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

Mike Mahler , Sarina Derksen , Ken Blackburn , Steve Cotter
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0578084759
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IB3G84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dare to have a dream and get going 5 Jan. 2012
This is a book I can perfectly relate to which is shocking if you consider the fact that I'm a 28-year-old female of Eastern European origin, living in the UK and having very little to do with kettlebells... Probably because I grew up in a former socialist country, I usually find things coming from the US very difficult to digest and way too cheesy. Anyway, at first it looks like we do not have much in common... So I never thought this book could have a significant effect on me or if I could benefit much from reading it.
Out of curiosity I still bought the paperback because whenever I read an article by Mike or listen to his seminars, it feels like I've known him for ages. I'm a vegan, too, not watched TV since I was 17 and run my own fitness business. Often life slapped me in the face on my journey to try to make a living out of what I love the most, which is hulahooping. Friends, family, everyone said that "noone makes a living out of hulahooping". It was tough & extremely hard work but I proved them wrong and if you are passionate and very good at something there's no such thing as impossible. There are still days when I need motivation or a bit of energy to come up with a new strategy to make things work better and that is when this books comes handy. You pick it up and feel like you can conquer the planet if you want to. It wakes you up and opens your eyes and does that in a wonderfully straightforward and honest way. It can make you smile sometimes or just make you learn about your own mistakes, weaknesses. It is OK to have a dream and be passionate - all you need is a good plan, attitude and perseverance. Mike has done a brilliant job and I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promises a lot in the Ad..... but lacks detail 11 Nov. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Read the 'back of the book' on Amazon and it promised a lot. Unfortunately it didn't deliver. Not much details on optimizing hormones which is the main thrust of the book. A series of articles published on the web - some looked interesting but didn't carry the detail. Needs an editor and proof-reader. Too many rants about nothing - including ex-g/f

Got me excited. But didn't deliver.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cut Above Most Self Help Books 1 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very strong book and the fact it is so hard hitting and well structured differentiates it from most of the self help book genre. The author certainly pulls no punches and skilfully draws on his own instructive personal life experiences and an impressive bibliography to back up his arguments. There are sections of this book which are plain brilliant, not least the last chapter which is as stirring a call to arms as you will come across. However, I'm giving it four, and not five, stars for three reasons. Firstly, there is some padding and some of the anecdotes are a bit too long which slightly dilutes the punchy style. Secondly, whilst the author states this isn't a typical self help book, there are passages which struck me as familiar and slightly lacking in originality. And thirdly, I felt the book contradicted itself slightly in terms of pursuing your own (selfish) goals whilst showing compassion to war veterans, animal charities etc. - you may want to fly off elsewhere and pursue your lifetime passion/dream, and that's very laudable, but the harsh reality is we all have to keep the wolf from the door (mortgages, pensions etc.) and your wife, kids, ageing parents etc. might be worth considering in sticking to your slightly "sub optimal" lifestyle and I think those sort of considerations make you more of a man, not less of one ! All in, though, a great read and all very thought provoking and hats off to the author for differentiating himself in an overly crowded genre.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes, and no 18 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm about half way through this and trying to persevere, but the tone of the author is putting me off.

It's a shame really. The author is obviously a successful fitness trainer and I like pragmatic approaches to self-improvement, especially from those who recongise the improtance of the physical condition on the rest of our lives.

Certain chapters are interesting - particularly his insight regarding diet and its effect on our body and mental states. But quite frequently the chapters (articles that appear to be taken from his website, which, incidentally are free) degenerate into rants that in places seem petty, cycnical or under-informed.

A lot of this seems to be rants about what not to do. That's only so useful to an individual looking for advice on how to make improvements in their life. And some of his attacks on "Self Help Gurus" stem from theories that have simply been taken at face value. It makes me wonder if he has actually read the books by the big names (Dale Carnegie, Napolean Hill, Anthony Robbins etc) or is criticising on the basis of quotes he's come across but not taken the time to explore. At the very least it can seem cynically reactionary for the sake of drawing attention to his work. His "against-the-flow" attitude attracted me, but I wouldn't go to him for advice having read a few of the chapters.

In short, if you're intrigued check out the articles on his website - they're free and you'll get a flavour of his advice, but I'm sticking with the more positive stuff out there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of valuable articles by Mike Mahler
I'm a big fan of Mike's work. Whether he is discussing strength training, nutrition or simply sharing his philosophies I am all ears. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dean Grimshawe
5.0 out of 5 stars A great motivational read!
I found this to be a great motivational read. You won't get the answers to life the universe and everything in here but you will get a road map of advice to help you get started in... Read more
Published 11 months ago by David Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read. Lots to think about.
Recommended reading for people who think they need guidance in today's society. Easy to read and lots to digest to keep your mind ticking over. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Aggression is not always a negative force.
A real book with real advice for real men. No pussyfooting around, Mike tells the reader straight, no sugar coating. Uncomfortable at times, but uncompromising in its approach. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tim Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars for the uni
another one of the sons purchases supposedly bought by him but apparently paid for by me thanks for pointing this out ha ha
Published on 6 Sept. 2013 by angejln
5.0 out of 5 stars it is what it is
this is like a magazine of articles than a book with chapters. it's not something to come at with presupposed ideas. Read more
Published on 8 Jun. 2013 by Mr. R. D. Parkes
1.0 out of 5 stars Live Life Like A Protein Junkie With A Few O Levels
Some people are saying they enjoyed this book so I'd like to keep an open mind but I just found it absolutely terrible. Read more
Published on 10 May 2013 by Rustler Balfe
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE ONE,READ NO OTHER
Just finished reading the book and let me say it's a HUGE Game changer for me personally!
Ok I have to admit that Mike did pull some content from famous self-help books but... Read more
Published on 15 April 2013 by Mr. Jude M. Clermont
1.0 out of 5 stars Funny book ...
Like most 'Self-Help' books, it's been written to profit the author, not his readers. You have to admire the guy - there are a lot of people out there looking for a 'quick fix' or... Read more
Published on 2 April 2013 by R. Millington
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Disappointed
Living in the UK and not having heard of Mike Mahler, I didn't really know what to expect.

The book, in my opinion, is on occasion clear and yet at other times difficult... Read more
Published on 10 Feb. 2013 by Nicholas Mills
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