You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 5, 1998 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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For the people who know Stedman Graham as one of the nation's most quietly active community business leaders, it may be hard to envision the time when he was held back by considerable self-doubt.

He was. He grappled, also, with his share of daunting obstacles to the success he has worked at length to enjoy. Graham explains, "You are not your circumstances; you are your possibilities." He is tenacious in his commitment to the idea that all can overcome adversity and build self-esteem by determining who they are, creating a vision of success for themselves, and then working doggedly to realize this vision.

In formulating his Nine-Step Plan for Success, Graham draws candidly on his experience as a professional athlete, the founder of the not-for-profit Athletes Against Drugs, and as a corporate and community leader who sits on the national boards of Junior Achievement and the Urban League. This plan is grounded in his conviction that the circumstances of your past are not nearly as significant as your belief in your capabilities and your determination to carry through a plan to accomplish your goals. Graham explains, through revealing anecdotes from his own life and the experiences of others, how the negative effects of a poor self-image can be incapacitating at worst, and limiting at best. "You Can Make It Happen" shows how to chart a course that can enable you -- just as it enabled him -- to superimpose success over all of the doubts, insecurities, and life difficulties that threaten to keep achievement elusive.

Step by step, "You Can Make It Happen" demonstrates clearly how to

  

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Review: You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success

User Review  - JP - Goodreads

He has some positive, thoughtful things to say but this was too basic for me. I most appreciated the exercises in the first section about understanding yourself. Read full review

Review: You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success

User Review  - Daryl Nichols - Goodreads

Amazing read - one of the key points that helped me a great deal was: you oft times must leave something behind in order to move forward. Even if it is only for a short time, leave it and go. If it's meant to be, it'll find its way back to you. Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD BY STEPHEN R COVEY
11
Acting Upon a Greater Vision
25
CHECK YOUR ID
41
Being a Star Based on Who You Are
49
Confidence Competence and Capability
55
CREATE YOUR VISION
63
Creating a Vision for a Better Life
69
SET GOALS
75
MASTER THE RULES OF THE ROAD
111
Checking Your Gear
124
STEP INTO THE OUTER LIMITS
137
Trying Too Hard
153
Summoning the Power to Change
166
Developing Patience Is the Key
189
BUILD YOUR DREAM TEAM
193
Forging Positive Partnerships
207

FIND GUIDES AS YOU GO 831
83
DEVELOP YOUR TRAVEL PLAN
91
Getting on Schedule
100
Staying Focused on Your Dreams
106
Decisions Decisions Decisions
221
Using Your Mind and Your Heart
235
Committing to Bettering Your Life
249
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Stedman Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham and Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm based in Chicago. He is the author of ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. Graham lectures and conducts seminars for businesses and organizations around the country. He is a former adjunct professor at Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and is currently a visiting professor at several other universities. Active in philanthropy and community work, he is on the international board of Junior Achievement, is founder of Athletes Against Drugs, and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

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