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Be the Hero: Three Powerful Ways to Overcome Challenges in Work and Life Hardcover – August 1, 2009

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Praise for Be the Hero

"Noah Blumenthal's uplifting new book, Be the Hero, will teach you to think like a hero. This book will change your outlook on life!"
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level

"I recommend Be the Hero for anyone who is driven by the challenge of delivering peak performance at work and at home."
--Michael H. Thaman, Chairman and CEO, Owens Corning

"Noah Blumenthal uses a simple, compelling story to teach profound lessons."
--Tammy J. Winnie, Director, Organization Change Management, Kellogg Company

"I could not put this book down. The story is riveting and the learning from it is priceless."
--Sharon Jordan-Evans, coauthor of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay

About the Author

Noah Blumenthal is president of Leading Principles, Inc., an executive coaching and consulting company whose clients rank among the Fortune and Global 500, including MTV Networks, Hilton Hotels Corporation, and DuPont. A keynote speaker and author of You’re Addicted to You (Berrett-Koehler), he was named one of the world’s “Top 100 Minds on Personal Development” by Leadership Excellence magazine and has been featured in such leading media outlets as the New York Times, CBS News, MSNBC News, Chicago Sun-Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and Newsday.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160509000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605090009
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roben Torosyan PhD on July 31, 2009
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I'm surprised. While the ideas may be familiar to those acquainted with the psychology of personal change, the book reads like a fast-paced summer novel. And I need its reminders daily.

Best dialogue from the book:
Jeff said, "So I think I get what you are saying, but this guy was a jerk. He didn't have a reservation. There was a forty-five minute wait and he wanted to be seated immediately in one of the premier seats in the restaurant. That's a jerk."
"No," said Martin. "That's a story. You are telling yourself a story about this person that's making you angry even now."

Best insight:
Whatever the problem (or opportunity), I have options about how I frame the situation to myself. Hard to implement at times, but incredibly powerful. And confirmed by dozens of classic studies (McAdams, Sheehy, Levinson, among others)--most of which don't read as entertainingly.

New Yorker cartoon that most relates: A man walks in on his wife in bed with another man. His wife says, "Allow me to offer a competing narrative."

Healthy parody from The Onion: "I Guess Now Would be As Good a Time as Any To Triumph Over Adversity." Includes observations like " I'm just not up for a moment of unprecedented human achievement right now. Maybe after I finish watching the rest of this Seinfeld episode, I'll be in the mood to discover my previously untapped wells of courage and power. But maybe I'll take a nap first."

Far Side cartoon that most relates: Two devils watch a guy pushing a wheelbarrel of coal through the fires of hell, and he's whistling. One devil says to the other, "You know, we're just not reaching that guy." Whether at work or home, I must beware what I tell myself others should do, and what hell my own story puts them through.
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Noah has written an excellent parable that is readily applicable the moment you pick it up. All of us experience "change moments" when the way we view the world colors the way we live those moments. The true value of Be The Hero is that it helps us to recognize the way we are seeing things and to consider that as the basis for behavior change.

You can use Be The Hero to improve your communications and your relationships immediately -- but it will have even more value as you practice Noah's techniques at home and at work. Thanks for a great read!
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Noah Blumenthal has done it again. This book is a how to manual for all of us. Regardless of your job or personal life "Be the Hero" can help you be more successful, satisfied and reaching your full potential.

If you read one book this year, make it this one.
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I listened to the audio version of this book and I was half intrigued and half annoyed of how cheesy the stories were. They just seemed a little condescending and schmaltzy; like here's this ONE guy who has ALL The answers and figured it all out in comparison to this OTHER guy who is just a miserable guy stuck in life circumstances he can't escape.

I listened and listened and had mixed feelings about it all the way through. Then upon reflection I admit it really started to sink in. The basic message is whether you are a victim or hero in your life and what stories you tell yourself that keep you as one or the other.

Ever since I finished listening to this audio I started reframing so many experiences I have had throughout the day. Some big examples and others small, but it encouraged me to really listen to the stories I tell to myself and actually NOTICE them for the first time. A tiny example is a woman who was in front of me on line at a store taking a long time and asking several questions to the cashier. I was in a hurry and she glared at me knowing that I wanted my turn. If I could have read her thoughts just from her expression they would have said "screw you it's MY turn and you will WAIT until I"M done before you get your turn". I was just about to react to this and either give her a dirty look or show her with my body language that I was effected by this. Then I asked myself what story am I telling myself now? That life is unfair to me? That people are mean to me? That I don't get what I want and she's just another example"? I stopped myself. I thought that maybe she's just an unhappy person. Maybe she's sad. Maybe she is x,y,z, but whatever the case it has nothing to do with me.
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"Be the Hero" is a simple little story bearing profound lessons for personal growth and change. I read the manuscript in a single sitting, not because I meant to, but because I was captivated and engaged. I wanted to know what would happen next, and I found myself really thinking about the story and its lessons. By the end, I had been deeply moved.

Many of the themes will be familiar to readers who have experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy. No special background is necessary, however, to benefit from this book: its important lessons are packaged in a reader-friendly, no-jargon parable, easy to take in, understand, and put to good use.

After I read the manuscript, I passed it on to a friend who had just been laid off and was still very angry and bitter. He, too, read it in one day, and was amazed. He said it threw open emotional and psychological doors for him that he hadn't even known were closed in front of him. He was very grateful, and enthusiastically passed the manuscript on to another friend in personal crisis.

And so it went, from person to person. Each reader found lessons within that helped him or her cope with a crisis, or just deal with an unsatisfactory life situation. This book gave us hope, courage, and the emotional tools to do something about it. Now we are all enthusiastic product evangelists for "Be the Hero."

Buy this book for yourself, a loved one, a friend, and see for yourself what a difference it will make. Gandhi told us to be the change we want to see in the world. "Be the Hero" is a powerful springboard toward changing yourself and your own corner of the world for the better.
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