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100 Simple Secrets of Successful People, The: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It Paperback – November 7, 2006
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From "resist the urge to be average" to "speak slowly," psychologist and social scientist David Niven offers concise workplace and lifestyle advice in The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. Niven's "secrets" are based on research by psychologists and sociologists, which he cites in each entry. One study, for instance, observed that six in 10 managers lost friends who weren't promoted as quickly as they were, leading Niven to reassure readers that co-workers' bitterness is "a sincere but unpleasant form of flattery." Each tip also draws on the real-life experiences of successful business owners and other professionals.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
David Niven, Ph.D., bestselling author of the 100 Simple Secrets series, is a psychologist and social scientist who teaches at Ohio State University.
David Niven, Ph.D., es el autor de los bestsellers internacionales Los 100 Secretos de la Gente Exitosa, y Los 100 Secretos de las Buenas Relaciones. Es psicólogo y científico social, y enseña en la Florida Atlantic University.
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Probably would have been more meaningful to focus on a few important areas (with lots of anecdotes and research to back them up) rather than aim to hit a magic "100" number.
A second example, "your success is far more dependent on your behavior now than it is based upon where you grew up, where you went to school, or whether your path so far has been easy or difficult." The source here is Arrison, 1998 and is listed in the bibliography. A third example is "people who approach things with order, common sense, consistency, and persistence will ultimately succeed." Again, the citation is given. There are 100 "secrets" presented. This is an inspiring motivational book. I highly recommend it.
The premise of the book is simple. Summarize research around achievement and success (hence the subtitle - "What scientists have learned and how you can use it."), and give an example, lesson or approach that makes the research practical.
Originally copyrighted in 2002, the research is in most cases at least 10 years old. That doesn't make it incorrect or invalid, but it might seem funny compared to the rash of best selling books in the past few years (Blink, Switch, and Predictably Irrational as three examples) that use current research to make compelling arguments.
This book takes a less is more approach. Each secret is a short chapter of just a couple hundred words followed by a one paragraph description of the research (a complete bibliography of the research is provided as well.).
Not all of the descriptions/applications seem completely connected to the research, but overall I liked the approach, and the research is by and large very interesting - ranging from the mildly surprising (i.e. working with people who have different opinions and approaches increases productivity by 14%) to quantifying my assumptions (i.e. having concrete goals increases confidence by 50%).
This is a light book that will provide some insights and ideas. If you are looking for a serious research book, this isn't it (though all of the research used seemed solid and is cited carefully). It does provides clues and approaches to greater personal (and in some cases leadership) effectiveness in an interesting package.
I enjoyed it and I have and will use some of what I learned in the future.