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Reinvention: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life [Hardcover]

Brian Tracy
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Jan. 5 2009
If you knew you couldn’t fail, what is the greatest thing you would dare to dream? Is the job you now have the one you’ve always wanted? Do you work with the kind of people you’d like to work with? As personal success expert Brian Tracy can attest, it’s not until you deal with the dissatisfactions of the present that you can move onward and upward to create the wonderful future that is possible for you. And it is possible.



In Reinvention, Brian Tracy reveals how every one of us is engineered for success, and with the right focus, can remake ourselves and put an end to the chronic stress, unhappiness, and dissatisfaction we might feel in our careers and lives. This unique, life-altering book gives readers an interactive series of exercises they can use to focus on what they really want for themselves, and:



take control of their careers • turn unexpected shakeups and turbulence into positive occasions for growth • dramatically improve their earning ability • develop the self-confidence to take the kind of risks that lead to rapid advancement • decide on and get the job they really want • set clear goals for their lives • write resumes that get results • determine their own salary range



We live in a time of rapid change...but also of unprecedented opportunity. This book supplies readers with a proven system they can use to turn their greatest dreams into reality!

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..".comes at an ideal time for those forced into a new direction, or those who want to take advantage of the economic upheaval to remake themselves." -- Accounting Today

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Brian Tracy (Solana Beach, CA) is one of the world’s most successful speakers and consultants on personal and profes­sional development, addressing more than 250,000 people a year. He is the author of many books, including Speak to Win (978-0-8144-0157-6), The Power of Charm (978-0-8144-7357-3); Focal Point (978-0-8144-7278-1); Create Your Own Future ; Eat That Frog! ; and Goals.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I have read and reviewed most of Brian Tracy's previously published books and hold him high regard because he has helped so many people to overcome the barriers to their personal as well as professional development, especially when many (if not most) of the limits are self-imposed. Tracy agrees with what Henry Ford observed long ago: "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." When climbing mountains, ladders, whatever, attitude usually does determine altitude. But he also realizes that many people feel overwhelmed by their circumstances, have no self-confidence, and need help in the form of sound, practical, step-by-step advice. Tracy positions himself as a counselor, not as a cheerleader. In this book, he shares his thoughts about a process of reinvention that can enable almost anyone to achieve whatever goals they may have.

In Chapter Two, the reader is asked to begin a series of exercises (many of which are completed within the book) and continue until the last chapter. Tracy realizes that, more often than not, "haste makes waste" and certainly advises against impulsive behavior, especially when making decisions, but he does urge his reader to "move fast when an opportunity or need presents itself. Pick up the pace. Take action of some kind. Get on it with it!" Completion of the various exercises helps to expedite the process of personal reinvention while reinforcing Tracy's key points. I also recommend use of a notebook or journal in which to record thoughts and feelings, express concerns, document key developments, etc. Personal reinvention consists of both a journey and destination. Those embarked on that process should be results-driven.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Creative destruction" to achieve personal transformation Jan. 22 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have read and reviewed most of Brian Tracy's previously published books and hold him high regard because he has helped so many people to overcome the barriers to their personal as well as professional development, especially when many (if not most) of the limits are self-imposed. Tracy agrees with what Henry Ford observed long ago: "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." When climbing mountains, ladders, whatever, attitude usually does determine altitude. But he also realizes that many people feel overwhelmed by their circumstances, have no self-confidence, and need help in the form of sound, practical, step-by-step advice. Tracy positions himself as a counselor, not as a cheerleader. In this book, he shares his thoughts about a process of reinvention that can enable almost anyone to achieve whatever goals they may have.

In Chapter Two, the reader is asked to begin a series of exercises (many of which are completed within the book) and continue until the last chapter. Tracy realizes that, more often than not, "haste makes waste" and certainly advises against impulsive behavior, especially when making decisions, but he does urge his reader to "move fast when an opportunity or need presents itself. Pick up the pace. Take action of some kind. Get on it with it!" Completion of the various exercises helps to expedite the process of personal reinvention while reinforcing Tracy's key points. I also recommend use of a notebook or journal in which to record thoughts and feelings, express concerns, document key developments, etc. Personal reinvention consists of both a journey and destination. Those embarked on that process should be results-driven.

Tracy recommends a basic five-step formula for high productivity: "First, decide exactly what you want, in terms of your goals and objectives. [Word of caution: They should be few in number, challenging but do-able, and frequently modified as needed.] Second, make a list of everything that you have to do today to move you toward the achievement of those goals and objectives. Third, organize your list by priority and select you're A-1, the most important single task you could complete right now. Fourth, begin immediately on your number-one task and discipline yourself to work at it single-mindedly until it is 100 percent complete. Finally, keep repeating, over and over to yourself, the wonderful words `Do it now! Do it now! Do it now!" To these I presume to add one more suggestion: Do not announce to anyone that you are embarked on a self-improvement program and will accomplish goals A-1, A-2, and A-3. Perhaps Tracy would not object if the words to be repeated (to one's self) are "Just do it and do it now! Just do it and do it now! Just do it and do it now!" Over the years, I have encountered people who are world-class list maskers. One in particular compiled so many "to do" lists that he had to make a list of the lists he had accumulated. Unfortunately for him, he was so busy compiling lists that he never got around to getting much done. Thomas Edison was correct: "Vision without execution is hallucination."

This book is essentially worthless unless and until various exercises are completed and then appropriate and expeditious action is taken. Sometimes progress is best achieved incrementally. (As an ancient aphorism suggests, "The best way to eat a whale is one bite at a time.") There will be delays, mistakes, and even a few setbacks. Keep in mind that they are probably inevitable but only temporary. Long ago, Joseph Schumpeter introduced the concept of "creative destruction" when explaining how to strengthen an organization. Like the large crepe myrtle tree my wife and I have in our backyard, every organization needs to be "pruned" on a regular basis in order to thrive. In some respects, Tracy's concept of reinvention is a variation on Schumpeter's concept of creative destruction: Both require "lean thinking" that eliminates whatever is not essential to success, however it may be defined and measured.

Brian Tracy is the author of this book and it can certainly serve as an excellent "guide" but those who read it must understand that they, not he, will determine whether or not they achieve any success in their lives.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Changing Times, Brian's "Reinvention" Book Delivers Answers Jan. 24 2009
By Kenneth Calhoun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Given the massive turmoil in the economy, millions of job losses and business failures everywhere, Brian Tracy's latest book, "Reinvention" is a perfect solution to help all of us develop a new path forward.

This book is ideal for anyone who's facing difficult changes right now, or wishes to improve and "re-engineer" their life. I've been a longtime Brian Tracy fan, he's one of the few core people who's had a dramatic impact on my life, and this book adds to the knowledge you can get from studying Brian Tracy's winning approach.

Specifically, what's new and different about "Reinvention", and why I recommend it so highly, is:

+ It has a very methodical, proven step-by-step process you can use to "take stock" of where you're at, and how to map out a plan for actions to be taken moving forward.

+ Interactive activities, eg self-check lists and inventories designed to help you highlight what you're best at, how to benefit from it, and what personal strategic direction you want to move forward with.

+ For those seeking jobs, Brian's put together an entire chapter on how to get the perfect job you want, including new tips that are action-oriented and focused for results.

+ Chapter 6, my favorite, is entitled "How Do You Get Ahead?", and contains tons of new tactics that Brian hasn't shared anywhere else yet (like how to "Become Profit-Oriented in Your Business", for example).

+ Tactics for helping you reinvent yourself and put together a plan that will motivate you to "give yourself the benefit of the doubt", during tough times, to find out what direction you want to head in next, and to get started moving in a positive, specific action-oriented manner forward.

Brian's produced yet another winner, I tell all of my customers to immerse themselves in Brian's training, because it's so useful and forms a proven foundation for personal and business success. Be sure to get to his in-person seminars if you can, I saw him in Denver again a few months ago and he was terrific, as always.

I like to see Brian as a gentle, wise and knowledgeable mentor whose voice (through his words, audios, videos, and teleseminars/seminars) has helped me immensely, in many ways (from business success to sales to presentation skills to managerial success to handling challenging times to goal-setting, and so much more). One of the best-read (and respected) individuals on the planet, he's a true researcher and teacher.

This new addition, "Reinvention", is a perfect tonic for troubled times, and I highly recommend it to everyone who's seeking success and techniques for getting a new start on life. Bravo, Brian - thanks!
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Regards,

Ken Calhoun, President
Daytrading University
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What It Says On The Cover July 21 2013
By Steve Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought this book would be about reinventing your life. In fact, it's how to get a better job and progress in your career. It suggests working longer hours and working harder. That's not my idea of making the best of my life. I've already improved my life by working less for more money. If you're look for a book about working hard, then this may be for you. If you're looking for a book about reinventing your life, then no point getting this, unless your idea of reinvention is work, work, work. What about, health, exercise, family, leisure?
36 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rehashed Self-Help Compilation July 22 2009
By Gill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For those who have never read this genre before, this book is sure to be helpful. For anyone familiar with self-help, self-actualization, organizational and personal psychology books, you won't find anything new here.

Brian Tracy borrows from everyone who has gone before, and never manages to pull it all together into a concise actionable package. I found myself envisioning an endless strategic planning PowerPoint presentation that the consultant couldn't reduce to an effective executive summary.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tracy's running out of material May 7 2014
By Michael Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I suppose it was to be expected. You read enough of these self-helpy books and they start repeating themselves something awful.

I don't mind that in general. After all, the reason there are so many is that it's valuable to hear the same thing from multiple angles, said differently, etc.

But Brian Tracy, as much as I love him, has really exhausted the well and seems to just be retreading his own old ground.

Sure, it's fine. If you're not familiar with Brian Tracy's work then I would recommend this pretty strongly. But if you've read any two of "Eat That Frog", "Goals!", "No Excuses!", "Master Strategies For Higher Achievement" or "The Power of Self Confidence" then just skip this. It's the same stuff all over again.
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