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Summary

The follow-up to James Smith’s international number one best seller, Not a Diet Book

  • Do you love your job?
  • Does your future excite you?
  • Are your relationships working for you? 

James Smith is back to challenge everything you thought you knew about the path to fulfilment and happiness. With hard-hitting home truths and a helping of tough love, be prepared to reset your outlook, redefine your goals and truly consider: What does success truly mean to you? 

Now, more than ever, is the time to take back control. Time to stop sleep-walking through your life, to challenge the status quo and to truly ask yourself if you’re on the right path to success, happiness and fulfilment.  

Only you can take the reins of your own life and choose to make a change, but with invaluable experience, a hunger for genuine happiness and a drive to be the kind of coach he needed when his life was broken, James can give you the tools to do it.

©2020 James Smith (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Meet the man changing the way you think about fitness. One of the most sought-after personal trainers in the world (who has) knocked current fitness It boy @JoeWicks for six and stolen the coveted crown of the fitness world." (Sunday Times Style)

"Not a Diet Book mercilessly takes down every fad diet, workout and health drink you have been sold and instead explains [James’] mission to make understanding weight-loss as two words – calorie deficit." (The Sun)

"Personal trainer James Smith’s new book, Not a Diet Book, offers frank advice on getting in shape and busts some major diet myths." (Grazia)

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From fitness to preaching

Let me start by saying I've followed JS for years, love his fitness content, loved his first book and love his general approach to health and fitness advice.... but.... this book is more like a condescending, smug, patronising life guide from a middle class boy who has made money from an early age. I'm not disputing that he has earned his success and has done the hard graft to get where he is today but he talks as if he lived in the trenches of slugging it out in the corporate world for 20 years, a poor pt for 20 years until he finally made it. Reality is he had a privileged upbringing, back packed around the world for a while and quickly became very successful and very wealthy.
The book is a cheese fest of 'perfect world' advice about always do what you want to do, live how you want to live, and reeks of a young man's thoughts on the world who has no children, no commitments and has made it good relatively quickly so has never lived in the real world.
Also its ironic that he slates Joe wicks for suddenly becoming a chef when thats not what he is trained in yet he suddenly feels qualified to release guide book for life when he's a 30 year old middle class wealthy man and always has been (not always 30 obviously but you know what I mean)!?
Stick to what your are best at!

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Not worth the hype

I loved James first book and I follow the podcasts and Instagram so I was really looking forward to this book but very disappointed. the book didn't really flow for me and I learnt nothing other than his bits life story which he touched on in the first book. Someone who's doing exceptionally well in his career saying you don't need to be a millionaire to be happy and clearly not had to worry about paying the bills each month to survive we can't all drop everything and run off to new zealand! a communication chapter and how to talk to people just seemed to bang on about social media following, not hugely useful for the average person looking to sort their life out. just not worth the hype in my opinion im afraid. Perhaps aimed more at a younger audience who hasn't decided which path to take but for someone with a mortgage and children to feed i got nothing from this book

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Awful. Hypocritical and a shame!

I love James and I have the previous book and listened to all his podcasts etc but this book is nothing more than affirming his own life choices with nothing but contempt to those who try to repair relationships or buy a house to raise their families and not spend their youth travelling! We get it you wore a suit and went to Bali! It’s rich telling people that being a millionaire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when you are a millionaire.

I’d return the book but James has helped with my health and fitness and I’m grateful for that.

In future I look forward to his book ‘in hindsight- now I have kids’

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Awful. He comes across as a petulant teenager.

This is just dreadful fluff. It’s as if he read the 4 hour work week and thought I’ll rewrite that and try and look edgy.

The swearing doesn’t help, the whole listening experience is just Dismal.

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Pretty much usual snake oil

He’s not totally the same as all the other self made wizards who’ve cracked the trick to life, but he’s not really worth the hype I’m sorry to say. You’d probably be better off just doing some mindfulness. Still, if you want to buy him another house, go for it 😅

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Virtue signalling, selling bro science and the regurgitation of inspirational memes

I purchased this title based on Jame’s Instagram content, which was mostly good humoured, punchy advice about wieght loss and approaches to life, these 1-4 min videos are entertaining yet informative, I have now learned through 6.5 hours of listening to him that they are just regurgitated information or memes that he has seen and posted.

I agree with him on most basic fitness related issues such as obesity and how individuals should take ownership of their health and their life.

I am not disappointed in this book as I didn’t really have much expectations prior to the purchase, rather I am just educated now as to the actual level of self-deluded grandeur’s Smith has of himself.

This book is full of contradictions, one minute he’s saying he believes people should leave their careers if they don’t align with their utopian vision of their future, the next he’s idolising people working in checkouts of supermarkets, admiring the nobility of it.

The truth is James Smith has no real grasp on what he actually believes or at least he is uncomfortable trying to sell you his actual beliefs, this leads to a scattered and incoherent listen.

He mentioned stoicism a couple of times, yet with everything in the book he will contradict the whole philosophy a few sentences later, proving no real depth of knowledge or passion for the philosophy, other than double clicking a stoic meme on insta.

All in all an incredibly bland listen from a stereotypical personal trainer, providing absolutely no original thoughts or highlights.

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Quite Boring

I really enjoyed the first book, not so much this one. I feel a lot is repeated from the first book.
I also don't agree with the author asking on Facebook to give him good reviews because someone has given him a one star review!

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Awful - sorry but don’t waste your £!

This is really not worth reading - boring and it appears to be a loose collection lots of subjective ramblings like the author’s dislike of the National Lottery

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Me me me

Ah this was waffle. Couldn’t even finish it. Do yourself a favour and get your 1 credit back, or get a refund. Shame, because I enjoyed the first. This book was a mighty misjudgement from the writer.

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Unhelpful

I felt the book was aimed towards those without responsibilities. James tries to convince readers his way of living is the right way of living. Many people aren’t able to follow James attitude if don’t wait fo it now. Millions have caring responsibilities. I did not find the book beneficial.

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  • Mildred Meier
  • 18-11-20

Changed Everything

Full of self doubts and lifetime of regrets, I took a leap of faith and got this book. I’m glad I did. It gave me so much to think about and why I was endlessly unhappy. James Smith gave me a key to unlocking a door that I had not thought I could. He gives you the key, but you have to want the change. A must read.

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  • 17-11-20

Love this....

I’ve been a follower of James Smith for several years. From his Facebook Lives with Brian the bird in Bondi to a brief stint as a JSA member during the first Bali competition where I learned all I need to know to maintain and improve my fitness level. Now this, Not A Life Coach, at a time when pondering significant changes in my life, perfectly guiding my thoughts to what matter to ME, not anyone else. Thought provoking, encouraging, funny and from the heart. Thank you, James, for unknowingly being the person spouting the words I need to hear at just the right time in life. Congrats. Well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-21

Excellent listen

Breaks down a lot of the info and how to get shit done. Excellent read/listen

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  • Lucinda
  • 18-06-21

Buy it

Wasn’t expecting to enjoy this so much! I was sad when it ended. Refreshing and empowering perspectives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-05-21

Grateful

I've always felt lost but this book has made me feEl confident and I now feel closer to my goal. one of the people who hated James but understood his why eventually..

thanks for the lessons. I've been hustling and this book has been a massive help affirming I'm on the right track. thank you James. thank you very much !

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  • Ron
  • 21-04-21

AMAZE-BALLS

Great fv*kin book. Will change your life. Read it now. Do yourself a favor and JUST DO IT. Like Nike.

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  • 02-04-21

Didn't find it beneficial at all

Probably best for listeners in their early 20s who don't read any self-development material.
This was just a choppy version of regurgitated ideas from other books and psychology. I was hoping it would be more fitness related which is his expertise.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-21

Loved it!

I was pleasantly and overwhelmingly surprised by how much I loved every chapter of this book! I will definitely be reading more by James Smith. Thank you James!

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  • Eloise G
  • 22-02-21

You need this book

Life changing content in this book. Highly recommend that you read or give to someone in their 20’s.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-02-21

James Smith does it again !! brilliant.

Amazing !! Eye opening !! James words hit home and are something to keep .