You Can Make It Happen

You Can Make It Happen

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by Stedman Graham
     
 

For the people who know Stedman Graham as one of the nation's most quietly active community business leaders, it may be hard to envision the time when he was held back by considerable self-doubt.

He was. He grappled, also, with his share of daunting obstacles to the success he has worked at length to enjoy. Graham explains, "You are not your circumstances; you

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For the people who know Stedman Graham as one of the nation's most quietly active community business leaders, it may be hard to envision the time when he was held back by considerable self-doubt.

He was. He grappled, also, with his share of daunting obstacles to the success he has worked at length to enjoy. Graham explains, "You are not your circumstances; you are your possibilities." He is tenacious in his commitment to the idea that all can overcome adversity and build self-esteem by determining who they are, creating a vision of success for themselves, and then working doggedly to realize this vision.

In formulating his Nine-Step Plan for Success, Graham draws candidly on his experience as a professional athlete, the founder of the not-for-profit Athletes Against Drugs, and as a corporate and community leader who sits on the national boards of Junior Achievement and the Urban League. This plan is grounded in his conviction that the circumstances of your past are not nearly as significant as your belief in your capabilities and your determination to carry through a plan to accomplish your goals. Graham explains, through revealing anecdotes from his own life and the experiences of others, how the negative effects of a poor self-image can be incapacitating at worst, and limiting at best. You Can Make It Happen shows how to chart a course that can enable you -- just as it enabled him -- to superimpose success over all of the doubts, insecurities, and life difficulties that threaten to keep achievement elusive.

Step by step, You Can Make It Happen demonstrates clearly how to


  • Decide who you are
  • Swim with the stream
  • Create a vision
  • Keep on keeping on
  • Take the high road even if it is the hard road
  • Weather the seasons of change
  • Build your dream team
  • Step out of your comfort zone
  • Commit to your vision

An inspirational as well as an instructional book, You Can Make It Happen is a moving message of hope from a compelling new voice in our culture.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Best known as Oprah Winfrey's boyfriend, Graham here expresses his individual identity as a successful businessman and social activist. With a B.A. in social work, a master's in education and a varied background in the military and in sports (having played basketball for both the U.S. Army and a European professional team), as well as years spent working within the federal department of corrections, Graham turned his attention to sports marketing and management, founding his own company, SGA Inc. Living up to his theory that there must be achievement in each of three "Circles of Success"-relationships, career and community-he also founded Athletes Against Drugs and serves on several community and charity boards. Here, Graham shares his nine-step plan for achieving success in the three circles. Discussing self-awareness, forming a vision, setting goals, taking risks and building a support network, he leads readers through his "Success Plan." Although he begins by promising that "it's not complicated," he proceeds through a lengthy and complex explanation of each of the nine steps, plus numerous workbook-type assignments requiring substantial effort on the reader's part. While this book contains all the typical elements of motivational and inspirational material, including personal stories (his own and many others'), what's missing are those less easily transmitted sparks of excitement, enthusiasm, humor or charisma that allow the best of these books to actually motivate and inspire. BOMC and QPB alternate selections; Money Book Club main selection; first serial to McCall's. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Motivational tips from a renowned minority business leaderand Oprah's once and future love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684814483
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
01/07/1997
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.06(d)

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