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How to Be, Do, or Have Anything: A Practical Guide to Creative Empowerment Paperback – March 1, 2004

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Anyone can be taught how to be, do or have whatever they want (within reason), contends consultant and personal coach Boldt in this extensively revised and updated version of his Manifest Your Destiny: Life Planning with a Punch (1984). Employing the same approach as in his 1991 classic, Zen and the Art of Making a Living, he offers a mix of inspiration, philosophy and how-to in a step-by-step format that entails creating a vision, committing to it, following through and periodically evaluating one's progress. Rooting his concepts in common sense and clear language, Boldt illustrates them with bracing quotations, graphics, related questions and exercises (including examples of how Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo might have responded to them). As in his other books, readers can dive into the chapters in any order that dovetails with their goals, skills and interest level. Those familiar with Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way books will find Boldt's daily log and "manifestation journal" familiar, while those who have read widely in the genre will find his approach to topics like visualization, overcoming fear, and sharpening one's focus and decision making reminiscent of Barbara Sher's Wishcraft, Susan Jeffers's Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Agent, Peter Beren. (May)

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About the Author

LAURENCE G. BOLDT is a writer, career consultant, and personal coach, with more than a decade of experience helping people shape their dreams into practical realities. He is the best-selling author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living and How to Find the Work You Love. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Lightning Press (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580083080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580083089
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By John Anderson on April 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
After a thorough review of Laurence Boldt's book, How to Be, Do, or Have Anything, I must say I wish I could make it required reading in our country's school system as well as throughout the offices of corporate America. Having worked as a counselor and teacher for the last 27 years, I can't honestly say I've ever come across any better resource to help people take control of their destiny. Boldt's book beautifully and powerfully inspires action, and then backs up the encouragement and inspiration with solid, grounding tools to use in actually getting on with those actions in our lives. This book can be used by "already successful" and "still struggling" people alike, unlike so many other self-coaching books that, without admitting it, require a fat wallet to implement all of their suggestions for a better life. How to Be, Do or Have Anything is a solid, undiluted, down-to-earth helping of fortitude and strength. I wish every man woman and child could get a copy into their hands and read it cover to cover. If they did, I'd probably have to find another line of work. Thank you, Laurence Boldt, for a job well done!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of Laurence G. Boldt since I read "Zen and the Art of Making a Living". Actually, I change my career path after reading that book. Based in that experience, I bought this new book. The approach is very methodological and based on down-to-earth exercises you can do. Reading the book, I felt like talking to a friend about my aspirations and dreams, and he helping me how to convert them in reality. Very recommendable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2004
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Boldt is articulate about the path to prioritzing and obtaining your goals, advocating focusing the mind, clear visualization of the goal, and excersises that uncover self-appreciation of one's gifts and talents, as well as one's resources. This book inspires and uplifts, and the excersises (which at first glace seemed rather simplistic), turned out to be avenues of deep insight. Stop making excuses about what is dissatisfactory in your life and do something about making changes! This book will really, really help. I would think it would be espcially valuable to young people trying to uncover a career path for themselves, but I don't know many people (of all ages) who wouldn't benefit from studying it.
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