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The Power of Focus: What the World's Greatest Achievers Know about The Secret to Financial Freedom & Success Paperback – March 1, 2000

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Canfield and coauthors Mark Hansen and Les Hewitt recommend that we concentrate on our strengths, set goals, and focus on them. Canfield and Hansen created the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which now has 27 titles and has sold 47.5 million copies. They have added new ingredients to their pot; their mix now includes a weekly television show, electronic games, and even refrigerator magnets. All the while, though, their basic stock has remained the same: inspirational, heartwarming, and homey stories that make people feel good. Now they detail 10 "focusing strategies" they say they used to get their first books published and to build on their success. The authors include new stories and their own personal anecdotes to show the importance of having successful habits, creating balance, maintaining confidence, building excellent relationships, etc. David Rouse


"The revised special 10th Anniversary Edition of the highly influential The Power of Focus packs enough power to permit anyone to pluck out a proven effective plan that will overcome any obstacle. That's quite a statement to make, but more than 600,000 people around the world have been captivated by the simple, practical, and profound strategies contained in the original bestseller. Now a decade later, authors Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt have joined forces to update this enduring classic in a magnificent way that's relevant to today.

The front and back covers are mere handles that envelope a tool of great power. The book guides you through action plans that are isolated into 11 highly detailed chapters that focus with laser-like intensity on the specific steps to take to achieve your goals, and the authors provide fill-in-the-blank pages for you to tailor the plans to fit your specific circumstances. Accompanying each chapter are eloquent real life testimonies from people that encountered the same difficulties as you, but overcame the challenges with these proven effective measures. Fill your sails with new wind, chart a new course to follow, and unearth the inspiration you need to persevere no matter what the problem. Your success is assured.

Readers cannot complete the book without becoming galvanized into forceful action. You are promised that achievement looms just ahead, but beware―readers usually find their outlook transformed into one of expectancy, as if their victory over difficulties and triumph over adversity floats toward them like a message in a bottle tossed in a turbulent sea yet coming straight at them. That transformation from despondency to expectancy is the golden nugget at the core of the book. Dig in and find yours."

--David W. Menefee /Bookpleasures.com


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558747524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558747524
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I consider this book as the best self-help book which is actaually useful for me. Most self-help books use Top-down approach. You first set up the goals in your life, and solve the problem of how you may achieve them. While this works most of the time in building software, I do not think that it does in real life. Also, software engineers are trained to design software using top down approach. On the other hand, normal beings like us are not trained to construct our lives in top down approach. I am not saying that this approach is not good. It may work for highly motivated and well deciplined people.
The book, Power of Focus, uses bottom up approach. So, the small things, concrete, do-able things first. The authors tell us to find out our bad habits, and change them one by one. Their stories were so convincing that it looked so easy. And it was really easy. One problem I had with other books' top down approach was that I didn't feel comfortable in setting or writing down so-called "great ambitions". But I felt very comfortable with this book's bottom up approach.
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I expected to read something that just taught me how to get more focused and thus perform better on a specific task. Instead I read a life improvement book with good stories (many drawn from Chicken Soup of the Soul books), wise sayings, well organised action plans and interesting comics presented in the strategic steps/order/chapter preached by the authors as follows:-

1. Your habits will determine your future

2. It's not hocus-pocus. It's all about focus

3. Do you see the big picture?

4. Building excellent relationships

5. The confidence factor

6. Ask for what you want

7. Consistent persistence

8. Taking decisive action

9. Living on purpose

You might think this is just a normal self help book. Well, it is. As the devil is in the details, so is the angel. With the authors' outstanding writing and story telling skills shown by the Chicken Soup series, in case you want to read a compleat self help book, you will be satisfied.

Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.

Quality is not an act. It is a habit. pg 11

Remember if you want a different result, do something different. pg 95

The one thing that separates winners from losers is, winners take action. - Anthony Robbins pg 100

There are essentially two things that will make you wiser - The books you read and the people you meet. - Charles T Jones pg 101

If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask. - W. Clement Stone pg 185

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into the nest. pg 260

I'm not here just to make a living. I'm here to make a difference. - Helice Bridges pg 282
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Long ago when I was a child, I purchased a large box of Crackerjacks and the prize within was a small plastic magnifying glass. I recall using it to burn holes in leaves which demonstrated the power of focus. I thought about that as I read this book. Here is one of its core concepts: "Negative habits breed negative consequences. Successful habits create positive rewards." I agree. However, as the authors fully understand, replacing negative habits with successful habits is very difficult. A sincere and sustained commitment is imperative. However, as the authors of this volume correctly point out, something else is also needed: focus. "You must invest most of your time every week doing what you do best, and let others do what they do best....When you focus most of your time and energy doing the brilliant things you are truly brilliant at, you eventually reap big rewards." Within organizations, this is the essence of alignment: getting the right people in the right places, doing what they do best to achieve whatever the organization's goals may be.
Canfield, Hansen, and Hewitt recommend and then explain ten different strategies to develop and sustain successful habits, focus on strengths, see "The Big Picture," balance career with personal life, build excellent relationships with others, eliminate (or at least significantly reduce) fear and anxiety, ask for what you want (the authors provide a seven-point system to achieve prosperity), sustain consistent persistence, take decisive and appropriate action, and finally, how to simplify one's life without compromising one's purposes. A set of specific "Action Steps" is provided at the end of each chapter.
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I looked thru a few of the reviews about this book and I have to laugh at the review that said this information is for Homer Simpson and that anyone over the age of 10 should have figured it out.

I must ask if it's so obvious, why do most people waste time working at jobs they hate, just to pay the bills, living a life of wasted talent and never come close to becoming rich or even more important happiness? If success is so obvious, why do most of us not take the necessary tasks?

This book is in my top 5 of over about 280 personal development books I have read. I will agree that the topics are very simple, but extremely effective. We are all blessed with the same number of hours in a day. The ONLY way you will become happy and successful is if you learn to manage your habits, time, and money.

Most of us waste many hours of the day doing meaningless tasks. Do you think your doctor would want to mop the floors? NO WAY. Why is it then that most of us feel as if we have to be a jack of all trades and master none? This book talks of specialization and how to make the most of this one time shot called life.

This book makes sense of how to get down to the core of self-development which is how to change your habits, which will in turn change your life.

If I had to recommend 2 books to anyone, the first would be this and the second would be The Master Key to Riches by Napoleon Hill.
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