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It's Not What Happens to You, It's What You Do about It Hardcover – Mar 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: W Mitchell (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963790102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963790101
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 445 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #431,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's Not What Happens to You, It's What You Do About It

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Format: Hardcover
During my holidays I attended a seminar by W. Mitchell. If you ever get a chance to hear him, do not pass up the opportunity. I also read his book, It's Not What Happens To You, It's What You Do About It. Taking Responsibility for Change.

The book is short and a fast read.

W. Mitchell had a motorcycle accident and suffered burns to 65% of his body which grossly disfigured him including burning off most of his hands and having plastic surgery to reconstruct most of his face. After that and with a $500,000 insurance settlement he started Vermont Castings and became a successful businessman. If that was not enough, he then crashed his plane and became a paraplegic.

Despite this all, he is tremendously positive. He still thinks of all he can do and does not dwell on the things he can no longer do. We does not blame the world. He is a very warm and upbeat individual - someone I would naturally want as a friend. This particularly comes across in person. He looks you straight in the eyes and almost draws you to him.

Not only is he positive, he is making something of his life. He ran for congress. He was the mayor of his town. Etc.

When I think I have obstacles or challenges, I can just think of W. Mitchell and realize I have it good. If he can do what he has done, what can I do?

Very inspirational.
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Format: Hardcover
W Mitchell is a story that really motivates me. He went through hell a few times, but will never give up. He doesn't see himself as a victom, he doesn't blame anyone else for his problems. This is a must read. Zev Saftlas, Author of Motivation That Works
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ae9639c) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab54ed0) out of 5 stars You are a Victim Only if you Want to be Oct. 5 2000
By Dan Poynter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mitchell is amazing. Even though he was not heavy enough, he wanted to be a gripman on cable cars. He got the job--and just worked harder (heavier). One day, riding his motorcycle in San Francisco, he was hit but a truck. The resulting fire disfigured his face and took his fingers. He started Vermont Castings during the fuel crunch of the early seventies. One day, flying some executive friends in his small plane, the engine quit on takeoff; the crash left Mitchell paralyzed. He went on to be a talk show host, the mayor of Crested Butte, Colorado, and he even ran for congress. Today, he is a professional speaker who motivates audiences worldwide. Continually on the go, you have probably seen him in airports-ahead of you.
Change happens! You can be a victim or do something about it. Mitchell is an inspiration both to those who have suffered injury and those who have not. He focuses not on what he can no longer do but on what he can-and he enjoys life to the fullest.
As the author of 113 books (including revisions and foreign-language editions) and over 500 magazine articles, I highly recommend this book. DanPoynter@ParaPublishing.com.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab54f24) out of 5 stars Life is too short and precious. Deal with it positively. June 13 1999
By Tim & Grace Garrett {tgarrett@wcionline.com} - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are depressed, lonely, unsure, feeling sorry for yourself, or feel like life has dealt you a bad hand or know somebody that feels that way then get this book. My wife and I had the distinct honor of meeting this author last year and hearing his story from his lips. Afterwards, I simply could not put the book down until I was finished reading it. After listening to W Mitchell and reading this book we know that we don't have anything to complain about. When a challenge surfaces (no matter how difficult it appears)we simply focus our energy on how we are going to deal with it. Life is too short. Truly, It's Not What Happens to You, It's What You Do About It! {PS. There is no 'period' after his name W for special reasons and events that took place in his life.}
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b1fb378) out of 5 stars A pure motivational "kick in the seat of the pants" read. Nov. 5 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
W. Mitchell's story is not only a compelling and fascinating read, it is also a lesson in perserverance, personal motivation and accomplishment in the face of adversity. If you have ever fallen into the trap of feeling sorry for yourself because of the adversities that you have to face, "It's Not What Happens To You, It's What You Do About It" will be a fabulous reality check for you and even better a remarkable motivator. W. Mitchell's book is truly one of the most motivational and inspiring books I have ever read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b1fb720) out of 5 stars Awesome Story! April 19 2004
By Zev Saftlas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
W Mitchell is a story that really motivates me. He went through hell a few times, but will never give up. He doesn't see himself as a victom, he doesn't blame anyone else for his problems. This is a must read. Zev Saftlas, Author of Motivation That Works
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b1fb81c) out of 5 stars If W Mitchell can succeed, I can too. July 23 2006
By Jim Estill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
During my holidays I attended a seminar by W. Mitchell. If you ever get a chance to hear him, do not pass up the opportunity. I also read his book, It's Not What Happens To You, It's What You Do About It. Taking Responsibility for Change.

The book is short and a fast read.

W. Mitchell had a motorcycle accident and suffered burns to 65% of his body which grossly disfigured him including burning off most of his hands and having plastic surgery to reconstruct most of his face. After that and with a $500,000 insurance settlement he started Vermont Castings and became a successful businessman. If that was not enough, he then crashed his plane and became a paraplegic.

Despite this all, he is tremendously positive. He still thinks of all he can do and does not dwell on the things he can no longer do. We does not blame the world. He is a very warm and upbeat individual - someone I would naturally want as a friend. This particularly comes across in person. He looks you straight in the eyes and almost draws you to him.

Not only is he positive, he is making something of his life. He ran for congress. He was the mayor of his town. Etc.

When I think I have obstacles or challenges, I can just think of W. Mitchell and realize I have it good. If he can do what he has done, what can I do?

Very inspirational.


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