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"An uplifting and inspirational guide." -Kirkus Reviews

"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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446572233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446572231
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

Glenda
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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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Overall I enjoyed reading the book by Tyrese. For me the second half was much more engaging. I am happy that he found success. The only part that I had some trouble with is the part on relationships. He was honest about his perspective but it still seems that excuses are found for those men that choose to cheat or like to see multiple women. Yes, he said men should be honest about this and give the women the opportunity to make an informed choice as to whether they want to be in such a situation, but in my opinion it sets up the women to be in competition to try and out do one another while the man benefits from the attention. However, it is what it is. I am glad that Tyrese is trying to plant positive seeds and is encouraging others to be their best, be honest, and take control and responsibility for their own success/happiness or lack thereof.
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I concur with the sentiments of this book. Depending on your consciousness level you can see that every thing mentioned does have an impact on where you are trying to get to. Its sincere and compassionate, made me happy and sad. Hope that others will read this book and find peace of mind and patience to take new directions in your life if that is what you need to do.
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Tyrese has done his work with this book and gave us (The Reader) a better way on "How to Get out of your own way". I highly recommend this book to anybody trying to find better a way for themshelves.It took me 3 days to read it but It definitely wont sit on my bookshelve; I am going to keep it as a reminder to get were I deserve to be and also what GOD has in store for me just like my brother Tyrese. Please Go Out and Support this brutha this book is amazing and I wish him the absolute BEST!!
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Like many of the other readers, I too was very impressed with this book.Tyrese opened up his soul to us. He expressed so many things that the average person would be afraid to say or address. I'm grateful that he allowed himself to be so transparent. It shows that we are all human and make mistakes but every now and then you have to do some self reflecting and stop being bound by those around you. You have to be in control of your own enviornment. This book was right on time. I had already started cleaning house and doing some self reflecting of my own. It was just confirmation of everything I had been thinking. In this book, Tyrese sheds light on so many things. I could continue to right about this but I won't. You just have to read it for yourself. You won't want to put it down. If you have to, it won't be for long. It's a great read. It's just like having a conversation with a friend.
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