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20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now Hardcover – December 31, 2012
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"It's no accident that this little book found its way into your hands. Don't underestimate it. It will change forever how you think about your life. Read it. Absorb it. Live it!"
"Inside these pages is a crash course in making the most out of this adventure called 'life.' It's simple, powerful, and perfectly reflects my neighbor in Nashville who always has a fresh way to look at any challenge I'm facing."
About the Author
Robert D. Smith has overseen the career of New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews for more than three decades. He has also served as a private consultant to numerous best-selling authors, speakers, entertainers, and organizations, educating them on the methods he has employed throughout his career.
Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.
Top Customer Reviews
Of all the principles shared the one that jumped out at me most was `Motivation is a myth.' The author says:
"Believe me. You cannot motivate people to do any one thing. Even yourself. Never try to motivate yourself or anyone else to increase productivity. Instead, do the opposite: Increase your productivity, then the motivation will follow.
I reflected on my own experiences and could see the truth in this. My attempts at motivation in itself have often been very short-lived to downright failures. However, whenever I did just set my mind to it and accomplish a task, I found I was more likely to feel satisfied and attempt another.
Because I was also intrigued by the author's calculation of his days lived thus far, I followed the information provided to the author's website where I was able to input my birth date for a calculation of how many thousands of days I've been alive. It really does bring perspective if you will soak it in and be reflective!
The author says that the book was designed to be read in about an hour.Read more ›
As Robert alluded that there is no thought that will purge our priorities of worthless and worldly tastes like the thought of our impending death. Daily pondering of the kind of life we would like to look back on when we come to die helps us to re-focus our priorities daily. The thought of imminent death helps clarify our purposes, a rearranging of what really matters. A good example would be testimonies of people having near-death experiences and then making radical changes in their lives.
However, the reason why most people are unable to live with this mentality of living as if today is the last day is that it's tough. It takes discipline, patience, and even courage because it requires you to live in a way that is contrary to how the majority of people around you are living their lives.Read more ›
Do we need 100 pages -- much of it quotes and "filler" to understand that?
I received this book as a Christmas gift. It was on my Wish List. After I started reading it, I thought to myself, "You have got to be kidding me!" I realize that my review may be an outlier here, but I cannot drink the Kool-Aid.
On the plus side: it is a quick read.
On the minus side: the author's passion is laudable but the content borders on the insipid.
"20,000 Days..." is like chicken soup for your life outlook. It won't hurt. It may help. It is a time-worn (and valid) concept dressed up as a book, a thesis that could have been developed in a few sentences or paragraph.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very moved by this short book. Full of inspiring content!Published 9 days ago by Denise Allen
Very good, quick read. Makes you think and re-evaluate your priorities in life.Published 1 month ago by Barry Gabourie
This book is filled with insightful and practical steps on living and changing your life. If you feel you need to make life changes or are trying to decide what's next this is the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diane W.
Quick easy read.Filled with positive pep talk. Heavy on a supreme being, Christian God, being the driving force. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Gratta
I smiled I laughed I cried I pondered but most of all I thought. Thank you for this book. AmenPublished 2 months ago by Marla Gentry
This is an excellent book, I highly recommend it! As soon as I started reading it, I couldn't put it down!Published 2 months ago by LavaM
Concise tips and techniques to make the most and best use of your days. Just calculating the days you have already lived (using the app on the author's website) can get you moving... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Must read for everyone. Live with purpose and passion everyday. Make priorities in life. Thank God every day for lifePublished 2 months ago by Robert Fraser