- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: BenBella Books; 1 edition (August 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781936661718
- ISBN-13: 978-1936661718
- ASIN: 1936661713
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 156 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trevor Blake has provided a clear and concise road map for those of us who believe we were born to make a difference but needed help getting started. The empowering and inspirational message will change your life. ... It did mine! Three Simple Steps is a guidebook that you will use regularly.”
Debbie Knight, President & CEO, DK Innovative
Three Simple Steps is a magnificent, genuine guide that revives the American Dream. Each compelling chapter is a formidable footprint of the author's and reader's journey together toward success and hope in these trying economic times.”
Li-Xi Yang, MD, PhD, Director of Research, California Pacific Medical Center
"Finally, a book about how to succeed by an author who has actually achieved something before writing about it! I have worked with many aspiring entrepreneurs over the years, and they would all benefit from reading and learning to live Three Simple Steps. I wish I had been given the opportunity to internalize these important lessons earlier in my own career."
Drew A. Graham, Managing Partner, Ballast Point Ventures
Three Simple Steps demonstrates how to be successful where others miss the mark. ... Learn how to free your own potential, how to champion your mentality, physicality and spirituality, and, ultimately, how to turn these attributes into your own triumph.”
Deborah E. Cool, PhD, CEO, Calidris Therapeutics, Inc.
Trevor showed me early on in my career to keep things simple. I've watched him build two successful companies from his home. He is a man who cares and knows how to do great things with the simplest of plans. Three Simple Steps is sure to help us all gain greater business success and keep in perspective the things that matter most to us.”
Jennifer Olsen, President & CEO, Resourceful HR LLC
"One of the best experiences in my career was working for Trevor Blake. The ability to inspire one to achieve comes not through sharing a philosophy, but by sharing and imparting a belief in your success, and the steps to get there. Trevor did that for me. I continue to carry that belief throughout my varied career as a business executive, singer, and mother, and this book is a reminder that no matter what the barriers, you can achieve your own definition of greatness."
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"This book bucks the self-help-book trends of bullets, charts, grids and web links, trading them for elegant, powerful truths about what it takes to create a prosperous, happy life -- at home and at work.
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"Offers sound advice and clear steps that could be applied to one’s own life."
Lani Relucio, Examiner.com
I've read dozens of personal fixer-upper tomes by business gurus and New Age self-helpers, but this one is different in one important way: Blake actually followed his own three simple steps to get to where he is today—a happily married multimillionaire businessman and philanthropist. Finally, a self-help author who's done more than write self-help books!”
About the Author
Prior to this, Blake was VP Commercial Development at Ceptyr and Director Commercial Development at Orphan Medical. He has worked in the UK, Europe, and the USA with companies such as Lipha, 3M, and Biogen and has won many industry awards, including marketing professional of the year.
He has an MBA from Durham University (UK), and was a graduate of Britannia Royal Naval College (UK).
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Even without the self-help component, the book makes for a fascinating read: Trevor's impoverished childhood in England, with the bullying he endured; his quest to enter England's top military school against all odds; anecdotes from his time as a soldier; his romance with an equally determined young woman; his unlikely early business success; the dream of moving to America; and his subsequent entrepreneurial ventures. Most poignant are the accounts of his mother Audrey, which are alone inspiring enough to be worth the book's purchase price.
However, it is as a work of self-help that I'm recommending this book. First of all, I like its simplicity. The three steps are, in fact, simple. Basically:
1. Think in terms of what you want, not what you don't. Corollary: avoid negative people and media.
2. Take at least 20 min a day of quiet time. This is a daily meditative practice to clear your mind and focus on the void, because the void is the wellspring of all creation.
3. Formulate what you want in life in terms of intentions, not goals: "An intention is a goal but with all doubt about its attainment removed." In other words, assume the feeling of your goal already attained.
This stuff is simple but far from simplistic. In fact, each of the three practices has precedents in ancient wisdom, from Taoism to Buddhism to American Transcendentalism. Although Trevor doesn't reference those traditions, this is stuff that's been around for thousands of years. He does reference contemporary science to back up many of his recommendations, especially on avoiding negativity, which I appreciate.
Second, Trevor has demonstrated real, reproducible business success with his techniques. He makes a salient point that most self-help authors dispensing advice on success weren't successful businessmen themselves (Napoleon Hill being a glaring case in point). There's a certain amount of credibility that comes with being a serial entrepreneur with consistently respectable results, and Trevor has that.
Third, the book just has the ring of truth to it -- a certain mystical, alchemical quality which is hard to define. It just seems to resonate with the structure of experience: 'Y'know, come to think of it, the times when I've been successful, that was what I did.' Thus far, you had been doing it unconsciously and accidentally. I'm grateful to Trevor for making that structure explicit so we can follow it deliberately. I just finished re-reading the book, and I'm looking forward to reporting back on the fruits the implementation of its ideas will bear.
-- Ali Binazir MD, author of The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible, the highest-rated dating self-help book on Amazon
Because of this, I was able to make much more sense of the 3 simple steps. But I'll digress from going much into what the three simple steps are, as the author quickly goes into them anyway. They are also very simple in practice. One of the important points Blake talks about is setting intentions versus goals. Many of us set goals. But Blake set intentions, assuming that his intention is already fulfilled by visualizing his life as if he already has it. It's based on the premise that you have to first be willing to see yourself living the life you really want before you can finally see it in the real world. Then you work backwards from what you really want and already got in your head. The working backwards helps you figure out different ways to actually get what you want.
To see someone actually become successful by implementing these principals lend much more credence to the practice. My goal in studying to become successful is quite simple: I find people closest to what I want to become. I model myself after them. I study daily. I do exactly what they say.
And I am now doing exactly what is spelled out in the Three Simple Steps.
What enhanced the book to the nth degree is the course, The Physics of Success, that I took upon completion of the book. In the course, Trevor explains the actual physics of how the mind works.
The steps sound easy enough. The first step is Mentality Control, the most important step. The author warns that we must consider words as magic bullets that carry the power to create or destroy. As Mother Teresa said, "I am not against war. I am for peace." This subtle change can change our worlds. Avoid words such as "cannot" or "hate."
Avoid complainers as they motivate us to join them. Nothing unites people more closely than a common dislike. Negativity equals stress which increases the production of cortisol which negatively impacts the brain. These conditions increase the rate of cell death in the hippocampus area of the brain.
My "take" from the first step is to vigilantly avoid negativity in any form--people, programs, news, anything over which I have no control. It is human nature to vent when someone or something annoys us, and the venting brings the situation to the forefront of our minds, causing stress.
The second step is "Taking Quiet Time," e.g., meditation. Blake's explanation of the effect of quiet time on the brain motivates me to never miss a session.
The third step is Intentions--write out what you want in life, read it every day, and rewrite it every day, right after quiet time.
The three steps are timeless. What makes the book so special is Trevor's ability to weave stories between steps in a personal, meaningful way. The stories are his. He came from extreme poverty, witnessed his mother's ability to last far longer than anyone expected with her illness, read autobiographies of famous, "successful" people which motivated him to rise above poverty, start and sell businesses (one he sold for over $105 million), and now share his knowledge with the world.
He refined the three basic principles so people everywhere could benefit from what he has learned. All of his profits go to cancer research! He does this out of the goodness of his heart, so others can live the lives they desire.
To read feedback from the course, go to ThePhysicsofSuccess.net.
Can you tell how impressed I am with Three Simple Steps? I highly recommend the book and the course.