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Something for Nothing: The All-Consuming Desire that Turns the American Dream into a Social Nightmare Hardcover – November 9, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1ST edition (November 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550385
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of organizations and individuals. Tracy has studied, researched, written, and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, and business. He has authored more than 45 books.

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Veteran teacher and personal development expert Brian Tracy says that individuals have enormous capacity to choose the way they think and act, a choice that is often sabotaged by the all too human desire to get rewards without doing the work. With careful analysis and a firm grasp of the economics of personal functioning, and Tracy's trademark ability to flesh out his points with lucid examples, this is a memorable lesson that will impact anyone who hears it. Tracy is especially articulate about how society's institutions can help or hurt an individual's capacity to live ethically. This is an indispensable guide to being responsible for one's life and influencing others to do the same. T.W. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.

Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined.

Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 55 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year.

He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He is the top selling author of over 45 books that have been translated into dozens of languages.

He has written and produced more than 300 audio and video learning programs, including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into more than 20 languages.

He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America's largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.

Prior to founding his company, Brian Tracy International, Brian was the Chief Operating Officer of a $265 million dollar development company. He has had successful careers in sales and marketing, investments, real estate development and syndication, importation, distribution and management consulting. He has conducted high level consulting assignments with several billion-dollar plus corporations in strategic planning and organizational development.

He has traveled and worked in over 80 countries on six continents, and speaks four languages. Brian is happily married and has four children. He is active in community and national affairs, and is the President of three companies headquartered in Solana Beach, California.

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This book changed my perspective on so many things and I think it do the same for you.
Ronald Betta
This book, (or highly interesting CD) should be required reading in ALL high schools and universities across the nation.
Ann Long
I would put this in the top 5 books that Brian Tracy has written out of the 45+ books he published.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By M. Steven Cox on November 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have been a modest reader of Brian's work for a while and a friend gave me this book and said that it was a must read - he was so excited! Once i picked it up, I understood, as I was unable to put it down and powered through it during the weekend. This is a bit different from much of Brian's other material, but it is quite remarkable and i hope he does more of this kind of stuff.

Essentially he gets into the core of human nature and helps bring it to life. He then extrapolates on these premises and helps us understand where much of the bad and good come from in this world and what types of things, we as U.S. citizens, can do to help make this a better place to live. I wish that they made this book a mandatory reading in all high schools- would sure help us all out!!! Enjoy!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. V. Dam on January 5, 2006
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I have been a reader, listener and fan of Brian Tracy since a friend gave me a copy of Maxiumum Acheivement years ago (Which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. It is 10 Stars and changed my life).

Something for Nothing is an incredible, dynamic, insightful and educational read. I am a slow reader, have had it for a week and I will finish the last 10 pages tonight. I found myself nodding my head while I was reading this book. If ONLY our governing bodies would read this, America would still have hope to continue to be the future's leading nation. I agree 100% with Brian's assessment and I am no push-over.

Through his books and CD's I have come learn that Brian Tracy is a genuine, confident, warm, intelligent and driven man that has a true talent for guiding people toward excellence. Too bad his presidential run did not work out (yet) as I feel that a country under the leadership of a man like Brian would be an even better place to live that we already have.

I only know Brian through his work but I will meet him one day as it is one of my goals. I look forward to it every time I read his books or listen to his CD's (get the Science of Self Confidence)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clint Pachl on April 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am writing this review because this book pissed me off; in a good way.

I was expecting a business-centric read, however, it is more about human nature. He spends almost the first 100 pages describing how humans are inherently lazy, greedy, selfish, ambitious, vain, ignorant, impatient, and constantly striving to fulfill their needs for safety, security, comfort, leisure, love, respect, and fulfillment by acquiring money and power. These human characteristics and needs are constants. Our environment is the variable in this equation and that is what this book is really about.

Tracy discusses the environmental systems, such as law, free markets, entrepreneurship, and the idea of freedom, that guide us to be peaceful beings on this Earth. Then Tracy takes us to the dark side. This is where his rants begin and the book gets controversial. Tracy analyzes numerous situations throughout history where people, politicians, businesses, and countries act expediently and feel they deserve entitlements without earning them. This is also the point where I got pissed off because he is right on so many arguments. His research and views have helped me strengthen my own beliefs and realize just how inefficient, corrupt, and fragile our World really is.

Anyone who reads this book will find themselves agreeing and disagreeing with the author and that's what makes this a provocative read. Tracy is very raw and to-the-point. This is really a social study dating back to the Revolutionary War on through the current Iraq War.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fed Up With Liars on September 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I recommended this book to the President--not because he himself lacks character, but to remind us all that WE lack character, and large numbers of us keep expecting it to show up in the mailbox every month. How DARE we allow the government to set such minimum mediocre standards for us to achieve and be happy with! How dare we settle for such mediocrity in our lives, and then scream for more "something for nothing" in the form of handouts.

This book is full of lessons about the elements of character, how to put it all together, and finally, what to do with it. We as a nation need to turn in our rested laurels for a pair of bootstraps, and PRONTO!

If you are already in possession of a pair of bootstraps, you'll find this an inspirational read. If not, then you will find it a disgusting finger-pointing accusation of what you AREN'T doing to help this nation thrive--and you SHOULD be disgusted with what you AREN'T doing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Billy Williams on April 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I heard Brian being interviewed by Robert Ringer and when I heard that Brian wrote a book esposing his philosophy along political lines I decided to take a chance since I had gotten a couple of Amazon Gift Certificates, so what the hell?

I loved this book.

It blew me away!

I had only been familiar with Brian Tracy the sales trainer and speaker but had now idea the depth of his thinking and how it applied to this aspect of self-reliance and governance.

His explanations go deep and wide when explaining his views on the duality of man's inner motivation and stressing the fundamentals of character such as the ability to delay short-term instant gratification for long-term benefit which ultimately lead to a successful life. They are lessons I strive to pass on to my children as I watch them grow.

He crosses over from the sovereign individual to the foundation for the U.S. as well as proper governance which includes checks and balances to check the abuses from politicians all to interested in expediency and incapable of proper leadership. Real leaders in politics have resolved themselves to strengthening the very foundations of American society which has made America the dominant force in the world in every aspect imaginable.

He argues, successfully, that too many Americans have looked to get someting for nothing in many respects in present day life. This, he goes on to write, is the darkest day for a man or woman when they first begin to think about how to get something for nothing instead of creating value in the marketplace.

Its a deep book which completely caught me by surprise and while I have always been impressed by Brian Tracy's work I have to confess that my impression of him as a deep thinker has soared.

Buy it, enjoy it, and put it's lessons to work in your life and you'll have good things happen to you!
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