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The Joy of Success


Short Description: Ten Essential Skills for Getting the Success You Want
Authors : Susan Ford Collins
  • Publisher: Unknown
  • Pages: 256
  • Hard Cover: False
  • ISBN: 9780060934262
  • Publishing Date: 2004

Collins, who has spent the past 20 years studying highly successful people and sharing their secrets through her "Technology of Success" seminars, extends her franchise with this book. Weaving together metaphysics, physics, philosophy and psychology, she presents an in-depth examination of 10 skills that highly successful people employ. With the premise that success is not a goal but a state of being "satisfied and fulfilled by what you choose to do and be on a daily basis," Collins shows readers how to "manage the process day by day, step by step," beginning with instructions on ways to define, manage and acknowledge success. Insisting that "we are the creators of our lives," she presents the tools that she says will help readers realize their dreams. Although all this talk of following one’s ambitions and desires may sound stale, Collins does delineate some key characteristics of successful folk: they communicate powerfully, have a clear idea of what they want to achieve and aren’t afraid to step out on a limb. And while some readers may question Collins’s anecdotal evidence and free-range logic and beliefs, she does deliver well-defined and practical tips for both personal and professional success. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. While Collins was studying the mentally ill at the National Institutes of Mental Health, she kept wondering why scientists don't study healthy, successful people and learn from them as well. Strangely, when she asked successful people what made them succeed, they were usually unable to find an answer. It was only through observing them at work and in their daily lives that she was able to define 10 skills they were applying unconsciously. In "Skill 1" we learn that success doesn't just mean accomplishing a goal; it also means sometimes saying no to free up time to enjoy life. "Skill 2" involves shifting gears from initial interest (first gear) to doing something better and faster (second gear) to working smarter and realizing your dreams (third gear). These concepts form the basis for the "Skills" that follow as Collins takes a Zen approach, where the journey becomes more relevant than the destination. Although the narrative morphs into something more esoteric than practical, the stories prevent it from falling apart.