Introduction: The Skinny on Success by Jim Randel
I received a complimentary copy of The Skinny on Success: Why not you? I also reviewed a copy of The Skinny on Time Management.
Reviewing the interview responses for my book Tales of People Who Get It, to become successful requires focus, passion and continuous learning. Most of us are looking for “the formula” for success, so we are always on the hunt.
The author of the Skinny on Success: why not you? Jim Randel states the goal for the Skinny On books as, “to do the reading for you, cull out what is important, distill the key points, and present in a book that is both instructive and fun to read.”
Have you read?
Review of The Skinny On Networking: Maximizing the Power of Numbers by Jim Randel
Review of The Skinny On The Art of Persuasion by Jim Randel
Review of The Skinny on Willpower by Jim Randel
The Skinny on Time Management: A Book Review
What is The Skinny on Success by Jim Randel About?
This book does not give you a formula for success, but gives you many explanations on why some people succeed and others don’t. It’s not going to tell you how to attain personal and professional success, so if that’s what you are looking for, this isn’t the book that will deliver.
The book is very inspirational, and if you do not know the stories of many well known successful people, you’d be surprised to discover the hard work they put in to attain success. You seldom find overnight successes, you find more overnight successes, that were 10 years or more in the making. After you read about the deliberate practice and persistence of some of these people, you’ll realize that you too can achieve success if you’re willing to put in the hard work.
Randel looks closely at many books on success, and gives a bit more focus on Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success, Geoff Colvin’s Talent is Overrated and Daniel Coyne’s The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Talent isn’t enough to become successful, persistent practice is essential. (Click here to see my article, “Creating Your Signature – Journey to Becoming a Master, which includes the steps to take to become an expert.”)
He mentions research by Professor K. Anders Ericsson referenced in Outliers that states that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill, which equates to 10 years. To support that figure, Michael Masterson, an uber successful entrepreneur, internet marketer and copywriter suggests that, “To achieve mastery, you will have to continue to practice that skill for a total of 5,000 hours. Virtuosity is extremely rare. You can’t get it simply by practicing. You must also have a natural gift. Even then, you must practice at least 10,000 hours to achieve it.”
Five Great Ideas from The Skinny on Success by Jim Randel
- The key to success is deliberate practice and repetition
- The potential for greatness lives inside all of us
- Every successful person has experienced setbacks
- People, even the ones who love you, have their own dreams so you have to go after the life you want, with passion
- The more you persist, the better you get
The Skinny on: Success by Jim Randel: Characteristics of Successful People
- Willingness to act
- Prepare for adversity
- Take steps to maximize probability of success
- Take action
- Combat fear of failure
- Develop mental strength
- Optimistic – see the glass as half full
- Believe in right and wrong
When I read the title of the book, The Skinny on Success: Why not you? I wasn’t sure of what to expect. Having written a book that includes information on success, I could relate to the information in the book. One of the questions that I asked the 34 interviewees for my book Tales of People Who Get It, was, “In your opinion, what is the formula for success?” And for the interviews for this blog I also ask for the definition of success.
Final Thoughts: The Skinny on Success by Jim Randel
I recommend The Skinny on Success: Why not you? and I suggest that you also review some of the interviews on this blog, and focus on the responses to the questions about success, including the one about the steps people took to arrive at success in their careers. How do the responses relate to the information in the book. Remember, do not ever read in a vacuum, connect what you’re reading to what you already know.
I also wanted to mention that I appreciated all the books that Jim Randel referenced to write this book because I learn about some books that I otherwise would not know about.
Books Mentioned in The Skinny on Success by Jim Randel
Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey
Losing My Virginity, Richard Branson
The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp
The Principles of Psychology (Volume 1 of 2), William James
Wake Up and Live, Dorothea Brande
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