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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I was pointed in the direction of Brendon by a friend. I am always interested to read other people's view of how we can evolve as human beings. I am a big fan of Deepak Chopra, he has such a wonderful hold on the English language with his descriptive and succinct prose. So I do have high expectations. Brendon has a long way to go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2013
The sub-title grabbed my attention: Activating the 10 Human Drives that Make You Feel Alive. The author does a great job characterizing the various drives and separating them into "baseline" and "forward" aspects. I was really captivated by the author's personal story and, as a result of it, his "why". This book is chock full of motivational "one-liners", from the author and other sources, which caused me to pause and reflect on numerous occasions. I particularly enjoyed the exercise of selecting my three words, the discussion of the three types of friends, and the exploration of the five types of life challenges. The author provides some online tools, which are helpful, to supplement the reading. (The downside is that you will be relentlessly bombarded with e-mails, the frequency of which quickly becomes tiresome.) Near the end of the book, the author finally admits that none of us will really fully activate even one of these drives, much less all 10. And while he does identify what he believes the activators are, he provides little regarding the "how-to". There are times when the book really bogs down and the reader might be better served if the author removed about 50 pages of rambling and stayed on task. While all of the answers are not here, overall I believe this book provides a logical starting point for each of us, wherever we are on our personal journey, and should be re-read to obtain additional perspective.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I will say upfront that I am a HUGE fan of Brendon Burchard and his brand of innovative and thought-provoking training for entrepreneurs and the like. His online training stuff has really lifted the quality and respectability of all "internet guru"-types. And so I definitely appreciate anything and everything that he puts his mind and hands to.
This book is full of some really powerful stuff and a great perspective into how we can all outperform the way we've done things in the past. It's written with application in mind and not just flowery, inspirational stuff and definitely gets to the core of how we can improve almost anything as people. So I say definitely make sure this books gets into your mix of self-help stuff because this guy is a legitimate success in his own right and rubs elbows with some of the most elite leaders in the world!
With that being said, I was a little disappointed in this book in that it seemed to be a little more general and not as unique as what I normally expect from him. I know that this might be unfair because of my consistently high expectations of him and his work but it's still how I feel about this work in particular.
My guess is that this is his first (and definitely not his last!) foray intro transitioning his cache, expertise and following from his largely business-specific audience to a wider and definitely much more lucrative general population via the typical self-help stuff you can find in thousands of discount bins across the world. I honestly think his inspirational style and minimal BS approach to things can put him on par with Oprah and the likes (I think I just saw him on Larry King!!!). So that's perhaps why this book felt so generic compared to his other stuff- because it was written to be exactly so! So in that regard, much props and kudos to Mr. Burchard and I look forward to seeing his next attempt at this kind of stuff because this guys learns like crazy and is a master marketing people!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2013
A great guide book to reinvigorate and re-charge your life. Getting away from routines, exploring and doing things outside your comfort zone exposing you to new opportunities, people and experiences
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the first book by Brendon Burchard that I have read. His book "The Charge" is based on the concept that activating the ten human drives make one feel alive. The ten charges are:
1. Control
2. Competence
3. Congruence
4. Caring
5. Connection
6. Change
7. Challenge
8. Creative Expression
9. Contribution
10. Consciousness

The author was in a car accident when he was a young man which caused him to rethink his life and decide to live a fully charged life. This book discusses questions like, Do I live?, Do I love?, Do I matter?. Burchard explores each of the ten human drives in depth and how they can charge us so that we get more meaning and fulfillment in life. The thing I liked most about the book was the questions at the end of each chapter. They are very thought provoking and really got me to thinking "Am I really getting all that I can out of life?" In between discussing the ten human drives the author gives examples from real life and real people of how his principles are worked out. I felt challenged and inspired. This book was definitely worth reading and I'd like to read some of his other books. -- Valerie Lull, Author, Ten Healthy Teas
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2014
Haven't read the book, but listened to the audio book a third of the way through. So far so good. Looking forward to getting back into it once I have more time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
Excellent read! The concepts presented, if followed could assist any of us with achieving success in life, career and most importantly, in relationships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 28, 2012
Loved this book about the ten human drivers and how we can activate them. Tons of great, actionable advice and real-life examples, taken from Brendon's decade-plus of experience helping others reach their highest potential. His love for the subject matter and the amount of research he's done on the topics at hand is apparent on every page.

The only criticism I have is that the book is more of a wide overview, and while the reader is asked to identify different changes he or she can make in the future, it's far from being a workbook. In fact, I think a workbook to accompany this manual would be terrific, as I was kind of left with that, "Okay, I've taken in a ton of information... where do I start and what do I do next?"

I had also read Millionaire Messenger, which I also enjoyed, but this is a completely different style of book. More focused on personal development and how to be the best you you can be. If you like Tony Robbins, you'll love The Charge.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2012
I spend my time working with parents and teachers to help children and youth with developmental and behavioral challenges. What I find most often is that these adults are missing many of the drives that Mr. Burchard discusses in his book, The Charge. I found his presentation engaging and easy to translate to what I work to help parents and teachers understand about themselves as they work with the challenging children in their care.

I especially could relate to the concept of congruence between what they see within themselves and what is actually occurring in their interactions with their children or students.

I am going to recommend this book to my patients parents and teachers as a tool to help them understand why they feel like they can't get control of their children and help them accept the concepts and strategies that I present, which are based on understanding the temperament of children and the role of overlying developmental/behavioral issues,as well as the impact of their environments on how they react to others.

Patricia McGuire MD FAAP
The Pediatric Profiler
Author, Never Assume: Getting To Know Children Before Labeling Them
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2013
Simple ideas stretched thin over too many pages and slapped between the covers. This nominal book does not make for either satisfying reading or a significant growth opportunity. You've seen it all before.
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