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Bestselling self-help author Ringer's main theme is that people need to take personal action in order to get what they want from life. This truism is explored and coupled with other factors such as honesty, self-discipline, adversity, personal values and how these things help or get in the way of promoting positive action. As in his previous books, Ringer (Winning Through Intimidation) employs a narrative style that allows the reader to explore behavior through anecdotes and examples. Occasionally, the book takes on a self-protective slant as Ringer strives to point out ways in which other people will become obstacles to success by making life complicated and unpleasant. The author doesn't readily hide his disdain for people with whom he has a difference of opinion, and he often seems overly interested in promoting his own views and beliefs in the areas of religion, politics, diet, race and business, making the book seem more like a series of morality plays than a practical guide. The meandering prose style occasionally makes it hard to focus on and extract the lessons being offered. Still, Ringer does tell many captivating anecdotes that help to illustrate the points he is making and offers a wide-ranging perspective on how adopting certain moral behaviors can help to bring about success and happiness. Illus.
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About the Author

Robert Ringer is the author of seven books, including three best sellers. He has appeared on numerous American talk shows, and has been featured in such publications as Time, People, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Barron's, and the New York Times. His books have been read by an estimated 10 million people and translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company; First Edition edition (July 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590770587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590770580
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ed Osworth TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading Ringer since his first infamous book "Winning Through Intimidation".

I just recently reread "Looking Out for Number One" and was astonished at how it had influenced me in the last 15 years. That book is a real lesson in how to get a reality based viewpoint on life and how to recognize that most of the social engineering and the propaganda we are subjected to daily is a negative influence.

Which leads to the review of this book. Some have said that it covers no new ground. That be hogwash, in my opinion.

The first 70 or so pages is virtually all new material, created from Robert"s investigation into the value of action and the amazing things action will bring into your life. He explains why action always works - even if it doesn't lead you the direction you thought it would. He offers many new and original insights and will get your brain working on steroids as he shatters so many of your pre conceptions about everything from wealth to spirituality.

After the first third of the book, he does do a bit of rehashing of much of his previous writing, although in many cases he puts a new slant on it based on the action concepts. This is not really a critisism as any book must be written for a first time reader, an author can't work from the assumption that a reader knows their previous material.

I give this boook 5 stars because of the power of his analysis and the inherant truth in all he says. You should buy it and read it, that is for sure.

That said I do have a minor critisism. You can almost feel 2 Robert Ringers in this book. He has, whether he really wants to admit it, gown kinder, gentler wiser and more spiritual as he gets older, like many of us.
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The problem with many business books is that they seem to describe a world that's totally unlike the real world of business. Richard Branson's autobiography is fun to read, but completely worthless to someone who's a budding entrepreneur, for instance. Typical business books are exciting, but also sort of useless, even damaging. A lot of them are sort of like reading twenty copies of Playboy back to back. It's fantasy, and after a while, it gets to be a little much. It also screws up your understanding of the real world.

This book is sort of a distillation of the key themes in Ringer's other books, and the great thing is that it's all about the real world, beginning to end. It's very unsentimenal, and baloney-free. I think Jack Welch said once that the key to business success is understanding the difference between what's really going on and what we wish/think/hope is going on. Ringer takes that basic point and builds on it, both with respect to interpersonal issues and business matters.

Much of what he writes about is so painfully obvious that it's amazing it has to be written down. But Ringer's genius is that he's a master of the basics, and in fact, the painfully obvious stuff is typically what everyone gets wrong. Now that I think of it, this book is part of a toolset of concepts that can be used to see through the smoke of day-to-day business to the underlying truths that are really driving everything.

It's amazing that his books are best-sellers, because they don't provide a lot of fun illusions. Tony Robbins makes you feel like success is a function of sheer enthusiasm; Ringer, the self-described Tortoise, takes the opposite position. Success is the result of steady, disciplined, organized effort and thought. Robbins is more fun, but he's also wrong.
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This is the first book I have ever reviewed. It's also the first book I've ever read in one sitting. I simply could put it down because every sentence set off flashing bulbs in my head. Once you read the first chapter -- perhaps the best insight into life I've ever read -- you're hooked. Everyone pays lip service to action, but Robert Ringer makes you see action in ways that are new and powerful.

What I thought was especially remarkable though is how he explained the relationship between action and so many basic principles and problems we experience in our day-to-day lives...things like truth, creating value for others, virtues, self-discipline, and more. The killer chapter is the one on "people taxes" where the author explains how problem people rob you of time, energy and other personal resources and get in the way of your taking action. That one really hit home with me.

People with serious physical handicaps will especially appreciate the chapter on adversity and action. Ringer gives a unique perspective in that he makes the point that everyone has many handicaps, because a handicap is really anything that makes achievement more difficult. And since so many people with serious physical handicaps have found ways to overcome them and lead meaningful lives, the minor handicaps that most of us have to deal with are relatively easy to handle. Again, this one really got to me. It made me realize that I have to stop thinking in terms of "problems" and start focusing on taking the kind of action that will assure that things will come out right.

Don't miss this book! It has everything you need to get where you want to go in life. Ringer even ties in some key material from his other books to show their relationship to the phenomenon of action. I'm going to reread it this weekend...and probably many more times after that.
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