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No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline for Success in Your Life

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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 March 28th 2011 by Recorded Books (first published 2010)
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Tony Rogers  Jr.
Ive read almost two thousand 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 full of simple, straight-forward advice 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 with this on ...more
Greg Swierad
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not ready to like this book so much, because the title is quite cheesy. However, Brain Tracy gives much more than the title of the book promises. It gives very concrete strategies and habits that will improve one’s performance. My top 3 takeaways are:
* Invest at least 3% of your annual income in yourself.
* Develop your character by practicing the values you respect.
* Be a good parent by being a role model.
You can read a summary and complete list of all strategies and principles here and al
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Hooper
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
Just fantastic. No time spent with a Brian Tracy book is ever, ever wasted. Here, he hones in on 9 major disciplines :

1. Clear-thinking
*** Fast decisions are usually wrong decisions
*** Chunk off large amounts of time for thinking
*** Think on paper; write it all out
*** Wisdom = Experience + Reflection (Confucius)
*** Keep your thinking open

2. Daily Goal-Setting
*** Focus and concentration are indispensable to success
*** If you cannot focus and concentrate, then you will have to work for someone els
Amanda Webster
Aug 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashraf Kacimi
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Listened to this on my way to college with very low expectations. Despite some good point, I think that I spent most time like this :
Lisa M.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A vein of truth inside a mountain of shit.
Bianca Tufail
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book had action steps that I found useful, there were many things in the book that I didn't agree with. The book is written with a sales industry background, so many examples given were irrelevant in my own life. The author has an "old school" mentality giving advice such as, men and women shouldn't have business dinners or drinks in order to avoid jealously in their marriages (in my opinion this is straight sexist- and is the reason why many women have a hard time finding men ment ...more
Ana  Lelis
I thought this book was supposed to help the average person to be better. But, no, the author wants you to become a robot. He believes success equals money. ''Do you think your life is not good? Just go to work one hour before everyone else and leave one hour later than them. Work more and make money. If you don't act like rich people you are lazy.''
Excuse me? People shouldn't listen to that. You don't have to be your boss's bootlicker, you shouldn't waste precious time with your family to be a
Ahmed A
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
Fantastic and loaded with pearls. I highly recommend the audiobook to hear Brian's soft, loving voice. It's then that his words come alive, and he becomes your best friend. ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of practical and actionable tasks unfortunately a lot of pseudoscience and old fashioned personal opinions. A great example was men can't multitask only women can. ...more
Mario Tomic
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Re-read January 21
This book continues to act as a great reminder of what I need to achieve and values I should continue to emulate. This book offers a lot well rounded exercises for you to do deeper reflections on goals. A must read.

Wow. Wow. Where have this book been all my life? This book is the bible of Self-Help, Motivation and Inspiration. Imagine if all the self-help books, success books, motivational books and how-to books had sex, “No Excuses: The Power of Self-Discipline” would be the l
Jim Truong
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short audiobook that can be finished in an hour. Enthusiastic speaker. Self-discipline seems to be a multi-part plan -- a mind and body balancing act. But most important idea is -- SACRIFICE. There are some good tips and anecdotes when appropriate.

Essentially, there needs to be a lot of hard work before you can reap the rewards. You need to keep things in focus and not let the goals be fuzzy. Make a top ten list. Visualize the success so that your subconscious will work toward it. Practice bein
Tuğçe Gürkan
This book felt a lot like it was written by a disciplined father archetype to me. I personally never had that experience but I watched a lot of movies about it. I don’t mean to be rude but it feels it comes from a priviliged angle and I do not recommend this type of self-help for people who suffer from mental illnesses. “Go and f*ing do it” or “if you work hard enough” attitude of the book felt very old to me. Of course I respect the style but I don’t think we should fat shame and give diet advi ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I should've stopped reading it, but i kept hoping it would get better. Don't be me. ...more
Zero stars. The book is all theory, there is no practical advice on how to achieve discipline in any area of life. It contains TONNES of filler. It would be better to read a book on avoiding procrastination.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring and empowering -- this has made a Brian Tracy fan out of me. Just bought three more of his books.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
OK Wafa, what did we say? NO MORE SELF HELP BOOKS!!
I dropped this after reading about 25% of the book. The same talk, the same words and the same feelings : excitement and then disappointment. I need to read more non fiction books but less of self help ones, do you hear me Wafa?
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
Bella Briška
The general gist of this book was empowering and motivating. It’s very important to learn to take responsibility and take control over one’s life. So as a self-help it worked and i’ll be putring some of the advice to practice. However, some claimes and advice were questionable: 1. The advice to always work longer hours that promotes hustle culture, 2. The claims on romantic relationships were heavily based on gender stereotypes, 3. The unscientific healthy diet tips, 4. The advice to always be a ...more
Līga Vītola
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: therapy
I finally disciplined myself to finish this audio book about self-discipline...
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Some of the info in this book was really good and helpful... But a lot of it was unbiblical, psychological jargon. 🙈
Anett Rolikova
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: headway
I think the best motivational book that I read so far. It is quite a long but talking about the basics principles of life. Optimism is the most important trait that successful human being needs to have. In order to be successful write down your goals, invest in self growth and education, never stop learning, eat less exercise more.
Learn yourself to pay price for success but constantly learning and personal growth
Yelda Basar Moers
I loved this book! I felt I was in the company of a seriously charged and committed motivational speaker who is truly an expert on this subject. Brian Tracy urges the necessity of self-discipline as the basis of any kind of success or goal achievement. We all know this of course! Still, I found the engaging manner of his words, and the well thought out plan of his book quite efficacious! I've read so many self-help books, with most of them being quite boring, redundant, unoriginal and at best ad ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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“Discipline is what you must have to resist the lure of excuses” 19 likes
“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.” 10 likes
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