The Skinny on Success

The Skinny on Success

by Jim Randel

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ISBN-13: 9780557493760
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 09/21/2010
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About the Author

Jim Randel, a graduate of the Columbia University College and Law School, has made his living as an entrepreneur. During his 30-year career, Jim has been the lead investor in many real estate and business deals.

Jim has been a guest speaker at Harvard and NYU Business Schools, annual conventions for national organizations, and investor sessions in every large city in the United States. He has also appeared on numerous networks as an expert on investing. Recent engagements include ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Business and BetterTV.com.

Throughout his career, Jim’s passion has been to teach and write. His first book, The Real Estate Game (CCH), was published in 1986 and received national recognition from investors and critics. From 1988 to 1990 he was a daily commentator on the Financial News Network (now CNBC). In 2006 he wrote Confessions of a Real Estate Entrepreneur (McGraw-Hill) which reached #1 in several Amazon categories.

In 2008 Jim founded RAND Publishing which, under the imprint, The Skinny On™, publishes a revolutionary line of illustrated non-fiction books.

The first book in this series, The Skinny on the Housing Crisis, was awarded First Prize in the prestigious Robert Bruss Real Estate Book competition sponsored by NAREE, a group of 600 journalists who cover business and finance. This was quickly followed by 7 more titles: The Skinny on Willpower, The Skinny on Credit Cards, The Skinny on Success, The Skinny on Real Estate Investing, The Skinny on Direct Sales, The Skinny on Time Management, and the newest in the series, The Skinny on Persuasion.

Jim lives and works in Westport, Connecticut with his wife Carol. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.

For more information on Jim Randel, go to: www.jimrandel.com .
For more information about the Skinny on series, go to: www.theskinnyon.com .

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the skinny on success

why not you?
By Jim Randel

RAND Publishing

Copyright © 2010 Jim Randel
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-9818935-9-4


Foreword

Webster's Dictionary defines "success" as "the attainment of wealth, favor or eminence."

Success is, of course, different for each of us but for most of us, the obtaining of money, fame or power is right up there. Our book is about these kinds of tangible success. We take no position on the importance of material versus spiritual success (or even whether they are mutually exclusive).

We believe that 99% of the world's success goes to those people who find the courage to pursue their dreams with everything they have. We do not believe that success is somehow reserved for the smartest, most talented, best-looking or even the luckiest. We believe that the likelihood of your achieving your goals and aspirations is a direct function of the heart and will you bring to the pursuit.

Our objective with this book is to help you reflect upon your potential. We are not going to patronize you with the bromide "you can be anything you want to be." The truth is that there are some limitations and factors beyond your control. Still, what every one of us can do is maximize the likelihood of our success. In other words, we can take steps to improve our chances. Throughout this book, we will be highlighting those steps we believe will increase the probability of your attaining that which you seek.

We believe that each of us has enormous upside potential. Our observation is that most people aim too low-not too high. It appears to us that far too many people underestimate their potential and the heights to which they can climb. We hope that this book will find its way into the hands of such people, and that it will inspire them to reach a bit higher.



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What People are Saying About This

Dave Boone

"Jim Randel has taken the trouble of finding the secrets of success for you and put them right into your hands. So stop making excuses and start being successful . . . highly recommended."--(Dave Boone, Comedy Writer, "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Academy Awards")

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The Skinny on Success 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
plappen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, part of a series, attempts to distill a number of self-help books into a clear and easy to read format. It is intended for busy people who don¿t have time to read all those self-help books.If there is such a thing as a definition of a successful person, it is someone who finds something about which they are passionate, they take action to achieve that objective, and they don¿t give up when setbacks get in the way.Billy works for a CPA, and thinks that he has a knack for making people laugh. Therefore, it¿s nothing to participate in a comedy club¿s open mike night, become a successful comic, and appear on the Tonight Show, right? All you need is talent, right?Randel, the narrator, tells Billy that passion and determination are much more important than talent. Stephen King got so many rejection letters that he needed a large spike on which to hang all of them. Steve Martin spent 10 years working to become a stand-up comic, after he worked at Disneyland as a teenager, trying out jokes and magic tricks on the public. Did they give up when success was not immediate? Brian Williams of NBC News and Jim Nantz of CBS Sports knew what they wanted to do when they were 8 years old. Many people give up on their dreams out of fear of failure, or fear of looking stupid. That may happen, but unless you try, failure is assured.Billy¿s wife, Beth, is a paralegal with an interest in politics. She has been asked to run for the town Board of Finance, but she is wavering. She decides to go for it, and after getting beaten handily, is ready to give up on politics. Randel tells her that persistence in whatever you do is most important, along with not giving up when things don¿t go your way.This book is excellent. It does a fine job at presenting a potentially vague subject like "success" in terms anyone can understand. Don¿t let the stick figure illustrations turn you off of this book that is made for busy people.
ElectricRay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you really want the skinny on success, I can boil it down even further than Jim Randell does: Being successful is hard workThere are no shortcutsThe secret is perseveranceJim Randel sent me a copy of this book for review promising it would be a quick, diverting read, and it is - I got through it in about an hour, as Jim promised I would, and to the extent you can be said to truly enjoy a book you're done with in fewer than sixty minutes, I did so - though I do wonder what it achieves, seeing as its content seems to squarely defeat its own purpose: if, according to Jim Randel, you are the sort of person who needs a "skinny book" - with cartoons, designed with those with the attention span of a gnat, that you'll get through in an hour - to tell you how to succeed, you've a fat chance of ever doing so.For Randell is firmly in the camp of those, like Malcolm Gladwell, who believe that it is not talent but hard work and perseverance that delivers success. But that's more or less where Randell leaves it: for those with a short attention span, that's clearly a thanks for nothing moment. But even Gladwell noted there's a bit more to it than that (he cites "opportunity" in his prescription as well), and my own view, having read and been dismayed by Gladwell's book, is that that, too, underplays the role of talent, aptitude, potential or whatever, which is the gating criteria for any success, as it's that baseline capability that even keeps you coming back. It doesn't matter how hard you practice, if you're tone deaf you'll never play violin at the Royal Albert Hall, and if you're not a complete moron, very quickly you'll figure that out and move onto another hobby.Now if one takes opportunity and talent/potential for granted, it seems to me it is a truism that anything worth doing will also require application, so the main message of Randel's book, no matter how compelling it may be, really ought not be a surprise to anyone who remembers their socks before trying to put on their shoes each morning.The illustrations are a bit feeble. I know they're meant to be of stick people - that's part of the joke - but it's a weak joke and the illustrations look rather a lot like Microsoft Word Art - the sort of graphics which inhabit dreary PowerPoint presentations - and if I were the publishers of this series I'd spend quite a lot more effort on page layout and illustration to compensate for the meagre amount of actual content.Anyway, to go into much more detail would be to provide more content than the author has himself, so I'll stop. Better than a kick in the head, but so is boiled cabbage, and someone really passionate about the ideas in this book would get far more from Gladwell's Outliers (notwithstanding my own qualified opinion of that book), and on Randel's own theory would be much better advised to read in more depth anyway.
plappen More than 1 year ago
This book, part of a series, attempts to distill a number of self-help books into a clear and easy to read format. It is intended for busy people who don't have time to read all those self-help books. If there is such a thing as a definition of a successful person, it is someone who finds something about which they are passionate, they take action to achieve that objective, and they don't give up when setbacks get in the way. Billy works for a CPA, and thinks that he has a knack for making people laugh. Therefore, it's nothing to participate in a comedy club's open mike night, become a successful comic, and appear on the Tonight Show, right? All you need is talent, right? Randel, the narrator, tells Billy that passion and determination are much more important than talent. Stephen King got so many rejection letters that he needed a large spike on which to hang all of them. Steve Martin spent 10 years working to become a stand-up comic, after he worked at Disneyland as a teenager, trying out jokes and magic tricks on the public. Did they give up when success was not immediate? Brian Williams of NBC News and Jim Nantz of CBS Sports knew what they wanted to do when they were 8 years old. Many people give up on their dreams out of fear of failure, or fear of looking stupid. That may happen, but unless you try, failure is assured. Billy's wife, Beth, is a paralegal with an interest in politics. She has been asked to run for the town Board of Finance, but she is wavering. She decides to go for it, and after getting beaten handily, is ready to give up on politics. Randel tells her that persistence in whatever you do is most important, along with not giving up when things don't go your way. This book is excellent. It does a fine job at presenting a potentially vague subject like "success" in terms anyone can understand. Don't let the stick figure illustrations turn you off of this book that is made for busy people.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
You are what you make of the talent you have inside if you harness it correctly and remind yourself that you are best you that you can be. Never sell yourself short or underestimate your potential.
Kathy_Caprino More than 1 year ago
True self-mastery and great success take time to achieve - and it's a breakthrough process that occurs step by step. Yet there are essential ingredients to success - in our beliefs, attitudes, and actions -- that are vital to understand. The Skinny on Success is a very fast, inspiring, and fun read (stick figures and all!), full of essential concepts about what it takes to have the life we long for. It's motivating and thought-provoking, perfect for those just starting out, and those actively creating success in their lives and work. Offers a quick boost of inspiration, and a keen reminder of what it takes to succeed full-out. Great stuff!