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Live Life Aggressively! What Self Help Gurus Should Be Telling You (English Edition)
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Live Life Aggressively! What Self Help Gurus Should Be Telling You (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Mike Mahler , Sarina Derksen , Ken Blackburn , Steve Cotter

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Live Life Aggressively! What Self-Help Gurus Should Be Telling You is a much different take on the self-help genre. This book is a slap in the face! It will force the reader out of his or her comfort zone, and will move the reader to remember what he or she needs to know to move forward with purpose. It is about taking charge of your life, and striving for greatness, rather than accepting mediocrity, or a life of quiet desperation. That is what it means to live life aggressively! It means to live with strong purpose and resolve. This book covers areas that few have the courage to talk about, and that is the problem. It is the white elephant in the room that everyone wants to ignore. Instead of confronting this problem, most people waste time watching nonsense like reality television and texting all day long.

Self-help books are so focused on making you feel good about yourself, that they fail to help you be honest with yourself. Without brutal honesty you will never move forward. Without a strong sense of purpose, and passion, you will never persevere through the inevitable plethora of hard times that are coming your way in life. People need to accept that they will suffer in order to lead a fulfilling life and that the suffering should be embraced rather than avoided. Embrace the suffering and avoid procrastination the true destroyer of hopes and dreams.

This book’s focus is to induce real/lasting change and that comes as result of being aggressively honest with yourself, using pressure to your advantage, running toward risk rather than away from it and having a clear vision of what you want and what you are willing to sacrifice to get it.

Some of the unique topics covered in this book include: the importance of hormone optimization for well-being and achieving goals, why the real battles in life are within, the necessity of negative thinking, what really makes people happy, and why people should avoid being attached to the results of actions.

50% of profit from book sales will be going to two fantastic organizations. Lifequest Transitions a great organization that helps wounded warriors and the Nevada SCPA an excellent organization that helps abandoned animals find new homes.

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Weak re-hash of other books 29 novembre 2011
Par Paul Skavland - Publié sur
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I didn't like this book, but I'm going to try to review it as fairly as I possibly can.

I find it ironic that the author claims to be telling you things not found in self-help books, but then, in the back of the book, he recommends several -- including Wayne Dyer, the granddaddy of all self-helpers. He even recommends you read "Think and Grow Rich!" All of this book's main ideas are taken from other self-help or motivational books (e.g. "The Book of Five Rings"), and simply presented in a more "macho" style. This style isn't even new, there are others like Larry Winget presenting in this style.

Okay, so it's a re-hash. If the information is good, who cares?
Well, it's not. The author might be an awesome personal trainer and an expert on fitness (I don't know), but he's not a great writer and the book seems random and disorganized. For example, there's a chapter on how to network better, and there's also an entire chapter warning us not to join multilevel marketing (MLM) organizations (Amway, etc).
Really? We need a chapter about avoiding pyramid schemes?

None of this information gave me the "kick in the ass" motivation I was looking for, or promised by the cover of the book. Hell, the first page of Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 book got me more fired up than this whole book did.

I can save you the price of this book and summarize its entire contents this way: "Take a long, hard look at your life. If it sucks, it's nobody's fault but yours. Get off your ass and do something about it."

So there. I hope this review helps some people.
31 internautes sur 37 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tells you what other books won't 22 août 2011
Par David J. Chesser - Publié sur
Self help books that tell you like it really is are few and far between. I've read many of them and most are sugarcoated psychobabble nonsense. I didn't want to be coddled when I bought those, I was looking for the tools I need to get ahead. Fortunately I bought Live Life Aggressively and found what I was looking for.

Mike pushes you to make a real, honest self assessment of where you are. He then gives you many tools to help you along the way to where you want to go. The journey will be hard but Mike uses many examples from his own life to show you how to overcome potential problems. His honesty is refreshing and gives a more realistic picture of what it takes to succeed. I felt I was listening to someone that had been there.

Besides the self help aspect, the book also functions as a manifesto for those who believe in being strong. Physical, mental, and emotional strength is becoming a rare thing these days and those dedicated to being strong have few resources to bolster that way of life. Living Life Aggressively makes you realize that you aren't the only one who believes this way and makes a good read when you need a little steel added to your spine.

One final note, Mike did a good job of listing the various books that influenced him and I've enjoyed tracking down and reading a few of them. You will, too.
12 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 I wouldn't buy this if I were you 7 janvier 2012
Par Mattc - Publié sur
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The good:

1. The author discusses maintaining the correct hormone balance. I hadn't heard this before and although there is little evidence in the book giving credence to his claims it is interesting and worth further investigation.

The bad:

1. The book needs lots of editing. On virtually every page there is a spelling mistake, awkward sentence, or nonsensical spell check word replacement.

2. As mentioned in the introduction, the book is a compilation of articles from the author's blog. The introductions says the book weighs in at "just over 150 pages". The book is in fact 234 pages (not including the reference or reading list at the end of the book). The choice of format seems to be made out of laziness rather than for any other purpose. There is a large amount of repetition between the articles which is tedious and draining.

3. The author is a bit of a hypocrite. He criticizes reality television shows like 'American Idol' but praises various televisions shows he finds appealing (Highlander, Star Trek). I personally agree with his preferences, but I'd argue all mindless television is worth avoiding.

4. The author spends a good deal of time raving about other self help gurus. I haven't read many self help books so this was completely lost on me (and I feel could easily have been edited away).

5. The author repeatedly uses the word 'evolve' to mean personal growth. Evolution is "... any change across successive generations in the heritable characteristics of biological populations" (wikipedia). Evolution by definition doesn't happen in a single generation and therefore a person cannot 'evolve' oneself. I realize the author means 'change' or 'grow', but the use is distracting.

6. The author repeatedly takes pot shots at his former girl friend, whom he's dubbed an 'energy vampire'. Seems unnecessary to me.

All in all this book is about how the author created and grew a business (again this is repeated ad nauseam in various chapters). There isn't much here that's directly applicable to my own development. I was definitely drawn in by the title (which is great), but underwhelmed by the content and infuriated by the author's laziness.

I wouldn't buy this if I were you.
42 internautes sur 55 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Laughable, useless 11 décembre 2011
Par Ghost(Ghost(M)) - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Fifth-grade prose, disjointed, and incoherent. Logorrheic -- and I mean literally, in the clinical sense; not as a metaphor. The book reads like a random agglomeration of bits and scraps of material "borrowed" from other books that the author (1) neither quite understood himself, nor (2) succeeded in quoting with preservation of meaning (perhaps unsurprisingly because of the first). Borderline ungrammatical: it's obvious that writing isn't this person's strong point, although uncharacteristically for this sort of self-published material, the book appears carefully proofread, and the errors are mostly at the usage, rather than basic grammar level (except for punctuation, I must say, especially with commas and semicolons, who are mostly lacking, but sometimes are found where they don't belong). Shaky diction, lack of coherence -- this sort of thing... well, I'm beginning to repeat myself: the book is amateurish in the bad sense of the word; exactly what is usually expected from a self-published volume.

Now onto the contents: first, who is the author to give advice? What's his claim to fame, as it were? (This is not captious criticism: he gives advice on hormones and what not.) The bio blurb at the end of the book says he's a "provider of fitness information" in Las Vegas somewhere. What the hell is that, "provider of fitness information"? Suppose I flatulate a bunch of disconnected nonsense vaguely themed as nuclear science, would I qualify as a "provider of nuclear-science information"? I was unable to discover what the author's credentials are. When it comes to nutrition, hormones, etc., I like to see in the author's bio words like "medicine", "clinical research", "PhD", "laboratory" -- this sort of thing. None of it here. What can be discerned of his background (as given in this book) is that he took a college course in "religious studies" (anyone's guess what that might involve, and whether he graduated), that was then followed by a string of sales jobs. Then he decided to "follow his bliss" and started to dispense advice on hormones; go figure.

But fine, still let's look at what he says. There's quite a bit of gibberish in this book, but even those parts that aren't altogether semantically void, look like a random jumble of bits and scraps the author borrowed from other sources. In a sense it's like a drunken peasant talking philosophy to his equally inebriated buddies after serving food at his aristocratic master's soiree where philosophical matters were discussed by cultured sophisticates in powdered wigs. One thing he makes abundantly clear: he has no clue of what he's talking about and has no business dispensing advice of this sort. The bio blurb suggests -- how truthfully? -- that (among other things) he's a columnist to a number of muscleman mags. This is absurd, and if true, tells you all you need to know about those publications. Bibliography reveals sources of deep wisdom like pop twaddle from Gladwell and Napoleon Hill; deep philosophical remarks are based on action movies like Star Trek, Unforgiven, and Gattaca. I was waiting for profound exegesis of "V for Vengeance", which to his credit, never happened (although, based on the rest, it might have been for lack of space rather than perceived unsuitability). Anyway, you get the point.

According to the author, to a large degree his book consists of his blog entries already published online (he even states, most mysteriously, that recycling blog drivel in book form is the best way to write a book! What does that mean? Why does one need to write a book to begin with? I mean, if one's got nothing to say to the point of having to recycle one's blog entries). I wasn't familiar with the author, or his blog, and I didn't check it out prior to acquiring this book, but if you, Dear Reader, are interested, I suggest you google your way to this blog and see how you like it, 'cause that's what the book is by the most part. Had I visited this blog -- and assuming it truly is representative of the book -- I would have saved myself from giving a short-term microloan to Amazon.

Also notice a bunch of positive reviews: I have no doubt whatsoever that they have been posted by the author's flunkeys or maybe even himself (Amazon makes this possible, isn't it nice?).¹

Now, all of this invites a question: why did I get a self-published book, by an otherwise unknown author, in the "advice" genre (always a big red flag in itself, even if published by a major publisher and from a known writer), a book that sports a bunch of fake-looking positive reviews? The reason is Amazon's liberal return policy: every once in a while I like to venture into an unknown area, as long as the risks aren't big (with Amazon, none) -- just to avoid going stale as it were: sometimes you do bump into something worthwhile, in some way at least; for example, last year I bought a paperback by Charlie Bronson The Most Horrible Prisoner in the UK: it was rubbish as expected, but the rubbish was entertaining; in addition it gave me some pointers to follow up on. This is the kind of thing I'm looking for when I buy suspicious stuff: unexpected value, even if hidden in a pile of manure -- this doesn't happen often, but it does happen. It didn't this time: this laughable book goes back. Without a shade of hesitation: not recommended.


1. One of the most obvious, dead giveaways of fake reviewing is a large number of positive reviews by reviewers with only one review in their review collection -- the one for that book (click on "See all my reviews" to verify if that is the case for a reviewer you're curious about). It is especially suspicious if the reviewer in question is a non-real-name one (in that case, it is possible that it's one and the same guy buying _something_ on this site, using this purchase to set up yet another non-real-name posting account, and posting yet another review for the same book -- like I said, it is mind-blowing that Amazon allows this, but they do, just try yourself if you got a few minutes to spare; even an author or seller can do that, and they do do that quite a lot on this site).

Another thing to consider is, how when a self-published book by an unknown author -- the one that is, objectively, quite weak -- suddenly accumulates a large number of reviews to begin with. How come it's so popular immediately upon release? One must suspect this inexplicable sudden flood of amazingly positive critique comes from "friends and family", not bona-fide, unaffiliated readers. Long story short: (1) beware of manipulation and (2) read critically and learn from what you observe.
17 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Could not put this book down! 31 août 2011
Par Kenny - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I've read my share of "motivational" books and I knew, almost instinctively, when I was reading a book like "The Secret" (just to name one) that it could not be true...nothing is that easy. And I was right. Unfortunately most self help books fall into the catagory of "feel good" books. LLA is the opposite of a feel good book which might be why it made me feel good. It speaks to the inner voice inside your head that tells you to do right instead of wrong...the good angle, the true angle. Because you know, in your heart it takes a lot of hard work to achive anything so when Mike spells this out for you (time and time again) your almost relieved because you know this is the truth. You can wrap your head around it because it's a solid fact. Like any good piece of music; you dont need someone to sell you on this fact it great, it hit's you right between the need for outside validation. Like a great meal, you know from the first mouthful, this is the real deal. That's how I felt a quarter of the way through Mikes book.

The other think I really enjoyed were the analogies and examples Mikes uses to illustrate his point. He really colors it in for you. The book is deep, it forces you to think and take stock of yourself and touches on everything from Ghandi to Vanilla Ice.

All I can say is buy this book,you will not be disappointed.
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