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Life's Golden Ticket [Kindle Edition]

Brendon Burchard
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What If . . . You Were Handed a Ticket That Could Magically Start Your Life Anew?

In what is sure to become a classic, Brendon Burchard has crafted a triumphant tale of personal growth and change that will inspire any reader who has ever wished for a second chance.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061173916
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QUCO4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing the Novel for What It Is May 24, 2007
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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, might be helpful January 8, 2008
By B-man
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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51 of 68 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliches, cliches, cliches November 22, 2008
By S. Chen
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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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read; Great Find! May 9, 2007
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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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written book with a timeless message August 1, 2007
I'm not a huge fan of motivational novels or other books disguised as something they aren't and I wouldn't have purchased this book if I hadn't seen the author at a speaking event . . . and I would have been very sorry that I missed this book.

Life's golden ticket is an emotional roller coaster ride through your life. You can't read this book and not see yourself in it. The message while simple, forgive yourself, create the life you want, is powerfully presented and you are moved to action.

Burchard is a good writer who keeps you turning the page to see what comes next. The book is a fast read, I read it on a flight from Phoenix to San Francisco, but I actually made about a page of notes of action items that I'd implement as a result of the book.

It feels odd to give this book 5 stars because I'm not a fan of the genre but it is impossible to not be moved by this wonderful story.

Dave Lakhani - Author
Persuasion: The Art of Getting What You Want
Power of An Hour: Business and Life Mastery in One Hour A Week
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed May 11, 2007
I have been waiting for this book for months. You see, I had the privelege of meeting the author, Brendon Burchard, last fall when he was just finishing the publishing process. He was most inspiring and brought new meaning to the word hope for me. The book reminds me of "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," and that everything happens for a reason, you may never know what it is, but if you don't live life for each moment, you might miss out on something.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice summer read June 11, 2007
I just wanted to say that I found this a quick, fun read, with a really positive message. I think it's perfect for summer reading lists. I'm definitely sending this to my brother who is more into self-improvement types of books. I just liked the story. [P.S. This _is_ my first review, but why should that matter?!]
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment to say the least November 16, 2007
This was a no for me. I didn't find the book particularly inspiring or well written. I was really intrigued by the description, and it seemed to be a great idea for a book, but about half-way through I realized that it just wasn't living up to its description.

After reading some of the reviews on this book, I noticed a couple of things:

1. Somebody gave this a 4/5 stars even though they hadn't gotten around to reading it yet. Huh? Shouldn't you have to actually read the book before reviewing it?

2. A reviewer said that critics of this book should be ashamed of themselves. Why? Just because this is supposed to be inspirational doesn't necessarily make it so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Brendon wrote that didn't just inspire me to be better and do...
I have not found any book that Brendon wrote that didn't just inspire me to be better and do better!
Published 1 day ago by thezone
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful lessons, gets you thinking....
Incredible stories, all building character and life lessons to be your best possible person. Wish the end gave more answers.
Published 26 days ago by T. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will transform you
Truly inspirational.

I cried when I read this book, and believe me, you will too.

Brendon is a master storyteller, but beyond that, his understanding of human... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Alex Hammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 27 days ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
A must read! Easy to follow, great storyline. Great message. Recommend to anyone who strives to be better every day.
Published 1 month ago by Lulu
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book would highly recommend
Published 1 month ago by Michael Sturchio
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
This is the best book I've ever read! I really feel like God sent it to me! I really need to change my thought pattern and be a better person! This book is very inspiring!
Published 1 month ago by Crystal Pitard
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Inspriration!
I loved this book so much! I shared it with a good friend and now she is letting her 11 year old read it. It was beautifully written by Brendon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Krystine
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and entertaining!
This book was so inspiring! Brendon Burchard teaches the lesson of the power of oneself while keeping you entertained with a storyline. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kelly L Gauthier
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent life lessons in a easy to read story
Brendon has done an amazing job writing such a perfect life lesson book. Instead of a how to guide you learn lesson after lesson through a well told story with many twists and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JessicaMarioM
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More About the Author

BRENDON BURCHARD is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Millionaire Messenger" and the #1 bestseller "Life's Golden Ticket." He is also founder of High Performance Academy, the legendary personal development program for achievers, and Experts Academy, the world's most comprehensive marketing training program for aspiring authors, speakers, coaches, and online thought leaders. For these works, Brendon has become the highest paid trainer in the world on the topics of both motivation and marketing.

Brendon's books, videos, newsletters, products, and appearances now inspire two million people a month worldwide. His new book is called, "The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives that Make You Feel Alive."

Brendon was blessed to receive life's golden ticket -- a second chance -- after surviving a car accident in a developing country. Since then, he has dedicated his life to helping individuals, teams, and organizations find their charge, share their voice, and make a greater difference in the world.

Brendon is regularly seen on public television, and he has been in media appearances on Anderson Cooper, ABC World News, NPR stations, Oprah and Friends, and other popular outlets like SUCCESS magazine,,, and the Huffington Post.

As one of the most in-demand trainers of our time, Brendon has shared the stage with the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Tony Hsieh, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Stephen Covey, Deepak Chopra, David Bach, John Gray, Jack Canfield, Tim Ferriss, and more. His clients include entrepreneurs and executives from 59 countries, and his advice and training has been in use at, or sought by, Accenture, Alcoa,, The United States Naval Academy, and 34 of the top 50 universities in the world.

Brendon's recent online marketing campaigns have set records in publishing, online product launches, and live video broadcast revenue, and he has become the go-to marketing advisor for many of the most successful companies and celebrities in the world. Anderson Cooper calls Brendon "one of the top marketing and business trainers in the world." Meet Brendon at


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