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Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness

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Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen Amazing Things Will Happen offers straightforward advice that can be put into action to improve your life. Through personal anecdotes from the author's life, and interviews of successful individuals across several industries, this book demonstrates how to achieve success, in all aspects of life, through hard work and acts ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published November 28th 2012 by John Wiley & Sons (first published October 23rd 2012)
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Nov 29, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy "Oh, The Places You Will Go" by Dr. Seuss, this is the version to read to your kids when they hit 18.
Mike Vardy
Dec 28, 2012 Mike Vardy rated it it was amazing
Amazing Things Will Happen doesn’t read like a traditional how-to book, because it isn’t a traditional how-to book. C.C. makes no bones about it: amazing things don’t just happen, but they will happen if you work hard and be good to others. Those two ingredients are key – and in the book I felt as if C.C. and I were just sitting around having a beer as he walked me through his path to self-improvement.

After C.C. chronicled the early part of his life in the book – laden with lessons throughout –
Geoff Livingston
Jan 10, 2013 Geoff Livingston rated it really liked it
The blogger's version of the Artist's Way. Full of ideas and tips to spark, complete and enjoy that next success. A fast and enjoyable read. Perhaps most importantly, the book sparked me to engage in a project that I had left fallow for years.
Alain Burrese
Feb 12, 2013 Alain Burrese rated it it was amazing
Shelves: success
I really enjoyed “Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide On Achieving Success & Happiness” by C.C. Chapman. It is a simple little book with a powerful message. Chapman's goal was to provide enough motivation to push readers forward with whatever dream they may have been thinking about but not taking action on. I believe he did just that. He gives the reader real advice based on what has helped him. It's not earth shattering or drastically “new” or “different.” However, the advice is ...more
Kerry O'Shea Gorgone
Dec 06, 2012 Kerry O'Shea Gorgone rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who could use inspiration to live the life they dream of.
More than encouragement: C.C. inspires by example. Any number of books in the Self-Improvement section could be dismissed as overly general, unduly optimistic cliché compilations: this book isn't one of those! There's encouragement, to be sure, but C.C. also injects a healthy dose of realism, courtesy of his own life experiences.

It takes a brave storyteller to share his own journey so openly, and that's why this book is so powerful. When C.C. says you can overcome obstacles, you believe him, bec
Jan 05, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
A lovely book, written in a very human and 'from the heart' kind of way, with an engaging style, rather than being a technical 'how to' manual. The book is a collection of bits of wisdom the author has learned from his own experience of taking a risk, in order to earn a living in the way he feels passionate about. One problem this book is aimed at, is, among other things, the issue of how to earn a living doing something you love, instead of working at something you hate, or somewhere you hate. ...more
Mark Nemcoff
Dec 06, 2012 Mark Nemcoff rated it it was amazing
CC Chapman is a thought leader and marketing guru who completely gets the new paradigm of how social media can reach new audiences all over the world with a personal message capable of connecting with people. In "Amazing Things Will Happen" he takes on what is any creative's other biggest challenge, how to get motivated and put yourself in a position to make you and your work stand out. His passion for creativity really comes through on the page and it is truly infectious. I can tell you that I ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: life
I'd already read C.C.'s book Content Rules -- a business book -- and loved the voice that he and co-author Ann Handley established. I became a fan after that and was really looking forward to this book.

With its short, easily digestible chapters, you can easily read this in one day. And the conversational tone that made Content Rules so much fun to read carried through with Amazing Things, as well. It felt like I was just sitting down and having a chat with C.C., and it was an easy, fun read.

Jan 18, 2013 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I've been applying some of ideas from the book and I've noticed that I am more focused and calmer when looking at my life choices and goals. I was very, very lucky to have won this book through Goodreads, but even if I hadn't, I would have purchased this book. The reason why? Right before I won this book someone from my workplace talked about the "duck" and I wanted to know more. The chapters are a quick read, but provide useful information (including real life examples) that I ...more
Michelle Rittler
I received a copy of this book via the Goodreads First Reads program.

I think C.C. Chapman's book is a valuable read for everyone. His advice and suggested exercises on how to get to the root of what you want out of life and how to recognize the potential obstacles you might encounter while working toward your goals really opened my eyes and helped me make adjustments to my own strategies. He doesn't provide detailed step-by-step instructions, but he gives you a lot to think about as you begin to
Jan 12, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
A nifty little help book packed with good advice that you already know, but it's still a good idea to be reminded of once in a while.
Easily read in a single sitting as I did last evening, but the power of such a big little book, is upon re-reading and actually applying the exercices and examples supplied within.
By the end of the book, I was motivated to go thru with the advice and exercices suggested, hopefully, it only remains to be seen wether I will be putting them to action in the next few d
Rob Usdin
Dec 03, 2012 Rob Usdin rated it really liked it
Good simple advice for leading and being successful in life. CC writes like he speaks - casual, funny, and engaging. If you know him or have seen/heard him - you'll get it instantly. If not - find his audio or video online, watch a little or listen - and then come back and read the book with his voice in your head. It will make perfect sense. The advice here is not rocket science - it's common sense, but it's things we forget in the day to day hustle. I expect to refer back to this book often.
Ann Glenn
Feb 14, 2013 Ann Glenn rated it it was amazing
If there was one book I could buy for all my coworkers and friends this would be it. It will help you figure out "what you want to be when you grow up". I gave this to the people that report to me at Christmas and one of them quit after reading it sighting this book as helping find their passion. To me, that's the sign of a good book. I hated losing her as an employee, she was amazing, but i'm happy that she found what she wanted to do in life.
Steve Garfield
Dec 13, 2012 Steve Garfield rated it it was amazing
This book is by my good friend CC Chapman. It's a quick read with good advice. I tweeted out a few of his memorable quotes as I read the book and compiled them into a blog post:

Amazing Things Will Happen by CC Chapman: My highlights - Tweeted!

I like this quote best:

"Handshakes and Hugs will always trump Likes and Shares."
Catherine Gillespie
Feb 07, 2015 Catherine Gillespie rated it it was ok
Shelves: balance, habits, work
Once I got past my irritation at the “if you want more money and a job you love, you only have to work hard” mantra, I did find some helpful thoughts in Amazing Things Will Happen. For example, the author advocates doing a “Three Word Exercise” to boil down your priorities for a given year or month. Similar to the word-of-the-year concept, the three word exercise forces you to think about what you really want to accomplish, see commonalities between goals and projects, and then helps you to focu ...more
Laurie Davis
Dec 04, 2012 Laurie Davis rated it it was amazing
The lessons in this book are simple yet brilliant and transcend situation. Whether you are feeling lost today or completely content, it will give you food for thought about your life's journey today, yesterday and tomorrow. The short chapters are easily digestable and make you want to keep flipping the page to uncover more inspiration.
Simon Salt
Dec 11, 2012 Simon Salt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
My video review of C.C.Chapman's book can be seen at

I was really looking forward to reading this book and I have to say that I wasn't disappointed. A great read and a useful book. Do yourself a favor and go buy this book now.
Jessica Gottlieb
Dec 03, 2012 Jessica Gottlieb rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for anyone mid career. It's full of small digestible chapters that reaffirm your best instincts.

If you're a 23 year old freelancer who has never had a boss do NOT read this book. Seriously. You're welcome.
Drew Hawkins
Nov 29, 2012 Drew Hawkins rated it really liked it
Simple advice. A feel good book for the most part. Solid read on how to live a more optimistic life and make the most out of small situations in life that could lead to bigger opportunities over time.
Dec 17, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
There are now two books that would make appropriate gifts for students as they graduate. "Oh, The Places You Will Go" by Dr. Seuss and "Amazing Things Will Happen" by C.C. Chapman.
Jan 03, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book. It reinforced ideas I already had and encouraged me to continue my efforts. It's a good book for someone who's discouraged or who needs a swift kick to get into gear.
Nov 12, 2012 Mk rated it really liked it
Wonderful read. Felt like CC was talking directly to me - it is like a mentorship in a book! Must read for everyone.
Mar 02, 2013 Melody rated it really liked it
Good general book - quick listen.
Sethmsparks Sparks
Jan 15, 2013 Sethmsparks Sparks rated it it was amazing
From the heart. Inspiring.
Heidi Hooten
Jan 13, 2013 Heidi Hooten rated it really liked it
Good series.
Sep 17, 2016 Dhruv rated it did not like it
I was frankly quite disappointed with this book. It has almost nothing to add for someone who has ever read any self help blog or book. Work hard, be good to others and focus on your priorities sum up the entire content presented here. I do appreciate Mr. Chapman's efforts in compiling his learnings and experiences but for the would be reader, it would serve him/her much better if his/her time and money is invested in a more concrete read.
Deanna McFadden
Sep 13, 2013 Deanna McFadden rated it it was ok
I'm not at all sure what to make of this slim volume--I heard CC Chapman on a podcast (not his, I think it was an interview w/ Mitch Joel) and I was impressed by his common sense approach to broadening your life's goals and expectations... And what this book feels like is a very slight, increasingly repetitive marketing-speak approach to happiness. I have no doubt that Chapman is an upstanding person--but I wanted more out of this... Sure, I can keep an notebook (I mean, I do have thousands of t ...more
May 07, 2014 Dionne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
I LOVED, loved this book. I find it ironic that the word that comes to mind is, Amazing!! It is a quick read that will leave you both encouraged and inspired to chase your dreams!
Feb 01, 2016 Bayansa rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
quick read , nothing new it's merely a review to whatever you already know and you need a quick motivational book as a reminder .
Great book to get you started on your life "to do" list. Fun, positive and easy to read and do.
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