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The Angel Inside: Michelangelo's Secrets For Following Your Passion and Finding the Work You Love Hardcover – April 17, 2007

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The Angel Inside is a powerfully simple story that helps you discover your potential for a passionate life!”
—John C. Maxwell, author, speaker and founder of INJOY Stewardship Services and EQUIP

Advance Praise for The Angel Inside

“Chris Widener’s The Angel Inside is a short read that is long on wisdom for life. Take an hour and a half of your time and delve into this truly meaningful book. It will captivate you from beginning to end, but more important, it will help you create your own life of power and beauty.”
—Jim Rohn – www.JimRohn.com

“A very special one-day relationship between a wise mentor and his struggling but eager protégé. What a delightful story for everyone to read, and from which to benefit greatly!"
—Bob Burg – www.Burg.com

The Angel Inside is truly one of the most inspiring, encouraging motivational books I have ever read.  Once I got started, I found it impossible to stop reading.   And I say this as a man who has never read fiction; I've always said that when I get all of the truth, then I'll start reading fiction.  It was a wonderful thrill to read a work of fiction that contains an enormous amount of truth and encouragement.” 
—Zig Ziglar

About the Author

CHRIS WIDENER is the founder and president of Made for Success, one of the world’s leading personal development companies. He is a coach and consultant to CEOs and sales professionals in a variety of industries, as well as to top political figures. He currently cohosts a television program on the Success Training Network with Zig Ziglar. He lives in Issaquah, Washington.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Currency Doubleday (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385521022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385521024
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lauren Matthes on April 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The message of this book really hits the target. So intriguing it is hard to set down. I found that I needed several copies to give to friends and business associates. The discussion guide and workbook at the end of the book is very helpful for facilitating discussion amongst a team. It truly is a book you want to talk about.
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You will want to re-read this book as soon as you are finished. This makes the quick read of this book a true advantage. Chris Widener has done a great job of tying together the new and the old to come up with a powerful message that is just as valid today as it was in Michelangelo's time.

I was going to name the principles that resonated the most with me but instead I encourage you to read this book and find your favorites for yourself.

This is a great book to pick-up and read over and over again and I know it will make you smile each time.

David Mason, Performance Development Coach
Author of Marketing Your Small Business for Big Profits
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Wow, what a book! What excellent life and career advice! If I could I would buy this book for everyone I know...old or young. I loved the way the author used the statue of David and a young man to reveal key life lessons. These 'lessons' or observations about Michelangelo'sThe Angel Inside: Michelangelo's Secrets For Following Your Passion and Finding the Work You Love David set off 'fireworks' in the brain, and you, the reader, are left in a state of awe...
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I chose to read this book, following reading The Art of Influence by the same author - which I really enjoyed.

In The Angel Inside, Chris does it again: presenting powerful lessons in following one's passion and finding the career and jobs that you love. The vehicle for these lessons is a trip that a young professional, Tom Cook, takes across Europe. While in Florence, he meets an old man who mentors him through Michelangelo's life and work, specifically The David.

The lessons are summarized below:

a) Finding The Angel Inside You: "Every person has this tremendous capacity to be both king and warrior, a person of value and a person of accomplishment - of beauty and power"

b) The Power Of Following Your Passion: "There comes a time in every person's life when they must decide whether they will follow what they want for thir life or what someone else wants for their life."

c) Beauty Through Details: "The masters, the ones who succeed tremendously and set the standard for others, are those who master the details."

d) Your Hand Creates What Your Mind Conceives: "Our worlds are created through the synchronization of the creative brilliance of the mind and the diligent steadiness and skill of the band."

e) The Importance Of Planning And Preparation: "The lesson is not to move too fast. Fast enough to get where you want to be, but slow enough to do it right the first time."

f) All Accomplishment Starts With One Swift Action: "Action is the beginning of accomplishment. Without it, you have only wasted dreams and good intentions.
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This is a simple read but it puts it all out there for you to ponder. The questions are who are you living for and why are you doing what you do? To be a success in life it takes more than money and if you don't believe it just look at the rich celebs that are currently in rehab and tell me if they are happy and fullfilled humans.

Find your place in the world and be as good as you can possibly be by following the guidelines in this book.
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Once in a while you come a cross a book that is so simple yet so powerful it actually changes your perception of what is possible for you to achieve. This is one of those books. Most of us love a good story and this is a great one. The life lessons that are shared throughout the story provide a road map of how to get from where you are to where you want to be. The only dissapointment comes at the end, and that is because you do not want the book to end. Fortunately the author has written several books, including The Twelve Pillars, which are just as insightful and entertaining. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to have, be, and experience more in their life!
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Amazing book - Life Changing - I think I've bought over a dozen copies to give to people. Have also borrowed mine out to others - I always give them a highlighter too and tell them to highlight key or salient points they see. Very interesting to go back and see what has been highlighted. A must read!
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I'd been in such a hurry for such a long time. I read this book on the run because I had to. I just didn't have time to slow down so I read most of it on the road to somewhere. I never really forget my passions but they ride in the back seat or don't get to ride at all sometimes. I've dusted off my dreams. Thank you Chris. I love this sweet story.
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