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Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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—Seth Godin, author, Poke the Box
“Why People Fail is a wonderful gem of a book. Reynolds hasdone all of us an extraordinary service by reading and listeningto everything there is on self-improvement, testing it in his life, discovering what works, and then pulling it all together for us to use. It is a stunning collection of practical tips, proven techniques, and useful advice on how to make your life more meaningful and fulfilling. Buy this book and put it to use today, and tomorrow you'll be on your way to turning your failures into successes.”
—Jim Kouzes, bestselling author, The Leadership Challenge and Credibility, and The Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
“Reynolds has done it again! In Why People Fail, the successful entrepreneur and internationally-recognized expert on achievement shows business leaders, educators, coaches, and anyone who's struggled to succeed, how to incorporate a handful of simple ideas into a powerful plan for triumph.”
—Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
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Success is often just a momenta goal fulfilled, soon to be replaced with new goals. But failure is the ambitious person's constant companion, often dogging us for months, years or even decades before we finally reach our aim.
Siimon Reynolds transformed himself from a directionless twenty-something (in his own words, "one of the most disorganized people I've ever known") into the founder of one of the largest marketing services firms in the world by identifying the habits that lead people down the wrong path and then by consciously avoiding them. In Why People Fail, he draws on that experience to explore the main causes of failure and presents proven strategies and tips for defeating the sixteen most common behaviors that lead to failure such as destructive thinking, low productivity, not asking the right questions, holding on to a fixed mindset, not following daily rituals, and more. Surprising, entertaining, and inspiring, Why People Fail will you help you drop the behaviors that hold you back and reach your full potential for success in your professional and personal life.
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Reynolds offers research-based studies and makes a case on failure and success being highly predictable inside Why People Fail. Reynolds, a high achiever and business coach for companies including, Apple, BP, Citibank, IBM, IKEA, Sony, and Volvo, has been studying the science of failure and success as related to human behavior for more than 20 years. During this time, he isolated 16 barriers to success and presents them alongside research-based facts, along with rules, exercises, and techniques for surmounting failure, such as:
* Devote 30 minutes each day toward mastering your industry. "Within just one year, I guarantee your coworkers will consider you an absolute expert in your field," states Reynolds.
* Pause for a minute and appreciate the momentous impact of the following con- cept: You may not be the person you think you are. Research has proven that the average person has around 60,000-70,000 thoughts a day, but the extraordinary fact is that around 70 percent of those thoughts are recycled from yesterday. We believe that we are thinking new thoughts, but in reality our think based processes are mechanical and highly conditioned to our environments and beliefs. The key is to retrain your brain.
* Enhance your relationships, and subsequently yourself, by identifying Inner and Outer Circles of Influence.Read more ›
For the first time in my life, I have actually begun to get out of a 'hole' I thought I couldn't get out of. I can. I will. He has given sure tested ways of moving out of yourself into yourself and knowing you can do, what you want to do.
I was stuck on 'not knowing what I want out of life'. Depressed most of the time, and wandering from project to project (I'm a Fine Artist).
Reynolds guides you step by step into a wonderful world!!! I 100% recommend this book. Thank you Siimon Reynolds!!
He mentions the 16 areas to look at. You are asked to then pick out 1 to 3 areas you would like to work on right now. I did that, and as I did I found my answers at the same time. BANG there they were coming out as I wrote down my goals. I now know, at 58, why I do art, why I am inspired! I really didn't understand myself because I was not focused on the right things. Siimon teaches you how to focus...no one to date has been able to teach me. After hundreds of self help books, lots and lots of counselling, I have now found all the answers right in Why People Fail, by Siimon Reynolds.
This will be the best buy of your life.
See you 'in the world of happy, successful'.
Nonie Ava Ault
p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.
Here's the truth about success: You don't have to be smarter than everyone else, or better looking, or more connected, or luckier to make it big in life. You just have to focus - really focus on what you want and how you can get it. Pg1
Here's the truth: success is a struggle. Pg55
Energy really is important to success. You need energy to work long hours, to think clearly, to remain positive. Yet very few people work on keeping their energy levels strong and powerful....Low energy is a very big reason that people don't succeed. So many people would like to work harder and aim higher in life, but they've become weary from life's setbacks. Soon they forget their dreams and instead start focusing on just getting through the day, merely surviving rather than thriving....Some of these proven energy enhancers: Good quality sleep is crucial (Darkness, Low electrical fields, Remove dust, Get at least seven hours' sleep); Examine your diet; Improve your environment; Exercise; Stretch; Get daily sunlight; Regulate your lifestyle; Increase music; Reduce coffee; Positive self-talk; Drink green plants Pg55-66
Under Chapter 6 Weak energy, the author had challenged readers of whether we had asked ourselves ther right questions, including: What are my values?Read more ›
Highly highly recommend it! It's the type of book that inspires you, and then shows you the way to make your goals happen!
I literally sat there with a highlighter and a bunch of post-it notes.
Right now I am feeling like my life has taken on a new direction and I can't wait to put all that I have read into action.
Highly recommend it for anyone that feels that they've lost their focus or just need a bit of help reaching their goals (or even setting their goals!!!).
Why People Fail will get you back on track!
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Don't waste your money buying this book. I read a lot of self- help and personal development books. There are no new ideas or insights here. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book Lover
This book was one of the best books I have read. I put a lot of things into perspective for me.Published 2 months ago by mark g
Siimon is obviously someone who has achieved levels of success in business that the majority of us can only dream about achieving in our lifetime. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joshua Long
I want to be successful and this book helps me .Its like having a really good successful friend who loves and cares about me enough to gently show me what I'm doing wrong. Read morePublished 11 months ago by treasure hunter
This is a great book that should be required reading in our school systems. Buy it, read it, and use it to navigate your growth and development in life.Published 15 months ago by Sassafrass Pedullah
"Why People Fail" is for absolute beginners. There is nothing new and what is presented is so basic that reading it for real information was an exercise in futility. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bookworm2
excellent book. drag a little at the end seems like he was looking for things to add at the end of the bookPublished 17 months ago by bkehnide