- Hardcover: 80 pages
- Publisher: Compendium, Inc.; 32611th edition (January 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781932319446
- ISBN-13: 978-1932319446
- ASIN: 1932319441
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5: Where Will You Be Five Years from Today? Hardcover – January 5, 2009
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"Wise, warm, smart, and funny. You must read this book." ―Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of "Quiet" Pre-order today
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"'5' is a great book! It incorporates quotes and questions to spark your imagination as to what you would like to accomplish over the next five years...to live your life on purpose." --Rachael Ray, host of Lifetime's Rachael Ray show
"We are pleased to announce that "5" has won the gold medal for top honors in the Personal Growth/Motivation category of the Living Now Book Awards." --Independent Publisher
"We sent the "5" book out to our top 500 clients. Our clients love life, work, travel, adventure, challenges, accomplishment...many asked where they could get copies for their clients." --Mark Murphy, President/CEO, Performance Media Group
"The "5" book...helped me realize that in 5 years you can do a lot, a little or nothing. It got me off the treadmill of 10 hour work days and back on the road to adventure and purpose." --Laura Boro, CEO/Creative Director, Wild Things
"I was moved to get 72 copies for our classrooms. So many students just live in the "now," but "5" helps inspire them for the future, to set goals and to think about what's really important in their lives." --Erin Clarke, teacher
From the Author
This remarkable gift book was first introduced at Starbucks stores during the Holiday season and it sold out nationwide in a matter of days---and for good reason. "5" is not a work book, it's a play book. It's not a "here's how" book, it's a "why not?" book. You are the hero of this story. The thoughts in these pages will inspire you to look out at the next five years and be daring, bold and true to yourself. No matter what stage you are in life, this book helps you answer the questions, "What do I really want to do? What do I really want to be? What do I really want to have? Where do I really want to do?"
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I have been procrastinating about planning for my future. This book has put a swift end to my procrastination. It is extremely well organized and full of fantastic work pages-it really makes planning fun and very easy to do. Between this book and Fight On I couldn't put either one down. I love self-help books. I have so many I can have a library- too be truthful I own tons of books- I guess that is the English Lit geek in me.
For anyone who has a hard time deciding what they would like to do in the future Where will you be five years from today is the book for you.
(I know. Some of us don’t know where we’ll be five days from now—but work with me here.)
• “In just under five years, Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel.”
• “At age 30, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was living in a 500-square foot apartment. Five years later his net worth was $10 billion.”
• “In 1961, Julia Child graduated from cooking school with a quirky idea for a TV show. Four years later she won an Emmy as America’s favorite TV chef.”
Zadra’s book, 5, further convicts and prods by noting what H. Jackson Brown, Jr. said:
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.”
This delightful coffee table book and life planner is fun to read, graphically outstanding, and void of cheesy formulas. Read it with your family, spouse, or team at work—and you’ll think differently (and optimistically, I hope) about your next five years: 260 weeks, 1,820 days, and 2.6 million minutes.
But if you think two venti lattes at Starbucks is a much better investment in your future, delete this eNews now.
Mixing metaphors with blue sky thinking and paper-and-pencil inking, the author notes these stunning stats from Dave Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech:
• People who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as the people who don’t.
• 80% of Americans say they don’t have goals.
• 16% do have goals, but don’t write them down.
• Less than 4% write down their goals.
• Fewer than 1% review their goals on an ongoing basis.
I’m reminded of Fred Smith Sr.’s memorable line in the terrific book, Breakfast with Fred, “I learned to write to burn the fuzz off my thinking.”
“Every day matters,” says Zadra. (My Bible has similar themes!) So half-way through this dream journey of numerous exercises and reflection moments, he delivers an in-the-trenches wake-up call with a simple equation for calculating the number of days you have left on earth. (Yikes!)
If you’re a long-time reader of my reviews, you know I suggest you delegate some of your reading. One excellent complementary resource to read with “5” is Henry Cloud’s powerful fork-in-the-road book, Necessary Endings.
Necessary endings, says Cloud, “are the reason you are not married to your prom date nor still working in your first job.” His list of the 11 reasons why leaders and managers avoid necessary endings is also convicting. Here are just four of the preferred avoidance strategies:
•“We are afraid of the unknown.”
•“We do not possess the skills to execute the ending.”
•“We have had too many and too painful endings in our own personal history, so we avoid another one.”
•“We do not learn from them, so we repeat the same mistakes over and over.”
Where will you be five years from now? These two books will help you address that question.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is feeling unmotivated or is starting a major milestone like going off to college.
Even though this books approach is simple it worked on me. After reading it I caught the spark and will lay out some goals for my next 5 years. (That in itself is worth the price of this book) and it is something I would not have done if I had not picked up this book and thought about where I will be in 5 years,.