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About the Author

Robert Ashton is an author, activist, speaker, and entrepreneur. He works with people who want to make a difference, including entrepreneurs, social activists, charity managers, and individuals working to create their own life plans. Ashton’s books include How to Sell, The Entrepreneur’s Book of Checklists, Copywriting in a Week, Business Alchemy in a Week, and Teach Yourself Life at 50-for Men.

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Introduction

Congratulations! By opening this book, you have taken an important step toward changing your life for the better. That's not to say I'm suggesting the life you're leading now is lacking, it's just that I know that every one of us has the potential to be happier and more fulfilled.

We all have things we'd like to change. Things we don't feel are quite under our control or within our reach. Perhaps you've already tried to change some things and it didn't quite work. Don't worry, what really matters is that you're prepared to keep trying until you succeed.

There is no correct definition of success. Success is whatever you decide to make it. Success is a personal thing and what makes one person feel successful will make another person feel they're failing. Much of it is about how you feel. If you're succeeding and can recognize that fact, you will feel happy and content. Lasting success usually results from the cumulative effect of lots of small steps. It's not about making a big push for some really tough goal, more about working on a range of aspects of your life.

Your life plan needs to be tailored to your life, your aspirations, and your needs. The art of making your life better is to make each of the small steps manageable. Taking many short steps can make a journey longer; giant strides however can be very tiring and there is always the risk of tripping up.

So what does The Life Plan give you that is different? Here are ten good reasons why I think you'll enjoy reading this book.

  1. It's simple – This book contains hundreds of small steps you can take to make life better. Each can deliver a small positive change to your life. Add several together, and you'll really see the difference.

  2. You're in charge – The book is clearly indexed, and the tips are presented in lists of ten. It's easy to navigate your own route through the book. No two people will take the same path or set the same pace. You can make the book and the plan your own.

  3. I'd do it so why not you? – I'm not terribly brave, and there's nothing in this book I haven't or wouldn't try myself. Nowhere do I advocate walking on hot coals!

  4. No dictionary needed – This is a book that says it like it is. There are no big words or jargon. Using a dictionary is educational but it does little for your self-confidence. This book uses plain English.

  5. It's realistic – We are all daunted by people who are better at things than we are. Human nature is to spot where we're weak and forget where we're strong. This book shows you how to improve things but does not claim to be able to make you superhuman – sorry.

  6. It's fun – Personal development should not be like a trip to the dentist, something you endure to free yourself of pain. It should be more like a vacation, helping you create the opportunity to try new things. There's nothing here you won't enjoy.

  7. It doesn't cost any more – Changing your life is not about spending money. This book is not a shopping list for things you can't really afford. In fact it shows you how to save money instead!

  8. It reaches the parts – You'll be amazed at some of the aspects of life this book encourages you to change for the better. Remember that this game is all about making lots of small changes, not a few big ones. Big ones hurt and small ones don't.

  9. There's a website, too – After you buy the book, you can visit http://www.TheLifePlan.net and sign up for my e-newsletters. You can also use the promotional code RDR01 to get one month's free access to the subscription only content. The website enables you to swap ideas with other readers and help each other along.

  10. It's yours – We are all unique and different, and this is your personal journey through life. This book is begging you to highlight sections, insert little pieces of paper, and even scribble notes in the margin. It's personal to you and for you alone. Enjoy!


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (March 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137135556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137135554
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,325,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Palmerino Jr VINE VOICE on September 25, 2008
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I like this book primarily for one reason: It is about taking a moment to stop and think or reflect.

First of all, its a book, which is ideal for self paced reflection. It starts out with your traditional motivational drivel about success in life and how to achieve it. Yes, I mean drivel. You have heard all of the material at the front of this book before, many times. Then the book quickly jumps into the meat of things, which give it its value and leads us back to why I like this book. It begins a series of "Top 10s" that serve the purpose of reflection. You may find that some suggestions are useful, while others are not. One that puts a smile on my face is "If your party is going to disturb the neighbors, invite them to join in the fun." It is this kind of common sense suggestion that you will find in this book. This book has elements of the Dale Carnegie course on Human Relations. I recently attended a Dale Carnegie training course because my company "suggested" it.

Topics covered include "Top 10s" on the following: Success, Health and Fitness, Stress, Work, Leisure, Releationships, Children, Parents, Money, Home and Retirement.

Here's another: "Drink Milk - It contains and amino acid that calms the brain." Have you ever heard someone say that you should drink a glass of warm milk to help you sleep? Well, according to this book, it is true.

In my opinion, this book is inexpensive enough that if just one suggestion changes your life or allows you to tackle a problem from a different angle, then it was worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaux Paschke VINE VOICE on August 27, 2008
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I wasn't sure what to expect from a book entitled "The Life Guide" but I figured it wouldn't hurt. Now, I am not one who frequents the "self help" section of the books store (not that I couldn't use some....) but what IF I had passed by the one book that actually could change my life?

Okay, it did not turn out to be a life altering book; still, it did end up making my life a little easier and I'm all about that! It is not written from a new age perspective; rather, as if an older family member had passed down the information (s)he had learned over the years for your benefit. Bearing that in mind, some of the advise given will be useless or not to your liking - just like a real family member's.

I liked it. Short, concise and covered just about anything life throws at you. The book is divided into general topics (time, health, etc.) and then into more specific topics with ten ways to help achieve it. Yes, the lists are brief but that is needed in order to cover all the ground the author manages in one slim book. Yes, some of the 10 things listed are vague or useless (just keeping thinking of that family member). The 10 Ways to Avoid Being a Victim seemed to condone rather then help avoid from my reading and one of the few topics completely off base.

Overall, I liked most of the lists provided and the best 10 lists are shaded grey for convenience. A definite keeper and great addition to my personal library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Reader VINE VOICE on September 9, 2008
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The book sounds like a great idea; the enthusiasm seeping from the description alone makes you want to buy the book. But inside you'll find pretty much the same things you've always heard -- To reduce stress, delegate or be realistic; when a relationship ends, don't mope or focus on the past; when you have gripes at work, look for a better job or share your concerns with others; to be healthier, eat breakfast and veggies. Gee, that's helpful--so new and insightful!

Sometimes the problem isn't really addressed. For example, when your neighbor complains about a noisy party, invite them over. If their party is noisy, crash it. Uh-huh.

There are a few good ideas scattered through the book, but not enough to warrant an entire book. Moreover, there are no how-to's, no in-depth advice. The headings for many of the suggestions do not even really speak to the action being advised. At its best, the book is a compendium of superficial, over-recommended sound bites.

A complete waste of time & money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deltareviewer VINE VOICE on September 20, 2008
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The Life Guide helps you focus, plan and change in 10-step increments. The easy-to-read book discusses success, priorities, making changes, health, family, work and much more. The reader is encouraged to create and personalize their life plan using suggestions from more than 60 lists on topics that hit close to home.

Ashton creatively approaches ideas on how to change your life. However, the plethora of lists and ideas could be overwhelming for some. There is not much new here but the rearrangement of ideas in a readable format and critical reflection of your life - will change you.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on August 27, 2008
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This book is full of lists of ten items about common sense, every day situations. The lists are pretty brief and don't go into much detail, and they almost seem like magazine article snippets. Topics range from health to career to relationships. And just to give an idea of what you get, one of the "how to be healthier" lists contains items such as "exercise," "eat healthier food," etc. This is how basic it is. I think that this book might be good for a high school graduate who is just starting out in the "real world," but for adults who have any life experience, you will not really learn anything new or astounding.
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