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S.U.M.O (Shut Up, Move On): The Straight-Talking Guide to Succeeding in Life [Kindle Edition]

Paul McGee
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the long awaited second-edition of Paul McGee’s international bestselling personal development heavyweight S.U.M.O. Weighing in with humour, insight, practical tips and personal anecdotes, it’s a thought provoking – and possibly life–changing – read. S.U.M.O. has helped tens of thousands of people fulfil their potential, seize opportunities, succeed at work and respond to adverse situations with a positive attitude. Now comprehensively expanded and even more interactive, the 2nd edition, will help S.U.M.O. fans – and S.U.M.O. virgins – get even more out of this popular, straight-talking guide.

S.U.M.O. stands for Shut Up, Move On. It's a phrase to say to ourselves (and sometimes others) when we are acting or thinking in a way that is hindering our ability to succeed. It doesn't necessarily mean 'get over it' or 'pull yourself together' (although there may be occasions when both responses are necessary). 'Shut Up' means stop what you're doing, take time out to reflect, let go of baggage and beliefs that hinder your potential. 'Move On' means tomorrow can be different from today, look for new possibilities, don't just think about it, take action.

There are six S.U.M.O. principles that are designed to help you create and enjoy a brilliant life. If you are wrestling with life's challenges, these principles will help you do so more successfully.

  1. A brand new principle: E+R=O – Event + Response = Outcome. It's not just what happens to you but how you respond to it that shapes your life – you do have control.
  2. Change Your T–Shirt – take responsibility for your own life and don't be a victim.
  3. Develop Fruity Thinking – change your thinking and change your results.
  4. Hippo Time is OK – understand how setbacks affect you and how to recover from them.
  5. Remember the Beachball – increase your understanding and awareness of other people's world.
  6. Learn Latin – change comes through action not intention. Overcome the tendency to put things off.
  7. Ditch Doris Day – create your own future rather than leave it to chance. Forget the attitude 'que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be.'

'A superb book' Allan and Barbara Pease, bestselling authors of Why Men Don't Listen & Women Can't Read Maps

'The S.U.M.O. approach is powerful, simple and effective. Anyone who reads it is sure to look at themselves and the world differently as a result' Octavius black and Sebastian bailey, co-founders of The Mind Gym

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 760 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 2 edition (8 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008D30UX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Paul McGee is one of the UK's leading speakers on the subject of change, workplace relationships and motivation. His provocatively titled book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) became an instant best seller and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in the WHSmith's business book chart and remained there for a further 24 weeks. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast television and is a regular contributor to Radio 5live. Building on his background in psychology, Paul's aim is to deliver a practical, relevant message that can make an immediate impact on people's professional and personal lives. His approach is considered both inspirational and humorous as he seeks to deliver a memorable experience that equips people with insights and ideas to increase their personal effectiveness and impact. He's spoken for over 900 organisations in 36 countries to date, and from Todmorden to Tehran and from Bradford to Brisbane, Paul's messages have resonated with a global audience.

He has had the privilege of working with one of the world's top management gurus, the late Dr Stephen Covey, and his work has been endorsed by the Elite Performance Director of the British Olympic Association, Sir Clive Woodward. His clients include prominent blue chip organisations, public sector bodies and a leading Premiership football club.

Customer Reviews

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good if a little contrived at times 7 April 2011
By bigflat
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Reading this i instantly recognized aspects which had been amalgamated from other source such as 'how to win friends and influence people, the 7 habits of successful people, getting things done etc. Thus the ideas themselves were not particularly original. What is original is the way they are combined in a lucid/concise text, honed down to the key messages rather than being sprawled across hundreds of pages. Also the insights into the authors own life seem more genuine than in those other books which makes it marginally more absorbing.

At about 200 pages its a quick read and quite entertaining. I think you would be hard pressed not to derive some extra motivational energy or feel good factor from reading this book and I would certainly recommend it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 24 Oct. 2011
By Sam
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Did the schools version with work, and thought it was great, so bought the book. It's all about changing your mind set, stop feeling sorry for yourself, think positive and move on - if things aren't working the way you've always done them, then change things! I have read it myself, passed it on to my partner, and there is a que of friends and family waiting to read it! Would definitely recommend this, life-changing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I saw Paul as a guest speaker at a business conference, and his straight forward, relevant, no-nonesense style had everyone in the palm of his hand. I bought this book shortly afterwards and whilst it's not for everyone, if you deal with people at work, have a family or a relationship, or if you have EVER over-reacted to an event, or felt sorry for yourself - IT PROBABLY IS FOR YOU !! ...It's fun, easy to read and explains in simple terms how and why different people can see things in totally different ways and understanding WHY will improve your understanding of family, friends or work colleagues. It may sometimes be straight talking and keeps things simple, but that's what I like about it... Often, understanding the basics, understanding them well and getting them right is absolutely 'key' - The author also shares his own personal experiences which is refreshing... SUMO - All in all, a good informative and thought provoking read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move on to Happiness 23 Feb. 2011
By leet21
Great book full of practical ideas to help you get on with living your life and not wallowing in the past. A must for all those stagnant hippos (read the book to understand)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUMO to success 6 Nov. 2012
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This book is so good, I had to get one for a therapist friend of mine. The exercises and ideas are so helpful. I was reading this during a particularly difficult time in my life with lots of changes, the past rearing its head and not really being sure which way to turn, I have to say that this book really helped me let go of the past and move forward in a positive manner. So much so that I have been freed to make some major changes in my life. READ THIS BOOK.....great and easy to understand, the author has a sense of humour and also gives examples from his own life. Great reading for therapists looking for some alternative ideas to help their clients.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 28 Jun. 2013
By Baskey
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I enjoyed this book, it's pitched at a level anyone could relate to. I often use the principles of this book when things go wrong for me. It always puts everything into perspective! Definitely a good read if you are a " glass half empty" person!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 7 questions on my shoulder 1 Nov. 2011
I now always carry the 7 questions. You see they help me when I am faced with a challenge - they just sit on my right shoulder. My friends are these 7 questions. Always giving me heplful advise just when I need them. Learn to SUMO!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the spot 7 Oct. 2013
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This book was recommended by a colleague. An easy read with humour and practical ideas it offers food for thought. Stop Understand and Move On (the mantra used for the adaptation for schools) might be a more accurate message to each of the points... but this was helpful, practical and easily applicable. Interspersed with "personal stuff" made the understanding even easier.
Will come back to again and again I am sure.
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