- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (January 21, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767912187
- ISBN-13: 978-0767912181
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Esteemable Acts: 10 Actions for Building Real Self-Esteem Hardcover – January 21, 2003
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Developing self-esteem is the key to living a life beyond your "wildest imaginings," according to this book, which is divided into 10 "esteemable actions" designed to get downtrodden readers thinking about how to change their lives. Ward certainly speaks from experience: a former drug-addicted alcoholic and call girl, she turned her life around, graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and is now a motivational speaker and president and CEO of her own company. Ward urges readers to keep a journal to reflect upon goals and answer questions such as "What do you value?", "What does financial freedom mean to you?", and "Whats most important to you today?" While much of the advice is common senseshe proclaims the importance of living your dreams, being your own best friend and avoiding a victim mentalitythis well-meaning guide all too often slides into overly familiar territory (procrastination is the enemy; you should eat well and take care of yourself) and simplistic platitudes such as "Denial is the enemy of success," or "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
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Ward, a practicing attorney with a harrowing life story of a dysfunctional childhood and recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, offers inspiring and practical advice on building self-esteem. Based on her own remarkable turnaround, Ward offers specific advice on several aspects of life, including career, finances, relationships, and self-improvement. She advises readers to keep a journal of esteemable acts--taking risks, articulating dreams, helping others--and to record those actions and experiences that mark progress in developing self-esteem. She recommends self-examination to detail character strengths and shortcomings and offers advice on how to avoid becoming "a casualty to limited thinking." In each chapter, Ward offers practical exercises to keep the reader focused on achieving goals. This is a practical self-help guide written by a woman who has overcome great odds to succeed. Vanessa Bush
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The book is well written, engaging, and very enjoyable to read. There are many specific exercises to do so that you can implement her suggestions and look deeply into your own life. I can't say enough good things about this book. I have already bought many copies to give as gifts, particularly to the young adults in my life who have so much potential and are sabotaging themselves with all the daily manifestations of poor self esteem.
Jan Dahlin Geiger, CFP(r), Author of "Get Your Assets in Gear! Smart Money Strategies," available at Amazon. Get Your Assets in Gear! Smart Money Strategies
Esteemable Acts teaches you step by step how to make ALL THINGS POSSIBLE. Granted I needed the willingness to take the suggestions in the book, but they really aren't that hard. I've decided to go back to school, and i'm interviewing for a new job. I've moved in with a roommate and am walking thru that fear. I've never felt as good as I do today. Today is by far the best day of my life! Esteemable Acts is a book that has helped me change my life. I'm becoming the person I've always wanted to be!
This is one of those books that help you understand why you do some of the things you do and help you identify why things turn out the way they do in your life. You will need to be honest with yourself in order to take the self-help test. Once you realize what you need to do you will find out no-one knows you better than you do.
I really enjoyed this book and most of what I read helped me (Ok, the majority of what I read helped me...see I admitted it).
Thank you Ms. Ward for a well-written book. You really did your research.