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No Opportunity Wasted : Creating a List for Life Hardcover – November 4, 2004

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"No Opportunity Wasted is about learning how to live while you still have the chance; about letting go of the handrails; taking off your tie (and maybe taking off a lot more, while you're at it); swerving off that predictable road you've been following for years--onto a strange and bumpy path that just might, with a bit of luck, get you lost. It's about taking the time to enjoy experiences you've denied yourself. But it is also about sharing experiences with other people you don't know . . . beginning with yourself."--Phil Keoghan

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About the Author

Phil Keoghan is currently in his fifth season starring as host of the Emmy-winning CBS primetime series, The Amazing Race. This fall Keoghan will star in and produce the NOW: No Opportunity Wasted reality television series on The Discovery Channel, a groundbreaking television project that represents one of the most widely-publicized and highly-anticipated primetime series launches in the history of Discovery networks. He has co-created and co-produced a number of original series including Phil Keoghan's Adventure Crazy, one of the highest-rated worldwide series for the Discovery Channel, currently airing in primetime around the world. He has been profiled in People magazine and TV Guide, and has been featured repeatedly on Oprah. On his last visit to the show, he helped a woman over come her debilitating fear of heights.

Warren Berger is a longtime contributing editor at Wired magazine, and his writing also appears frequently in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, GQ, and Men's Journal. His book, Advertising Today, was named one of the "Best Books of 2001" by Barnes & Noble.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; New title edition (November 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594860866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594860867
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on January 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever seen someone with a case of the "shoulda couldas" or had a case, yourself? That's where you should have done something you could have done, and now regret never having done so. It's a consequence of wasting an opportunity. Sometimes, age shuts the door of opportunity permanently. It's just this kind of situation that Phil Keoghan will help you prevent.

This book goes beyond just giving you inspirational examples (such as the nun who, in her 70s, competes in triathlon events--and wins). The subtitle of this book is "8 Ways to Create a List for the Life You Want," and the book delivers on that promise.

The first chapter does what first chapters are supposed to do--it explains the premise of the book. But, it starts with a frightening near-death diving experience--the one that launched Keoghan on his opportunity-making, opportunity-taking lifestyle. This chapter then goes on to chronicle Keoghan's own "List for Life" and how it evolved as he matured, in addition to getting the reader hooked on the idea of creating a "List for Life."

Chapters 2 and 3 talk about getting rid of excuses (such as not having time or money) and facing your fear, respectively. This isn't rah-rah stuff, but practical advice. One particular account show this very clearly. Koeghan works with a woman who is scared of heights. She eventually rappels down the highest bridge in the USA--and wants more. Keoghan uses many interesting examples to illustrate his principles in action.

Chapters 4, 5, and 6 deal with getting lost in the moment, testing your limits, and taking a leap of faith (respectively). I group these together, because they address getting out of your comfort zone.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have read and reviewed countless self-help books during my reviewing career. They all can pretty much be summed up in this; follow my directions and your life will change. Most times, you are not going to follow their directions and the only change in your life has been the thirty somewhat dollars that you lost. And so it is.

However, there are times when the author is so enthusiastic about his concept that it oozes off the pages and you sit up alert thinking, maybe he has something here?

You sense in the words screaming at you from the pages that this author truly has something that he has seen work, believes in, and wants to share it with you. Refreshing!

That is what happens in this book by author Phil Keoghan, host of the Discovery Channel's "NOW."

As with other books in this category, he gives you steps to take to reach the life goal that you have pushed aside for so long. He shares stories of others that didn't think they could, but plunged ahead and found their victory. He doesn't hide the fact that there will be obstacles to face and that perhaps there will be some failures, but his zest for life and his encouraging words make you think, perhaps I can! It's worth a shot at trying. And he also gives you tips to help overcome the many obstacles that would keep you from your victory. Including many of his own victories.That is refreshing in a self-help book.

All of us have a hidden desire, an accomplishment that we long to achieve but perhaps have given up on ever having that goal met. This work will challenge you to rethink that goal, to look at the obstacles that have kept you from it, and perhaps give you enough courage to take the leap. Well worth your read and your consideration.

Shirley Johnson

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bob Greenwade on June 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
No, this book will not actually change your life. Phil's tips for living, however, will show you how to change it yourself.

It's hard to pin down what's really great about this book. It's probably because the influence is so invisible. Phil Keoghan and co-author Warren Berger have a very nice, conversational writing style that communicate directly to the reader. They speak from personal experience, both their own and that of dozens of other people.

That's right -- Phil brings not only his own stories (most impressive of which is having a gourmet Italian dinner on top of an erupting volcano), but those of such inspirations as a quadriplegic surfer, a Jewish rapper, and a man who anonymously planned an elaborate wedding for a couple he'd never met. He also shows us inspiration from the inventors of bungee jumping, the Red Hat Society, actress Doris Roberts, and many others.

If you have problems setting goals, this will show you how. If you have goals but lack the courage to step forward with them, this book will show you how to do that, too. If you lack the resources, it will show you how to overcome that, or most other obstacles you may face. It will do it all gently; Phil and Warren draw you into their world and show you that it's not all that different from yours.

And for that matter, even if you already live a life of pursuing dreams, this book can show you how to "tweak" your mission and make things even better.

I've only just started on my mission, so... thanks, Phil!
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