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Some good, plenty bad
on 9 April 2008
I read this book rapidly and enthusiastically the first time, and on my second reading decided to take notes as I went. It was not until I did this until I realised how much waffle and downright rubbish there is in this book.
There are a number of very good parts to this book that I have adopted. For instance, the whole concept of goal setting; write out your goals rather than just think them. Have long and short term goals; work out how to get to that goal by setting steps that should be achieved by a certain time period. This has really helped me to focus on the things that I want to accomplish and makes them seem that much closer.
However, he seems to rely too much on personal or second hand anecdotes to back up claims of the success of his program, and the few studies he does present such as Harvard graduates with written goals earned up to 10 times more after 20 years than those who didn't are quite open to interpretation; are more motivated more likely to write down goals in the first place?
In addition, he advocates a very admirable idea that hard work always pays off and that only through your own hard work can you hope to get what you want. Although this seems like a perfectly good challenge to the idea of victimisation that permeates so much of modern society, it does seem a little naïve. He tells his readers that if you get fired from your company that it is nobody's fault but that of the economy and you should move on as rapidly as you can. Try telling that to women or members of ethnic minorities trying to fight against workplace prejudice, or to the people of Michigan who are suffering from the decline of manufacturing in the West, and for whom jobs simply do not exist.
In conclusion, this is a book that can help you focus on your goals but as with anything like this a critical eye is required to sift out the inadequacies.