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No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline

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You don't need to have been born under a lucky star, or with incredible wealth, or with terrific contacts and connections, or even special skills...but what you do need to succeed in any of your life goals is self-discipline. Unfortunately, most people give in to the two worst enemies of success: they take the path of least resistance (in other words, they're lazy) and/or ...more
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Published May 25th 2010 by Vanguard Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
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
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
[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.
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
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, piece of my mind, and many others. Brian really knocked it out the park wi ...more
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
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
Jincy Varghese
Gives practical life examples in maintaining good relationships, friendships, mental health, success etc.
Overall pleasant book to read
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
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.
VP76363 Fung Siong Ma
Wide ranging and practical

I like the wide ranging applications of self discipline that Brian Tracy encourages in this book. Each chapter is rather brief but there is always discussion on principle, and some tips and application actions. There are certain aspects on his points that I think needs to be balanced, eg his point about work really hard from the morning (arrive earlier), over lunch and in the evening (go home later) will also need to consider the need for break and rest to avoid burn ou
A mixed bag. When Tracy sticks to defining the nature of self-discipline and the character qualities one needs to cultivate, the results are very inspiring. He has a no-nonsense approach that's not overbearing. However, if you're not like Tracy, that is: white, male, straight, able-bodied, and so on, the strategies he advocates may only take you so far. Tracy is of the mind that anyone can do anything so long as you're willing to put in the effort, and that any limits that may exist to hold you ...more
This was a great overview of a lot of ideas to become a better "you". While there are a ton of cliches used in the book, they are applicable and relate-able. There were a lot ideas that got me thinking and motivated me to do more and be better. I particularly liked the "I'm responsible," mantra and have started attempting to incorporate it with myself and my children.

The whole middle section didn't totally apply to me since it was all about business and right now my only business is child-rearin
Ugh. I really should have known better. Everything about this book screamed cliche business self-help motivational speaker trash. But it had positive reviews, I liked what I heard from a clip of the audiobook, and it was available at the library, so I decided to go for it. I really should have known better.

This book is filled with cliche self-help advice, culled from various wise men and motivational speakers, and not a shred from peer-reviewed research. Most of this book talks about how to be s
There were some interesting and useful tidbits spread throughout the book but I found that the book was mostly written for white, middle class men. Being one of those, I probably got more out of the book than some others might. At times he suggests that you need to be willing to work extra hours to excel in what you do but then he suggests that in a 40 hour work week, you can easily find time to do self improvement, like listening to audio books which he is peddling. He talks about having integr ...more
Brian Tracy writes really plainly and clearly. This book is actually a very fast read, because his whole book is basically one point: self-discipline.

In the first part, he goes into the philosophy and studies of self-discipline and how it can lead to happiness and success. He always gives the why's and the results, with many anecdotes. The second part is the application of self-discipline in work life. In the final part, he gives practical tips on our personal lives -- health, family, friendshi
Hector Chicas
I listened to this audiobook and it took me a little while to get over the soft and soothing voice of the reader which to me sounded unnatural and forced.
However the content of the book is of good value. I will listen to this book again in the future.
But there are a few parts that made me think this was a 3.5 stars which is good and probably even above average but definitely not great.
Toward the end, this book ventures into telling people how to raise their children. So I have conflicting feeli
MdHazali Hasan
No Excuses! (Edisi Bahasa Melayu) menerangkan kaedah yang boleh digunakan bagi mencapai cita-cita yang diidamkan dengan tiga matlamat dalam hidup kita iaitu kejayaan dalam keperibadian sebagai manusia yang mulia, kejayaan dalam perniagaan dan kewangan, dan juga kejayaan dalam kesihatan serta kekeluargaan. Terdapat 21 bab kesemuanya dan setiap satu menunjukkan cara bagi kita menjadi lebih berdisiplin dalam setiap matlamat hidup.

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Pengenalan: Keajaiban Disiplin Diri

Bahagian 1: Disiplin
I was really surprised with this book, I only say that because I have mixed feelings about Brian Tracy. I have read some books of his that were just other people thoughts and lessons collected by him and thrown in a book. Even though ,this does have examples from a multitude of other self help experts and books; he still has his own lessons to teach and they just enhance the rest of the information. I liked how he did present you with thought provoking questions to work on before you move on to ...more
JR Snow
This book could have been a lot shorter. It was worth the read for me, I just took what I found helpful and "spit out the bones" of what I already knew or what was common sense. Basically, the message of the book is that in order for you to succeed you have to work hard and be disciplined. Well obviously. It does lay out step-by-step way to increase your self discipline, but there is much time devoted to convincing you that self-discipline is crucial, which for most people is wasted time because ...more
Desiree Finkbeiner
Own it! The single most important success principle truly is self-discipline. Oft times, self discipline means replacing bad habits with good habits. According to Tracy, this takes the average of 21 days. For some people this may seem very difficult, so he suggest those types start with something very small and work their way up to the real issues that need change. One of my favorite points he makes here, is that most people who are actually very disciplined are the ones who feel they could use ...more
I highly recommend this book. In it you will find that circumstances, other people, or events are not responsible for your lot in life. You are responsible. Do bad things happen to people? Certainly they do, but how you respond to those things develops you as a person. Self-discipline is the key to you being the person you want to be. Want to write a book, develop the self-discipline to write it. Want to get ahead at work, develop the self-discipline to do your work. Avoid distractions and do yo ...more
Jeffrey Arrowood
This book was a strange combination of really practical application of virtue and crazy modernist ideas via "The Secret." Brian Tracy applies the virtue of self-discipline to all areas of life in very practical ways. He definitely challenged me to start taking responsibility for my life and for how I respond to things that happen to me. However, he also seems to believe that "whatever you think about the most will become your reality." He claims, for example, that the discipline of saving will c ...more
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