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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: R & A Mariano Inc (May 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989338622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989338622
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Carlo Mariano was born at 4:52 p.m. on Christmas Day 1975 at Boston Lying-In Hospital (now the Brigham and Women's Hospital), about a mile away from Fenway Park. He grew up in a loving family in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood and later in Canton, Mass., along with his two siblings, Heather and Michael. At Xaverian Brothers High School, Rob developed a love of golf and helped his team win the state championship. He was also a member of the school's varsity ice hockey team, the Hawks. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University, where he coached in-line hockey and played rugby. Rob made his first television appearance on CBS’ “Survivor: Marquesas” in 2002. His compelling performance resulted in a repeat appearance on “Survivor: All Stars,” where he was the runner-up to his wife-to-be, Amber Brkich. He proposed to Amber during the live finale of “All Stars,” and the two were married in front of millions of viewers on a two-hour CBS prime-time special, “Rob and Amber Get Married.” Rob has been a contestant on two additional Survivor seasons, “Heroes vs. Villains,” in 2010 and 2011’s “Redemption Island,” which he won, making him the only person to have appeared on Survivor four times. He is also a two-time competitor, along with Amber, on CBS's “The Amazing Race.” He has also hosted numerous other programs on a variety of networks. Recently he has focused his attention on his production company, Murlonio Productions, LLC, which is currently developing new and innovative projects in the television and entertainment industry. Rob is an avid golfer and poker player, and, as you can probably guess, a huge fan of all things Boston. Whether it’s the Patriots, the Bruins, the Celtics or his beloved Red Sox, you can always find him rooting on his hometown team. Of course, being Italian, he loves food and enjoys playing chef for his four favorite girls—his wife, Amber, and his three young daughters, Lucia Rose, Carina Rose, and Isabetta Rose.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AmazonJoe on May 20, 2013
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Boston Rob captured the essence of his philosophies in this book. If you admired him in Survivor and want to see his thoughts on paper, then this book captures him perfectly. Here are some of my favorite quotes and key points from the book:

I believe it was Socrates who said, "Know thyself."

Be yourself. Consistency is key. Take a stance.

Have a plan. And a backup plan, and a backup plan for your backup plan. Be able to make changes on the go.

I think it was Sun Tzu who said: He who shows up prepared has already won half the battle.

Education is the key to success. The best type of education is real-world education.

If you want something bad enough, you have to work for it. Take action. Change your situation. Make something of yourself.

Clean it up.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Know what the competition is up to at all times. Never get comfortable and let your guard down.

Things aren't always going to be fair. Don't let others dictate your destiny. My destiny is in your best interest!

At first it may seem ingenuous to be so obnoxiously positive. And you know what? It is. But you have to teach your brain to think in a new way. You may not believe what you're thinking or saying at first, but in time being positive will just come naturally. Soon people will see you not as the downer they used to know but as a positive person they want to be around.

If people like you, they'll want to be around you. You have to rewire your brain to focus on the positive.

If you want people to like you, be like me.

No one gets anywhere in life on their own. Not all relationships last, but those that do are the important ones.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Dargevics on May 19, 2013
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I am an avid Survivor fan, and except for Season 2, I haven't missed one episode. The reason I missed S2 is because I was disgusted with Richard Hatch winning S1. Survivor is definitely a great study in human relationships; we are truly bizarre, greedy, backstabbing creatures. Very few winners, in my opinion, have deserved to win. Boston Rob is one of those who deserved to win. I didn't like his arrogance on his first Survivor stint but it's as if I've watched him mature in the other 3. That's why I had to buy his book as soon as I saw him promote it on TV. It's a quick read, although the editing needs some work, and it sounds just like the way he talks: full of cliches, straight forwardness, street wisdom, and humor. I read it in one evening and will keep it for reference. I really like who Boston Rob has become so why not buy his book.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lookinup on May 14, 2013
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All the one star reviews are from people who obviously never read it and simply dislike Rob because he leads a charmed life. My Sister loves survivor and Boston Rob and downloaded this on her Kindle, she loved it and gives it 5 stars. I went ahead and read it too, I enjoyed it, it was fun, funny at times, and insightful. It's not a literary masterpiece but I wasn't expecting it to be. I give it a 4. It is what it is. But to come on here, having never read it to give it one star because you are bitter that you never made anything out of your life is shameful and they should be disregarded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Constant Learner on July 5, 2013
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I admire Boston Rob's thinking. It's easy to see that he was adequately fathered because his responses aren't twisted. He thinks clearly and deliberately. If you also admire Boston Rob, this is a good book. If you do not admire Boston Rob, buy something else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dapsta on June 19, 2013
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Being a Survivor fan for 12 years and from New England, this book was everything I thought it would be. Great job Boston Rob! Oh, and go Patriots!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Hiles on June 19, 2013
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I absolutely recommend this book. It has literally changed my life. *In a good way of corse* Im a huge fan of the author and even better then I expected
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephencefalu on June 27, 2013
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I loved the book and a big fan of "Survivor". I have sent in videos 9 times, but no call. Boston Rob is a great player and knows how eliminate the competition. I hope I get the chance to be selected for the show. Thanks for the book!
Steve Cefalu
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful By James Lopez on May 13, 2013
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A practical, Clear, and concise blueprint for effective 'Survivor' play and/or real life problem solving. Mariano's tips are down to earth, accessible, and (sometimes) pretty funny. A fast fun read. Well worth $10 bucks.
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