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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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"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
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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."
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.Read more ›
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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If you read one book this year, make it this one.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book! It was in great condition and I am very happy with this product.Published 21 months ago by Jesse N.
I happy to read most things. This was a quick read but not overly heart felt for myself, but basically nothing new. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by mylilly
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If you have yet to get your hands on this book, now is the time! It's an excellent read -I couldn't put the book down, which doesn't happen very often for me. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Pat Dolan
"Be the Hero" is really an outstanding hero. The main advantage of this book i feel is its simplicity.
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"Be the Hero" is simply a superb book. It took me a long time to get to it (I needed to wait until the end of the semester), but once I did, I could not stop enjoying following... Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by Martin
Be the Hero: Three Powerful Ways to Overcome Challenges in Work and LifeNoah Blumenthal's book Be the Hero is a powerful lesson wrapped in warm storytelling. Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by Karen D. Swim