In the beginning of the book Million Dollar Habits, Brian Tracy says that if you do what successful people do, you will eventually get the same results. It is not a matter of luck; what successful people do, anyone can do. He explains that the main difference between successful and unsuccessful people are their habits. And again, habits can be learned.
He gives a clear 7-step formula of how to create a new habit. The step-by-step plan to create these “Million Dollar Habits” is not complicated, but needs a bit of self discipline. He says that a new positive habit can be learned in as short a time as 14 to 21 days!
This is very encouraging, but he makes sure the reader understands that it takes determination and persistence. He does not at any point give you the illusion that this is easy, and will happen by itself, just by your reading the book. He only says that the process of learning a new habit is not complicated; you just need to follow the steps.
Tracy covers a variety of subjects in the book, not only money-making habits. He also teaches the habits of successful relating, and of good health and well-being. There is a chapter on how to get paid more and promoted faster, one on marketing and sales success, one on personal effectiveness, and one on the habits of top business-people.
At the end of each chapter he summarizes his advice in 5 to 8 action steps that you can take to learn the new habits.
I expected the book to be making big promises with a loud voice, but I found Brian Tracy’s voice to be consistent and careful about stating other things than proven facts. He is, in many places in the book, referring to well-known psychologists and authors to verify his statements.
I was impressed by the thorough and detailed scientific approach of the book, but more impressed that he makes it easy and exiting to read.
The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it can seem a bit strict, not giving any room for compromise. Brian Tracy does not give you any “slack.” But again, this is my personal opinion; you might have a different one. Overall I have no doubt that this is a great book, well worth reading. You will probably find tips and advice you can use. For myself, I immediately picked up advice on personal effectiveness, that I started to use straight away.
I will read this book again.
I have also made a review of one of Brian Tracy’s audio programs called Make a Million on my web site.
If you like to read motivational classics like: Think and Grow Rich, Acres of Diamonds, As a Man Thinketh, The Power of Thought and The Science of Getting Rich, you probably will like the free eBook section of the web site.
—Øyvind Hennum (Shiva)