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What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful Hardcover – January 9, 2007
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- Lexile measure : 950L
- Item Weight : 1.02 pounds
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401301309
- ISBN-10 : 9781401301309
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 0.88 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : Hachette Books; Revised ed. edition (January 9, 2007)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1401301304
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a corollary, I also felt the author perceived the world with a "cop's fallacy". Police officers sometimes assume everyone in a certain neighborhood or of a certain demographic is scum, because they are only called in to deal with crime, so most people they deal with in that neighborhood or demographic are criminals. Much in the same way, Goldsmith seems to believe that all successful people are arrogant and overconfident, when the truth is more likely that successful people who are not hugely arrogant do not lead their employers to hire a consultant like Goldsmith to fix their behavioral issues, so he doesn't interact with them.
However, I find that following some of the ideas mentioned in this book in your personal life can be dull and make you sort of boring, obnoxious or horrible.
While I am all about improvement, I spend 2000-3000 bucks a month on books/services/events to improve myself but I don't want to suppress, repress or oppress myself of WHO I AM.
I understand the idea of how things should work in corporate world but if you gonna let people walk over you in real life and just take all that they throw at you like a soldier while it works in theory/philosophy it doesn't work that much in real life. You will lose value of REAL YOU.
BE TRUE TO YOURSELF. BE KIND and BE UNDERSTANDING but don't suppress who you are. That is what makes you CHARISMATIC.
Improve yourself and better youself for the good of family/friends and work or if you are going to be CEO/CFO/COO of a company but make sure you keep the real you awake.
We are in an environment where being yourself is seen as bad, but it shouldn't be that way.
This is one of the reason most men are becoming doormat for others, we accept whatever people throw at us, because we have read few self-improvement books.
Be nice but don't be a doormat my friends!
Marshall Goldsmith, author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, is one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on executive coaching and what it takes to become successful.
Mr. Goldsmith writes in a very conversational style. He has a wealth of experience in working with some of the most successful people in the world. He has brought his experiences together and shares a number of success stories. He cites numerous examples of how his ideas have been used to great success in business and life.
His concepts are straightforward and easy to understand. There are a lot of fantastic ideas and concepts presented in this book. As Mr. Goldsmith is quick to point out, ideas are not what matter. It is the execution. Do not expect to become more successful simply be reading this book. It is up to you to put these ideas into action.
1. How we are perceived by the ppl we spend the most time holds immense transformative value and is often overlooked.
2. There are many things we do that annoys others that we could simply stop doing that would improve our behavior around others and thus there perception of us.
3. If the ppl we spend the most time with aren’t involved regularly and witness our transformation. It’s possible they won’t notice at all.
Having picked it up recently for a thorough re-read (and being in a very different place in my career, business, and life!) I can tell you that this book is a profound piece of self-improvement.
For successful people who can't see their own obstacles (ie ALL of us!), this video review will show you exactly WHY Marshall's book deserves a place in YOUR executive library and why you'll dog-ear, post-it-note, and mark it up like a madman like I did.
-- David Newman, author of Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits, and Crush Your Competition
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The main problem is, as many others have pointed out, that the Kindle version is hard to read because of all ' being rendered as (
This should be fixed, but not sure that it ever will. Otherwise, good book marred by a stupid rendering error, probably had the kindle version outsourced to someone with a non-English keyboard. -1 star but not enough to kill an otherwise useful book.
I was recently hit from two directions by the same person. They said, "You're the one person that stands out in my mind as someone who's never seemed to reach their full potential." And secondly, "You are actually the worse listener I've ever met. You are dreadful!" Ouch!
I found those comments motivational and started to work on changing through using this book. The book is analysis and workshop methods you need. The methods are in the book are not always obvious and certainly not easy fix-ups. But I think having to work at finding the what's and how's better than just being given the routemap.
I'd bet everyone has weak areas in their empathy with others and this book will tell you how to self diagnose and then how to start fixing the problems. You might find this book much more interesting (or horrifying) than you thought it would be. I started using the techniques with my wife - now that was interesting...
Once you are on the recovery route try "Just Listen" Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone