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I wish I could give it 5 stars
on August 17, 2010
Can you picture Muhammad Ali taking notes at a Tony Robbins seminar?
99% of self help books and websites are useless. Why? Because they don't teach you HOW TO THINK. All they do is give you exercises and tactics for accomplishing things. The funny thing is that none of the great achievers ever used any of these tactics, they just think different.
Many self improvement gurus try to come up with theories and philosophies about how to live life and be fulfilled. These are completely useless because 1) they are not based on science, 2) they are not practical, and 3) great people like Michael Jordan and Richard Branson never followed any system or theory like that.
This book tries to explain the way successful people think. These people do not sit down and write a list of goals they want to achieve in 30 days. They do not use NLP techniques. They do not plan ahead. They do not worry about the probability of failure. They are not realistic. They are not results oriented. They do not strive for perfection.
These people are irrationally confident in themselves. Deep down they really believe in themselves and they know that they will accomplish what they want NO MATTER WHAT. They have dreams, not goals, and they enjoy pursuing their dreams. They live in their own little world. Failures and criticism do not affect them.
The main lessons I got from this book are:
- The Trusting Mindset.
- Pressure and stress improve performance.
- Anxiety is a cognitive misinterpretation of stress and the fight/flight response.
- Confidence comes before success.
- Focusing on goals is counterproductive. CHASE A DREAM instead of setting goals.
- Successful people do not follow systems or formulas. They are extremely unrealistic and irrationally confident. They focus on POSSIBILITIES, not probabilities.
The reason I don't give this book 5 stars is because the author is not a very good teacher. After reading Your Brain at Work by David Rock (probably the greatest book there is on productivity at work) I found this book to be very boring. The author tries too hard to illustrate his points with the use stories. There are just too many stories in it and overall the book is kinda messy. I had to skip several pages because of this.
I also didn't like the second part at all. I didn't find it very practical and in my opinion this book could've ended at page 125 without losing any effect.
I will apply the teachings of this book and will let you guys know, 2-3 years from now, if it really changed my life or not.