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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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"I never trust anyone who claims to have all the right answers. But someone who can help me figure out all the right questions? That guy is gold. And that's what Robert D. Smith delivers in 20,000 Days and Counting."
-- Dave Ramsey | New York Times Best-Selling Author and Nationally Syndicated Radio Host


"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!"
-- Michael Hyatt | New York Times Best-Selling Author, Former CEO, Thomas Nelson Publishers


"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."
-- Jon Acuff  Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author of Quitter

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849948541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849948541
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is chock full of simple yet truly thought- (and life-) altering principles for becoming a more productive individual in the life we live, with a view towards an eternity that we'll have no reason to dread. I usually shun self-help and motivational type books but I am glad I read this one. Although not featuring Scripture throughout for the most part, the author shares key Scriptures at the beginning on the wisdom of numbering our days and other similar biblical exhortations. This provides a great foundation for the principles shared. Each chapter is preceded by salient quotations on the topic of Time and Productivity from past voices which were so gripping that I highlighted almost all of them.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
This little book by Robert Smith is really a common sense book about beating procrastination and start living life as if everyday is a last day for us on earth. This book reminds us that we are always, very literally, only one step away from dying, from meeting our Creator face to face. Any moment. Any day. Anywhere. Consequently, there is a need to always ask ourselves the question of what is our purpose of life here. As Robert says: "..... I felt a pressing desire to accomplish these little things--make a phone call, write a letter, research an idea--as soon as they occurred to me. I constantly asked myself, What is important now? What is next? I could never escape those two questions as they spun around in my mind. To this day, those same two questions keep me up late, get me up early, and create a never-ending quest of enormous possibilities and accomplishments. In truth, I never really want to be finished, though I am aware that one day, it will all end. But not yet."

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.
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Format: Hardcover
"20,000 Days" is an idea that was pumped up with hot air and stretched into something that is long enough to be called a book. Seize the day. Treasure the moment. Enjoy the present. Live each day as if it was your last.

Do we need 100 pages -- much of it quotes and "filler" to understand that?

Please.

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.
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I bought this book used, and I am so glad I did not buy a new one. I expected it to have some really huge things to say. It really pretty much just told me things I already knew. We don't live forever. Make your days count. Be useful to those who are around you and tell them you love them. I am in my 50s so these are things I pretty much think about everyday anyway.If you need someone to tell you that you aren't going to live forever and to make each moment count and be grateful for your life and those who are on this journey with you, then buy this book. If you already know these things, don't buy it. I will be donating my copy.
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