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Go for No: Chapters 1 – 9

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This week I have the special opportunity to review Go for No!, written by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz and the tenth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

It is here, in the first nine chapters of the book, that you’re introduced to Eric James Bratton — a less than stellar twenty-eight year old copier salesman. He’s coasting along in life, as so many of us do, never realizing or coming close to hitting his potential professionally. But life as he knew it, was about to change forever.

One night as he was dreaming, Eric slipt from his bed, hit his head on the nightstand and awoke to find himself not only in an entirely different place, but a whole other time! There he was, 10 years into the future, where Eric found himself in the most unusual of circumstances — coming face to face with a much healthier, wealthier, happier and overall better version of himself.

Despite the plausibility of messing with the very fabric of the space-time continuum, meeting myself ten years from now, would be quite fascinating. Reading these few chapters made me think of the Rocking Chair Test that many self-help gurus like to extol. If you’ve never heard of the Rocking Chair Test, it basically involves picturing yourself years ahead, sitting in a rocking chair and looking back at your life. What things are you proud of doing? Who were the most important relations in your life? And did you spend enough meaningful time with them? What things, would you have had to do to have no regrets? etc.

The ability we have as humans to imagine ourselves in a future state can be a very beneficial tool in improving our lives. The authors of Go for No! are on to something here. Instead of going to the future and looking back at a life already lived. What if you could travel ten years into the future and meet a healthier, wiser, more successful you? What kind of questions would you ask yourself? This makes for a great visualization/creativity exercise.

For example, as you go to bed at night, visualize meeting a future, more successful you. Ask your future self what it was that got you there. What things needed to change in your life in order for you to reach that level of success (whether it’s your health, knowledge, financial state, whatever). As I’ve begun to do this (since yesterday), it has already opened up areas of my life which I see as opportunities for growth and change.

So what kind of questions would you ask yourself? This is exactly what Eric has the opportunity to experience. We’ll continue with more of the story tomorrow…stay tuned!

Go for No! is the tenth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.


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Go for No!

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This week I have the special opportunity to review Go for No!, written by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz and the tenth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

Andrea actually contacted me a couple weeks ago and asked if I would take a look at this new book that they’ve just written and include it in my series. Agreeing to review it, they promptly sent me a copy of their book.

In the spirit of The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason, Go for No! uses fiction to impart the authors’ lessons. It’s important to note that although it is fiction, it is based “to a great degree” on Richard Fenton’s life. Let’s take a look at the back cover:

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but “NO” Can Never Hurt Me!

That’s the lesson twenty-eight year old copier salesman Eric James Bratton is about to learn. And he’s going to learn it from the most unlikely of mentors — himself!

Imagine going to bed one night, then to awaken the next morning in a strange house with no idea of how you got there. Only this house doesn’t belong to just anyone — it belongs to you…a wildly successful future version of the person you might one day become, providing you are willing to start doing one simple thing.

As is customary before I read, I quickly skimmed through the book to get an overall feel of its content and layout. At first glance I was a little disappointed because it seemed to be a book written exclusively for motivating salespeople. However, after reading it today (it took me under an hour to finish), I realized that although it is intended for salespeople, it has some deeper and more profound teachings for those who open their minds to it.

This week, I’ll uncover some of these teachings as we delve into Go for No! So stay tuned…

Go for No! is the tenth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.


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