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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2013
I've been a Realtor of ten years, and have been coached by others in the past. Recently I began coaching with Tom Ferry and the man is so full of energy it is hard not to be excited to try new and different ideas. Reading Tom's book Life by Design reinforces many of the elements I'm learning in the training sessions.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"Life! By Design: Create Passion And Purpose In Your Life" by Tom Ferry with Laura Morton is one of the newer books on living with passion, purpose, and as Ferry puts it, by design and not default. In it, Ferry teaches his six steps to an extraordinary you. If you have read other books on living life to its fullest and achieving your dreams and goals, you might find much of this book similar. After all, basics are basics, each person just has a different way of teaching them. It's sort of like the martial arts. There are numerous styles, all teaching variations of hitting, kicking, blocking, and so forth. But different people will connect with different styles and instructors better than with others. I'm sure many people will connect with Ferry's six steps and other advice in this book. And for those that have heard a similar message before, it does not hurt to hear again. I'm sure those that follow Ferry's system will achieve more and live more by design than by default. That is, if they apply his system and follow through.

Ferry's book is a motivating read that is divided into two parts. There's an introduction and an introductory chapter, then you get into the main two parts of the text. Five chapters make up part one, Living By Default. The final four chapters make up part two, Living By Design. After an introduction that explains a little of who Ferry is and where he came from, he continues in Chapter One discussing how he created his own future and asks if the reader is ready to do the same.

Phase 1: Living By Default contains chapters on by default versus by design, waking up, the problem with no problems, addictions, and turning to face the changes. These chapters get you thinking about where you are today and what kind of life you are living. If you take the time to really think about your own situations and ask yourself the difficult questions Ferry asks you to ask yourself, you will be rewarded by the discovery. He ends phase 1 by asking if you will choose to live by design or default.

Phase 2: Living By Design contains chapters on the six steps to living by design, the conscious and subconscious mind and the power of self-talk, the benefits of a healthy body and healthy mind, and the five evolutions to master by design living.

The six steps are found in chapter seven and consist of:

1. Wake up from you coma - become aware of the areas in you life that need attention.
2. Make the choice to change your life.
3. Create your life By Design.
4. Do the things that bring you power!
5. Practice visualizing yourself already there, in possession of what you want.
6. Create structure and accountability by telling others around you about your plans.

The six steps are explained well and Ferry provides examples and exercises to help you along the way. Again, I think the system has merit for those that actually implement his ideas.

The next chapter is on positive affirmations. Why? Because they work says Ferry. Chapter nine contains a few basic principles of health. Nothing in depth here, but I agree with Ferry 100% that taking care of your physical well-being is critical to achieve success in other areas too. Where there is much more to living healthy that Ferry provides, his basics are sound and would help anyone not already following a healthy lifestyle. The final short chapter is on mastery with a motivating message to go be extraordinary.

I enjoyed the book. Even though many of the concepts were very familiar to me, and things I do already, I thought Ferry did a good job of motivating and providing exercises for readers to take command of their own lives and as he says, many times, life by design, not default. If you are looking for a book to pep you up and help you live with more passion, check this one out.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2014
This is beyond horrible. It was actually painful for me to read. Hey Tom I bought the damn book, that means you do not need to sell it to me still. 100 pages in and Ferry is still selling me on why to read the book. This is a vain author writing empty pages that have NO value. Let me be clear I finish what I start and that is the ONLY reason I made it all the way through this garbage.
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on September 15, 2014
This book points out that opportunities for success will become apparent if you are looking for them. For example, most people realize how much more aware they became of babies, puppies or a certain type of car, once they decided they wanted one and it became foremost in their thoughts. The first time I went to a Dodger game pregnant, I was amazed at how many people brought their babies there. We seemed to be surrounded by adorable tots. I also noticed how many were crying, even in another section. Before that, I’d never noticed, but when it was my main focus, I became acutely aware of them. Tom Ferry wants us to become more aware of business opportunities by living with focus and not just ‘by default’ going through our day on auto-pilot. The book reads the way he speaks, enthusiastically, but with a believable message and plan rather than rah-rah-you-can-do-it hype. I would highly recommend this to people of all ages.
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on June 15, 2015
Tom's ability to draw us into his personal life rom the very beginning carries through to the very end. Hearing how his own life unfolds and his boys' is truly inspirational. I shared with my entire mastermind group how tom's son reprogrammed his day when he was off to a shaky start one day. 15 year old kid is miles ahead of me and inspiring me! It's great. Makes me want to buy a hard copy for all 4 of my kids! I can't wait to see how my life by design unfolds!
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on February 8, 2015
Full of reminders and gems you can share with others. Enjoy Tom's references to his family and how he's learned from his father and grandparents and how he in turn is instilling strong values in his own children who will no doubt be examples and raise their children instilling the same values and principles. You feel Mike's presence throughout the entire book; it's good to know where it all got started.
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on November 19, 2013
Great book by the real deal. Any negative remarks are from ppl that have not read the whole book. Thank you dg
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on April 24, 2013
Easy read. Read it in a day! Tom has great helpful hints on achieving success. His plans are basic and pretty much a no duh. But, if you following them. If you don't it's mind blowing. To achieve the kind of success you want you have to want it and you have to work. That's the bottom line he is trying to teach here. Also interesting to read his background as well. Good book.
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on February 27, 2013
I did most of the steps and I learned some things about myself. So far this year is off to a great start
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on November 5, 2012
Tom Ferry has a direct and simple way of getting you to identify the things in your life that are holding you back. This book helped me to see that personal and business are completely related because most of what holds you back in business will also cause you to be less than you can be in your personal life. Tom helps you to let go of what is holding you back and move forward in all areas of your life. I find that Empowering!
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