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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Your Coach Digital; Unabridged edition (December 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596591307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596591301
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.3 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

This proactive, practical guide is unlike any self-help book you've ever read. It's not about simple motivation or inspiration; that stuff only matters if you have a plan. Me, Inc. is designed to help you develop that plan and then execute it to perfection. It's not a generic, one-size-fits-all program, but a personalized system for improving your life and filling it with purpose, meaning, and contentment.

In Me, Inc., business consultant and executive coach Scott Ventrella shows you how to achieve unlimited success by incorporating the basic principles of good business into everyday living. He starts by sharing the ten time-tested principles that guide most successful and enduring companies and shows you how to apply them to your life. Once you understand those principles, Ventrella helps you design your own custom "exceptional living plan"—much like a business plan—that will guide you on the road to an exceptional life.

What if you were the CEO of a mediocre company? Would you just sit back and let the business plod along on a road to nowhere? Of course you wouldn't. Any competent CEO would get proactive and start developing and implementing a plan for success. Now think about your life. Isn't it just as important as any business?

Over the course of twelve "milestones" and accompanying exercises, you'll learn what you want and why, create your custom exceptional living plan based on your ultimate goals, use that plan as an everyday guide to living, and learn how to maintain your momentum and stay on track. You'll take stock of your most important "clients," gather feedback on your actions, set goals and priorities, and implement plans for change and constant improvement. Rather than float through life, you'll take control, be your own boss, and steer You, Inc. into the black.

You only lead one life, so why lead an average one? Me, Inc. will show you how to stop living by accident and start living on purpose. When you embrace your role as CEO of your own life, you'll live with enthusiasm, determination, purpose, and confidence. If you want to achieve your goals and dreams, now is the time to take charge and be the boss. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Advance praise for Me, Inc

"Ventrella takes the best practices of Fortune 500 companies and shows how you can apply them to another important venture—you! Your life deserves at least as much attention as your job does, so read this book and turn your time on Earth into a satisfying, meaningful enterprise."
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level

"Rarely does a book so authentically capture the essence of what a true personal brand transformation is all about. Me, Inc. provides a unique approach to discovering your personal brand and making it a reality. Through Ventrella's insights and invaluable self-discovery tools, readers quickly learn that when you build your personal brand, you build a brand of value—value that eloquently translates into success throughout every facet of your life."
—Laura Tessinari, Senior Partner, Director of Training, Ogilvy & Mather

"The Me, Inc. program has guided me on the path to even greater personal and professional achievement and life satisfaction than I ever thought possible."
—Jack Hallahan, Vice President, Advertising and Brand Partnerships, MobiTV

"In all of the thirteen years since I first heard Ventrella speak on this subject, I have consistently been impressed by the value of his approach and the responses of the hundreds of students who have benefited from his structured program. With the publication of Me, Inc., Ventrella reveals to a much larger audience the way to create successful, happy lives. His students at Fordham and executive coaching clients have been applying it with excellent results for years."
—James A. F. Stoner, Professor Fordham University, Graduate School of Business Administration

"Me, Inc. provides a clear road map to achieving your goals and finding greater work-life balance. Ventrella's approach offers an interesting and powerful way to assume control; by managing your life's ambitions as seriously as you might a business endeavor, you can clarify your thoughts, set priorities, and turn your dreams into reality. Ventrella is a very effective coach and, like any good boss, he doesn't let you off the hook. You want to change things? Look no further."
—Teri Schindler, Media Consultant, Patrick Davis Partners --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was positively dying to get this book the moment I heard about it. I went through every major bookstore here to find a copy, until impatience got the best of me and I had to order it through customer service.

It's a good book, no doubt about that, but reading it felt like there was a sequel or a workbook in the works. I appreciate how Ventrella makes his points clear and succinct, but at times the text feels like it wants to get a subject done and over with and head on to the next.

Each chapter, or "milestone" is divided into two sections, beginning with the exploratory text, and ending with a complementary activity for the reader to execute. Normally, in books like these, the first section explores the concepts and ideas deeply and thoroughly over six to ten pages, with the second section capping the chapter with just a page or a spread of guide questions and tips. In "Me, Inc." I sometimes become confused when the exploratory text is shorter than the activity section.

This book, to me, is very "male" --straightforward, strictly business, a bit cold, the way a business consultant might speak when issuing a report. So if you're the type who goes for this treatment, it may just work for you. Again, the concepts and strategies the book presents are great, but the presentation doesn't excite me a whole lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those work-life balance books that is more about you than work. It is a practical guide and emphasizes working on building a plan for your life rather than just thinking about it. For the right audience, this book will have real benefits. The idea behind that book is that you can use the same kinds of methods that successful businesses use to make your life into the kind of success you want it to be.

The book uses imagery that you can use to motivate yourself and into action. The first the author uses is visualizing yourself on a burning platform a couple dozen feet off the ground. What do you do? Then find your burning platform in your own life. The next is the COIL or Cost of Inefficient Living report. How much is it costing you to stay where you are?

The author, Scott Ventrella, also teaches you how to create your own Exceptional Living Plan and then how to use that to manage your life. What I did like is the way he gets into your core values, rather than supplying them himself (although he does makes some broad suggestions about what constitutes a balanced life). His method also includes a way to modify and update your plan to keep it fresh and relevant to your present life rather than become a musty artifact of who you used to be.

You really shouldn't just read the book from front to back. He gives you assignments along the way and to get the most from the book you need to do them. Like I said, for the right people, this can be a pretty helpful book.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on May 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book presents a focused, action-based, 16-week course on using sound business principles to clarify, enrich, expand and revitalize your personal life. The step-by-step approach will help you understand what really matters to you and how to organize your life to be satisfying and meaningful. Scott W. Ventrella helps you identify your core principles and tells you how to make them a living part of your life. He is not a guru who will tell you the secrets of life but rather a coach pushing you to make your own discoveries. His occasional use of composite (or perhaps fictional) characters as examples can undermine his credibility, but getAbstract recommends his practical program to people at the beginning of their careers, or those who've reached a dead end, and are willing to put in the time and work it takes to get moving.
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