- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Columbia Island Press; Original edition (April 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984606122
- ISBN-13: 978-0984606122
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,429,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Good Among the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative, and Joyous People Paperback – April 1, 2011
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The Good Among the Great posits that there is more to life than finding success in your career or racking up a myriad of achievements. There is a way to achieve all manner of successes while still being a truly good person. --Salem Weekly
For those who want to achieve a higher level of success in work, relationships, and inner growth, Van de Mark's well-written, straightforward guide will be valued as a strong catalyst for personal evolution. --Foreword Reviews
About the Author
Donald Van de Mark has spent over 25 years as a groundbreaking broadcast journalist. He was among the journalists who created the first business news show on television and was the first Washington correspondent for CNBC. After a stint as Director of Corporate Communications for Barry Diller, the Chairman and CEO of QVC, Inc., he returned to reporting and joined CNN where he edited and co-anchored Money Week, as well as four additional shows that ran daily on CNNfn. In 1999, he became the cofounder of MyPrimeTime, Inc., where he wrote and anchored two television series, Great Entrepreneurs and Great Leaders.
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Van de Mark’s work is in a class by itself. Chapter by chapter, he introduces us to a particular trait and one or more individuals who embody it. Some of the people are rich and famous; some we’ve never heard of, but all have achieved a level of humanity one can only describe as admirable. This approach makes it very easy for the reader to indulge in some serious self-scrutiny. One can’t help but identify with, or find inspiration in the attitudes and experiences portrayed in the book. And the “AHA!” moments, of which there are many, will take you by surprise.
If you are looking for a renewed definition of success and the inspiration and means to achieve it, “The Good Among the Great” delivers in spades. Besides the subject matter itself, it offers the tools for more accurately recognizing the truly good in others—and the great messengers. Until Van de Mark gives us a sequel, I will be referring back to this book regularly.
This book basically cribs a bunch of stuff from the writings of Maslow and culls out the 19 best traits of the "best human beings". By the way, if you are a sales person or bean counter (this includes teachers) he doesn't make you believe that you are really eligible to be one of the "Top 1%" as he calls it.
Unfortunately contradictions abound throughout the book. You are supposed to stand back and be detached and yet be experiential. You are supposed to be laid back and proactive and exuberant and chill out. You are only supposed to do the work that you LOVE. You are supposed to have great morals - (piece of cake, right - well, that's just ONE of the nineteen). You are supposed to be jolly and realistic.....and on and on it goes.
With many insights gleaned from his "rich kid" private academy school existence and time spent with families he knew who "summered at their lake home", Van De Mark gives examples of these unknown "everyday" types (as well as celebrities - his ultimate archetype is Meryl Streep) who exemplify one or more of these traits - yet the underlying feeling is that you pretty much need to have all of these in order to reach that "Elite 1%" - - after all, that does equate to about 3 million people in the U.S. as he points out.
Yes, this book has some interesting points and makes one pause to see how they stack up (I actually went through and self-assessed in each area) but it is pretty elitest and in a way gives the reader almost a defeated sense that they will never be able to live up to all of these great, yet often contradictory traits that exemplify the most transcendent of humans. The problem is that this ideal person, in my life experience, just does not exist and that the process of trying to be "that person" rather than just living your life might be more painful than positive.
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