Monday, November 9, 2009

Who Dares Wins

Who Dares Wins - The Green Beret Way to Conquer Fear and Succeed by Bob Mayer. I came across Bob Mayer's website and this book while I was cruising around the internet.

Now, the last thing I thought I needed was another self-help book or another writing book. I've read a lot of both, absorbed as much information from them as I could and integrated what I had learned into my life. But, I found myself clicking the "add to cart" button and wondering why I felt compelled to do that.

I received it last week. While there was nothing "new" in it for me in terms of concepts, he does come at the topic from a different angle. And here's the kicker that is different from the rest of the books that I've read, he admits that change isn't easy and that it will take time. He doesn't blow smoke and say, "All you have to do is this and you're life will be better." It's hard, and it takes work to become successful.

What he has noticed is that only 5% of the people who attend his writing workshops will succeed and that this is true of almost any field of endeavor. Only 30% of the soldiers going through Special Forces training make it through the training. eg succeed in becoming Green Berets. Among other characteristics, what successful people have that others don't is a willingness to learn, change, and grow.

If you're one of those people who is willing to learn, change, and grow as a person, as a writer, as whatever it is you want to be, then this book is for you.

I think I'm going to purchase The Novel Writer's Toolkit.

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