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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
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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: #1,712,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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It was very short and easy to read but it is full with uplifting message and motivating counsel.
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This is a must read for anyone who wants success out of life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irene Conlan on January 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
There are people who believe that life happens to them, that they are victims of circumstance and that success comes to others by some quirk of fate. Dr. David Washington is not one of them. He believes that "Life is a Choice" and he wrote a book by that name to be "A Guide to Success in Life."

What this book is not is a dry tome of stuffy ideas written by an ivory-tower-dweller who never worked outside of academia. It is not a vehicle for the author to let everyone know how amazing he is. And it is not a text book that, once read, sits on the shelf to gather dust and never be touched again.

What it is is is a collection of valuable tips on how to take yourself from where you are to where you want to be. It is a small book written by a man who lived it and wrote it from the heart. It is an easy to read book that can fit in your pocket or your purse to be read when you have a minute or need a nudge of encouragement.

This is a brilliant little book that speaks to you of courage and "can do." It is practical and down to earth. It isn't "pie in the sky" as much as it is "here's the stuff, you can make a better pie" if you want to and work at it. It talks about not quitting and it speaks of attitude. It admonishes you to stay ready so you don't have to get ready.

It isn't that it gives you anything startlingly new but that the man who wrote it lived it first and you can count on it to be sound, to be true, to be real.

This book should be on the desk of everyone in management of any kind. It should be in high schools, in college schools of business and management. It should be in the hands of every entrepreneur and/or every CEO in a major corporation. Why? Because it is honest. It tells you the truth without fluff or sugar coating and it makes the dream seem real and reachable.It is, indeed, a guide to success in life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By purple2lips on December 8, 2011
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I love this quick and easy to read book. It's has great content filled with excellent doable tips for success. I read many books on leadership and success but none are as helpful as this book. Dr. Washington is a master at breaking down complex ideas into easy tangible concepts, where I can understand the core values and lessons right away. I love how he adds lessons at the end of each chapter to provide practical tips and strategies to overcome obstacles in my live. Other books I read was good and empowering but it leaves me hanging. It doesn't provide me with the guidance I need to reach my goals. But with this book Dr. Washington shared his action plans and proven techniques that he uses on a daily basis to become successful. The tips are not innovative or out of this world but the way Dr. Washington explains and applies it, make the daunting tasks "Doable". I feel empowered after I read this book. Dr. Washington is a genuine and down to earth author. His stories about his struggles and adversities are engaging, inspiring and encouraging. 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. I have the power to change my situation. Highly recommend this book for anyone who is seeking motivation and guidance.
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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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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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