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Live the Dream: No More Excuses [Hardcover]

Larry Winters

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Book Description

April 3 2012
At the age of 24, working with his wife at a car wash, Larry Winters was struggling to get by. He decided he needed to make a change for the better, so he seized control of his life and, day by day, built his own business. Along the way, he learned many lessons about sacrifice, personal responsibility, determination and independence

LIVE THE DREAM: No More Excuses, is Winters' inspiring story of his journey from a young man with no ambition to a man in control of his financial destiny. He uses examples from his own life to teach readers how to gain financial freedom for themselves. Most importantly, Winters stresses how self limitation is damaging and holds people back, keeping them from achieving the successful lives they desire. LIVE THE DREAM provides an inspirational blueprint for readers to gain financial freedom, and build their own businesses---to give up excuses and achieve their life goals, all while staying grounded in what really matters: family, friends and faith.

Larry Winters' powerful motivational style will have readers ready to seize the day and live their dreams.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (April 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455513628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455513628
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #728,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I know Larry's story personally. It is a thought provoking one filled with the vision only a great servant leader can provide. It's both entertaining and inspiring and a must read for entrepreneurs with a dream."

--John C. Maxwell, author and leadership expert

"There are few people in the world that can communicate the journey to achieving your dreams better than Larry Winters...He lives his life with No More Excuses."

--Joe Markiewicz, entrepreneur, speaker, and leadership consultant

"LIVE THE DREAM is a goldmine of encouragement, inspiration, sound wisdom, and proven principles! If you've got a heart full of dreams but a head full of excuses, roll up your sleeves and start digging. The nuggets of truth found in this book can change your life!"

--Jennifer Beckham, author of Get Over Yourself: 7 Principles to Get Over Your Past and On With Your Purpose

"I encourage you to read this book before any others no matter what stage your dreams are in... It will most definitely inspire you and push you to put aside any excuse and LIVE THE DREAM!"

--Nancy Alcorn, founder and president, Mercy Ministries

About the Author

Larry Winters is the founder and president of Leadership Team Development, Inc., a company that provides business support materials for business owners in North America. He regularly gives motivational talks to large groups across the country.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, read the preview. April 9 2012
By Bill - Published on
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In case you don't want to take the 5 minutes necessary to read the preview of this book (or think you've been "misled") - it's written by a guy who has had a lot of success in Amway. He's a Christian. He talks about both in the book. He's also an author, and I imagine proceeds of the sale of this book will go to him, his publisher, Amazon probably gets a cut even. Don't be shocked that a person selling a product (a book) makes money off the sale of that product. If that offends you, well you probably shouldn't buy this book, or anything for that matter.

Otherwise, if you'd like to read a story about a man who started in a business opportunity 30 years ago with very little in life, had lots of fears and doubts about whether it would even work, overcame the #1 obstacle holding him back (himself), and is now a success story in his industry: read the book. You'll get something out of it.

I found the book to be very inspirational. Larry really poured his heart into what he shared, and I've heard him share some of these stories before - he held a lot back. There is a lot he didn't say, so that he could get to the core message which is he was at one point in the same position the vast majority of his target audience is in: concerned about the risks of a new business opportunity, broke, wanting more out of life, not even aware how his daily life was consumed by mediocrity, and with no spiritual foundation or moral guidance. His dreams from his youth had been shattered by life circumstances, and he was every definition of the word average... but then slowly over the course of many years, he started the process to change. He did a great job taking you back in time to where he was at, and walking you through the process he went through. He shared stories about that journey. It was encouraging because he went through a handful of tough set backs. He did things to fight for his dream that are truly above average. His book is not just about success, but HIS success. Before you buy it you should know that it's his story - so of course he's going to mention Amway and God. Can you imagine if you genuinely wanted to know how he got to where he is now, you spent money on the book, and time reading it, and then he didn't mention those things?

He's so transparent, he even includes an Amway legal disclaimer in the back (available to read in the preview). There shouldn't be any surprises when you get this book. If you do have an independent business backed by Amway - you'll love it! If you don't - it's probably still worth reading. Check out the preview to see if you like the content, and make a decision.

At least now you won't be able to say you were surprised or offended by the content.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ! April 13 2012
By GenYEntr - Published on
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I wasn't sure at first about this book. The reason I initially bought it was because of the title. I have owned several different businesses and am always looking to learn from any successful entrepreneur no matter what the industry. Larry Winters has an amazing rags to riches story. He teaches key principles that are needed to be successful in any endeavor. Success principles are the same no matter what the field. I strongly suggest picking this up if you're looking for an amazing story, inspiration, and sound business ownership mentality. It has a uniqueness to it that is hard to find in many books today.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a pleasant surprise. April 11 2012
By Mark Alan - Published on
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This book was a pleasant surprise. I enjoy a reading biographies (which is what I would categorize this book (+4 stars)) to see what I can learn from the author's experiences, Amway (+/- 0 stars) is only part of his experience. While it does reference Amway, a MLM, it ALSO contains a great deal of information on leadership, having a business mindset mixed with a motivation/self-help theme.

Larry Winters' story is not told chronologically, but topically. It took me a few chapters of him jumping around before I realized he was focusing on thematic life lessons. (-1 star) Over the course of the book, I felt I ended up with a pretty good big picture of his life and lessons he learned. I felt he could have told his story better or categorized the life lessons more clearly. (-1 star)

For people in the MLM thing, I can see this book helping new sales people regardless if it is Amway, MaryKay or current MLM-flavor of the month. He really promotes doing something for yourself (being an entrepreneur vs only doing a job), I can see this book being used as a recruitment tool for credibility in that industry.

For people looking at improving the quality of their life, the author will challenge you to do more and be more in an encouraging but 'lockerroom coach' way. I respect the author's forward nature of taking personal responsibility for your own education and associating with people who challenge and stretch you for the better. He really talked about how a number of books and people influenced him throughout his life. Having a teaching background, I respect people who encourage and promote self-directed education. (+1 star)

He also references the role his belief in God has had on his life throughout the book, so if religion isn't your thing, you've been warned. Not sure what denomination he is as he referenced multiple experiences in his childhood. (+/- 0 stars)

Overall, I did find myself jotting a number of notes and highlighting quite abit once I was in the last half of the book. What I thought would only be some rags-to-riches story, actually had enough real-life applicable take-aways (+1 star) that I really enjoyed the book and not ashamed to recommend it. (4 stars)
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, MUST read April 16 2012
By laurab123 - Published on
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I downloaded a copy to my kindle, and I am very glad that I did. This book isn't written in complicated language but in simple terms, and the success principles are timeless. I would rank it right up there with any quality book that I have read in the self-help industry. If you want to succeed in life, no matter what industry Larry Winters book can help you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ!!!! April 24 2012
By pave75 - Published on
This is an incredible book and a must read for anyone with a dream! Larry Winters is a great inspiration! LIVE THE DREAM-NO MORE EXCUSES!

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