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Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life's Magic

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You can’t know where or when the Universe will enter your affairs— only that it will. So just pitch your pitches, take your baby steps, enjoy the journey, and prepare to be astounded.

Building on the principles shared in Infinite Possibilities and Manifesting Change, New York Times bestselling author Mike Dooley offers his first “how-to&#8
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Published October 4th 2011 by Atria Books/Beyond Words
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I was overjoyed when I won a copy of Mike Dooley's book, Leveraging the Universe.

Irregardless of how I came by it, the review is the same.


Humor, common sense, plain speaking are all hallmarks of Mike Dooley, this book is all three and more.

A long time follower of Totally Unique Thoughts, it was a joy to see one of my not so guilty pleasures in a longer format.

Would I recommend it to others? Yes.

Did I buy copies to share for the holiday? Yes.

Would I read/recommend him again? Without a dou
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Author and speaker Mike Dooley presents inspirational step-by-step instructions on how to transform your life into the life you really want, using visualization techniques combined with taking action in the form of little baby steps every single day.

TWO Things I would have done differently:
This book reads like a speech which can be a little distracting when it comes to tone and being colloquial.
It also comes off a little repetitive at times which drives the point home.

I had to bully myself into finishing this, and i can't say i liked it. It was okay, more of the recent new age hubbub about positive thinking being the cure for what ails ya. Didn't really speak to me but i gave it an old college try.
Anthony Sanchez
I enjoyed this look, although I consider myself a bit too rational to embrace all his opinions. But what I did like is his optimism and belief that happiness is already in our hands, that we must learn to be happy now, depending on ourselves and not on externals.
I really enjoyed this book and the lessons which are the secrets to an abundant life to which we are all entitled.

In a nutshell - "TRUE HAPPINESS in NOT contingent upon things happening in your life. Happiness is a state of mind. Happiness is an appreciation for life itself, for yourself, for where you are, no matter where you are."

"You will be blessed with desires, and therefore challenges, forevermore. (Haven't you noticed? They're quite inseparable!) Know this and learn to enjoy the journey
Basic thoughts on manifestation. Some of the writing did not flow smoothly for me. I sometimes found myself having to re-read things to really get what he meant. However, it has some great ideas on how to get started on manifesting the life you want. Take the positive, leave the choppy parts.
Christopher Provan
This was a quick fun read. The author believes that we are all part of God and God is all things. With the belief, that all of us (and everything else) are part of God, then we are able to create our reality. We do this wittingly or unwittingly because our thoughts become reality. These laws of attraction are the focus of this book. The author is one of the teachers from the book "The Secret". The author believes that if you remove the dogma from religion you are left with these thoughts he disc ...more
If you're into the Law of Attraction stuff, such as "The Secret", Abraham Hicks, and the like, this is definitely a book you'll want to read. Great if you need some optimism. ;)
Trey Nowell
A good positive motivational book that could probably help a lot of people out. I could do without all the corny messages from "The Universe", but otherwise I enjoyed it for the most part.
Kari Olfert
This book is okay. Could have been better with less (fluff) words because the principals are there.
I skimmed through it and I learned I am happy with what I believe.. What I stand for..
What a helpful tool this has already become. A conversation piece with my partner & siblings, a reference with pages bookmarked to guide me back and an overall joy to read. The positivity and reinforcement is contagious & hard to ignore. So many place I found myself saying " I can do that!" I really enjoyed Mike Dooley's writing. A bit redundant at parts but I think it drives his message home and is a necessary function of the book. I loved it and will read sections many times over. ** P ...more
Cj Sime
definitely some new ideas.
Sharon R.
I thought I was done with the self help genre, but I found this book really inspiring. The basic premise that "thoughts become things" sounds sort of woo woo,but it's really just a new take on positive thinking. If you think you're a looser, you probably are... Add in a little "fake it 'til you make it" and you get the idea. A twist that resonated with me was the approach of spirituality without religion. And I love my Notes from the Universe. Hokey yes, but a great way to start the day. Subscri ...more
Susie Brooks
I have received Mike Dooley's Notes from the Universe emails for a few years now. I always appreciate the positive inspiration in my inbox. Leveraging the Universe tells Mike's story from unhappy accountant to happy speaker and imparts his 7 steps on how he got there and how to leverage these steps so you can get there too.

I know all his steps from Notes, but it was nice to have them in a concise and easily read format. IF you need a boost, Mike's outlook on life will lift you up.
I'm not sure what was more helpful, the great insight or the humor used by the author to open the reader up to his insight. Both tactics helped to lighten up the topic of an otherwise depressing affliction - the mind. We are much too hard on ourselves and it strangles our creativity. This is an excellent starting point for those who wish to understand mind over matter and the way our thoughts become our reality. As a note from the Universe: Thoughts Become Things...Choose Good Ones!
I love Mike Dooley's "teacher style" writing. He makes all key points several times so it is easy to go back and find them and he gives summations of all points. This is a wonderful book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in bringing more to their lives.
Aug 20, 2012 Francesca marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I subscribe to "Notes from the Universe" through Mike Dooley's website -- HIGHLY recommend, they regularly put a smile on my face and in my heart and brain too! But I haven't read any of his books, so I'm looking forward to the chance to check them out!
J. Silvermist
Another amazing read! Although I haven't finished the book yet I am on the last chapter and it's a real page turner. This book really opened my eyes to what I have been doing and help me to understand how to go about manifesting my dreams.
Yup, I just love this author and just about everything he writes. Each book evolves from his previous books in a wonderful, insightful way.
Brad Meyers
Same stuff I've read time and time again.. problem is breaking the 30 years of pre-existing thinking. Working on that. lol
Awesome book,,, Mike has a unique way with words and with presenting concepts. I will be reading this one again
I guess I have to re-read it. I didn't get it the first time.
Staying active. Staying inspired.
It was a pretty good read.
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Mike Dooley is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers international tax consultant, turned entrepreneur, who's founded a philosophical Adventurers Club on the Internet that's now home to over 350,000 members from over 189 countries. His inspirational books have been published in 23 languages and he was one of the featured teachers in the international phenomenon, The Secret. Today Mike is perhaps best kn ...more
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