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About the Author

Willie Jolley is America's leading motivational speaker/singer combination! He is an award-winning speaker, singer, bestselling author and media personality. He is the creator of "InspirTainment Plus" and the president of the Jolley Leadership Training and Development Institute. The JLTD Insititute works with organizations that want to rapidly accelerate growth and create top performers! Mr. Jolley speaks worldwide for corporations, trade associations, conventions and churches. He is also the founder of Try Love Inc., which is a youth leadership development organization which focuses on drug and violence prevention and academic excellence for young people.

Willie Jolley is the author of the international bestseller It Only Takes A Minute to Change Your Life!, which has been translated into several languages, and has recorded numerous audio, video and music albums which capture his unique motivational style. He is a guest columnist with Black Enterprise Magazine and numerous other publications. Mr. Jolley hosts the syndicated radio show, "The Magnificent Motivational Minute," and the national television show, "It Only Takes a Minute," which can be seen on the Success Channel and PBS. Mr. Jolley is the recipient of many awards, including the designation of Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speakers Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors for NSA. He resides in Washington D.C. with his family.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (September 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312267738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312267735
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 170,000 members of Toastmasters International recently named Willie Jolley the top motivational/inspirational speaker for 1999 and one of the top 5 top speakers in the world! Now, without a doubt, I know WHY. This book is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. Anyone who has ever faced disappointments or been discouraged by setbacks will be inspired to "keep on keeping on," after they read "A Setback is a Setup for a Comeback." I bought this book in paperback, but I'm also going to buy it in hardcover so that I can pass it on to my kids.
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If you are ever stuck in Life from a setback, this book is for you. What makes it special? It's packed full of quotes and thought-provoking stories that will stay in your mind long before you finish the book! My personal self-esteem has gone up, and the way he wrote the book makes you feel like he's talking to you and only you. You feel like you are having a conversation with him in person. My concentration span is very bad but this book was so funny and enlightening that I didn't want to put it down. I take it with me to read on the bus, between my breaks at work and before my classes. What I like best is that he makes you feel like you can do anything. It gives hope and encouragement to help you get over anything you've dealt with in the past or any changes you are dealing with now. This will be a winner with teens, and adults and it's principles can inspire even little kids. I'd recommend this one to anyone who wants to have the courage to change their lives for the better. How long does it take to see results? One minute. Everyone can spare one minute. Remember, when you do something positive for yourself, you are really INVESTING in yourself. This book will certainly be a huge investment to be read and enjoyed again and again.
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This is the first book I've read by Willie Jolley and it will be the last. If "A Setback is a Setup for a Comeback" didn't repeat passages and themes from his previous book, it would be 40% smaller. If you take away the stories from other motivational & self-help authors that Jolley repeats in this book, take away another 30%. And if you take away every time he mentions the title in the book (repeated almost as a mantra), take away another 5%.
Cliches abound. Like my title for this review tries to convey, you just start shaking your head after reading a certain amountt and wonder if Jolley can write a page without a cliche or "snappy" saying.
To be fair, I did take some good things away from the book. And if he happens to highlight an approach to a life turnaround for you, then it's worth every penny.
So it gets 3 stars. Some good advice for me, but almost to the point of putting the book down for the reasons above.
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Didn't know what to expect, and although the author seemed a bit repetitive in the beginning, it turned out to be a helpful book Learned to look at situations in a new way. Good read.

(Side note: I have read a lot of self-help type books, so I rarely buy these any more since they all can be so much of the same recycled message, but I thought this book had a new way at looking at life's little speed bumps.)
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I have learned a lot from this book. I will be getting a few extra books to give to my families as an inspirational gift. A setback is a bend in the road, but its not the end of the road. Its setup for a comeback depending on how you allow the circumstances to teach you. The (VDAD)Vision, Decision, Action, and Desire is a great concept that helps you keep things in perspective. Willie Jolley was right, ut only takes a minute to change your life because Im a work in progress. I love this book!!!
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This is a very interesting and motivating book. It shows that no matter what we encounter in life we can get up and make a comeback. The author did a great job and he showed me by his own experience that it can be done.
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Before i reveal my thoughts about this book let me inform the public that i was never much a reader and never believed i needed motivation. There come moments in every individuals life where we experience setbacks that determine whether an individual fails or succeeds. I experienced many struggles in my life where those setbacks controlled my emotions and the way my daily routine went about. While reading this book i reminisced about the struggles in the past and what was done to live through them. I had friends, family and fellow associates by my side to guide me through those struggles. 'A Setback Is a Setup for a Comeback' is one of the most fascinating motivational stories ever written. Willie Jolley, uses the most difficult experiences in his life to motivate and become the symbol of hope that many people believe truly doesn't exist. From being fired from his nightclub job to eventually being a best selling author/motivational speaker this man touches all in every possible way. After reading this book it's created a new way of thinking and self-confidence that allows me to believe that nothing is impossible and that a setback is truly a setup for a comeback.
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I first came across this book in the public library, and read it, because I experienced numerous personal setbacks. I found the book an easy, yet highly motivating read, which gave me simple tools to reexamine my faith, my goals and my confidence level, and why I am feeling the way I did. I am happy to say, I've experienced personal and professional comebacks, and this book was a tool for getting there.
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