Live the Dream: No More Excuses Hardcover – Apr 3 2012
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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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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.
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)