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The Power of Focus Paperback – April 1, 2001
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More About the Author
Jack is the author and co-author of more than 150 books (including 66 bestsellers) with more than 100 million copies in print in 47 languages around the world. His bestselling book, THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLES: HOW TO GET FROM WHERE YOU ARE TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE has been hailed as the new self-improvement classic. In 2014, SUCCESS magazine named him "One of the Most Influential Leaders in Personal Growth and Achievement." He holds the Guinness World Record for having the greatest number of books on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time.
Top Customer Reviews
The book, Power of Focus, uses bottom up approach. So, the small things, concrete, do-able things first. The authors tell us to find out our bad habits, and change them one by one. Their stories were so convincing that it looked so easy. And it was really easy. One problem I had with other books' top down approach was that I didn't feel comfortable in setting or writing down so-called "great ambitions". But I felt very comfortable with this book's bottom up approach.
1. Your habits will determine your future
2. It's not hocus-pocus. It's all about focus
3. Do you see the big picture?
4. Building excellent relationships
5. The confidence factor
6. Ask for what you want
7. Consistent persistence
8. Taking decisive action
9. Living on purpose
You might think this is just a normal self help book. Well, it is. As the devil is in the details, so is the angel. With the authors' outstanding writing and story telling skills shown by the Chicken Soup series, in case you want to read a compleat self help book, you will be satisfied.
Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.
Quality is not an act. It is a habit. pg 11
Remember if you want a different result, do something different. pg 95
The one thing that separates winners from losers is, winners take action. - Anthony Robbins pg 100
There are essentially two things that will make you wiser - The books you read and the people you meet. - Charles T Jones pg 101
If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask. - W. Clement Stone pg 185
God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into the nest. pg 260
I'm not here just to make a living. I'm here to make a difference. - Helice Bridges pg 282
Canfield, Hansen, and Hewitt recommend and then explain ten different strategies to develop and sustain successful habits, focus on strengths, see "The Big Picture," balance career with personal life, build excellent relationships with others, eliminate (or at least significantly reduce) fear and anxiety, ask for what you want (the authors provide a seven-point system to achieve prosperity), sustain consistent persistence, take decisive and appropriate action, and finally, how to simplify one's life without compromising one's purposes. A set of specific "Action Steps" is provided at the end of each chapter.Read more ›
I must ask if it's so obvious, why do most people waste time working at jobs they hate, just to pay the bills, living a life of wasted talent and never come close to becoming rich or even more important happiness? If success is so obvious, why do most of us not take the necessary tasks?
This book is in my top 5 of over about 280 personal development books I have read. I will agree that the topics are very simple, but extremely effective. We are all blessed with the same number of hours in a day. The ONLY way you will become happy and successful is if you learn to manage your habits, time, and money.
Most of us waste many hours of the day doing meaningless tasks. Do you think your doctor would want to mop the floors? NO WAY. Why is it then that most of us feel as if we have to be a jack of all trades and master none? This book talks of specialization and how to make the most of this one time shot called life.
This book makes sense of how to get down to the core of self-development which is how to change your habits, which will in turn change your life.
If I had to recommend 2 books to anyone, the first would be this and the second would be The Master Key to Riches by Napoleon Hill.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb! I already loved 'The Success Principles' by Jack Canfield, and this one is equally amazing. Very well written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rosa Frei
This book took the guess work out of planning! My partner Joe Milunas and I from Mach 5 Real Estate use the methods in this book to begin our work week. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DMH
Excellent! Very practical. Stay away from it if you are not prepared to work your butt off to break the old habits and grow the new ones. Consistency is key!Published 5 months ago by Jean Ludick
When I lose myself this book helps me get back on track. Very good book for helping a person become a better person.Published 8 months ago by Maggie
I bought this book because one of the authors mentioned a friend of mine in the foreword as a result of applying the principles and doing the exercises I increased my income by 40%... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Caldwell Graham