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“We need a book like this. Slowing down to make these changes is indeed the requirement. Some of it may take work, but that’s the point. Simple doesn’t equal easy. Do it.”

— Chris Brogan, President, Human Business Works

“It’s often occurred to me that the most important components of my peace and happiness are actually quite simple. When I start feeling overwhelmed or unbalanced, it’s generally because I’ve complicated things and lost touch with what truly matters. This is precisely why I loved reading David J. Singer’s book Six Simple Rules for a Better Life: it offers practical wisdom by focusing on the simplest of ideas—which we nonetheless forget at times— and includes concrete suggestions to make incremental change across multiple areas of our lives…”

— Lori Deschene, author of Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions and founder of Tiny Buddha

“In a world of bloated books and meaningless essays, David’s Six Simple Rules offers you a gift – Return On Attention.”

— Tim Sanders, author of Today We Are Rich and founder of Net Minds

“If only life came with an instruction manual, we’d all be better off. In lieu of that…David Singer offers his Six Simple Rules for a Better Life…”

— (201) Magazine

“David Singer has written a very full book — full of useful ideas, full of great references to other books, full of personal experiences that reveal immense insight and wisdom, and full of an overall way of understanding how to make life successful, satisfying, and happy in simple, daily ways. So many ‘breakthrough’ books today promise a lot and provide little. David’s book promises a simple approach and delivers much more.”

— Dan Sullivan, President, Strategic Coach

“…Singer is a student of success and happiness. He’s read most of the classics in the self-improvement genre, and he generously shares the best insights from these authors. Reading the book was like taking a short course in having a good life. And to get an A in the course, all I have to do is implement these reminders of good, commonsense advice…”

— Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., author of Conversations with the Wise Uncle

“When it comes to coercing you to drop beloved-but-destructive vices and accept the things you grudgingly acknowledge are good for you (no easy task), David Singer is a master. He is no annoying drill sergeant, and he is no therapist. He’s just some incredibly smart guy who understands you fully because he has done the same exact things he’s advising you to do, and he’s psyched to see you get where you need to be. That makes this book a happy, worthwhile life changer.”

— Robert Edelstein, author of Full Throttle: The Life and Fast Times of NASCAR Legend Curtis Turner.

About the Author

David Singer is super-passionate about changing the world; making it a better place. Like most people, David strives to make his life better. Unlike lots of people, he’s learned to better his life in hundreds of ways while avoiding the stress, frustration and guilt that can follow the failed attempts at making meaningful and lasting change via New Year’s resolutions — we’ve all been there, looking at a largely unchanged list a year later. He wrote Six Simple Rules for a Better Life to help other people make the kind of progress that he and others have made using the game plan and ideas presented in the book. David Singer is the co-founder and CEO of Singer Nelson Charlmers. David lectures for companies and other organizations on Six Simple Rules for a Better Life and writes the Six Simple Rules for a Better Life blog at sixsimplerules.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Six Simple Rules Press (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061549837X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615498379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dennis Coates on April 24, 2012
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A friend whose judgment I trust strongly recommended that I read this book. When it arrived I opened it to the Contents page. I thought, "Only six rules?" Each chapter is devoted to a rule. Chapter 1, Be Happy. The others were equally broad: Be Nice, Be a Leader, Be Organized, Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Healthy...

At first I was skeptical. What could I possibly learn about being happy in a single chapter? What could I learn about being a leader?

Intrigued, I began reading. What I discovered is that Singer is a terrific writer. He communicates in a clear, conversational style that makes it seem as if author and reader are sitting in a living room chatting. He's a great storyteller. Each chapter is packed with stories, and the stories make his points convincingly. I soon realized that Singer isn't trying to break new ground. He's just focusing on the good stuff.

Having finished the first chapter, I thought, "Yes, if I do these things I have a great chance of being happy."

And so it went all the way through the book. Singer is a student of success and happiness. He's read most of the classics in the self-improvement genre, and he generously shares the best insights from these authors. Reading the book was like taking a short course in having a good life. And to get an A in the course, all I have to do is implement these reminders of good, commonsense advice.

The bottom line: Even if you've been reading books like this all your life, you should read this one as well. It brings all that wisdom back into focus and makes it fresh--in the most entertaining way possible.
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i've read other "self-improvement" authors such as steven covey, mark victor hansen, etc. and i've even had the opportunity to learn from and interact with mark victor hansen in a small group setting over a 3-day period but what makes david singer's book and approach different (and better) than the others is this: i found david's "six simple rules" so accessible. i followed his approach and it was quick, easy and FUN to dive right in and to rapidly experience results that generated positive change for me. david's writing style is also excellent--fast-paced, enjoyable to read, easy to comprehend and filled with entertaining personal anecdotes and other stories yet packed with effective, easy-to-implement strategies for living life to the fullest. his unique "life is long" philosophy is a fresh take on staying motivated and left me with a feeling of "yes, i can do this easily right now!". i highly recommend this book (and david's blog and free enewsletter) to anyone looking to get the most out of life.
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Simple ideas are often the most potent precisely because their inherent simplicity makes them more likely to be accomplished. Frequently a great idea so complicated that it gets scheduled for "later", tends to endure as just that, a great idea. By focusing on his 6 simple rules, author David Singer not only presents easily implementable goals to help achieve a smoother and happier life, he also guides the reader, teaching him/her how to achieve those goals. Using Singer's formula is practical and equally simple; readers will learn how to internalize and achieve sound habits while painlessly working them into their everyday routines. The bonus is that his method is applicable to just about any objective.

My experience as a result of reading this book has been very positive. Being a true personification of the desk potato, I have long been an "active" (read: sedentary) member of the corporate workaholics club, firmly planted at my computer screen for extended stretches of time. When I do have free time I usually sit around and read. I am still amazed that after reading this book, I am actually well on my way to making exercise a habit, hardly noticing when the change occurred. My excuses for avoiding physical activity are still present, but they are "simply" fading into insignificance.

I'm glad I read this constructive and enriching book.
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Over the last 10 years I have found myself purchasing one self help book after another. I have known I wanted better control of my life. I wanted to get more from life, and yes I wanted to be happier. I buy the book I settle in for the read and I get motivated, for about 3 chapters and then I get frustrated and lost. Another failed attempt and getting more from life. Why do I get lost? I start with good intentions but then the book asks me to do more than I can, to make major changes that are more than I am able to make. Instead of helping me to improve, these books make me feel like a failure.

Six Simple Rules For a Better Life is different. It lives up to the name, it is simple. This book is filled with common sense recommendations that are already helping me get more from life and reach for goals that I have wanted to achieve for years. The author doesn't bully you to climb a mountain. Instead you are shown an easy path that gently rises to the top of that same mountain. With each step you get closer than you could ever have gotten mountain climbing.

I not only bought and enjoyed this book for myself, but after reading it I bought another copy for a friend. Her response is I can do this. I can change my life for the better. Everybody can learn these simple rules and improve their life.
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