Thursday 15 October 2015

Simplify Your Pursuit of Success - Michal Stawicki - Six Simple Steps to Success Book 1

Simplify Your Pursuit of Success 
Six Simple Steps to Success Book 1
Michal Stawicki

This was the 11th book by Michal I have read this year, well actually the 8th book but I have read a few of them twice because they were so good. This book really packs a lot of punch into 35 pages. It is intended as an intro and overview of Michal's steps to success in any area of your life. And over the next 6 books in the series he will take us much deeper into each topic. This volume give some great advice and tips. 

The chapters in this book are:
1. Do you believe success is in your hands? 
    What is success, for you? 
2. What will success mean if you achieve it? 
3. The cost of pursuing success
4. A successful pursuit: Jim Rohn's example 
5. The methodology to use in your pursuit
    Develop your success one piece at a time 
    Let's revisit my experience
    Study the success of others 
    A quick word about money and millionaires
6. Claim success: you can do it 
    There are many ways you can begin 
    The six strategies
7. Your next step 
    Right now…

In the first chapter Michal quotes Calvin Coolidge "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." And that advice rings true. Michal has lived it in his life and his books help give us tools to pursue our own dreams and goals. Later in the chapter he quotes Ray Kroc "Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get." Success will not come to most without hard work and persistence. Michal stresses that fact and does not sugar coat it. This is not a quick fix this is a tried and tested process and it is work! Quoting Earl Nightingale "Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal." Michal asks "What kind of success do you want? The first thing to understand is this: You define your own success, so think about what it is for you. What do you yearn to be? A writer, a space rocket pilot; perhaps an entrepreneur or a great parent?" So knowing what you want you need to know what motivates you, he states "The meaning of success, for you must come from your heart. If it doesn't, you won't find the strength to pursue it. Your willpower will drain fast. You need a compelling reason to steadily pursue success. Reflect. What is your compelling reason?"

I think the greatest single piece of advice from Michal in this book is "doesn't, you won't find the strength to pursue it. Your willpower will drain fast. You need a compelling reason to steadily pursue success. Reflect. What is your compelling reason?" Anything work having will take hard work. Michal does not water down that truth with platitudes. Later he states "Success is not grand. Success is not massive. And that's cool, I think." True success is the result of lots and lots of work, dedication, persistence and Michal reinforces that truth. 

Later Michal states: "In this series about pursuing success, I will each cover of these six disciplines in six different areas of your life at once. You wouldn't have a high probability of success. It's much better to study and implement them one by one." Those six steps are:

1. Self-analysis. People of success know themselves. 
2. Health. You don't have to be a fitness fanatic to be successful. But you can do much more in every aspect of life if you take proper care of your body. 
3. Habits mastery. It is extremely hard to find a successful person who doesn't use consistent habits to achieve more. 
4. Focus. Vision. Goal setting. This topic can stray into the intangible, but I'll keep it down-to-earth. 
5. Socializing for business. Networking. It's hard to find a rich hermit. 
6. Reading and self-education. How to get ahead of the knowledge curve and stay there. 

Michal then goes on to state: "This book series is the 'back way in' to success. I believe that when you have a degree of mastery in each of these six tangible areas (common to most achievers), you will also be enjoying life!" He is guiding us with his own life as an example. 

This was another amazing book by Michal Stawicki. I highly recommend it and really look forward to the rest in the series! Give it a try and you will not be disappointed. 

Books by Michal Stawicki:
The Art of Persistence: Stop Quitting, Ignore Shiny Objects and Climb Your Way to Success
A Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness
Trickle Down Mindset: The Missing Element In Your Personal Success

Slicing the Hype
99 Perseverance Success Stories: Encouragement for Success in Every Walk of Life
Power up Your Self-Talk: 6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life
99 Habit Success Stories

Six Simple Steps to Success
Simplify Your Pursuit of Success - Book 1
Know Yourself Like Your Success Depends on It - Book 2
Bulletproof Health and Fitness: Your Secret to High Achievement - Book 3
Making Business Connections That Count - Book 4
Directed by Purpose: How to Focus on Work That Matters, Ignore Distractions and Manage Your Attention over the Long Haul - Book 5

How to Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day Series:
The Fitness Expert Next Door - Book 1
Learn to Read with Great Speed! Only 10 minutes a day! - Book 2
Release Your Kid's Dormant Genius In Just 10 Minutes a Day: Parenting Your Smart Underachiever With Consistency and Love - Book 3
Master Your Time In 10 Minutes a Day: Time Management Tips for Anyone Struggling With Work-Life Balance  - Book 4
From Shy to Hi: Tame Social Anxiety, Meet New People, and Build Self-Confidence  - Book 5

Author Profile and Interview with Michal Stawicki

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