4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
Don't bother, Aug. 26 2006
I know Tim Sanders means well, and I really don't want to rain on this "feel good" parade, but this book really only has a few good tips (hence 2 stars), and won't show the path to becoming successful.
Being kind and generous to others is nice, and will give you a more fulfilling and positive life than being pessimistic, cold and cruel. This is obvious, and in a nutshell, this is the basis for the book. But this is child's play. Anyone who watched Cinderella knows that being nice is good, and being mean is bad, and furthermore that people like hanging around those who are nice and don't like hanging around those who are mean. (If you want to reinforce this concept, then this is the book for you).
But the book is limited in describing HOW to actually become successful. Simply being nice in the workplace, while always a good policy, will not get you where you want to be. Successful people (nice or not) are successful because they followed the following process:
First they realized that their life right now is is a result of all the decisions they've made in the past, that they are solely responsible for their current situation, and that they have full power and control to decide their life in the future.
Then they decided on an exact vision of where they want to be (job/running a company/retired, house, car, boat, dedicating life to charity), so that they could start to figure out how to get there. With the realization that anything is possible, they would inevitably become unstoppable.
And finally, they actually did something about it. Life doesn't reward thinking, it rewards action.
This process is reinforced in these highly recommended books:
Lead the Field - Earl Nightingale
The Success Principles - Jack Canfield
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind - T. Harv Eker
The One Thing You Need to Know - Marcus Buckingham
Tim Sanders achieved great success during the dot.com boom of the late 90's. This was a time when companies that didn't even generate a profit or have a business model were given millions. It was a time of complete irrational exuberance.
So I get a little skeptical when people think they understand the business world based on that surreal experience, since it has been proven that those "New Economy" business models don't work.
Don't get me wrong, I love to see a positive work environment, and I strongly encourage people to be amicable, sincere, and generous to each other. I even wish Mr. Sanders well on his crusade to make the current "bizworld" a better place.
But I also feel that if people are empowered to become successful, if people are encouraged not only dream big dreams but make those big dreams reality, if people want to be remembered for their massive positive and charitable contribution to the world, then the world will more effectively, become a much, much better place.