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Why Some People Succeed and Others Fail

By Samuel A Malone

In this inspiring and remarkable book you will discover the principles of success that have directed and motivated many people to make a significant contribution and difference to the world. You will also uncover the pitfalls to avoid in your quest to become the best you can be.

Success in any endeavour does not happen by chance. It happens through the application of sound principles and purposeful actions such as:

  • Setting realistic goals
  • Making worthwhile plans
  • Practising good interpersonal relationships
  • Having confidence and self-belief
  • Being optimistic
  • Developing self-esteem
  • Being persistent and resilient
  • Being highly motivated
  • Developing the habit of lifelong learning and continuous improvement
  • Practising good personal values.



Chapter 1: Goals

Introduction, Importance of Purpose, The Need for a Vision and Mission, Why People Need Goals, SMARTS for Goals, Summary, Five Activities to Improve your Goal Setting Skills

Chapter 2: Planning

Introduction, Plans, Famous Meticulous Planners, Contingency Plans, Process of Planning, Personal Timelines, How to do a Personal Timeline, Personal Financial Planning, Career Planning, ASPIRE Model of Self-Development, Take Responsibility for your Career, Retirement Planning, The Importance of a Pension

What are you waiting for?, Summary, Five Activities to Improve your Planning Skills


Chapter 3: Interpersonal Relationships

Introduction, IPR and Success, Self-Awareness, Importance of Listening, Barriers to Listening, Building Good IPR - Communication, Building Good IPR – Friendship, Exceptional IPR skills, Psychological Insight, Develop your Emotional IQ, The Principles of Influence, Giving and Receiving Feedback, Importance of Good Manners, Accepting Yourself and Others, Summary, Five Activities to Improve your IPR Skills


Chapter 4: Confidence and Self-Belief

Introduction, What is Confidence?, How to be more Charismatic, A Charismatic Character, Confidence and Locus of Control, Why Confidence Matters, Lack of Confidence and Shyness, 18/20/60 Rule Becoming more Confident, Strategies for Overcoming Shyness, You Can’t be Confident all the time, Where Does Confidence Come From?, Exercising your Rights Competence and Confidence, Self-Belief, Empowering Beliefs, Limiting Beliefs, Moving Outside your Comfort Zone, Opportunities to move outside your Comfort Zone, Summary, Five Activities to Improve your Confidence Skills


Chapter 5: Optimism and Self-Esteem

Introduction, Optimistic Traits, Famous Optimistic People, Realistic and Unrealistic Optimism, Optimistic Bias, Pessimism, Self-Esteem, Self-Knowledge, High Self-Esteem, Low Self-Esteem, Success and Self-Esteem, Women and Self-Esteem, The Downside of Self-Esteem, Narcissism, Self-Efficacy, Summary, Five Activities to Improve your Optimism/Self-Esteem Skills


Chapter 6: Persistence and Resilience

Introduction, Persistence, Patience, Passion, Willpower, Resilience in the face of Adversity, Resilience and Success, Resilience and Mental, Discipline, Visualisation, Seven Learnable Skills of Resilience, Summary, Five Activities to Improve your Persistence and Resilience Skills   


Chapter 7: Motivation

Introduction, What is Motivation?, Motivating Others, Toward/Away from Motivation, The Hierarchy of Needs Other Needs, Self-Actualised People, Key Factors of Motivation, Tips for Staying Motivated, Success and Motivation, Modal Operators, Summary, Five Activities to Improve your Motivation Skills


Chapter 8: Lifelong Learning and Continuous Improvement

Introduction, Commitment to Lifelong Learning, Classical Facilitators of Lifelong Learning, Modern Practitioners of Lifelong Learning, Famous Lifelong Learners, Benefits of Lifelong Learning, Barriers to Lifelong Learning, Becoming a Lifelong Learner, Focus and Concentration, Improving your Concentration, Continuous Improvement and Change, Embrace Change, Tips for Handling, Personal Change, Successfully Learning to Break Habits, You Have more Ability than you Think, Using our many Intelligences, Learning from Mistakes, Before and After Action Reviews, Types of Learning, Learning versus Wisdom, Summary, Five Activities to Improve your Lifelong Learning Skills


Chapter 9: Personal Values

Introduction, Personal Values Formation, Corporate Values, Self-Discipline, Instant and Delayed Gratification, Hero to Zero, Zero to Hero, A Code of Personal Values, Summary, Five Activities to Improve your Personal Value Skills


Chapter 10: Reasons People Fail

Introduction, Failure to Plan and Set Objectives, Poor Interpersonal Relationship, Skills Lack of Confidence and Self-Belief, Lack of Optimism and Self-Esteem, Lack of Motivation, Lack of Persistence and Resilience, Lack of Commitment to Lifelong Learning and Continuous Improvement, Lack of Life Skills and Self-Discipline, Lack of Personal Values, Lack of Humility, Procrastination, Perfectionism, Fear, Fear of Failure, Successful People who Overcame Failure, Fear of Rejection, Rejection is a normal part of life, Rejection and the Matthew Effect, Famous People who Suffered Rejection, Handling Rejection, Fear of Success, Overcoming Fear, Summary, Five Activities to Overcome your Fears


References and Bibliography