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Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,740 ratings  ·  310 reviews
When Steve Harvey was thirtysomething, he was living in his car. It was a sacrifice he was willing to make to give it his best shot at becoming a comedian. After several months of this lifestyle-washing in public bathrooms, eating fast food-he had considered giving up. Before calling his mother to ask if he could stay with her, he checked his voicemail. The Apollo Theatre ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Amistad (first published September 1st 2014)
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Lola
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wish I had read this book after being fired for the first… and second times. Maybe I wouldn’t have felt so defeated, and perhaps I wouldn’t have cried so much. It’s not that I was sad I was losing the jobs themselves – I knew deep down that they weren’t the right fit for me, even considering I was a teen – but it’s stressful to be a student and not have a job. If you don’t have rich parents, that is.

So, anyway. Steve Harvey’s written speech about failure being necessary to success would have
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B.
A book written for the "common man". While don't agree with him writing relationship books, I have no issues with him writing a book on success due to the fact that he is......successful. I pretty much knew everything he discussed, but it doesn't hurt to get a reminder on some things. It is an excellent book for his "audience" written in a language that everyone can understand, and like Mr. Harvey stated in his lifeclass with Oprah "You will not need a thesaurus to read my book." LOL.....
Andrewnette
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Offers a bit more detailed insight on his journey to success that you can use in your journey. Thought-provoking, straight to the point, easy to understand.
Julie
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A really inspiring book! Steve Harvey really speaks from the heart. So much wisdom is shared! I highlighted a lot of good points and I plan to re-read certain parts. The title, "Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success," may make it seem like this is just another stale self-help business book, but it's not all about business relations. It's actually a book on how to live your life to the fullest; how to serve your greater purpose and how to find the gifts that you have inside of you. It's an upl ...more
Ann Omasta
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of sound advice and great reminders. It is not brand new info, but it has numerous clearly articulated pearls of wisdom about living one's best life. This is interspersed with anecdotes from Steve Harvey's own life. My favorite suggestion was to add a picture of my vision board as my cell phone wallpaper, so I see it every time I look at my phone. That was an excellent idea that I immediately implemented. Thumb's up!
Leenda dela Luna
I liked it. Not great. Not really the info I need… more of an affirmation of what I already believe.

Not too many references to gawd, and they were easy to put up with.

Only negative I see is that if you need the book, you’re probably not in the mindset to believe it what it has to say. If you believe in it, you probably don’t need it.
Suzette Hinton
Sep 30, 2014 added it
Recommends it for: Anyone searching to find their purpose
Recommended to Suzette by: I watched a Steve-Oprah interview on Lifeclass
I loved the first few chapters because Steve was bringing a fresh perspective. Then there were a couple of chapters that seemed like he was regurgitating something he read, but it picked back up when he started talking about your gift. Those chapters where he differentiates passion, gift, vehicle are brilliant. I had never heard it quite like that before and was able to identify what my gift truly is.
Nathan
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very deep book which I will read again, there are even exercises to do to get you to think about your situation differently. I may not be a fan of his Act like a lady, think like a man book. He is a very successful person and it was very interesting to see what he believes made him a success and how he is reaching out to help others become successful.
Samantha
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
It's an okay book. There really isn't any difference between his book and any other Self Help book out there, but like most books of this genre, it's the personal stories that make it worth reading. So far I like what he says about using different vehicles to get to your version of success, it's similar to that whole idea of not getting too comfortable and also scheduling your goals and hours in the day towards the end. Other than that, I would only suggest getting this book if you're really int ...more
Allison
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be very good! I'm usually the uber self help reader so I didn't expect much but I was pleasantly surprised. Steve Harvey makes clear distinctions between your gift and your vocation and provides very practical steps to help reach your goals. Highly recommend it!
Elizabeta
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Solid advice, but nothing that wow-ed me.
Raegan   Ralls
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
-Disclaimer: I won this book for free through goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review.-

I have to admit,when I picked up this book I was not expecting what I got from reading it.
There are some books out there that just simply change your life. For me this was one of them.
Have you ever felt you don't know who you are meant to be or your purpose on this Earth? Well I have. And now I know. I probably would have never of picked up this book if I hadn't of won it through GoodReads but I
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Jennifer
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I recently watched a clip where Kevin Hart spoke about how Steve Harvey was the person who kept him on his path to success (as a father, actor, comedian, etc.). I thought that was interesting because I really didn't know anything about Steve -- beyond the segments I've seen on The Tonight Show when he visits with Jimmy Fallon. I researched Steve's background and decided I would start 2015 by reading this book. Practical advice, inspirational examples, and real talk. I took two pages of notes. A ...more
Romney D
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book exceeded my expectations. It provides amazing advice for goal setting and maximizing the most from your life.
Alain Burrese
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I saw this book on the “New” shelf of the library and thought I'd check it out for a quick read. Steve Harvey is likable, and I also liked “Act Like a Success Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift And The Way To Life's Riches.” It's a very positive book with a strong message that you can do what you desire if you work hard enough at it.

While he uses his life for the main examples, he does draw on others as well, all to motivate the reader into finding their own personal gift and then to ma
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Dave B.
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Steve Harvey has a talent for conveying wisdom and practical life applications in an everyday ‘common sense’ conversation. He is able to share ideas and concepts about success that were talked about since Andrew Carnegie’s classic self-help book in a fresh way that gives me insights for my own life I never had before. Here is a quick summery of his points:
• Stop making excuses
• Don’t be afraid to fail
• Stop limiting yourself
• Have a dream/vision
• Your job does not define you as a success, it i
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Abdullah Bustami
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Again, I would give a book a 5-stars rating only and only if I managed to come out with few benefits.
To me, this book is a 5-stars! I learned very helpful financial tips and financial planning techniques, I learned how to organize my goals, sort my dreams, and have my achievements back on road.

I had the honor to read about the life of a conservative gentleman who have solid principles. A humble man, a man who thinks it's his duty to teach and educate others who have missed out their chances of b
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Alexandra Osterhoudt
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a concise, essay to read book on moving forward and not getting stuck in the present. I enjoy watching Steve Harvey to begin with so naturally I enjoyed his book. Like every success story, Steve encountered adversity throughout his life. Knowing how to pick up & push forward is key & surrounding yourself with like minded people will only propel you into a positive experience for the future. An enjoyable read!
Dee
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This was a very inspiring book. Much of the information, I already knew but helps to be reminded every now and then that you are in control of your on destiny. Steve references his spiritual upbringing and the importance of putting God first in your life, which I love. The book is a very easy read, would definitely recommend it.
Janet
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Steve Harvey. I am very impressed by his book, "Act Like a Success Think Like a Success". I recommend it for everyone. It has inspired me to find fulfillment in my volunteer jobs. It has helped my self-esteem because I was feeling bad that I can't seem to find a part-time job working in an office. Steve Harvey by writing this book has shown me how to think like a success.
Nataly
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's a great book. I loved Steve Harvey's no nonsense about reaching your goals.
Jason
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: improving-myself
I don't know what my gift is so this book became irrelevant for me pretty quickly. There was some value in what I read, but overall nothing especially lifechanging.
Richard Pacheco
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a book I would want to write. It's a no nonsense straight forward starting point for the average joe.
Shante
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will get the new book and will read it and love it the 2 book I'm still read it But I'm still loving your 2 book
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Bridget
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Bridget by: No One
3.5/5 Stars

It took me a little while to read it because I kept having to stop...I would lose focus on just listening to the audio, so I had to pick up the physical book & follow along to help me focus

The book was good, and worth reading, especially for those that may be trying to push forward in their lives. For many, this book may be common sense and they've already been told all of this, but sometimes, a refresher is a great thing...For others, all of this may not be so common sense for
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Dana
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is, as many of the reviewers pointed out, a regurgitation of all the self-help stuff I've read to this point. I'm stuck after reading it wondering a few things:
1. What is my GIFT? I know what I think I'm good at, but he describes that as talent, leaving the idea of the GIFT as something different.
2. Where are my like-minded people? One of the reasons I'm where I am in terms of goals, dreams, etc. is that I haven't found anyone who thinks enough like I do about my dreams and goals who can then
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AZ ZA
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
WHAT KIND OF MAKEUP DO YOU NEED?

1.To be the kind of person who attracts rather than repels others. There are no self-made men; therefore, you have to learn the laws of attraction to draw the right people to you. You have to be easy to work with, or at least be willing to create the atmosphere that makes it easy to work with you.

2.you have to aspire to be a visionary person with a positive outlook. Those who allow other people to expand, develop, and explore are the kinds of people you want to h
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T
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
A short read, with concise to the point advice that was on occasion a bit simplistic. He often provided good examples to support his point from his life experience, however some were over the top and (covertly) boastful - particularly when he talked about wanting a private jet, I'd say this will alienate a vast majority of the audience he was writing for. However there were some excellent nuggets that he provided. He empowered by illustrating that we, ultimately, control our lifestyle and the li ...more
Heidi J.
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: inspirational
I don't think this was poorly written, or even poor advice. However, I don't think I fit into the target audience at all. (Since I couldn't answer yes to any of the questions on the back cover, that should have been a clue.) However, I'd enjoyed Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man so much that I thought I would enjoy this one too. Unfortunately, Harvey is shooting straight for guidance or inspirational here, and I never felt inspired. There was some reference to being able to apply his advice to y ...more
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Broderick Steven "Steve" Harvey is an American comedian, actor, entertainer, and radio personality.

He is probably best known as the star of the WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show, and as one of the four comedians featured in the Spike Lee film The Original Kings of Comedy.

Currently, he is the host of The Steve Harve
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“God has already lined up all the people in your path to get you to your dreams and your visions; all you have to do is get rid of the wrong ones.” 17 likes
“Avoid people who are always having a bad day. In their minds, nothing ever works in their favor. They have a chronic “Woe Is Me” campaign that they continue to launch full blast. This kind of negativity depletes enthusiasm. You don’t need the woe-is-me speech every day.” 14 likes
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