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Life in Half a Second: How to Achieve Success Before It's Too Late Paperback – 1 Oct 2013
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I finished this book last night - my husband had to drag me out of the bath after 3 hours. I just had to get to the end, especially as Matthew leaves the most applicable aspect (in my case) of 'fear' when reaching for your dreams until last. I have so many dreams, an abundance of qualifications. My husband always jokes that my epitaph on my gravestone will list all my letters and state "still waiting to use". Well, hopefully no more. I really feel the fear factor of just diving in and getting to work has been explained and I now realise that ALL successful people experience fear when they reach for their goals. This is what has been stopping me.
The book is addictive and highly readable with a potent message. Matthew ingeniously presents the book in a series of different steps to help you work your way towards your goal. There are only a handful of 'to sit down and write' exercises which are sometimes off-putting in other books. The concept of goal pyramids resonated with me as I just couldn't work out how to start working towards my goals. I also loved the idea of how we all have a 'dream box' - all our dreams in a box which we open less and less as we get older to the point where it gets dusty and neglected. The weekend I read that message I actually drove home for the first time in three years to see if I could rediscover my dream box. That day was hugely nostalgic - as I looked out the bedroom window I had as a little girl I remembered all my ambitions with gusto. As I looked out the bedroom window where I spent my years before going to university, my dreams around that era also flooded back. I drove back home that night totally understanding what Matthew meant. I had closed my dream box and only occasionally opened it up - feeling sad and bitter whenever I did. My dreams were just dormant.
I digress. I now have work to do. I now agree that there is no such word as 'can't'. If someone asked me to achieve something or my children would die (presented perhaps more tactfully within the book) I could achieve all my goals. Absolutely. I now have two very different directions ahead of me due to studying two completely different occupations due to fearing action. I now need to decide which is my priority and my main desire: financial independence afforded by one route or my child's dream of being a head teacher - rewarding but little monetary gain.
I have told so many people about this book already and will be buying it as Christmas presents - the best present many people will be getting this year as it has the potential to change their lives.... before it it is too late. I read another quote this week: "don't die with the music in you" - I really feel enthused to achieve and be a success.
This is my first amazon review but I had to share......
ONE AMAZING BOOK!!
Matt Michelwicz, a highly credible serial entrepreneur, reflects on his childhood passions and demonstrates how he nurtured them to build an enviable business empire. His inherent drive is born from a fear of his own insignificance relative to that of the universe. However, this is just one dimension of a multifaceted story. His winning approach to entrepreneurship and business is supported by science and a proven structure that encourages action at each of the 5 stages of success: Clarity, Desire, Belief, Knowledge, Action.
The narrative is beautifully written, and I identify with Matt’s childhood ambitions, his unashamed idolisation of Arnold Schwarzenegger (me too!), his business methodologies, and motivation to help others.
Planet earth is 4.5bn years old, and humans evolved 200k years ago. If you calibrate this timeframe to 1 year, humans have existed for 0.44% of this time, and in the grand scheme of things, our 80-year lifespan becomes merely half a second. Matt Michelwicz begins by explaining that’s all you have. What follows is a journey of life and how to make the most of it by achieving your goals. Life in Half a Second is fact-based, fluff-free, and one of my favourite books. Lee Bartlett (13,870 days to live).