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10 Natural Laws Of Successful Time And Life Management: Proven Strategies For Increased Productivity.2 Cassettes, 3 Hours [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Hyrum W Smith , Hyrum M Smith
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Jan. 1 1994
A nationally renowned motivational speaker, management consultant to top companies, and creator of The Franklin System introduces a simple, effective, and proven system to organize your time and your life. 2 cassettes.

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From Publishers Weekly

Strongly influenced by Benjamin Franklin, Smith, CEO of a Utah consulting company, offers insightful pronouncements on America's time fragmentation. "Life is getting more and more hectic. The daily treadmill is accelerating, and we have to run faster and faster just to stay in one place." His recommendations for regaining control of time, events and hence life are intriguing, as are his suggestions on goal setting, planning and negative behavior traits. Yet Smith's sharply focused managerial constructs become muddled with material on "life management," aimed at achieving "inner peace--the transcendant feeling of fulfillment and well-being." And his commercial endorsements of his company's seminars and products are irksome . Author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Smith is CEO of Franklin Quest, a company that conducts time-management seminars for corporations, organizations, and government agencies, reaching as many as 20,000 persons per month. It also sells day-planner scheduling books as an integral part of the time-management system it touts. This highly successful company was founded by Smith a little more than 10 years ago and was modeled on the self-improvement system outlined in Benjamin Franklin's autobiography. Smith argues that there is much more to managing time than getting things done. He preaches that only by understanding one's own value system can one decide what matters most, set priorities, and accomplish one's goals. The result is not only a better-organized life but a more fulfilling one. By focusing on time, Smith has provided a self-improvement book that almost everyone can use--and benefit from. David Rouse --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars First ask yourself this... May 26 2004
Do you want to become more effective and efficient or do you want to feel better and motivated? The problem with so many self help books these days is that the allow a person to simply feel nice and motivated for a little while. These companies don't make money by solving the problems that impede your success, they make money by patching them. This book was nice, but I was looking for something to help people I care about actually become more effective, I find so few books accomplish this. Here is my best advice to people who are tired of patching and want to start enjoying the tasks that lead to success... I believe that you can enjoy everything that you do to meet your goals. I'm going to recommend a book that does not talk cute to you, it does not provide the kind of sappy success stories which at times can seem exaggerated at best such as Hyrum's book. It's a toolbox, a user's manual for your brain. The trick is that you have to spend sometime and apply the tools. When I first was given this stuff by a friend of mine, I thought he had lost it but the stuff works amazingly well. Introduction to NLP by O'connor and Seymore, when you read it, it's not going to tell you what to do to fix your life, it's going to provide you with tools. Here is what you can do with the tools... Allow your actions become congruent with your values, belief, purpose, whatever. I'm not religious myself but I imagine this can make things a little easier. It discusses "congruency" in a clear concise fashion that will be motivating in itself it's called the Dilt's model I believe. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Quality of Life Book Oct. 21 2003
Hyrum Smith talks about the kind of life that makes one eager to get up in the morning. He talks about tapping into natural laws that are immutable and consistent to achieve this desired level of living. He makes his point by saying "We can get together and vote against the law of gravity, but our vote wouldn't make one bit of difference" (p. 12). He says whether we agree with these laws or not, they govern our lives. The logically thinking person seeks to discover these laws and apply them.
He has a powerful observation on reading. "A man can think no deeper that his vocabulary will allow him to. I read regularly each day...One cannot teach from an empty well" (p. 57).
On emotions we're told "Do not waste time on unproductive feelings" (p. 60).
He advocates using focus as a means of bringing daily energy to bear on the acheivement of long term goals and dreams.
Habit is a power than either we dominate and control or it controls us (p. 124).
This is a book to help one reach one's goals by doing things in order of priority.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one. Aug. 22 2003
I bought this book 5 years ago and after my first reading of it I began to call it my "Second Bible." This is by far the best book of its kind surpassing many others in its field including the Anthony Robbins' books and tapes, Stephan Covey's works and many others. I don't mean to put the others down because they are also very good, especially the Anthony Robbins books/tapes/CDs/etc. However I have noticed that when my life was going well it was because I was following the principles in this book, when my life was not going well it was because I was not following the principles in this book. It's that simple. Everybody alive should have a copy of this book. And for the price it's a far better deal than all the workshops, seminars, 10-part development programs etc., that cost hundreds or thousands of dollars and they don't come anywhere near the practicality and ease of what is contained in these pages. I cannot highly recommend this enough. Get it, use it, and treat everything else as a supplement if you need more (which you might not). After 5 years with this my title of "Second Bible" still holds. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best self change book ever May 5 2003
If you buy only one self help book this year then this is the one.
This is the best self change book ever! I have read virtually everything you can imagine (& I even used the Waitely & Robbins tapes too), from Covey to Robbins, from Carnegie, Clement Stone,Swartz, You name it I have tried it.
Ok what makes this so good?
In one book of 217 pages you will by the time you finish:
Understand that you cannot control time but can control events (This is very powerful)
You need to understand what your values are to lay the faoundation for personal fulfilment, two powerful illustrations are given
Understanding that you get peace when what you do daily links with your values (This was an eye opener the 1st day I implemented it)
The need to get out of the comfort zone to reach any significant goal. (Yes its hard but the story of the labourer turned Dentist is amazing)
Daily planning leads to results from focused efforts
Each one of the chapters I read was the equal of the best books by other authors. This book really gets you going and implementing.
This guru developed the Franklin Planner that is still used 2 years later by 90% of the people who buy the planner. If you love Covey but find it difficult to implement I believe this book (By his business partner) is for you. I intend to do a further write up as I use what I have learnt.
I believe that this gives you the tools that you can embellish later. The main advantage here is that you will apply what you have learnt. I recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Changer
Before I read this book, my life was out of control. My self-esteem was running really low. I was overweight. My personality was always down in the gutter somewhere. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by "admspock1"
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be required reading in schools
This is, quite simply, the best book on time management and goal setting I have ever read. I've had my own dog-eared version for over 10 years, and whenever I feel as though life's... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2002 by heathbc888
4.0 out of 5 stars An Insightful Book on Time & Life Management
My motivation for reading this book was two-fold: 1) The ten "laws" stated in the Table of Contents seem to make sense and encourage exploration, and 2) I facilitate a "Life... Read more
Published on May 10 2002 by Cameron B. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is like a good piece of advice from Grandpa.
I used to think that Hyrum W. Smith was a rough and tumble, hard line executive type whose first and only lust was the bottom line.
I was so wrong. Read more
Published on April 7 2002 by Kendal B. Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!
This book by Hyrum W. Smith would be equally at home in the business or self-help section of a bookstore. Read more
Published on May 8 2001 by Rolf Dobelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
The title is a bit corny, but nevertheless I found the contents of the book is rich and deep with insight and helpful paradigms. Read more
Published on April 25 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Act Together
I was very skeptical about reading another book on time management. Sometimes I have the feeling that many authors who write time management aids have spent their last several... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2001 by M. Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars the book is not a discovery
The book Stresses on issues, we live with daily but we are unaware of. Part I: " Managing your Time" is very similar to that of Covey's third habit. Read more
Published on April 11 2000 by marwan pharaon
5.0 out of 5 stars The life-changing experience!
I bought this book by 'accident' since it was included in the Franklin Covey daily planner package. I always thought the to-do list was a good thing that people invented even... Read more
Published on March 30 2000 by max power
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