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"Jim has been close to many ultra-successful people. He has watched and learned. He synthesizes it all for you in this funny, precise and profound book on life and success. A wonderful read." --Eric Hippeau, CEO, The Huffington Post

"The Skinny on Success is a funny, insightful and concise explanation as to why some people achieve their goals and others do not. I can't think of a better way to spend an hour (well, maybe one way) but as far as reading goes, this book is as good as it gets." --Jeffrey Kindler, CEO/Chairman, Pfizer

"This book's got the four I words: informative, inspirational, interesting, and entertaining. Hey, buy the book, then criticize my spelling!" --Jon Macks, Comedy Writer, The Tonight Show

About the Author

Jim Randel, a graduate of the Columbia University College and Law School, has made his living as a real estate lawyer, developer, and entrepreneur. Randel has been a guest speaker at Harvard and NYU Business Schools, annual conventions for national organizations, and investor sessions in many large cities in the United States. Recent engagements include ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Business and BetterTV.com. Throughout his career, Jim s passion has been to teach and write. His first book, The Real Estate Game (CCH), was published in 1986 and received national recognition from investors and critics. From 1988 to 1990 he was a daily commentator on the Financial News Network (now CNBC). In 2006 he wrote Confessions of a Real Estate Entrepreneur (McGraw-Hill) which reached #1 in several Amazon categories.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Skinny on
  • Perfect Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Rand Media Co; 1st edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981893597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981893594
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Randel, a graduate of the Columbia University College and Law School, has made his living as an entrepreneur. During his 30-year career, Jim has been the lead investor in many real estate and business deals. He has been a guest speaker at Harvard and NYU Business Schools, annual conventions for national organizations, and investor sessions in every large city in the United States. He has also appeared on numerous networks as an expert on investing. Recent engagements include ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Business and BetterTV.com.

Throughout his career, Jim's passion has been to teach and write. His first book, The Real Estate Game (CCH), was published in 1986 and received national recognition from investors and critics. From 1988 to 1990 he was a daily commentator on the Financial News Network (now CNBC). In 2006 he wrote Confessions of a Real Estate Entrepreneur (McGraw-Hill) which reached #1 in several Amazon categories.

In 2008 Jim founded Rand Media Co, which, under the imprint The Skinny On™, publishes a revolutionary line of illustrated non-fiction books.

The first book in this series, The Skinny on the Housing Crisis, was awarded First Prize in the prestigious Robert Bruss Real Estate Book competition sponsored by NAREE, a group of 600 journalists who cover business and finance. This was quickly followed by 8 more titles: The Skinny on Willpower, The Skinny on Credit Cards, The Skinny on Success, The Skinny on Real Estate Investing, The Skinny on Direct Sales (also available in Spanish as The Skinny on Venta Directa), The Skinny on Time Management, The Skinny on the Art of Persuasion, and the newest in the series, The Skinny on Networking.

Jim lives and works in Westport, Connecticut with his wife Carol. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.

For more information on Jim Randel, go to: www.JimRandel.com.
For more information about the Skinny on series, go to: www.TheSkinnyOn.com.

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If you are struggling to achieve a certain goal, or level of success, you MUST read this book.
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I don't like to read sel-help books much so when I do want to read them I want to get the best as quickly as possible.
Ronald C. Payne
This is a wonderful concept, there is a lot of great information packed into an easy to read book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2010
Format: Perfect Paperback
The Skinny On is a series of clever, humorous, and entertaining books that teach significant lessons in an informal, non-pedantic, concise, and engaging fashion usually, but not always, using drawings of stick people engaged in dialogue. Readers can finish the volumes and get many valuable and useful ideas in about an hour.
This volume shows that success is not secured by "the smartest, most talented, best-looking or even the luckiest" person, but by people who identify what they feel strongly about, recognize that they have the potential for success, who take action, and pursue it persistently despite setbacks; people who realize that failure is a part of the process of success.
The book offers many examples of how to do this by referring to more than five dozen books and about the same number of quotes, as Buddha: "Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart, give yourself to it." There are interviews with anchorman Brian Williams discussing how he became successful, a part of a speech by actress Jodi Foster, and many others. The book describes how authors, such as Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, and John Grisham, spent years writing before they became successful.
In short, Jim Randel effectively shows how every reader of his book can develop the strength of mind to improve the likelihood of success in his or her chosen endeavor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2010
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Interested in what components make up the lives of the most successful, and what you can do to reach your own highest goals? This book by Jim Randel is a quick read that you will return to again and again for knowledge, inspiration and sheer entertainment.

With quotes culled from a very broad spectrum of authors, Jim Randel brings fascinating facts to life with humor and the skill of a storyteller. His sources are as diverse as Teddy Roosevelt, Stephen King and the American Psychological Association. The illustrations are stick-figure cartoons and photographs, but don't be fooled by the brilliant simplicity of presentation.

The Skinny on Success is a powerhouse of a book, and I can't recommend it highly enough. However, if you choose not to buy it, I must tell you that "4 out of 5 people regretted not what they did... but what they did not do!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald C. Payne on December 29, 2012
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I don't like to read sel-help books much so when I do want to read them I want to get the best as quickly as possible. This book accomplishes that and more. In the interest of full disclosure, I own the other books in this series and enjoy them all. This one is special though because it combines the topics of the other "Skinny on" books when it comes to willpower, time management and other topics relating to success. This book is full of interesting quotes, information and a good bibliography. The author clearly did his research.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan K on January 18, 2011
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This is my third "skinny" book and my favorite thus far. I'm a fan of the positive psychology genre and I like to read anything that will help you improve yourself or at least get you to think differently.

From my previous experience with other skinny titles, I knew there would be a lot of great information with very little filler. I was surprised at how much this title had to offer. It was a page turner from the first page. It can be read in about an hour.

The author basically takes information from a whole lot of reputable authors and condenses it into a concise package. The use of the stick figures makes it more personal, adds humor, and helps the message to flow. I will admit that I already knew a lot of the stuff in here but the presentation of the material in this title gave a lot of that "stuff" new meaning. A book cannot turn you into a success but it certainly can inspire you and encourage you. This book does that and it does it very well.

The stories of famous people who succeeded in the face of adverse situations was very inspiring. Success is not really about genetics (maybe only for basketball) but other than that, the book stresses that success is pretty much all about practice, perseverance, and attitude. The thing standing between you and success is really you; it's rarely an external factor.

I've read a whole lot of positive psychology and I really liked this book because it cut to the main points. I highly recommend it to the avid reader and to anyone who just wants to thinks succeeding is impossible. There is a nice recommended reading section in the back of the book and you might want to read a few more titles to broaden your understanding. The skinny books do a good job of creating "the big picture."

I am very happy with this purchase and I will be buying future skinny titles as they seem to deliver on what they promise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2010
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What makes this book unique is its singular emphasis on persistence and the style in which it is written.

Examples are given to demonstrate that talent is not nearly as important as persistence in achieving success. We can all be influenced to believe that talent is the determinant of success because we get snapshots of very successful people. These people seem like "naturals."

The example that impressed me the most was that the youngest sibling in a family is most likely a faster runner than the other siblings. The fastest Olympic athletes were overwhelmingly younger siblings. I asked some of my associates who grew up with siblings who was the fastest. The youngest or second to the youngest was the fastest in all instances in my unscientific poll.

The speed of younger siblings supports author Jim Randel's point that persistence counts for more than talent. We have no genetic type evidence to explain why younger siblings strongly tend to be faster runners. The simple explanation is that they persisted in developing their running ability because they felt their survival or at least well-being depended on being able to get away from older, bigger siblings. If not that, then their persistence had to do with desire to keep up with the bigger kids.

Secondly, the style in which Jim Randel writes is unique, at least to the English-speaking self-help market. Randal uses manga, a writing style developed in Japan that uses cartoons to succinctly tell a story and illustrate ideas. Manga is a powerful style for instructional material because information enters the brain differently than prose style. I suspect manga is accessible to a wider audience.
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