Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.
Amazing Things Will Happen offers straightforward advice that can be put into action to improve your life. Through personal anecdotes from the author's life, and interviews of successful individuals across several industries, this book demonstrates how to achieve success, in all aspects of life, through hard work and acts of kindness. Split into five sections, this book details how to begin the self-improvement journey.
Each of us has different goals in life, but everyone wants to succeed - and have as much fun as possible along the way. Amazing Things Will Happen shows how to get on this path to success.
©2013 C.C. Chapman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
"For people who want to make a leap into a new kind of career but just can't quite make the jump, C. C. Chapman offers practical advice, real-life examples, and thoughtful, realistic encouragement that will allow them to dare to do amazing things." (Gretchen Rubin, author of Happier at Home and The Happiness Project)
"This book is a field manual for living life with passion and gusto. Read it only if you're prepared for amazing things!" (Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup)
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"Amazing Audio Version"
Having bought the book, I couldn't wait for the audio version. CC is an engaging and entertaining speaker, and his enthusiasm really comes through in the audio version.
For some reason, the chapter about Ducks really struck a chord with me. Often times, being a duck, I am considered either complacent or uncaring - CC felt like he was talking about ME, saying it's ok not to "sweat the small stuff." Plus, hearing him quack through my car stereo was priceless.
CC is always an engaging speaker, so this version of his book definitely didn't let me down. I've heard a lot of "boring" books that are supposed to be uplifting and inspirational - but CC is different - you can feel the energy and honesty through his words.
I could have picked up the audio version for free as part of my audible subscription in only a few days. BUT, I just couldn't wait and popped on it. I was not disappointed. It is a great listen in the car as you are getting motivated to start your day.
"Not as good as i expected"
I like that it's HIS story and not a fabricated "you should do". I didnt like that it was JUST a story...
Someone very new to the working world - as in right out of high school - might appreciate it as general, shot-in-the-arm, rah-rah encouragement with which to embark on their career, but those with a more extended employment trajectory will find it old hat, motivational-speaker style hyperbole whose main attribute is its merciful brevity.
It's mostly an enthusiastic oral delivery of his own résumé, lacking in far too much specificity to be helpful. To his credit, he's got a reasonably palatable speaking voice, although he stumbles over some of his own writing and doesn't bother to correct the flubs.
His enthusiasm is infectious...almost...
"Utterly awful narration, several errors"
Several times the narrator re-read lines- as if a second take was accidentally included in the audio book. Also- this narrator just had an obnoxious speech pattern- weirdly smug, strange emphasis on words, and a voice as if he had something stuck in his throat. The performance almost made me turn this off completely. Next time- get a real performer instead of stroking the author's ego and allowing him to read the book.
Ambivalence-- the author really didn't say much. Definitely not worth an entire book on the subject. Lots of anecdotes, no real analysis.
"Chapman is Enterprising, but too Squeaky Clean"
Yes. It assumes you are already relatively happy, secure, confident and have a perfect work ethic., People who need a book with the above title are probably not yet capable of throwing themselves selflessly into any pursuit or wherever they put their attention the way the author has in his personal stories. Those of us with divided interests and abilities not to mention indecision or confidence issues cannot relate.
Realize that the world of people seeking advice about achieving real-world success and happiness aren't all squeaky clean, presentable, college graduates with Sunday school teacher tonality to life. If I don't see advice as applying to both a stuck or burnt out executive at 50 something AND inner city youths who must choose between fortitude and chaos I don't see it as a "guide to success" etc.
Probably not. In his defense, he's been through some doubtful times, but never leaves his clean-cut, wholesome network, just-get-a-degree world. I know a lot of people like him and I don't think the world needs more of these people's kinds of ideas. We already live in a world of too many of these kinds of ideas.
No, I kept waiting for it to become more real and applicable to people NOT like me and the author. Or more accurately, more applicable to the sides of myself not like the author.
I would put this book alongside Quitter -Acuff and The Charge - Burchard. Where, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the advice, in fact, it can be inspiring at times. But the whole thing comes from a clean-cut Midwestern sunday picnic college-graduate-world tonality that doesn't apply to the people whose voices we need to hear. There are loners and outsiders out there who can really radically improve the world with their passion and ideas, but don't have a happy shiny 45 second elevator pitch and will never "find a way in" or proliferate those ideas though they may seek guidance from books like these. It is these people the world actually needs to find a way to "make amazing things happen" and need "a guide to real-world success". Books that are more in the trenches of digging deep and finding personal change so you can begin to share your gifts with the world would be "Do the Work" Pressfield, The Willpower Instinct by McGonigal (about learning to live more deliberately), and possibly "How" by Dov Baron (which discusses how the tonality of the work we do (even in a corporate culture) can increase its effectiveness, meaning, and even importance.)
Not sure yet
I think it was a too "typical" amazing stuff type approach. That message has so oft been repeated that it feels old now. Although I get it and can relate, it needed a deeper approach beneath the obvious "success" surface clues.
Not trying to be negative but it may have been better with an actor's voice. Deeper, lower and maybe slower...
I can sum this review up in just two words, this sucks!!! Don't bother with it.
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