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Professionals and entrepreneurs do a great job of keeping up appearances. But if they're honest with themselves, they're short on living the life they really want. They unwittingly waste their own time and potential by failing to focus on what's most important. Train Your Brain for Success provides the perspective to analyze how you got where you are and, more importantly, learn the skills to get where you truly desire to be.

Train Your Brain for Success explains specific ways of thinking and acting that will get anyone where they want to go, fast. Learn to condition your mind to move towards success automatically, by discovering greater memory power and fundamental techniques for boosting reading speed and comprehension. You'll learn proven strategies to help you become a record-breaking performer, including how to:

  • Develop mental filing systems that help you commit huge amounts of information to memory
  • Train your eyes to move more quickly and more smoothly over a page, increasing your reading speed and comprehension
  • Understand the emotional and mental barriers that stand in your way
  • Set energizing goals that focus you, give you direction, and inspire a sense of urgency
  • Invest two focused hours every week that will yield ten hours in return
  • Take advantage of Parkinson's Law by giving yourself less time to complete a task than you expect it will take
  • Find a Daily Energy Management Practice that works for you

The best investment you can make is the one you make in yourself. Train Your Brain for Success delivers the ideas, strategies, and specific techniques you need to unleash your potential and live the life you desire. With this book as your guide, you can free your mind, and start breaking all of your own records.

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Praise for Train Your Brain for Success

"This powerful, practical book is loaded with great ideas and proven principles you can use immediately to unlock the amazing powers of your mind."
—Brian Tracy, author of The Psychology of Selling

"It's an unfortunate truth that self-sabotage is a more common cause for failure than unfair circumstances. In this book, Roger helps you Train Your Brain for Success by revealing straightforward strategies to activate the amazing natural power of your mind."
—Rory Vaden, cofounder, Southwestern Consulting, and New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs

"Roger is an infectiously authentic speaker, author, and entrepreneur. For fifteen years, I've watched him deliver record-shattering results for individuals and companies using the exact strategies laid out in this book. Read it before your competition does!"
—Joe Abraham, author of Entrepreneurial DNA

"The principles and stories shared in this book work. They've worked for thousands of people just like you. Your task is to be bold enough to believe that you too can do extraordinary things, be teachable enough to let this powerfully simple information sink in, and then be accountable enough to act on it."
—Eric Plantenberg, President, Freedom Personal Development, and creator, The Abundant Living Retreat

"Train Your Brain for Success is a doable combination of strategies that, when applied, can help an average person achieve extra-ordinary things. Roger's insights are simply yet expertly delivered, compelling the reader to experiment with his suggestions. Complete this book, and you'll have the ability to live a more satisfied life, guaranteed!"
—Abby Marks Beale, America's #1 Speed Reading Expert


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118275195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118275191
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ROGER SEIP is the cofounder of Freedom Personal Development, one of the world's premier training and personal development firms. Roger has delivered training, coaching, and keynote programs for more than 2,000 organizations, ranging from small mom-and-pops to Fortune 500s. Through these experiences, he has learned what gets results (and what doesn't) with people from all walks of life. Learn more at www.deliverfreedom.com.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a unique book that is hard to describe, but let me start by saying that it is really good. I have read few books in my life that I would recommend to anyone I come across, but this is definitely one of them. It is always hard to tell what the value will be in a personal development book - most are filled with fluff, repeated information, and junk science. This book is packed with useable, actionable ideas and it could easily change the direction of your life.

The Breakdown:

* Memory Training. The first three chapters focus on memory. Big, big help for the rest of the book, in ways that I did not expect. Don't skip this section - follow through with the steps and you will be able to apply what you learn later in new ways.

* Speed Reading. Great information. Simple steps to read faster, with a self-test. I am a lifelong reader, but I was still able to pick up a couple of tips that will definitely help me.

* Creating Goals. This section focuses on setting goals for yourself. The keystone goal and being able to visualize goals with the memory training are unique to this book, and make a difference.

* Time management, including setting weekly and daily goals. I already use the daily Big 6 list that the author describes and it definitely works.

* Values, Purpose, & Vision. In this section the author walks you through creating your purpose statement, setting your vision for different areas in your life, and identifying your personal core values. I have read entire books dedicated to these things, but the author is able to accomplish more in two chapters. Well worth buying the book for these two chapters alone.

* Implementation. How to implement what you have learned, including suggestions on starting your day.
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Roger Seip is not the first nor will he be the last to observe, "People don't tap into their full potential." Why not? He suggests two "dire" mistakes: "First, they look outside themselves for the answers. They believe that there's a magic bullet that someone has forged, and if they could only get their hands on that elusive magic bullet, everything would change for them...After people resign themselves to the fact that there is no magic bullet, they commit the second mistake. They make the process of growth way more complex than it really is. In an attempt to take personal responsibility and fully engage, all but a very wise few overcomplicate the simple steps that create huge personal growth." What to do and how to do it? This book is Seip's response.

He recommends a process by which to achieve incremental but compounding improvement of skills that will, over time, increase memory retention capacity, strengthen reading and reasoning skills (i.e. comprehension, making decisions, solving problems), increase active and productive engagement, improve allocation of resources (especially time and attention), clarify core values and a compelling vision, nourish a sense of purpose, and meanwhile sustain what Seip characterizes as "aggressive mental care." He urges his reader to embark on a journey of self-improvement that never ends.

My earlier reference to "compounding improvement" will not be found in Seip's book but I am certain he agrees with me that any process "feeds on itself," for better or worse. In economics, for example, compound interest builds value in a savings mechanism of some kind but increases debt as an unpaid balance on a credit card. Or consider habits. It is far easier for bad ones to become worse than for good ones to continue.
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This book is all over the place. It starts with memory training and reading skills. Then to time management and setting goals and core values.

Unfortunately, because it tries to cover so much ground it doesn't cover anything well.

There are many other books better written on the topic.

And there's some strange logic in the book. On page 120 he says that we shouldn't strive to achieve balance. Why? Because true balance would be 28 hours of sleep a week, 28 hours of family time, 28 hours of work. It's truly an idiotic analogy.

Anyone that's a true success knows balance is important, even if your goals sometime require a temporary period of imbalance.

There's not much original thought in the book either. The section on time management is taken straight from Steven Covey's excellent book on the subject. And he makes a mistake by attributing it to covey's book "The 7 habits of highly effective people." Covey's book on time management was actually titled, "First things first."

In short, this is a book that lacked a definiteness of purpose before writing. And it really shows. I'm glad I got it at the library.
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This book is incredible. I have read a number of books around brain function and learning how to increase productivity and work smarter, but Train Your Brain For Success is hands down one of the best! With most books, if I can find one or two useful tools in the book I consider it a good purchase, but this book is packed with not only great ideas, but clear instructions on how to implement them.

The book is laid out in two sections. The first is targeted at improving your memory and reading capabilities. Within 30 minutes of beginning this book and starting the exercises you will actually see your brain begin to change. Just the new tools presented for remembering things are worth the investment of the book. The second part of the book is centered around changing how you run your life. It includes information on how to set better goals, use your time more effectively, and a host of other great items. One of my favorite parts is planning your day around accomplishing only 6 key things. It was amazing to me how much clarity this provided.

What I love most about the book is that you can pick it up, choose any section you want, and improve yourself with just that section. Or you can work on multiple areas at a time to learn more. This book is like taking an entire course on the subject. However, I would offer the reader one piece of advice. Read the book in several sittings, allowing yourself to truly digest the information in order to implement it in your daily life. If read all at once the book can be overwhelming because of the amount of information.

It is rare that I find a book that truly exceeds my expectations, but Train Your Brain For Success definitely does!
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