I received this book courtesy of Mr. Achath for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Mr. Achath has studied the most successful people, in his opinion. He believes that he has identified the qualities that breed success, and wishes to share these qualities with the reader.
Story Telling: This self-help book is mostly a, forgive the expression, cliff’s notes version of biographies as well as a few checklists to help encourage the qualities.
Likes: Some of the biographies were interesting.
Dislikes: The problem is that I don’t agree with Mr. Achath’s definition of success. It seems like his definition was based on how much money the person made, if he or she got into politics, focused on education, or was an extremity in his or her field. This is too lofty for my views, as it ignores the successes that the average person finds in his or her life.
Favorite Character/Story: The best examples of successes that I found in this book were those of Mrs. Margaret Scott and President Abraham Lincoln.
Favorite Quote: It comes from Thomas Edison’s biography. “I am 67; I’m not too old to make a fresh start. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.”
Conclusion: The biographies are quite interesting, but take care over the checklists. This book depends strongly on how you see a success. If it is just the financial windfall aspect, then you might find it useful. But not all successes seem big in this world, nor are they all financial. In my opinion, if someone, who has not had the ability to walk, takes a step, then he or she has found success.