Want to change your life? Then change your mind.
In The Art of Success, James Melouney invites you to see the world differently—by walking in the shoes of 134 extraordinarily successful people. These billionaires and business gurus; sports stars and rock stars; philosophers, emperors, inventors, and saints have lived exceptional lives. So what, exactly, do they know that you don’t?
Einstein, Edison, Jobs, and all the others are in these pages for one reason: to reveal the crucial lessons that helped them turn their dreams into reality. And the best part is, anyone can learn them!
It doesn’t matter where you come from or what mistakes you’ve made. In fact, humble origins, false starts, and even outright failure can be your biggest assets. What matters is your choice in this moment. Don’t wait.
Will you remember today?
We are all unique, but as different as we all are, the things we seek in life are astonishingly similar. We all want happiness, fulfillment, health, and financial security. But it seems that only a small group of people are able to achieve what they truly desire in life.
So why do some people live exceptional lives, while others seemingly trudge along, never amounting to their true potential and never living the life they know they are capable of? This question has been asked throughout history, but of all the factors that influence our lives, it comes down to one: philosophy. And all it takes is a few words to forever change the way you see the world.
If you are curious to learn a philosophy that can momentously affect your life, these pages hold some of the best there is. With 134 inspiring exemplars waiting to share their ideas with you, many of the answers you seek are within your reach.
Most people won't take the time or invest the money to grow and develop themselves. The question is, what does doing nothing cost you?
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About the Author
James was born in South Africa, has lived and worked in Canada and the United States, and currently resides in Sydney, Australia. With a background in finance and management consulting, he has delivered talks to senior corporate executives, government officials, and university audiences.
When he's not writing or crafting business strategy, James is probably surfing the Australian east coast or heading to the mountains in search of the next powder day.
Table of ContentsBefore We Begin
The Foundation: Accept Full Responsibility for Your Life
- No One Else to Blame
- Design Your Life
- Find Your Path
- Start with the Basics
Pillar 1: Perceive the World to Your Advantage
- Change Your Mind, Change Your Life
- It's All in How You Look at It
- Perception Creates Reality
- Why Not You?
- The Beauty of Life
Pillar 2: Always Strive for Growth
- Become All that You Can
- Forever Room to Grow
- Growth of the Heart, Soul, and Mind
- The Arenas of Growth
Pillar 3: Set Your Goals, Then Plan and Execute
- Success Starts with Setting Goals
- Find Out What Matters to You
- Don't Underestimate Yourself
- Planning Is Paramount
- No Action, No Success
- Executing Isn't Easy
Pillar 4: Understand "Success" and "Failure"
- What Is Success, Really?
- Success Must Be Earned
- Prime Your Mind for Success
- Failure Is Unavoidable; Failing Intelligently Is Not
Pillar 5: Embrace Change and Take Risks
- Change Begins with Awareness
- Inside, Then Outside; Your World, Then the World
- Be a Shrewd Risk Taker
- The Greatest Risks
- Dealing with Fear and Risk Aversion
Pillar 6: Work Well with Others and Strive Toward Leadership
- Many People Make the Empire
- Walk in Their Shoes
- Conformity Is Not Harmony
- Communicate Effectively
- Enlightened Self-Interest: Help Others to Help Yourself
- Leadership: It's a Skill
- Leadership: It's about Others
Pillar 7: See the Big Picture
- The Nature of Life
- Meet the Teacher; Her Name Is Death
- There We Are. That Little Speck. See It?
- Check the Price Tag
- More than Meets the Eye
Before You Go
Appendix 1: A Discussion on Success
Appendix 2: The Exemplars
Appendix 3: Sources
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