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Success Bound: Breaking Free of Mediocrity Paperback – September 30, 2001
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"I've read nearly every book about success and let me tell you, that reading this book is a must." -- Peter Lowe, Host and Editor, "Peter Lowe's Success Talk"
"Randy Gilbert has captured the essence of appropriating an abundant life in SUCCESS BOUND. I highly recommend everyone read it." -- John C. Maxwell, author of "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership - Follow Them and People Will Follow You"
This is a wonderful book. It's full of tremendous insights, practical methods and techniques, and proven strategies. -- Brian Tracy, author of "The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success"
About the Author
Randy Gilbert (a.k.a. Dr. Proactive) is an authority on the techniques of proactive thinking, of which he now writes, speaks, and consults. As a Proactive Success Coach he teaches people how to think proactively in order to achieve their desired level of personal success and abundance. He is a delightful and entertaining speaker who knows how to motivate an audience to believe, and then practice, proactive thinking.
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I do not want to suggest saying Mr.Gilbert isn't sincere and heartfelt in his work, he seems genuine in his beliefs. But after looking over his websites I think its his goal to become a self-help guru. He's chosen the moniker of "Dr. Proactive" as though he has years of helping people. Between this book and his website, it just seems like self-promotion.
I'm sorry Mr. Gilbert, but there's no substance here in this book. Nothing anyone hasn't read many times before. Maybe I'm too cynical, but having read enough books like this, and having wasted enough time and money on these books, I've come to realize one thing - 90% of these type of books are nothing more than rah-rah, go-get-'em speeches covering 200 pages. Most of them featuring nothing that would really make a big difference in someone's life. This deluge of self-help and personal-coaching books are a waste of your time and money.
I recommend five books in this vein as being all you need,
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
- Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
- Life Matters, by Phil McGraw
- Self Matters, by Phil McGraw and
- How Could You Do That?, by Laura Schlessinger
The first two are tried and true classics of self help, that most all the rah-rah books being published today are based on, and that last three are books that will have you take a good hard look at yourself and why you do the things you do or don't do what you should. Without that foundation, no one can change much, that is where personal change and growth must start.
Sorry to be so rough on you Randy, but that's how I see it.
Gilbert carefully organizes his 21 strategies within four Parts: Rainbows After the Rain (i.e. viewing "failure" within an appropriate context from the right perspective), Wisdom for Young and Old (i.e. leveraging knowledge from failure to gain wisdom), Shatter the Glass Ceiling (i.e. replacing a fear of failure with an appreciation of benefits to be derived from what it reveals), and Free to Live and Love (i.e. how to "fail in love" and thereby nourish an "active faith"). I hope my parenthetical i.e. comments do not incorrectly suggest that Gilbert advocates a soft-headed, "feel good," "You can do it!" approach. On the contrary, make no mistake bout it, he fully understands how difficult it is to overcome negativism and despair with positive, affirmative values. As he candidly acknowledges in this book, it took him years to do so. His own journey to success continues. His life remains a "work in progress," as is everyone else's.
Throughout the book, Gilbert includes dozens of especially relevant quotations (from diverse sources as Thomas Edison, S.I. Hayakawa, Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, Robert Allen, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Benjamin Franklin) which help to illustrate as well as support the key ideas with which he concludes each chapter. Some readers may be uncomfortable with Gilbert's frequent references to basic tenets of his Christian faith. Frankly, I commend him for sharing them. His purpose is to place proper emphasis on spiritual values whatever each reader's religious faith (if any) may be. Those captive to mediocrity tend to be self-preoccupied and frequently view themselves as victims of forces over which they have little (if any) control. Connors, Smith, and Hickman have much of value to say about this in The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability. One of the most important assertions in this book is that each person not only can but should determine what her or his purpose in life is. Gilbert is totally convinced that each of us "is meant to succeed in life. It is our destiny." He goes on to quote Thoreau: "Men are born to succeed, not to fail." Gilbert is thoroughly convinced that success is a human birthright. It remains for each person to decide what to do with that birthright.
It is possible but unlikely that every person who reads this book will immediately embark on a journey to fulfill her or his human potential but several will. Some will then become discouraged because of a fear of failure, others because of a fear of success. The strategies which Gilbert shares obviously offer no guarantee of success but they do provide valuable perspectives on human nature which, I am convinced, will help many people to free themselves from self-imposed limits, to become more forgiving of themselves and therefore of others, to turn at least some stumbling blocks into stepping stones, to solve at least some problems, to overcome at least some obstacles, and to achieve at least some goals. Gilbert would be the first to insist that his own "journey" is still underway. Problems and obstacles await him as he proceeds.
There is no "right time" for anyone to embark on such a journey except now, this moment. That is a commitment only each of us can make. To those who have already embarked on that "journey," I join with Gilbert in wishing them bon voyage!
God bless every reader and the author!