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The Impossible Just Takes A Little Longer: How to live every day with purpose and passion: Living with Purpose and Passion [Paperback]

Art Berg
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24 Oct 2002
I have never met anyone else who has had a greater impact on people's lives through the sheer force of his own life's experience.' Anthony Robbins. At the age of 21 Art Berg broke his neck in a serious car accident. A quadriplegic, he was told he would never walk again, work or live independently. He was encouraged to believe his life was over. Since then he has run two multimillion dollar corporations and been inducted into the Speakers' Hall of Fame. He has addressed hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and organisations, including American Express, and travelled 200,000 miles each year to do so. In 1993 he set a world record by being the first quadriplegic of his level to race a 325-mile ultra-marathon. He also defied the doctors by marrying and becoming the father of two children. The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer is Art's inspiring story of his perseverance against the odds and the ways of thinking that enabled him to achieve all he has. In his captivating autobiography he explains how his physical paralysis is similar to the figurative paralysis so many of us feel - and how we can use his insights to become master of our own lives.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (24 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749923636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749923631
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I have never met anyone else who has had a greater impact on people's lives through the sheer force of his own life's experience.' Anthony Robbins

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Art Berg was president of Invictus Communications, Inc and the founder of, Inc. He has spoken to hundreds of professional and civic organisations each year, including IBM, Sun Microsystems, AT&T and Coca-Cola.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most amazing book 27 Sep 2004
I read a lot of books, but this one will always stick in my mind. It is one of those books that makes you cry with laughter and laugh through your tears. If you ever felt down and like there is no way to get out, this is the book for you. I wish someone recommended or gave me this book years ago, I could have saved myself a lot of heartache. This book is different from other self-help books as the author eases you into the 'help bit' by supplementing them with his own stories, so you get the theory and real examples. The only warning would be that the author passed away in 2002, so by the end of the book when you start believe that he is invincible, there is a bit of a heartbreak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read 29 Dec 2002
This book is a truly inspiring read. Art Berg was an amazing person, everyone can learn something from him. I bought the book expecting it to be a bit on the heavy side, assuming a book about a quadraplegic bloke would evoke that feeling of 'how lucky I am to be able-bodied'. However, I was wrong. This man proved that determination, focus and following your heart is the key to everyone's happiness, regardless of your own personal circumstances. His philosophies are rock-solid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beating Overwhelming Odds 13 April 2007
Art Berg was a guy who was a keen sportsman, a business owner and was due to be married to his childhood sweetheart.

In one tragic twist of fate, his life changed forever. As a passenger in a car that hit a kerb and flipped off the road, he awoke to find himself in hospital and barely alive. His first recollection was a 'Doctor' who matter-of-factly advised him that he was a quadriplegic and would never walk again. Not only would he not walk said the medical man, he would never have children, would never drive and should forget about a 'normal life' as he'd probably die young in any case.

From that point on, Art Berg vowed to become all that he could be and refused to become a 'victim'. Its about how one man stared the most basic of fears in the face and refused to give in to it. It leaves you thinking; if he can do this with his problems, what can I do with mine?

His struggle is all here, how he left the hospital, became a star performing salesman with Bell Atlantic, built a succesful business and married the woman who had stuck by him.

Anyone who is facing challenges, read this. It isn't some sugar coated 'isn't life wonderful' book. Its a harsh reality check that life is frequently unfair, challenging and fraught with obstacles. But, its what you choose to do about things that matters. Art explains how he summoned the strength and the courage to defy the odds.

Don't just take my word for it. Tony Robbins (who writes the forward) used to introduce Art at his Mastery University to lecture on the value of being positive in meeting adversity and about perspective - thats how highly Robbins rated him.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, wise and comforting 31 Jan 2010
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I don't often read non-fiction - this book was recommended to me by a therapist when I was having a bit of a tough time. I thought I would admire Art's acheivements but didn't expect to be able to relate to his experiences. As I worked my way through each chapter I found myself thinking 'yes, you understand what I'm thinking' and 'this makes so much sense!' Very accessible, wise and inspirational. I will return to this book again and again until I have put all the advice into practice.
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