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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Washington & Company, LLC (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061555220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615552200
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews

Advice for succeeding in life, packaged in an easily digestible format.

It seems the most compelling stories of personal success are told by those who rise above major challenges in their lives and succeed against all odds. In this respect, Washington’s book follows a proven formula; the author overcame childhood demons that suggested that he wouldn’t amount to anything after he learned early on to have faith in God and himself. Washington went on to earn a PhD and become an award-winning college professor. It is this background that drives Washington’s philosophy of life, and he expertly lays it out in a little book that is both highly inspirational and inclusive of specific “lessons” from a man whose passion is teaching. Washington covers familiar ground, addressing such topics as fear, procrastination, passion, attitude, hard work and planning. But he goes beyond the typical “here’s how to succeed” manual by offering memorable, meaningful adages, including “Use Your Past, Not Abuse Your Past,” “If You Stay Ready, You Don’t Have to Get Ready” and “Trouble is Easy to Get Into, But Hard to Get Out Of” (the last one was taught to him by his mother). The author organizes the book into short, focused, simply written chapters, each of which is followed by a relevant lesson. Chapter 11, for example, concerns “You and Your Associations.” Here Washington makes the perceptive point, “If you spend your time with people who are not going anywhere, how long will it be before you assume their perspectives and thoughts as your own?...When you associate with people who are positive and trying to achieve something in life, your stock goes up.” He follows this with “Developing Relationships,” a lesson that includes six specific tips to help develop and manage relationships. Washington hits all the high points and, in so doing, packs a remarkable amount of solid guidance, seasoned with personal experience, into less than 160 pages.

A well-written, inspirational, uplifting book with spiritual overtones that should spur readers to achieve better things in life.

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"Dr. Washington's new book is a great addition to a career library. Filled with excellent, good-sense advice and personal anecdotes, it feels more like a conversation with a mentor or a trusted friend than a self-help book. While short and very easy to read, it is packed full of uplifting messages and motivating counsel. It is equally suitable for someone just starting out in the workplace as it is for anyone changing career paths or setting and accomplishing new personal goals."
-Amy S. Brennan
Collection Services Librarian/Circulation Manager
Ford Library- Fuqua School of Business
Duke University

"Dr. Washington describes a degree of success that is very traditional and missing amongst some of the youth and adults of today; a positive level of success to be used in all walks of life and careers."
-The Carolinian

More About the Author

Dr. David Washington is the Managing Partner of Washington & Company, an organization that focuses on providing human capital development services. He is a former faculty member and assistant dean of the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University, where he received the Outstanding Teacher and the SGA Distinguished Professor Awards.

Dr. Washington is a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award; past recipients include President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy, President Gerald Ford, President William Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden. He is the author of the book Life is a Choice: A Guide to Success in Life, which has won several literary awards and honors. He has also been featured in American Express Open Forum, Black Enterprise Magazine, NBC-17 and other media outlets.

He holds a MBA from Webster University, MSA from Central Michigan University, and PhD from North Carolina State University. His passion is to educate, encourage and entertain people to reach their full potential.

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Dr Washington reminds you that life is a wonderful gift.
Mélanie
His view on life change my perspective of how I see things and after reading this book I feel more in control of my life and that indeed life is a choice.
purple2lips
It was very short and easy to read but it is full with uplifting message and motivating counsel.
Joreeca C Dinnall

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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This book was an easy read and it reminded me of what I already know, circumstances can be over-ruled by the person who wants to succeed in life. I needed a reminder. Life is definitely all about choices!
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By Mélanie on August 5, 2013
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This book is very inspiring, simple to read, and full of wisdom!
Dr Washington reminds you that life is a wonderful gift.
I think that everyone should read this book
Thank you Dr Washington!
God bless you!
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By Linda Corbin on May 5, 2013
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This book was very inspirational to me.
I constantly go back and review the message that Dr. Washington conveys.
He has made me a better person.
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By Nathan on February 5, 2013
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This is the must have 'Keep it Simple Stupid' and 'Common Sense Approach' to life book. Great for rediscovering your path and purpose in life when it seems like you're a little lost.
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Well-constructed piece of literature filled with real-life scenarios and lessons easily understood regardless of age, experience, or current location in your journey. This is a great read for teenagers or adults! Dr. Washington's passion, sincerity, and expertise is evident.
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life is a Choice by Dr. Washington is truely an amazing book; it is a book that every young person should read. This book gives you the values you need in life to be a successful person and it gives you the power to never give up, no matter how many things you go through. Dr. David Washington explains the practial terms methods of turning dream into a reality. His insight about sucess is one amazing thing. I am so gald I had the chance to experience the work of an wonderful author. He speaks from his heart, a piercing truth to the things we face in our daily life. I am so honor to read this book, I think it was important to the author to make sure all of the readers understood the message, he was telling in the book. This book is filled with excellent, a good sense advice and personal anecdotes, reading this book felt like a conversation with a mentor or a trusted friend then a book itself. It was very short and easy to read but it is full with uplifting message and motivating counsel.
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By La'Toya Frederick on November 21, 2012
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After reading this book, I can relate to it a lot; this book has given me inspiration about life. It has given me the courage to be a better woman in life, to sustain confidence in myself to become successful in life. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants life inspiration tips; for example, in this book Mr. Washington stated in his book, "Don't let fear conquer your life" I learnt that you shouldn't let your fear take control of your life, you have to conquer it. When it comes to me, I need to start speaking up for myself, before I use to be nervous but now I'm more confident in myself to start speaking up. In the chapter, that is called Advocate Procrastination was also helpful; when I have a lot of work to do I need to break it all down into smaller sections. Another chapter that has impacted my life is learning to do my work with a passion; being more passionate about my work and learn to leave an impression on people. This book would be a great resource for college students and high school students; it should be a requirement in their classes, so they can learn how to tackle life.
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By Sharee on September 17, 2012
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I read Dr. Washington's book in an 1 hour 20 min. flat. It was a great and easy read with life changing advice. A book many people will appreciate in this fast-paced society. Whether you're looking to be more organized, manage money, or set attainable goals, this book is a must read for those little reminders that help you get through the day successfully.

Sharee Washington (no relation)
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