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The Flinch [Kindle Edition]

Julien Smith
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Julien Smith has delivered a surprise, a confrontation, a book that will push you, scare you and possibly stick with you for years to come.

The idea is simple: your flinch mechanism can save your life. It shortcircuits the conscious mind and allows you to pull back and avoid danger faster than you can even imagine it’s there.

But what if danger is exactly what you need?

What if facing the flinch is the one best way to get what you want?
Here’s a chance to read the book everyone will be talking about, before they do.

What are you afraid of? Here's how to find out.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3196 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Publisher: The Domino Project (Dec 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062Q7S3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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How often do you really get outside your comfort zone? Most of us spend day after day doing jobs that we hate. We come home and watch TV shows we can't stand. Go to sleep and repeat the next day.

So why don't we change? Because of our Flinch. We resist change because change used to mean death. But instead of helping us, it's now hurting us.

This book teaches us how to identify our Flinch, and how to control it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware: This book will change your life Feb. 27 2014
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This is a book about facing your fears, re-evaluating the limits you impose upon yourself, and challenging the complacency of the status quo. This is a great read for anyone who wants to be better than their present self, who rejects the status quo, and who seeks a life lived deliberately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decent Book Aug. 15 2014
By Nicole
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As far as self help kind of things go, this seems like good advice. Also, the price is hard to beat.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother Feb. 7 2014
By Gemma
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book about marketing that sounds like a rambling, opinionated but not well-informed person speaking off the top of their head. Don't bother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Face your fears Dec 7 2011
By John Gibbs - Published on
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Take a cold shower. Even the thought of taking a cold shower is enough to make most people experience "the flinch", according to Julien Smith in this book. The flinch is the instinct which tells you to run, the reaction which causes you to refuse a challenge and prevents you from moving forward. It urges you to avoid risk and hard work, and it pushes you to choose the safe and easy options.

Some of the author's thoughts on the flinch:

* The flinch is why you don't do the work that matters, and why you won't make the hard decisions.
* Over a lifetime, those who listen too much build a habit of trust and conformity.
* Avoiding the flinch withers you, like an old tree that breaks instead of bending in a storm.
* The anxiety of the flinch is almost always worse than the pain itself.
* Flinch avoidance means your everyday world becomes a corridor.
* Train yourself to flinch forward, and your world becomes a series of obstacles to overcome, instead of attacks you have to defend yourself from.
* If you aren't willing to sacrifice your comfort, you don't have what it takes to make a difference.

It is hard to argue with the author's arguments. Many of our failures to act which we explain away as being part of our personality or wise choices designed to minimise risk are in fact little more than an ingrained lack of courage, a persistent failure to face up to our fears. The book provides a number of homework assignments designed to train the reader to avoid flinching, but it seems to me that the battle against flinching is one which lasts a lifetime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Likely You Won't Actually DO The Work Dec 7 2011
By ChrisBrogan - Published on
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Please know that I am biased. Julien and I wrote Trust Agents together, and we are writing another book due in 2012 together. But if you are willing to accept that I'll write this review for you, the reader, and not on behalf of Julien, my friend, then we can get along. Otherwise, skip and read what others will say.

The Flinch is a book of action. As such, I'm skeptical that you, the reader, will actually do the actions that Julien recommends, even though that's the big reason to read a book like this. But, let's say for a moment that you DO step into the icy cold shower or throw your coffee mug to the ground. Let's say that you DO learn what it means to take on the difficult work of reprogramming some behaviors that have been with you since you were a child. The rewards are phenomenal.

This book is brief. It is also free. But neither detail means that it's an "easy" read. Julien Smith is essentially challenging you to change your perceptions, alter your habits and reflexes, and then reap the rewards of doing this. It's a book that will push you to be brave. It's a book that challenges you to be more honest. It's a book that, if executed, will give you a chance at pushing ahead of those around you because you'll be facing everything with a much more open stance.

Please prove me wrong. Please do the work. Please dare to attack your behaviors and embrace the flinch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unblinking look at universal fears ... and how to overcome them Dec 7 2011
By J. C. Hutchins - Published on
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What is "the flinch"? Author Julien Smith explains: "It's a reaction that brings up old memories and haunts you with them. It tightens your chest and makes you want to run. It does whatever it must do to prevent you from moving forward. ... Whatever form it takes, the flinch is there to support the status quo."

Julien's thoughtful, zero-B.S., examination of this fear is well worth the download and read. The very fact he was able to give such a powerful force an instantly-recognizable name is worthy of your peepers, too. But let's not kid ourselves: Naming a fear makes it easier to identify and discuss ... but calling something "the flinch" doesn't provide much backbone in overcoming it.

Thankfully, that's what the rest of Julien's ebook is about.

I dare not reveal the steps Julien suggests to address and rise above the primal fear of the flinch ... or the simple yet revelatory "homework" assignments he gives readers. That stuff, you can easily discover on your own. However, I will promise that by reading The Flinch, you'll learn something about yourself ... and you might see that you have far more gumption than you ever imagined. Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars How to be a sociopath? Feb. 22 2012
By D Earle - Published on
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Or "The Flinch who stole Christmas" or "take as part of a balanced diet and program of exercise".

I found this both an energizing and totally disappointing book. It is based on the rather tired premise that we can all become "great people" if we just give up our quiet, comfortable lives and fight for what we want. But we held back by The Enemy, the primordial urge to flinch at the least sight of danger. (In several passages I could substitute Satan for Flinch and it would replicate sermons I had heard at Bible camp! Hence "the Flinch who stole Christmas")

Some of the advice is worth taking. If fear and anxiety is holding you back from your goals - there is some real gold in this book and some good things to try out. I did put the first two homework assignments into action. I was brought to an abrupt stop on about the fourth day when I slipped down the wet stairs running for the train and landed firmly on my butt. This is something I have never done before in my life. It occurred to me after this that the so called "Flinch" is neither enemy nor friend - it just is. It is that moment when you hold back and consider. That moment when you think before opening your mouth. The moment you pause before hurtling down slippery steps. To train yourself out of it is just as ridiculous as holding onto it regardless.

In my view, if you just follow this book, at best you will end up shadow boxing imaginary enemies and having little regard and respect for the people around you. At worst, you will rush head long into dangerous and potentially suicidal situations with little preparation or planning.

And by the way, the last three days have reminded me that pain sucks. Falling on your butt is something well worth avoiding and adds nothing of value to your existence.

So in this way the book reminds me of those no-fat diets that were popular in the 1990s. The only problem was that having given up all fat, people loaded up on carbs and sugar and low and behold put on more weight and increased their risk of diabetes. Fat was not the evil. It was the lack of a balanced diet.

The book lacks any discussion of other key aspects of success such as establishing purpose, setting goals, having compassion, acting with humility and building perseverance.

At the end of the book we are exhorted to take on the fight to "defeat the flinch" by handing it on to others. Only problem is it only available in Kindle format, one of the least sharable formats available.

The book itself ends rather abruptly at just on 20%. The rest is advertising for something called the Domino Project. This is named after the Domino Effect. I am not sure if anyone has told the group that this was a political theory about the spread of communist totalitarianism in South East Asia following the Second World War. Apparently if we all read these books and follow their ways it will change the world. Their plan is to use Amazon as the new channel for engaging with directly with readers. Have they not heard of blogs? And they will bring us books written by "stellar authors". Well, I am not quite sure what their criteria are selecting authors. But going on the Flinch, the author is stellar neither by writing nor expertise.

If you are looking for some good personal change books, I would recommend to stick with some of the more definitive titles in the field. My personal recommendations are:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth my time Dec 19 2011
By MaggieDVM - Published on
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I read the reviews for this book and loaded it (for free) onto my kindle. I consider myself easy to please when it comes to books and I have read a lot of self-help/motivation books - but this book was one of the worst self-help books I've read. I don't disagree with the message, but he could have said it in two pages. This super short book could be much shorter. Read the book description and you've just read the whole book.
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