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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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“This is a powerful parable of loss, love and redemption that will stir the souls of its readers.” (Jack Canfield, Co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) series and The Success Principles)

“Three cheers for Life’s Golden Ticket for helping us heroically step forward and claim who we are meant to be.” (James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739481231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615542888
  • ASIN: 0061173908
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

BRENDON BURCHARD is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Millionaire Messenger" and the #1 Amazon.com 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, Inc.com, Forbes.com, 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, Amazon.com, 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 http://www.BrendonBurchard.com

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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Walls on May 24, 2007
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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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By B-man on January 8, 2008
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Anderson on February 21, 2014
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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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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Boston Teacher on May 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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55 of 74 people found the following review helpful By S. Chen on November 22, 2008
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 By Lamedeity on June 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Grepper on June 11, 2007
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.S. on January 2, 2012
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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