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Success Secrets: Real-Life Stories to Inspire and Motivate [Paperback]

By George Tan (Author)
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This unique book fills a vital gap present in most study and examination guides - it offers inspiration and motivation to make the student want to excel. As such, it is a valuable complement to the author's other book, "Scholars' Secrets". The author shares his personal story about how he overcame poverty and parental abuse, and progressed from doing badly in primary school to topping his class in postgraduate studies. He also features stories about "famous failures" - people who succeeded in life despite having little or no formal education, such as Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and multi-millionaire Li Ka Shing.Thus, academic qualifications are by no means the "be all and end all". Ultimately, the difference lies in Praise, a life skills model developed by the author for excellence and success. Through the six key concepts of Prizedream, Rules, Analysis, Invincibility, Strategy and Excellence, this model will help you overcome whatever obstacles you face, as it leads you out of mediocrity and conformity towards your unique vision. The related titles include: "Scholars' Secrets"; "Scholars' Secrets and Success Secrets" (Bundle).

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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.72" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2008
Publisher   World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN  9812790047  
ISBN13  9789812790040  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tan is a mission developer in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Born in Asia, he began his ministry in Berkeley, California, successfully bridging different Asian cultures there. He currently serves a congregation in Los Angeles that has moved from a predominantly Anglo to a multiethnic congregation.

George Tan currently resides in the state of California.

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There isn't anything ground-breaking or novel in the book, except that the author has offered an interesting life skills model  Nov 15, 2008
'Success Secrets', by George Tan

This is an almost pocket-sized book, with just 150 pages of real-life stories, all designed to inspire & motivate student readers to excel.

A small part of the life stories comes from the author, a Singaporean HRD professional, about how he overcame poverty, parental abuse & other hardships, & who later succeeded in topping the class in postgraduate studies.

Interestingly, he has incorporated some Asian models to illustrate the success stories, including Li Ka Shing, Jimmy Lai (Giordano), Dhirubhai Ambani (Reliance Group, India) & Michelle Yeoh, the famed Malaysian actress who starred opposite the character of James Bond 007 in 'Tomorrow Never Dies'.

From the intellectual standpoint, there isn't anything ground-breaking or novel in the book, except that the author has offered an interesting life skills model, drawn from his own personal journey & challenging exploits, from human resource appointments to entrepreneurship & self-publishing, to share with readers.

At first glance, the life skills model seems relatively complicated, but it does make sense after going through it, as its constituents eventually form a solid framework to consolidate the 6 success formulas from the author:

- lifetime learning;
- lifetime excellence;
- lifetime change;
- lifetime creativity;
- lifetime passion;
- lifetime fulfilment;

Using the 'Self' as the central premise or principal core, the model starts with first, understanding the negative influences, which the author calls the 'SADDLE' frame of mind:

- self pity;
- arrogance;
- daydreams;
- distractions;
- laziness;
- exaggerated fear;

then, you are ready to adopt or embrace the 6 key concepts for your success, which the author proudly calls the 'PRAISE' model:

- Use the Internal RULES;
- Conduct ANALYSIS;
- Execute the STRATEGY;

(Note the collective prefix which spells SUCCESS!)

Interestingly, as I understand from the book, while the 'Self', influenced by the 'SADDLE' frame of mind, adopts the 'PRAISE' model, & acquires the 6 success formulas (change,creativity, passion, fulfilment, learning, excellence), ultimate SUCCESS shall be yours for a lifetime, without any limit.

The author has deliberately culminated all the foregoing conceptual stuff into a beautiful hexagonal framework for easy reference.

To counter the negative influences, the author offers five familiar positive mindsets:

- be different;
- be decisive;
- take control;
- never give up;
- take ownership;

Intertwined into the intellectual contents are some goodies by way of wise quotes from Benjamin Franklin, Sun Tze & a host of other inspirational thought leaders you would often find in most other motivational books.

In this light, the book is thus, one-third personal life story, one-third life skills model, & one-third anecdotes &/or quotes from elsewhere.

The following paragraph, extracted from the book, more or less sums up the author's parting shot:

"I do not believe in making false promises & telling you that just because you have read this book, you can, overnight, become an extraordinary success. Perhaps some of you can. But for most of us, it is going to take some time.

But you can make a start - by aiming for small successes . . .

My wish is to inspire you to draw out the PRAISE champion that dwells inside you . . ."

On the whole, at least for me, the book has been very light & interesting reading.

[Reviewed by Lee Say Keng, Knowledge Adventurer & Technology Explorer, November 2008]

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