Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success

Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success

Discovering your Gift and the Way to Life's Riches

Book - 2014
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When Steve Harvey was thirty-something, he was living in his car. It was a sacrifice he was willing to make to give it his best shot at becoming a comedian. After several months of this lifestyle -- washing in public bathrooms, eating fast food -- he had considered giving up. Before calling his mother to ask if he could stay with her, he checked his voicemail. The Apollo Theatre wanted him to perform! Great opportunity, but Steve did not have enough money for gas to get from Tennessee to New York. He prayed about it, as he was too proud to ask for money. The following day he had a message from a club in Florida. The audience loved him so much they asked Steve back for a second night. The gig provided him enough money to fly to New York. Although he had no place to stay, walking around all night with a bag that held everything that he owned, it did not get him down. In his new book, Steve explains this as a "Pushback, Pushforward" moment. He believes we all have these kinds of situations in life when we have to make a conscious decision to move forward with our dream or walk away. He also believes that anyone aspiring for a better life should be prepared for accidents. This means that one should constantly work on developing their gift, the gift that God has given each of us, so that when opportunities arise we will be ready. Steve addresses discipline -- sleeping a maximum of five hours a night. Anyone who sleeps more is not serious about getting the rewards life has to offer. He also discusses concepts of work versus effort and rich versus success. He focuses on taking the lid off the jar. In other words, remove messages from yourself and others that will limit dreams. Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success is a book about success that is rich with anecdotes from Steve's life -- from sleeping in his car to becoming the $40 million dollar man! This guide is written for everyone, whether you are just beginning your career or are well situated in the c-suite.
Publisher: New York : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062220325
0062220322
9780062220332
0062220330
Branch Call Number: 158 H3426a 2014
Characteristics: x, 226 pages ; 22 cm

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JJNash12
May 16, 2017

This book was ok. It wasn't the best personal success book that I've read, but it wasn't the worst. It has it good and bad points.

It is a good book for those just beginning their journey to personal success. He puts his ideas in plain language that most people can follow, but for those who have studied personal success for any period of time may feel he hasn't done his research and doesn't give a solid description and solution to the covered principles.

I love that he encourages his reader to talk to leaders and ask them how they've accomplished their goals. What I didn't like is he doesn't give any suggestions on how to approach these leaders within our world. He says that Magic Johnson, Tyler Perry, even the President likes to talk, but he never tells the reader how to approach these individuals. It seemed more like he was just name dropping.

What I couldn't stand about the book was that it all centered around him. He did a good job highlighting all of the things he's done in his life and it got quite redundant. I tried to count how many times he used “I” on one page and just got tired of counting. Work that is meant to help others find personal success should not be focused on the author but the reader.

Overall it was ok. Is it a book that I would constantly go back to read again and again, no. I would recommend this for a younger reader and someone just beginning their journey to personal success, but for the more seasoned success oriented life-long learner this is one to skip.

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LibraryAHolic
Dec 02, 2015

I've read many personal development books and this is by far one of the best books I've read. Steve Harvey shares his secrets to his success and it came with the simple step of following his "gift" which was making people laugh. Steve is out to help people be successful from a genuine place of sharing and he will encourage you to do the same. Enjoy!

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MelloJay
Jan 06, 2015

This is the best Self Help book i have ever read. Not only does he tell you what he has done to change his life and what you can do to change yours. He also shows you what to do. He guides you in the right direction to get you where you want to be. He makes you work for your goal and teaches you how to get there the best way. He gives you that extra push needed to help keep you motivated and stay on track. I love this book. I will buy 3 books and pass them around for others to recive the same knowledge that i have gained.

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