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Life's Golden Ticket [Kindle Edition]

Brendon Burchard
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 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.

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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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 44 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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24 of 28 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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53 of 71 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a sequel August 25, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First I want to say, I am not a paid reviewer, or author's acquaintance (even though I would like to meet him). I started reading this book after I finished the author's phenomenal book "The Charge" which i think is a classic and would be a great book to own and read many times by everyone. But I was disappointed with Life's Golden Ticket and feel like I have wasted my time reading it. The story has a great concept - its about a man who goes through his life being unhappy and not living the best life he could and then he ends up in a place where he is being guided through his past events and discovers the truth.. And that is what anyone reading this book can relate to easily... everyone would like to live the better life... And so I kept reading because I was curious how the main character changed after all the revelations and tests he is put through at this mysterious place where he ended up.. I was reading and reading and waiting for the changes to come, because the whole idea was for the main character TO CHANGE... and that never came demonstrated. Even though the character was being pushed by the guides to break his limits, the lessons in the book are not finalized by practical examples of "the changed person" and so the questions still hinder in the air.. what happened then? Did he become a changed man? what was the predicting woman's intent to say "he will never change"? Was that a true prediction? We all know what's best for us and we all understand what we need to do and we all know the consequences and yet, not all of us follow the promising guidelines that are in front of our eyes... It's like today we care, and tomorrow we don't, and we accept what comes out of it... Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful story of how second chances are a possibility if one is willing to take it.
Published 13 days ago by Rosemary Hannam
5.0 out of 5 stars excellnet read
This is a great book for those who have come from abused homes. It serves as an insight as to where we can search to discover behaviors and their birth. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Coach DaynaMarie
1.0 out of 5 stars It started out fine, but then it got dull and over-simplified
It started out fine, but then it got dull and over-simplified. If a reader is going to be able to relate to a story, it's got to be "believable " enough to get lost in. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Shari Gilson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Creatively constructed. Colorfully written. As a result it is an easy read. And very very inspirational.

Buy it and read it and you will benefit in a big way! Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mark T. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reminder to focus on what is truly important in ...
A good reminder to focus on what is truly important in life. To be thankful for the good things and how easily we fall into the trap of focusing on the bad. Read more
Published 20 days ago by CVFranklin
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Like it !
Published 28 days ago by nazira de marchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Captured and absorbing
This is the first book in my life that I've read in one day, completely captured by the story and absorbing the life lessons in it. Thank you so much Mr. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Ingrid van Houwelingen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brendon wrote the book in such a moving yet powerful ...
Brendon wrote the book in such a moving yet powerful way that you can resonate with and if you're open enough, you'll walk away with some new profound ways to look at life.
Published 1 month ago by moutaintop
5.0 out of 5 stars thinker
There are those books you read and smile at the end or say the ending stinks. This is not one of them. Life lessons marked throughout the book and a reread as a reminder. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trish
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! This was an awesome way to present ...
Awesome Book! This was an awesome way to present your message Brendon. Your story telling was impressive!
Published 1 month ago by Tina Johnson
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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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