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Want to change your life? Then change your mind. In The Art of Success, James Melouney invites you to see the world differently—by walking in the shoes of 134 extraordinarily successful people. These billionaires and business gurus; sports stars and rock stars; philosophers, emperors, inventors, and saints have lived exceptional lives. So what, exactly, do they know tha Want to change your life? Then change your mind. In The Art of Success, James Melouney invites you to see the world differently—by walking in the shoes of 134 extraordinarily successful people. These billionaires and business gurus; sports stars and rock stars; philosophers, emperors, inventors, and saints have lived exceptional lives. So what, exactly, do they know that you don’t? Einstein, Edison, Jobs, and all the others are in these pages for one reason: to reveal the crucial lessons that helped them turn their dreams into reality. And the best part is, anyone can learn them! It doesn’t matter where you come from or what mistakes you’ve made. In fact, humble origins, false starts, and even outright failure can be your biggest assets. What matters is your choice in this moment. Don’t wait. Will you remember today? We are all unique, but as different as we all are, the things we seek in life are astonishingly similar. We all want happiness, fulfillment, health, and financial security. But it seems that only a small group of people are able to achieve what they truly desire in life. So why do some people live exceptional lives, while others seemingly trudge along, never amounting to their true potential and never living the life they know they are capable of? This question has been asked throughout history, but of all the factors that influence our lives, it comes down to one: philosophy. And all it takes is a few words to forever change the way you see the world. If you are curious to learn a philosophy that can momentously affect your life, these pages hold some of the best there is. With 134 inspiring exemplars waiting to share their ideas with you, many of the answers you seek are within your reach. " The Art of Success is like having a coffee with the world's greatest business minds. Melouney has collected some of the most profound quotes on success and infused them with a caffeinated text that will leave you energized to take on the world." —Jay Samit, bestselling author of Disrupt You! "I write this review as the 2016 Rio Olympics come to a close. I’m reminded of the similarities between a good athlete and a good writer: inherent skill, internalized motivation, years of intense work, overcoming countless hurdles, artful negotiation of the unexpected, then the finish line. James has succeeded. I’d award him a gold medal for The Art of Success. " —Paul W. Swets, bestselling author of The Art of Talking So That People Will Listen Most people won't take the time or invest the money to grow and develop themselves. The question is, what does doing nothing cost you?


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Want to change your life? Then change your mind. In The Art of Success, James Melouney invites you to see the world differently—by walking in the shoes of 134 extraordinarily successful people. These billionaires and business gurus; sports stars and rock stars; philosophers, emperors, inventors, and saints have lived exceptional lives. So what, exactly, do they know tha Want to change your life? Then change your mind. In The Art of Success, James Melouney invites you to see the world differently—by walking in the shoes of 134 extraordinarily successful people. These billionaires and business gurus; sports stars and rock stars; philosophers, emperors, inventors, and saints have lived exceptional lives. So what, exactly, do they know that you don’t? Einstein, Edison, Jobs, and all the others are in these pages for one reason: to reveal the crucial lessons that helped them turn their dreams into reality. And the best part is, anyone can learn them! It doesn’t matter where you come from or what mistakes you’ve made. In fact, humble origins, false starts, and even outright failure can be your biggest assets. What matters is your choice in this moment. Don’t wait. Will you remember today? We are all unique, but as different as we all are, the things we seek in life are astonishingly similar. We all want happiness, fulfillment, health, and financial security. But it seems that only a small group of people are able to achieve what they truly desire in life. So why do some people live exceptional lives, while others seemingly trudge along, never amounting to their true potential and never living the life they know they are capable of? This question has been asked throughout history, but of all the factors that influence our lives, it comes down to one: philosophy. And all it takes is a few words to forever change the way you see the world. If you are curious to learn a philosophy that can momentously affect your life, these pages hold some of the best there is. With 134 inspiring exemplars waiting to share their ideas with you, many of the answers you seek are within your reach. " The Art of Success is like having a coffee with the world's greatest business minds. Melouney has collected some of the most profound quotes on success and infused them with a caffeinated text that will leave you energized to take on the world." —Jay Samit, bestselling author of Disrupt You! "I write this review as the 2016 Rio Olympics come to a close. I’m reminded of the similarities between a good athlete and a good writer: inherent skill, internalized motivation, years of intense work, overcoming countless hurdles, artful negotiation of the unexpected, then the finish line. James has succeeded. I’d award him a gold medal for The Art of Success. " —Paul W. Swets, bestselling author of The Art of Talking So That People Will Listen Most people won't take the time or invest the money to grow and develop themselves. The question is, what does doing nothing cost you?

30 review for The Art of Success: What No One Ever Taught You (But You Still Need to Know)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Leeming

    I have read countless personal development, growth, leadership, success and business literature over the years, and can honestly say this ranks right up there with the very best of them ['Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway', 'The Law of Success', 'The Four Agreements', 'How To Win Friends & Influence People', 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People', 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' etc.] For anyone interested in personal growth, success and development - this book is a must-read and I can't rate it highly enou I have read countless personal development, growth, leadership, success and business literature over the years, and can honestly say this ranks right up there with the very best of them ['Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway', 'The Law of Success', 'The Four Agreements', 'How To Win Friends & Influence People', 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People', 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' etc.] For anyone interested in personal growth, success and development - this book is a must-read and I can't rate it highly enough. Do yourself a favour and read it now!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emma Sea

    all the best bits were quotes from Alain be Botton :/

  3. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Very inspiring and motivating, this book is my new guide to life! There's almost too much goodness to take in at one sitting though, it's definitely one that you will come back to time and time again. It's a format I haven't come across before in personal development books - using incredible quotes by some incredible people and then explaining what they mean and how to apply them - it works really well. There's no sugar-coating with this book, it speaks the truth that everyone needs to hear, but Very inspiring and motivating, this book is my new guide to life! There's almost too much goodness to take in at one sitting though, it's definitely one that you will come back to time and time again. It's a format I haven't come across before in personal development books - using incredible quotes by some incredible people and then explaining what they mean and how to apply them - it works really well. There's no sugar-coating with this book, it speaks the truth that everyone needs to hear, but they will all be better off for hearing it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Devin Zucker

    The Art of Success is a tremendous book and by far the best self help book I have ever read. Life is way too short to not gain a strong understanding of yourself, and to continue to pursue your short term and long term goals en route to living the life you have always imagined. Through reading this book, I have already started to engage in more positive daily routines, including monitoring my finances more closely, increased physical activity, and most importantly taking steps to get back on the The Art of Success is a tremendous book and by far the best self help book I have ever read. Life is way too short to not gain a strong understanding of yourself, and to continue to pursue your short term and long term goals en route to living the life you have always imagined. Through reading this book, I have already started to engage in more positive daily routines, including monitoring my finances more closely, increased physical activity, and most importantly taking steps to get back on the career path I have always dreamed of. Whether you need some insight or motivation to kick start your life to the direction that you've always wanted it to go, or simply are looking for a great read, I highly recommend the Art of Success. James Melouney intertwines inspirational and motivational quotes with outstanding insight into the long term battle to triumph over the numerous complexities life throws your way. Enjoy the read!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael E.

    This was a great book!! My wife and I own a law firm in Gary, Indiana and are always looking for good reading material on how to take our business to the next level. The examples and tips for success outlined in this book by Mr. Melouney were very helpful to us as we plan to grow our business. This book is a must read for anyone who is serious about achieving success and obtaining wisdom.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul Bishop

    Loved the book and will be recommending it to many others. Few books combine captivating writing style, accessible theory, and practical advice like The Art of Success. I put this book alongside books of great practical wisdom like Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Tim Ferris' Four Hour Workweek. Absolutely loved the book and will be recommending it to many others. Loved the book and will be recommending it to many others. Few books combine captivating writing style, accessible theory, and practical advice like The Art of Success. I put this book alongside books of great practical wisdom like Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Tim Ferris' Four Hour Workweek. Absolutely loved the book and will be recommending it to many others.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nono Martínez Alonso

    Implementing this way of thinking in your day-to-day will make you happier. Let success enter your life by understanding that it is all about how you look at what you have and what you make with it. Nono Martínez Alonso from Getting Simple.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Graymond

    An inspirational and motivational book that is full of wisdom and great ideas. Accurate, straight to the point, and practical. It is essential reading for anyone looking to improve their life. I highly recommend it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Brilliant resource for anyone searching for motivation and self improvement. The whole book is inspiring and insightful, with lessons that are easy to apply to daily life. Very hard to put down once you get started! Highly, highly recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    The art of success: What No One Ever Taught You (But You Still Need to Know) by James Melouney read thanks to Booksgosocial is one of the most intense self-help book in circulation. The author with the help of many quotations from inspiring people, politicians, authors, experts, saints, all famous and and mainly successful human being will try to explain us how to better our existence for living as the author specifies: "In the art of success." Seven pillars and a Foundation: the acceptance of our The art of success: What No One Ever Taught You (But You Still Need to Know) by James Melouney read thanks to Booksgosocial is one of the most intense self-help book in circulation. The author with the help of many quotations from inspiring people, politicians, authors, experts, saints, all famous and and mainly successful human being will try to explain us how to better our existence for living as the author specifies: "In the art of success." Seven pillars and a Foundation: the acceptance of ourselves, our potentialities, our reality. In the first pillar: Perceive the world We must perceive the world correctly and we must keep our life stimulating. There is always opportunity in adversity and growth in challenge. Perception creates reality. We must be optimistic about future. Pillar 2: Always strive to growth. Success is about what you become. Discomfort very often helpful for our personal growth. Miss a meal says the author but don't miss self-development. How many books did you read this year? How much do you take care of your health? Did you improve? Invest, says the author in your life. You attract who you are. There is no limit for learning . The author suggest of studying your life, successes and future for understand what to do with success. Plus: don't stop your education at a formal one. Pillars 3: set your goal then plan and execute. Begin with an introspective work, writes the author. Who are you? Where do you want to go in life? What do you desire? A plan once understood these priorities is not so difficult or too much complex. Personal development, spirituality, health. Always remember says the author that dreams are persisting. "Your mind must be read as a dream." Melouney adds that we should plan our life as we plan the things everyday we want to put in the wardrobe. You must act for the success. Pillar 4: Understand success and failure. Success means create the life of our dreams. Health, wealth,relationship, spirituality. Living a balanced life affirms the author means also to live a successful existence. A person can also be a hardworking for an entire life but never reach the steps he wanted to reach. Why this? Work on you suggests the author. A lot of people have poor control on their minds. Other ones although know very well that they should be working are distracted.Try to become a good thinker. The author remembers that failure most of the time work for us and not against us. Pillar 5: Embrace change And now try to change. If there is a change on yourself that should be made try to change yourself, but as the author says no one can change you, you must change with determination all alone. Change begin with awareness says the author and then start to change the world. Pillar 6: Work well with others and true leadership We must learn to work well with other people. Working together synonymy of understanding and forgiveness. Help others. Pillar 7: See the Big Picture Life is imperfect, there are joys, tragedies and most of the time many things in our life are out of our control.Life is a mix of challenge but always be optimistic, the final message of Mr. Melouney.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Peter M

    I found this book inspiring and motivating, but at the same time full of great practical and instructive advice. Having read a few books on success in my time, this was VERY refreshing... I will be and have already recommended this book to family and friends. I don't hesitate to recommend it to you. You will not be disappointed! I found this book inspiring and motivating, but at the same time full of great practical and instructive advice. Having read a few books on success in my time, this was VERY refreshing... I will be and have already recommended this book to family and friends. I don't hesitate to recommend it to you. You will not be disappointed!

  12. 5 out of 5

    James

    I found The Art of Success quite fascinating. It's inspirational, informative, nuanced, insightful, and hard to put down. My only regret that I wasn’t reading this book some ten years ago... Recommended if you want to learn ideas that could help you make the most of your life I found The Art of Success quite fascinating. It's inspirational, informative, nuanced, insightful, and hard to put down. My only regret that I wasn’t reading this book some ten years ago... Recommended if you want to learn ideas that could help you make the most of your life

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alisic Adnan

    The Art of Success is an entertaining and inspiring book, where Melouney shares thoughts, believes, and practices of some of the greatest minds in history. The book is divided into eight chapters, with The Foundation as the introduction, and 7 Pillars as individual steps toward improving your mind, body, and soul. Melouney believes that change starts with acceptance of responsibility and stopping the blame game. Once you realize that you're the master of your own destiny, the doors of success will The Art of Success is an entertaining and inspiring book, where Melouney shares thoughts, believes, and practices of some of the greatest minds in history. The book is divided into eight chapters, with The Foundation as the introduction, and 7 Pillars as individual steps toward improving your mind, body, and soul. Melouney believes that change starts with acceptance of responsibility and stopping the blame game. Once you realize that you're the master of your own destiny, the doors of success will open for you. He reinforces the power of positive thinking and striving never to limit yourself. Failure is only an opportunity in disguise, and we need to learn how to "fail intelligently." My favorite quote is from one of the greatest investors, Warren Buffet: "The most important investment you can make is in yourself." Readers who take this book to heart will be on their way to a better, prosperous, more fulfilling life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I had been enjoying this book; however, it took me out of the moment when the author cited the Kitty Genovese case, which has since been debunked as an over exaggeration and the result of poor reporting. In the same paragraph, the author also likens inaction to the experience of the poor souls who perished at Jonestown. It's highly, highly reductive and doesn't account for the psychological complexities that go into being susceptible to cult mentality. I understand what the author is going for, I had been enjoying this book; however, it took me out of the moment when the author cited the Kitty Genovese case, which has since been debunked as an over exaggeration and the result of poor reporting. In the same paragraph, the author also likens inaction to the experience of the poor souls who perished at Jonestown. It's highly, highly reductive and doesn't account for the psychological complexities that go into being susceptible to cult mentality. I understand what the author is going for, but it's just not an accurate parallel and I find it to be disrespectful, frankly. Maybe don't reference a mass suicide as an attempt to motivate your readers?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Ghazi

    I have just finished re-reading The Art of Success by James Melouney. In the past year I have read 23 books on personal development, growth, leadership, success and business literature. The Art of Success is one of the best books I have laid my hands on and not only is it inspiring, pleasurable to read and enlightening, James Melouney is a living example of philosophies in this book. I recently attending one event where he was speaking and he has an amazing outlook on leading the best life possi I have just finished re-reading The Art of Success by James Melouney. In the past year I have read 23 books on personal development, growth, leadership, success and business literature. The Art of Success is one of the best books I have laid my hands on and not only is it inspiring, pleasurable to read and enlightening, James Melouney is a living example of philosophies in this book. I recently attending one event where he was speaking and he has an amazing outlook on leading the best life possible.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sylecia Groover

    Great Read! I enjoyed the relay ability of this author and his ability to make concepts easy to adapt for any reader. This book would be one that I would give to my college students as a gift. Great Read! I enjoyed the relay ability of this author and his ability to make concepts easy to adapt for any reader. This book would be one that I would give to my college students as a gift.

  17. 4 out of 5

    V Narayanan

    Well Written Thought Provoking Beautiful Quotes

  18. 4 out of 5

    Arjun Prabhu

    I bought this book after seeing the 4.12 rating and reading the high reviews. However it turned out to be a mere compilation of quotes. Highly disappointed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Wood

    “Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.” (Proverbs, Chapter 9) "The Art of Success" suggests James Melouney, rests on seven pillars. But the 134 ‘exemplars’ of achievement the business strategist cites in this self-help book include neither the biblical quotation above nor the memoir of British soldier T E Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’) that helped to form the basis of the epic movie named after him. As motivational speaking is not my subject, I came to Melouney’s book as a fr “Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.” (Proverbs, Chapter 9) "The Art of Success" suggests James Melouney, rests on seven pillars. But the 134 ‘exemplars’ of achievement the business strategist cites in this self-help book include neither the biblical quotation above nor the memoir of British soldier T E Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’) that helped to form the basis of the epic movie named after him. As motivational speaking is not my subject, I came to Melouney’s book as a fresh, unbiased reader. Still, as an unreconstructed cynic, I’m the one he’ll never convince. Sorry! It’s a cliché but also a useful rule of thumb that the world’s most successful people have always had a great sense of personal destiny mixed with inordinate hubris. They are natural-born leaders, incredibly pushy and impossible to embarrass, even when proven to be woefully ignorant. Further, I resent being fed stirring messages from people who’ve died far too young from horrible diseases as it filters through as emotional blackmail. It cannot account for the fact we all have different intellectual as well as physical capabilities; that some people are simply born smarter than others and this is why ordinary parents sometimes produce geniuses. I don’t know Melouney but he comes across as a very personable, likeable man with a deep understanding of his craft. However I have one other caveat: He should reconsider some of the sources he quotes and figures he lauds. I researched many of his authorities and one pair, Chet Holmes (deceased) and Tony Robbins have faced accusations of false advertising. The allegations are not mine. I am simply passing on the information from 2010-2011 for the benefit of anyone reading this.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ramit Mehta

    Very tactical and actionable. Well thought out in terms of the structure.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Blankenbeckler

  23. 5 out of 5

    Luis

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nick Galvan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Estee

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jiloha

  27. 4 out of 5

    Šarūnas Nejus

  28. 5 out of 5

    Piotr

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jesselyn

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