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The Power of Focus: What the World's Greatest Achievers Know about The Secret to Financial Freedom & Success Paperback – Mar 1 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.; New title edition (March 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558747524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558747524
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Canfield and coauthors Mark Hansen and Les Hewitt recommend that we concentrate on our strengths, set goals, and focus on them. Canfield and Hansen created the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which now has 27 titles and has sold 47.5 million copies. They have added new ingredients to their pot; their mix now includes a weekly television show, electronic games, and even refrigerator magnets. All the while, though, their basic stock has remained the same: inspirational, heartwarming, and homey stories that make people feel good. Now they detail 10 "focusing strategies" they say they used to get their first books published and to build on their success. The authors include new stories and their own personal anecdotes to show the importance of having successful habits, creating balance, maintaining confidence, building excellent relationships, etc. David Rouse

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"The revised special 10th Anniversary Edition of the highly influential The Power of Focus packs enough power to permit anyone to pluck out a proven effective plan that will overcome any obstacle. That's quite a statement to make, but more than 600,000 people around the world have been captivated by the simple, practical, and profound strategies contained in the original bestseller. Now a decade later, authors Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt have joined forces to update this enduring classic in a magnificent way that's relevant to today.

The front and back covers are mere handles that envelope a tool of great power. The book guides you through action plans that are isolated into 11 highly detailed chapters that focus with laser-like intensity on the specific steps to take to achieve your goals, and the authors provide fill-in-the-blank pages for you to tailor the plans to fit your specific circumstances. Accompanying each chapter are eloquent real life testimonies from people that encountered the same difficulties as you, but overcame the challenges with these proven effective measures. Fill your sails with new wind, chart a new course to follow, and unearth the inspiration you need to persevere no matter what the problem. Your success is assured.

Readers cannot complete the book without becoming galvanized into forceful action. You are promised that achievement looms just ahead, but beware―readers usually find their outlook transformed into one of expectancy, as if their victory over difficulties and triumph over adversity floats toward them like a message in a bottle tossed in a turbulent sea yet coming straight at them. That transformation from despondency to expectancy is the golden nugget at the core of the book. Dig in and find yours."

--David W. Menefee /Bookpleasures.com

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Well I read it. Thought about it. Made some notes, and actually slept on my thoughts before submitting this. To date I have thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from Mark Victor Hansen's work. Although there are some credible idea's in 'The Power of focus', most of the material appears to be somewhat academic,lacking in regular substance and heavily weighed towards this Les Hewitt guy in promoting his Achiever's company. With that I am disappointed. I purchased this book on Mr. Hansen's credibility and past success's of previous work. I discovered a few distinctions however the writing was not as defined, clearcut and experiential as Mr. Hansen normally comes across. Over promoted and underwritten.
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Frankly, I loved this book!
It is practical, easy to read, and it suits my philosophy that success is based on BALANCE, not on how much money, power or fame we accumulate. I have been a fan of Canfield and Hansen for many years, and I think I have read every book they've written, so you can accuse me of bias if you wish, but these guys are good! They know some stuff about making life work out well, and I appreciate that!
I don't recall seeing this phrase in the book, but the theme
is that success is actually quite easy. Success is the logical and predictable result of doing the right things, in the right way, at the right time, and that is curiously EASY if we are focused and paying attention. What is hard is living a chaotic, confused and distracted life while we "hope" for success to jump up and bite us. It just doesn't work that way!
This is one you should OWN! Buy and read it. Put it on your shelf or the corner of your desk, and in six months read it again! Give it to your spouse or kids and ask them to read it, then talk about it! The power of this book is that it's so "obvious" - but only if we remember to DO the little things that make the difference. Don't borrow it from the library. Buy it. Read it. Keep it handy and plan to read itagain and again over the years.
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That's one of the primary principles espoused by the authors. It is not only consistent with "common sense" (which perhaps isn't as common as it once was); it's also supported by scientific evidence in psychology and other behavioral sciences.
But just *how* do we change habits, many of which are decades old and deeply ingrained? The authors don't sugar coat the fact that it takes willingness and sustained effort. At the same time they offer practical exercises and genuinely inspirational anecdotes and advice, which help ease the pain of change. Put another way, I felt as if I had three encouraging mentors within easy reach any time I felt discouraged or "stuck." These mentors believed in me. The fact that these mentors were "speaking" to me via words on a page gives you an idea of how effectively they communicate their ideas and realistic confidence in their approach.
My only criticism of the book is that it is aimed at business people at the management level or above, e.g., executives, business owners, and professionals. For example, at various points in the book they recommend hiring a personal trainer, personal assistant, housekeeper, lawn service, bookkeeper, and/or a receptionist to free up more time for one to concentrate on one's strengths. Yikes! While I happen to be in their target market, I can't just go right out and plop down $500 to a $1000 a week to pay for all that extra help.
However, I did make it one of my *goals* to hire some of the employees/contractors they recommend. Since the authors include specific, helpful advice on goal setting and goal attainment, I am more confident in my ability to eventually free up more time as they suggest.
No book is perfect and I don't consider writing to an upper-middle income or above audience a serious flaw, particularly since that is the type of person most likely to purchase their book. Thus, I believe the book deserves 5 stars.
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WOW, this is one of the most useful and relevant books out there today, applicable to life in both personal/business realm. If you are willing to go there; Hewitt, Cranfield and Hansen outline how to identify your bad habits', create a plan to change them to good habits', self reflection, and clear measurement that help you maintain life balance on a daily basis. This book is based on you, the self aware reader, are you ready to change and take control of your life? Enjoy
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With these kinds of books, it's not what you say but how you say it. Yeah, many topics in this book can be found in other books in this catagory, but it is HOW the authors say it, and in what context they frame it in, that determines this book working for you.
First off I am a person that drifts a lot, changing strategies, changing careers, etc. I tend to start projects vowing to finish and I tend to make pledges to change habits all to fail. I thought all was a lost cause until I read this book. It helped me stay on track, but it wasn't so rigid that I couldn't move.
But I think the best thing about this book is the simplistic manner in which it was written. There is something about the way that they explain the most basic things about habits, about the importance of practicing, about taking responsibility for your life, about having a purpose. I am so glad that I got this book. They are like my personal coaches, always there reminding me, keeping me focused on what I need to do to get where I want to go.
They explain things so basic that I will never outgrow the information. I have self improvement books that are out dated because they got to specialized, and on the flip side it is written in such a basic style that even teenagers can pick it up and get a head start on this stuff. I wish I would have.
This book touches on and explains the building blocks, the fundamentals of success. My copy is getting worn out with markings and highlighted sections and notes in the margins. I keep it very handy and use it in those moments when I need a quick motivation and reminding as well as to get centered or back on track.
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