Be Bodacious: Put Life in Your Leadship Paperback – Apr 1 2010
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The book was kind of short with only 152 pages. It was comprised of an introduction and the following 10 chapters:
1. Pursuing the bodacious secrets
2. Bodacious secrets revealed
3. Take the bodacious ride
4. Stop catching chickens
5. Extraordinary, unrestrained & bold leadership
6. Rocket fuel
7. Give bodaciously
8. Bodacious adventure
9. Know when you are in the barrel
10. Bodacious leadership revealed
If this book was to merit a 5-star rating from me it would have said a person who seeks success would (1) dream, (2) strategize, (3) take action, and (4) persist. But all we get in this book is that a person seeking success must have a passion, take action, and show commitment. As a result, the book doesn't pull the message together sufficiently for me.
There is often times a difference between taking action and leading. Taking action can be done alone by just one person for that one person. But a leader has to take action that moves others along. The star of the book merely took action - he didn't lead.
I would have liked the book better if the main character had not been an uneducated cowboy. I believe the book could have been much better, and presented a clearer picture of how to rise to success, if we were told of a dream, shown the workings of a strategy, seen action taken, and persistence exuded until the dream was achieved. What we got in this book is closer to just some guy who is merely an opportunist that seemed to just get lucky. He got a job because he knew somone. He got another job because he was liked. He wasn't moving up the ladder because he strategized and stuck to a plan. 4 stars!
It is the story of a young man who discovers how to become a better performer not only at work, but also at home and in the community . . . he does so as a result of a series of lessons from a mentor named "Cowboy."
Unlike many other books of this type, both the characters and situations in BE BODACIOUS felt real . . . I actually felt that I got to know the main character, and what he learned along the way made sense to me.
For example, there was this tidbit:
* The eight-second rule also applies to life and pursuit of our dreams. In bull riding, there is no score for the bull you do not ride, or the bull ridden only for seven seconds. It is impossible to achieve a dream or live bodaciously if you never pursue bodacious opportunities or give up too soon. You do not realize profits in business for a sale that was almost made. Life-long goals and lasting relationships are missed by not living courageously. Too often, we quit on our opportunities and relationships with only one second remaining. All too often, just as we are close to going the full eight! To go the full eight you must have extraordinary commitment, unrestrained action, and bold execution.
And then there was this point that I need to be constantly reminded about:
* You live with the decisions and consequences of your past; this does not change. But your ability to deal with your past failures and to put them in the past directly impacts how you live today. The only way you can make meaning of your past is to focus on what you do today, because what you do today will be tomorrow's past. You write your own history and legacy by what you do today. If you want to change your history and future, change what you do in the present. Instead of reaching back, reach forward and write your own future.
Lastly, there was this idea--my favorite one from the book:
* Get serious about pursuing your bodacious dream and get off your "but," and do something. Be cautious of getting comfortable and resting on your big but, because your but will prevent you from pursuing your bodacious dreams. Buts come in many forms; here are a few that may look familiar to you:
I would pursue my bodacious adventure but . . .
I could have pursued my bodacious adventure but . . .
But I did not know how to pursue my bodacious adventure . . .
But I have never pursued an adventure like this before . . .
But the bodacious adventure is too expensive . . .
But pursuing the bodacious adventure will take too long . . .
But what would people think if I pursue my bodacious adventure . . .
But what if I fail at my bodacious adventure . . .
Your big but is the number one thing that is preventing you from pursuing your bodacious adventures. People with big buts rest on them and do not pursue bodacious adventures, you can be different; you can be bodacious. Get off your big but, take action, and make your bodacious adventure become reality.
My only criticism had to do with the author's ending . . . it urged me to "pass the secrets to the next "cowboy" . . . while there's nothing wrong with doing that, I just have seem that request in too many other books of a similar nature.
The story begins with Josh. His boss, Cowboy, believes Josh has the potential to be a great leader and proves so by giving him a diary of all his experiences. He passes on his diary in hopes that Josh will read and learn all the principles of leadership and then searches for a worthy candidate himself to pass the qualities on to.
This book is extremely simplistic- which is a wonderful thing when it comes to books such as these. Most self-help books are overwhelming or just flat out boring. Not the case here- the material is very easy to comprehend. The only downside to this one is that none of the information is really new to me, but for those that aren't avid self-help readers or those who haven't taken a million college courses on business and leadership (ugh, like myself!) it wouldn't seem redundant.
This book is a quick read at only 160 pages, and has a totally refreshing take on developing leadership skills. I strongly recommend this book to new or young professionals or those just needing to tune up their leadership skills!
This book is very short and extremely easy to read. I got the book in the mail on a Saturday and finished reading it that night. The book reminds me of a blend of the writing styles of Og Mandino and The Leadership Principles of Attila the Hun. Wood uses the story of a young man who basically starts with nothing but a dream and finds a mentor who gives him the journal he used to attain success. The young man not only finds success but he passes on the lessons he learned.
The story is a good vehicle for illustrating the principles of success. What the story lacks in drama and suspense, it makes up for in solid information.
The principle I found most interesting was about how we let our "Buts" hold us back. We would have done something, but ... We could have accomplished our goal, but .... We use but as an excuse. Wood's advice is to "get off your but and get busy."
The core principles and theme of the book is to Be Bodacious. Do not play at life. If you want to really stand out, "You must have extraordinary commitment, take unrestrained action, and persist boldly." In short, you must be bodacious.
Your dreams need to be big, your actions need to be big and you must persist.
The journal tells you how to alter your mindset and gives specific tips and guidance in the actions you need to take to have the life you truly want.
The one thing I found a little annoying was the typeset. Too often there was no space after a comma or a period at the end of a sentence.
The content and outline for living a better life are here. One thing the author says over and over, you must take action. Reading about it or dreaming about a better life will never change your life. You must take "unrestrained action" if you expect to reap the benefits promised by this book.
Steven Woods tells the story about a young man called Josh who learns the secrets to being bodacious from Cowboy his boss. Cowboy passes on his diary to Josh so that he can read the principles with the promise that in the end, josh would live the principles and pass on his knowledge to another worthy candidate.
Admittedly, the book is good simple because it doesn't try to overwhelm you with the information. The advice is basic and very comprehensible. However being so basic, none of the advice given seemed to be really new to me. They were things that I already know or have heard other self help books confess. I was looking for that AH HA moment; you know that stage that you get to when you read a piece of advice and it just totally makes sense. Sadly I did not get that from this book and the advice just seemed to reinforce some principles that I already know about.
I think that this book will make a great gift for young professionals who are just starting out as managers in their respective fields. It will be a great source of confidence and courage for them as well as providing them with tips on being a good leader.
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