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  • Series: Your Coach in a Box
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Your Coach In A Box; Unabridged edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596590963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596590960
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Vitale, "the Buddha of the Internet," compiles a trove of life lessons from "internet celebrities," motivational speakers, writers and entertainment industry folks in this little book that offers a mishmash of oft-heard self-help homilies. Bits of wisdom and anecdotes are bundled into chapters with titles like, "Your Feelings Are Your Hidden Thoughts" or "How to Know What You Want." Each chapter is punctuated by subheads that address the finer points, including "Naps Are Good," which advises: "When the world seems bleak, when you feel out of sorts, when your body feels tired and you mind seems wild, sometimes all you need is a good nap." Vitale frequently mentions his previous books (The Attractor Factor; The E-Code), and includes short essays from other enterprising authors or "internet marketers" that are virtually indistinguishable from each other's (and Vitale's) in style, content and form. Worth noting is the journey the book takes from the simple advice at the beginning to the hints on manipulating people-"People Will Tend To Say Yes If You Start Them Saying Yes" and "People Will Pay Any Amount of Money to Have Their Inner States Changed"-that creep into the end of the book. Searchers intent on finding instructions on living a fulfilling life should seek a less scattershot book, but readers looking for the odd pick-me-up will find them in large supply here.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Packed with life lessons most people will wish they'd learned earlier, Life's Missing Instruction Manual uses humor and anecdote to present practical steps readers can use to take control of their lives, overcome any obstacle, and find fulfillment. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Joe Vitale is President of Hypnotic Marketing, Inc., a marketing consulting firm. He has been called the "The Buddha of the Internet" for his combination of spirituality and marketing acumen. His professional clients include the Red Cross, PBS, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, and many other small and large businesses. His other books include The Attractor Factor, There's a Customer Born Every Minute, and Life's Missing Instruction Manual, all from Wiley. He is also one of the stars of the hit movie The Secret.

Customer Reviews

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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A. Bengzon on March 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you can skip past the hundreds of advertisements for the self-help products being peddled by Joe's friends and colleagues, there is actually some very useful stuff in here. But the presentation of the material is very disjointed. This is really just a collection of infomercials. Not bad but there are many better books out there that are actually written by one person and flow coherently.
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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Phil on April 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book features numerous vignettes grouped into several themes:

* You: Congratulations on Your Life
* Internal Capabilities: Understanding Your Life's Potential
* External Connections: Caring for Others in Your Life
* Troubleshooting: Taking Care of Yourself
* Optimum Performance: Getting the Best Out of Your Life
* Specifications: What You Need to Know About Others
* Proper Usage: Defining Your Life's Purpose
* Assembly Required: Creating Your Future

You Create Your Future with a Pen (pp. 23-24)
I love this concept, because it involves imaging yourself at some future point in time and establishing goals for yourself under that pretext. We must visualize the future success and remained dedicated, for dedication means keeping a promise to oneself.

Indian Wisdom: Two Wolves (p. 91)
This is a concise and vivid example of controlling one's internal struggles. It reminds us that we are the ones who control the outcome by "feeding" the metaphorical wolf that represents one of two opposing forces.

People Only Act for Self-Serving Reasons, No Matter What They Say or What You Think (p. 112)
This insight is spot-on, and as Joe says, everyone still disagrees with this truism...but it is true. And it's not as if this is inherently a bad thing, but rather just the way we humans act. The sooner we accept this concept, the sooner we'll be able to interact with people more effectively.
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114 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Steve Salerno on March 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to resist the notion that Vitale conceived his latest best-seller by applying the following formula: Take the marketing hook of a book that already published to wild success (You: The Owner's Manual), add some of the pointed religiosity of two other recent bestsellers (Your Best Life Now and The Purpose-Driven Life), throw in some generic cosmic blather (inspired, perhaps, by Sylvia Browne or Marianne Williamson) and VOILA!--another perfect entry in the burgeoning self-help sub-category of "holistic/successful/spiritually enriched living."

This approach is nothing new for Vitale, a master of so-called "stealth" or "viral" marketing who unashamedly admits to being president of a company called Hypnotic Marketing, Inc. His previous best-seller, The Attraction Factor (which owns the distinction of once having knocked a Harry Potter book out of Amazon's No. 1 slot) echoed several other books and/or programs that involved such concepts as "laws of attraction" or "rules of attraction." Here, Vitale proposes to offer "big wisdom and little-known secrets for living a better life." I'll give him this: The book is clever in some spots and pretty funny in others--but its ability to help you "overcome any obstacle" and "find fulfillment...wealth and happiness," as his publicity material promises, is highly debatable. Like so many of the gurus in this self-help category, Vitale subscribes to the Promise Readers Everything--Even Things That Clash--And Hope They Don't Notice school of motivational enlightenment. Examples: He vows to teach readers, simultaneously, how to "create their own blueprint for success" and to "work as a team." Granted, those two goals are not, strictly speaking, incompatible.
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53 of 66 people found the following review helpful By TD on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
C.Joss said in a review: "This book is a disjointed collection of contributions from Joe's friends and colleagues, padded with Joe's own contributions. It's not the manual that it purports to be. There's is no common thread running through the book, no process to be implemented."

The same can be said of every "book" ever written by "Dr." Joe Vitale. They are all the same. No one cranks out more assembly line "books" than Joe, but then when your friends contribute 80% of the content every time, it's easy to see why Joe is so productive.

There are plenty of authors who write their own books and actually take enough pride in their work to try to come up with something original. Go read them instead.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Wentworth on November 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A gentle reading book that refreshes the ideas of elder wisdoms that we should apply in our daily living. I like the fact the ideas are presented in short sections, making it the perfect travel or bed-stand book. You can read a few pages at a time and not loose context of a story line.

It reads fast and left me wanting more, so I turned back to page one and started over. Each read shows shows me something different that I can connect to at that very moment.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leslie L. Lawson on May 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book is mostly written by others, not Dr. Joe Vitale. While many of the little stories are good, I find it a disappointing book on the whole.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William P. Ambrose Dvm on November 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If only I had this book as an adolescent, my life would be so much smoother. Recommended to all who choose a better lot in life for themselves.
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