The Pledge: Your Master Plan for an Abundant Life Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Have you held dreams of success and happiness that you’ve failed to fulfill? Do you sometimes feel that, however much you’ve done, you are still, in part, an underachiever? If so, there is good news. Your past failures have no bearing on your future. And if you can change the way you approach your work, you can change the way you live.
In The Pledge, best-selling author Michael Masterson teaches you how to reinvent your life by putting together a personal master plan. It’s a formal contract between the person you are today (fed up with the problems and lack of success you’ve been having) and the person you have decided to be (the successful you who is healthy, wealthy, happy, and wise). Masterson’s unique approach to creating a master plan will change your life immediately and forever. It is based on the best principles of the great personal productivity masters (such as Dale Carnegie and Stephen Covey) and on discoveries he made during his climb from indebtedness to multimillionaire status. The Pledge is not a book on goal setting. It is a blueprint for fundamental change. Once you have experienced even one day of Michael’s revolutionary system, you’ll be hooked for life.Through his writing and personal coaching, Masterson has changed the lives of countless people. His office walls are covered with personal letters from people from all over the world who credit him with transforming their lives. Now it’s your turn. Once you set up your personal master plan, your effort will be minimal. You will start to see results immediately. You will have more money, more success, and more time to do the things you love.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 29 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||January 27, 2011|
|Publisher||Gildan Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #165,356 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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He shares how he's achieved incredible success as a very successful NY Times bestselling author, extremely successful entrepreneur, master copywriter, real estate investor, written and produced four feature-length movies, created a nonprofit that has it's own community, and he's had several other successes just by creating and using master plans.
I highly recommend it to anyone I know that wants more success in their lives at a much faster rate!
This book had the potential to be an early version of "The Compound Effect" but it veers off on some unexpected tangents. Although I greatly admire the author's accomplishments and would love to emulate his lifestyle some day, he does recommend some time-saving strategies that are not viable for most people, including the 2-minute shower. But overall, the book is good. I especially liked that he wrote about additional topics you don't usually see discussed, such as how to get moving after you find yourself in a funk. That took courage and I think his strategy will work.
What really got my attention here is to stay focus.He provides the right tools of asking the right questions which which help the reader understand why Peter Drucker once warned"The most serious mistakes are not being made as result wrong answers .The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong questions."and above and beyond setting strategic boundaries that Steve Jobs coined" People think focus means saying yes to the thing you have to focus on."he later said "But that it is not what it's means at all.It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas.".The Plegde gives you the steps by steps tools to build wealth.I highly recommend it to any executive who is willing to things happen in their life and the customers they serve.
In "The Pledge," Masterson takes the strategies that he has used and put them forth as a system to follow...almost like a recipe. He also provides tools that can be used to "discover" yourself. It is a way of engaging your mind and heart as you create a better and more fulfilling plan for your life.
I felt "The Pledge" was inspirational as well as motivational. It reminded me that you do have to work and add value to the world around you, but that when you work hard in the right way, the level of success is higher and it comes to you naturally. Your quality of life is much more to your satisfaction all the time, because people were meant to help other people.
I would highly recommend getting this book along with another that I read early this year and has meant a lot to me. It seems that there are a lot of similarities between what Masterson writes here and the concept of Serendipity as described by Madeleine Kay. The book I'm referring to is Serendipitously Rich: How to Get Delightfully, Delectably, Deliciously Rich (or Anything Else You Want) in 7 Ridiculously Easy Steps . It too moves you positively on a path of change in your life and it also gives you practical steps that teach you how to make decisions based on serendipity.
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The biggest negative of all, honestly, is that the book itself is poor. Don't get me wrong, it's life-changing and I still strongly recommend it. But what I mean is this: there is only ONE chapter that you need to read in the book, and that's the second one: 'How To Turn Your Biggest Dreams Into Reality'; this is the chapter which tells you how to set your goals as according to your core values, and how to work towards those goals every single day - it's amazing. The rest of the book, however... well, let's just say I didn't remember any of it after reading it. Apart from that essential second chapter, the rest of the book is basically fleshed-out generic "positive thinking", "do as I say" diatribe, with Masterson showing his age; gloating rabidly about his own achievements and telling you what's good for you. Masterson comes across as an old-fashioned elitist who mistrusts anything that isn't work - it's as if he's been following his own system for so long, that he's become quite literally obsessed with it, and he strongly encourages, if not demands, that you do EXACTLY the same. It seems to have turned him into quite the robot.
His obsession with productivity and his outright terror at anything unproductive is quite laughable; for example, he recommends limiting your shower to two minutes per day (since that extra 13 minutes could be spent working on a novel or something). He tells a story about how he and his wife decided not to buy a television until all their kids were out of the house, in case it turned them stupid, and even with his last kid leaving for college, he still tells of his paranoia that he may become "addicted" to it, thus corrupting his perfect 'goal-setting' system. One imagines that if you interrupted Masterson with a five-minute chat, he'd become enraged at you for putting him five minutes behind his daily schedule. At one point, he shows that he even schedules "dinner and conversation" with his own wife, and the way in which he writes, one assumes that he sticks to the time restraints of such a dinner and conversation very strictly. He also makes a distinction between 'Golden activities' (i.e. activities which he thinks EVERYONE should do because they WILL make them better people) and 'Acidic activities' (activities which he thinks NOBODY should do because they WILL turn them into idiots); 'golden' activities include meditating and appreciating art, while 'acidic' activities include watching TV shows that aren't documentaries, and listening to - and he makes it specific - rap music. At no point does Masterson even hint that any of this is opinion, so he basically comes across as a boring, rich, elitist old man telling you what he thinks is good for you.
At one point, the book delves into the... purely surreal. There is a point in which he goes off on a several-page tangent about how you should (nay, MUST) have lights with dimmers on them in your office, and how you should kit your workspace out with a whiskey bar and/or a Chinese tea station. Seriously. Now it doesn't take an idiot to work out that... most people simply just can't get away with doing this. This book is meant to be aimed at average people like you and I, so why on Earth is Masterson even entertaining the idea that you 1. even have your own office, 2. can afford your own whiskey bar, 3. have space in your office said whiskey bar, and 4. will not be fired on the spot for ripping out your office's light fittings and dragging in your own whiskey bar?! He also recommends carrying a pillow around with you so that if you're tired, you can just lay down under the nearest table and have a 20-minute power nap... especially if you're at work - no, that won't get you fired on the spot.
I'd like to remind you here that I still strongly recommend this book. In fact, this isn't the only Masterson book I've read - I recommend them all, but I have similar complaints with all of them. To summarize, definitely buy the book - it'll change your life. But only read the second chapter, since Masterson himself isn't a fun writer to read; the rest of the book is fleshed out with generic self-help buzzwords and diatribe and Masterson being pretentious and weird.
And if you're looking to get unstuck in your life I do believe it can help. There are some great tools, exercises and stories in here to inspire you and give you what I think is a much needed perspective in the world full of get rich quick promises and I need it now mentalities.
So if I like the book and think it's good and useful why the 3 star rating? Well - if this was the only thing I had ever read from Michael Masterson I probably would have given this a 4, but I have read every business book he's written. His ideas have changed my business and my life. I am a HUGE fan and admirer of him and his work.
But, as a long time fan of Michael Masterson, I would highly recommend so many of his other books before I would recommend this one. I am a pretty practical person and feel that books like Automatic Wealth and 7 Years to 7 Figures have FAR better applications than this one. I like the tone and overall message of this but just feel Automatic Wealth is a game changing book for anybody that takes it and uses it. This book plants seeds that you may harvest later but I bet most people will read it, enjoy the read and move on. Lives remaining the same. It really depends what you're looking for in a book, but for me, this isn't as hard hitting, to the point or as structured as some of his others. (Automatic wealth being my personal fave)
Plus I had read at least half of this book before - whether through his newsletters or his other books. It felt fairly regurgitated to me. I kept waiting for the big new idea or the cool story I didn't know and it wasn't there.
If you're new to Michael Masterson or you have only read a bit of his stuff to date then you will probably REALLY like this book - but I would still suggest you pick up one of his other books first!! :)