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  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Juxtabook Digital Marketing; 1st edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940498007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940498003
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is outstanding. The concepts that Hyrum Smith teaches are deeply simple. Hyrum's personal stories are captivating and entertaining while each new principle provides a moment where you realize just how genius his model really is. The timeless principles of The Reality Model are more relevant in 2013 than ever before.

I learned these principles the first time from Hyrum in the late 80's and have continued to study and apply them over the years since then. They helped me in college and have continued to help me in church, in work, and in my family. Today, as an executive with an Internet and telephone company, I daily have to analyze the actions of others to determine why they make certain choices. The Power of Perception has helped to remind me that our actions (mine and everyone else's) are all based on our perception of the world around us and any time we want to help facilitate change in ourselves or others we have to start by analyzing that perception.

Want to be a better manager? Read the Power of Perception.

Want to be a better spouse? Read the Power of Perception.

Want to be a better parent? Read the Power of Perception.

Want to be a better friend, sibling, cousin, co-worker, or whatever else? Read the Power of Perception.
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I couldn't put it down! I downloaded it in the morning, started reading it right away (thinking I'd finish it later, but just wanted a taste), and an hour later finished it--taking notes along the way! I plan to teach the Reality Model to my family so that they can benefit from it also. What a great way to structuralize behavior and behavioral change in a meaningful way. Thanks for the great read. I'll be using these principles to evaluate my own behavioral patterns for a long time to come.
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As the author himself points out, there is nothing new here. However, everybody experiences the world and expresses their understanding a bit differently and that alone can often be insightful, as it is here.

This short book presents a simple model for troubleshooting beliefs that are not getting you the results you want or may lead to results you don't want. The book is very concise and Smith shows you how the model works through examples. I think he does a good job of giving you something that you can start using immediately.

Also, I found numerous good insights and turns of phrase along the way that helped refine the way I think about certain things. These stand on their own, outside the context of the book, and I found enough that they stuck in my mind as something worth mentioning.

My only real complaint is that I didn't like the metaphor of the Belief Window---it seems clunky. In fact, I'm not a fan of the different shapes he uses to explain his model at all. Although the model is already simple, it could be made simpler still if it was represented differently. However, it seems like Smith has been using it a long time and it has been getting results, so who am I to argue with it. I'm not going to gripe too loudly about getting great coffee in a tacky mug. You can always recast the metaphor to something that works better for you (which may be a great way to internalize it and own it for yourself anyway).

The book was a good purchase and I'll likely check out the author's other books.
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What's the old adage..."everything old is new again". 100% of this book was contained on the cassette audio tapes I purchased from the Franklin Institute in the early 90's. It is still relevant today, and since I no longer have a cassette player that works, I am happy to have this now in a e-reader format. Hyrum is an incredibly inspirational speaker and writer, and his message has had more of an impact on my professional and personal life than any other person. Glad I was tuned in to your teachings over 20 years ago...I can testify to the difference it has made for me personally.
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This is an excellent book. I'm not an avid reader but I couldn't put The Power of Perception down until I was done reading it. The Reality Model is clear to understand and apply to everyday life. I'm a full time wife and stay at home mother, I'm always looking for ways and opportunities to learn and grow as an individual. After reading this book it didn't take long to apply what I'd learned into my marriage and child rearing, I've gone from reacting to focusing on what we see thru our Belief Window and how we can change it. It's amazing how Mr. H.W. Smith has the ability to connect with multimillion dollar executives to stay at home parents and everyone in between. Read this book, you'll be glad you did.
-Mrs. S.H. Renico
p.s. The book 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management by Mr. H.W. Smith is excellent, too.
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A method for measuring one against one's own self. Hyrum's book reads in the manner of Aesop's Fables or the Iliad. Why do I write that? For only two reasons, it gives me importance to have read a book that is on the level of the classics, and the need to love, because he writes like a crazy friend.

...I love this book (That is probably why Hyrum wrote this book). He clearly states why he was excommunicated from the church. He created the principles that form this book. He named the project Galileo, and relates his shared fate with the astronomer. Galileo and Hyrum were both able to prove themselves virtuous in the eyes of their respective religious organizations.

I am studying personality type as well. Hyrum is an ENFP. He wrote this book so anyone could read it. Follow his instructions and have a pen and a highlighter. It may help to rephrase a few things he says more logically and down-to-earth. If you feel like changing it, read it again, that usually means there are a bunch of things he means you to pick up on.

The "Power of Perception" is about being able to process what's going on around you. It is a philosophy on organizing the state of being, and is written with some of the neatest examples you will find. Some people may find different terms useful, but anyone who reads this book as a subject will benefit. What type of person will determine where you go and how long it takes to get there.
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