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Book Review – The Four Agreements
by On July 30, 2009

the-4-agreementsThe staff at Freedom Personal Development just finished reading The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and absolutely loved it. We highly recommend that everyone buy or borrow a copy (I have lent my copy out numerous times.) We loved it so much in fact, we are now reading the Companion Book.

The subtitle of the book gives the reason we enjoyed it so much, “A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.” Working at a company where Freedom is a Core Value, we felt this book was right on target for teaching how to live a life free of self-limiting beliefs that rob people of joy and create needless suffering.

The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that, when practiced, can rapidly transform your life into a new experience of freedom, true happiness, joy and love. It is a very short book at only 138 pages and presented in a language that is very easy to understand.

Here is an outline of the 4 Agreements:

  1. Be Impeccable with Your Words
    Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using your words to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
  2. Don’t Take Anything Personally (this agreement was one of our favorites)
    Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
  3. Don’t Make Assumptions (life changing agreement)
    Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
  4. Always do Your Best
    Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick (physically, mentally or spiritually.) Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

To live out the agreements takes discipline and practice, but once you are aware of their power, your life will immediately change for the better. Once they become a habit you life will never be the same.

If you are looking for a personal development book that is provides simply, practical and easy to implement advice, this is the book for you.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this book too.

Happy reading and Be Free!

Buy the book at Amazon.com

PS – tomorrow we will have a video of the author of The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz, speaking on the legacy we leave the world.

Video – Malcolm Gladwell Interviewed on Success
by On June 12, 2009

Best selling author, Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Pointand Blink), talks about his latest book, Outliers: The Story of Success. In it he profiles people that have become exceptionally successful and what unlikely events lead them to their success.

Free Resource: How to stickK to Your Commitments and Goals
by On June 10, 2009

We just found a super cool (and free) website/service that increases your accountability to your goals and commitments by allowing you to put a “contract” on yourself.  

The website is www.stickK.com and it is free to use.

You make a “Commitment Contract” with yourself and set the stakes as to what happens when you miss a check-in or your goal.

The Commitment Contract concept is based on two well known principles of behavioral economics:

1.  People don’t always do what they claim they want to do, and
2.  Incentives get people to do things

Here is how it works:

1 – Go to www.stickK.com and Set Your Goal
On their website, select the category and write a description of the goal you are committed to as well as how many times you will update your progress.

2 – Set the Stakes (this is where it gets interesting!!)
Select how much money you are willing to bet on yourself. If you do not fulfill your commitment, your money will be given to either:

     – a charity of your choice
     – a friend or foe
     – an “anti-charity” of your choice (which means a charity you don’t support will get your money – added
        incentive to make sure you hit your goal!!)

You will be billed $XX for any reporting period if:

     – You report that you were unsuccessful; or
     – Your Referee (explained in next step) reports that you were unsuccessful; or
     – You fail to make a required report by the end of the second day (11:59 P.M.) following a required
        reporting day.

You can also choose to have no money at stake.

3 – Pick a Referee
Your referee will verify your progress. This person will report each week and determine your success or failure. You can also choose yourself as a referee and work on the honor system.

4 – Get Support
If you would like an added layer of accountability, you can enter the emails of your co-workers, friends and family who will be notified of your progress. You supporters will also be allowed to post messages for support.

5 – Get Working on Your Goal!!!!

StickK will send you weekly email reminders when reporting periods are coming up, so your goal will be in front of you and you will remember to report your progress.

Their website also has community pages where you can interact with other people that have the same goal as you and access free resources related to your commitment.

Are you ready to finally stickK to your commitments?

Well, what´s stopping you? www.stickK.com is:

     – 100% free
     – Simple to start
     – Fun to do
     – Increases success rates

What is Your Favorite Business Book Contest
by On May 7, 2009

As a company, we are all voracious readers and always on the look out for great books. We believe that the books you read have a tremendous impact on your attitude, success and quality of your life.

So, for this month’s contest, we want to know:

What is your favorite business book AND what is one thing you learned from it?

To enter, post your answer as a comment below.  Feel free to enter as many books/insights as you would like.

Winners will be based on the quality of the insights they learned from the book.

If you want to learn how to read more effectively, I suggest you learn more about our Reading Smart Workshop. This workshop is truly amazing. I have more than doubled my reading speed plus it comes with some outstanding guarantees. You will:

1.  Double your reading speed
2.  Increase your comprehension
3.  Learn 15 proven strategies for reading more effectively
4.  Get through your existing reading workload in a 1/3 of the time

If you are interested in a complimentary “Start Reading Smart” meeting at your office, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and a speaker will get in touch with you.

Back to the contest – here are the prizes.

Prizes:
Grand Prize – “Expect Success” Book
Second Place – Freedom Personal Development Water Bottle
Third Place – Freedom Personal Development Calculator

All winners will also get a “Be Free” Sticker and a Personal Development Blue Light-up Pen!

Members of the Freedom team and I will be selecting the winners. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 29, 2009. Winners will be emailed and announced on our blog Monday, June 1, 2009.

When this contest is over you will have a great list of books, complied by a great group of business professionals, to read that will help you reach new heights in your business.

As Abraham Lincoln said, “The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I [haven’t] read.”

So thank you all for sharing you favorite business books.

Be Free!

Tom Weber
VP of Sales (and speed reader)

The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn
by On April 16, 2009

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There’s an art to success! 

You don’t have to be a super-achiever or unusually creative. You don’t have to endure great obstacles. You don’t even have to do exceptional things. You just have to do ordinary things exceptionally well.

The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn is the can’t-miss guide that shows you how to begin living life according to your own rules. If you feel you are behind in your dreams, start to catch up on success and attain all you want and need. Let success expert Jim Rohn teach you how to master the art of living exceptionally well!

You will learn the importance of self-education, developing new skills, and how to start your own personal success library filled with information that will make you more knowledgeable as well as more employable.

Your future is still a work of art that can be started at any moment. You will begin by following the strategies of exception living, including:

  • Four major lessons that must be mastered in life.
  • The most common self-imposed limitations and how to deal with them.
  • The foundation of a good financial strategy.
  • Three questions that can evaluate ever relationship in your life.

Jim Rohn is credited with inspiring and teaching the likes of Anthony Robbins, Les Brown, and countless others various success principles in the areas of financial independence, education, relationships, and much more!

You owe it to yourself to experience the wisdom of Jim Rohn.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Mastery Series
by On March 18, 2009

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Discover Stephen R. Covey’s new framework for solving personal and professional challenges in our turbulent, troubled, complex world of change.

We have whirlwinds of technological advances … changing tides of global, national, and local markets … merger storms … downsizing and structural changes – to name a few challenges we’re faced with. In a world of political and economic upheaval and an accelerated rate of change and uncertainty, it is more crucial than ever to build leadership qualities in all people, regardless of job level or organizational status.

In this program, The 7 Habits Mastery Series, you will go beyond the 7 Habits and experience a deeper, more life-changing experience.

With energy unique in presenting to a live audience, Dr. Covey will introduce you to a new level of leadership possible within everyone. Dr. Covey’s approach to leadership and life is principle-centered, with an essential seriousness of purpose.

Whether you are a factory worker, CEO, middle manager, janitor, entrepreneur, or single parent, you can be a leader through personal moral authority. As you’ll learn, “Leadership is a choice. Not a position.”

Principle-centered living and leadership help you to:

  • Cope better with your day-to-day challenges – and rise above your present circumstances!
  • Unleash your creativity, resourcefulness, ingenuity, intelligence, and talent – including how to unleash other people’s potential!
  • Focus on your highest priorities – and achieve life balance!
  • Create third alternatives and win/win solutions with people who have different views from you or who have clashing personalities!
  • Build discipline, passion, a vision, and a conscience for yourself!
  • Use the four roles of leadership to lead others successfully – especially in times of turbulent change!

Dr. Covey says, “I’m convinced that the 7 Habits are increasingly relevant in today’s turbulent, troubled, complex world of change. To live with change, to optimize change, you need principles that don’t change.”

Join the millions of people who have already experienced these timeless, universal principles to meet life’s challenges … rise above them … and attain professional success and personal fulfillment‚ in today’s volatile, whitewater world!

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Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale
by On March 4, 2009

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Hundreds of thousands of people have profited from the wisdom and savvy of Lead the Field!

In fact, it has often been referred to as the “Program of Presidents” because so many top executives have incorporated Earl Nightingale’s auidance and wisdom into their management philosophies.

When you listen to this landmark program you’ll be awestruck by the simplicity and timelessness of Earl’s words and ideas.

You will learn how to:

  • Double your mental capability
  • Recognize and easily overcome the biggest stumbling block to high achievement
  • Dramatically improve your luck by changing one simple thing
  • Make success unavoidable with an easy 3-minute-a-day exercise
  • Assess your potential worth, and start increasing it now

Lead the Field has arguably changed more lives and created more millionaires than any other program. Order it today, and start moving into the top 5% of the world’s earners!!

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The Strangest Secret for Succeeding in the World Today by Earl Nightingale
by On February 18, 2009

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The Strangest Secret remains one of the most powerful and influential messages ever recorded. It answer the question, “What does it take to prosper in an ever-changing world?” with success-building discoveries that have stood the test of time.

One morning more than 40 years ago, an amazing message was played for a group of salespeople at Earl Nightingale’s insurance agency. They were utterly electrified by what they heard. Word of the message spread like wildfire, and everyone who heard it was positively ignited into action. Thousands of requests for a copy of the recording came pouring in.

Within no time, more than 200,000 people had called, written, or just walked right into Earl’s office to request a copy. As years went by, that number soared above 1,000,000. Today, The Strangest Secret remains one of the most powerful and influential messages ever recorded, and continues to transform the lives of everyone who hears and heeds it.

In The Strangest Secret for Succeeding in the World Today, Earl Nightingale expands the themes of that remarkable original message into a comprehensive program that explores the critical question, What does it take to prosper in an ever-changing world? – and answers it with success building discoveries that have stood the test of time. Through Earl’s collected wisdom, you’ll learn about two categories of successful people and how to determine the category in which you belong.

You’ll also discover:

  • Why you are where you think you ought to be
  • Six words that can change your life
  • Why hunches pay off
  • How to know what you do best
  • Why work and well-being are one and the same

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Getting Rich in America
by On February 11, 2009

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Yes, you can become rich. No, it’s not easy, but it’s not as difficult as many people imagine-and it’s definitely not impossible, as many cynics would have us believe.

Whether your interests are in real estate, masterminding a new business, climbing to the top of the corporate world, or learning a new craft or skill, Brian Tracy has the ideas, methods and techniques that have brought success to thousands of achievers and money-rich people. And those same success systems will work for you!

Do you want to join the elite ranks of the outstandingly rich and wealthy? You can! The only difference between them and the average wage earner is that they’ve been implementing the strategies that Brian discusses in Getting Rich In America.

Each year 100,000 people become millionaires. Why not you?

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#1 Investment Warren Buffett Recommends in 2009
by On February 3, 2009

Do you have some big plans for 2009…but aren’t quite sure where to start?

Need some big ideas that will help you succeed in this economy?

Can you imagine your success when your clients, and your boss, start looking to you for big ideas?

Want to know some insider secrets that might just jump-start your year like never before?

Today, Dave Denis tells you how to implement Big Ideas for maximum success…

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#1 Investment Warren Buffett Recommends in 2009

In the CD Making the Most Out of Big Ideas, top-rated Freedom Personal Development trainer (and very funny guy) Dave Denis will give you 12 “golden nuggets” to help you jump-start 2009, and catapult you past your competition!

These “insider secrets” are ideas that you can quickly and easily implement into your daily routine, starting immediately.

Look: Your success in business is largely based on coming up with big, new ideas, and then communicating those ideas to others, right?

Simply listen to the 43-minute CD and learn:

  • How to meet new people (and get them to become your client!)
  • Why talking to yourself can put money in your pocket.
  • Two vital questions to transform your next presentation.
  • How to give your most memorable speech every time.
  • The key questions to ask to really understand your audience.
  • The one thing to include in every speech you write.

Dave Denis brings you all this in the same humorous style he’s brought to over 10,000 presentations he’s delivered, PLUS…

  • How to deliver your next speech like a pro.
  • Where to find big ideas (hint: it’s in the quality of your reading list)
  • Why conversing with the author will increase your effectiveness.
  • The best way to read a book (it’s not how you were taught in school)
  • How your reading goal will help you achieve all your other goals.

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In the midst of a terrible economy, Warren Buffett was recently asked, “What is the best investment you can recommend?” His reply?

The best investment you can make is in yourself.

You can start with the Making the Most Out of Big Ideas CD, and in one easily absorbed program, you’ll learn how to get big ideas that others often overlook, and more importantly, how to get those big ideas across to others.

Bottom line? Big ideas will translate to big payoffs in every area of your life in 2009. And the best part? We’re not talking thousands or even hundreds…for less than a stop at Starbucks for the next two weeks, we’ll send you your CD copy of Making the Most Out of Big Ideas today.

Ask for your risk-free copy by midnight on Friday, February 20, and we’ll even throw in Free Shipping!

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Bonuses!

You’re going to need something to write down those big ideas and your big goals for 2009, right?

Well, included in every CD order is our one-of-a-kind Blue Light-Up Pen!

And one more thing…download a Free Bonus Report (A $19 Value) when you order by midnight on February 20. Learn:

  • How to Be a Skilled Schmoozer
  • How Your Self-Talk Can be Heard by Others
  • The Most Important Aspect of Giving a Presentation
  • What’s in it for Me?
  • 5 Steps for Getting Past the Fear of Public Speaking
  • How to Set a Reading Goal that will Accomplish Your Other Goals
  • Why Reading is the Best 15 Minutes You will Ever Invest
  • Big Ideas for Your Big Payoff in 2009

So, here’s what you’ll be getting:

  • Your very own Blue Light-Up Pen (to write down all those Big Ideas!)
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  • Big Ideas worth potentially thousands of dollars!

And, just like all of our programs, it’s backed by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Listen to it for up to 30 days, and if you don’t get some big ideas to put into action, simply return it for a full refund (and keep the Free Bonus Report and pen as our gifts to you).

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Here’s to your continued success and Be Free!

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