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The Gift in Gratitude

K P Weaver’s The Gift in Gratitude will make you find new meaning in life and appreciate the little things the universe offers. The author has extensively written about gratitude as a virtue, dealing with successes and failures, and how human beings process thankfulness. Does gratitude have a formula? The author writes about the formula of gratitude, which may appear simple but, in reality, has its complexities. K P Weaver describes a winning gratitude formula as gratitude plus emotion bundled together with focused intentions and aligned action. The tone applied by the author throughout the book is affirmative and encouraging. K P Weaver uses moving words that get the reader in the moment and makes one reflect on how they show gratitude to themselves, others, and the universe in general.

K P Weaver is an excellent author and does not complicate the text in the book; rather, she uses words and phrases that are easy to digest.  K P weaver also discusses finding joy, which was one of my favorite parts of the book. The author encourages readers to prioritize joy as much as possible. The world we are living in can be depressing, and as an individual, it is your duty to look for ways of making yourself happy without external input. K P Weaver will get you to focus on the constructive aspects of your life and be contented with what you have. The text in the book is simply transformational.

The use of diagrams in the book is praiseworthy. The author uses charts and figures when she wants to explain a difficult subject in the most simple of ways. K P Weaver’s diction and sentence structure are other astounding elements of her writing. The various topics tackled in the book are helpful to the reader as an individual and valuable to society.  The author is making everyone ponder on ways of showing gratitude and the impact it has on souls. 

Some of the most remarkable topics in the book for me were gratitude and money, the science of gratitude, grateful parenting and relationships, gratitude in business, being grateful even when you are not feeling it, and finding gratitude in procrastination. Each of these chapters was exceptionally written, with life-changing content.  I like how the author ended the book with gratitude through moving stories. This section of the book is significant and even more intriguing as she tells personal stories from different people to make the point home. 

The major takeaway from ‘The Gift in Gratitude’ is that showing gratitude and being appreciative will bring you joy, happiness, and fulfillment.  To summarize, the book, The Gift in Gratitude, can be described as perceptive and heartwarming. The stellar writing displayed by the author is one of the many excellent things about this book.

Pages: 154 | ISBN : 978-0-6455205-8-3

I Learned The Hard Way

Steven N. Adjei Author Interview

Pay The Price provides practical advice and wisdom readers will need to find entrepreneurial success through any setbacks. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I thought my business was a no-brainer. I had done all the research, the training. Identified the market need. Launched it straight after business school. But after 10 years of slugging it out without a single pay check and enduring all sorts of challenges from near bankruptcy, humiliating chronic illness, 2 car crashes where the cars were so damaged they had to be written off, moral failure and losing 2 members of my close family, I was on the brink of giving up and sticking to my 9-5 job. But I didn’t, and after a decade, I signed my very first million dollar deal. It turns out that 90% of entrepreneurs face the same challenges but end up giving up too soon. And I felt an indescribable pain every time I walked past a closed small business, or read another story of a business going bankrupt, or met another failed entrepreneur. It sounds like a cliché but I felt deep down I had to do something about it, and this book is a result of that pain, that feeling, that ‘’calling”.

What is one trait that you think any successful entrepreneur must possess?

Resilience. If you believe in your honeymoon period, i.e your dream, your purpose and your passion, success does not come automatically. You need to have the grit, the diehard attitude to stick it out. As I say in the book, its crucial to stick with it if you believe in it.

What is one thing about entrepreneurship that you learned the hard way and how can others do it differently?

The one thing I learned the hard way? Pain. Its inevitable. I dedicated almost a quarter of the book talking about it – even to the extent of devising a brand new Pain Response Model. In that model, I show that there is a part of pain you can minimize or completely eradicate to make the journey a bit easier, to make the price to pay a bit cheaper – the pain of self-sabotage, what I call Red Flag Pain in the book. This is so simple, so ”common-sensicall” that it hardly needs saying. But it’s the one thing that trips up so many entrepreneurs even after they have succeeded. You need to know what yours is, be self-aware and take drastic steps to kill its growth before it kills you and your business in the end. My path to success would have been much smoother, but then I may not have had the ammunition to write this book!!

What research did you undertake to complete your book?

I researched using literally hundreds of books and academic papers, first hand interviews with entrepreneurs across the world, top rated podcasts, my own journals, social media feeds, and articles from dozens reputable websites such as the BBC.

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The truth is that despite all our best efforts, most new businesses still fail.
Starting a business is tough. It’s even tougher building one with strong ethical foundations. Up to 90 percent of UK and US startups fail by the 10th year. This trend is even worse in developing countries such as in Africa, which incidentally is the most entrepreneurial continent in the world.
Strong foundations are impossible without going through the mill. The process. Highs and lows, shame and pain. This dark side of entrepreneurship is not highlighted enough in the literature, possibly contributing to these high failure rates.
There are plenty of business books about success out there. There aren’t nearly enough business books about failure—and how sustained perseverance through pain and repeated setbacks is often the prerequisite for true, lasting success.
This book is different.
You’ll learn how Passion, Pain, Time and Purpose are vital keys to succeed—with plenty of pioneering insights from unusual sources: music, poetry, chemistry, sport, and stories. It even has its own dedicated Spotify playlist.
In here, you’ll discover:
The Five Principles of Ethical Entrepreneurship
The Three Universal Phases of Entrepreneurship: the Honeymoon, the Formative and the Legacy.
How starting with who, NOT why is crucial for building a successful, enduring, ethical business
Overcoming the FOUR kinds of pain that lead to entrepreneurial failure with a brand new Flag Response Model.
Validating Your Business Model and Partner using real theories in Chemistry.
Earning the best Legacy type, the Pathfinder, out of the FOUR available options and much, much more.

ACTing Now: A New Approach to the Old Techniques of Acting

ACTing Now by Norman B. Schwartz is an enlightening book that provides guidance that will help actors prepare for the demands of the contemporary acting world. The content of this book provides advice on topics beyond acting and includes areas such as commercials, film, and even television. The techniques highlighted in this book are not mere postulations and conjectures as Norman Schwartz has experience as an actor, director, film editor, and teacher of creative writing and he brings that experience to bear in this informative book and shares key principles that will help budding actors get and keep an acting job.

The chapters of this book are grouped into three parts – Acting Then, Acting Now, and Acting Next. This organization is essential as it helps guide the reader, and future actor, on what acting used to be, what it is today, and what it will be in the future. Beyond the keen insights, I enjoyed the historical evolution shared here.

In Acting Then, Schwartz covers some of the techniques that theater actors used as far back as the 1920s such as the Strasberg method which leaned on some of Stanislavski’s writings. Stanislavski is one of the first to offer formal training in theater acting. When the first generation who studied at the American Laboratory Theatre began their study of acting, they also based their variations on the Stanislavski system.

Thus, the system evolved to the present form where there is little accommodation for improvisation to performing monologue exercises, being mindful of camera angles and self-taping. Schwartz covers all these old techniques and suggests new ones that embrace the old ones but also better prepares the actor for the new reality of modern acting with lots of multimedia coverage.

One of the outstanding qualities of this book is that it is as expository as it is suggestive. It focuses on the history that has driven acting to where it is today. For instance, Stella Adler’s disagreement with Strasberg’s methods and teaching of tapping into emotions from one’s personal life as opposed to one’s imagination helps one glean some lessons on how best to trigger an emotional response while on stage.

ACTing Now is a must read book for any aspiring actor as it contains actionable advice that can help their career. This is an illuminating book that will also appeal to performing art students who are interested in the evolution of acting and the industry.

Pages: 163 | ASIN: B0BFPP1N2S

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The Big Picture

The Big Picture is a thought-provoking picture book that asks readers to reflect on their life. The book starts with The Big Bang. Because of the way the book started, I thought this was going to be an educational book about space, but with a few questions and the turn of one page, this short book turns into a contemplative journey that will inspire self-reflection and have readers wondering if they’ve lived their best life.

Every page in this colorful book is wonderfully illustrated; well, all pages except one black page that is surprisingly potent for being blank. The journey through the birth of the universe and the beginning of humanity does a fantastic job of setting the stage for the profound questions that will follow. The author helps readers see just how small we are in the universe, but also how lucky we are to be alive.

This is a picture book, so I had assumed this was going to be a children’s book. While you could read this to children, as I think they will be able to understand what’s happening and understand the questions as well, I think this book is just as powerful and moving for adults.

The Big Picture is a profound and intellectually-invigorating book that accomplishes so much in so few pages. It’s educational with its few science facts, it’s a meditative experience with the way it draws you in and makes you focus on an idea, and it’s a bit of a self-help book as well. This book is perfect for anyone that is struggling to find satisfaction or meaning in life.

The Potential To Alter A Current Reality

K P Weaver Author Interview

Life Magic is a phenomenal book that introduces readers to the Alchemy of Life Magic Course series. What motivated you to write and publish this book?

Thank you for your kind words. The Life Magic Conquer Kit is the second in a series of actionable books based on my signature seven life principles of Mindfulness, Knowing, Intent, Love Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Belief. When applied at any stage in life these principles have the potential to alter a current reality and make life so much more. I prioritise joy very highly and so these books are designed to be fun, not a chore.

I will be launching a new course to accompany this book later in 2022.

What were some critical ideas you wanted to include in your life magic mastery conquer kit?

I hope that readers take away many critical ideas but the biggest ones that I feel have the most direct impact are:

  • To release yourself from fear through knowing.
  • Instantly shift onto a manifestation vibe through gratitude.
  • Loving energy is a super fuel!

What is the first step readers must take before opening your book?

Make a sacred promise to themselves that they will step a little outside of their comfort zone because that is where the magic of life resides.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is struggling to see their potential?

To change your current reality, you must do something different. One simple shift will change your current trajectory. Life is or living, you are the one who makes the choices!

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Unleashing Their Potential

Edmund Yeung Author Interview

Winning Your Biggest Paycheck provides readers with clear guidance and actionable advice to advance their career and achieve financial freedom. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I have always wanted to write a book on career advancement. After my limited success in business, I wanted to give back. I think I have a gift for simplifying complex concepts and inspiring others in plain words. I have been a lecturer, coach, and mentor. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than inspiring people and unleashing their potential in life and business.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who’s struggling to advance their career?

I was going to say, “read my book!”

Develop and follow a career plan that includes job skill training and getting a mentor. Fear of failure and procrastination hold people back. A sense of accomplishment builds confidence. The learning routine will condition your mind to stay focused and positive.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about entrepreneurship?

People think as entrepreneurs, they will make more money than working for someone else. And the issues they faced at work previously will diminish. However, they will become the chief executive officer, chief operating officer, and most importantly, the chief revenue officer once they decide to start a business. They will face many more challenges, including making a profit and maintaining cash flow.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

Build a strong personal brand. Your personal brand is an essential element of your career success. Your paycheck will grow as you elevate your brand!

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In Winning Your Biggest Paycheck, author, top 1% salesman, and successful entrepreneur Edmund S. Yeung unveils his revolutionary wealth-building and earnings optimization strategy that he developed over 25 years of top-level sales performance and recent successes, like finishing a fiscal year 510% over quota and earning an extra $1M sales credit. Are you dreaming big enough? Probably not… but you should be.
By deploying the common-sense, real-world strategies offered in this potentially life-changing personal success book, you will learn powerful methods that any professional or entrepreneur can use to drastically improve your win rate and sell the highest margin products to the most profitable customers. You will learn how to use strategies Yeung routinely uses to sustain winning streaks that allow him to double his quota and hit the biggest commission accelerators and bonuses available.
In this empowering personal productivity and earnings improvement book, you will learn:
How to use the power of a long-term customer advocacy and customer relations mindset to build strong relationships that will allow you to cash in your largest contracts and land the biggest clients in your career
The 10 most important qualities of a trustworthy partner or employee – vital qualities of a top-line salesperson
How to increase your services or products’ values with elite branding strategy – product positioning, value proposition, DNA, and differentiating yourself from your competition
The 3 most powerful techniques that can be used to formulate career-changing strategies – The T.C.M. process, which addresses the two biggest challenges in business and life – lack of time and money
How to persevere, stop procrastinating and how not to be late ever again—it will change your life!
Use these proven strategies and techniques to overachieve and maximize take-home income in any profession, including automobile sales, insurance, consulting, software sales and luxury item sales.
If you’ve been reading book after book or listening to podcast after podcast, and you still haven’t found that breakthrough strategy that will allow you to earn more money or win that promotion that you’ve been looking for that will break the ceiling and change your life, look no further. Winning Your Biggest Paycheck will provide you with the knowledge and expertise to make that life-changing leap to career success and substantial wealth.

Make A Dramatic Positive Impact

Zach Touchon Author Interview

You Have Everything You Need to Get What You Want is a step-by-step guide that will help readers transform their life, relationships, and business. Why was this such an important book for you to write?

This book was so important for me to write because it helped me to understand that if I just open my eyes and switch my perspective I have all the tools I need to get what I want. I just have to see it. We are all making excuses everyday. We get held up on going after our dreams because we have a lacking mentality and we tell ourselves that we don’t have everything it takes to go after it. I wanted people to have the realization, like I did, that when you have an abundance mindset and you are utilizing the assets in your life the possibilities are endless. That doesn’t mean it won’t be hard work but when you have a system to use your possibilities are increased dramatically. Like I like to say in the book, “when you’re on your path luck has a way of finding you.”

I needed, and I knew others needed, a system to really make a dramatic positive impact on their life right now using the things they already have. Following COVID, war, and economic problems there has never been a better time to get this information out there. We all have so many things weighing us down but when we free ourselves of the things that don’t  serve any purpose we are able to get closer to the freedom, the happiness, and the fulfillment we all desire. This all really comes back to the balance sheet of life.

I came from a first person perspective when I was telling the stories but I’m hoping that readers can relate to those stories, imagine themselves in my position and have revalations of how they can apply the same ideas to go after what they want. I’ve always felt like stories are the best way to learn. We’re all just big kids after all.

What is the first critical step someone must take to make a lasting positive change in their life?

The first step that anyone should do is to be willing to try. We all tell ourselves that something we want to go after is too scary, we aren’t ready, it won’t work out, it’s impossible, that’s been done before. So, we stay where we are content to carry on as we always have wandering through life lost, without a system knowing the entire time, deep down, that if we just put our mind to it we can find a way. But this takes being willing to try.

We’ve all heard the quote by Confucious, “the journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.”  This is so true because it all starts with willingness. The willingness to try helps us take that first step and that starts us on our journey. Guess what? We figure it out along the way.

What is a common obstacle that you see people facing when they try to manage their bad habits?

Managing our bad habits is the ultimate key to getting to our goals faster. We all know that. The funny thing is that we all know what the bad habits are. I mean they are easy to identify. But we do it anyway. So how do we turn it around? The first key is to identify the bad habit. Make it known. Once something is on the radar it’s easier to conquer.

One of the biggest obstacles  that people face with bad habits is that they won’t face them. Managing bad habits is very difficult because they always come back in full force when you let your guard down.

A concept that I talk about in my book is “Ignore, Improve, Remove”.  These are the three options to deal with the things holding us back in our lives. You clearly can’t ignore a bad habit. You have to overcome it especially if it is keeping you from getting what you want in life. You can improve a bad habit but it always comes back. Ultimately, a very bad habit has to be removed. That’s the only real solid conclusion to come to.

How do you do this? You replace the bad habits with good habits. The concept is easy to understand but the actual doing of it is one of life’s great challenges. This is why I emphasize the power of starting over. Starting over is how we constantly refresh our commitment to ourselves and try again, always improving. We forgive ourselves and start over.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

I want people to know there’s hope. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I want to help people uncover the resources in front of them and see the assets in their life. I want them to have a newfound sense of gratitude for what they do have, not a feeling of lacking for what they don’t have. I want to help people “see it”. When you can “see it” you can believe it and when you believe it anything is possible.

The subtitle of my book is “You Have the Power to Change Everything.” This is something I really want to drive home to readers. Your life is in your power and you can change anything or everything you want. In the book I say, “you are the writer of your story and as the writer you can change the next chapter in your life, just like I did.”

I come from what I call, “humble beginnings” and what this basically means is I grew up in a bad neighborhood. I was surrounded by drugs, gangs, violence, abuse, and poverty. The thing you hear so many people say is, “I’ll never make it out.” No matter where my readers are in the world I want them to know that there is hope, there is a way. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of people out there going through a hard time. Trust me, I understand. The one thing I want people to know is that if you have a system, and you stick to it and do it everyday you can make it real.

So find a system, overcome your fear of taking the first step, identify your bad habits, and stick to it and do it everyday. We have everything we need to get what we want. All we have to do is see it.

Author Links: Website | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

“It doesn’t matter who you are, how much you’ve got, how much you don’t have, what you do, or where you work, anyone can use these tools and practices to help them achieve their goals faster than you ever thought possible.” – Zach Touchon

In this book, you will discover…

– A step-by-step guide to easily transform your life, your relationships, and your business.
– How to identify what you want and what your major purpose is.
– How to gain from a loss in your life.
– How to identify what is holding you back and how, to be honest with yourself.
– How to uncover resources that are hiding right in front of you in plain sight.
– Tools to help you deal with the things that are holding you back in your life.
– Tools to put the assets in your life to work for you.
– Principles to live your life by.
– How to identify negative habits and replace them with positive habits.
– How to uncover your deep-rooted fear and tools to help you overcome that fear and even use it as your new superpower.

“You are the writer of your story and as the writer of your story you can change the next chapter in your life, just like I did. You have the power to change everything!” – Zach Touchon

Winning Your Biggest Paycheck

Winning Your Biggest Paycheck explains in depth how to win big and achieve more than the average person. The author teaches the reader how to have a triumphant mindset, be positive and how to work smart. Edmund S. Yeung starts by discussing how to become a true customer advocate, and how it works. I appreciate that the author goes beyond the dictionary definition with the terms he uses, as he argues in profundity and shares all the information. Winning Your Biggest Paycheck is the tool you need to make more money. Author Edmund S. Yeung uses examples and succinctly explains how to attract customers.

I like that the author brings up questions in his writing, and gives answers right after. This makes the book engaging and helped me understand how to connect ideas. As you read every chapter, you get a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.

The stories in between the discussions were a great way to bridge discussions. The author is never short of interesting, amusing and academic stories about his life. In the stories lies lessons that one can apply in business, career, and personal  growth. After reading Winning your Biggest Paycheck, you get lessons on how to be more prudent money-wise, and how to be a well-rounded person. The author reveals tricks that have enabled him get where he is despite every obstacle he has faced.

There are many topics in Winning Your Biggest Paycheck that I enjoyed reading. Every topic is illuminating and instructive. One of my favorite topics was on branding. How do you build a brand? What are the essential elements that will make you stand out? How distinct do you want your brand to be? Edmund S. Yeung gets you to think like a client, and have a wider perspective. Readers will learn that being a salesperson requires more than just being a marketing genius, as you need to be emotionally intelligent too.  One of the biggest lessons I have learned  is how to approach customers and how to attract them to my product. Other lessons you get from the book are on paying attention to detail, learning business ethics, being productive, and being persistent.

Winning Your Biggest Paycheck candidly demonstrated how to win in life. The author teaches readers how to not underestimate their potential. From this book, readers will learn how to improve their financial status, amass wealth and grow their business utilizing simple steps. This is a critical tool for any entrepreneur that’s struggling to find breakout success.

Pages: 292 | ASIN: B0BCDQ9HMY

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