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Personal Best - How Ordinary People Achieve Extraordinary Success and How You Can Too [Kindle Edition]

Barry Duddy
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Personal Best is the ultimate motivational book, with contributions from over two hundred successful people Personal Bestserves as a powerful personal transformation and self help tool, that gives you not only an understanding of the characteristics of highly effective people, but direct, easy-to-implement strategies that you can employ to realise instant self improvement .

Personal Best provides inspirational insights and motivational success stories from global achievers to assist you to reach your full potential in business and in life. After extensive research, interviewing and testing the motivational methods of leaders in business, sports, science, politics and management - the key tools to making positive change were identified and are made clear .

As well as gaining an understanding of the personal transformation strategies employed by those that have achieved notable success, you will also begin to understand why you do what you do, what your drivers are and how you can harness your mindset to make quantum leaps forward in any area of your life.

Personal Best explores:
The myth of natural talent and why intelligent action will win every time.
The secret power strategies that have worked for the world’s most successful CEOs, greatest athletes and leaders.

How to rid yourself of the fears that stop you getting what you want and what you the one area in your life you must be clear about, if you are to reach your potential.

The ethos of Personal Best is that each of us, by making minor, personal improvements, can bring about massive success quickly and sustainably. Your life is about private and personal victories, and if you commit to continuous self improvement, you will make progress and gain pride in the personal success of having done something you have never achieved before. Personal Best can be the cornerstone to incredible achievement.

Personal Best gives you immediate access to the thinking and key strategies of the world’s best thinkers and achievers. The motivational stories and inspirational quotes allow you to understand not only the thinking of successful people but how you can replicate that success as part of your own journey of personal development and self improvement.

The uniqueness of Personal Best as a personal development guide is that the ideas and themes shared are not provided by one person or with a focus on one particular market, but draw on the lessons from high flyers from a wide range of backgrounds, all of whom have shown similar qualities in achieving their aims.

The contributors to Personal Best include:

Sir Frank Williams - Founder, Williams Grand Prix -
Lord Harris – Chairman, Carpetright PLC
Sir Chris Evans – Biotech’ Entrepreneur -
Tony Hsieh – CEO, Zappos
Sir George Buckley – Chairman, 3M -
Lord Michael Ashcroft – Former Chairman, ADT
Sir Tom Farmer – Founder, Kwik Fit Group -
Lord Neil Kinnock – Former Labour Leader
Dave Scott – Six times World Ironman Champion -
Mike Duke – CEO Wal-Mart -
Trevor Baylis OBE – Inventor
Lord Paddy Ashdown – Former Liberal Party Leader -
Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE
Bernie Siegel – Author and healer -
Nirmalya Kumar – Author & Professor of Marketing,
Chris Guillbeau – Author of Non Conformity & The $100 start up -
Craig Sams – Founder, Green & Blacks Chocolate
David Novak – CEO, Yum
John Redwood – MP, former Secretary of State for Wales
Teresa Amabile – Author & Professor of Business Harvard Business School
David Meerman Scott – Author The New Rules of Marketing & PR
B. K. S. Iyengar – Founder, Iyengar Yoga
Dean Finch – CEO National Express
Joseph Wan – CEO, Harvey Nichols
Peter Bieler – CEO Media Funding & Infomercial Pioneer and many more successful achievers and high flyers.


Product Details

  • File Size: 345 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vencape Publishing; 1 edition (October 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NMC3FQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a very inspiring book to read through. Some of the stories in here will motivate anyone to get out there and work towards their aspirations. This guide goes through all the different steps you can take to further your success in the world in a nice, simple, fluff-free way. It is all very high quality and well written content. The amount of it you get for the price really makes this book a bargain.

Whether you are hoping to improve yourself financially, or grow yourself as a person, this is a book that can help you achieve it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection October 29, 2012
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The best way to succeed is to learn what others did, what their thoughts were and how they put their plans into action. You then take this new knowledge and apply it to your own life. This way you have the best blueprint for success. With this Kindle book you have the very best teachers sharing their most intimate success secrets with you. Go buy it and start right now!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not at all ordinary January 17, 2013
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The author has taken a significant number of individual interviews with successful people, extracted their meaning, and woven together a very readable book. It is full of great quotes and inspiring stories. This is a worthwhile book for anyone who desires to be a better person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I think this is one of more interesting motivational books I've read this year. When I saw that this book doesn't try to coddle me into a sense of well being like many of its ilk do nowadays, I naturally continued reading. Chapter one opens with this quote by Joseph Wan:

"Just because you are born gifted or talented, that doesn't mean that good things will just come to you. Nothing will be given to you or fall to you from heaven."

After which it goes into the "Why positive thinking is not enough" bit. Now, this is my kind of motivation.

The author interviewed over two hundred the most successful people in the world. Click on the preview to see the names - you'd be sure to recognize some of them. And some might be a surprise - just regular people who made their mark by finding their determination and enthusiasm. These people are not only successful business -men and -women. There are public servants, elected officials, inventors, public figures, scientists, people who started charities, etc.

This is not a list of interviews, however. The author did try his best to distill the essence behind these successes. The book also includes plenty of personal stories that show how these people got where they are now, which are an entertaining read - one can see the human side of many well-known achievers.

My personal favorite story is that of Trevor Baylis - an old man who invented Freeplay radios. My favorite quote from the author:

"Action doesn't just speak louder than words, it speaks louder than everything."

One minor formatting criticism - since it's a Kindle book, it will benefit from clickable links and clickable table of contents. It's just my personal quirk. Otherwise, the book is well formatted.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of info in an easily readable book. November 18, 2012
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I may have to go back for the stuff I missed. This book has so much info and motivational suggestions. I have to at least try to comprehend and take actions to try to use it in my life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure I fully understand this book. June 24, 2014
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Written well, full of good ideas. I didn't connect with all the ideas in here but I certainly need to read it again. It has something for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read February 22, 2014
By Charlie
Format:Kindle Edition
Thoroughly enjoyed Personal Best, I defy anyone to read the book and not to take something out of it for themselves from the inspiring stories nestled between it's covers. This is a book that will resonate with all not only at the time of reading, but for a long time afterwards. If you are looking for an inspirational book, no matter what your reasons are for doing so, this book has something for you.

Couldn't recommend it enough, in fact i'm going to give t a few weeks and read it again such was it's impact.

Top class.
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Barry Duddy is an Author, Speaker and CEO of Personal Best Research, a personal development and business improvement consultancy. Having built his own high growth business, he now consults with individuals, companies and organisations to assist them in maximising their potential. Personal Best was founded to share the knowledge and best practice of selected achievers, companies and groups from around the world.


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