Saturday, December 20, 2014

Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success

Book Review:
Title: Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success:  Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life's Riches
Author: Steve Harvey with Jeffrey Johnson
Pages: 240
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date of Publication: September 9, 2014
Source: Publisher

The title "Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success" is clearly related to the subject matter. Steve Harvey is well-known for his comedy and has moved to the top of his game as a media mogul with not one but two bestsellers on the New York Times book lists, a syndicated radio show and two current running television shows.
The purpose of the book is educational, instructional, and motivational in the principles and techniques of life successes.
This is a powerful and easy to read book targeted to both men and women, especially those who desire to break free from their current station in life and to elevate their game. This was a purposeful deviation from his previous two works; "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” and “Straight Talk, No Chaser,” books that were targeted primarily for women.
This is definitely a “come-up story” for both genders with analogies that I could easily relate to and information that I have incorporated into my own game plan. The writers style is simple and yet persuasive.
The book is easy to read; I read it on a flight to the West Coast. “It is well organized into three parts with catchy subtitles such as “Put your name on the lease.” The author hit the bull’s-eye by exploring and clearly explaining the principles of success. While many community leaders are still pondering how to address our financial problems, Steve Harvey has made it to the top and leads the way in reaching the masses way down the socio-economic ladder as well as those of us at the middle still making our climb upwards. He really spoke to me and provided some keen insight. First, that my profession as a psychiatrist is an acquired skill and talent, but not my unique God-given gift. Secondly, even though I can make a good living with my skill and talent; it is not the same as using my unique gift. And lastly, once identified and attached to the right vehicle I can use my unique gift to elevate not only myself and my immediate family but my whole community.
The possibilities for this book are endless, if studied, and embraced, it could change the downward trend in America where many have become permanently displaced near the bottom.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this book to those who are looking for answers on how to move up the ladder and to find purpose in life.

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