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No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  2,168 ratings  ·  201 reviews
How to achieve success in all three major areas of your life: 1. Personal Goals; 2. Your Business and money Goals; 3. Your Overall Happiness.

Each of the 21 chapters includes exercises to help you apply the "no excuses" approach to your own life. With these guidelines, you can learn now to be more successful in everything you do - instead of wistfully envying others "luckie
Paperback, 293 pages
Published 2010 by Vanguard press
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David Hooper
Jul 17, 2010 David Hooper rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: entrepreneurs
Brian Tracy is like Taco Bell-- same ingredients every time, but it's in a different shell. This book is no exception. If you're read his stuff before, this is more of the same. Still worth reading though as going through it multiple times will really help you to incorporate it into your life.

And if you haven't read any Brian Tracy stuff, this book covers:

- ways to avoid procrastination
- ways to improve family relationships and friendships
- ways to get more done
- ways to be more effective
- goal
I have mixed opinions about this book: on one hand, the information is useful and worth learning. Yet, on the other hand, the information is shallow and often fallacious.

What do I mean? Some of my favorite parts of the book are quotes from someone other than the author. Overall, the book feels like study notes that the author took while reading other people's books. The result is brief discussions regarding some useful information, such as his advice on friendship, which is taken almost directl
Tony Rogers jr
Ive read almost eight-hundred books on a variety of subjects over the years and I can honestly say if someone asked me to give them one book to help them become successful in life it would be this one. Its a one-stop-shop source for wonderful information in 21 key areas of life such as: relationships, career success, leadership, finances, health, courage, happiness, character(my favorite), responsibility, time-management, peace of my mind, and many others. Brian really knocked it out the park wi ...more
I know Brian Tracy is kind of a cliche, an old school "you can be successful too!" trainer a la Zig Ziglar and late night infomercials, but when New Years rolls around, and you're in resolutions mode, "No Excuses" is just the kind of book you need. Basically Tracy spends 300 pages breaking down every aspect of your life -- your average day, your work, your attitude, your health, your family, your friends -- and explains why, no matter how much you want to blame it on someone else, it's your doin ...more
Ahmed A
I read this book as a companion to Eat That Frog, by the same author, Brian Tracy. Eat that Frog is more into the practices methods of success, while this book is more detailed and focuses on the self-discipline in various aspects of life: Personal, Business, and the Good Life. Below is the detailed list of the aspects where Tracy discuss how to incorporate self-discipline into them:

I- Personal Success
1- Success
2- Character.
3- Responsibility.
4- Goals.
5- Personal Excellence.
6- Courage.
7- Persiste
Welma La'anda
Ini kali pertama saya membaca tulisan Brian Tracy. Tidak boleh sangat menghayati gaya tulisan dan pemikirannya kerana membaca buku terjemahan. Namun saya sedar, Brian Tracy banyak bercakap tentang penjualan. Mungkin kerana latar belakangnya sebegitu. Kerap kali juga beliau mengulang-ulang tentang Cause & Effect Law dan saya bersetuju dengan beliau. Di dalam Islam, Cause & Effect Law kita definisikan sama dengan konsep sunnatullah. Maksudnya jikalau kita berusaha, kita pasti menemui kejay ...more
OK, Goodreads really should have an 'I tried to read this book but it was so bad I could not even think of finishing it option...'

This book is so bad I almost made it to 10% complete before shutting it down. I now feel like I need to do an energy cleanse for having read that far into it.

The author, Brian Tracy, seems to think that success = having lots of money, that people who have lots of money are 'superior' (and yes, he uses the phrase 'superior people' several times), that if you do not ha
If you're a Brian Tracy fan, you'll like this book. If you've never read any of his books, this is a good one to start with. Full of quotes you might find insightful (or annoying if you're not a fan of quotes), this book shows you how to implement self-discipline throughout the various areas of your life, including personal success, work, finances, health and relationships. Tracy makes it very clear (and for good reasons) that self-discipline is one character trait that differentiates the more s ...more
I really like Brian Tracy and most of his books are written with short snippets and are easily read. I felt like this was mostly a re-hashing of his advice just put in the context of self-discipline. While it was somewhat inspiring, I didn't feel it added anything new, nor did it have easily to implement advice. 10/22/10

updated 4/30/13. Apparently I forgot I read this so I picked up the audio. And I found some parts really inspiring and some parts I skipped over. There was a line in the end abou
Mario Tomic
Amazing book, if you ever read anything by Brian Tracy you know this guy delivers but in this book especially he nailed down every single aspect of success for each area of life through practice of self-discipline. If you implement any tip out of this book (and there's hundreds of them) the quality of your life will instantly go up. While going through the chapters I had a ton of aha moments and the content helped me set more clear goals in my own life. "No Excuses" will literally force you to s ...more
Daniel Ionson
Good, but redundant with his other works.
[No Excuses - Power of Self-Discipline]

I like to say this up-front, all self-help books where the intent is to improve on themselves…are useless unless the reader follows through and take action. I.E. Do all the homework and/or action tasks specified from the books.

This book was recommended to me and that I've always found the need to increase my 'self-discipline' to get more out of my own life. I constantly found myself doing things that were wasting my time, breaking out of good habits and not
Michele Connolly
Not bad, but I much prefer Tracy's 'Eat That Frog' and 'Goals', which are both smart, succinct and motivating.
André Bueno
I really enjoyed this book and felt there were a lot of really great takeaways on taking responsibility for my life, my actions, and my results. I plan to add this book to the list of books that I will reread from time to time.
Self-discipline is indispensable if you want to accomplish anything in life. It doesn't matter whether you want to learn something, pursue a professional career, improve your relationships or achieve good health and fitness, without self-discipline you will not succeed. This book encompasses all of these areas and many more, giving precious advice and teaching you techniques which will help you to develop a strong character and good habits and through it to significantly improve the quality of y ...more
Brian Johnson
“No more excuses! Do it or don’t do it but don’t make excuses. Stop using your incredible brain to think up elaborate rationalizations and justifications for not taking action. Do something. Do anything. Get on with it! Repeat to yourself: ‘If it’s to be, it’s up to me!’ Losers make excuses; winners make progress. Now, how can you tell if your favorite excuse is valid or not? It’s simple. Look around and ask, ‘Is there anyone else who has my same excuse who is successful anyway?’ When you ask th ...more
Amanda Webster
First, let me say that I began skimming this book at about page 25. I became greatly annoyed by Tracy's shallow analysis of issues and his over-simplification of solutions. If you need a cheerleader, this book may be for you; if you need implementable advice, you'll only lose patience.

This book could easily be reduced by half. It contained too much redundancy, unnecessary analogies given the simple content, and descriptions of alternatives when they could be easily deduced. Tracy makes broad ge
Everyone should have this book in their home library...but in particular this book would be great for the following:

*Managers (in any profession, if you're a position to motivate people and get them to do their job, this is for you!)
*Personal Trainers/Coaches

One of the handful of business management books I've read that I can truly say I can go back to and keep using for the rest of my life. Brian Tracy is incredibly successful and everything I've read by him so far is awesome.
Floris Wolswijk
Brian Tracy is the master of self-help. With about 100 books to his name, a large training corporation and some other ventures, he has built quite the empire. In The Power of Self-Discipline he embarks on teaching valuable lessons about motivation, the power of routine and time-management.

Yes, many of the lessons are quite straightforward, but so are the management principles by Peter Drucker. What sets Brian Tracy apart from other experts is his many years of experience and focus on (audio)book
Jak często sięgasz po wymówki w stylu “gdyby mi się chciało tak, jak mi się nie chce” albo tłumaczysz sobie i innym, że “zrobiłbym to, ale…”? Jeśli masz taki zwyczaj, to czas najwyższy z tym skończyć! Sięgnij po książkę “Nie tłumacz się, działaj!” i weź sprawy w swoje ręce.

Wylecz się z „kiedyś”

We wprowadzeniu do książki autor stawia trafną diagnozę – brakuje nam inicjatywy. Większość z nas cierpi na pewną nieprzyjemną “chorobę” zwaną “kiedyś”. Chcemy poprawić jakość naszego życia, chcemy cieszyć
This book is not without flaws. But its strengths outweigh its flaws by so much that I have to give it 5 stars. It's basic format is to state a problem that many people have in business, sales, discipline, motivation, etc. Then it will give you a very simple, common sense action plan for how to attack this problem. Each of the attack plans is concise and motivating. The fact that they seem like pure common sense on the surface doesn't detract from the fact that very few people I know actually do ...more
Jincy Varghese
Gives practical life examples in maintaining good relationships, friendships, mental health, success etc.
Overall pleasant book to read
Daniel Barenboim
Great book for living a wholesome life.
Elaborates thoroughly on the most important qualities that lead to overall success in life.
Discipline is one of the most important because it allows you to choose how fast you reach your desired goal. For Example: An extremely disciplined person can set a goal weight and reach that weight within the month or earlier, while another person in the same position might choose to procrastinate and make excuses for not proceeding with the weight-lose plan.. even
This book could have easily been called "How To Be Successful" or some other generic title like that. Rather than a scientific, in-depth look at self-discipline, how it works, and how it can be developed (like Charles Duhigg's "The Power of Habit"), Brian gives a general overview of what it takes to be successful in business and life, adding small bits about how self-discipline applies. In fact, a lot of the advice, stories and action items from this book are also in his "Ultimate Goals Program" ...more
While some of the content and advice in this book is good, the book is too broad for its own good. The main problem I had with this book is the numerous unsubstantiated claims, seemingly entirely made up "laws", like they would be the laws of physics or anything, as well as countless of inconsistencies and direct contradictions throughout the book.

The book does not feel very well written, and it doesn't do a good job of convincing me as I get the feeling that the author is one who likes to "bul
Overall, a very inspirational book. It really got me energized and motivated to get up and start being more productive.

However, I completely disagree with the section where he talked about work. Avoiding chit-chat and time wasters, of course, but unless you are in an extremely competitive environment and you must absolutely be the best, you don't need to work through lunch and another 3 extra hours to be productive. Everybody should have a little break in the middle of the day, and lunch is a go
I like Brian Tracy, but this book is recycled advice filled with ludicrous, misplaced examples. Eat That Frog is a MUCH better book by the same author.
While a good chunk of this book is geared toward the sales profession, there are many concepts and techniques that can be applied to other areas of life. I could see this being a good bathroom book for motivation as Tracy has broken these concepts down into easy to read chunks and the action items at the end of each chapter help summarize the main points.

There's probably not much here that you wouldn't find in other similar motivational books, and a lot of the stuff seems to be common sense, bu
JD Fensom
Oct 01, 2015 JD Fensom rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: top-10
There is no excuse not to read this book :)

I feel this book was probably one of the more influential books I have read recently because it is a base skill. Like empathy/altruism and the learning skills, self-discipline is a skill that changes all other skills.

This book goes through not only how to change your view on this vital life feat but how to become a more self-disciplined person.

With all seriousness, you must read this book if you care about personal development at all.

I prefer the new t
Nick Frolov
It's a good collection of thoughts, but mostly not Tracy's thoughts. There this constant feeling of a bit artificial approach of professional business trainer who got a bit from there and there, but doesn't really share something original.

But regardless of that the book charges with extra motivation of doing and achieving more, that's is what this book is for.

The main thought of the book is simple as this - there is only one common trait which unites successful people - do what you got to do, w
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“Perhaps the most important insight of all with regard to success is that to achieve greatly, you must become a different person. It is not the material things you accomplish or acquire that matter so much as it is the quality of the person you must become to accomplish well above the average. The development of self-discipline is the high road that makes everything possible for you.” 2 likes
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