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Book Summaries

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Learned Optimism (by Martin Seligman)

In this book the author helps us to explore the way we interpret the events in our lives and understand the effects these interpretations will have. We realise that we can choose to look at our setbacks in a new light. At the core of pessimism is a feeling of helplessness. That nothing we do will make a difference.

It is true that there are many things outside of our control such as the weather, our shoe size or the day taxes are due. Equally there are also many things within our control such as what we eat for dinner or what clothes we decide to wear. But there is also a vast unclaimed territory that we can choose to take or relinquish control to other people or to fate. Our choices will affect the actions we take, the way we interact with others, how we make a living etc.

This book helps us make the right choices.

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Eat That Frog (by Brian Tracy)

This book helps readers understand the importance of managing our priorities and contains many highly practical and easy to implement suggestions for improving our effectiveness and ultimately to achieve our goals. In particular it focuses on the need to eliminate procrastination when completing key tasks.

Although the author warns us that there is never enough time to do everything on our lists there is always enough time to complete the important tasks. He provides techniques to help us set clear priorities and implement plans to
achieve these. Overall the book includes 21 key suggestions – 1 per chapter and this summary briefly explains each one.

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Think and Grow Rich (by Napolean Hill)

Think and Grow Rich is the number one Inspirational classic for individuals who are interested in learning from important figures in history. It was written by Napolean Hill after he spent over 20 years spent researching the accomplishments and attributes of 500 of the most successful people in business. The book sets out the 13 key principles for success as identified through this research.

Think and Grow Rich is a timeless classic that has guided many to success, and has sold millions of copies for nearly three quarters of a century. This summary gives a brief outline of each of the 13 principles described in the book.

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The Heart of Success (by Rob Parsons)

The main theme of this book is work life balance. The author explains the 7 laws required to “make it in business without losing in life”. However rather than being a conventional personal development book, the laws are incorporated into a story. It begins with a young MBA student who meets an old professor Tom Murray just before his course begins.

The student tells him about his father who appeared to be very successful but who was never really there for him while he was growing up. He asks the professor is it possible to be successful and still have a family life. They agreed to meet every Tuesday night and during these meetings the professor explains how this can it be achieved through the application of the 7 laws.

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