Take Back Your Life and Overcome Limitations
A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, 16 May 2020
One of the opening paragraphs in the Introduction describes exactly what this book wants you to be able to accomplish for yourself.
“You will learn how to develop a winning mindset, enhance Emotional Intelligence, become self-motivated, develop confidence in yourself, take better care of your body, be more productive, build smart habits, and so much more!”
The book does in fact achieve that and much more. I read a lot of book through the prism of a 33-year real estate sales career. Everyone involved in sales ought to read this book, the third in a series of four. Thus far, this statement would apply to all three of the books and I am predicting the last book in the series, Analyzing People will be equally as beneficial.
While every section would be instructional, the section on developing a “growth mindset” ought to be paramount in anyone’s personal development. If you are not growing you are falling behind, it is that simple. Richards explains the importance of developing a pro-growth mindset and then sets about explaining how you achieve one. One such example is his explanation of aiming for learning not winning. Richards also provides self-tests to ascertain your current understanding of your own attitude and it is very revealing. As in his previous books, I had to fight the urge to think that so-and-so ought to be reading this book. While that may be true, it is still a vital instructional manual for me as well as anyone who reads it.
Richards points out a quote from Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” If you understand this, you will understand the value of this book. It is all about creating habits that will help you rather than hurt you and your business and personal relationships.
Who should read this book? Since it would benefit everyone, everyone should read it. I think teenagers would especially benefit reading the book by showing them how to get started on the right paths leading them to a successful career and life.
Would I read it again? Probably not, the lessons of the book were well learned but I would revisit the questions he suggests we all ask and answer and then grade the results.
Would I give it as a gift? ABSOLUTELY!