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Steven D. Wood

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: White Bay Publishing (April 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984477705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984477708
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is the story of a young man who discovers how to become a better performer not only at work, but also at home and community. Dec 4 2010
By Blaine Greenfield - Published on

It is the story of a young man who discovers how to become a better performer not only at work, but also at home and in the community . . . he does so as a result of a series of lessons from a mentor named "Cowboy."

Unlike many other books of this type, both the characters and situations in BE BODACIOUS felt real . . . I actually felt that I got to know the main character, and what he learned along the way made sense to me.

For example, there was this tidbit:

* The eight-second rule also applies to life and pursuit of our dreams. In bull riding, there is no score for the bull you do not ride, or the bull ridden only for seven seconds. It is impossible to achieve a dream or live bodaciously if you never pursue bodacious opportunities or give up too soon. You do not realize profits in business for a sale that was almost made. Life-long goals and lasting relationships are missed by not living courageously. Too often, we quit on our opportunities and relationships with only one second remaining. All too often, just as we are close to going the full eight! To go the full eight you must have extraordinary commitment, unrestrained action, and bold execution.

And then there was this point that I need to be constantly reminded about:

* You live with the decisions and consequences of your past; this does not change. But your ability to deal with your past failures and to put them in the past directly impacts how you live today. The only way you can make meaning of your past is to focus on what you do today, because what you do today will be tomorrow's past. You write your own history and legacy by what you do today. If you want to change your history and future, change what you do in the present. Instead of reaching back, reach forward and write your own future.

Lastly, there was this idea--my favorite one from the book:

* Get serious about pursuing your bodacious dream and get off your "but," and do something. Be cautious of getting comfortable and resting on your big but, because your but will prevent you from pursuing your bodacious dreams. Buts come in many forms; here are a few that may look familiar to you:

I would pursue my bodacious adventure but . . .

I could have pursued my bodacious adventure but . . .

But I did not know how to pursue my bodacious adventure . . .

But I have never pursued an adventure like this before . . .

But the bodacious adventure is too expensive . . .

But pursuing the bodacious adventure will take too long . . .

But what would people think if I pursue my bodacious adventure . . .

But what if I fail at my bodacious adventure . . .

Your big but is the number one thing that is preventing you from pursuing your bodacious adventures. People with big buts rest on them and do not pursue bodacious adventures, you can be different; you can be bodacious. Get off your big but, take action, and make your bodacious adventure become reality.

My only criticism had to do with the author's ending . . . it urged me to "pass the secrets to the next "cowboy" . . . while there's nothing wrong with doing that, I just have seem that request in too many other books of a similar nature.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Refreshing Take on Leadership Sept. 29 2010
By Mrs. L - Published on
Be Bodacious by Steven Wood is a fun, new take on developing leadership. It is a bit easier to swallow than most leadership books, as it is full of anecdotes. Wood conveys his message by telling stories of his own experience. I absolutely loved this, it reminded me of one of my favorite college professors... it is much easier to relate to the subject when the instructor has experienced his teachings and can relate to it himself.

The story begins with Josh. His boss, Cowboy, believes Josh has the potential to be a great leader and proves so by giving him a diary of all his experiences. He passes on his diary in hopes that Josh will read and learn all the principles of leadership and then searches for a worthy candidate himself to pass the qualities on to.

This book is extremely simplistic- which is a wonderful thing when it comes to books such as these. Most self-help books are overwhelming or just flat out boring. Not the case here- the material is very easy to comprehend. The only downside to this one is that none of the information is really new to me, but for those that aren't avid self-help readers or those who haven't taken a million college courses on business and leadership (ugh, like myself!) it wouldn't seem redundant.

This book is a quick read at only 160 pages, and has a totally refreshing take on developing leadership skills. I strongly recommend this book to new or young professionals or those just needing to tune up their leadership skills!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a "success book." Unfortunately, the author seemed to want it to be a leadership one. July 6 2010
By Jeff Lippincott - Published on
I liked this book, but I didn't like it. The actual message of the book to me was that a person needs to take charge of their life (or be bodacious, bold, brazen) in order to rise above the ordinary and become successful. This was a "success book." Unfortunately, the author seemed to want it to be a leadership one. The title included the word "leadership," and chapters 5 and 10 did, too. But it was NOT a leadership book!

The book was kind of short with only 152 pages. It was comprised of an introduction and the following 10 chapters:

1. Pursuing the bodacious secrets
2. Bodacious secrets revealed
3. Take the bodacious ride
4. Stop catching chickens
5. Extraordinary, unrestrained & bold leadership
6. Rocket fuel
7. Give bodaciously
8. Bodacious adventure
9. Know when you are in the barrel
10. Bodacious leadership revealed

If this book was to merit a 5-star rating from me it would have said a person who seeks success would (1) dream, (2) strategize, (3) take action, and (4) persist. But all we get in this book is that a person seeking success must have a passion, take action, and show commitment. As a result, the book doesn't pull the message together sufficiently for me.

There is often times a difference between taking action and leading. Taking action can be done alone by just one person for that one person. But a leader has to take action that moves others along. The star of the book merely took action - he didn't lead.

I would have liked the book better if the main character had not been an uneducated cowboy. I believe the book could have been much better, and presented a clearer picture of how to rise to success, if we were told of a dream, shown the workings of a strategy, seen action taken, and persistence exuded until the dream was achieved. What we got in this book is closer to just some guy who is merely an opportunist that seemed to just get lucky. He got a job because he knew somone. He got another job because he was liked. He wasn't moving up the ladder because he strategized and stuck to a plan. 4 stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bodacious book! April 7 2011
By Chad F - Published on
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Be Bodacious by Steven D. Wood was a fantastic read that I enjoyed very much. I found the stories to be very interesting and compelling and the lessons were timeless. The book called me to action in my own personal and professional life and gave me a renewed sense of purpose. I recommend this book to everyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy Mentor July 31 2010
By Jim Estill - Published on
When I was first given it, I was not sure I should be caught reading it on the train, thinking bodacious meant voluptuous or sexy. But I checked Websters and found it also means "Remarkable, noteworthy" as well.

The book is written in story or fable format. The main character learns a series of "secrets" or lessons from a fictitious mentor called Cowboy. At first, I was not impressed since the "secrets" seemed almost trite - be extraordinary, be unrestrained, be bold. But the book went on to lay out some great self development truths set out in a number of challenges.

Most of the analogies are cowboy. Like the 8 second rule in bull riding. You get no score unless you beat 8 seconds. The lessons - you need to pay a price to enter the competition and you need to finish the ride. And know there may be some discomfort.

Or catching chickens. It pays to focus - chasing more than one chicken at once does not work.

Be Bodacious is a quick engaging read. The secrets are valid. They reinforce what we should all be doing.

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