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Literary Insights: A Book Lovers Review



Thursday, May 10, 2012

UP, Down or Sideways: How to Succeed When Times Are Good, Bad, or In Between by Mark Sanborn


Predicting the future is easy; predicting it correctly is very hard. Since we can’t be certain of what the future holds, what should we always be doing to ensure our success regardless of what happens?

In today’s economic climate of hardship, downsizing, unemployment and government bailouts, here comes this terrific book, based on sound principles, to help us thrive. This amazing resource could have not come at a better time for the working people of America. “Up, Down or Sideways” focuses on things we should do and keep doing to be successful. The principles and lessons, presented by Mark Sanborn give insights on how success does not equal your net worth. Success should be measured by health, meaningful work, relationships, service, learning and faith. The author talks about faith, but he doesn’t go into detail about his beliefs. The book applies to anyone who wants a well-lived life. A potentially life-changing read.

Sanborn shows us how life has its twists and turns, but we tend to be surprised when downturns hit. When times are good, we act as if they will never change and when times becomes sideways, we often become complacent. Through sharing his own series of downturns, Sanborn identifies the mindsets and methods that will help readers discover opportunities in both good and bad and sideways years. Sanborn also shows us how to prepare for these cycles and events in order to make the most of those situations.

Sanborn’s success model is based on nine principles which are divided into three sections in the book. The sections are: 1. See -  and is about attaching meaning to what you see. 2. Think - and is about intentionally developing mindsets to deal with challenges and opportunities. 3. Do - and is about doing the right thing, for the right reasons, in the right way and doing them consistently to create sustainable success.

This is a good book on how to face adversity with positive attitude. If you want a refreshing and relevant book that provides an actionable blueprint for success in times of uncertainty, encouragement and ideas about how to succeed. I recommend Up, Down, or Sideways.

I received copy E-book for my review.