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Finding Your Road to Success: How to get there without getting lost Paperback – November 25, 2010
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Patrick Daniel, author of Finding Your Road to Success, has written a very easy to read, straight forward guide the average individual can use to get clear about what they want in life and then develop a plan to achieve it.
Mr. Daniel is a Chartered Accountant (the Canadian equivalent of a CPA). You would not normally think of an accountant offering life style, goal setting/achieving advice. But Mr. Daniel is not your ordinary accountant. The book is based on his personal journey. He planned out his life in a very methodical way. What is very impressive is that he seems to have achieved each milestone along the way. So the information in the book is not theoretical, it is basically his blueprint for life. He does realize and mentions throughout the book that you must take the blueprint and adapt it to your own life.
The book is well laid out and therefore easy to read and follow. The writing style is very conversational. There are no psychological concepts that are difficult to understand.
Mr. Daniel is a Christian and believes that his faith has been a significant help in achieving his goals.
Mr. Daniel shares lots of personal stories from his life which helps to bring the concepts to life. Scattered throughout the book are frequent quotes that add flavor and validation to the ideas.
With this book you will gain a detail guide of how to decide on a plan for your life and then how to implement that plan. Simply reading the book will not make your goals magically materialize. As Mr. Daniel points out, you must take action. The value from the book will only be realized if you do the exercises, make the plan and then put it into action.
I was provided a review copy of this book.
First off, this really isn't a book about "success," not the way we in Western culture would normally define it. It's really a work about two things that allude so many in this rat race of life: happiness and satisfaction. Unfortunately, what we call success and what we call happiness very often don't go hand in hand.
Right away you don't feel like you're reading a book. Rather, you're sitting down with Patrick and having a one-on-one with him about life. He doesn't come across as some "success expert" with a bunch of finger-wagging, cocksure formulas or old clichés. Instead, he simply starts telling you what he's done, how he's achieved his own success, and how you can as well if you follow some basic concepts.
Patrick is very transparent and talks openly about himself and his family, his goals, his dreams, and even his failures. He tells you how he's responded to all these things and how he's come out ahead as a result. He also shares his faith and why that is so important to him. He makes it clear that what he considers success, and ultimately his goal of "Ultimate Success," is not necessarily what you and I would choose. His formulas are more like conceptual templates where you, the reader, fill in the blanks.
And all along he backs his views and models with stories; some heart-warming, some serious, some funny, but all applicable. I think my favorite story was how thrilled Patrick was to finally achieve his long term goal of throwing $500 in one shot at a slot machine and how satisfied he was even though he lost (you'll have to read the book to find out what that is all about).
This book is also packed with rich quotes, worthy of noting, from all kinds of sources, both unknown and famous individuals, as well as the Bible. These quotes, as well as some of the methods he's used to manage his life (like a budget sheet) are all reprised in one handy section at the end of the book.
All in all, this is a personal and touching work by someone who has achieved success in many ways, including learning to help other, budgeting money, living by ethical standards, cultivating friendships, and by always being a lifelong learner. Be prepared to read it several times, taking notes and piecing together your own version of how you can find your Ultimate Success as well--there's way too many nuggets in this work to gather in just one or two shots.
Kelly Libatique, author of "Divine Knowledge Transfer"
To fully grasp the meaning and intent of Mr. Daniel's teachings, he and I suggest underlining important messages to remember; re-read them! He stresses his religious thinking and beliefs and the closeness of family relationships as very important support features on his road to success. As an extra enlightenment Patrick provides us with over 76 pertinent and well known quotes each aptly fitted to exemplify particular explanations of his strategies. Following the Patrick Daniel road map will definitely improve your own Road to Success.Leo's Fairway LiesMarijuana Withdrawal After 40 Years
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