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Steve Siebold is a former professional athlete and national coach. He’s spent the past 27 years studying the thought processes, habits and philosophies of world class performers. Today he helps Fortune 500 companies increase sales through mental toughness training. His clients include Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, and Procter & Gamble. He’s written five books on mental toughness, three of which have become best sellers with over 200,000 copies in print. Steve has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News, FOX Television, The BBC in Europe, NBC Australia and dozens of others. As a professional speaker, Steve ranks among the top 1% of income earners worldwide. In 2011, the National Speakers Association named him chairman of the Million Dollar Speakers Group, a group of NSA members who earn over one million dollars per year in speaking related income.
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: London House Press (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975500384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975500385
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,307,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2012
Steve Siebold's social opinions are broad, but not deep. He flits among topics with the brief attention span of a radio talker, giving few topics more than six pages of large, widely spaced type. The cumulative result resembles a scolding by someone (perhaps my father) who wants people to think about things more deeply. We will recognize deep thought, according to the scolder, when we stop acting so headstrong and agree with the scolder.

Siebold repeatedly asserts he wants people to engage in "critical thinking." Back in my teaching days, this was a shibboleth for the putative traits we wanted to see graduates demonstrate. But for Siebold, as for my educational administrators, this proves less a practice than a mantra. How do we know critical thinking when we see it? By systematic doubt? Socratic questioning? I can't say, and neither can Siebold. We're shooting at a moving target.

Along the way, Siebold addresses a wide array of hot button issues. Sometimes his approach appears superficially conservative, sometimes liberal, so at least he's thought through the topics enough to avoid doctrinaire thinking. But he hasn't thought them through enough to explain them to an engaged third party. Time and again, I finished his short subchapters wondering: "Did he just miss the gaping logical hole that seemed so obvious to me?"

To my mind, Siebold's problem resembles the "Euthyphro dilemma," a problem found in the writings of Plato. Socrates asks Euthyphro for a definition of piety; Euthyphro can only provide an example. Siebold does the same thing here, providing vague examples of critical thinking, which for him always involves agreement with Siebold. Perhaps he thought all the examples would come together into a definition.
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This headline headline comes with all the Pre-Release information about this controversial book. It goes on to warn that this book is not for the easily offended or faint of heart! If you are closed minded please do not buy this book. 'This book was written for open minded, independent, self-reliant, 'free thinking people who have the ability to evaluate evidence and employ 'critical thinking skills to reach rational conclusions on life altering issues.'

And after this rather attention getting marketing device we settle into what Steve Siebold has written as a book that is well paced with the current climate of confusing and at times scurrilous word exchanges, debates, cartoons and other paraphernalia of the race toward November's election antics. While most of us remain disillusioned by attempting to ferret out what is truth and what is hollow campaign rhetoric from both sides Siebold suggests we change our way of thinking `delusionally.' Or in his words, `"Most people are confused when it comes to the hot-button issues because they've bought into the persuasion and misinterpretation of political and religious leaders. If you really want to understand these issues, it's about looking at them through logic-based thinking devoid of emotion.' In other words, stop the Delusional Thing and assume Critical thinking. `When it comes to the most important issues of our time under sex, politics and religion, don't just accept what you're told. Educate yourself enough to push back and punch holes into outdated rituals, dogma and behaviors.'

An example: `DELUSIONAL THINKING says let the Federal Reserve keep printing money to fund wars, create bailouts and spend money like a drunken sailor with absolutely no obligation to pay it back and continuing to increase our national debt.
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Steve Siebold covers a vast area in this book, and some have criticized him for only taking a few pages for each topic. I think these criticisms miss the boat. The author sets forth his opinion on many important issues ranging from the Federal Reserve to Bullying and I did not agree with his opinions in several instances. It seems to me that the object of this book, however, is to raise the questions that we as a nation need to answer if we expect to thrive, or even survive, in the Twenty-First Century. Can we allow our economy to be controlled by an unelected cabal of bankers? Can we afford to pay for medical care for seniors and the poor? Is the Global Warming campaign about the environment, or about money? If we stick to knee jerk reactions and dogma instead of true debate and critical thinking, our nation is doomed. Mr. Siebold does an excellent job of addressing hot-button issues in an interesting manner. This book is well-written and entertaining. You will not like everything you read here, but this book will make you think.
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Very intriguing book that is not for the faint of heart. I am for the most part libratarian but my Christian faith keeps me from being to hard core as I could be. Steve, as I think is writing from a secular point I view and is probably agnostic. That being said he brings up some valid points, especially for people who are judgemental and closed minded. I didn't agree with many of his points but can see why he addresses many of the topics and believe that anyone who reads this book would get value from it.
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