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It's Your Life, Live BIG Paperback – June 1, 2012
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"Josh Hinds is an inspiring guy with a great story. He has dealt with his challenges in very effective ways and can show you how to meet your own challenges well. Take his advice, stop living only a part of the life you are capable of; LIVE BIG!"
- Jim Cathcart, Hall of Fame Speaker & Bestselling Author of The Acorn Principle
"Josh has overcome some extraordinary challenges to live his best life. His story inspires you to change the game."
- Robin Sharma, speaker, and bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title
"To Live Big you must think Big. Read this great book and Let Josh Hinds inspire you to be your best."
- Jon Gordon, best-selling author of The Energy Bus and The Seed
About the Author
Josh Hinds is a proven mentor, inspirational speaker, and entrepreneurial educator. He started his first online business in 1996, an online community for those interested in personal and professional development.
In addition to his growing network of professional development web sites, Josh is the founder of GetMotivation.com an empowering and inspiring community web site which has been visited by millions. Josh now shares his experience with audiences in person and around the world to inspire them that they, too, can Live BIG! You can visit him at JoshHinds.com
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The 17 principles that each form a chapter in this book really are a roadmap for living big. We often hear about the debate between nurture and nature in how people turn out, but that debate usually overlooks a critical third element – choice. The choices we make define the outcomes we achieve and the people we become. Josh gives us great advice on how to make those choices wisely, and then provides action strategies for implementing those choices in our lives.
There are thousands of “motivational” books on the market and most of them have a similar message (not much has changed since Ecclesiastes said that there is nothing new under the sun), but as Josh points out, that is exactly the point: we all need to be reminded of what we already know, and shown new ways to do that which we know we should do.
Beyond the fact that it is a well-written book that stands out in a crowded market, Live Big gets my endorsement for three reasons: 1) by the time you reach page 165 you don’t feel like you’ve been lectured to (or worse yet, talked down to) someone who says you could have it all if you were just more like them, but rather have the sense that you’ve had a conversation with a wise old friend; 2) a theme that runs throughout the book is how important it is to never give in to learned helplessness or thinking like a victim, and great advice on why and how you need to constructively manage your thoughts, your dreams, and your self-talk; and 3) his formula (on pages 75-83) for getting past the excuses and the “I can’t” thinking and taking immediate action (right now, before the excuses paralyze you, drop to the floor and do one pushup, then another!).
This is the sort of book you will read cover-to-cover the first time, then periodically pull off the bookshelf and open to a random page and find that whatever you read is just exactly what you need to hear at that moment.
And one terrific writer! "It's Your Life, Live BIG" is a well written, poignant book that'll do a lot more for you than just help you with your sales career; it's chock full of wisdom that'll help you with every aspect of your life; it'll show you ways to cope with the great issues we all struggle with; it'll give you Hope. There are 17 important lessons awaiting you in "It's Your Life, Live BIG" that you're not going to want to miss. I can't urge you enough to order this wonderful book!
Corey W. Jahnke
Author of "We Are Not Here On Rehearsal" and "Release The Genie"
Most of the time, it seems, a "self help" or "personal success" type book has to be written by a person who embodies success on every level. I'd rather read from someone who has had problems I can relate to, and remembers how they overcame them.
Josh had Tourette's and had to deal with crippling stage fright - particularly nasty things for a professional salesman and conference presenter!
Josh also focuses on atypical habits for success - practicing kindness at any excuse, for example, and looking for opportunities for service. When he discusses visualization, it's to clarify goals and motivation not just to feel good about what we want. His take on the usual self-help tool box is practical, workable, and most valuable for me, accessible.
One lesson I learned at work has been repeated countless times: You will never get paid more than you're earning until you work harder than you're getting paid. Josh Hinds takes this idea and shows how to apply it to every aspect of living a successful life. A big life.
I particularly liked the exercises of keeping a success journal, a gratitude journal, and reading the biographies of successful men and women. They have helped me gain a clearer perspective on my goals, and put my setbacks in their proper place.
Very helpful indeed.