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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Wake Up and Live! Wake Up and Live! All I want to do is to buttonhole each and every one of my friends and say, 'You must read Wake up and Live! Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 12th by TarcherPerigee first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Wake Up and Live! Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Wake Up and Live! Feb 09, Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing. When I saw the original was by Dorothea Brande, I looked for that original.
After all, why have a copy? We do this even as we kid ourselves that everything we do is designed to make us succeed.
However, having read the text, I can see the validity and purpose behind them and will be performing these exercises over the next weeks.
As a bald statement, this lacks the power it generates within the text. There is much, much more, of course. This original version is also cheaper than the copy I was offered, by the way. Apr 21, Jodi Ralston rated it really liked it Shelves: inspirational-motivational , reading-challenge , non-fiction , psychology-nonfiction. The main fault I found was that Brande buried her core philosophy in the middle of the book although, if you read the front or back cover you get what it is right away.
I suppose she did this because she felt the readers needed a lot of convincing before they would accept her idea. The other fault is minor. The layout does not allow for you to easily pick out bits to remember or to act upon. If you don't mind writing in a book, I definitely suggest following its advice to highlight the things i The main fault I found was that Brande buried her core philosophy in the middle of the book although, if you read the front or back cover you get what it is right away.
If you don't mind writing in a book, I definitely suggest following its advice to highlight the things interesting to you. I wish I had, but I hate defiling books, even ones I intend to keep. I guess there are always sticky notes for my second read. The book is full of useful tidbits--some are insights into human nature and some are actions to try.
And I admit I didn't think it could be that easy-- act as if it were impossible to fail --but then one day while reading it, something clicked. You don't believe that you can't fail you know it's possible ; rather, you act like you can't.
There's a big difference. Mostly, it's about not letting fears, doubts, past failures, and other negatives eat up, consciously or unconsciously, your energy, your drive, and your time. If you rid yourself of those, you are left realizing all the energy and time you spent on those, unconsciously or consciously, can now be spent on working toward success--and you realize how much more likely you are to succeed now.
So it is a great philosophy, and the book was an interesting read with some actions I want to try. But best of all, this book inspires to me to do better with my life, and that is the best endorsement of all. May 27, James rated it it was amazing.
That said this remains one of my favourite non-fiction books -- second only to her 'Becoming A Writer. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success. What that best may be, what its farthest reaches may include, we can discover only by freeing ourselves completely from the Will to Fail. View 1 comment. I expected a lot from this book because I love Dorothea Brande book about writing The book isn't about good life as the title eludes , it is a self help book about how to succeed and get over your will to fail or how to stop self - destruct.
The book is good enough but not great. So my first reaction was: Why is this book bullying me? But as I continued to read I realized that some of it really resonated with me. It is a different book.
I don't know how to explain it, but I do know that I need to reread it again. Jun 26, Alok rated it really liked it. Some of the writers have grasped the fundamental of life and what it takes to be at the top of it. The book is all about habits, basic concepts of behaviour, deal with natural instances of psychology and practices which is required to be at the top both professionally and day to day life.
Without being prescriptive, the book states the fundamental concepts of a good life and act upon the basic concepts of dealing and positioning oneself in the real world.
It encompasses 12 concepts of practicing Some of the writers have grasped the fundamental of life and what it takes to be at the top of it. It encompasses 12 concepts of practicing habits and behaviour which shall bring positive transformation in one life with practical inspirational example. A difficult book yet very educative.
This is one of those books that is brilliant in its simplicity and in pointing out a lot of things that you already know but need reminders of. May 02, Gail Gibbs rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , philosophy.
This is one of the earliest self-help books, written during the 's, and is still useful, if a little schoolmarm-ish. Oct 05, A. I think it was Tim Clare who was raving about this author. You can find her works read aloud on YouTube or in the public domain as this was written in I think , but I ended up getting a copy from Amazon. And damn, does this feel current. I g I think it was Tim Clare who was raving about this author. For I had been years in my deadlock; I had known what I wanted to do, had equipped myself for my profession—and got nowhere.
Yet I had chosen my life work, which was writing, early, and had started out with high hopes. Most of the work I had finished had met a friendly reception. But then when I tried to take the next step and go onto a more mature phase it was as though I had been turned to stone.
I felt as if I could not start. Asked to do a lecture, she spoke on her new method for getting things done, and was surprised by the response of listeners.
This one really hit me: You will never have to see the object you slaved to bring into being despised or misunderstood. You will never have to feel the rancor of those whom you necessarily surpassed in competition; you will never have to stand the cut of adverse criticism. You will never have to become aware of the malice of those who envy any success, however trivial. You will never have to back your opinions by argument when you are tired and would rather rest for new effort.
Or, far deeper and more vital pain, you will never see the discrepancy between the finished work you can do and the work as you had hoped to do it. When we should be acting we indulge or excuse ourselves for inactivity we then upbraid and punish ourselves ruthlessly and futilely. The scolding is futile because we somehow feel that, if we have been severe and cutting to ourselves, we have in some way atoned for the fault of non performance.
We have not, of course. We have not done what we planned, and we have discouraged and hurt ourselves into the bargain. Definitely worth a look. The earlier chapters of the book look at the way that most of us subconsciously look for failure.
Introducing Dorothea Brande’s Classic: Wake Up and Live!
Look Inside. What if you were promised a simple, 8-word formula that could turn your life around? Would you believe it? Would you try it? It was called Wake Up and Live! When Brande published Wake Up and Live! The book won so much acclaim that it became the sole work of mind-power philosophy ever to make it to the movie screen — and as a musical, no less.
Dorothea Brande’s Wake Up And Live
And she explains how she got to that point in this book. The first half is an autobiography of sorts, explaining the gist of her discovered philosophy of life — and how that credo lead her straight to an amazing career after a rather mundane existence prior. Wikipedia has a short description for her:. It was so simple, and so obvious once I had seen it, that I could hardly believe it was responsible for the magical results which followed my putting it into practice. The first thing to confess is that two years ago I was a failure. Oh, nobody knew it except me and those who knew me well enough to see that I was not doing a tenth of what could be expected of me. I held an interesting position, lived not too dull a life—yet there was no doubt in my own mind, at least, that I had failed.
Wake Up and Live!
The earlier chapters of the book look at the way that most of us subconsciously look for failure. Wake Up and Live! Dorothea Brande. It was so simple, and so obvious once I had seen it, that I could hardly believe it was responsible for the magical results which followed my putting it into practice. Of course I was always looking for a way out of my impasse. But when I actually had the good fortune to find it, I hardly believed in my own luck. At first I did not try to analyze or explain it.