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The Spirituality of Success: Getting Rich With Integrity Paperback – December 20, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Most Americans have "the wrong formula for success," argues Vincent Roazzi, a marketing executive for the Alliance of Affordable Services (a national association of small businesses) in his motivational guide, The Spirituality of Success: Getting Rich with Integrity. Roazzi was appalled several years ago by government studies showing that the vast majority of retired Americans need financial assistance. He now hopes to help readers break the cycle of excuses, guilt and passivity that keeps them from achieving economic security. While short on practical advice, the book offers plenty of inspirational directives to stop daydreaming about the lottery and start planning for the future.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
For the past dozen years Vincent Roazzi has served as the Executive Vice President for Cornerstone, training thousands of sales people while the company underwent great expansion and growth. Roazzi was honored in 1999 by the National Association of Business Leaders with the "Small Business Leader of the Year" award for "your support and mentoring service to American small business." The biggest lesson he teaches comes from his own life experience, and from the heart. He almost didn't survive the perils he placed himself in but now he's here to demonstrate by example what it means to truly be successful.
Roazzi has always lived a challenging life. He could have been a victim of growing up in a rough Brooklyn neighborhood. As a car-stealing gang member, he could have been shot by the police or rival gang members - or been arrested. He survived that. As an adult, he underachieved at Brooklyn College and landed a job in accounting for five years. He went on to help a series of family-owned businesses and then launched his own. Almost twenty years ago he had annual gross revenue in excess of a million dollars. At the time, he thought he had accomplished what he set out to do. But he felt empty. He had made money but something was seriously lacking in his life. That's when his troubles began.
At age 32 he took to a nasty cocaine habit. By 36 his world crashed. All of his vices caught up to him. He was addicted to the bad life: gambling, drugs, booze, and a troubled marriage. He was in debt $100,000 and on welfare -- while his wife and five kids stood by him. Many times he thought suicide was a viable option; other times he lived recklessly as if his life had no meaning. He went into a rehab program, not sure what would become of him.
Roazzi was fortunate enough to seek help and turn his life around. After wandering around in a construction job (he says: "I just needed a no-brainer manual labor job for a while.") for a year he took a sales job at Cornerstone. Within 6 months he became their top salesman and 18 months later rose to the title he holds today. He has earned millions as a salesman and consultant over the last few years and lives a moderately successful life.
As a coveted success trainer for a large corporation, a dynamic and emotionally appealing public speaker, and the revealing author of a new book, THE SPIRITUALITY OF SUCCESS, he has spent the last 12 years helping people to achieve their dreams of success. His success formula, which is revealed in his new book, has been proven successful on the battleground, and in the trenches, of the business world.
In May 1999, the author appeared on a one-hour national PBS telecast entitled "The Drive to Over Achieve. He serves as the Executive Director of Marketing and Development for the Alliance for Affordable Services, a national association of 65,000 small businesses. Roazzi currently writes a regular column for a monthly corporate publication, Wealth Magazine.
Roazzi resides with his family in a suburb outside of Philadelphia, PA.
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Top Customer Reviews
1) His style of instruction is to contradict everything the reader knows about money and getting rich and explain a deeper wisdom. There is a grain of truth in what he explains that goes along with the point he is trying to make in each chapter, but I prefer a methodological discussion of whatever topic he is explaining in each chapter, and were such available they would reaffirm conventional wisdom. So I found it difficult to absorb his lessons.
2). His use of science to make some of the lessons is fanciful and imaginative but again the points are not to be taken literally. There is no connection between how one should think about financial success and physics / time / relativity, etc. It would have been acceptable if he had said, "Here is an analogy..." but instead he claims science makes the point, too. Which isn't true, his use of science is only to provide analogies that help remember the lesson.
3). Though he says he is Christian, he goes rather far astray in the latter chapters of the book, trying to pair his lessons with other religions, too. In fact, in the quotation that heads Chapter 27, he virtually denies the existence of the supernatural. “There are no unnatural or supernatural phenomena, only very large gaps in our knowledge of what is natural--Edgar Mitchell.” Very odd indeed. The book is not to be trusted regarding religion and faith, at all, because of such conflicts in his thinking. Instead, such notions should be understood as trying to relate to readers from diverse backgrounds.
In sum, the book had some good points but should not be understood as giving sound advice. It is merely providing food for thought. Further, while the chapters do support each other, each is pretty much stand-alone so you can read the book piecemeal, here and there, when you have time.
The author does an excellent job of analyzing and discussing success from various perspectives, including a scientific one. I typically do not enjoy reading appendices to books, but I even found the appendix with interviews he did of successful entrepreneurs to be incredibly interesting and beneficial. I think anyone could benefit from this book. It certainly has helped me gain more confidence.