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100 Ways To Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever Paperback – September 1, 2004
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About the Author
STEVE CHANDLER is a keynote speaker and corporate leadership coach with a large number of Fortune 500 clients. He is also a popular convention speaker, (Arthur Morey of Renaissance Media said, "Steve Chandler is the most original and inspiring figure in the highly competitive field of motivational speaking.") Chandler's first book, 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself, was named Chicago Tribune's Audiobook of the Year in 1997. Chandler's books, now in seven languages, have also become best-sellers around the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But this book had an unexpected side effect. Not only did it motivate me short-term, it gave me lots of long-term help. Steve Chandler's outgoing and fearless philosophies have etched themselves into my brain over countless re-readings. It's not just a "motivation" book - it's a book about living life to the fullest. Some of the tips have nothing to do with motivation, per se - like singing to get a great confident speaking voice, getting over social embarrassment, and finding what you love to do. In fact, I think those chapters outnumber his motivational pep talks. That would be a negative selling point, if it hadn't had such a great overall effect.
There are also several chapters about planning. I swear, before I'd read this book I hardly ever wrote a list. Now, I've got them stuffed all over the place. Writing lists is a *little* motivational... but overall, I think it's done more for my career. I'm coming up with more and more creative ideas to make money.
I wanted a kick in the pants, but what I got was an attitude adjustment. Oh well... thanks, Steve.
On the positive side, the content is good, and Mr. Chandler does a reasonable job covering the broad topic of motivation.
The negatives, however, outweigh the positives. The two reasons I am less than satisfied are as follows:
1.) The audio-book is read by the author in his monotonous low droning baritone. I found it nearly impossible to sustain my focus on his hypnotic reading any longer than five minutes, which is pretty sad for a "motivation" themed book! At times, I wondered if Mr. Chandler were about to fall asleep himself. (Imagine Eeyore reading a book to you on "motivation.") What is interesting, is that at one point in the CD, Mr. Chandler boasts about his great speaking voice. If his CD was intended to induce a hypnotic trance, then I might agree with him.
2.) This audio-book is a superficial survey of some basic thoughts on motivation. I was hoping for more in-depth coverage of motivation, but what can you expect from two CDs and a few hours of content?
Suggestion: Before purchasing, please listen to the audio-sample of the book on the Amazon site. If you can make it through the entire ~5 minute sample, then it might be worth purchasing the book.
* Why should the way I feel depend on the thoughts in someone else's head.
* If something is worrying you, always .o something about it. It doesn't have to be the big thing that will make it disappear. It can be any small thing. But the positive effect it will have on you will be enormous. Next time you are worried about something ask what small thing can I do right now. And do it. Not to ask what I can possibly do to make this whole thing go away. That thought does not get you into action at all.
* When we leave this world we will ask ourselves one question; "What's different?" What's different because I was here? The answer to that question will be the difference that we made.
* You will experience as much pain as you are willing to except. You do have control how much you hurt. Pain happens; suffering is optional...and then continues to talk about what to do instead of wallowing in pain.
* Purpose: It is impossible to work with a definite sense of purpose and be depressed at the same time. Happy people have goals and process. People who strive for personal significance are happier. What's your project?
* And for my personal favorite....... Kill your television ... if you watch too much TV, ask yourself "which side of the glass do I want to live on?
TV does not add value to your life. I no longer even own a TV. How many people need the TV on for `sound', to break the silence, or as a buffer to not interact with family? To zone. I choose life! Watching the same thing over and over is a real waste of life. And as the author says, "The news is not news." It isn't! It is hype meant to scare you and to sell more ads. Period.
These are the short and sweet examples. He is far more motivating and detailed than my bullet points. I think he did an outstanding job. I am leery of the motivational anything but he gets five stars from me and I will hear this again and again!
If you expect to read this with anything other than a heavily serifed font, don't buy this book.