- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Canada (January 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307357252
- ISBN-13: 978-0307357250
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,096,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Succeed in Anything by Really Trying Paperback – International Edition, January 12, 2010
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"You can't sit back and wait for things to happen — you have to make them happen. That's the message of How to Succeed in Anything by Really Trying."
— The Calgary Herald
"Whether you're a first-time speaker or an experienced one looking to further refine your technique, The Elements of Great Public Speaking is a must-read guide to delivering a memorable speech and leaving the audience wanting more."
— Hon. Frank McKenna, former Canadian embassador to the United States
"A great book that really does set forth how to deliver high-energy presentations."
— Mark M. Maria, author of Rainmaking Made Simple: What Every Professional Must Know
"MacInnis clearly knows his stuff.... A practical guide to thumb through before every speech, whether it's your first or your 500th."
— USA Today
"MacInnis is a chartered accountant and is credited with inventing executive coaching in Canada. He's given financial advice to everyone from Anne Murray to Bobby Orr. And his new book, How to Succeed at Anything by Really Trying, is all about taking the initiative. Not just really trying, but really trying hard."
— The Gazette
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
For more than three decades, as a senior partner with international accounting firms, Lyman MacInnis has acted as a strategist and facilitator to corporations and professional organizations ranging in size from owner-managed enterprises to Fortune 500 companies. An award-winning author, he has written more than 300 articles and has authored and co-authored twelve books. He lives in Toronto.
From the Hardcover edition.
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As MacInnis clearly states within the first few pages of his book, "...success can have many meanings, one constant is that success is always personal." (MacInnis, page 5 The guidelines and principles of "How to Succeed in Anything by Really Trying" are not rigid; they're not "a program" or a twelve-step anything. Instead, they're gentle reminders delivered with a touch of humor, that a successful life is a balancing act between the big picture, and the minute details.
FAVOURITE TAKEAWAY: "the three A's of a career are Ability, Ambition, and Attitude. ... ability earns you your paycheque, ambition gets you your raises, and attitude usually determines the amount of both." (page 59)
How many `A's are you currently earning?
While MacInnis appears to meander from topic to unrelated topic over the course of the thirty-one chapters in "How to Succeed in Anything by Really Trying," he manages to do an excellent job of covering off all three of the `A's that he mentions: Ability, Ambition and Attitude. His reminders allow us to refocus. His tips and suggestions help us grow. And his insights allow us to realize that maybe not everything is as big a deal as it seems.
Author Lyman MacInnis has it figured out. "How to Succeed in Anything by Really Trying," is a well written blend of gentle reminders, how to tips and poignant insights into what truly makes us successful in our day to day lives. It's a fun read, with something for everyone, and the kind of book you'll want to reference again and again.
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of success at work. The author offers a valuable list of information and explanation of what is needed
to get ahead. Now with that said, the book is lacking clear examples and the 'how' portion of getting the skill sets that he outlines. Nonetheless, its a good book for what it is. A small handy book to inspire you on what you need to keep in mind when you are making decisions at the workplace.
I give it 3.5 stars.