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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2010
This is a brilliant little book. I felt that the author took ideas from Behavioural Therapy, Life Coaching and NLP and put them into bite size, happy, readable chunks. It really encouraged me to be brilliant, something I wasn't expecting. I guess he reminded me of the delight in doing things well, and the joy of just exceeding, for its own sake.
In the heart of the book, he talks about changing your values, belief systems, and re-looking at the evidence for the belief systems you created. All quite deep stuff, but presented very well and in a way I could understand. I've been coming across lots of stuff about personal responsibility and people saying that "we create our own lives and everything that happens is as a result of our own decisions, actions and beliefs" but this is the first book I read that really explained to me why. I liked it very much and I would recommend it to anyone on a quest to live a more productive and fulfilling life.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This is not a brilliant book. Some of the success-stories are inaccurate and therefore lose their punch. Some of the brain science is a bit dodgy. Some of the sentiment is a bit too syrupy. But there are some good jokes and it is very encouraging. The best thing about the book is that it is short and concise. So, well worth adding to your library of personal growth manuals (turning your life around is not a one-shop trip) but too flawed to be brilliant. Plenty of good ideas to cherry-pick but it still lacks a bit of polish to get five stars.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2008
I read these reviews and bought the live CD as I have a lot of books and fancied listening to a live event for a change. I liked the guys style but after listening to the whole CD (including adverts at the end) I felt there was nothing much new or really anything you couldn't work out for yourself and where were the exercises?
I can sum up the whole talk up in a few points.

Don't just do things averagely or even really well - go the extra mile and do them brilliantly.
Do a lot right now and you will see a lot of results
Think positively not negatively.
Imagine and visualise yourself doing things brilliantly.
Don't do everything yourself - get a great team of experts working for you.

And that is it really. I am sure if you do those things it will be good for you, but I know that. If I pay for someone's expert advice I would expect a bit more than them being very up beat and telling me to be brilliant.

Make up your own mind how much you money you want to spend on getting that information.

Not greatly impressed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2004
I thought this was a book written by a Geordie for Geordies who wanted to walk around saying "Brilliant" to each other...but I was wrong.
It's a very simple and powerful self-help book that hits the key areas and does it in a very action-oriented fashion.
It prompted me to ask someone very famous to be a mentor for me - someone I thought would definitely say no - and they said yes by return email. How about that for action.
Try the book, enjoy it, and get on with maximizing your life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have just listened to this book whilst driving. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have already implemented many of the ideas discussed. However, the car isn't the best place to listen to it. There are activities to follow and doing so whilst driving will not end well. I away on holiday in a week, this audio book is top of my list whilst away. If you don't get something from this well rounded and well presented book, then that says more about you than it does about the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2010
When I first read How to be Brilliant, I almost felt embarrassed to be seen reading it and came over all Ermyntrude (the cow from the Magic Rounadabout!);it's so terribly, terribly, un-English to say or even aspire to such things, darling! But reading it was worth my momentary and quite unnecessary blushes. It's clear and helpful with plenty of witty interjections. I just love the idea of Brill Tips and have used them in achieving my goals, one of which is to write a business book of my own. And I did! How to Get Top Marks in ... Managing Poor Work Performance: Employment Law, Good Practice and Tactical Tips from The HR Headmistress. So it clearly works well.

Most of the books in this category that I've read before have been written by Americans. Nothing against that, but I enjoyed absorbing a very English perspective. I suspect Mr Heppell writes very much as he speaks, which adds to the book's appeal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2012
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is not just for those who need help, or feel they are lacking in something that others have - it's for everyone. I thought I was already brilliant (sorry to be boastful), "How to be Brilliant" was gifted to me, but the things I have learnt from this book made me so much better than I thought I could be, and very importantly took a lot of the stress of being brilliant away. The exercises are simple to do, and they do make a difference. The style of writing is casual, talkative and easy to read. This is the type of book that makes you want to read more.
I strongly suggest reading this book, even if you think it can't/won't help you, or if you already think you're the best you can be, because you will come away with a new perspective on life, and I guarantee you that you will have read something that you didn't know before.
Enjoy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2008
i am quite awful when it comes to self help books: i have about 20 of them at home and this is the only one i have actually finished because i wanted to. It was easy to read, very enjoyable, just as listening to someone talk to you.
for the first time EVER i took a pen and got down to doing the exercises: the goal settings, the values, the brilliant me, I did them all.
I have fallen in love with this book and the fast pace in which it is written. Micheal Heppel encourages the reader to take responsibilty to BE brilliant, to look into their beliefs and to make things right for you again in a easy to handle accessible way. I still think very often ofsome passages in the book that really hit home, such as a good job is the minimum expected of me. or september 2001 was a good time to fly.
this book has really touched me and has worked for me: i am half way through me 90 days plan and already things have changed around me.
I thouroughly recommend this book to any body would would like to make themselves brilliant!!!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2006
Exceptional. I have studied a lot of personal development and I must say this is one of those gems where you get some brilliant ideas AND the how to do it.
I find it amusing that a couple of reviewers are concerned that Michael Heppell uses the same stories as some other trainers. Where have they been! Jack Black takes most of his ideas from Sliva and Zig Zigglar and Robbins takes 90% of his from Jim Rohn and Richard Bandler. Then again Jim Rohn got a lot of his stuff from Napoleon Hill and Hill got lots of his from Orison Swett Marden (bet you’ve never heard of him)!
What Michael Heppell does (brilliantly) in his book is to take the ideas, concepts and strategies of classic personal develop (the stuff we know we need to do) and convinces the reader that they must do it.
It’s a long time since I’ve read a book that made me really take actions and that’s why it gets the big 5 stars from me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 September 2012
I bought my first copy of Michael's "How to be Brilliant" in 2004 and thought - interesting - and read it in about an hour or so...

I picked it up - probably 5 or 6 times over the next few years and again - thought it was quite interesting - but actually realised I had started implementing some of Michael's theory of "Brilliant" into my own life...

So when this edition came out I decided to buy it and take a little bit more notice...

Over the last 10 years, my life has changed beyond anything I could have even "mentally rehearsed" as Michael would say.

I went back to University - studied 2 degrees (am currently on a year out after finishing 5 years of an Msc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy).

I have presented "Authentic Joy" workshops at national and international conferences - my children are all functioning extremely well - my eldest has just been promoted at work - middle son is an a* student - youngest is captain of a very successful football team - my wife is currently running her own successful business - and I could probably keep going on about all the "Brilliant" things in my life,..

I am an now an expert in helping people overcome addictions, lose weight, create better relationships and a few other things.

I remember that when I first picked this book up - I had just finished a course in hypnotherapy and counselling - and thought if this stuff "really works" then I'm going to hypnotise me...

By continually reading books such as this one - I have managed to stay focused for much longer than 90 days and "becoming brilliant" or "getting better" or whatever you want to call it - is well worth applying to you and yours...

Anyway, back to the book - the simple idea of "becoming brilliant" and measuring it in a journal is so simple - and life changing - you either overlook the obvious - or read it - and not actually implement it...

When I ran very successful weight loss groups - the best predictor of success was if you used a food and drink and exercise journal.

When I started to practice psychotherapy - I learnt how to contract with people and as part of the contract - we would use very similar principles like in this book "How to be Brilliant" and measure "getting better"...

If you believe you can become "Brilliant" then you probably will - however - if you start to measure "becoming brilliant" you will also start "getting better" at whatever brilliant means for you.

Michael is a great story teller and the book is full of lively and lovely anecdotes. It also has easy to understand diagrams and lots of helpful exercises...

Can you become "Brilliant" in 90 days?

My take on this is that "Brilliant" is a process (or as Michael says a standard) rather than an event and if you can get a run of 9 days - never mind 90 - you're on the path...

90 days of focused attention on "becoming brilliant" won't do you any harm - and as a philosophy - is in one word...

You've guessed it - "Brilliant"...

Buy this book and see what happens...
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