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Do You Have What It Takes?: The Critical Traits of All Successful People Paperback – January 1, 2015
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About the Author
Author Walter Nusbaum is an accomplished speaker, coach, and organizational consultant. As CEO of The Nusbaum Group, he has worked with thousands of successful leaders and knows what it takes to achieve great results. He earned a B.A. in Strategic Management from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Walter and his wife, Stacey, live outside of Dallas in Denton, Texas with their four children.
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Let's start out with the layout of the book. Walter and the team behind this publication have laid out the book where it is very easy to read and each section is followed by a quick concise summary of the main points. I found myself coming back and reading each one of these every time I picked up the book to continue reading. Then, there are practical exercises that will enforce the material immediately. Whereas I typically read such questions as rhetorical, and skim to the "meat" of the next section, these questions really do help apply the information and illustrations on a personal level.
The content. Books in this genre tend to be filled with lots of theories and abstract thoughts or they are over simplified where the information seems trite. Walter strikes a firm balance between theory and action as well as information and illustration. The book is pleasurable to read and found myself engaged each time I read. The VICTORY model Walter explains is easy to understand and a great tool to have at my disposal.
The learnings I've gleaned from this work are applicable to both business and personal life. It is a welcome addition to my library and one I've passed on to coworkers, superiors, and friends.
1. Layout - I appreciate the summary points at the end of each chapter and exercises
I felt very convicted to do the exercises seriously - if not, am I really intending to do anything? If you don't take steps, what can you expect?
2. End Exercises - The end of the book as a set of self review exercises that really has you examine yourself.
Honestly is best here. Time to take it seriously and apply what you've learned.
3. Applicable - Walter doesn't just stick to "succeed in business" or similar. Any area of life can have the VICTORY model applied to it: marriage, music, sports, etc. Where do you want to succeed? What is your vision for it? Take the initiative, have character, manage your time, be optimistic, employ relationship skills and fulfill the yearning to be great!
It's not another 1-2-3 set of steps and it's not really a formula. But there are critical traits that are key in succeeding. Identify them, determine where you need to grow and get going. Who's with me?
The concepts are spot on and well explained. The book is easy to read. It progresses easily from point to point, and there's no effort to fill it up with fluff. Everything here is to the point, and the content is all drawn from real life folks who've transformed their lives in tough and difficult ways.
I'd say, however, that the exercises at the end of the chapters and at the back of the book are the most important thing to me. If I can start on those and stick with them, then I think the book will have the impact that it's supposed to have. There's a ton of good work in there that a person can do to honestly look at himself so as to plot a course for change.
As I say, it's not a heavy or difficult read, and there's a lot of practical advice here. I think it's well worth anyone's time!