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Self-Help Stuff That Works: How to Become More Effective with Your Actions and Feel Good More Often [Hardcover]

Adam Khan , Klassy Evans
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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: YouMe Works (Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962465674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962465673
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.4 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IT'S AN AGE-OLD BATTLE. Pessimist think optimist are foolish, optimists think pessimists make themselves unnecessarily miserable. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuff that works - true 17 Dec 2007
This is the first time I have actually being motivated to recommend online a book - the motivation behind my recommendation is simply - this is I know is a very good book and would be an addition in most peoples lives. Well worth the money. Stephen
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book to dip into in difficult times 17 Sep 2009
I bought this book about 5 years ago and even now occasionally dip into it whenever I'm feeling down, insecure or otherwise in need of some self help.

This book is not one of those you read from cover to cover only to later forget everything and never look at it again. It's a helpful concoction of short articles no longer than about 3 or 4 pages each which give you practical solutions to overcoming everyday obstacles. It provides common sense solutions and has been good to me in times of need and thus I highly recommend it.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I think the book is a bit lame 5 Feb 2007
When I first opened the book, I saw the text size was pretty big and if you did an hours worth of reading every day of the book with a regular reading speed, it would be finished before two weeks, easily.

There were about 60 lessons to learn in the book, and there were a few things that were interesting; though quite a bit of the time, stuff is repeated. There is not really much of a link, at all infact, between any of the little sections in the book - however, they are organised into, attitude, work, and people.

The selling point, I guess, about this book is that if you look at the front cover you will see a very straight forward colour scheme and "No bull, No frills, No hype", and supposedly you would think, "woah this book is down to earth, I'm going to do myself a favour and get this instead of something that looks more abstract and theoretical". The thing is though, and in a way it slightly amuses me when I think about it; this book is actually one of the most imprecise and fuzzy pieces of writing I've ever seen that is being sold. True, there are no really strange theoretical concepts in the book, but just about the whole book is written and formatted in such a "round about" sort of way and by over two thirds of the way through the book (determined that I was gonna read all of what I bought), I just couldn't take it anymore. I feel as if the person who wrote the book, really doesn't know much about what he's talking about, but he feels that he does.

Okay, as a summary:

I don't recommend buying this book at all. There is little depth about it, and the order and content of the book are not thought out very well.
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146 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-Help Books Simply Do Not Work! 20 Dec 1999
By Bill Butler - Published on
But wisdom does. Anybody can write a self-help book if they have a double-digit I.Q. and periodic hallucinations. Oh! And a degree from a good dog trainer with a fancy name. And manic- depression also helps. This guy has none of this. And I do believe he is wearing a crew cut? He's marvelous! Simply marvelous! The cover of the book looks like an Army manual. On the cover, it states "No Bull", "No Frills", "No Hype". And Khan even reduces Time Management to 1 or 2 pages. I thought that this book was just another come-on. But why not give it a try. Right? I was boiling with anger. I tried one of his "instant remedies". And my anger was completely gone in less than 90 seconds! Autosuggestion? No. I understood. To understand what I mean, buy this book. Khan has gotten rid of all the "peacock garbage". I don't think he has really contributed one original idea to the book. But what he has done, and so brillantly, is distilled all the ancient self-help books (99% garbage), extracted the 1% that works, and put it together for you to work with and study with. Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography was one of the first truly helpful self-help books (books that can help people). Either Steve Jobs or Picasso said that "true artists don't copy art, they steal it"). Khan has done so in such a brillant fashion. 117 techniques for the new millinium. All condensed into "pill form". Now I can get rid of all my other self-help books with their "neat" diagrams and convulescent but impressive theories. Maybe a "psychobabble yardsale". This is nothing more than less than a Boy Scout Manual for Sanity. Buy it and put it under your pillow!
69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attitude, Work and People relationships in harmoneuos flow. 17 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I had recently moved to the State of Washington in January of 1998. I joined a local fitness club in Bellevue Washington, where I met Adam Khan. I told him I recently suffered a devastating divorce and loss of career in a single blow. My personal life outlook seemed bleak. Adam told me he had just published SELF-HELP STUFF THAT WORKS and suggested I read it. While I read its contents, I discovered my attitude began to change as I applied his concepts. Each chapter captured my attention and allowed me to see the world, however changing, from a different perspective. Adam conveys simple steps the reader can digest easily and use at ones own pace. Adam even suggests, the reader only apply two concepts at a time so personal growth can develop and mature slowly. While I read the chapters involving work relationships, my co-workers respond differently to me as I changed my attitude toward work and my supervisor. The time spent at work is more positive and up lifting. People have told me they like it when I smile more and I now do it without thinking about it. The research involved in writing this book had to be extensive but easy for any reader to enjoy. The cost of the book doesnt compare to the priceless information on it pages. Adam Khan has helped me be the happy person I was once before, infact Adam Khan has allowed me to be a new person all over.
I suggest SELF-HELP STUFF THAT WORKS not for bed stand reading but for your own personal life application!
60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% concentrated, fast acting, practical advice 6 Oct 2000
By andrew brown - Published on
There are so many 'self help' books available today, all of them offering you the answers to life's challenges, that you almost need a self help guide just to choose which one is the right one for you!. You could be forgiven for regarding 'Self Help Stuff that Works' by Adam Khan as just another book to be added to the list. But wait a second!! This book is different, very different. Adam Khan has successfully made a distillation of all of the best self help theories, wisdom and ideas, and the final concentrate is a book that has the most practical, funny, easy and enjoyable to read advice that you will find today! The author has a natural gift for writing in a style that is very much as if he is talking directly to you. That, coupled with his ability to take ideas, extract the good bits and make sound practical advice out of it that is easier to apply, make it 'pound for pound' the best book on the shelf! The book is written in the form of concise chapters. Each cover an idea often in the form of a short story that contains wisdom and practical advice on how to approach problems, handle situations, strengthen relationships, choose your direction in life, develop inner strength - the list is endless. The chapters are divided into 3 sections entitled attitude, work, people and the whole concept of producing a book in this format makes so much sense and allows you to use it as a constant source of reference. No longer do you have to spend time sifting through a book to find that 'pearl of wisdom' that really struck a chord when you read it last time. With this book you can quickly refer back to ideas and advice. This also helps you to concentrate on absorbing one or two key ideas over a period of time so that you can really integrate them into your life before moving on to the next idea. As Adam says, 'too often we try to change too many things at one time'. I can tell you from my own personal experience that there are ideas and suggestions contained in this book that you can apply instantly, without any difficulties that have the power to make considerable and lasting changes in your life. I did it myself by taking one particular idea from this book. After applying it, I have changed not only myself but affected to way people behave towards me in a very positive and empowering way. That is what's so great and so different about it. The ideas are so practical and easy to apply but yet give real tangible results immediately as soon as you start using them! I cannot rate it highly enough and I would just say, go and buy this book if you want to make positive, practical changes in your life!!
77 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this book for you? It depends� not for everyone! 19 Aug 2002
By iamperfect - Published on
* * * The Good Things:
This is an excellent self-help book for some people. It depends on what you're looking for. On the plus side ...; this book is "written in a clear, entertaining style, and is full of interesting facts, quotes, and stories." If you haven't read many books about self-help this is a great intro book that covers a lot of material. For someone with little experience reading self-improvement books this book deserves 5 stars.
* * * The Problem:
However, the chapters are short, very short- often only 2 or 3 pages, and the advice is often simplistic. The author rarely goes into any amount of depth on a particular topic. For example, in one 3-page chapter the author makes the point that you should "Become More Optimistic" while another 3-page chapter covers the importance of honesty.
Because the chapters are short they lack something important, content. Each 2-3 page chapter has an uplifting story with a moral: smiling is a good thing, and will make you happier. For some readers of self-help this is enough information and for others it is not. Some wonder... How can I make my smiles look more sincere? How can I smile more effectively? Should I show my teeth? How long should I smile and maintain eye contact? None of these questions are answered or dealt with in this book.
* * * The Conclusion:
In some instances less is more. If you're looking for a brief, light, and fun overview of self-help this book is for you. If you've read other books in this area you may find that this book is too simplistic to be of much use. ...
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally straight talk without preying on fears 14 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on
It's about time somebody contributed to this valuable subject without polluting or diluting. Self help gets such a bad rap sometimes, it's really too bad. I've met many people who have no problem admitting they're not complete, but when presented with the opportunity to find real counsel, balk at the chance to help themselves. Undoubtedly, it's because a lot of greedy people make a living out of preying on people's fears and write magic bullet book store flotsam.
The information presented here is concise, and quite frankly human. Khan pulls no punches, but doesn't beat you up either. It's just the right approach. The best part is that he has obviously done extensive research and names his sources, unlike many Ph.D.'s who DO NOT name their sources and give the impression that they conceived some time honored proven principles all by themselves.
Read this stuff and use it, not just because some so-called "self help" author says so, but because the great minds it references applied the principles successfully themselves.
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