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8 to Be Great: The 8-Traits That Lead to Great Success

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St. John spent ten years interviewing over 500 successful individuals in many different fields, including Martha Stewart, Russell Crowe, and the Google founders. After analyzing all the data, St. John discovered the top eight factors that lead to greatness and shares them with readers.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Train of Thought Arts (first published 2007)
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Rizky Januar
Apr 22, 2013 Rizky Januar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book after watching videos by its author Richard St. John on YouTube. He has done very remarkable jobs by doing 500 interviews with successful people and extracting them into this book. Before buying this book, I was wondering what qualities that make people successful. It came to my mind the answer was between soft skills and hard skills. Sometimes I heard from people around me that soft skills were much more important than hard skills. Deep in my thought I would disagree with tha ...more
Eugene Kok
Nov 10, 2012 Eugene Kok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is underrated, I am surprise it has low awareness on it, the author took a decade of his lifetime to answer a curious girl who ask him a simple question that shaped his future thoughts and every readers for life: What makes people successful?

And that send him on a trip to interview many successful people and what does make them ticks?

For one, it open my mind on how hard the creators or Disney, Simpsons, Star Wars worked to make theur creation come a live, they worked beyond the 9-5pm,
Anugerah Erlaut
May 01, 2012 Anugerah Erlaut rated it really liked it
8 To Be Great : The 8 Traits That Lead to Great Success.

The 8 traits aren't complicated and it's easy to apply. It's whether you have the will to apply it or not.

I started to get interested in the book after watching Richard's talk about the 8 traits in TED. I had doubts about buying the book, as Richard had explained all the 8 traits during his talk. However, my curiosity took the better part of me and I bought the book. I have no regret after reading it.

The book expounds more on the concept of
Kresimir Mudrovcic
Feb 08, 2015 Kresimir Mudrovcic rated it liked it
Well, definitely worth reading some parts, or at least the short summary of the book, but the way it is written is totally missed in my opinion. 90% of the book he is quoting different people, there is no scientific background or some controlled survey that he asked each and every one of the >500 people he interviewed.
He just had chats with lots of them and took common denominator in all of them.

So, all in all, really useful to read the book and it gave me some ideas, but I expected more sci
Olha Ivanyshyn
З перших сторінок книжка починає дуже подобатись, але дуже швидко приходить розчарування. Подумайте самі, автор провів більше 500 інтерв'ю з видатними успішними багатими людьми серед який президенти, спортсмени, нобелівські лауреати, актори, телеведучі, фізики, біологи, власники колосальних бізнесів, засновники Google,Microsoft і т д, і на додачу це дослідження тривало 10 років, а почалось усе з запитання восьмирічної дівчинки у літаку, якими якостями потрібно володіти, аби бути успішним. На одн ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
По сути в книге представлены результаты качественного исследования личностных черт людей добившихся успеха в своей области. На мой взгляд, автор проявил смелость в том, обобщил полученные данные и расставил для читателей акценты. Мне понравились цитаты, которые он приводит для подтверждения каждой идеи, верится, что это действительно выдержки из интервью, это всегда интересно.
Я нашла важные для себя акценты.
По поводу стиля изложения. Немного популярный, при этом автор скорее ведёт беседу и аргум
Jason Yang
Jul 29, 2011 Jason Yang rated it really liked it
What a charming and delightful read! I picked this book up after seeing Richard St. John's TED talk and finished it in one setting. St. John collects his interviews of a few hundred celebrities/successful people and asks them what it takes to be successful. This book is a summary of their collective stories and wisdom organized into 8 'keys' to success.

I'm normally not a fan of any of these '10 steps to XXX', but I find these 8 qualities to be quite universal. The book is written in a really eas
Jan 02, 2016 Rian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After seeing his TED talk, i decided to buy his book and read more about his research. Today i have finished his book and i would like to share some insights about his book.

I recommend it. The book is written great and the content is very interesting. I decided to read this book to get the gist of 500 interviews with succesful people and i have gained a lot!

His book is a big collection of relatively basic insights and thats why i love it. The more simple something is, the greater the genius be
Chris Webber
Jun 11, 2010 Chris Webber rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Sterling common sense for anyone floundering and wanting something to guide them into a productive mindframe. Particularly teens and young adults, or adults who are looking for a jumpstart.

The 8 traits are passion, work, focus, push, ideas, improve, serve and persist. The author talks about why these are chosen and how they contribute to personal success.

It is easy to read, very beneficial, and is not a long book so it can be read in just a few days.

Maria Avendias
Jul 03, 2012 Maria Avendias rated it really liked it
Personally, i'm not a fan of any kind of motivation books.
Buku2 pengembangan diri, nasehat2 sukses, i'm sick of it.
Tapi buku ini berbeda, dan sama sekali tidak menggurui, saya menikmati betapa tokoh2 sukses itu ternyata juga orang biasa, dan saya merasa tidak sendirian.
Jika mereka bisa, saya pun bisa.
Jan 14, 2014 Uros rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Loved the book. Using the analysis in a wonderful explanations, the book gives the reader a sense of what to do or which traits to evolve. It shows you how passion, work, focus, push, ideas, improve, serve and persist influence our success or maybe have influenced the success of the people that were interviewed. A must read for anyone aiming for success!
Ika Karunia Purnamasari
Mar 18, 2012 Ika Karunia Purnamasari rated it it was amazing

karena kebetulan Learning Organization edisi bulan ini adalah bedah buku si 8 ini, jd ngebut baca demi resensi tercetak segera. Dan ternyata gk sia2, gk se kaku judulnya isi dari buku ini. Berisi Quotes2 orang yg berhasil dan pemimpi sejati harus bisa implementasi. Bahan bakar berarti buat sang pemimpi!
Apr 08, 2013 Hunter rated it it was amazing
Wonderful illustrations that would make excellent posters or cards also. Quotes galore, from people I actually am aware of. Convincing points that make success doable - for everyone. I will be re-reading this.
May 16, 2010 Maren rated it liked it
So far I am enjoying this book. It is required reading for my psychology class. I'll let you know more when I'm done! I took it back to the library before I was done reading it. It got a little boring because we had already talked about the concepts in my class.
Apr 15, 2012 Alfredo is currently reading it
una persona que gasta 10 años de su vida investigando para conocer la respuesta a una pregunta casual de ida a su trabajo durante un vuelo... pienso q vale la pena leer, y ¿cual era esta pregunta? fué "What really leads success?... cuando termine de leer el libro te digo la respuesta, ja!
Dec 30, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great advice, easy to read. Author did extensive research, interviewing hundreds of successful business men and women, athletes, artists and authors, compiling the top 8 traits they all have in common.
Shubham Jain
May 05, 2016 Shubham Jain rated it it was ok
Though the book has a lot of great information but writing it like a list of list didn't seem very exciting to me. If these were replaced by life experiences or maybe a short story it would have had a better impact on me. The quotes are good though.
Nathan Drake
Aug 27, 2012 Nathan Drake rated it liked it
A good read for those who are interested in success. It's mostly filled with quotes and very little of it is Richard St. John's own stuff. It can get old after a while, but it's not a difficult read.
Arie Rahayu
Jan 11, 2012 Arie Rahayu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku self-help yang bagus banget. Dia pakai poin-poin sehingga mudah ditangkap intinya dan sangat praktis. Terjemahannya oke, jadi enak dibaca.
معتز عناني

Success is not a permanent state ,, it is a journey of struggle & sweat for those who leave their comfort zone ..
Dec 18, 2011 Fitri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Banyak quotes2 bagus di buku ini.. Mo nyoba mengamalkan ah pelan-pelan (cieilah bahasa gw... mengamalkan...) :p
Adriyan Achda
Jun 15, 2012 Adriyan Achda rated it really liked it
Bukan buku pengembangan diri biasa. Di dalamnya ada rahasia-rahasia kesuksesan dari 500 tokoh dunia yang diwawancarai penulis dalam proses yang memakan waktu 10 tahun.
Pakne Ken
Its not secret formula , most of us thought these lesson while we were on childhood. Though, the consistency of doing these lesson is the hardest part.
Clara Brooks
Feb 19, 2014 Clara Brooks rated it it was amazing
I wish I had the chance to read this book in high school or at least before my failed attempt at a PhD.
Great book.
Aldry Marius Wiyanto
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