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The Portable Coach: 28 Sure Fire Strategies For Business And Personal Success Hardcover – 1998

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Scribner (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684850419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684850412
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kindle version is way-overpriced for the amount of care that went into adapting it for this medium. Leonard's long check lists were miniscule, unreadable digital images (so no chance to increase the font). Resorting to Kindle for PC to read them was not much better, requiring a strong magnifying glass. Amazon - pay attention. This is going to put me off Kindle books until I recover from the annoyance!

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.
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Format: Hardcover
With all due respect, this is more of the self-help begetting more self-help "experts" ponzi scheme that the Tony Robbins types peddle to the masses. The author rarely presents convincing studies of human achievement through his techniques other than to site examples of other people who became personal coaches through his seminars. I think one or two non-coach success stories are cited. This is like the scam in the newspaper that says, send me a dollar and I'll tell you how to get rich, and the secret is to place the very same ad. This entire book subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) all seems to lead the reader to one conclusion...take control of your personal destiny by becoming...a personal coach!
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Most of us know the things in life that are preventing us from reaching our true potential. Then again, some of us simply don't care. However, after reading this highly informative book, I discovered that there are a few areas in life that required attention - absurdly simple areas, such as basics for caring for one and one's home and possessions. It astonishes how a dirty car, a non-existent filing system and a messy cloths closet can have such a negative affect on one's life. Thomas Leonard brings these apparently non-important basics to your attention and coaches in a friendly manner, gently instructing us to do something about it.
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.
It is impossible for a single self-help book to be the answer for everybody.
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Format: Hardcover
I've probably bought about 100 books in the self-improvement category in the last fifteen years. About ten of those books are ones that really changed my thinking and my life. This book is one of the ten.
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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