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In his debut motivational novel, Burchard (The Student Leadership Guide) narrates a fantasy trip through a ghostly mountain amusement park that offers visitors a "golden ticket," or second chance at transforming their lives. The price of admission to the closed-down park, the narrator discovers, is to be open to possibility, face the truth and give up believing that change equals pain. He also must stick closely to his host, Henry, who serves as wise counselor ("let me reflect back to you what I've heard"). During the narrator's trip, he samples various amusement park rides (all with allegorical meaning) and revisits his past. Each carnie he meets is a motivational guide with spiritual wisdom to impart. The themes are familiar: risk change; forgive; take responsibility; be bold; contribute; look at the other person's point of view. [...] Burchard is a competent writer and full of earnest enthusiasm for his topic; the introduction tells of a real-life car accident a decade ago that served as a wake-up call and precipitated this fictional message. Readers dissatisfied with their lives but not wild about nonfictional self-help books may find inspiration for change here. (May)
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“Three cheers for Life’s Golden Ticket for helping us heroically step forward and claim who we are meant to be.”

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  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QUCO4E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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BRENDON BURCHARD is one of the most watched, quoted, and followed personal development trainers in the world. He is a global Top 100 Most-Followed Public Figure on Facebook, and he's often referred to as "one of the most successful online trainers in history" (Oprah.com). A #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 USA Today bestselling author, his books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, and Life's Golden Ticket. He is the star and executive producer of the #1 self-help show on YouTube, and his podcast, The Charged Life, debuted at #1 on iTunes. Over 50,000,000 people watched his videos in the last 12 months, more than 30,000,000 see his posts every week across the web, and 1,000,000-plus students have completed his online courses or video series. SUCCESS Magazine named Brendon as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Leaders in Personal Growth and Achievement, along with Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Joel Osteen, Arianna Huffington, Dave Ramsey, Dr. Oz, Wayne Dyer, and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. Learn more at Brendon.com

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Format: Hardcover
I think this a book everyone should read. Not necessarily because I think it's life changing, not because I'm promoting the author (whom I have never met and never heard of) and not because I fawn over every book of this type (i.e. The Secret - which I will probably never read). I recommend this work of fiction - it's important to remember I'm only reviewing a piece of fiction here - because it's an entertaining, creative story with a great message attached to it. I think Burchard is correct in assuming most people get caught up in their lives and pasts and selfishness and forget to live life as it should be lived. I think it's important there are people out there who will step forward and say, "Quit being so selfish. Do more for others." I know nothing of his spamming and if it's true he does so, it's a shame. I agree nothing should be promoted in this way. But again, this is a book review and in my opinion it's a wonderful read. It'll make you think and reflect upon yourself and those around you, which is an activity all of us should be doing everyday. Pick up the book. Read it. (If you're upset about the spamming pick it up at the library. Then, no guilt for purchasing the book.) I promise you'll enjoy it.
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This is a whimsical modern day parable, most of which takes place in a supposedly abandoned amusement park. Events of the past are dealt with, as well as plans for the future. Though it is a novel, it feels like it really happened. That's about as much as I can tell you about the book without giving too much away. I will tell you how it was received in my family. I read this book to my minor children, as they have a stepfather who is an alcoholic, and they have been hurt by his behavior. He's not in the home right now, but in a rehabilitation program. This book, I believe, helped my children to see the bigger picture of the abuser and of themselves, and the tough issues of growing up and what to do with the negative moments. I also ordered a copy of the book for my 24 year old son, who feels like he is not worthy enough for a decent job, and he is really struggling right now with his rite of passage into adulthood. I spoke with a friend of mine, an adult child of an alcoholic. I really think this will help her with her parents, too. It's just got something for everybody, because we all grew up with things that shaped us in harsh ways, and many of us are stuck in jobs we don't like. Very freeing. We read the whole book in two sittings (two days). We loved it!! Get this book and budget so you can send two copies to those you love.
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Format: Hardcover
For those who have realized that forgiveness and honest, rigorous introspection are critical for a fulfilling, meaningful life this book may not be inspiring or revelatory. However, for those who feel stuck, cheated, or resentful this book may be inspiring and revealing.

Regardless, it's an easy, pleasant read.
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I heard the buzz about this book at the school where I teach and had the chance to read the book last night. Life's Golden Ticket is a page turner and I read it from cover to cover in no time. This story is different from anything else I've ever read. It's inspirational, but more importantly, it helped me make some clear decisions about my own life. Specifically, I learned how to let go of some old baggage that has been weighing me down for years. Although I was a bit tired, I felt uplifted and ready to look at my life in a whole new light today, thanks to this great book. I've already passed the word along to all of my family and friends. Now I'm passing it on to you: Do yourself a favor and read this gripping novel. It changed my life and is sure to change yours too.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great reading book with a positive message. I would definatly recomend this to anyone who may be caught in their past, or just looking for an uplifting message on personal change... Well written.
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Format: Kindle Edition
For something meant to be an inspirational novel, I didn't feel inspired at all. It was one of the books I had actually looked forward to reading - I'm a fan of inspirational novels, especially when they are original and provide a new way to look at things. Not so with this book. On every page I encountered exaggeration, cliches, and dialogue and scenes so corny I had to cringe. There was nothing motivating or new about this book. I don't recommend it.
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Format: Paperback
How to describe this without giving to much away. The message reminds you a little of `The Christmas Carol' and Ebenezer Scrooge (no Christmas in it though) but the book is a lot more personal than that. The opening scenes are very dramatic and your heart just drops a little as things start to unfold. We then get to the heart of this parable like tale. It is told through a backdrop of an old time carnival/circus. Each chapter we learn a bit more about what is going on and the lesson trying to be conveyed. And these lessons are ones that most people are very familiar with. We see how the people we encountered in the past affected our thinking and how their treatment left a message that lingers long after the event. And I am sure you have already seen how the negative always seems to be remembered, but what about all the good times. While this certainly fosters an understanding of things you don't really find out everything until the end. And it did surprise me a bit because while I did guess what would happen to the guide here the rest of it took me totally off-guard. While it is good to be reminded of things that most of the people who read this book probably already know, and may practice to some degree, I am afraid most of the people needing this lesson may not read the book. But you never know and if it helps even one or two people start to be a bit more caring in their treatment of others it is doing a great service.
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