Shelves: non-fiction , psychology-nonfiction , inspirational-motivational , reading-challenge The main fault I found was that Brande buried her core philosophy in the middle of the book although, if you read the front or back cover you get what it is right away. I suppose she did this because she felt the readers needed a lot of convincing before they would accept her idea. The other fault is minor. The layout does not allow for you to easily pick out bits to remember or to act upon. I wish I had, but I hate defiling books, even ones I intend to keep. I guess there are always sticky notes for my second read.
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About Wake Up and Live! What if you were promised a simple, 8-word formula that could turn your life around? Would you believe it? Would you try it?
Here it is: Act as if it were impossible to fail This magic key is at the heart of one of the most persuasive self-improvement books ever published — a work that, while forgotten, rivaled the popularity of contemporaneous books by Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie.
It was called Wake Up and Live! When Brande published Wake Up and Live! The book won so much acclaim that it became the sole work of mind-power philosophy ever to make it to the movie screen — and as a musical, no less. Brande was a journalist and writing instructor by trade, best known for her enduring and thoughtful instructional book, Becoming a Writer That book, Brande explained, grew out of a period of bounding productivity in her career, which began with her discovery of one basic law of success.
But for many it worked. Act as if it were impossible to fail. Brande was a preternaturally sharp-eyed student of human nature. We are, Brande insisted, more frightened of suffering humiliation than desirous of achievement. When fear and ambition clash, she argued, fear inevitably prevails. After a lifetime of searching she had found the answer. In Wake Up and Live! With its observations about self-defeat, and its powerful idea for navigating around it, Wake Up and Live!
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