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Official Review: How To Be Successful by M. Curtis McCoy

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "How To Be Successful" by M. Curtis McCoy.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Are you working a job you hate? Is there a business idea that could change your life? Do you spend a large chunk of your time feeling down-and-out? Have you sacrificed years of energy and financial resources, and worked countless hours for what seems like little-to-no compensation? Do you often subscribe to motivational talks and blogs, and seek to attend seminars and conferences led by powerhouse mentors preaching real-life stories of success?

How To Be Successful: Think Like A Leader by M. Curtis McCoy is a motivational, self-help book that features a mix of true stories and conversations. The content places focus upon several life lessons that apply to business, relationships, leadership strategies, prioritization, time management, confidence-building, industry trends, and personal branding. McCoy aims to empower readers with tips, tricks, and testaments that are designed to help ensure financial prosperity, personal growth, and a well-balanced existence to those individuals who are dedicated to attaining a greater level of overall success.

As an entrepreneur, business-development expert, influencer, and keynote speaker, McCoy draws from a wealth of personal learning experiences and speaking engagements, but as a type-1 diabetic and brain cancer survivor, his invaluable input has also been influenced by significant health hurdles too. When a malignant glioblastoma diagnosis sent him seeking alternative treatments in Tijuana, Mexico, he was graciously gifted with a second chance at life. He discusses some genuine, behind-the-scenes struggles, and even highlights some potential pitfalls to avoid.

The road to betterment starts with making the firm decision to actively pursue your goals. We all must make a concerted effort to surround ourselves with positive influences and other successful people, in order to create opportunities for success. Are you willing to risk short-term comfort (and temporary conveniences) in pursuit of a larger goal, even if that means investing in tools or a new wardrobe, instead of 3 daily meals and a motel room?

Throughout this book, readers will encounter sections like: Practice Delayed Gratification, Six Keys To Building Quality Friendships, and Take Pride In Your Appearance, but interspersed between these topics are individualized sets of interview answers. McCoy approached several mentors and business professionals with a 15-line questionnaire that provided him with the collective responses from 8 different people and their personalized perspectives. From a US Navy SEAL sniper, to a pastor with an arrest record, the sources span the spectrum. They do all agree that some of the most valued character traits include: humility, modesty, loyalty, accountability, diligence, courage, honesty, integrity, self-discipline and imagination. A persistent tenacity and indefatigable spirit are imperative, and while it is true that failure builds character, you also have to know when to cut your losses and move on.

I enjoyed seeing the inclusion of inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout, since they peppered the pages with ‘encouragement confetti.’ All of the content appears in an easily comprehensible and conversational tone, and while there were some grammatical and typographical errors present, they did not detract from the positive message. There is mention of the Christian faith, biblical principles, scriptural references, and the power of prayer. One section does allude to the belief that any atheist may own and operate a business, but only Christians will be hugely successful long-term, so any readers who may be sensitive to such faith-based beliefs should be forewarned.

I feel this book would be appropriate for aspiring entrepreneurs and anyone who may feel stuck in their current job/career or life situation. Even at 174 pages in length, it is a fairly quick read that succeeds in promoting the power of positive thinking and several target areas for potential self-improvement. I award this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. Success, motivation, and inspiration can help us all achieve our most ambitious pursuits. “Change your attitude, improve your life!”

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This sounds like such a useful guide for anyone who wants to set up their own business! I'm glad the author gave good guidance to the reader on how to successfully achieve their dreams. Thanks for the review.

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_Lindsey_ wrote:
26 Jun 2020, 08:33
This sounds like such a useful guide for anyone who wants to set up their own business! I'm glad the author gave good guidance to the reader on how to successfully achieve their dreams. Thanks for the review.
Most definitely! Good guidance is key, and this author has both the experience and the know-how to motivationally assist others in many ways. Thanks for your comment!

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As I read your informative review I thought about all my working years as a nurse. I never once disliked the career path I had chosen in the mid 1970’s. But as time went on, I experienced changes in the medical environment that if I had to start over I might would rethink my profession. In today’s world I know it would be a serious decision on whether to go to nursing school. This book sounds full of useful thoughts and ideas to assist a person in a career path. I do believe the author also had some luck on his side too. He might would see it as divine intervention so who am I to say. I do believe it to be a worthwhile read as some of his ideas sound motivating and deserve a chance when thinking about our own lives. I so enjoy reading your reviews as they are always truthful and informative and I always learn something new about a subject. Thanks again!

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Only Christians can be successful in the long term? Eek! I'm amazed any author would say or even imply that. Does he actually think Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, etc. can't succeed?

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RetiredOBNurse wrote:
26 Jun 2020, 10:50
As I read your informative review I thought about all my working years as a nurse. I never once disliked the career path I had chosen in the mid 1970’s. But as time went on, I experienced changes in the medical environment that if I had to start over I might would rethink my profession. In today’s world I know it would be a serious decision on whether to go to nursing school. This book sounds full of useful thoughts and ideas to assist a person in a career path. I do believe the author also had some luck on his side too. He might would see it as divine intervention so who am I to say. I do believe it to be a worthwhile read as some of his ideas sound motivating and deserve a chance when thinking about our own lives. I so enjoy reading your reviews as they are always truthful and informative and I always learn something new about a subject. Thanks again!
The healthcare industry has certainly taken a turn over the past decade, and the job satisfaction in that career sector has suffered tremendously in many ways, but as times change and technology advances, new opportunities arise and the idea of entrepreneurship seems to attract more and more. It was nice to hear the different viewpoints given through the compiled interview answers in this book. Thanks so much for checking it out!

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Juliet+1 wrote:
26 Jun 2020, 11:53
Only Christians can be successful in the long term? Eek! I'm amazed any author would say or even imply that. Does he actually think Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, etc. can't succeed?
Well, it was an answer given by one of the people the author interviewed with his standard, 15-question list (so those bits appeared verbatim), but loyalty to the tenets of Christianity was a viewpoint shared and preached by many in the book, and it was the only religion/faith-based option discussed, so I just felt it warranted mentioning. I totally understand your reaction to that segment! We all find our own unique paths to success, and I don’t believe there is any right or wrong way to individualize that journey, so sometimes strong beliefs may clash. I greatly appreciate your feedback!

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I love books fat inspire one to succeed. I'd love to read what the auhtor had to offer. Thanks for the honest review.
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26 Jun 2020, 17:15
I love books fat inspire one to succeed. I'd love to read what the auhtor had to offer. Thanks for the honest review.
Thanks so much! There’s nothing like a title that helps inspire and uplift others. Hope you get the chance to check it out.

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I like that the book features real-life stories. I could draw momentum from these stories. Thanks for the review.

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27 Jun 2020, 02:20
I like that the book features real-life stories. I could draw momentum from these stories. Thanks for the review.
For sure, I agree! It’s always a treat to get a glimpse into a sampling of different lives, to see where successful commonalities may lie. Thanks for your comment!

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Wow, This is quiet an add to the genre. A book that gives a wonderful guide to Success!. I Love the fact that this is a motivational, self-help book that features a mix of true stories and conversations. This review is wonderful.

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What interests me the most is that this book doesn’t seem to be a stereotypical self-help book. It seems to explore some topics that are a bit different from the generic ones most self-help authors talk about. I also love the various people the author receives insights from. This seems like a worthwhile read!

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This is basically a guide like the title itself . It sounds like it also has the reality and steps of becoming successful . Beautiful review .

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Nelson Reviews wrote:
27 Jun 2020, 07:25
Wow, This is quiet an add to the genre. A book that gives a wonderful guide to Success!. I Love the fact that this is a motivational, self-help book that features a mix of true stories and conversations. This review is wonderful.
The real-life story contributions certainly helped give it an ‘applicable authenticity’ boost! Thank you so much for the kind words of support.

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