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The No Excuse Guide To Success by Jim Smith, Jr. - Book review

The No Excuse Guide to Success

No Matter What Your Boss-or Life-Throws at You

By: Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr.

Published: June 22, 2012
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1601632126
ISBN-13: 978-1601632128
Publisher: Career Press

"I am not breaking any new ground here if I tell you right up front that most of us are absolutely addicted to making excuses" writes empowerment/motivational speaker, trainer and coach, President and CEO of JIMPACT Enterprises, Inc., Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr., in his inspiring and transformational book The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss-or Life-Throws at You. The author describes the importance of moving past the blame game and provides his ten secrets to success through personal responsibility and the ending of making excuses.

Jim Smith, Jr. understands why so many people indulge in blaming others, and how it can become a limiting habit of behavior. The author points out that while blame may provide an excuse for one's own inaction or failings, assigning blame does nothing to help overcome obstacles and taking charge of the individual's own life. To counter this almost reflective urge to make excuses or to blame others, Jim Smith, Jr. guides the reader toward accepting personal responsibility, and being accountable to yourself by owning your own decisions. Whether the excuses are blamed on people or on rapidly changing technology, the author teaches readers to transcend those barriers and take charge of your own life, and to start being a winner.

Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr. (photo left) recognizes the value of making the conscious decision to no longer make excuses for failing to take action or for dwelling on perceived mistakes. Instead the author proposes a complete reassessment of how you approach your career and your life. Instead of blaming others, Jim Smith, Jr. offers the more positive approach of believing in yourself, owning the choices you make, embracing uncertainty, and end the fear of winning.

Jim Smith, Jr. provides a complete set of ten guiding principles that he calls the Winning Ways. Those ten pillars of personal success, overcoming barriers, and winning are as follows:

* Own your choices
* Focus on positive outcomes and expect the best
* Embrace the uncertainty
* Do more with your best
* Listen with three ears
* Remove self-created barriers
* Pursue your passion, not a paycheck
* Give up "right-fighting"
* Avoid the "taking credit" trap
* Live with urgency and purpose

For me, the power of the book is how Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr. provides the tools and techniques to make real change in your own life, and challenges the individual to take action on achieving that personal transformation. The book is much more than a collection of ideas, or even of powerful and proven strategies for changing your life. The book is also a very hands on workbook complete with self assessment guides, written exercises, and several questionnaires that drill down to uncover your most troubling barriers.

Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr. calls his philosophy and action plan for living one of no excuses. The exercises in the book, in its workbook form, deliver on that promise. The guides to behavioral change within the book build and develop a sense of personal responsibility and accountability through the application of the ten Winning Ways.

I highly recommend the very practical and life changing book The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss-or Life-Throws at You by Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr., to anyone seeking to break free of barriers, break through obstacles, and become successful. This book will rid you of the cycle of the blame game and end the constant excuses, so you can get on with your life and your successful career.

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