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The Power of Focus

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,591 ratings  ·  332 reviews
The No 1 reason that stops people from getting what they want is lack of focus. People who focus on what they want, prosper. Those who don't, struggle. In The Power of Focus you'll discover the specific focusing strategies used by the world's most successful men and women. Find out how to:

-Focus on your strengths and eliminate everything that is holding you back.
-Change ba
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 5th 2001 by Vermilion (first published March 1st 2000)
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Maliza 4cambodia
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for productivity.
Some take always
-Life doesn't just happen to you. It's all about choices and how you respond to every situation.
-The habits you develop from this day forward will ultimately determine how your future works out. Rich or poor. Healthy of unhealthy. Fulfilled or unfulfilled. Happy or u happy. It's your choice so choose wisely.
-Make a list of all the habits that keep you unproductive.
-Your habits and belief systems are a product of your environment.
-Study succe
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Anton Tomsinov
Dec 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Captain Obvious at his finest. E.g. get a whole chapter here about single truism “It is important to be punctual”. What else? Too American, too shallow, too primitive. And outdated too: goals are not a panacea, they can even be destructive for psychic. True happiness comes from enjoyment of every day, true efficiency is in establishing system, not setting one goal after another.
Bilal Rajab
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I have read this book based on the recommendation of Ahmad Al Shugairi!

It is like a life strategy book, it's diverse, rich, and has good amount of planning exercises. It was a good read but I did like all parts!

Content is as follows:
1) Your habits will determine your future
2) It's not hocus-pocus, it's all about focus
3) Do you see the big picture?
4) Overcoming setbacks
5) Building excellent relationships
6) The confidence factor
7) Ask for what you want
8) Consistent persistence
9) Taking decisive ac
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Greg
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing


I have owned this book for years and years. When I picked it up to read it most recently it looks like I got about 100 pages in. I started fresh from the beginning and made the goal to start and finish this time. I am a different person today than I was back when I picked up this book. Jack, Mark and Les are a good team to write a book that provides a teaching and often a story to reinforce. I read about a third of the book out loud with my wife and she enjoyed it even. My work day starts in 2
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Joyce F
It was fine. And, nicely written. A wonderful pep-talk. If you don't get it, yet, about visualization, goal-setting, and gratititude: HELLO! Read this book. If you already get it: re-play one of your self-improvement audio tapes, and devote the reading time to stepping forward. ...more
Irshad
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Highly Recommended.
Mark Villareal
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Focus is something each of us struggles with. Yet if we can embrace and utilize more effectively focus has tremendous power for us to drive personal and professional results as well as those around us.
Asungushe B.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you want to create life-changing habits this is your book. I have read so many inspirational books but somehow this supersedes them all. Why? Spurred into running and daily/weekly planning from day one. All three authors are gurus in self-improvement and have shared with us their struggles, failures, and triumphs in a concise, readable, and engaging format. Every chapter ends with Action Steps that should help you actualize the concept discussed. There are charts, graphs, forms and methods yo ...more
Nada
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chapter one:
1-read one book every month in your field
2-interview successful person every month
3-you must have mental pep talk
4-change your unproductive habit

chapter two:
1-ask yourself: what do you do effortlessly, what do you do that other people find difficult ?
2-create your income from answering the question above.

chapter three:
1-when you write your goals "be more specific "
2-develop mentors

chapter four:
1-overcoming setbacks by creating list of 10 things will improve your situation
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Farah Ain
Sep 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Life doesn't just happen to you. It's all about choices and how you respond to every situation”

Started off my September with this one here. When I first started reading this, I thought that this book is only about focus. But it's actually quite diverse and rich and talks about a lot of other things such as your habits, confidence, consistency, etc.

This book offers a lot of tips, advice, planning exercises for both personal and business use but I can say that a good amount of advice in this book
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Colin H
May 04, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First few chapters on habits and goals really got me fired up. After that a some of it seemed too tactical to business owners and sales people. Useful tips for building a strong network. Definitely a book I'll be recommending to some friends. ...more
Muhammad Muhaddis
The power of Focus is important and must-read book for anyone who wants to succeed in anything. I enjoyed reading it and got the most out of it. This is an outstanding book shows you how to develop new skills in every part of life. It's an inspiring and practical book with Action steps at the end of every chapter which pushes you to implement what you learned. It's user-friendly and really easy to read. It not only covers the personal targets but also guides you to implement in the business as t ...more
Betty
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read many similar books in the early 2000s and they were a launch pad for me to a new life. I set my mind on learning a language, going back to school and graduating, getting new and better paying jobs, etc. This is one of the books that kept me on track, gave me ideas and kept me going. It is not an easy path to turn one's life around, but once you start there is no stopping you. A great book if you're attempting to recharge your life and need a pep talk. ...more
Alex
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
This is a great guide for getting your act in order and focusing on your true priorities. I found this one book to be more useful than the handful of Brian Tracy books I've read. That's probably because I actually took the time to do the end-of-chapter exercises in The Power of Focus. This is one that I will come back to again and again in the years ahead. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to actually make something of themselves. ...more
Christ Lewis
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was always a multi-tasker and I thought it would be fine as I could do many things at the same time. However, I didn't have a clear goal and didn't really know my direction. After reading this book, I found that being able to focus on what I really wanted in my life made me know what I should do each day to accomplish my goal. There are lots of strategies and tips in this book that actually help and they are not hard to follow at all. ...more
Rosa Frei
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Superb! I already loved 'The Success Principles' by Jack Canfield, and this one is equally amazing. Very well written. A wonderfully uplifting book of how to live life self-determined or in his words 'On Purpose'.
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Vicii
I read about half of this book. A lot of the content was ideas that I have already come across or was putting into practice anyway.

a useful read if you need it but not so much if you are already quite focussed
Dan Cooke
Dec 04, 2007 rated it liked it
At my last job in Hawaii we studied this book chapter by chapter as part of our weekly sales meetings. It is a bit dry, but with very good counsel on becoming a more focused and successful person.
Mahsa Saber
Nov 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't believe in these kind of statements. ...more
Jung
Oct 11, 2021 added it
To reach your potential in business and life, you need to focus your efforts in the right direction. By focusing on your natural talents and turning your bad habits into successful ones, you’ll ensure lasting success into the future. There’s nothing to be lost and everything to be gained from asking the right questions; if you never ask, you’ll never know. Finally, if you eliminate procrastination and live decisively, you’ll align your work with your life purpose and find success sooner, rather ...more
Aizuddin Khalid
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book seems to be the knock on the head I was looking for.

It outlined 10 essential strategies to build success in managing our careers, finances, organization and even life. The strategies cover topics of Habits, Focus, Big Picture goals, Optimum Balance, Relationships, Confidence, Asking, "Consistent Persistence", Taking Decisive Action and Living On Purpose.

The practical takeaways are the critical questions to ask ourselves for each subject, the true preparation needed to and the possible
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Dmitry Loktev
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book contained no new ideas for me. It was in my reading list for quite a long so I decided to finally read it. It's written in a usual american self-help style: very brief sentences and paraghraphs, brief ideas that you able to capture in 3 seconds, no big lont-term semantic developments, lots of catch-phrases that look poor without a proper prior development.

Sriking example is a phrase about "all life is about choice". Meaning, there is no "I should" or "I must" in the world, but only peo
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Love
Solid 5 stars. Such a brilliant book. Before I indulge into my review, I'd like to state one thing, it wasn't what I'm looking for. I wanted a book about losing concentration and not living in the moment, but this book talks about success in general and how to focus your skills into shaping the life/business you thrive for. Despite that, it's highly informative and interesting.

This book contains numerous helpful strategies and it's written exceptionally well. What I loved the most that it's moti
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Levent Bayindir
Aug 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
I decided that the achievers coaching program described in this book is one of good self-improvement programs. Although it is far from perfect, it added new concepts/connections to my understanding of self-improvement.

I liked the form in page 90. Many self-improvement programs lack some kind of flow chart of the overall program as in page 211. And i liked the concept of consistency circle in page 225.

The "problem solving questions" and the discussion on "ask and receive" are other parts of the b
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JP
May 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was good, but not inspiring to me. I have read read quite a few books in this genre. I did take away some new ideas and would recommend it among others to someone looking for checkpoints against which to assess their progress in life. Most impressive on me personally was their perspective on habits ("Successful People Have Successful Habits" and "Your Habits will Determine Your Quality of Life"). I also took to heart the reinforcement about focusing on natural talents and trading that for o ...more
Tatiana
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A very inspiring book with lots of life examples, practical pieces of advice and, what I've found the most attracting, interaction between the authors and the reader. Some of the issues, which were discussed, seems too faraway - like running a company. But things like procrastination - thanks God someone has solved this problem! well. at least has tried to do it)

Thinking about re-reading it 10 years later if something goes wrong with my career;)
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Koby Bryan
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a "doing" book, which means that it explains the basics of cutting through the distractions in your life to discover what, how, and when to focus on the things that really matter through guided exercises. I really enjoyed the fact the book reiterated that it was a complete cyclic journey, and where you were on each one of the steps, so you could go back to a step for reference or to repeat. ...more
Olga
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, american
Had fun reading the Russian translation of the famous American self-help book, The Power of Focus, by the author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. One refreshing insight: you never "have" to do anything. You are always making the choice to do it. ...more
Mary al amri
i like this book so much ,, it tought me how to be organized and how to make a balance in my life ,, am always read it wn i feel upset or under prusser
Martin Braunton
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hugely useful motivational book that will impact all areas of your life, business or otherwise.

What I found useful:

1. Successful people have successful habits that create positive rewards.
2. Commit to change. Strive to improve.
3. Read books of successful people. Read each day to get ahead. When you strive to improve you build character.
4. Hone your skills: practice, practice, practice.
5. Focus on your priorities. Delegate.
6. Create goals that keep you awake at night. Align your values with your
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Jack Canfield is an American motivational speaker and author. He is best known as the co-creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series, which currently has over 124 titles and 100 million copies in print in over 47 languages. According to USA Today, Canfield and his writing partner, Mark Victor Hansen, were the top-selling authors in the United States in 1997.

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