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The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People [Kindle Edition]

David Niven PhD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What are the keys to success? Scientists have studied the traits, beliefs, and practices of successful people in all walks of life. But the answers they find wind up in stuffy academic journals aimed at other scientists.

The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People takes the best and most important research results from over a thousand studies and spells out the key findings in ways we can all understand. Each entry contains advice based on those findings, a real life example of what to do or not to do, and a telling statistic based on scientific research.

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From Publishers Weekly

From "resist the urge to be average" to "speak slowly," psychologist and social scientist David Niven offers concise workplace and lifestyle advice in The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. Niven's "secrets" are based on research by psychologists and sociologists, which he cites in each entry. One study, for instance, observed that six in 10 managers lost friends who weren't promoted as quickly as they were, leading Niven to reassure readers that co-workers' bitterness is "a sincere but unpleasant form of flattery." Each tip also draws on the real-life experiences of successful business owners and other professionals.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

David Niven, Ph.D., bestselling author of the 100 Simple Secrets series, is a psychologist and social scientist who teaches at Ohio State University.

David Niven, Ph.D., es el autor de los bestsellers internacionales Los 100 Secretos de la Gente Exitosa, y Los 100 Secretos de las Buenas Relaciones. Es psicólogo y científico social, y enseña en la Florida Atlantic University.

Product Details

  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062517716
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC10GG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Practical September 16, 2003
What a brilliant idea! Niven has taken scientific studies, summarized their results, and placed them in a format that can easily be read by the general public. He is to be commended for taking discoveries from the academy and making the results useful to anyone interested enough to tap this resource. To illustrate, I'll cite a few examples. He tells readers "people who regularly keep a journal, or some kind of written record pertaining to their asperirations, are 32 percent more likely to feel like they are making progress in their lives." A person who wanted to know the source can find the citation in the back of the book and review the study in detail.
A second example, "your success is far more dependent on your behavior now than it is based upon where you grew up, where you went to school, or whether your path so far has been easy or difficult." The source here is Arrison, 1998 and is listed in the bibliography. A third example is "people who approach things with order, common sense, consistency, and persistence will ultimately succeed." Again, the citation is given. There are 100 "secrets" presented. This is an inspiring motivational book. I highly recommend it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a successful book February 10, 2003
I had read the author's previous book "The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People" which I found to offer practical advice, and it was also fun and interesting to read. I had similar expectations for "The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People" which has the same format of providing a research finding along with advice and an example. The 100 secrets of the "Successful People" book do not seem as practical and concrete as the secrets in the "Happy People" book. Also, I felt like the examples often did not directly relate to the research finding. I would read an example and find myself more perplexed than enlightened, wondering how it was supposed to illustrate the current "secret". Overall, the book provides numerous research findings that could contribute to success (and provides a reference to the published research), but the reading is tedious--not a successful book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of useful tips on how to succeed December 8, 2003
I'm a sucker for books that draw me in with a captivating
title . . . so when I saw THE 100 SIMPLE SECRETS OF
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE by Dr. David Niven, I just had to read it.
YOU CAN USE IT) was also of interest . . . it gave me the impression
that the secrets would be based on actual research findings.
That said, I must admit to being disappointed with the author's
attempt to back up his secrets with research . . . this approach
seemed forced, in the sense that the studies that were presented
didn't relate all that well to the point that was seemingly being made.
Yet I still liked the book for what it did do well; i.e., give useful
tips on how to succeed--be it in work or life . . . furthermore,
each of the 100 short chapters was backed up by an inspiring
story, such as Olympic gold medalist Paul Gonzales' rise from
a gang-ridden Los Angeles neighborhood . . . another one
I liked: a schoolteacher's simple advice that helped make David
Brinkley a top news anchorman.
There were several sections that I really enjoyed; among them:
* Think of success as filling a box. You'll be finished sooner not just
by working harder to fill it but also by choosing a smaller box.
Becky considers herself normal in most respects. She has a career,
a husband, two children, and almost no time.
"Do you ever feel like you woke up in an episode of Twilight Zone?
My story is the person who constantly has more things to do and
less time in which to do it. It's like every day I have to make more
runs to the store than the day before, and I have to do it in half
the time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Valuable, and Useful May 29, 2002
By Fred K.
Above all, this book highlights studies of success and the science of success, all written so that you can understand it and put it to use today. It is presented to not only be clear but also engaging. Each study on success is accompanied by an example of a person who demonstrates the idea in real life. The examples are wonderful, and range from famous leaders to average people. Some, such as the tale of the fall of the Schwinn Bicycle company, are incredibly valuable examples. I got a lot from this book, and I think everyone I work with would benefit from reading it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Bathroom Reading July 18, 2004
The key to understanding this book is right in the title, "simple secrets". There is nothing complicated or deep about any of the 100 short stories, complete with a moral and lesson of the day. Most of the "secrets" seemed a little forced and within the 100 there was a bit of redundancy.
This book also focused about 75% of it's secrets and stories on work/business related experiences. The lack of variety made this seem more like a "how to do better at your job book". Really one-dimensional.
I was dissapointed, but kept the book...the short stroies are trite but offer some tiny gems of western culture wisdom. Nothing really new, but a good 5 minute read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend!
Very interesting and diversified view points. Had to read for a part of job position. Would recommend!
Published 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a book you will want to read over ...
This is a book you will want to read over and over. At different times, in all of our lives, these secrets will apply in different ways.
Published 5 months ago by Thomas W. Fulton
1.0 out of 5 stars A few gems hidden amongst a pile of dross
Horrible book. The author tries to keep to a format of advice, anecdote then quotation of research. There are a few chapters that work quite well in this regard, but it feels like... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kenneth Wong
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5.0 out of 5 stars words to live by...
So many similar lessons that I already enjoy are printed here for the following. I learned more skills from this great book!
Published 7 months ago by Richard J. Schuler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book I will recommend to all!
Published 9 months ago by Delia Branco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information!
I read a chapter every day for inspiration, and am on my second time through!! Great information!!
Published 9 months ago by Susan Colley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good inspirational daily motivational stories.
Published 9 months ago by A. C Rucker
1.0 out of 5 stars often self-contradictory generalities do not a book make
This is a list of statements about "success" which are purportedly based on statistical research; the idea is that the author reads a piece of the research and then percs it down... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wrencherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Nawras Taffal
This book was amazing. The author made me rethink all that I have achieved and has made me feel empowered and confident. Highly recommended.

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