- Hardcover: 210 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 30, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1629561266
- ISBN-13: 978-1629561264
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Million Dollar Maverick: Forge Your Own Path to Think Differently, Act Decisively, and Succeed Quickly Hardcover – June 30, 2016
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This breezy, engaging book is filled with pearls, emeralds, and diamonds of wisdom for anyone who wants to build a business, a life, or both.” Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of the best-seller Stumbling on Happiness
Million Dollar Maverick continues Alan’s amazing work it is pragmatic, immediately applicable, and fun! Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers 50 world’s top rated executive coach and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
This book is another extraordinary demonstration of how thoughtfully and purposefully Alan Weiss approaches his work. He is a genius at interpreting complex ideas and principles in easy-to-understand examples and applies methods that help us achieve success and significance at work and in life. Don’t just read this book. Savor it.” Nido Qubein, President of High Point University, chairman of General Harvest Bread Co., recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, member of National Speakers Association Hall of Fame®
Alan Weiss has improved my health, wealth, and happiness far more than I could have ever dreamed was possible. His work is revolutionary.” Colleen Francis, CEO of Engage Selling and author of Nonstop Sales Boom
Implementing Alan’s advice for more than ten years not only contributed dramatically to the qualitative and quantitative growth of my firm, it encouraged me to think differentlyin a more holistic way and with an abundance mindset for which I am deeply grateful.” Prof. Dr. Guido Quelle, Managing Partner of Mandat Consulting Group and author of Profitable Growth
I’ve listened to Alan Weiss speak three times, and I was extremely impressed three times. This third time was by far the greatest day of speaking I’ve ever attended If you’ve never heard Alan speak, and pass up a chance to hear him speak, then you’re crazy. If you have not heard Alan Weiss speak yet, make sure that you do. Alan possesses two of the qualities that I most value: genuineness and sincerity. Alan is genuine and sincere. He keeps it real” Steven David, Bloomberg
I have three master’s degrees and a doctorate. These degrees were obtained at great effort, time, expense, and energy. I have just graduated from Alan Weiss’s Million Dollar Consulting® College. In terms of showing me how to provide value in my life and the lives of others, this experience was of more value than any of my degrees. Let me amend that: It was more valuable than all of them put together.” - Dr. Sally Wright, Alliance Consulting
"One of the most highly respected independent consultants in the country." New York Post
"One of the top motivational speakers in the country." Providence Journal
About the Author
His speaking typically includes 30 keynotes a year at major conferences, and he has been a visiting faculty member at seven different universities. He additionally served as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Rhode Island where he taught courses on advanced management and consulting skills.
His Ph.D. is in psychology and he has been a member of numerous major psychological associations, and served on the Board of Governors of Harvard University’s Center for Mental Health and the Media.
He is an inductee into the Professional Speaking Hall of Fame® and the concurrent recipient of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence, representing the top 1% of professional speakers in the world. He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, one of only two people in history holding both those designations.
His prolific publishing includes over 500 articles and 60 books, including his bestseller, Million Dollar Consulting (McGraw-Hill), currently in its 25th year and fifth edition. His books have been on the curricula at a number of major universities, and have been translated into twelve languages.
He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Press Institute, the first-ever for a non-journalist, and one of only seven awarded in the 65-year history of the association.
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In terms of the contents, the book contains ten chapters on being different to stand out, losing the fear of failure, gaining influence, critical thinking skills, improving self-esteem, understand the difference between pain and suffering, control over our careers and being shameless in taking credits, effective use of language for business and life, examples of innovations such as “perpetual motion attraction machines”, and feeling comfortable in your own skin (e.g., no guilt, no fear).
I think some of the unique and intriguing ideas (and experiences the author had based on these ideas) are abundance mentality, shameless promotion, and the four levels of existence.
The book contains several mindsets that are very useful in understanding and applying author’s effective methods. Some of the ones I’ve found very interesting to know and apply in my own life are “we often face unexpected, inescapable pain, but we create our own suffering;” we need a self-esteem workout program on a regular basis, similar to a physical workout, we establish our doom or achievement loops, “if you find yourself debating things that are irrelevant in your current situation and success, you’re sliding back through open doors to previous levels,” and “we are often shocked into immobility by abject fears without basis or rationale. Hence, we can’t eliminate them and they self-perpetuate. We need to find the cause of our fears.”
Also, I think, Alan Weiss’s Thrive on self-mastery and taking control of one’s own life would be a good companion to this book.
I mentioned “Million Dollar Maverick” as a must read at a recent San Francisco Bay Area Consultant (BACN) meeting. Many of the consultants expressed a lack of confidence and self-worth in growing their solo practices. I suggested that reading “Million Dollar Maverick” might help them develop a healthy ego to guide self-promotion, face self-imposed fears by changing their internal narrative story building resilience, and shift from a poverty mindset to abundance thinking.
The lessons learned from Dr. Weiss’s life story and world-renowned consulting career - successes and failures can inform and inspire all coaches and consultants who are driven by purpose and passion to achieve success and not strive for perfection. You may need to get out of your comfort zone and be provoked to change habits, beliefs and even values that may no longer serve you.
Although Dr. Weiss has brilliantly created a wealth of intellectual property that has improved the lives and businesses of countless people, I will most remember the emotional impact he has had on me as a human being. Dr. Weiss’s advice can be tough for some, but has been a reality check for me when I need to challenge what I think is true which may not be. It’s my own internal killer GPS app!
I have experienced Dr. Weiss’ humanity, grace, kindness and compassion remembering his admonition in the book that when we experience pain suffering is optional. Moving forward and thriving is a much smarter choice for health, wealth and happiness.
Alan Weiss has created a growing community of followers who focus on their self-development to learn, grow and get better increasing their competence in creating value in order to help clients achieve desired results.
You can join Alan’s community of the best consultants and coaches in the world. “Million Dollar Maverick” can help you navigate your business challenges, gain influence, and achieve success doing it your way with a little Weiss advice mentoring.
Dr. Maynard Brusman
Consulting Psychologist & Executive Coach
Emotional Intelligence & Mindful Leadership Consultant
It all begins with understanding and believing in yourself but then the application of skills such as influence, critical thinking, resilience, communication and language, and putting the past behind you provides a blueprint for a successful and happy life. Alan's Million Dollar Maverick provides those insights and more.
I started my consultancy work reading Million Dollar Consultant and now this book provides a bit of a bookend to in my own practice library. Knowing Alan, however, he already is cooking up new ideas to challenge each of us to grow into the people we were meant to be. This is a great book to start off with or to continue with in your journey. Whatever it is, pick up your copy and get out your yellow highlighter.