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Dare to Succeed: How to Survive and Thrive in the Game of Life Hardcover – September 12, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
The creator of reality TV, Burnett reveals the secrets to success he developed over his checkered career as a soldier, nanny/errand boy, professional adventure-tour operator and now producer of the now oft-imitated Survivor, an enormous financial triumph. His simple principles are familiar self-help truisms "only results count," "have the courage to fail," "be right or be wrong, but make a decision." He catalogues his professional ups and downs, including having to master mountain climbing when his partner/ guide left him, and mishandling his team for a major eco-challenge competition, and he undertakes a brief self-examination for each experience. For example, he concludes that the disappointing eco-challenge "was a blessing in disguise.... Through the devastating act of quitting I gained an incentive to persevere, if only so I would never know that awful sensation.... Babe Ruth failed 70% of the time when he stepped to the plate. That never stopped him from swinging for fences." After several such platitudes and unoriginal insights delivered in a cocksure manner, readers may have had enough. On the other hand, his unflagging, unabashed insistence on banal principles and his resulting physical and material successes may keep readers soldiering on in spite of themselves, not unlike his TV audience. (Sept. 12)Forecast: This unremarkable addition to motivational literature may garner an early sales spike due to Burnett's visibility and the fall debut of Survivor III.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mark Burnett is an Emmy-winning producer and founder of the Eco-Challenge -- a series of extreme sports events that have aired on MTV, ESPN, Discovery Channel, and the USA Network. His CBS series Survivor and Survivor II are among the most popular in television history. In addition to producing, Burnett is an avid extreme sportsman who also speaks frequently on leadership and team-building for corporations worldwide. A former member of the famed British Army Parachute Regiment, certified skydiver, and white water guide, he lives in Los Angeles, but is known from Pulau Tiga to the Australian Outback.
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There are more and much better books on this subject out there. This one smacks of huckster....
I found this book to be a quick enjoyable read. I learned some things about Burnett that I had not known, and I found it interesting to learn about his background and how he came to the United States and then came up with the ideas for his television shows and saw those ideas through.
It is easy enough to say Mark Burnett is a television genius. His shows have become hugely popular, and the result has been to catapult Burnett into riches and stardom. As one of the hottest producers in television, it seems that what Burnett touches turns to gold. Well, not always, while I liked "The Contender" it did not seem to do as well as some of his others. Still, Burnett has made a mark on television and will most likely continue to do so for quite some time. It is a long ways from selling T-shirts on the beach in Southern California. It was interesting to learn of Burnett being a nanny and then selling shirts on the beach. His shows might not have become the huge successes they are without a burning determination Burnett possessed to make his inspiration become reality. (pun intended)
As a former paratrooper myself, maybe I just enjoy seeing former service members succeed. Maybe it is because I've enjoyed watching "The Apprentice" and "Survivor." Maybe I just enjoy success stories. Whatever the reason, I enjoyed this book, and think anyone who enjoys Burnett's television shows will too. It is a good tale of how someone with a lot of determination can make his vision come true. It is an easy read, and one that will not only share some of Burnett's life story with you, but maybe motivate you to pursue your dreams a little harder as well. If it does that, it definitely deserves a read.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks.
1.) Only results count
2.) Have the courage to fail
3.) Choose teammates wisely
4.) Perseverance produces character
5.) Be right or be wrong, but make a decision
6.) Set achievable goals
7.) Try to go above, beyond, and then even further.
Mark writes how his life didn't go as planned, and while he received some big breaks, they were more about positioning himself to receive them and make them happen than simply luck. If he wasn't willing to try anything, he'd have let opportunities pass.
It's a good read. The man was a soldier, a nanny, a t-shirt seller, an insurance agent, a credit card banker, a three times competitor in the Raid Gauloises, the producer and scouter for the Eco-Challenge race, and finally the mastermind behind Survivor. He's accomplished a great deal, and if you don't care about the philosophy, the stories are still interesting.
I'm a 39 year-old pastor after having been a financial planner for over a decade. I have a comprehensive library of self-help and success books from Covey to Robbins and from Dyer to Ziglar. "Dare To Succeed" lines up with the best of the best because of the way Mark Burnett shares his real-life struggles as he grabs the reader's hand to help him climb that same hill step by step. Regardless of your type of employment or station in life, you will find these steps well placed.
This award winning producer and mega-media mogul doesn't talk Pollyanna and doesn't come across as a primadonna. He shares his failures and fears as well as the practical steps to success. As great as your life is now it will be better after reading "Dare To Succeed" and if you are just embarking on your self-help journey you will find this book indespensible. Read it with a highlighter, a pen and a notebook.