Personal Development For Smart People

by Mike on October 15, 2008
in Recommended Reading

In this post I’m going to tell you about a new book called Personal Development for Smart People by Steve Pavlina.  I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Steve’s new book with the promise that I would write a short review on this blog.

I’m a big fan of Steve’s blog so this really was a no brainer for me.  Worst case I figured I’d get a free book out of the deal right?

Well I got a lot more out of Personal Development for Smart People than that.   Steve really has written the ultimate book for personal development in which he reveals “the seven universal truths behind all successful growth efforts…as well as practical, insightful methods for improving your health, relationships, career, finances, and more.”

Steve’s 7 universal truths can be used to improve all aspects of your life but as an internet marketer I found the chapter on Authority particularly enlightening.

Steve talks a lot about persistence in the face of failure and it really struck a chord with me.  I failed quite a few times before I finally started making money online.  It would have been easy for me to give up.  But instead I learned to accept that success will take time and I pledged to learn from my mistakes instead of repeating them.

Little by little my knowledge grew and I actually started to achieve my goals!  Now I aim to share some of the so-called “secrets” to making money online that so few people take the time to learn.

Time and time again I see people chase after one get rich quick scheme after another.  They’re always looking for an easy way out instead of taking a little time to examine why they failed and correct their mistakes.

If you truly want to improve your life and build a successful online business you can’t be afraid to fail.  From failure you learn…from success, not so much.

There are a lot of nuggets of information in Personal Development for Smart People, but I think my favorite line is:

“An expert is a person who’s failed enough to succeed.”

Think about that for a minute and you’ll realize how simple, yet brilliant Steve’s universal truths are.  I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of his book at Amazon today before you forget. You won’t regret it.


7 Responses to “Personal Development For Smart People”
  1. Dennis Edell (46 comments.) says:

    Excellent review of what sounds to be an awesome book.

    Most of my “spare cash” is tied up at the moment, but this is saved and I will certainly buy through your link :)

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  2. Christopher Ross (15 comments.) says:

    Wow … if that’s the benchmark for being an expert I think I’m on the right road! There was a CBC article years back that said an expert was somebody who spend 10,000 hours trying to improve the same thing. It didn’t matter if it was brain surgery, plumbing or blogging. If you tried your best for five straight years, you’d accomplish expertise.

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  3. Mike Collins says:

    @Christopher: I read the same statistic about 10,000 hours somewhere too. I believe the key is to keep plugging away and never give up. Maintain your focus and take one step at a time and you’ll reach your goals. Be the tortoise.

  4. Yan (12 comments.) says:

    From failure you learn…from success, not so much.

    Pretty much summed up what I need to say. Remember Thomas Edison? He’s been my inspiration when the thought of giving up sets in..

    Nice review, Mike..


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  5. elmo (1 comments.) says:

    “From failure you learn…from success, not so much.”
    Great quote!

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  6. Diana Freedman (3 comments.) says:

    Nice review. I already have this book at home, but I’m waiting for my boyfriend to finish reading it. I’m a big fan of Steve Pavlina’s blog (he inspired me to finally get going and start my own blog), so I’m really looking forward to reading his book.

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