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The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common: 8 to Be Great Paperback – April 1, 2010
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"Know that hard work is going to pay off. It may not pay off today, but the longer you stick with something the more it pays off. You just have to put time in on the treadmill and trust that it is going to make a difference." - Kate Laidley vice president, JN4D
Well, I've now finished the book. If you are starting out, starting over, or just simply overwhelmed...and wondering just what do I do,,,this is a must read for you. I did not realize just how much I needed to read it until I finished it. This book is powerful, straightforward, and nothing more, nothing less, than a contemporary "Think and Grow Rich", and then some. I really think than even Napoleon Hill would praise, buy, read, and recommend it for anyone interested in a "Success Philosophy". Can you tell, I really like this book. Now, to read it, with laptop and notepad at hand. Happy Reading!
This book is a huge inspiration to me and I review all 8 traits on a daily basis to evaluate what i got to success.
Read this and be great too!
I came across Richard St. John after being one of the ten million other people to view his inspiring three-minute TED Talk. I purchased this book because I wanted to go deeper. You can hear Richard's voice as you read this book since it carries his same humorous, content-rich tone.
His TED Talk details the 8 traits that successful people have in common. Here are those traits with a few of the deeper nuggets that I found relevant:
-> Get out there and explore many paths
-> Pursue your passion, not money and fame
-> Success does not come easy
-> We overvalue talent and undervalue hard work
-> Spend an intense amount of time focused on the one activity you really love
-> Worry about your interest, not your ability
-> If you have self-doubt, you are not alone
-> Don't get too comfortable
-> Make mental connection between diverse things
-> The best way to have a great idea is to have a lot of ideas
-> Practice to constantly improve yourself and what you do
-> Meet the minimum standards on your weaknesses and move on
-> Ask, "Who do you serve?" and "What value do you serve them?"
-> Listen to others and serve them something they appreciate
-> To succeed a lot, it helps to fail a lot
-> Being criticized is a sign you are on your way to success
This is a book that you will want to read slowly. It is jam packed with how-to tips and ideas that you need to deeply contemplate. Buy this book, keep your highlighter handy, and enjoy!
It's one of those books where you can start reading anywhere and you'll instantly find something helpful to take with you on your journey. I'm hoping he comes out with more books in the future. Youtube videos are good too.
The book is very well structured, easy to read and with great examples to make the points he was raising clear. So entertaining as well as informative.
I have written down the 8 Traits in my Journal and I will use it as a self-policing check to see if I am showing up in all 8 areas. I am also looking at it to see if I have any weak areas that may need more work or external resources.
So a great read, a great summary of the research the author did over 10 years, and written by someone who has already experienced a high level of success themselves. Thanks Richard St John for a great book and very useful tools for success!
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The best consolidation of cualities that I read in my entire livePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. It lays out what characterizes successful people in such a clear way that's fun to read.Published 2 months ago by Sam U.
For me, with the TED talk it's enough for learning the 8 traits.Published 3 months ago by Carlos Lepesqueur
There is some fluff but repetition is good in this case as the book actually is short. Also some corny ways to highlight his points but if you have seen TED talks you can hear it's... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Esben G.
Perhaps the best book on success I've read - and an unsung icon.
* Authoritative - he's interviewed eminent people in many fields
* Honest - it tells it like it is, even... Read more
Wow. . . This book is amazing guys. . It'll keep you both laughing at every page and learning at the same time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Masoud
I've read and reread this book many times over the past 3 years—it's one to own. It's a book I can pull off my shelf and glean something from every time. Its contents don't age. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jacqueline
A great motivational book to read. Sound logical advice presented in a very down to earth kind of way. Read morePublished 16 months ago by B