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4.0 out of 5 stars From anger to peevishness, 13 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Charge of Your Life (Paperback)
Over the last couple of days I have spent a good deal of time on various trains lumbering (the trains, not me) up and down the country. Since I have had to lug an overnight clothes bag, briefcase and laptop round with me while tottering about in business heels, I decided that the best choice of book would be a slim vol of some description. Anthony Robbins' Notes From A Friend fits the description well. It's a very slender version of Awaken the Giant Within, which I have also been reading in recent months.

I am ambivalent about Mr Robbins. On the one hand, he's a hugely successful self-made man; he's got enormous stage presence (I was once invited to one of those monster shows he runs in places like the Excel centre in Docklands) and his undoubted verve and enthusiasm are infectious. I admire his achievements and enjoy his style, even when it's a bit ham (and boy is it cheesy sometimes). On the other hand, he's a great presenter, but when I read his stuff and listen to him talk, it's easy to spot the repetition in the material. He certainly recycles his stories and examples on a regular basis and I do wonder when we're going to get some new material.

That said, let's not be churlish. Mr Robbins writing just fizzles with his good humour and his passion to help people understand what they can do to change their lives is clear. I feel very engaged and energised by this book. If you want to achieve your goals, you need guidance in how best to make it happen and getting your energy levels up means you're more likely to get where you want to be. As my brain responds to the ideas, it starts to gather momentum and gets me thinking and excited about new projects (all of them! Just not enough hours in the day!). It also has the effect of boosting my creative thinking. And that's the great thing about Notes From A Friend. As a self-employed consultant, I turn to books like these to gather ideas, direction and help boost motivation. Quite apart from the creativity and motivation stuff Mr Robbins is an excellent salesman - he's given me quite a few ideas on that front too.

By the way, if you're wondering about the anger to peevishness title, this comes from the chapter dealing with the vocabulary of success. The point is that what you focus on is what you'll get. Talk angry, you'll be angry. The words you use influence how you feel and how you behave. Once you learn to control your language you can also control your emotions.

Interesting stuff.

The HR Headmistress
Author: How to Get Top Marks in ... Managing Poor Work Performance
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