The Portable Coach: 28 Sure Fire Strategies For Business And Personal Success Hardcover – 1998
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Other than that, if you get something from the book, good for you. It felt like a lot of hype to me - similar to a pyramid scheme, aimed more at pulling in students for Leonard's coaching school than at helping the average person get a grip on their life. I bought it because I had come across the list of 28 "Laws of Attraction" and thought they seemed useful, but some of them were rather ambiguous, so I thought I might get clarification from the book. No such luck. For instance, Leonard never really explained the mechanism of becoming utterly selfish (take what you need and don't feel guilty - even if there's not enough left for others) and lovingly generous at the same time, nor how he could claim to be tolerant and non-judgemental, yet ruthlessly cut people out of his life who he deemed unfit according to his personal standards. He also came across as a compulsive man, operating out of fear of the future - all that hording of toilet paper (and underwear!) and hiding money in his car and house, his "fitness" compusion, and implying that frequent health and dental checkups.were somehow necessary to "attract". That's more like a survivalist preparing for the worst than a self-believer expecting the best. (We had a saying in my day - "He wears both a belt and suspenders" - to describe somebody who was secretly neurotic and fearful.) If you followed his advice he said you would find that "you never get sick", yet he died young (to me 48 is very young) of a heart attack.
However, to be fair, and what earned the book my two stars, the book did remind me that presentation is key. I took a bunch of old clothes to goodwill and upgraded my wardrobe.
The text offers 28 strategies in 28 chapters, including numerous tests that help you to reflect on your current state or condition, and simple step-by-step guidelines to change your current condition for the better. The key notion in his strategy is to make oneself more attractive by living a fulfilling life. Rather than 'strive' and 'hard sell' your way to success, his method is more along the lines of taking the path of least resistance - that by being aware and sensitive to oneself and one's environment, you create an attitude of mind where living and success becomes almost effortless. His method more or less has a Zen quality to it - surrendering to the Tao and moving through life in a natural way. In other words, by attaining clarity of mind, one is more in a position to recognize opportunities when they present themselves, and because we have become more ourselves and in-flow with our environment, good things will happen. Put in other terms; remove the physical and emotional clutter in your life, thereby creating the space for success to occur.
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The premise of this book is that success is a byproduct of your growth as a person. That by focusing on your physical, emotional, and spiritual health, you naturally become more attractive to yourself and others. And by being attractive, you naturally PULL success to you. However "impractical" this may sound, it really works. I seen it work in my own life and in the lives of others.
This is a very different approach to success if you believe that you have to fight and scrape to succeed. I used to feel success was a constant zero-sum battle and my success came at a great cost to my health, relationships, and peace of mind. In all honesty, the approach described in this book, not only works, but it works better than the old "success at any cost" philosophy. It does require some willingness to suspend judgement and try some things that feel uncomfortable but for me, it's been worth it.
The book also suggests plenty of practical steps you can do immediately to begin seeing results. Also check out related tools at Thomas Leonard's website. There's a lot of great stuff there.
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Downsizing as I approach 60 means culling those many books that promise much but deliver little, and very few books are more assured of a home in my library than this one. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2007 by Daniel Armishaw
If you can get through the first chapter on "selfishness," this book really does have a lot to offer. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by Amazon Customer
I first bought this book three years ago at a Coaching Tour stop in Denver. The late Thomas Leonard signed my copy, making it a treasure in more ways than one. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by Julie Jordan Scott
Great book if you're looking for an insight to what Coaching is or want to use the proven strategies of a Master Coach in your own life. Read morePublished on June 8 2003
There is certainly a lot of content (i.e., "stuff") here, but one would be hard-pressed to see how this book really contributes to anyone's happiness or effectiveness. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2002
If you are looking achieve something, improve something or change something this book will help provide you with a framework to a better you.Published on May 24 2002 by Leah Maclean
This is a very impressive work! I've worked as a personal development trainer (Dale Carnegie and NLP) in the past and found this book to deliver more than it promises. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2001 by Steve Nakamoto - Author of Talk Like A Winner - Men Are Like Fish - Dating Rocks - Wall Street Craps
I really felt this book was a breath of fresh air.......very well written.......easy to apply to everyday life. This is definitely a keeper. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001