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3.0 out of 5 stars Good or not? Depends on what you expect, January 3, 2005
This review is from: 17 Lies That Are Holding You Back and the Truth That Will Set You Free (Paperback)
If you expect this book as the sequel to the author's highly acclaimed "100 ways to motivate yourself" (I rated that a five star), you would very likely be disappointed.

To give you an idea of what the book's about and to save your time on checking the content page available here on Amazon, below please find the 17 lies/chapters for your quick reference:-

L1. It's who you know
L2. There's something wrong with me
L3. I'm too old for that
L4. I cant because I'm afraid
L5. I'd love to do that, but I dont have the time
L6. There's nothing I can do
L7. I worry because I care
L8. I'm sadder now but wiser
L9. The longer I have a habit, the harder it is to break
L10. People really upset me
L11. Winning the lottery would solve everything
L12. They're too beautiful for this world
L13. You hurt my self esteem
L14. It's a shame we didnt capture that on video
L15. That's just the way I am
L16. What (alcohol and drugs) doesnt kill me make me stronger
L17. I am helpless

If those lies happen to be your problems, you may find it helpful, though I deem the quoted examples in each chapter few and timid, which is the very reason I dont like this book much. Also, there are just too many blank pages.

In short, much better alternatives are available in a bookstore, like the author's own "100 ways to motivate yourself".

p.s. No matter what, I do like the following quotes in the book.

Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it. People come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just. By doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled, and by doing brave acts we become brave.
- Artistole pg 25

The word enthusiasm comes from the Greek en theos, which means "the God within." If that's what enthusiasm means, you can figure out what the opposite of enthusiasm is. pg 98

The real truth is that the wiser you are, the happier you get. Because wisdom does that. If one is becoming sadder, it's not because one is becoming wiser, it is because one is quitting. One is giving up. She left me for another, so i quit. pg 100

There are many ways to victimize people. One way is to convince them that they are victims.
- Karen Huang pg 135
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