True Success: A New Philosophy of Excellence

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According to Tom Morris, many of us approach life backward, paying the most attention to the least important things and the least attention to the most important. True Success, a wise and joyous book, helps us straighten out our thinking. It makes us understand that we must focus first our inner lives, if we are going to achieve true success, and that excellence is the cause of success, not the product. Morris, a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, the recipient of numerous teaching awards, and a speaker to ...
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Overview

According to Tom Morris, many of us approach life backward, paying the most attention to the least important things and the least attention to the most important. True Success, a wise and joyous book, helps us straighten out our thinking. It makes us understand that we must focus first our inner lives, if we are going to achieve true success, and that excellence is the cause of success, not the product. Morris, a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, the recipient of numerous teaching awards, and a speaker to businesses across the country, believes that if we can understand and internalize his "7 Cs of Success," our lives can take on the significance that we all desire. Reading this book and comprehending its principles, we can frame a new conception of the meaning of life. We can begin to see that success - properly understood in the light of genuine, personal excellence - is within the reach of everyone, rich or poor, famous or obscure. We can begin to understand that our own personal excellence can generate a degree of happiness and success that up to now we have only dreamed about. This wise book is filled with insight, humor, down-to-earth parables, and stories that challenge, motivate, and inspire. Tom Morris offers us a renaissance of excellence, values, and the possibility of achieving happiness in our time.

A dynamic Notre Dame professor brings common sense, humor, and the wisdom of the ages to play in a daring look at what constitutes true success. With insight, humor, down-to-earth parables, and stories that challenge, motivate, and inspire, Morris offers a renaissance of excellence, values, and happiness.

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This eclectic author, philosopher (Univ. of Notre Dame), composer, and rock guitarist joins a long list of others who write in a genre that appeals to New Age thinkers with substantial questions about life, work, and the topic of Morris's 13th book: success. Morris describes his seven Cs of success, which he relates to real-life situations, his personal remembrances, and exemplary anecdotes. The Cs are conception, confidence, concentration, consistency, commitment, character, and a capacity to enjoy the process along the way. Stephen Covey has sparked many imitators, and this is one of them; Morris's ideas are nothing but a rehash of Covey's solid The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People ( LJ 3/15/90). Recommended for general collections that do not own Covey's trendsetting tomes. See the preceeding review of Stephen Covey & others' First Things First for an assessment of his latest work.--Ed.-- Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425146156
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 992,500
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 15
Introduction: Our Idea of Success 21
1 A Conception of What We Want 35
2 A Confidence to See Us Through 72
3 A Concentration on What It Takes 107
4 A Consistency in What We Do 143
5 A Commitment of Emotion 178
6 A Character of High Quality 217
7 A Capacity to Enjoy 248
Epilogue: True Success and the Meaning of Life 281
Index 290
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    Very Valuable Read

    Former University of Notre Dame professor Dr. Morris goes beyond commonly accepted thoughts revealing a great deal of truth that everyone would benefit from immensely. Well grounded and well reasoned, anyone's pursuit of excellence will be assisted greatly in this and the other books by Dr. Morris.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    Insightful and inspirational

    Written from research, observation, and personal experience, True Success adapts the wisdom of historical philosophers to the concerns of modern life, with the ultimate goal of personal fulfillment. Morris mixes philosopher quotes with examples from his own life to illustrate the importance the values he presents. Not only does this book tell the reader how to live a good life, it inspires them to want to.

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