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Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them

ISBN: 978-1-118-10617-4
256 pages
November 2011, Jossey-Bass
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Silver Medal Winner, Success and Motivation, 2012 Axiom Business Book Awards

An essential guide for mastering failure in order to achieve your goals

Success is often just a moment—a goal fulfilled, soon to be replaced with new goals. But failure is the ambitious person's constant companion, often dogging us for months, years or even decades before we finally reach our aim. In the groundbreaking book Why People Fail, Siimon Reynolds, one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs, explores the main causes of failure, in any field, and reveals solutions for overcoming them and creating a successful personal and professional life.

Why People Fail offers strategies and ideas for defeating the sixteen most common failure habits such as destructive thinking, low productivity, stress, fixed mindset, lack of daily rituals, and more.

  • Outlines the common habits that lead to failure and shows how to overcome them
  • Features dozens of tips and exercises to help increase business and personal success
  • Written by Siimon Reynolds, an internationally recognized expert on high performance and business excellence

Many people have changed their lives by mastering just one of the timeless principles in this book. Master five or ten and your life will rocket to a totally new level.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Unclear Purpose 1

2 Destructive Thinking 13

3 Low Productivity 27

4 Fixed Mindset 41

5 Weak Energy 55

6 Not Asking the Right Questions 67

7 Poor Presentation Skills 81

8 Mistaking IQ for EQ 95

9 Poor Self-Image 107

10 Not Enough Th inking 121

11 No Daily Rituals 135

12 Stress 151

13 Few Relationships 165

14 Lack of Persistence 175

15 Money Obsession 189

16 Not Focusing on Strengths 203

Conclusion 215

Recommended Reading 229

Acknowledgments 233

The Author 235

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Author Information

Siimon Reynolds is a mentor to business leaders worldwide. He has won numerous business awards and co-founded the 15th largest marketing services company in the world, with operations in 14 countries. Today Reynolds travels the world speaking on personal and business achievement, and coaches a select group of executives and business owners. His books have been published in ten countries.

Visit www.siimonreynolds.com

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“This is a book on success disguised as a book on failure. A little like real life. Straightforward, clear, and actionable.”
—Seth Godin, author, Poke the Box

Why People Fail is a wonderful gem of a book. Reynolds hasdone all of us an extraordinary service by reading and listeningto everything there is on self-improvement, testing it in his life, discovering what works, and then pulling it all together for us to use. It is a stunning collection of practical tips, proven techniques, and useful advice on how to make your life more meaningful and fulfilling. Buy this book and put it to use today, and tomorrow you'll be on your way to turning your failures into successes.”
—Jim Kouzes, bestselling author, The Leadership Challenge and Credibility, and The Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

“Reynolds has done it again! In Why People Fail, the successful entrepreneur and internationally-recognized expert on achievement shows business leaders, educators, coaches, and anyone who's struggled to succeed, how to incorporate a handful of simple ideas into a powerful plan for triumph.”
—Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

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Press Release

November 07, 2011
Why People Fail Reynolds 9781118106174

Siimon Reynolds discusses Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them.

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