No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline (Anglais) Broché – 14 avril 2011
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Self-discipline, of course. At least that's what self-help guru Brian Tracy claims in "No Excuses! 21 Ways to Achieve Lasting Happiness and Success." Tracy's latest book describes how you can use self-discipline to become a successful, "superior" person in 21 areas of your life.
Yes, Tracy does occasionally use the rather Nietzschian language of "superior people" vs. "weak and irresolute people." But his advice throughout "No Excuses" is so sound, and the book is so readable, that Tracy may just convert you into a self-disciplinarian by the last page. He certainly had me interested long before that.
Tracy quotes Elbert Hubbard to define self-discipline as "the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not." He tells you how to employ self-discipline in 21 well-organized, easy to follow chapters. These chapters are clustered into groups of seven, which in turn make up the three parts of the book.
Part I covers self-discipline and personal success. This part covers things like goals, courage, and persistence, and how self-discipline helps you master them. Part II tells you how to use self-discipline in business, sales, and finances. Part III talks about quality-of-life issues like personal health, fitness, and marriage, and how you can use--you guessed it--self-discipline to achieve success in those areas.
Each chapter features a number of end-of-chapter exercises to get you moving in the right direction. Unlike many other books I've read, these exercises are good. Tracy truly helps you figure out where you are in each area of your life, and what you need to do to find success. If you do all the exercises in the book, you'll make book worth your time and money.
Likes and Dislikes
Overall, I give "No Excuses" a ready thumbs-up. Tracy does a fine job of offering simple definitions of oft-foggy concepts like leadership, time management and character. He then tells you how to cultivate them using the secret sauce of self-discipline. Throughout the book, he uses studies, anecdotes, business concepts like the 80/20 principle, and self-help ideas like the Law of Attraction to support his points. It's an easy but profound read.
Two things about "No Excuses" gave me pause, although I don't believe they affect the quality of Tracy's advice. One, Tracy uses a lot of universal language without necessarily backing up where he got all of his ideas. "The Law of Concentration says that `whatever you dwell upon grows and increases in your life'" and "the core virtue of character is truth" are examples from the book. Perhaps it's self-help guru syndrome, but I did find myself wondering what gives Tracy, even with his years of study and experience, the authority to tell me what I should be doing in everything from my career to my marriage.
When I browsed Tracy's website to find out more about him, I discovered that he's actually a man of faith. This may explain that "universal truth" angle I picked up in some places.
Onto my second point, or digression, however you may classify it. Tracy's self-discipline reflects a well-honed Protestant work ethic. He advocates that you have, at the least, a full and productive day. After getting enough sleep, he writes that you should read something uplifting before getting out of bed. After reading, you get up and exercise. Then you go to work an hour early, work through lunch, and leave an hour late. Every day.
I can't imagine being relaxed, living like that. But there's little in the book about managing stress. I can only assume that what makes this kind of heavy schedule tolerable is the right mindset. That kind of mindset is really hard to cultivate, unless you had fabulous parents, or you're religious. And I can't help but think that for Tracy, that mindset is supported by God, though he doesn't mention anything about faith or religion in the book. A minor gripe, considering that it's a good book overall, but I'd feel remiss not to mention it.
"No Excuses" is a very good self-help tome. It's motivational by virtue of being simple, effective, and, I'm guessing, quite true. I'd recommend it across the board, especially if you're itching to get your act together. (Book review by Drea Knufken)
As the introduction states, "Your ability to think, plan and work hard in the short term and to discipline yourself to do what is right and necessary before you do what is fun and easy is the key to creating a wonderful future for yourself." Just like the Colonel, we know the right things to do, but often choose an easier route. This is why self discipline is the key ingredient needed to break the habit of mediocrity.
All of Brian Tracy's books are well worth reading, and I have to put this one in the top two or three. Here Tracy explores self discipline and how its' refinement and application benefit so many aspects of life. This is self discipline as it applies to everything from money to relationships; goal setting to problem solving.
The book is broken into three main parts, Self Discipline and Personal Success; Self Discipline and Business, Sales and Finances; and finally Self Discipline and The Good Life. Each part has 7 related chapters. Each chapter concludes with Action Exercises.
You won't have much success getting where you want to be in life without a big dose of self discipline. This book will help show you the way; how to build it, and how to apply it.
I bought this book a year ago and I still getting more and more from the book. I bought the audio version from audible.com (which belongs to Amazon). I wrote notes when I listened and just by revisiting my notes I get energy. Of course re-visiting a book and taking action from the advice it is what makes the difference! Actually it has impacted me more revisiting my notes over and over again than the first time I read the book.
The only point I don't agree is that he recommended to put an extreme amount of hours in the work, which I think contradicts to have a balance life with your family which is one of the topics he also addresses. This is minimum disagreement when I compare with all the good advice I got from this book. That is the reason I give my 5 stars.
I highly recommend this book as a reference book packed with a lot of wise advice for success. This is a book to read more than once.
~ Brian Tracy from No Excuses!
Brian Tracy is one of my favorite old-school, kick-your-motivation-into-high-gear gurus.
I've read a *lot* of his stuff and listened to a *lot* of his stuff as well. He asks some of THE most provocative questions and reading his books often leads to some long journaling sessions packed with insight.
This book is packed with wisdom on how to get our self-discipline on. I highlighted nearly the whole thing in my Kindle and this Note is from Ideas in only the first half of it. :)
"I discovered that you can achieve almost any goal you set for yourself if you have the discipline to pay the price, to do what you need to do, and to never give up."
If you're resonating with the Ideas here, I think you'll love the book!
Here are some of the Big Ideas:
Someday Isle - It's time to vote yourself off.
The Battle Within - Lawyers, wolves, and angels.
Think Long-term - And rock it.
The Law - Of sowing and reaping.
Cool Peeps - Who would you hang with?
Here's to rockin' our self-discipline as we get our teleos on and fully show up in this precious life of ours!
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Alright....So, I have read too many 'self help' books so to speak while most of them were very hypothetical and unrealistic, only a few were well written with practical advice and packed with some real good examples.
'No Excuses' by Brian Tracy is really hopeless. It is crazily hypothetical and it doesn't speak of anything which you might not probably be aware of. Like say Write the Goals, Read them everyday, Do this...Do that....etc. Alright, alright, we all know that goal writing is important but how the goals should be articulated is left open to public and most of which will do it wrong and eventually frustration kicks in. The missing point is what only a few books address (Well, I'm not saying that books which teach you how to set goals is better, my point is broader: A good book is the one which has some good nuggets that we can inculcate and become a better person). And this book is definitely not the one!
Let me give you an example: Our great Brian Tracy says that if you improve some 0.0001% every week then by 1 year you will be 1000 or so % better than what you are today....What non sense!!!! Don't we have smartphone to compound all this for ourselves?
As I said, this is one of the hypothetical stuff that he has mentioned.
Whenever we buy any self help book, it is basically to 1. enable us live a better life and 2. provide some concrete easy to follow guidance on being a better person on all fronts.
Agreed that all self help books eventually would speak something which we are typically aware of but still the quality of a book can be judged only by the real life examples provided in the book related to the exact advise being shared.
Take my words - The best self help books that I have come across till date (By the way, I have tons of books on my Kindle!) is:
1. Mastery - Robert Greene (Bit long but very practical and great examples to which he related all his advise)
2. The Practicing Mind - Lovely book - Excellent - This doesn't talk about "Set goals", "Write Goals","Read Goals" but it insists the reader to focus on the process rather than the product in an excellent way. You would love this book for sure!
3. The Compound Effect - Still reading this....
Once you have these three books then you need not look any further.