Gumptionade: The Booster For Your Self-Improvement Plan

August 15, 2017 - Comment

WHAT IF YOU ACTUALLY KEPT YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS? For starters, you’d profoundly impress your family and friends. That’s because self- improvement is not easy. Most of us try and fail to lose weight, be better partners, get fit, get organized or fix our finances. We know what to do, but we can’t make ourselves

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WHAT IF YOU ACTUALLY KEPT YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS? For starters, you'd profoundly impress your family and friends. That's because self- improvement is not easy. Most of us try and fail to lose weight, be better partners, get fit, get organized or fix our finances. We know what to do, but we can’t make ourselves do it. Consultant and philosopher Robert O’Connor puts a name on the elusive power to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done. It’s gumption: courage, resourcefulness, and common sense in harness together. O’Connor shows how you can build your gumption in this inspirational, handy collection of practical life instruction sprinkled with maxims such as “Don’t confuse Easy and Magic with the work of real change”; “Put excellence before success”; and “Don’t lead with your wallet.” His advice is firmly supported by true-life examples of gumption-driven problem-solving success stories (e.g., NASA’s Apollo 13 rescue, Billy Beane’s Moneyball success, and Texas governor Ann Richards’ victory over political foes and alcohol). O’Connor draws lightly on his own failures and recoveries, then gives concrete ways to rewire destructive ineffective thought patterns. Not just a cheerleader, he’s careful to note that “Enthusiasm is not gumption” because, like good luck, it’s “great when you have it, but out – side of your control.” Sixteen compact chapters, some with worksheets, spell out how to cultivate what you can control (your character) and show how properly applied doses of gumption can root out fears, and head off destructive responses, and help you do what needs to be done


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Jim Anglin says:

The important message here is that you too can better your situation by applying common sense What Bob outlines in this book are the techniques and qualities that he identified were required as he “rose from the ashes”. Ways that had allowed him to achieve success prior to his fall. The important message here is that you too can better your situation by applying common sense, courage and resourcefulness. During low times, some people who have achieved in their lives, hearken back to those times and accomplishments. They take comfort in “I once had/was/did….”, they…

George L. says:

really good how-to book This guy channels Marcus Aurelius, Daniel Kahneman, Joseph Campbell, Ann Richards, Billy Beane, Warren Buffet, Carl Jung, Steve Jobs, Mike Tyson, and several others into a really, really good how-to book. By no means is it breezy, but it reads smoothly. Best idea in Gumptionade for me: “put excellence before success”. There’s a whole chapter to explain this. It makes me think differently about my goals and how to reach them. I’m getting a copy for my nephew. If he reads half of it,…

Greg Jacoby says:

Empower Yourself Imagine you hired an experienced consultant to write you a report on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions. If that consultant was also inspiring and witty, you’d get something like Gumptionade. At the very least, it’s a fresh take on self-improvement. 

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