No Excuses is the latest in a long line of best sellers, written by one of the most recognized speakers in the world - Brian Tracy.
In this book the author details why some people are more successful
than others, even when their environment or personal circumstances may
be much less desirable.
One recurring premise in the book is that "success leaves clues" and that successful people DO what unsuccessful people are not willing to do, even when they don't feel like doing it.
"Discipline is what you must have to resist the lure of excuses. No more excuses! Do it or don't do it - but don't make excuses."
It is not surprising to learn that if a person were to do the exact
same things that a successful person does on a regular basis, that
person would eventually become just as successful as the person they
In today's information-age, where there are very few 'secrets'
anymore about what it takes to become successful, why then don't more
people research the information and do what they must do in order to
improve the quality of their lives?
"Excus-itis!" is the fatal disease that gets in the way of most people's ability to make progress.
One excuse after another is all-too-quickly identified and offered up
as an explanation as to why they can't do what they say they want to
Tracy states, "Stop using your incredible brain to think up elaborate
rationalizations and justifications for not taking action. Do
something. Do anything. Get on with it!"
The short video below provides a great introduction to Brian Tracy as he shares insights on how to develop successful habits, which is covered in even more detail in No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline.
Asking the fateful question,"Why are some people more successful than others?" was a key moment in Tracy's own life.
Coming from humble beginnings, the author recognizes the
gifts that experiencing adversity can provide. Most of the world's most
rich and powerful people are self-made, having grown up in families of
very modest incomes.
Although most people in this situation do not rise up and out of
poverty - many do. Why? I believe the author is asserting that those
people who become self-disciplined; who become a master of self, make up
the small percentage of the 'self-made' crowd.
No Excuses, is a book that is written for people who are ambitious
and determined - people who truly want to achieve more in their life,
for themselves and for others.
The book is an exceptional tool for
people who are hungry to do more, to have more and to be more than they
every thought possible.
Tracy maintains that success never comes easily or without
considerable hard work and continuous effort. Discipline requires us to
sacrifice in the short-term in order to experience the greater rewards
over the long-term.
"Thinking and planning over a long time perspective is one of the most
important attributes of the successful man or woman. The practice of
long-term thinking applies to work, career, marriage, relationships,
money and personal conduct."
- Brian Tracy
Three Parts For Future Success
Within this 293 page book, Tracy describes the 21 areas of life where
the practice of self-discipline is critical fulfilling one's full
Part One is entitled "Self-Discipline and Personal Success",
and consists of seven chapters around goal setting, character building,
becoming responsible, courageous, persistent and highly determined in
everything you do.
Part Two focuses on becoming successful in the areas of
business, sales and personal finance. Learn why self-discipline is
essential to becoming a top leader in your field of interest, and how
you can quickly become known for getting important things done quickly
and with excellent results.
"Self-denial is a requirement of Self-Discipline. But the short-term pain is worth the long-term gain."
Part Three teaches us the miracle of applying self-discipline
to our personal life. Discover how to maximize your happiness, health,
fitness and marriage. Improve your most cherished relationships with
your children, spouse, friends, relatives and co-workers. Enhance the
quality of your life and your relationships in virtually every area.
Best of all, Tracy has provided quick action exercises at the end of
each chapter. These exercises assist the reader in making progress in
developing self-discipline and encourages you to begin the process of
working toward your future success.
The process of completing each of the chapter exercises is
critical to getting the most out of No Excuses - so do not miss this
In conclusion, I highly recommend this book to anyone who aspires to
improve their current condition and is willing to do the things
necessary to become happier and to create a more successful life.
Bravo Brian Tracy, you'd done it again!
Brian Tracy was born in Canada and grew up in California. He is the President of
three companies with operations worldwide. Brian Tracy is married, with
four children, and lives in San Diego, California. He is a best selling author and world renowned speaker.