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You're a thinking person.
You need this book.
This book is the real deal
for thinking people with real
containing 39 tools you can use at any time to boost your productivity
and brighten your mood, even in the face of tough problems.
If you need to make a tough decision, turn to Chapter 9:
Use a Journal as
Your Decision Engine. Or Chapter 34: Ask These Six Valuable Questions.
For help with cyclical slumps in performance, see chapter 33: Convert Nervousness to
Anticipation and Disappointment to Understanding.
Chapters 36: Prioritize Thought over Dogma,
37: Avoid Life Changing
Mistakes, 38: Be
Careful of the Principle of the Thing, 39: Save Money, and 40:
Don't Let Them
Sucker You are all detailed reminders how to
avoid life's landmines.
To inprove your efficiency visit these chapters 16:
26: Bust Through
Procrastination, 29: Plant
Seeds, and 32: Surround Yourself With the Right
right is the table of
chapter in Part II is a mood enhancer, but when you feel your attitude
getting low, your first stops should be to chapters 4: Don't Beat Yourself
Up, 5: Don't
Expect to Be Happy All the Time, 6: Keep the 10th
Commandment, 7: Acknowledge
the Existence of
Luck, 8: Take
Pride in Your
Actions, 20: Look
Forward to Looking
22: Maintain Proper
Diet, and 41: Forgive
Other books urge you to make lemonade when handed a lemon. This book
tells you exactly how to do that.
Part I: Introduction 1
Chapter 1: Warning/Disclaimer 2
Chapter 2: How to Use this Book 4
Chapter 3: How I Came to Write This Book 10
Part II: Success and Fulfillment Tools 17
Chapter 4: Don't Beat Yourself Up 18
Chapter 5: Don't Expect to Be Happy All the Time 25
Chapter 6: Keep the 10th Commandment 28
Chapter 7: Acknowledge the Existence of Luck 38
Chapter 8: Take Pride in Your Actions 41
Chapter 9: Use a Journal as Your Decision Engine 50
Chapter 10: Evaluate and Strongarm Your Mental State 62
Chapter 11: Manage Expectations 80
Chapter 12: Start Your Own Business 90
Chapter 13: The Machine Gun Method 104
Chapter 14: Find Alternate Routes 112
Chapter 15: Move 119
Chapter 16: Prioritize 124
Chapter 17: Delegate 142
Chapter 18: Develop Your Skills 144
Chapter 19: Understand the "One True Job" Myth 154
Chapter 20: Look Forward to Looking Back 158
Chapter 21: Exercise 162
Chapter 22: Maintain Proper Sleep and Diet 171
Chapter 23: Music, Dance and Art 173
Chapter 24: Define Cool 175
Chapter 25: If You Never Crash, You're Not Going For It 187
Chapter 26: Bust Through Procrastination 189
Chapter 27: Get Religion --- Your Way 193
Chapter 28: Be Nice to People 196
Chapter 29: Plant Seeds 202
Chapter 30: Enjoy Your Family 205
Chapter 31: A Word to the Single 207
Chapter 32: Don't Take Offense 215
Chapter 33: Surround Yourself With the Right People 218
Chapter 34: Convert Nervousness to Anticipation and
Disappointment to Understanding 226
Chapter 35: Ask These Six Valuable Questions 241
Chapter 36: Age Gracefully 248
Chapter 37: Prioritize Thought over Dogma 254
Chapter 38: Avoid Life Changing Mistakes 267
Chapter 39: Be Careful of "the Principle of the Thing" 274
Chapter 40: Save Money 282
Chapter 41: Don't Let Them Sucker You 290
Chapter 42: Forgive Your Own Imperfections 299
Part III Using Your Tools 301
Chapter 43: I've Read the Book: What Now? 302
Chapter 44: SuperYou 304
the contents, notice Part II has 39 chapters, each containing a
mood and effectiveness boosting tool. You can use each tool to make the
most of a tough situation in the short term, and to make that tough
situation go away in the long term.
This Book is Different
probably wondering how this book is different from the hundreds of
self-help books crowding your local bookstore. You know, the ones
written by Ph.D.s, television
personalities, clergymen, athletes, coaches, personal trainers,
writers and success coaches.
This book is written for thinking
thinking person has been around the block a few times, and knows that
what works and what doesn't. What works is good, solid, well explained
information doable by a mere
mortal. The thinking person knows the following don't work:
stories of people overcoming obstacles on their way to success:
The thinking person knows that unless the reader has the exact same
obstacles, skills, environment and opportunities, such stories can't be
duplicated by the reader. They just wind the reader up to a manic
frenzy and then leave the reader wondering where to go next.
myths like "Build it and they will come!" or "Live your dream and the
money will come!":
The thinking person knows that neither building it nor living your
dream is a guarantee. This is particularly insulting is the fact that
economic circumstances because many people simply cannot do what they
they must instead do what is necessary, and learn to love that!
the reader --- "It is what it is!", "It's God's will!", "You must
commit!". Or belittling or blaming the reader:
The thinking person knows you can't shame someone into success.
acceptance of an overarching life philosophy:
The thinking person has spent a lifetime developing a personal life
philosophy and doesn't want to part with it. The thinking person wants
to change just what's not working rather than throwing away everything
and starting from scratch.
the learning of a new vocabulary: The thinking person
knows that psycho-babble, new-age-drivel, success slang and childish
analogies are no match for
specific religious beliefs:
The thinking person has seen what happens to people who regularly
change religions to change their luck, and wants no part of it.
visualizations of success:
The thinking person knows the Hummer, BMW and speedboat parked in the
driveway of the 4000 square foot, newly remodeled home is a poor metric
for success. And the idealized picture of the perfect family as a
success metric is just silly. Having perfectly and perpetually
attentive parents is the perfect way to ruin the childrens' fun and
The thinking person knows
that nobody's perfect. Not even Dr. Phil :-) The thinking person spends
more time constantly improving strong points than worrying
life's little imperfections.
You're a thinking person. You need this book.
These are tough times. The worst economy since the Great Depression.
unemployment, the credit crisis, the foreclosure epidemic, the
crash in sales figures, the recent 40% drop in the stock market,
failures. Pressure at
work if you're lucky, pressure in the job search otherwise.
paying the rent or mortgage, health insurance, food, car repairs,
gasoline. Big debts through bad
decisions or bad luck.
problems. But you can't let them kidnap your happiness or
effectiveness. "Thriving in Tough Times" is written to help you solve
these problems and more.
What Are You Waiting For?
This book's $14.95 price is the cost of a midrange restaurant meal.
If this book
keeps you employed one day longer, gets you back to work one day
sooner, helps you start a business, or just makes you happier, it's
paid for itself several times over. The sooner you get this book, the
sooner you'll benefit. Get it today!