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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Difficult to explain the profound impact that Kevin Touhey and this book have had on my outlook and approach to life. I am one of the most competitive, driven people you'll meet but I often fail to pay attention to all the little things around me - which are easily the most important. Kevin details his very trying childhood and background and explains how you become better at whatever it is that motivates you not by the typical self-help type format that produces book after book after book by giving readers an almost unattainable blueprint for how to achieve whatever it is we're looking for. No. What Kevin does is simply tell you that what matters is what matters to you and then creates the opportunity to attain it. There is no secret formula. Quite simply, it's impossible to attain the type of balance and success that any competitive person struggles with every day and not benefit from Kevin's insight and his personal way of explaining how you can simply change little things to gain the perspective that allows you to be successful and thrive in any endeavor. Few people have impacted me as much as Kevin Touhey and I think this book should be required reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2008
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
there's a book my high schooler picked up and read for leisure instead of an assigment. Fortunately, it was Kevin Touhey's book, The Miracle of Optimism. I get it next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I found Kevin Touhey's writing much like Mitch Albom and Randy Pausch. I completely adore these authors and their heartfelt real life stories; they touched me deeply, changed my life. There were parts of the book that were difficult for me to read because I could relate so much from my own experiences. However those parts of the book, kept me wanting to continue reading.

Emotional - I cried, I laughed, I smiled, I hurt and finally I felt hope, empowerment and determination to make the changes necessary to forgive, have peace and forge ahead.

I am waiting for his next book - please tell me there is going to be one. Thank you Kevin; you are a remarkable and courageous man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
What fabulous book with great tools for learning how to change your frame of mind to positive no matter how negative the circumstance or situation is initially perceived. Hearing Kevin's firsthand family history and reading his present view of that history and his choice to remain so positive regardless of what happened to him provides inspiration for others to be able to utilize the same tools he outlines in the book in order to live a joyful, life filled with gratitude for our blessings by focusing on the positive in any environment or situation.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought Kevin Touhey's book on the strength of the testimonials for what seemed to be bona fide teachers, etc. I remember one comment was, "There's not another book like this..." or something similar. That is true. I can't imagine another book so badly written, thin, amateurish getting published and having people like me buy it. Unhelpful. Not even interesting. Story not deep or really authentic--I finally pieced together that the father had serious troubles, but hard to find that in all of the glossing over. I feel I wasted my money and my optimism here.
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