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Don't let the stick figures fool you--The Skinny on Willpower is a funny book that offers up some seriously good information on how to declutter your brain and discipline yourself to achieve your personal and professional goals. Jim Randel will have you laughing and thinking at the same time. A very enjoyable read! --Ken Blanchard, Co-author, The One Minute Manager and The One Minute Entrepreneur

Great Book. Quick read and easy to understand. All you will ever need to know about willpower and self-discipline. --Richard Harrington, Former CEO Thomson Reuters

I have known Jim for 25 years. He not only has amazing mental fortitude and lives the life he preaches, he also has an in-depth knowledge of these subjects and plenty of credibility to write this book. --Dwight Stones, 3-time Olympian, 10-time World Record Holder, Broadcaster

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For many years, I have studied the process of achievement. I have read everything I could find on the subject; I have pestered highly successful friends and acquaintances as to their own path to success; and I have experimented with my own life. Here is what I have concluded: 99% of those individuals who achieve their goals do so not because they are especially talented, intelligent, good-looking or even lucky, but rather because they find the courage and guts to act in pursuit of their dreams and persist against setbacks. One of the reasons I have written The Skinny on Willpower is because I worry that people with dreams have been distracted by authors sending people this message: The Universe is rooting for you. If you ask, put your belief in the Universe and be patient, your wishes will come true. I do not believe that statement. ... if you want good things to happen in your life, you need to get off the couch and make them happen. Whether your goal is to lose weight, make a million dollars, write a best-seller, or become a movie star, you must be prepared to pay the price. Those people who accomplish their dreams are usually distinguished by the strength of their will. You are about to read a book that will help bring you closer to your dreams and goals by giving you insight into the subject of willpower. As Teddy Roosevelt said: With self-discipline, all things are possible.
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Product Details

  • Series: Skinny on
  • Perfect Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Rand Media Co; 1 edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981893538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981893532
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Take a good look at the cover. Now, truly, you've read the whole thing. Reads like a late night infomercial, and even includes a bunch of pitches to log on to the author's website for more tips. I laughed at myself for buying this book and the positive reviews that went with it. Trite and silly, I found it discouraging that an adult would write this book, let alone want to sell it as a real book to adults, and get it published. The author needs to develop his "forebearance" to forgo writing or drawing another book that obviously required zero will-power to put out.
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Although I love the concept of this book, I think the book fell way short of its goal. There was too much "cutsie" and not enough information. The hard information of the book could have been stated in about one sentence: Your level of motivation to stick with something is determined by your level of desire to actually accomplish the goal.

Don't get me wrong, I do love the concept. I just think this was way too light on information.
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Jim Randel has published eight books entitled The Skinny On. All are clever, humorous, and entertaining. All teach vital need-to-know lessons in an informal, non-pedantic, concise, and engaging fashion by generally using drawings of stick people engaged in dialogue. This volume shows how people can improve their will power by self discipline. As in other books in the series, Randel shows how to develop willpower by giving his readers more than a hundred examples and quotes from famous successful people.
The stick figures in this volume, who serve as humorous examples of Randel's teachings, are a married couple. It is New Years and the husband wants to lose ten pounds. But how can he develop the discipline to do it when he loves to eat fattening foods such as marshmallows? How can he make sure that he will exercise? How can he control himself not to go overboard, eat too little or over-exercise? What should he do when he slips up and overeats or becomes distracted from his goals because of stress at work?
The wife wants to start a business, but she has to do several things before she can start, such as write up a plan for the bank so that the bank will lend her money. But she never did such a thing before and feels stymied. How can she develop the discipline to move ahead?
Among fifteen points and Randel suggests and explains are: set for yourself a clear, concrete, specific goal; divide the goal into manageable parts; and become totally committed.
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This book is unprofessional and childish. In the market for literature on Self Discipline, this had the highest user ratings, so I gave it a try. I did not expect, however, a children's book. Half of the book is full of stick-figure images and there is a bad joke at least every other page. Perhaps this book would be valuable for a child or ultra-light reader but not so much for anyone who is looking for a comprehensive analysis of self-discipline. It is pseudoscientific, awkward, and poorly researched. Here is an example of an absurd lesson from the book:

"P.S. 'Desserts' spelled backwards is: 'stressed.'"

If that is the sort of humor or information of your intellectual level, then this book is for you. However, if you are a well-read intellectual and critical thinker, this book will fail to challenge you and do nothing but waste your time and money. It is the lightest of light reading.
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I am what many would consider a classical cynic. I look at every event and consider and apply the worst possible outcome. I usually avoid doing things I've always wanted to do because I think it will be hard, or there will be a negative or undesirable outcome. One thing I will say from the offset is that, I realise how much I've been holding myself back. When I finished this book, I was literally overcome with goosebumps at how simple it all seems to turn things around for the better and to put it in one simple phrase; it just involves a positive mental attitude. I feel like I've been inspired to make a change instantly, but I know that if I just jump right in there, then I've not learned much from this.

Running through 15 tips on how to improve your willpower, this book adopts a casual and comic approach as to how YOU can improve YOUR willpower and ultimately achieve the things you have always wanted. It doesn't sugar-coat events or possibilities with the idea that the minute you adopt the positive mental attitude, everything will change for the better. It promotes the idea that gradually and consistently moving towards your goals is much better than thinking what if, even if you're faced with difficulties. Although I'm naturally quite a cynical person, due to my disability, I've developed a personal saying which is "Whenever there's an obstacle, there's always a way to overcome it"; and I do truly believe that. My problem is usually not being that bothered to work hard enough to do it.

Consider the old Homer Simpson saying "if something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing".
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