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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595515711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595515714
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,827,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Satnamji on April 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Having achieved important goals in both my academic and professional careers, only to realize they didn't bring me the perfect happiness I sought, the title and description of this book really resonated with me. If you're the kind of person that often thinks to yourself, "there's got to be something more," after a major accomplishment, then this book is probably for you.

Drawing on a wealth of anecdotes from his colorful rags-to-riches rise to the CEO's office, the author provides no-nonsense advice on how to effectively maneuver through the potential pitfalls of corporate culture by not taking business personally, while showing how the accumulation of more stuff will never result in lasting happiness, as the author himself learned firsthand.

The second half of the book expands on the lessons brought up in the first, detailing specific techniques for getting a handle on our reactions to the ups and downs in business and life that we really have no control over, like an unkind boss or annoying family member. Though the book does not address the current economic downturn directly, it shows that regardless of what happens to us externally, such as our portfolios, we ourselves are in fact the ones who decide to feel upset or to be at peace as a result. Having read this book, I really see now that I ultimately have the inner strength and power of choice to be happy no matter what.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randell L. Robb on May 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Robert Draper's book is full of insightful wisdom in both business and more importantly in everday life. His vantage point of having been a top executive provides a unique perspective on the realities of the business world and how to be successful, while maintaining your integrity.

His personal recollections of growing up poor in the Bronx and becoming a top salesman and a CEO of a national company were fascinating. This is more than a "how to" business book. It's about how to care for yourself and live an abundant and prospereous life, regardless of your income. He is unusally candid for someone who has achieved that level of success. I suspect that Mr Draper is a philosoper at heart, who truly desires to leave a legacy of loving hope and inspiration for all that wish to partake of his intimate sharing, wisdom and great storytelling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By April Pahl on April 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
What a refreshingly new approach to the business model--business with a heart!

Robert Draper's journey of self-transformation is both interesting and inspiring. His personal growth is evidenced in this book and as a result, the book demonstrates a view of business and the world that is unparalleled by any other. After reading this book, you will see the business world and your life in a whole new light.

This is a must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cdraper on September 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Read it twice. It's even better a second time. This man lives by what he says to the best of his
ability. He is consistently kind and wise and I am his biggest fan. cdraper-daughter
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ponderingparks on August 6, 2012
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After meeting Mr. Draper and listening to him speak for about an hour I knew that I would buy and read any book he wrote. There is a peacefulness that speaks of stormy weather experiences and moments at the mercy of gigantic waves that shares hope at a deep level. My impression of this book is that it is written by one who has learned to ride the curl of the wave just for the fun of it. It is a quick read at the beginning and a slow read at the end where he lays out the mind frame that makes a balanced and sane life possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. W. Beach on January 27, 2013
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Having spent more than 40 years seeking fulfillment while running companies, I can testify to the valuable wisdom conveyed in Bob Draper's latest book. It contains insights that can only be gained from doing what it takes to reach the top of the mountain, only to find the contentment we sought has seemingly moved to yet another hill top.

Although the central message of this book is elegantly simple, it definitely is not the usual self-improvement manual, filled with simplistic feel-good platitudes and 5 step formulae. Instead, it offers a profoundly contrarian view that will often cause you to re-read a sentence or paragraph, then pause and reflect. There are also some passages that veterans will find difficult and actually caused me to put the book down for a time for some deep reflection. At the same time, I found the journey well worth the effort.

Throughout the book, Bob Draper helps us grasp the meaning of each life lesson by effectively combining insights from well-known philosophers and contemporary thought leaders like Ken Wapnick, with his own life experiences. I particularly appreciated his willingness to share the insights he has gained from his relationship with his son.

In my 43 year career I have learned that most breakthroughs in business, technology, and life are the result of a paradigm shift in our thinking. And although any meaningful change begins with dissatisfaction with the status quo, the process is never easy because it requires that we give up our previous beliefs about what it takes to be successful.

With that important lesson in mind, I recommend this valuable collection of insights to anyone who, in spite of following all of the popular advice on professional and personal success, still feels empty - and is truly ready to try another path.
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