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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!”
How To Be Successful
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