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Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness

ISBN: 978-1-118-34138-4
208 pages
November 2012
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Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen

Amazing Things Will Happen offers straightforward advice that can be put into action to improve your life. Through personal anecdotes from the author's life, and interviews of successful individuals across several industries, this book demonstrates how to achieve success, in all aspects of life, through hard work and acts of kindness. Split into five sections, this book details how to begin the self-improvement journey.

  • Explains how to cope with the situation you are currently in, and how to make the most of it until you can break free
  • Shares exercises and practices that can help define your goals and how to set realistic tasks to reach them
  • Helps you to navigate the seas of doubters and obstacles to get to where you want to be
  • Ensures that you help others, once you have reached your goals

Each of us has different goals in life, but everyone wants to succeed, and have as much fun as possible along the way. Amazing Things Will Happen shows how to get on this path to success.

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Acknowledgments xi

You Choose the Path to Follow xiii

Preface xv

Short On Time, But Still Crave Amazing Things? 1

Why a Guide? 4

Introduction: My Journey So Far 8

Chapter 1 How to Be a Passion Hit 32

Chapter 2 Trust Your Gut 36

Chapter 3 Take Stock 39

Chapter 4 Knowing When to Move On 41

Chapter 5 The Power of Writing It Down 44

Chapter 6 The Three-Word Exercise 48

Chapter 7 The Magic of Turkey Pot Pie 57

Chapter 8 Don’t Let the Seagulls Get You Down 61

Chapter 9 Simplify, Focus, and Attack 65

Chapter 10 Everyone Has Excuses 70

Chapter 11 No More Saying, “I Can’t” 72

Chapter 12 Stop Talking; Start Doing 77

Chapter 13 Risk Can Be Scary; Embrace It and Move Forward 82

Chapter 14 Quitting Is Always an Option 85

Chapter 15 Know What You Hate and Then Don’t Do It 88

Chapter 16 With a Little Help from Our Friends 91

Chapter 17 Life Is Too Short for Bad Wine 95

Chapter 18 Be a Duck 99

Chapter 19 To Each Their Own . . . 105

Chapter 20 Forget Skipping Pebbles; Throw a Boulder! 108

Chapter 21 Living the Road Less Traveled 112

Chapter 22 Focus on the Flame 115

Chapter 23 Learning to Say No 118

Chapter 24 Have a Small-Town Mentality 124

Chapter 25 Workshifting 134

Chapter 26 Rules Are Like Rubber Bands 140

Chapter 27 Beer and Coffee 144

Chapter 28 Hallway Magic 148

Chapter 29 Celebrate Success of All Sizes 151

Chapter 30 Learn from Failure, But Don’t Seek It Out 155

Chapter 31 Don’t Let the Asshats and Ankle Biters Get You Down 158

Chapter 32 Can You Idle Well? 163

Chapter 33 Giving Back and Gratitude 167

Chapter 34 Play in the Rain 171

Chapter 35 The End and the Beginning 173

Appendix Dangerous Books 177

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C.C. CHAPMAN is the founder of the Cleon Foundation, whose mission is to make the world a better place through creativity. Whether on stage delivering a keynote, in a conference room consulting with some of the largest brands in the world, or through any of his online channels, he always inspires and motivates others. C.C. is considered to be one of the premier thought leaders in creative social media and an innovative marketing expert. He is an advocate of the belief that through being a good hardworking person, anyone can achieve their dreams, and he shares these stories on his popular web series, Passion Hit TV. Visit cc-chapman.com to find out more.

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November 26, 2012
Reach Professional Goals While Satisfying Personal Ones As Well

In his first book, Content Rules (Wiley; 2010) with Ann Handley, author C.C. Chapman focused on the many ways entrepreneurs and organizations of all sizes could reach their business goals through their content. Now, in his new book Chapman takes readers on a more personal journey, encouraging them to reach their professional goals while satisfying their personal ones as well.  

Chapman’s new book, Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness (Wiley; November 2012; Hardcover & ebook; $22.95; ISBN: 978-1-1183-4138-4), explores how to create a successful business doing what one loves, responsibly and creatively, using real world examples of people who made amazing things happen for themselves in all different walks of life. Through personal anecdotes from the author's life and interviews of successful individuals across industries, the book demonstrates how to achieve success, in all aspects of life, while Chapman’s direct and candid style enables readers to start putting together their own action plan before they even finish the book.

Chapman takes readers through a creative thinking process and gives them the common-sense tools and techniques needed to fashion opportunities in their own life. The topics covered in each chapter are clear enough that people will find themselves dipping into the book again and again when they need an inspirational boost (or kick in the pants!). These topics include:

  • Taking a look at where the reader is now, how to cope with the situation they’re currently in, and how to make the most of it until they can break free
  • Exercises and practices that can help define goals and how to set realistic tasks to reach them
  • How to navigate the seas of doubters and obstacles
  • How to make sure to enjoy the fruits of one’s labors
  • Be happier, satisfied, and more rewarded by the life one chooses to lead

“My hope with this book is that it makes clear that once you figure out what you want out of life, if you work very hard, day in and day out, you can make it happen. But you have to be a good human in addition to doing the work,” says Chapman. “As you achieve success, never forget to be kind to others. Help those who need it and share everything you’ve learned with all who ask. Follow these principles and amazing things WILL happen.”

Chapman is encouraging the Amazing Things Will Happen readers to connect with him and each other through the Facebook Fan Page, which will have discussion threads based on the chapter topics, Q&A’s with the author, plus videos and updates for additional encouragement and inspiration.

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