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Think Like a Black Belt Paperback – January 15, 2010
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A case could be made that there is nothing "New" in this book; that would be missing the point. Have you achieved your business and personal goals? If not, there is a blueprint here along with some very direct coaching. Ultimately there is little difference between what is required to achieve a black belt and achieving business and personal success.
The last belt before the black belt is the green belt. Guess what? Before you take the green belt you must commit to seek the black belt. In other words, you can't commit to achieving less than your full potential; you must define your ultimate goal in detail and commit to it or find something else worthy of your commitment.
This book could use some editing and is occasionally repetitious, but the black belt model can take you from where you are to where you want to go-particularly if you have been on the road awhile.
In this book, Jim Bouchard shares what he's learned first-hand as a martial artist for nearly 25 years. He takes the concepts he's taught as a Master Instructor and leads you through the process of achieving your Black Belt in your chosen endeavor.
Jim has organized the material in this book so it's simple to follow and digest. There are three major areas, each with three components:
Perfection - excellence, discipline and focus
Confidence - power, perseverance and mastery
Leadership - wisdom, courage and compassion
Throughout the book, Jim shares stories about his experiences that you'll find humorous, touching and inspiring ... in some cases, all at the same time!
When you read Think Like a Black Belt, you'll see quickly that Jim is the real deal. He doesn't pull any punches. He's a master at demonstrating that it's "simple, not easy" to be a big success!
It gives "Live in the moment" a little more understanding or explanation.
What I found most useful was the message that just as we are predominately the cause of our setbacks and unhappiness, we can just as easily cause our successes and happiness. When we realize that we don't need other people and can fully learn to rely on ourselves, the world will open up with infinite possibilities.
Jim has a very conversational way of writing so it isn't like reading a book! (Thank God!) One chapter is on focus (in the perfection section)-and I DO have a hard time focusing... but this book takes that pain away... I couldn't put it down!!!
The progression of skill sets and mind/heart sets was in a different sequence and differently organized than you may think and looking back-it was more natural. The skills and information built on one another-and you had real reasons as to how and why these applications would work ... I would expect this from some Martial Arts Masters-but not all - Jim just gets it.
You can take your life from complete disrepair to complete success by following the simple, but not easy set of instructions.
I wish all junior high kids had to read this to get them thinking about how to tackle and succeed in life. I know a book like this can really help people who feel helpless, turn lives around that are spiraling downward - but make NO bones about it - this isn't a feel good book that says the universe is going to bring you your dreams - no - you dream it and take action to achieve it. Jim opens his life and his disappointments to the world and shows how he got out.
If you are torn between 2 books..... read this one first....
If you're like me and only read a book once and file it... this is the exception to the rule... I will absolutely read this book at least two more times....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I became aware of Jim Bouchard's martial arts-based leadership training through a friend, in 2010. Since then, I've become more and more impressed with his work each time I read... Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by Amazon Customer
As a martial arts fan, and current neophyte to the practice of ju jitsu, I totally appreciate this book's black belt metaphorical application to business and career... Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by Ken Lizotte CMC, author of 'The Expert's Edge' (McGraw-Hill)
If you want to learn about taking action in your life, get this book.
If you want to understand what it takes to achieve excellence, buy this book. Read more
I loved this book, motivation is something I need as we come to the end of the year. I need to set goals and get ready for something new. I added my favorite quotes. Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by Book Him Danno
I've read hundreds of personal development books over the years. Jim's "Think Life A Black Belt" is the first book I've found that literally says it all. Read morePublished on July 23, 2010 by Robert Monteux
"Think Like a Black Belt" is so refreshing. Success does not come from gimmicks, schemes or luck. It comes from focus and hard work. Read morePublished on July 22, 2010 by Susan H. deGrandpre
'Think Like a Black Belt' silences the inner voice of self-doubt and provides you with the confidence, wisdom and tools to know that you can handle yourself in any situation. Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by William Patterson