- Paperback: 291 pages
- Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (November 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1576753077
- ISBN-13: 978-1576753071
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I always thought I had goals and that I was doing everything right as far as planning for my future. I didn't realize that I didn't actually have goals but I was simply dreaming or just making conversation. This book really clarifies what a goal is and what is just a dream. Now I'm not saying your dreams will not come true, you just need to learn how to break them down into goals. Your goals might be small or they might be huge. They just have to be realistic for you. You should figure this out before you start this book or any other book for that matter.
Some might argue that a lot of this stuff and other self-help stuff is common sense; I disagree. Some times when someone else explains common sense in a different way, it makes more sense. There however is more than common sense in this book. Tracy gives you various activities to do like writing your goals out in certain ways to involve your subconscious mind, and others that help isolate true goals from worthless "goals". These activities will really get you thinking and focused on what it is you really want out of life and what seems to be holding you back.
This is not just a "...You can do it!" book, there is plenty of substance here. I'm 27 and I feel that this book can speak to just about anybody in any stage of their life. Tracy does talk about salespeople a few time, but I don't think this book is just for people in sales or people who own their own business. You can benefit from this book no matter what you do or how old you are because the concepts apply to everybody.
There is actually a lot of other information in this book. Tracy talks about how to perform better at your job, how to make good out of a bad situation, he talks about persistence, he differentiates between over and under achievers, and he gives great examples and quotes from some of the greatest thinkers and doers of our time. I particularly like the section where he talked about the subconscious mind and how you need to specifically train it to get your conscious mind to go into overdrive. He tells us to train our mind like we train our muscles. We need to get our mind to "pump iron" to reach our goals.
Tracy says towards the end of the book that no self-help book will benefit you unless you put it into action. You can't just read this book and feel good about yourself. You need to go buy a notebook, like he says, and start doing the activities and analyze your goals immediately and start acting on them. I believe that if you can do what he says, you will seriously benefit from this book in some way and you will look at goals and goal setting in a new way. You will stop dreaming and start working.
I liked this book and I highly recommend it. It can be a great starting point or a great reference in accomplishing what you may have been dreaming about.
*****I want to point out that if you take a good management class during undergrad, you will learn about everything in this book during that class.*****
Either way, Tracy is an extremely enthusiastic writer who gets you to consider your possibilities and plan for things that seemed impossible.