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Picos y valles (Peaks and Valleys; Spanish edition: Cómo sacarle partido a los buenos y malos momentos

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Making Good And Bad Times Work For You -- At Work And In Life

Peaks and Valleys is a story of a young man who lives unhappily in a valley until he meets an old man who lives on a peak, and it changes his work and life forever.

Initially, the young man does not realize he is talking with one of the most peaceful and successful people in the world. However, through a seri
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ebook, 112 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Atria Books (first published 2008)
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Jason Koivu
Talk about your peaks and valleys, this book is filled with them!

Self-help books are usually not my thing...and neither was Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work For You - At Work and In Life blah blah blah, get a longer title why don't you?!. I gave it an extra star because it's not embarrassingly horrible or too preachy, plus there is a redeeming quality to it. It strives and mostly succeeds in making you feel like you just received a promotion with a fat raise and your mom is giv
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Bill
Mar 06, 2009 Bill rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bill by: no one - I accidently found it in Costco while getting a tire re
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Peaks and Valleys is a wonderful book. A very quick read - I read it over one of my lunch hours. I have always liked Who Moved My Cheese and repeatedly had brought that book out to re-read when I am feeling a little stuck. Peaks and Valleys encourages me to look at things differently - I may get stuck in a valley occasionally, but it all depends on how I look at it. What maybe a valley, could actually be a peak - it's all in my focus. I encourage everyone to read it and can't wait to start shari ...more
Abdullah Almuslem
I felt like a child when I read this book. The author talks to you as you are lost or you dont know what to do and he keeps repeating the same stuff again and again. The book was boring and very short and did not add anything to my knowledge except for things I knew before but It just reminded me of it. It is a book for someone who had not much experience in life and dont know how to deal with problems. Most of the information included in the book are common sense and you dont need to know it at ...more
Summer H. Sokkary
what an amazing book...in the beginning i thought it was a fiction and it doesn't speak reality.
but now, after i finished, i know how to use my moments very well...especially i am a very moody person.
Gene Babon
This book can be read in one sitting -- and that would be a mistake. My first read through I rated the book three stars. I gave the book a second chance by rereading it in fifteen minute increments, first thing in the morning. Then, I upgraded my rating.

Sometimes simple is better. This book provides a simple approach to keeping your head on straight. Perhaps individual personality can't be changed, but outlook on life can be altered. The secret lies in learning to take advantage of bad times.

We
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MsSmartiePants ...like the candy...
A new book which took author Spencer Johnson over 20 years to write, just like his previous bestseller, Who Moved My Cheese.

This is another parable which happens to speak to our current economic state, as well as life in general. It was not a plan to release this book during this time of upheaval in America, it just turned out that way.

I've come to believe that everyone is going through something major just about everyday of their life. Certainly with what's happening in our culture, economy an
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Maliza Mukungu
This is the first book I ever listened to of Spencer Johnson and I thought the most profound thing I took away from it and I still apply in my life is that I can make a decision on how long I stay in a valley and how long I stay on a mountain. Added to that the idea of I am in the valley because of the bad decisions I made on a mountain and I am on a mountain because of the good decisions I am in the valley but ultimately in life we, as people, are going to have mountains and valleys. This was m ...more
Ananda
I really liked this book! The author DOES follow a pattern and his story IS very predictable, yet (at least to me) it was an inspiring read.
As the very title says, the story speaks of one's up's and down's in life..failures and successes (peaks and valleys), and about the "art" of achieving equilibrium in life. One of the basic characteristics of life is RHYTHM. This principle says, that even if we are in the valley today, we may reach the peak one day, only if we are willing to work on ourselve
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Loy Machedo
When Spencer Johnson came out with his bestseller, Who Moved My Cheese? it became an instant household name. Almost everyone I knew was talking about it, speaking about, giving seminars, speeches and even incorporating the principles in their presentations. There were even cartoonish images, stickers and posters being used and shared by people.

Then after nearly a decade, the master story teller came out with another parable - Peaks and Valleys. So what is this book all about? Easy – a simple sto
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Kate
Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work For You--At Work and In Life is an exceptional book! Johnson uses clever parables to help readers learn how to thrive in difficult work settings. Johnson's books are great for those looking for more insight, assistance with coping more effectively, or seeking a new perspective during adverse times. The book is easy-to-read, well-written, and short enough for those who struggle with time constraints.
Lenay
This is a short and simple book. The simplistic nature of the advice and the kinda corny metaphor could be off-putting. but the heart of the message is very effective and worthy of close attention. I really connected with the idea that "hard times will either make you bitter or better". I've lived enough now to meet some of those bitter people. I don't want to be one of them. I found a lot of little gems in this easy,short read.
Yuki Kodama
I read this book 70 minutes in this week.
7 words summary: Peak, Valley, Good, Vision, Share, Gratefull, Happy
Discussion Question.
Q. Are you happy now? What are you gratefull for now?
A. I am happy now. I always say in my mind "happy, happy, happy."
I think that appreciating for something is very important.
I am appreciate for weather, mother who cooks breakfast and dinner every day.
Also, I am gratefull for the bath time. I want to have a habit of appreciating something.

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Liwin Tjoa
Spencer Johnson's latest modern day parable "Peaks and Valleys" doesn't quite have the same hard hitting impact that "Who Moved My Cheese?" may have had but nonetheless it makes for a fast and inspiring read for those in need of a motivational boost.

As in most of Johnson's works the message is quite simple - During the high points of your life (the peaks) don't let your guard down and prepare for the worst so that when you do hit the low points (the valleys) you can weather the storm and ride it
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Mazeli Dee
I've read a lot of self-help books before, and I'd say I enjoy them. But this one? I'd like to say I learned something but sadly, no. I tried. The writing is coated in a lot of vague symbolism that I got tired trying to decipher everything. A hundred pages saying exactly the same thing it's been saying since you flipped open the book. I guess I'm not a big fan of Spencer Johnson. He's nothing like Jack Canfield or Zig Ziglar.
Chad
Anyone familiar with "Who Moved My Cheese" will instantly see the same style of communicating life truths that can have real applications in life in a way that pretty much anyone can understand and appreciate. I think that this book has extra relevance for many right now as many people are actively experiencing a 'valley' and this book may be a great way to not only deal with navigating the 'valley' but getting the most out of it in preparation to make the trip up to the 'peak' and stay there lo ...more
Maybelle Victor
One of the first books that our teacher back in high school required us to read was "All I really needed to learn I learned in Kindergarten", that book has told me one thing – there is nothing wrong with understanding things in the simplest way possible. Come to think of it, even Jesus used parables for his teachings.

Spencer Johnson, once again, captures a wide range of audience with his newest book “Peaks and Valleys.” Although the book primarily focuses on work attitude and perspective, the di
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Fariz Danial
Another typical motivation book. The content are so simple. I didn't enjoy as i didn't gain anything from it. Maybe this book is for those who haven't gain much experience in life.

I take Abdullah Muslem (2011)'s review :

I felt like a child when I read this book. The author talks to you as you are lost or you dont know what to do and he keeps repeating the same stuff again and again. The book was boring and very short and did not add anything to my knowledge except for things I knew before but I
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Yla Delarosa
I thought its another typical inspirational book which can make me feel better for a moment, but then I cant really apply in my life. I’m not against inspirational books, because they do help. They are commonsense knocking hard when you feel lost.

This book, with all simplicity, talks about how every one of us have peaks and valleys. Peaks are happy times, valleys are sad times. No matter how hurt I am, I’m not the only one going through a difficult time. But nonetheless, I should never look val
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David Peters
Johnson is a modern writer of fables that explore life events and decisions. As typical he tells some great truth through a short story that if it works right you should sit back and go Ah ha. That is shortly followed by some great insight to your own life. While a little simplistic for me, they are fun to read and all but the most jaded should get something out of it. The premise of this one is life's ups and downs are connected to one another through a giant continuum. Consequently how you act ...more
Linda
I should begin by saying that I usually don’t like self help books. This one was lent to me by a good friend who loved it, so I thought I’d give it a chance. It’s not that I don’t think that it has good advice, it does. It’s that I think the information it actually covers could have been summarized into a few well written paragraphs. Think of Aesop’s fables. And, the truth is, the overly concocted simplicity of the writing style doesn’t appeal to me. It actually makes the message less memorable ...more
Tyrell Mentzer
Very simple, but very powerful. so many times I was reading I was like "Duh! That makes so much sense! " A very timely book for me, as I am in a personal valley. Applying these principles helped me immensely. :)
Nicole Lee
Powerful! This is what was so profound about this book for me: "Pain in a Valley can wake you up to a TRUTH you have been ignoring!" - "Peaks and Valleys"
Joy
This was a helpful book on managing the good and bad times in life. He
had tips for getting out of the valley sooner, staying on peaks longer,
and getting to the next peak. Although this was a secular book, it was
easy to see Biblical wisdom. An example would be staying on a peak
longer (managing your good times): be humble and grateful, do more
of what got you there, keep making things better, do more for others,
say less, save resources for your upcoming valleys. Johnson defines
peaks as "moments whe
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Jim
A quick read by the author of "Who Moved My Cheese?" He uses the story of a seeker climbing a mountain and encountering an old sage to convey his points about how to manage the high & low points in your personal & professional lives. I found that quite effective. At the end of the book there's a cut out & fold up set of cards that fits in your wallet w/ the key points. I borrowed a copy from the library so I had to settle for transcribing them & posting them in my cubicle. You're ...more
Kimberly Houser
This is one of my go to books when I need an attitude adjustment. It is an allegory about living on the peak and living in the valley. Simply put, when you appreciate what is going on around you, you are living on a peak; when you wish things were different, you are living in the valley. Every time I read this book a different piece stands out. It provides advice on how to stay on a peak longer and get out of a valley faster. It is always just what I need to hear when I feel like things are not ...more
Laura
I like the fact that the "tools" were repeated over and over. It a useful to me and I'm sure many others.
Lucek
I love the depth Mr Johnson gets to on things seemingly obvious. More please :)
David Fox
Aug 11, 2013 David Fox rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Business folks
Shelves: reviewed, owned-books
Not too high, not too low

In a simple parable, written in a similar vein to The Greatest Salesman, Johnson, author of The One Minute Manager & Who Moved My Cheese, paints a picture by the numbers instruction manual on how to succeed not only in business, but in life. A brief book in large type, easily consumed in a two hour session, we learn simple lessons that we've probably known all our lives. Be modest. Take your winning moments with humility. Remember success when dwelling in the valley
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George Nixon
Maybe a little less corny and on-the-nose than Who Moved My Cheese, as parables go. I think I liked it... I guess time will tell if I think back to it in my life, and maybe I'll update this review in a few months or years and say it it's actually helped me.
Jesse Stoddard
Another great book by Spencer Johnson, M.D. A master at taking complex subjects and shining a pure and focused light on them to illuminate their simplicity and real life action.
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