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"This book is easy-to-read and loaded with wit, wisdom, and insights to enrich your life."
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Hartford Books Examiner dares you to pick up Advice My Parents Gave Me... and begin your own journey toward self-discovery and fulfillment."
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"A wonderful wealth of knowledge ... the ideas are straightforward, encouraging, insightful, and just plain right. This book is a great motivator for anyone looking for a way to channel their desires and ambitions into reality."
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"This is a nice collection of thoughts and lessons on life. I gave it an overall A and thought it very fitting reading for this day and age .
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"Thought provoking quotes ... to encourage you to change your mindset and make small but positive steps to becoming a happier and more fulfilled person ... a lovely little book ... nice to dip in and out of."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466311053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466311053
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,277,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I always enjoy books that make you think. "Advice My Parents Gave Me and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mistakes" by Rodolfo Costa is one of those kinds of books. It is filled with valuable life and career success wisdom distilled into bite sized chunks.

Rodolfo describes the book as "409 thoughts, quotes, lessons, ideas, suggestions, reminders, words of advice and encouragement to lead a successful, rewarding, peaceful, happy and fulfilling life." And he is right on. The 409 snippets in this book will make you think.

I send a motivational quote to my subscribers every day. If you're not receiving these quotes you can go to [...] and sign up in the space immediately below the image of my career advice book, Success Tweets. I preface each quote with the words: "THINK, ACT, SUCCEED." I believe that it's important to read inspirational advice. But I think it's more important to think about what you read and to ask yourself, "How does this apply to me?" Then it's important to take action - to do something with what you read.

Let me sum up. There are three easy things that you can do every day to help you in your career success journey...

1. Read - anything that can help you create your career success.
2. Think - about how you can apply the lessons of what you've read in your life.
3. Act - do something. Change a behavior, create a new habit.

If you do these three things consistently, you can't help but succeed. "Advice My Parents Gave Me and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mistakes" is a great source of life and career success advice. If you read, think about and act on only one of the bits of wisdom per day, you'll have over a year's worth of lessons to apply in your life.
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n this day and age we live in a society where parental advice is sadly missing. We live in a two parents working society or a parent who lets the child raise themselves world. As a teacher I see this with some of my students. They have no home training, family structure, or work ethic. They had not been taught to shoulder any responsibility and it show in their attitude and classroom performance. I bought this book to use with them as a teaching aide. The author starts the lessons with a chapter on optimism an positive attitude. I love the sections on responsibility, goals, action, persistence, fear and criticism. I found the section on positive thinking, positive self-esteem and manners very validating. I have always said that our children are not taught to value themselves which results in low self-worth and negative self-talk and negative behavior. I especially enjoyed the section on love, forgiveness and acceptance. And the section on gratitude is greatly needed—it is something that is rarely taught to youth today. This book is wonderful and teaches so much that we sometimes take for granted. I cannot wait to go over these lessons with my class. Great read and much needed book.
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Reading "Advice My Parents Gave Me" reminds me of my life growing up. My father was always ready to offer advice at the drop of a hat on any subject without warning or solicitation. Of course, at that time, I didn't think that anything he said was even remotely close to being good advice. As I've grown older and now have children and grandchildren of my own, the advice my father gave back then makes so much more sense and I've taken most of it to heart. I live in Florida now and my father lives in Washington State. When I read the quotes in this book it feels like I smiting don and having a chat with my father over a cup of coffee.
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Excellent book that delivers practical, thought provoking ideas filled with positive attitude and encouragement for a better life.

I liked and enjoy this book, very much, from beginning to end. Part of the book's message is not to dwell on the negative aspects of our lives. We live with fears and worries, that rob us from living life to the fullest. By recognizing this fact we can learn to be more in touch with our thoughts and feelings so we can have a more positive and encouraging way of life and Rodolfo shares these, ideas and words of advice in a clear and succinct way.

A wonderful read for family and friends on the road to a more significant and happier life. As the cover says ... 409 thoughts, quotes, lessons, ideas, suggestions, reminders, words of advice and encouragement for a successful, rewarding, peaceful, happy, and fulfilling life ...
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"Advice My Parents Gave Me..." is a wonderful book consisting of 409 quotes that can be used to help you though rough times in life, to provide inspiration on topics like love, responsibility, finances, and relationships, and to just bring a nostalgic smile to your face. Costa has put together a fantastic collection that is a pleasure to open and read at anytime.
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'Advice My Parents Gave Me and Other Lessons I Learned From My Mistakes' by Rodolfo Costa is a self development book with a difference. Most self and personal development books, at first impression, seem to tell you what to do with your life. This book is fun. As discussed in this self development book review, it gives you tips, advice, etc., based on a wealth of experience, yet you feel free to use the information as you wish.

On the front cover Rodolfo Costa adds: '409 thoughts, quotes, lessons, ideas, suggestions, reminders, words of advice and encouragement to lead a successful, rewarding, peaceful, happy, and fulfilling life'. This is indeed what he covers. He also shows you how to look on the problems and setbacks in your life as assets that help to create your character and to constantly self develop and grow as a person.

WHAT IT COVERS

It is a short book of 135 pages divided into 16 chapters. Each chapter concentrates on a specific subject, e.g., 'Self-doubt, fear and criticism', 'Money' and 'Children'. The chapters then list tips around the subject with chapters being interspersed with quotes from people such as Abraham Lincoln, Bette Davis, Charles Kingsley, Cicero, Mark Twain, Michael Jordan, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Steve Jobs, Voltaire and many others.

The inspirational tips can be used at any point in your life. You will find some to be quite thought provoking. Each self development tip is, in essence, a bullet point comprising one or two succinct sentences. This makes them easy to dip into and put into practice. Many of the tips are quite deep and meaningful. Some my favourites are:

* Always be humble, but do not apologize for your success.
* Always have honest and open communication with others.
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