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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2012
The book starts well, I like the first main exercise, it asks you to write what youd ideally like for 7 key areas and how you'd like your life to be in each area.
It then asks you to pick the 1 area thats most importnat, then discard the other areas for now because 'Its not easy choosing between goals, but neither is it easy being successful in seven different areas at once!' Advice I wish Id taken 10 years ago..

The book is easy to read and is broken down into short digestible sections. Sometimes some of the chapters seem a bit contrived just for the sake of having a chapter .. but overall some good stuff in here.

I was close to giving it 4 stars.
A worth while read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2012
While ok I wasn't as impressed as I had expected to be from the other reviews. A lot of the advice was fairly basic common sense - make lists, use a diary, prioritise, delegate, use your time effectively to further your goals. As a fairly organised person already I didn't feel there was a lot I could learn from it, but it is written in a helpful, chatty style which I did enjoy, and obviously many peope have found it useful.

Some sections did make me laugh as not really being directly applicable to the average person - asking my family and friends to carry out tasks for me because I am focusing on my goals would not go down very well. Equally, Duncan's suggestion that I tell my chatting co-workers that I have an important deadline and need to focus, could they please stop chatting, would be met with derision and and comments to the effect I was getting above my station rather than happy compliance - but maybe that's just my office!

Overall, I found it well written and an interesting insight into Duncan's world, but other than a few small pointers I didn't glean that much that would be directly useful to me.
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on 9 July 2012
I found this book really useful in terms of learning practical, commonsense ways to make better use of my time and have successfully implemented a lot of the advice from this book into my own personal/business time.

Duncan Bannatyne's style of writing is very no-nonsense, in the sense that he makes points clearly and quickly, without dragging them on too much. I like that style of writing, which is why I've enjoyed his books so far.

The key lesson from this book is vital, in my opinion: "Replication is the best model for success because it eliminates risk"

What he means by that is that by doing things, such as time-management, in a way that has worked brilliantly for other people, as opposed to inventing some innovative time-management system, you know you're getting something that works, because it's been tested before.

Innovation is timely, risky and avoiding it helps eliminate risk. This is one of the wisest nuggets of business information I've heard, period.

For the relatively small price of this book, I think you'll get a very good return on your investment. That's been the case for me, at least.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2011
Duncan Bannatyne isn't one to let the grass grow beneath his feet, his many business ventures and forthright attitude makes this a book to look deeply into. And as a result you will come away with some sound advice from the man that's been there and thrown away the T-shirt.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2012
This books is OK, if you get it from the library like I did. But I wouldn't pay £££ for it. Some of Bannatyne's advice in the book is a bit patronising, such as 'put the tv in the roof to avoid the distraction'. I get the impression that this book was published, just so he could have another book out, as it lacks any original thinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Really down to earth common sense. I really liked his advice to go with established systems. It removes the pressure to be individual all the time which is so tiring!
Real nuggets here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The best time management book I ever read was Brian Tracey's Eat That Frog. Seriously this is not very interesting.
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on 10 May 2013
A collection of good tips and anecdotes from the least likely of dragons to write something like this. Shows mr B is a deep thoughtful person with depth of character. many useful tips when put into practice I felt are useful. One thing to note this is not narrated by duncan himself which was a little disappointing hence 4 stars not 5.
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on 1 February 2014
If you want to do some thing with yor life please buy this book and read it twice

inspiring motivating and gives you insite to how big business are run

i this this should be taught in business studies diplomas and degrees
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on 6 February 2014
A most excellent book. Spending time to read this book is more than a therapy and is much loved. Thank for the prompt service I received it in good time.
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