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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fear of failure is, I think, quite common and no doubt holds people back and stops them reaching their full potential - or worse still - even trying too.

It's something I too could be accused of in some areas of my life and it's not problem I really understand. I have no idea where it's come from as in most areas of my life I am the total opposite: driven with a give it a go, you never know attitude.

However, as I say in some areas I will not entertain even trying. And this is something that has been with me since childhood (how many more people can officially say they managed to duck out, avoid or play truant at every sports day?), so when I saw this book I thought I'd give it a whirl.

However, it turned out to be far too business oriented for me and of little use. Also, I'm not really sure how much of it is the author's own material as it seems to be filled with material taken from others sources. In the end I stopped reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2013
I purchased this book from a recommendation on Amazon, and how pleased I am that I did.

This book spells it out in simple terms what you need to do to get where you want to be. I am finding it invaluable, added with coaching from work - i'll be unstoppable soon!

It helps you find your fears, find work arounds, and set your goals to get where you want to be. Amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2014
Great book, having come to a cross roads in my career and wanting to find work I love I was looking for some help. This book was a great motivator to help make some decisions and focus on next steps. It deconstructs lots of other self help books and comes from an angle of reality. It allows you to feel hopeful and optimistic about new projects without telling you to dream about being a billionaire within the next few months like some other books in this sector. It has good values, its brutally honest about the author, and for those people who have high ambitions which are sabotaged by low self esteem and negative self talk this book provides techniques and ways of working through this with a strategy, plan and tactics. I will certainly be using it to plan ahead and pick up as a reference guide. Thanks Robert and well done on a fantastic book!
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VINE VOICEon 25 October 2012
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Lets get one thing straight from the start: this book is for people whose fear of failure is stopping them. Please don't buy it thinking there might be a selection of possible obstacles to success you can pick from and thus be told the solution. No, this book is people with low achievement motivation - i.e. fear of failure.

In contrast to many other 'self-help' titles I've read, 'What's Stopping You?' starts off with a fairly bleak assessment of the situation: that many of us were messed up at some point in our young lives and our brains are now pretty much hard-wired that way. The author deliberately compares that opinion to the more popular, NLP-driven idea that we can change how our brains work just by focusing on the way we think about things. No, once you've grown up with a fear of failure you are pretty much guaranteed to seek out boom or bust solutions to life's challenges. What this book suggests though is that knowing you tend to do that means you can reassess your approach to problems and learn not to choose what the fear of failure is telling you to do but the sensible rational option instead.

As negative as those first two paragraphs may seem, I am actually quite positive about this title. I can identify with a lot of the traits it describes and appreciate its rational approach to recognizing where I tend to go wrong and learning to make better, more fulfilling decisions. Uplifting, stimulating, and, above all, practical.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2014
Before reading this book I had difficulties wording my anxiety & fear and finding a way to move towards my goals. Robert writes in such a straightforward & illustrative way, making the book highly relatable & motivating.
What I like most is that he doesn't offer a cure for being a High-FF, but instead makes it okay to be one and gives tools to achieve your goals and live your life in spite of your fears.
This will definitely be a book I will go back to again and again to help me keep moving forward.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2015
At last a self help book for the Brits. No icky American touchy, feely- go chant in a mirror stuff. Cuts to the chase and makes sense, especially if like me you are unable to get past a world full of people you feel in equal parts inferior (because we have been taught it is dog eat dog and you aren't remotely Canid), and massively superior to because, frankly, you have more integrity in your little finger than most of the people you meet out there. Especially in business. I'm just saying.
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VINE VOICEon 15 September 2012
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I'm always sceptical about self-help books, but this one makes so much sense! The explanation that those with high fear of failure will set targets that are unrealistic, either too hard or too easy, was the start of making lots of things fall into place. I really feel I've learnt a lot from this book, about how to manage uncertainty and set reasonable targets, and I'm so glad I read it. There's not many books I can say have had a really strong influence on me, but this is one of them.
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VINE VOICEon 21 August 2012
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I should have read this book years ago....but better late than never!For someone who is reasonably intelligent I have not, as yet, achieved my true potential, mainly in my career. I think many people will identify with this, especially if they lack confidence, like I have done all my life (sob!).

Of course fear holds us back and this is key. Overcoming fear of failure is the trick! This book covers strategies to help you accept who you are and build on confidence and achievements. It is well written in a clear manner and easy to read. I liked the mix of science, theory and application. This mix makes it worthwhile and fun to read, as every aspect of failure, expectations, potential and success are covered.

I shall no doubt go over the chapters and dip into the book whenever I feel the need.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 11 January 2013
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If you abhor a challenge, this book is for you. Kelsey identifies himself as one who innately prefers not to try and therefore not to fail. It is a common complaint. This book is the Kelsey's attempt to overcome this drawback, which he appears to have succeeded in doing. Kelsey has read many self-help book in the past and condensed this information into his own. That said, there is also a lot of personal testimony about Kelsey's own struggle to overcome his fear of failure. The book is intelligently written, Kelsey was a one-time financial journalist. There are a few boxed words of wisdom but generally Kelsey resists the urge to set the book out as an 'easy reader'. The book contains much encouraging and helpful advice for those who need to practice throwing caution to the wind. Much of the advice is geared towards succeeding in business. This encompasses how to deal with awkward employees and employers. There is also a section on being an entrepreneur. This is a thoughtful work and I would recommend it to anybody whose fatal flaw is a lack of confidence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2014
Like any motivational or self help book, it does exactly what is should do which is get you thinking about yourself and how you approach everything in life. A great read for anyone looking to make a change in your life. As with all books in this genre there are a load of cliche phrases, but don't let this put you off.
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