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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (April 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446572225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446572224
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tyrese wholeheartedly shares his life experiences and how he discovered a new road map of conscious compassion and love to define his true potential." --Deepak Chopra, author of The Soul of Leadership

"HOW TO GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY is a triumph. Tyrese will shock and amaze you with how he overcame the odds and became a superstar. This star of the Transformers sequel will show you how to transform your life in this amazingly candid book!" --Rev Run

"I've watched Tyrese for many years - I've watched him succeed; I've watched him fail; I've seen him as a beneficiary of serendipity, and I've watched him suffer at his own hand. And in the recent years, as we've become friends, I've witnessed Tyrese Gibson learn how to get out of his own way as he wrestled his destiny from the fickle hands of fate." --Will Smith

About the Author

Tyrese Gibson-known to his legions of fans as "Tyrese"-is an American multi-media entertainer who has been hugely successful as a multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated R&B singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and fashion model.

Born and raised in the gritty South Central L.A. section of Watts, Tyrese was discovered at the age of fourteen when he won a local talent show. His performance in a 1995 Coke commercial, singing the phrase "Always Coca-Cola," led to worldwide recognition and a longstanding music career. After releasing several award-winning albums, he transitioned into films, first with John Singleton's critically acclaimed Baby Boy, followed by some of Hollywood's biggest movies, including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers and Michael Bay's Transformers. Tyrese created the bestselling comic book Mayhem and produced the television show First In.
He is currently working on his sixth studio album and can be seen next in the upcoming mega-franchise films, Fast Five and Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon.

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Customer Reviews

Very inspiring and motivational book.
I love it so much and ild definitely recommend everyone not to only buy it but share it as well...Ive been giving friends as birthday gifts ever since!
Die Hard Fan For Life, Keep motivating the people to know that they can have the life that they want, if they just get out of their own way!
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222 of 245 people found the following review helpful By Shamontiel L. Vaughn on July 28, 2011
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I'll go straight into the cons because these are the things that distracted me from the read.

#1 The entire book is how to get out of your own way and how to succeed at your personal and professional goals and how to rid yourself of b.s. However, on page 169, he states, "I have a great deal of respect for women with a high tolerance for bulls---, women who can put up with a lot and take a lot." This killed the book for me. When you write a book telling people to rid themselves of b.s. in their lives but then encourage women TO deal with it in relationships, that's just high-fiving them for keeping excess baggage that's really not doing them much good.

#2 On page 179, he stated, "If a woman ever cheated on me, one time, the relationship would be over. I know that's a double standard, but I'm all about honesty at this stage in my life." However, he explains in full detail about the reasons why men cheat and how they supposedly still respect their women even though they're cheating; to sum it up, he rationalizes it as just sex. But then he goes on to say, "When it comes to love, winners never quit and quitters never win." But if you quit a relationship because a woman cheats, is that not showing how little b.s. that he'll put up with? Why should it not work the same for women? He states, "Men can change and it takes a firm, strong, and solid woman who has a very high tolerance for bulls--- to introduce us to a better version of ourselves." At this point, I completely stopped paying attention to ANYTHING this cat had to say about relationships. A male who just expects a woman to put up with anything while he writes an entire book about NOT putting up with b.s. is just not someone I can respect when it comes to relationship advice.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was not a tyrese fan. He has a good voice I thought but what could a kid from the hood teach an upper middle class African -American woman with a juris doctorate, money, and status. As an entertainment attorney for many years I just thought "how hollywood of him to release a book during the same month his movie furious five is released."
Days later I found myself drawn to the book-opened the cover-started reading the introduction and couldn't put it down. I finished the book in 3 days.

3 days later, I am now a tyrese fan and send out my apologies for "judging a book by it's cover". Tyrese speaks to women and men alike with his words: "How much you love yourself is a direct link to the people you surround yourself with; The way you allow people to treat you." And more importantly the way your body and your home look are direct reflections of your mind-set and how much you love you.

Each word cut like a knife through my brain twisting and turning and cutting out negative thoughts.

I was letting go of my past, my wrong decisions, my wrong thinking with the turn of each page.

Thanks Tyrese for Sharing Your Truth and I apologize emphatically for judging a book by it's cover.

P.S.-I encourage all of you to send a copy of this book to someone who you love enough to help transform their lives through Tyrese's words. In the process, you are also helping Tyrese become a best selling author.
Everyone Buy Two.
It's worth it.
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70 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Glenda on March 27, 2011
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Tyrese's book actually exceeded my expectations. Not only was this book informative, it was very inspirational. My 76 year old father can't stop talking about it. Tyrese thank you for making me take a hard look at myself, I will never be the same. I also appreciate the message for the youth. We need more people (celebrities) to keep it real with our youth. They look to you guys for guidance more than their parents. I humbly thank you. At your request, I am going to make sure your book is available in several prisons in my home state, Illinois. I am also ordering books for several parents in my school district. Thanks again for the positive message brother. May God bless all your endeavors. Much love and respect.

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58 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Ron Ledford on March 27, 2011
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I ordered this book and sent it to my mom in Oklahoma. I was on the phone with her when the UPS man dropped it off at her house. She tore it open like it was Christmas, and read the inside jacket. She said this is good, and hung up the phone. I couldn't get her back on the phone for three days! When she finally returned from her trance she was in, and said she finished the book and it was the best book she has read in many decades (my mom is old)! The reason why she isn't leaving this response and I am is that she doesn't own a computer. This is what she told me to tell everyone, "That they should read this book, because (Tyrese) this man is a genius and everyone should know about it! Sorry son but he is and your not! When are you going to write a book like this? Well you can't write one like this, but try and write another one. Maybe a pop-up book or something else for kids" Anyway, she thought it is a Great Book and everyone should read it! Sincerely, Ron Ledford
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on April 24, 2011
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First of all I would like to thank Tyrese for opening up to the world and shedding light to us in a fatherly way - This books content is strong..every page has a lesson to learn about..highs and lows all the way through..from being a troublesome child ..being kicked from school to growing up and facing growing pains,to having weight issues uncontrollable eating disorders,also having issues with women..

Tyrese also talks about how he almost messes his career up due to being extra selfish and immature..
This book here definitely has the power to change people's lives and surroundings.

High and low therapy all the way through
Tyrese is no different from any of us,he has made mistakes..NO..and CAN'T is not in his vocabulary..
I was personally going through problems when I read this book..
It motivated me to the point of looking for jobs (not run 5 miles yet lol)
But yeah I love the book it is definitely a book worth reading.
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