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100 Ways to Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever Paperback – September 15, 2004
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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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Most people are already familiar with all of the author's 100 suggestions. Nonetheless, the brief, to-the-point entries serve as excellent reminders of ideas worth remembering, especially when you need inspiration to start or finish something, or to fine tune your attitude toward optimism.
Reading it is a little like having a good, wise friend telling you what you need to hear, without going overboard or beating the point to death.
One last thing: I heard the CD by the same name BEFORE I bought the printed book. The CD is even better in part because the author reads it well. So, the printed book is a great companion to the CD--and it surprises me to say this since I normally like self-help CD's even less than I like self-help books.
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.