sense. Everything really does count. Every detail, every customer, every action we take counts. A fabulous read!
—Tom Wheelwright, CEO of ProVision Wealth

"Paying attention to the small stuff makes a huge difference. Everything Counts provides a simple, transparent and powerful execution strategy that works. I highly recommend it!"
—Harry Paul, Coauthor, FISH! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results

"Never before have I seen a philosophy resonate so deeply with how we run our restaurants than Everything Counts! This simple, yet profound message provides a roadmap for excellence and quality results. It will challenge you to pay attention to the details of your work while enjoying each step of the process. My advice to anyone who is determined to build a legacy of excellence is to read this book. You'll be glad you did!"
—Jason Thomas, President, Papa Gallo's Restaurants

"Everything Counts strikes at the heart of the Martial Arts as it's a commitment to excellence and focus on detail which help to create a Black Belt Champion. As a Master in the Martial Arts and entrepreneur, I'm a strong believer in repetition of solid fundamentals...Gary is an expert at getting you excited about those simple yet necessary skills for success and achievement."
—Kyoshi Steve LaVallee, 8th Degree Black, Chief Master Instructor, CEO, USA Black Belt Champions

"In life, everything you do creates who and what you are. Gary Ryan Blair wrote a book called Everything Counts! This is a must read for anyone who truly wants to raise their game. He has crystallized the true meaning of excellence and quality by stressing that very small differences, consistently practiced, produce superior results. Read it; use it; and don't loan it out (because you won't get it back)...most importantly, make everything you do count!"
—Dr Len Schwartz, CEO, Chiropractic Marketing Solutions

"Adopting the "Everything Counts" approach has greatly impacted the daily work I perform as a parent and educator. Espousing these essential core values has lead my students and family to greater focus, better use of time, and inspiration to try new things. Teaching kids the important link between all actions and consequences cannot only produce immediate, positive changes; it is also great practice for life. Easy to read, practical, and inspiring, this book belongs on every living room, boardroom, and classroom shelf!
—Katie Post, Executive Director, Your Partners in Education, Inc.


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I recommend this book to anyone who wants to implement positive change into their business and personal life.
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I found the reading and pondering of the subjects to be quite enjoyable and enlightening.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. Rowe on January 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As an entrepreneur, I read at least 5 books a month on business, health and motivation. What I really like about Gary's book is he looks at 3 areas of achievement: professional, personal and universal. Each theme within these categories is not hard to grasp, for example: Consistency. If you are not consistent in your habits and thoughts, how do expect to get consistent results? He really makes you think at a very self-critical level that is important if you ever want to implement changes that will produce different results. He also gives very good practical examples of individuals and companies that embrace excellence.

The chapters are not long and are easy to digest (which I personally, like). They will help you examine yourself and your character and evaluate what you can be doing better. Fear of change is a paralyzing factor that limits the individual's ability to achieve desired results. Without a roadmap of how to implement positive change into your life, most people are satisfied with mediocre results. "Everything Counts" can help you recognize your strengths and weaknesses so that you can improve the areas that are holding you back and let go of bad habits that no longer serve you.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to implement positive change into their business and personal life. Well done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alain B. Burrese TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Everything Counts: 52 Remarkable Ways to Inspire Excellence and Drive Results" by Gary Ryan Blair is an excellent book to be savored over time and reflected upon, rather than devoured quickly. As the title suggests, there are fifty-two short chapters, each on a seperate topic, that I chose to read one, and sometimes two, at a time. I found this to be a great way to read the book. I'd read a chapter and then spend a few minutes thinking about what Blair wrote, and exploring my thoughts on his Call to Action questions. I found the reading and pondering of the subjects to be quite enjoyable and enlightening.

I included this book in my morning reading, and found reading this book was an inspiring and motivating way to start the day. By coincidence, the chapter on gratitude happened to be the chapter I read on Thanksgiving morning. It brought a little extra thought and meaning to start the holiday.

After a short Foreword, Acknowledgments section, and Introduction, the book is divided into three main parts. These consist of Professional Strategies, Personal Strategies, and Universal Concepts. Among these three categories are short chapters focusing on individual concepts. Each chapter is formatted the same way. Blair first explains why the concept counts and illustrates its importance. I found him to be right on with so much of what he wrote. Next comes a short call to action, which usually consisted of a few questions to ask yourself how the concept applies to your own life, and how you want to apply it more in the future. And finally, each chapter concluded with a Portrait of Excellence, which profiled a person or business and how they embraced the concept the chapter focused upon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gordon on April 29, 2011
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I first heard about Everything Counts! through my AudioTech Business Summaries and learned some good stuff from their brief of the book. But then I decided to start up my own technology company GuardianWatch.com. While I was researching everything I needed to learn about mobile technology and emergency management, I also was aggressive in my honing my business skills. I came across Gary Ryan Blair's summary and re-read it where I realized I needed to make sure I was focusing on the details. Since then, I have not only read the full book, I also started and finished his 100 Day Challenge, and most recently engaged him as my personal "Launch" coach for our start-up. But at the end of the day, at least get Gary's book Everything Counts! Dr. Gordon Jones
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia L. King on March 17, 2010
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Clear, succinct, precise, accurate, and to the point. A metaphor for music - a genuinely conceptual book. So deep I can only read little bits at a time; needing to pause for it all to sink in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Donlin on November 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: Success in life is a sum of details mastered. Nothing is too small to have an impact. Every thought you have, every morsel of food that goes in your mouth, every action -- everything -- counts.

Details are important. One stray line of code can wreck a computer program. One wrong drug dosage can kill a patient. One harsh comment can ruin a business partnership.

When you do the little things correctly, they add up to an excellent result.

The ideas in this book are divided into three areas: professional strategies, personal strategies, and universal concepts. So it can benefit your career and personal life.

Here are three takeaways I got:

1) Planning counts

A carefully drawn plan, executed correctly, is your ticket to success. Corollary: Your life cannot go according to plan if you have no plan.

The majority of people and businesses are unprepared for success, because they have not planned. Those who fail to plan are doomed to repeat yesterday's sub-par performances today. Instead, why not create history rather than repeat it?

Of course, your plan will change almost as soon as you implement it, but that's okay. It's the homework, research, and visualization you do while writing your plan tonight that prepares you to succeed tomorrow.

2) Vision counts

"You will never be greater than the vision that guides you," writes Blair. Vision is the ability to see what others don't (or won't). It spurs people and organization to achieve the improbable -- even the impossible. The clearer and more compelling your vision, the more power and confidence it gives you.

By contrast, a lack of vision saps the will and dampens achievement.
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