3 out of 4 stars
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How to be Successful is a self-help non-fiction book by M. Curtis McCoy. The doctors diagnosed him with diabetes and brain cancer, but he did not let his condition define him. As the title says, this book talks about how to manage your life to become successful. The author includes interviews with investors, entrepreneurs, athletes, pastors, and ex-convicts who chose to improve their lives. The question and answer portions include the definition of success, daily steps to improve, strengths and weaknesses, what keeps them awake at night, what inspires them, and advice to their 18-year-old self.
I learned a lot of new information from reading this book. The writing style is very engaging and straightforward. The topics have small sections with helpful headings so they will be easy to remember. Aside from that, there are quotes from famous people and passages from the Bible. I especially love the mention of influential non-fiction books they love to reread that helped them become successful.
Additionally, I notice that almost every interviewee mentioned loyalty, honesty, and integrity as valuable traits in a person. Most of them are highly competitive. They always seize the opportunity to find solutions to every problem they encounter, and they are not afraid to take risks. They choose to hang out with good people who positively affected their outlook and habits. Lastly, they are God-fearing, goal-oriented, and have a strong work ethic.
Despite the motivational content in this book, it fell short in providing citations to support claims on science, research, or studies to make them more credible. At the end of my reading session, I had lots of questions. Where did the author get the information that 70% of Americans qualify as overweight or obese? Or that 80% of Americans are in debt? When did the studies take place?
Because of the missing parts I mentioned above, I give this book rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I enjoy checking the sources of new information, so the lack of citations negatively affected my reading experience. Also, the errors on misplaced modifiers confused me.
I recommend this book to people who look for self-help books to improve their lives. This non-fiction book does not contain profanity or sexual content. However, I do not recommend this to kids younger than 15 years old who do not understand some complex words used in the book. The mention of a firm belief in God and the Bible may affect some non-religious people.
How To Be Successful
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