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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (January 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316051292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316051293
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Success doesn't happen because of luck or genetics, but through "tremendous, persistent, positive mental energy," writes Bob Arnot, M.D. in The Biology of Success. Arnot, author of The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet, aims to teach you the steps to tapping into your own positive mental energy, which becomes the fuel to build the fire of success. He describes how to create mental energy, then create positive thought. Then you can "channel your energy and enthusiasm in the directions that will maximize your success." Here are some examples of the mental-energy steps he includes: take a self-test to figure out your "mood thermometer" of brain energy and a spirit of optimism, necessary for success. Make changes in your office space to optimize your health, performance, and self-esteem. Elevate your mind with music therapy. Eat protein and high-quality carbohydrates at the right times of day to either rev up your energy or relax. Increase mental energy with exercise. "Look like a star" by dressing well every day. The positive-thought section helps you "gear your mental drive to its highest limits" in six steps, including committing fully to the moment at hand, playing to your strengths, changing the emotions of those around you, and prayer. A workbook section helps you put it all into action. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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NBC's chief medical correspondent Arnot exemplifies more than he actually advises in this misleadingly titled self-help book. There is little biology and few concrete recommendations to be found here regarding biochemistry or diet, supplement or exercise regimes. Instead, Arnot meanders from not-so-useful tips for regulating body temperature ("Armani suits have become a favorite because they're incredibly light and lack the thick insulated liners of the old English suit") to clich?d advice such as "If you can't say something good, don't say anything at all." The intent of the author (The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet; Dr. Bob Arnot's Revolutionary Weight Control Program)Ato show that by maintaining mental energy, a person can succeedAis a fine one, and the book does make for good browsing. However, many of the topics Arnot addresses are covered more thoroughly and helpfully in other books. Arnot does touch on important issues, such as the dangers of "carbo overload," the importance of timing sleeping with eating, food choices, spirituality and maintaining a positive attitude. The book concludes with protein, fatty acid and carbohydrate counts for various foods, plus a workbook to help determine the reader's type (e.g., morning or evening person, educator or "strategizer") in order to help identify weak and strong points. No doubt some readers will appreciate Arnot's easygoing tone and folksy recommendations. Author tour. (Jan.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Bob Arnot, M.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books on nutrition and health. He has been a medical correspondent for NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, the Today show, CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, and CBS This Morning, and is a health columnist for Men's Journal. He lives in Palm Beach, Florida, and Vermont.

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I found most of the advice pretty good.
Douglas Setter
I can honestly say that I got more out of this book than I had hoped for, and am very pleased.
smf
An excellent book to help individuals understand and maximize their energy levels.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Once again Dr Bob has provided a road map to realizing ones full potential. While his previous work concentrated on diet and fitness ( "..guide to turning back the clock" and "..revolutionary weight control program")Dr bob's new book completes the picture by incorporating advice for creating and maintaining the positive mental attitude which is the foundation of success. His emmminently readable style and usefull personal examples make this book not only interesting but easy to use in your day to day life. after reading the section on using music to create a mental mood I have been using netradio.com to broadcast jazz through my office computer. I have lowered my level of stress and find it easier to focus on what is important. If you incorporate only one of the many recommendation into your daily life you will find that this book is an excelent investment in yourself.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By keith m fleming on January 24, 2000
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This book was a very pleasant suprise. Finally an M.D. who's not affraid to be bold by clearly providing concrete tools for the attainment of self-mastery and success. This straight forward, very well written and edited book is the best book I've ever read. It covers the full spectrum of being human. From being creative, excercise, daily rituals, everything about improving your station in life. He provides a clear blueprint for success. The greatest part is that he isn't affraid to touch on non-mainstream ideas, i.e. feng shui. This has been a wonderful daily companion because it's so easy to read. He clearly gets right to the point and he doesn't try to add fluff. This is a real-life instruction manual and should be made available to everyone - almost as a prerequisite to graduation. This isn't pop-psychology or a fad book, it's much more...it's real. Not too lengthy or full of extras, just good information. I strongly recommend it to corporate managers, Families as well as everyday ordinary people. Everyone can benifit from this book. Don't read another review, don't waste time. Buy it now and start to change your life, start living.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book for my birthday and could not put it down. Never have I read a book with more helpful advice on taking charge of my life. It brims with good ideas and includes suggestions for small changes that can have a big impact. Plus, it is a delight to read!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After reading a review of this book in a magazine, I bought it expecting information I could use in my daily life. Instead, the book runs the gamut from the obvious (music affects your mood) to the insulting (if you ever feel stuck or in a rut, just go helicopter skiing in the Canadian Rockies!!). Uh, gee, thanks Bob. Next time I have a year's salary to blow on a vacation I'll be able to take you up on that. Most of Dr. Bob's advice will be useful only to those with six-figure-plus salaries and lots of control over how they spend their time. If you're an ordinary working person, like me, earning an average salary and lacking control of the hours of her day, pass this one by.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Rooted in firm scientific research. Go for it. The Biology of Success is all that. Author Arnot knows what he is talking about. The subject is not new however. It did help me con new terminology to describe the practical philosophy of survival I have learned through the examples of others. I highly recommend reading another book -- LIFE WITH NOAH. Unlike Arnot's cosmopolitan publication, the narrative doesn't stress diet, exercise and altering one's environment. Yet the message is similar. Take control of your life. Get out doors. Involve yourself in meaninful activity. Channel your mind. Rid yourself of the many negatives found in civilization and you will awaken to a new spiritual landscape -- all from the perspective and through the experience of a woodsman and his life time friend, Noah John Rondeau, the hermit of Cold River Flow. This book does not collect dust. I find myself continually rereading portions. I have yet to find more spiritual nature writing from the heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By smf on January 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I never write reviews on the books that I read, but after I read this book, and especially after I read some of the negative reviews that it got, I was compelled to defend some of its points. First of all, if most or all of what Dr. Arnot claims in his book to be true, is just "common sense", then why doesn't everyone automatically do these simple things to improve their lives? We live in a society where almost 30% of our population is obese, antidepressants are overprescribed and all of our children seem to have ADD. We ignore and take for granted the simple pleasures available to us, like putting on some Beethoven and a little aroma therapy to relax. Regulating our sleep patterns in order to be at the top of our game may be common sense, but how many of us don't get the recommended 8-10 hours each night?

I realized, like other readers, that this book was very simple and sometimes made you say, "well duh." But I believe the purpose of this book was to emphasize and bring to light those so-called simple things, and help us realize that these subtle changes are all we need in order to make positive things happen in our lives. I really appreciated the sections on exercise for improving the quality of life and as a personal trainer, believe that when your health and fitness become your first priority, then everything else just falls into place.

I can honestly say that I got more out of this book than I had hoped for, and am very pleased. This is definitely a book that you can come back to and refresh your memory on those "simple things" that we seem to forget. Check it out at your local library, or get it from amazon- but if you are in need of organizing your life- just read it. I promise even the most cynical person will get something positive out of it- just make sure to apply it to your life daily otherwise the information will be useless. Thanks for reading!
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