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Extraordinary Lessons From an Ordinary Life - Simple Insights for a Better Life [Kindle Edition]

Mike Jaroch

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Mike Jaroch shares his Extraordinary Life Lessons from his ordinary life of being a son, brother to 12 siblings, businessman, father, grandfather and humanitarian. His insights are simple, to the point and poignant. Anyone desiring some clarity in the direction of their life will enjoy co-pondering these life issues with Mike deep inside these chapters.

Foreword The Greatest Discovery Of Any Generation Is That A Human Being Can Alter His Life By Altering His Attitude. - William James

You are what you think about A door-to-door salesman taught me one of the most important lessons of life. The most brutal truth.

Knowing the right momentA short article by Winston Churchill during a rest break on the shipping dock taught me the importance of timing.

Be honest with yourself about yourself I took up the sport of golf and the first important lesson I learned had nothing to do with hitting the ball.

For anything to be totally spontaneous it must be rehearsed My professor said something strange and also very important.

Money equals choices not things To achieve the type of financial freedom that few know, focus on the options money gives you.

Persistence as the ultimate attribute The famous quote of President Calvin Coolidge made so much sense and immediately became my favorite.

Nobody can ring your bell The intimidators in life move on to prey on others when they realize they can’t ring your bell.

When things aren't going your way - They are Today’s rejections, no matter how painful, are tomorrow’s opportunities.

Hone your patience to best your competition With your eyes always on the prize, the ability to outwait everyone, if need be, is so important.

Create a dilemma Rather than wait for that special wish to happen make the
goal that of causing many to happen at once.

Give me the ball When the pressure was on to win the game, the great basketball player, Larry Bird, wanted the ball to come to him.

Make an early savings deposit A mental game I played on myself to be more like my mentor. It set me free to take risks and step forward as never before.

No decision is a decisionThe illusion of buying more time actually takes it away leaving at best a hurried decision process or at worst panic.

80 percent of success is just showing up When Woody Allen’s insight becomes a part of you, your only remaining fear is to hesitate.

Focus Developing your A-list of priorities is one thing. What differentiates you is having the discipline to focus on the most critical things.

Go to the pain The Horse Whisperer taught me how moving counter to our intuition creates an advantage in people relations.

Begin at the end Whether the news is good or bad, it’s easier to begin there and cover the context later.

Management makes 'the' difference Results, positive or negative, are the leader’s problem. Excellent leaders know their reaction makes ‘the’ difference.

Be obsessive about communication Despite all the wonders of technology, unresponsive is the norm. Communicate, Respond, and Stand Out!

The word is integrity Your word is your bond. You do as you say and nothing less. A leader without integrity is dead in place.

Trusting your own judgment My student became my teacher when he asked
the impossible question.

About the Author

How to explain someone s ability, from an early age, to pull the most meaningful lessons and truths about our lives from the ordinary occurrences of day-to-day life? Maybe as the third oldest of thirteen children the self-reliance required to move ahead and achieve caused such intense observation of events and interactions. In any case, Mike Jaroch, now at the age of 67, has documented all the key lessons and insights he has learned along the way. His two children, Julie and Michael, have blessed him and his wife, Marsha, with five grandsons. The guidance for those five boys was a primary motivation for Mike to capture these truths and the stories behind them. He hopes that they will serve many as they take on the challenges within their own lives.

Mike grew up in the small northern Illinois town of Mundelein. With a business degree from Northern Illinois University and a MBA from the Lake Forest School of Management, he has enjoyed a very successful career with both large Fortune 50 companies and technology start-up ventures. For the past twelve years, he has been an independent management consultant working with a multitude of companies across a wide range of industries.

He and his wife now reside in Lone Tree, Colorado.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Books To Believe In (Sept. 14 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NIXOO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #708,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book you will want to read again. Jan. 18 2012
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This book is filled with simple yet powerful ideas. It is a book you will want to re-read from time to time when you need to refocus your life on success. I find myself coming back to key ideas from this text as I move through my days.
I particularly like the idea that wealth is not about gathering things but having more choices and flexibility in life.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Insights for Business and Life Sept. 20 2011
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Mike Jaroch captures the essence of experiences that guide and shape us on our journey of life. By identifying key life lessons, he gives us axioms to accompany the nuggets of truth gleaned from them. "Extraordinary Lessons..." is a valuable guide for anyone looking to hone their focus on what is truly important.

A quick read packed with wonderful insights.

-Ryan Jones
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful guide Oct. 1 2011
By Drew Ross - Published on
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The lessons in this book have become somewhat of a guide to me. Some were familiar to me, some were novel and interesting. I wish I had read it when I was in college.

A quick, honest, and clear read. Easy to take with you on the go. Can be read in any order for inspiration on many facets of life.

It would make a great gift for high school and college graduates, young professionals, and anyone interested in improving their life or career at any point along the way.

I was lucky to be hired as coach and editor on this project. The benefits are in the wealth of work and life strategies that Mike shares.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps you get back on track Jan. 8 2012
By Trina Atherton - Published on
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This book is a great pick-me-up for someone in a mid-career stall and would also be good for a high school or college graduation gift. This book helped me re-focus on setting goals and all those good things we try to do to get the new year off to a good start. It was a fast read and a quick way to get back on track.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and useful guides for business and life Oct. 13 2011
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Mike Jaroch through his experiences and life lessons has shared not only a personal history but significant and important strategies that everyone could use. It is an easy and self-reflective read. I highly recommend this book and I recommend it for all ages and for all career people no matter what stage of their careers they may be.

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