Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them

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Success is often just a moment—a goal fulfilled, soon to bereplaced with new goals. But failure is the ambitious person'sconstant companion, often dogging us for months, years or evendecades before we finally reach our aim.

Siimon Reynolds transformed himself from a directionlesstwenty-something (in his own words, "one of the most disorganizedpeople I've ever known") into the founder of one of the largestmarketing services firms in the world by identifying the habitsthat lead ...

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Overview

Success is often just a moment—a goal fulfilled, soon to bereplaced with new goals. But failure is the ambitious person'sconstant companion, often dogging us for months, years or evendecades before we finally reach our aim.

Siimon Reynolds transformed himself from a directionlesstwenty-something (in his own words, "one of the most disorganizedpeople I've ever known") into the founder of one of the largestmarketing services firms in the world by identifying the habitsthat lead people down the wrong path and then by consciouslyavoiding them. In Why People Fail, he draws on that experience toexplore the main causes of failure and presents proven strategiesand tips for defeating the sixteen most common behaviors that leadto failure such as destructive thinking, low productivity, notasking the right questions, holding on to a fixed mindset, notfollowing daily rituals, and more. Surprising, entertaining, andinspiring, Why People Fail will you help you drop the behaviorsthat hold you back and reach your full potential for success inyour professional and personal life.

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“This is a book on success disguised as a book on failure. Alittle like real life. Straightforward, clear, andactionable.”
—Seth Godin, author, Poke the Box

Why People Fail is a wonderful gem of a book.Reynolds hasdone all of us an extraordinary service by reading andlisteningto everything there is on self-improvement, testing it inhis life, discovering what works, and then pulling it all togetherfor us to use. It is a stunning collection of practical tips,proven techniques, and useful advice on how to make your life moremeaningful and fulfilling. Buy this book and put it to use today,and tomorrow you'll be on your way to turning your failures intosuccesses.”
—Jim Kouzes, bestselling author, The LeadershipChallenge and Credibility, and The Dean's ExecutiveFellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa ClaraUniversity

“Reynolds has done it again! In Why People Fail,the successful entrepreneur and internationally-recognized experton achievement shows business leaders, educators, coaches, andanyone who's struggled to succeed, how to incorporate a handful ofsimple ideas into a powerful plan for triumph.”
—Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author, MOJO andWhat Got You Here Won't Get You There

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118106174
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 385,229
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Siimon Reynolds is a mentor to business leaders worldwide. He has won numerous business awards and co-founded the 15th largest marketing services company in the world, with operations in 14 countries. Today Reynolds travels the world speaking on personal and business achievement, and coaches a select group of executives and business owners. His books have been published in ten countries. Visit www.siimonreynolds.com

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Unclear Purpose 1

2 Destructive Thinking 13

3 Low Productivity 27

4 Fixed Mindset 41

5 Weak Energy 55

6 Not Asking the Right Questions 67

7 Poor Presentation Skills 81

8 Mistaking IQ for EQ 95

9 Poor Self-Image 107

10 Not Enough Th inking 121

11 No Daily Rituals 135

12 Stress 151

13 Few Relationships 165

14 Lack of Persistence 175

15 Money Obsession 189

16 Not Focusing on Strengths 203

Conclusion 215

Recommended Reading 229

Acknowledgments 233

The Author 235

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