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The Hamlet Secret: A Self-Directed (Shakespearean) Workbook for Living a Passionate, Joy-Filled Life Paperback – July 3, 2009

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About the Author

James M. Lynch is an impassioned and highly effective executive and personal coach working in seminars, with individuals one on one, in groups and in corporate settings to produce breakthrough results and a life of joy and passion. After 20 years as a professional actor, director and acting coach he has combined coaching and theatre into a unique, easy to follow, fun and challenging model. His business model can be found at JMLynchtraining.com and his 'Being the Star of Your Own Life' techniques are available at StarOfYourOwnLife.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438960662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438960661
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,712,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James M. Lynch started as an acting teacher and director in live theatre and moved into coaching when participants of his classes began sharing that what they were learning in his classes was affecting all areas of their life positively (one woman claimed her tennis game was improving!). Teaching people to use the principals of acting to play themselves more authentically in life was the start of 'STAR of Your Own Life' - why play a supporting role in someone else's life?

A full time executive and personal coach for the past 18 years, James has kept many aspects of the theatre-based tools of his coaching, adding concepts from most of the great books and authors on the topic and coaching in multiple venues. Working with executives, entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses in generational transition, his work centers on personal empowerment and self-discovery.

Born in NYC, he is the 13th born of 14 children he has spent the last 18 years of his life researching, writing and developing powerful coaching methods and tools. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and currently lives in a northern Chicago suburb with his wife and 3 children, serving on the Cultural Arts Commission and helping people 'make it happen' in their lives.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MarieL on December 15, 2010
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Let me say right away that I did not buy this book. It was offered to me and I accept it with surprise. The gratitude came after I read it and worked through all of the exercises.

The premise behind the book is really taking 100 percent responsibility for you being who you are, your actions and inactions and where they lead you.

So whatever situation you find yourself in you have to act AS IF it was all you in order to move on from there. It follows a nice rhythm as chapters and corresponding exercises build on each other to provide you with the necessary tools required to face your fears, doubts, procrastination, etc.

The exercises in the Workbook look deceptively simple but they are not!

You literally have to UNFOLD YOURSELF (title of the opening chapter and exercise) by doing a little expose on yourself in 150 words or so starting with name, weight, who you say you are, discovering how inauthentic we are (yeah, how we lie everyday:) but it stays "soft" starting out and becomes more in-depth as you progress.

Basically, each exercise is a challenge - your challenge - to see how truthful you are with yourself and others by extension. That theme that runs through the entire book. Stop lying to yourselves people.

The chapters headings are brief and succinct Hamlet quotes which the author clearly explains in plain English and develops a theme around them followed by quaintly named exercises like "Mere Beasts", "Murder's Miraculous Tongue" "The devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape" and so on.

This had to have involved so much research because they are used so effectively to illustrate the object of every lesson and the exercises expand on them for our benefit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Winona swenson on January 2, 2014
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good book bit hard to get into you must be dedicated or your going to waste your time if you half- ass it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Mansfield on July 23, 2009
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Let me start off by saying that I don't usually buy self-help books, but after hitting a rough patch and looking into life coaches, I was ready to find someone to work with.

Unfortunately, I don't currently have the money to hire a coach which is how I came across James M. Lynch's do-it-yourself life coach site ([...]) which lead me to his book.

The Hamlet Secret is exactly what I was looking for. It lays out a year-and-a-half of exercises that will help provide insight and direction and move me forward in my search for what to do next.

I've only done the first few exercises, but I already like Lynch's matter-of-fact tone and common-sense approaches. Lynch encourages his readers to be the star of their own life and I am looking forward to preparing for that role with the rest of the exercises.

So, two thumbs up for The Hamlet Secret. If you're looking for a good guidebook to taking control of your life, this is the place to start.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sadie Raina on October 5, 2009
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There is nothing like this! Everything you ever wanted to know about creating a truly joy-filled life is in this book. It's smart, entertaining, really well written. Reading and doing the exercises is like sitting across the table from your own personal coach. The experience is personal, relevant and incredibly original. You don't even have to be a Hamlet expert or even have read Shakespeare. If you have, it makes it even more enjoyable. This book should be a must-read for all personal coaches out there and their clients!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosalie H. on October 15, 2009
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I read Mr. Lynch's book as he recommended. I went thru the chapters one at a time, doing all the "homework" - I can't believe what a difference it made in my personal life as well as work productivity. This book is powerful, enlightening and fun. It's like taking a quantum leap in my own "transformation" - Thank you Mr. Lynch!!!
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