Success Is a Journey

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Success Is a Journey


Bloss, Emily, Career Planning and Adult Development Journal


LIVING A BETTER LIFE Success is a Journey, by Doug Smart. 2004. Roswell, GA: James & Brookfield Publishers. 130 pages, Soft Cover, $20

Intended Audience: All

Major Headings from Table of Contents:

The Power of Focus; Smiling Through the Storms; Private Victory: Winning the War Within; No Matter What! Turning Points: From Potholes to Progress; Catalyst Points For Change; Turning the Impossible into I'm Possible; Rainmaker: Building Strategic Relationships that Lead to Big Business; Success: It's a Matter of Opinion! Making a Comeback; I Belong Here; Make This Your Smartest Year Yet!

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

It's a quick read and filled with many great ideas on how to become more successful.

The top five things you learned from reading this book:

1. It is important to write down your goals.

2. Success means something different to each person.

3. How to turn bad situations into good or at least okay.

4. Positive thinking goes a long way toward success.

5. It is important to take care of yourself so you can reap the rewards of success.

Success is a Journey is a collection of 12 articles about success - how to define, plan for, and achieve it. The articles are contributed by top speakers, trainers, and consultants with diverse backgrounds. Also included are informative author profiles and a resource directory of contact information for each author.

This book is extremely inspirational and packed full of tips and tricks for transforming your behaviors to reach the place you have defined as success. The authors use many poignant and personal stories to effectively illustrate their examples, along with an assortment of mnemonic devices and systems to engage, educate, and encourage the reader along the path to success. Several major themes emerged from the collection: defining success, making the most of adversity, and actions one can take to achieve success.

Two articles address the particulars of defining success. The first, "The Power of Focus" by Nido Quebin, maintains that people who can't focus are often not as successful as they could be. To help remedy that situation, he presents a worksheet to help analyze five areas of life in which focus is important; answering the questions carefully and completely will take the reader far in clarifying what to focus on in the areas of personal identity, professional purpose, career vision, marketing, and product offerings. The second article, titled "Success: It's a Matter of Opinion" by Lynn Giuliani, offers ideas and questions to consider when defining success and finishes with a helpful listing of the common attributes of successful people.

Five articles are dedicated to overcoming adversity. "Making a Comeback," by Robert Stack and Gemma Utting, defines a comeback as "using adversity as an opportunity to improve the quality of your life.

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