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Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want -- Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible Paperback – August 2, 2010
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About the Author
Brian Tracy is one of the top management consultants, trainers, and speakers in the world He took himself from rags to riches using precisely the methods explained in this book. He addresses more than 250,000 people worldwide each year, and has served as a consultant and trainer for more than 1,000 corporations, including IBM, Ford, McDonnell Douglas, Xerox, Hewlett Packard, US Bancorp, Northwestern Mutual, Federal Express, and many others. He is the author of 50 books that have been translated in 38 languages, and more than 500 audio programs.
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Success Is Goals
Welcome to the second edition of Goals! Since this book was first released in 2003, it has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and been published in more than twenty languages. It has become the bestselling book on goal-achievement in history.
We have now decided to rewrite and upgrade Goals! to make it more helpful and faster acting for people living in more uncertain economic times. Three wonderful professional writers and critics have reviewed this book from cover to cover and offered excellent ideas to make it more helpful to more people. I want to thank Katherine Armstrong, Sara Jane Hope, and Janice Rutledge for their insights and wisdom. This new edition is immeasurably improved as a result.
I especially want to thank my friend and colleague Cord Cooper for going through the manuscript of the book to revise, rewrite, add new material, and generally make the entire structure more enjoyable and easier to read.
This book is for ambitious people who want to get ahead faster. If this is the way you think and feel, you are the person for whom this book is written. The ideas contained in the pages ahead will save you years of hard work in achieving the goals that are most important to you.
I have spoken more than five thousand times in fifty-four countries before audiences of as many as twenty-five thousand people. My seminars and talks have varied in length from five minutes to five days. In every case, I have focused on sharing the best ideas I could find on the particular subject with that audience at that moment.
After countless talks on various themes, if I was given only five minutes to speak to you and I could convey only one thought that would help you to be more successful, I would tell you this: “Write down your goals, make plans to achieve them, and work on your plans every single day.”
This advice, if you followed it, would be of more help to you than almost anything else you could ever learn. Many university graduates have told me that this simple concept has been more valuable to them than four years of study. This idea has changed my life and the lives of millions of other people. It will change yours as well.
The Turning Point
A group of successful men got together in Chicago some time ago to talk about the experiences of their lives. All of them were millionaires and multimillionaires. Each of them had started from nothing many years before. Like most successful people, they were both humble and grateful for what they had achieved and for the blessings that life had bestowed upon them.
As they discussed the reasons why they had managed to achieve so much in life, the wisest man among them spoke up and said that, in his estimation, “success is goals, and all else is commentary.” After a few moments of silence, each of the others nodded and agreed.
Your time and life are precious. The biggest waste of time and life is to spend years accomplishing something that you could have achieved in only a few months. By following the proven processes of goal setting and goal achieving laid out in this book, you will accomplish vastly more in a shorter period than you ever imagined before. The speed at which you move upward will amaze you and all the people around you.
Follow the Leaders, Not the Followers
By following these simple and easy-to-apply methods and techniques, you can move quickly from rags to riches in the months and years ahead. You can transform your experience from one of poverty and frustration to one of affluence and satisfaction. You can go far beyond your friends and family and achieve more in life than most other people you know.
I have found, over and over, that a person of average intelligence with clear goals will run circles around a genius who is not sure what he or she really wants.
My personal mission statement has not changed in years. It is “To help people achieve their goals faster than they ever would in the absence of my help.”
This book contains the distilled essence of all that I have learned in the areas of success, achievement, and goal attainment. By following the steps explained in the pages ahead, you will move to the front of the line in life.
For my children, this book is meant to be a road map and a guide to help you get from wherever you are to wherever you want to go. For my friends and readers of this book, my reason for writing it is to give you a proven system that you can use to move onto the fast track in your own life.
Welcome! A great new adventure is about to begin.
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His claim to education is having read a pile of success books. He gives a nod to the father of this genre, Napolean Hill, and to Steven Covey, Norman Vincent Peel, Earl Nightingale, all masters of RA-RA.
Like everyone else in this business, he tells his rags to riches story and tries his best to persuade us that everyone on the planet can get everything they want -- love, money, fame, health, success, etc -- the package everyone is after -- if they buy his pile of assorted merchandise, in which you would not find a single original idea. In other words, he is peddling repackaged borrowed "wisdom", in effect, spurious solutions.
He churns out books (52+ and counting), CDs, seminars, webinars, repeating the same old tired "laws of this and that". He repeats the 80/20 idea like a prayer.
Since the old man discovered the internet, he has got someone to set up a slick site and if you opt in, he'll spam you with hard-sales 365 days a year. He cross-sells for kickbacks other "stars" in this racket. He excels in mass producing inane stuff. If you want real wisdom, pick up a copy from your local library of the works of the real luminaries, from Marcus Aurelius to the old Greek philosophers or even a good biography of a high achiever or two.
If you buy the jaded systems promoted and sold as if they are unique pearls of wisdom from the mouth of Mr Tracy Tricks, you'd be a sucker . (Tracy, of course, knows a sucker is born every minute.) His goal-achievement stuff is so 70s. He markets himself as Mr Fix-It for all the problems that best life and the man with the golden keys (for sale of course) to everything we desire. In other words, a classic phony.
But he is excellent at one thing: selling tinsel-wrapped dodgy merchandise. Of late, he is planting in his stuff a caveat to seek advice from "competent professionals". That is good: if you treat Tracy's stuff as gospel, you are bound to come a-cropper. Take everything he says with a large dose of salt, especially in areas of finance. For one thing, do not follow his advice to concentrate your forces (a simplistic borrowing from military strategy) in financial planning. Better follow grandma's advice of not putting all your eggs in one basket. And if you are seeking psychotherapy, totally ignore this dangerous ignoramus!
Tracy is and old school salesman. Don't mistake him for a premier thinker, expert or learned counselor. He is none of that. But his greed knows no bounds. Make him richer with your hard-earned bucks if you want. But I'm done!
only 3% of the graduating class had specific written goals for their futures. Twenty years
later that 3% was found to be earning an astounding 10 times that of the group that had
no clear goals.
Brian Tracy repeats this lie in this book. Such authors also irresponsibly repeat the myth that we only use 10% of our brains. Pure fantasy. Steven Covey repeated that one in First Things First. It's getting tiresome when I fact-check these self-help gurus and 90% of the time discover that their making it all up.
Well, it turns out that this "study" is merely an "urban myth," as extensive
reviews of the research literature by me and by Steven Kraus (a social psychologist from
Harvard) as well as investigative reporting by Fast Company magazine revealed that no
such study had ever been done!
I am looking forward to anyone, and I mean anyone to just come here and say.............."I read all the books on marketing yourself, motivational books, books on how to write a book so youll be considered an expert in your field, but this book showed me how to just be myself and take my strengths and capitalize on them with the likes and dislikes I have." PLEASE SHOW ME ONE PERSON WHO CAN SAY THIS ABOUT THIS BOOK!(or any book) Because that is what we ALL need. Ever wonder why someone will give a great ,simple,easy,suggestion and go, "sure its easy to maker money. Buy something on ebay OR Amazon and just keep reselling it at a much higher price?" Why dont we all follow the OBVIOUS choices? I will tell you-Its because for some people...just seeing the 'clarity" the ease, the end of the road is all they need to motivate them and focus. They are what I call "hustlers." but in a good way.They chase a buck. Like the kids we knew growing up that had a newspaper route,sold used baseball cards in school and was the class bookie in junior high! Money gets them high!Hustlers s who attract money seem to be born and THEY need the goals list, but what about the deeper folk like us who want to taste life at the bone!!!? But what about those of us who need to do something to make money, but money alone is not enough? Lets be honest...how many of us would open up a dry cleaner in our neighborhood if we were guaranteed to make at least $75k a year for each one we put up and our outlay is only 25k which any bank would fund? Most of us still wouldnt do it.........and THESE BOOKS ARE NOT GETTING TO WHY THAT IS! Our ancestors of just 100 yrs ago would jump on that. They came here strictly to advance themselves and learning to love their work and "finding themselves" was just a bonus that happened by accident while doing 'real work." My question to all of America and all its authors are....Why have we all gotten so lethargic, apathetic and complacent at jobs we don't like, even if they pay huge $$$? Why was money enough 60-100 yrs ago but now it is not. What is emerging from our psyche. I may be more curious than most because I left the thing I love most to be a stock broker and make big money, and wound up neither making the big money nor being happy at the job. Double loss. I'm sure no one relates to that. -) WHY HAVE HUNDREDS OF GOAL BOOKS COME OUT IN THE LAST 20 YRS, AND WHERE IS ALL THE SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THEY SHOULD HAVE CREATED? I myself have had written goals since I was a teenager, and had both journals,diary's,and 3x5 REMINDER CARDS in my wallet for over 20 yrs, and every year I cant figure out why nothing gets scratched off the list.But ever goal book tells us about Coach Lou Madden who wrote like 109 goals down and has completed 101 of them including having dinner with the president. Why don't any of us know just one person, just one like that!
How about a single mom of 35 starting to take ballet lessons and by 50 has her own string of studios. Something simple.I don't hear anyone doing this. And especially you dont hear of people over 45 and especially 50 starting and accomplishing anything worthwhile except to lose 8 pounds or run 2 miles.(Yawn!)I originally gave this book 5 stars, but when I realized how little I accomplished from reading it over and over for years, I felt it should get only 4 stars but is a 5 for being interesting. Do we need someone to write a book called: How do people who never write their goals down succeed? Would that help us to go with the flow of life better? Maybe some of us only thought for 30 years we always wanted to be a professional ball player until we become a grand dad at 50 or a dad at 35 and realize our 10 yr old child wears us out! If we cant keep up with a 10 year old..could we ever have kept up with the best adults in the world? Im one of those people,by the way.
AM I ALONE HERE? Something has shifted in Americas consciousness and the next generation of authors will have to address it! But what do WE do till then?
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Not in a philosophical, self-help way, but in how it sets everything in practical terms.