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Greatly Increase Your Chances of Success,
This review is from: Nine Things Successful People Do Differently (Kindle Edition)"There are nine things that successful people do - the strategies they use to set and pursue goals that, according to decades of research, have he biggest impact on performance."
Heidi Grant Halvorson, a psychology professor at Columbia University and author of the highly acclaimed "Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals", has written about the nine things we need to know and do in order to achieve our goals.
This is a gem of a book. A real treasure. While I really enjoyed and learned from her book Succeed, in some respects I think this one can be a much more valuable tool for those readers who are more interested in specific strategies and steps to take in order to improve their chances of success.
While this book leaves out a lot of the material that serves as scientific back-up for the nine steps, the information is available to the reader who wants it. Throughout the book, certain keywords are underlined. Click on the underlined keywords and you are taken to websites which offers additional information and support for the studies.
The book is very short and a breeze to read. You should be able to read it in about an hour. But my suggestion would be to read it through one time to get the overall theory and then go back through it and actually do the suggested exercises. Some of the nine things will require a change in mindset. I believe by reading the book a few times and internalizing the ideas, you will be able to start developing a success mindset.
A great part of the value of the book is in the structure and presentation. The nine steps are not cluttered with a lot of stories or theory. There is certainly enough information to explain and support the premises for each point. But the points are very straightforward and easy to understand. At the end of each chapter is a "Putting it into practice" list of specific actions to take.
This is the Kindle version of the book. However, it is not necessary for you to own (or buy) a Kindle to enjoy and benefit from this book. Amazon has a free Kindle reader which you can download to your PC.
Ms. Halvorson makes it very easy to understand the things you need to implement in order to achieve your goals. It is one of the best books I have encountered. And it is based on years of scientific research. If you are truly serious about success, this could be the most valuable book you will find. Ms. Halvorson has made learning about success her passion and she shares what she has learned in a great little book. A must read for all serious students of success.
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Initial post: Jan 27, 2012 7:12:30 AM PST
J. Silverman says:
Thank you for this super helpful review! Found myself in need of some motivation and techniques to get important work done. This sounds like just what I need to learn how to succeed long term.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 4:28:05 PM PST
John Chancellor says:
Thanks for your kind words. I hope her advice works for you. You also might check out her much longer and more detailed book Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals.
I have found lots of success with her information. The key of course is to implement what she teaches.
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