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Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,531 ratings  ·  220 reviews
Imagine. Believe. Achieve.

Many self-help books offer a lot of new age platitudes and sappy mantras:

Just love yourself.

See the glass as half full.

Believe it and it will come.

Really? That’s not how it works, and you know it. A lifetime’s worth of struggle is not overturned in a small moment of positive thinking. But if you have the right attitude—attitude and skills—you can
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Published April 5th 2011 by Random House Audio (first published April 5th 2010)
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If you are struggling with self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-love, I highly recommend this book. As a Christian, I read it with my lens of scripture on and agreed with most of her concepts. Of course, she doesn't come from a Christian perspective but many of her truths hold up scripturally. There are many Christians who will probably read this so-called self-help "mumbo jumbo" and think this book doesn't deserve 5 stars. I do. I think this book can revolutionize one's life, if given the cha ...more
No, I didn't read this book b/c I'm a fan of The Biggest Loser or Losing It. I've never watched one episode of either show. I've never watched or done one of her exercise DVD's. I heard the author being interviewed about this book on The Today Show and what she had to say to people who are stuck or paralyzed by fear in any area of their life, not just weight issues, really intrigued me. So, I listened to the book on CD, which happens to be narrated by the author. That fact alone made the book re ...more
I've a severe love hate relationship with Jillian.
On some levels I feel she is a money hungry sell out looking to make a quick buck....
exercise videos and games and supplements and online diet programs, etc etc etc.
It's get annoying. That is the Jillian I hate.
(yet I still go and give her more money by buying her

The Jillian I love is the tough talking in your face Jillian who doesn't sugar coat shit!
in this book she is in your face, giving zero tolerance for bs and excuses.
She say
Angela Mcclanahan
I did not like this book at all. And just to be straight forward I did not finish this book. What Jillian has done is read several self help books and compiled the parts she likes together in her book. The most notable example of this is the vision board which "The Secret" is mostly based off from. What she wants you to do is just do them all together and well of course one of them will stick right? I was trying to get past that, maybe she has her own spin on these ideas. But then one the thing ...more
I like Jillian Michaels as a trainer. I really do. I don't follow the Biggest Loser or whatever her other show is called. I'm not allowed to watch "reality" TV because I tend to become too emotionally involved. It's just not pretty. But I do own a couple of her workout videos - 30 Day Shred and the Rip:60 workout she did - and I really like her no nonsense approach to fitness. When I saw this book, I liked the premise of it but I didn't have high hopes for the content. Something about celebrity ...more
Kimberly Smith
I ended up loving this book. I love how open and honest and bold Jillian is. I could almost imagine her yelling the words to me in my living room while I read the impactful sections of the book, much like she does to the contestants on the Biggest Loser!

This book has nothing to do with weight loss necessarily, but EVERYTHING to do with fixing your life and not letting your mind hold you back. I loved it, because I think it had the missing ingredients that other teachers and gurus often miss. The
Keri ♠
I have recently been watching a marathon of the Biggest Loser episodes on Hulu and really have enjoyed the dynamics of both coaches Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. I thought I would see if Jillian had any recently published books and discovered this book, which was more of a self-help guide for everyday living and not built around just weight loss. I thoroughly enjoyed her very down to earth and honest approach to life--never sugar-coated but instead helping to guide the reader in a way to see ...more
You may not watch Biggest Loser or like Jillian's in your face tactics on the show. But her book (listening via audio) is great for those who need help with self esteem, self worth, or just a kickstart to living life on your terms.
Happiness is not a myth. It’s a choice. Please, don’t roll your eyes at me. I know it’s a tough cliché to swallow but, don’t worry, it’s easier to implement than it is to believe.
Once again, I’ve sunk knee deep into the self-help pool, this time with Jillian Michaels’ Unlimited (which, by the way, was well worth the MSRP of $18). Why? Well, I’ve begun to notice a strange little pattern in my life: every so often, my brain just stops thinking logically. I get overwhelmed by my goals and ambition
I like this book. I never planned to read it. I was just at the library and there it was on the display with a little halo around it. I don't see books that call out to me very often, so I picked it up.

Is it perfect? No.
Is it disorganized? Yes.
Did I wonder more than once if the typesetter was on crack while formatting this book? Yes.
Did it have anything new to say? Not really, but I was totally okay with that for some reason.

For me there was charm in the all-around roughness of the book. Jillia
I have few books that are AMAZING and I've got to say ... THIS ONE WAS. Jillian has a way to get you right in your core (that is the center of your heart)! Mind you this read is definatley not specifically set for fitness goals but goals of all nature. I'm a big goal setter myself and with the new year coming around or if you just want to change/add something to your life this is the book to pick up. I'm not kidding spend a little time with Unlimited and you'll be on your way to achieve!! She he ...more
It feels a little cheesy to admit having read a "self-help" book and one by Jillian Michaels, whose persona doesn't exactly scream gravitas, professionalism, or sophistication. I have enjoyed watching "The Biggest Loser" episodes and have felt inspired by the show. So, I thought why not get some inspiration from one of her books.

It's a fast and easy read. Jillian gives it you to straight and you can imagine her just screaming at you to get your lazy a$$ off the couch and GO GET WHAT YOU WANT. I
This audiobook is surprisingly good, especially when the Jillian Michaels narrated the book herself. The book has lots of useful materials & thought experiments, and she is funny to listen to.
As a paperback book I might have lost interest during the book’s early chapters with the “out there” “new-age” bits purely out of reflex. But since she was the one that read it, her sincerity came through her voice & it was like listening to a friend talking. So, it was easy to let her finish her p
This book isn't what you might think it's about. Well I thought it was more towards people wanting to workout and eat right. Well it is but it's really not about that! This book is for ANYONE who wants to become a better person inside and out. Spiriturally, mentally and physically as well. This book will make you think and give you idea to more forward in your life in a positive manor. I love books like this. I love this book the most of all of Jillian's book. It's very clean cut and to the dire ...more
Maria (Ri)
You know it is 2012 when Jillian Michaels has a book on spirituality! She is basically saying what many other great teachers are also saying (Wayne Dyer, Michael Beckwith, Mary Morrissey, Gay Hendricks, etc) but with A LOT more cussing. She is reaching a new targeted audience that these other authors may not reach, which is fantastic. I listened to the audio which Jillian reads herself. On the one hand, it is great to hear it in her own voice and intonation. On the other hand, I would only liste ...more
I've never read a self-help book before, but I find it hard to believe that Jillian's is much different from anything else out there. However, I'm always up for a push in the right direction from this particular health & wellness guru, and I'm a big fan of her no excuses/you are the master of your destiny/DON'T QUIT! mantra. One thing that really resonated with me was her constant reminder that, while shitty things happen to people all the time and sometimes it feels like you don't have any ...more
Mandy Huot
This book helped me immencely.
I'm currently a Criminal Justice student that was originally planning to work in the Special Victims Unit, until I found out that SVU agents are actually detectives, which would require me to become a police officer, which is not what I want to do. So I had no idea what I was going to do with my life and future degree, but knew I loved all the subjects and was enjoying the program. So I grabbed this book at the library, and within the first chapter, I discovered tha
Some good advice, but ultimately I think Jillian Michaels should stick to fitness rather than life coaching/self help books. She's accomplished a great deal in her life, but I would have liked to see a bit more organization in the book. Also, I felt a lot of what she was writing was trying to be broad but ultimately was only applicable to a very small range of goals that people might have for their life (i.e. things that she accomplished or deals with, like losing weight or becoming a famous fit ...more
Karen Nowicki
I consider myself a relatively put-together, can achieve anything, type of person so the book itself wasn't particularly eye-opening but it's a good book to remind yourself of the things you have to do in order to be better. It's a pretty easy read with no nonsense, easy path to follow in order to feel better about whatever it is you want to improve in yourself. Jillian uses a lot of examples from people she knows, contestants/families she's worked with on Biggest Loser and Losing It, and her ow ...more
Sarah Clement
I have this weird thing with Jillian Michaels. Most people I know hate her. They things she is dumb, promotes crap, and is just plain mean. I hate the Biggest Loser, and I can see their point. But I have this weird soft spot for her, which came from listening to her podcast, where you get a completely different view of her as a person and why she does what she does. So that, combined with the fact that I am facing another big transition in my life, just 7 years after the last really big one, led ...more
Dawn Mateo
Jillian has this way of speaking to you in a way in which you FINALLY understand WHAT to do and HOW to do. There are many sections called "Working it out" in which you participate and write thoughts, plans, goals, etc.. in fact, the whole book requires participation, mostly...critical thinking, of yourself. I borrowed an audiobook from the library, but have plans on buying a copy and reading when my self esteem starts to get in the way of my goals and my life.
I tried finishing this but just couldn't. She has great information and her no-nonsense format is great... for awhile. It gets tiring though. It's like having her yelling at you the whole book. Even the uplifting, positive parts seem forceful. I got tired of listening to her 3/4 of the way through the book.
May 29, 2014 Thomas rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with low self esteem
This book is a bit too rah-rah for me. I would recommend it to people who have problems with a lack of self esteem, but only the audio version. Read by the author herself, the audio book conveys the enthusiasm of the author, which I can imagine is lacking in the printed version. Although the references are almost entirely to physical fitness, and weight loss in particular, the lessons are applicable to other areas in your life. There is a point, however, when I (as a listener) became bogged down ...more
Krista Skene
This isn't the best self help book I have read but it does have a lot of good ideas. Jillian doesn't seem to have much confidence in her 'self help' writing. I want to read one of her other books to compare.
Worth a read, especially if you need a push.
Laura Ann
I adore Jillian Michaels and I especially adore when she tells me how to live my life. Not a schmoozy self-help book that tells you to think positively...but seriously realistic, tough, and totally encouraging and motivating.
Amy Nielsen
I was pretty skeptical at first about this book. Jillian Michaels is well known for her role as a fitness guru, super tough but goal-directed and she gets results, but as a self-helper? Where does she get off? But I have to say after reading the whole book, a lot of her advice made a lot of sense and I even found myself wanting to slow down my audiobook so I could take a few notes or maybe even do a re-listen later.

The thing is, at some point in Jillian's career (and quite possibly from her own
I read this one right when it came out. I expected another diet book, but this one definitely wasnt diet related. She took on more of the mental issues that people deal with, and I appreciated what I read.
Courtney Foster
I love me some Jillian so I had to read this! It was good for the type of book it is and really got me motivated!
Jillian will PUMP YOU UP. Discovered some motivational tidbits that resonated with me. Could do without the "homework".
Oh Jillian! You are the trainer that finally got me exercising. During workout routines, you are patient, encouraging, motivating, funny, and smokin' hot. So it's natural that I wanted to read this book with the hope of finding out more about you.

...Nope. This book tells me nothing new about you (except that you do not have a relationship with your father) and nothing new in general, that some other self-help book hasn't said already.

But I will still watch your tv show in October 2015 and your
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