Nicholas Reicher

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Book Review–Your Best Year Ever

2017-11-28 16.13.09Michael Hyatt sent out a few copies of his new book to several people for review – I’m one of them. I suspect it was because I did a review of his “Get Noticed” book previously.

If you don’t know how to read a Michael Hyatt book, let me briefly tell you. This is an important habit to get into with every book that teaches something.

Buy yourself some colored pens, and a small ruler. Every time you highlight something, make sure it’s in a different color. Probably just throw the yellow pen away, because they gunk up quicker than the other colors.

I do this with every Michael Hyatt book, because you’re highlighting sometimes entire paragraphs. Breaking it up into different colors keeps it from fading into the background noise.

Okay, now let’s get into the book.

I’m really recommending this book to people. Quite simply, this book will change your life. I recently told a bunch of people I know about it, and I saw right away that only two people got it out of the whole group. They understood, and were ready. The others were ready to have exactly the same results they’ve always had.

The book goes from analyzing what’s not working in your life, and then gives copious strategies for dealing with it. It’s not a “If you’re a purple personality, then you need flowers and aromatherapy” kind of book. It’s a step one, step two, step three, step four, fidget with step four to make sure it works for you, step 5, etc.

He does go into what the book is not – it’s not talking about the law of attraction. The law of attraction states that if you’re constantly thinking about poverty, you will be poor. If you think rich thoughts, you will be rich.

That’s not a law, that’s a theory, and it doesn’t work. trust me, EVERYONE who lives in poverty is thinking about riches, because they’re desperate to get out of that situation. Yet, unless you count picking pennies up from the sidewalk, they’re certainly not attracting wealth to yourself.

What the book does encourage is a change of mindset and expectations. Your reality expands to fulfill your expectations. Try this. Think to yourself tomorrow, “Today is going to suck.” I guarantee that will come true. You won’t be wrong. You won’t see the moments of advantage, because you’re so focused on the mindset there isn’t any.

But if you think, “Today has the capacity for greatness”, you might be wrong. And you’ll be poised to take advantage of every possible advantage at the moment it happens, because you’re anticipating it, and ready to act.

There are ten major areas in everyone’s life, such as physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, etc. Michael’s plan is that you have to build up every part of your life equally. Where you’re weak on something, that’s the baggage that drags you down. And if you’re concentrating on building up one area of your life, why not build them all up at once?

When you decide, “This is it – 2018 is my breakout year. I’m going to write that book or movie, I’m going to take a chance, I’m going to edit it and write a query letter and get an agent, and I’m going to be signed this year!”, this book is for you.

Case in point – Michael Hyatt mentions that when you’re focused on “Everything goes wrong in my life”, you never try for the big break. You never try for the job you’re not qualified for. But when you’re focused on success, you’ll take that chance. You’ll collect a lot of rejections. But you may surprise yourself, and be hired! I know that’s true, because I know several people who tried for jobs they weren’t qualified for and were hired anyway because they impressed the interviewer. And most job interviewers know that it’s those people that aren’t qualified who turn the company upside down, increase productivity and profit, etc.

So, first thing this year, as soon as the book is available to the public, buy it. Go buy it now before publication! Take the chance, take the plunge NOW. This is about to be your best year ever.

The book will take you through the process of analyzing the past year – what worked, what didn’t? The “what didn’t” part either has to be corrected or dropped. It also gives insight into regret – what it is, what it’s function is.

Then you need to go through what the plans you want to accomplish is, the “Why” for it, and what the first step is. The book will work on you about the fact that if you can see every step of the way, your dream may not be big enough. It will slowly guide you into an action plan, activation triggers, how to get there. The amazing thing about the fiction writing business is that there’s so much material helping people on how to get from “Page one” to “published” – and so few people try!

This year, you’re all trying.

The book will show you how to keep focused, on plan, how to persevere, how to keep on when the going gets rough. The words “intentional choices” needs to be a part of your vocabulary!

This book will change your life. It works best when you do it with someone, to make sure they keep you focused. Buy this book right now (I don’t get any money for saying this), and be ready.

This is going to be my best year ever. Make it yours too.

Your Best Year Ever

I got my advance copy of Your Best Year Ever, a book by Michael Hyatt that should be available on book store shelves in early January 2018.  I’m going to start reading this tomorrow!

I just took a quick, impatient look last night. I’m a Michael Hyatt fan, and I try to take his online seminars whenever I get the chance, although very often I end up missing them because they coincide with a deadline (argh!). Right away I was struck by a graphic display on one page of a planner system… My interest was peaked, because I’m the kind of guy who loves productivity and planning!

This looks like it’s going to be life changing stuff! I can’t wait!

(sorry about the picture – it was with my cell phone in my office!)

Book Review Platform

I’ll start this review by saying – I don’t get anything for reading this book or reviewing it. I paid for the book. I get no commission.

Platform Michael Hyatt

Critics of this book say that essentially, Michael Hyatt re-purposed his blog content, and sell it in the form of a book.

He sure did. He even tells you he did. And I’m going to tell you WHY you should buy it, instead of just clipping articles from his blog into Evernote. If you buy the book, you’re committed. If you just find the articles for free and clip them, then they sit there unread in your Evernote. Buying his book forces you to put it into practice, because you spent money on it – you’re invested in it. To borrow his term, you’ve got “skin in the game.”

Before you buy the book, let me recommend you get a small ruler, and some colored pens for underlining. You’re going to need them. I’ll include his affiliate link, so that Michael gets his commission on the book.

The book is fifty or so chapters long, each chapter roughly around 600 words or so. Michael tells you this because again, these were originally blog entries on his web site. I made a mistake and threw the book cover away too soon, because I should have clipped my pens to the cover (I ripped the first 20 pages or so slightly by sticking the pens into the book for safekeeping – I should have just clipped them to the cover, THEN thrown it away when I was done.). Why did I throw away the cover? Preference. I think hardcover books look better without a dust jacket on them. If you don’t mind colorful book shelves, keep the cover on. His book looks great either way.

No Cover

Read this book with an expectation you’re going to find a dozen nuggets in each chapter. It’s not the slowest book read I’ve ever had – that award goes to Karl Iglesias, because his book had so much sheer gold in it I thought I’d miss something if I read more than a paragraph a day! But it certainly took me about a chapter a day to get through it (some chapters I didn’t highlight anything, because I’d already saved them in Evernote and studied them). You don’t want to read this book any faster than that, or you’ll miss something.

When you see something important, highlight it. I have seven colored highlighters, and I was going through them twice in some chapters. Even in chapters I thought really didn’t apply to me, I was able to find at least 5 nuggets to highlight.


The book starts with developing a wow product or service. Don’t skip over that, thinking, “I’m a novelist – that doesn’t apply to me”. What’s your WOW product? You. Your writing. How can you build that? How can you improve that? A good idea is, after you finish the book, go back to that part and re-read it. Study it. You’re marketing YOU as a writer. Are you WOW yet?

The section on building your platform should be read slowly and studied. I’d recommend you coincide this book by taking the Hootsuite Academy classes after you finish his chapters on Twitter and Facebook. Michael doesn’t talk about LinkedIn much, but you definitely need a LinkedIn profile – it actually will drive more responses to your website than Twitter and Facebook put together (according to CoSchedule).

The takeaway from the “Platform – Get Noticed In A Noisy World” book is that this is Michael’s step by step, trial and error method of how to get successful. He tells you what worked, what didn’t, the mistakes he made. He even wraps it up in the end with a story about fear. If you’ve ever wished you could just talk with someone who got successful and tells you how to do it, this is the book. I’ve had other books by other people, such as Lee Iacocca’s book on “How to Sell” (I wish I still had that!). “Platform” outperforms them all, because Michael gives timeless principles.

I bought this book because I wanted it. I paid money for it. I get zero considerations for writing this review.
It’s $14, and you can’t afford NOT to buy it.

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