BOOK REVIEW: Unqualified Success By Rachel M. Stewart.

First of all, I loved the title of the book. Unqualified Success was quite the attention getter. I’ve read several books on self-improvement, but with none with such a unique title as this one.

The book is filled with fourteen chapters of valuable information for reshaping how you look at life and success. Best of all, each chapter is filled with exercises at the end.

I love a book that really gets the reader involved and makes them think and apply what they just read. These exercises really helped me remember what I had just read.

Also, throughout the book there is an ongoing story of a gentleman named Magno. This was another uniqueness I loved about the book. The story progresses the further you read.

You’ll follow him from his struggles early on to the success he became by not giving up, no matter how long it took and no matter how many failures he encountered.

At a little of over 250 pages, the book is not a long read, and is packed with valuable information. I was able to finish it in two days, because once I started to read I didn’t want to put the book down. The chapters are brief and to the point, which made it easier for a reader like me to stay more focused.

This book touches on topics like failure, persistence, fear, vision, and staying hungry for growth.

This book will help you better understand why you may still feel like you are unqualified for the current job you have, even though you have earned the degree or completed several certifications. Also, the book delves into how we tend to operate in an unqualified mindset.

It’s amazing yet so simple how our thoughts affect our feelings then produce a certain type of action yielding a particular result. I never gave it much though until now.

I don’t want to spoil the book for you, but for starters the book sets up a model by indicating that you need to have the feeling you want before can take the action.

The book further teaches how to restructure thoughts for when you begin to feel like you are unqualified for a particular field.

You don’t have to be an expert, you just have to get started.

Start writing things down and get your brain thinking.

Create a visual ladder.

One of my favorite chapters in the book was the topic on vision. This chapter discussed the importance on having a vision and the importance of imaging a future.

From now on, as the book mentions, I hold onto that snapshot of what I want my future to be and have noticed that my brain has really went to work creating what my future will be.

The chapter in this book is now my go-to source for when I have a question on vision, especially the end of chapter exercises.

The book discusses the importance of grit.

I enjoyed reading the story of Ross Edgely and his attempt to

swim from Matinique to St. Lucia in the Caribbean. After you read his story, you will realize that with a little grit, you can achieve what you believed was impossible and what may have believed to have been an unsuccessful attempt.

It’s a hard choice to make, but if I had to choose one other chapter as a favorite of mine, it would be the one on failure.

This chapter will change how you view failures and the importance of using your failure to produce success. Also, you will learn the difference between successes versus mastery.

I really like how the booked uses examples ranging from a CEO of IBM to an Olympian athlete competing in the heptathlon, to back up the explanations of success, failure, and mastery. This chapter will teach you how to use failure as fuel for your success.

I could continue, but I don’t want to spoil the book for you. I highly recommend taking time out to read this book. It’s not a long read and the chapters filled with great exercises at the end to get your brain thinking.

I prefer the book version, because I like to make notes in the margin. Also, it makes it more convenient for the exercises at the end of each chapter. So, if you’re looking for a new take on success I highly recommend this read.

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