- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: MacmillanPublications; First edition (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230322697
- ISBN-13: 978-0230322691
- Package Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.3 x 0.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,65,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Principles of Success Paperback – 2011
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The book is the perfect manual on self discovery. This is the book I was searching for. Heartfelt words of wisdom are written in high hope and in pursuit of guiding success seekers on their path towards mastery. The book, so practically, provide methods to manifest our highest human potential. To connect with our goals, the presence of this book is must in our shelves. The author brought wonderful methods in this book to motivate the reader and to connect him with his best self. The easy ways through which we can expand our frontiers are written sagely offering a sanctuary for replenishing ourselves to center on the things that truly count. The book connect the reader with his awaken side. To come to know the glory that rests within ourselves one need to dive deep into the book and follow every method described in it. Apart from the casual inspirational books which we frequently encounter this book has something unique about itself. Not stretching to hundreds of pages, the book is not lengthy yet filled with lots of information. Enabling the reader to confront the essential tactics of success this book leaves the reader better than it found him. To learn deep lessons and highly actualized principles, there are pearls of wisdom interspersed throughout the book for the reader to grab. It put a new aspect on the face of things for the readers. To get lost in the avalanche of words the author has weaved for the readers is a thorough bliss. The person who embrace the book and follow the instructions mentioned here will be the one to sit out in front at the success party. A deep sense of inner fulfillment floods the entire body of the reader as he inhales the fragrance that the sparks of book sheds.
My views –
I got so engrossed in the book that there were moments when I was staring at nowhere yet was at the juncture towards the success. The book has inspired me so much and made me more closer towards my goals and dreams. It has brought the essential changes in my list of goals which were difficult to make. The power of the book travelled to me through its divine words and strengthened my will to revolutionise my life. To keep your goal list and a crispy piece of paper is quintessential while reading the book. There is so much to grab and ponder upon that any aware reader can’t afford to miss. The book is short enough to finish in 2 hours. But to give it the time less than it deserves is not justified for the book and the reader. The book demands breaks at certain junctures to invest time and energy to bring out the changes in the reader’s journal. The book touched me to the core. I am feeling blessed I got to read it. My life would have been less fulfilling then. It made me visit my world of goals. It fuelled me to utmost high levels of inspiration and motivation.
There are no grammatical errors and misprints. Inspirational quotes from wise thinkers and achievers are interspersed throughout the book making it more and more appealing. The words centre on the principles of real success. To read this book is to walk down the fairway of success. Rich vocab words are used throughout the content.
Negative feedback –
I found the cover of the book not apt enough to carry the message of the book. The icon on the cover would have better suited the book highlighting mutual success and cooperation of individuals. While the content of the book throws light upon individual success.
Blurb – 4/5
Cover – 4/5
Title – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Narration – 5/5
Overall – 4.5/5
I believe that the biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind: Never let your mind talks you out of your dreams, trick you into giving up. Never let your mind become the greatest obstacle to success. To get your mind on the right track, the rest will follow. This book talks about the fourteen easy steps to climb the ladder of success. The title itself gave me a feeling of the way I see it, our natural human instinct is to fight or flee that which we perceive to be dangerous. Although this mechanism evolved to protect us, it serves as the single greatest limiting process to our growth. To put this process in perspective and not let it rule my life, I
expect the unexpected;
make the unfamiliar familiar;
make the unknown known;
make the uncomfortable comfortable;
believe the unbelievable.
That is success. The tower of success stands on the pillars of vision, action, patience and the character to withstand criticisms.
I felt the title is apt and very accurate for the book.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
Yes, it is true that the road to success is not at all easy. On the road to success there is absolutely no room for criticism of self or others. Insecurity and fear masquerade as jealousy and judgement. Finding faults in others wastes time as we attempt to remove the bricks from other people’s foundations – time that could be better spent building our own. And worrying about what other people think about us also wastes the time that could be better spent expanding upon what we have built. People will insist on building high and wide barriers directly in your path, often with the intent of closing you in. If you treat these obstacles like fencing walls, they will prove mightily so. We should choose to see them as grand towers meant to be scaled and conquered, providing an added victory as well as a great view of the journey ahead.
The second aspect of this book is achievement. I recall an incident from my childhood days which will relate to this. When I was little and running on the race track at school, I always stopped and waited for all the other kids so we could run together even though I knew that I could run much faster than all of them! I pretended to read slowly so I could "wait" for everyone else who couldn't read as fast as I could! When my friends were short I pretended that I was short too and if my friend was sad I pretended to be unhappy. I could go on and on about all the ways I have limited myself, my whole life, by "waiting" for people. And the only thing that I've ever received in return is people thinking that they are faster than me, people thinking that they can make me feel bad about myself just because I let them and people thinking that I have to do whatever they say I should do. My mother used to teach me "Cinderella is a perfect example to be" but I have learned that Cinderella can go mess herself, I'm not waiting for anybody, anymore! I'm going to run as fast as I can, fly as high as I can, I am going to soar and if you want you can come with me! But I'm not waiting for you anymore.
That is achievement. And what about failures? Each of us has two distinct choices to make about what we will do with our lives. The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less. To have less. To read less and think less. To try less and discipline ourselves less. These are the choices that lead to an empty life. These are the choices that, once made, lead to a life of constant apprehension instead of a life of wondrous anticipation And the second choice? To do it all! To become all that we can possibly be. To read every book that we possibly can. To earn as much as we possibly can. To give and share as much as we possibly can. To strive and produce and accomplish as much as we possibly can.
The book beautifully amalgamates happiness with success. Yes, Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
None of us know what will make you happy. That is a question you have to ask yourself. But what I can tell you for certain is that you will have to ask yourself and get to a place where the sound of your voice is the clearest voice in the room. This book will act as the room and you need to find your voice in it.
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YOU SHOULD READ THIS BECAUSE-
1. THE BEAUTIFUL AMALGAMATION OF HAPPINESS WITH SUCCESS.
2. THE LUCID DESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE.
And lastly think outside of the box. Work outside of the box. Dream outside of the box. Succeed outside of the box.
Overall I would like to rate the book 45 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
1. Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10
2. Net emotions in the story- 9/10
3. Usage of words and phrases-8/10
4. The title, cover and the illustration-10/10
5. The net impact on the readers- 9/10
KUDOS TO Dr. Roopleen- It was really a beautiful plot.
The book is divided in 14 chapters and Roopleen has done a wonderful job in describing each and every aspect of each one in detail. They are beautifully written and they are even divided in sub-sections which makes them more comprehensible.
14 steps mentioned in the book are:
Draft the Blueprint of Your Life
Believe in Yourself
Build Yourself Up
Let Confidence Be Your Hallmark
Never Give Up
Visualizations and Positive Affirmations
The Tripod of Success- Hard Work, Perseverance and Discipline
Identify Your Achilles’ Heel
Skills you Need to Master
Get Tough With Stress
Organize Yourself- Declutter Your Life
Acknowledge and Celebrate Your Success
Be a Winner
What I really liked about the book is the flow and the quotes used. Each quote is valid and true in real life. They motivate you to do something good in life.
"Its not who you are holds you back; Its who you think you are not" - Anonymous
"The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goals; The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach" - Benjamin Mays
The book also has important tips in the end of each chapter, which helps reader take important notes.
I really like the cover, it is apt and communicates the motive of the book.
What, as per me, is lacking is examples and narration. For someone who is well experienced in their field and work, the book will act as a guide. However for younger generation, who need more guidance and support, some relevant examples would have been helpful.
My overall rating to the book is 3.5/5