• Unreasonable Success and How to Achieve It

  • Unlocking the Nine Secrets of People Who Changed the World
  • By: Richard Koch
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Can we map success?

Successful people typically don't plan their success. Instead they develop a unique philosophy or attitude that works for them. They stumble across strategies that are shortcuts to success and latch onto them. Events hand them opportunities they could not have anticipated. Often their peers with equal or greater talent fail while they succeed. It is too easy to attribute success to inherent, unstoppable genius.

Best-selling author and serial entrepreneur Richard Koch charts a map of success, identifying the nine key attitudes and strategies that can propel anyone to new heights of accomplishment.

With this book, you can embark on a journey toward a new, unreasonably successful future.

©2020 Richard Koch (P)2020 Gildan Media

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Inspiring and insightful book, overall good audio

Loved this book. It was not only the type of book that stokes the fire of one's personal inspiration, it also had real, practicable insights about what successful people have in common. No pontificating or idle speculation about the nature of success–just good stories, good ideas, and an engaging narrative.

The audio is a bit quirky. The reader has an unique way of pronouncing success (at least to American ears), but once you get past the first chapter you'll find it doesn't come up as much. He does American accents pretty well when quoting people like Walt Disney, and I find it pretty amusing to hear my own accent filtered through the lens of a Brit. Maybe it has its charms across the pond, after all? Overall the narration was very good.

The stories and lessons of each of the 20 unreasonably successful people are explored through the lens of each chapter in greater or lesser detail. Whether or not you are familiar with the stories of people like Paul of Tarsus, Nelson Mandela, or Helena Rubenstein, you'll come away knowing something new about some of the most influential figures in history. You may not agree that some are admirable (such as Stalin or a corporate figure like Bruce Henderson), but you cannot deny that they were extremely influential in their way.

This book makes me want to read more about some of the great or successful people referenced in the book.

Highly recommended read (or perhaps gift for a loved one young or old!)

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This is a huge dissapointment

I listened to an interview with the author on the Tim Ferriss show and the conversation was very interesting. I therefore had high hopes that this book would expand on the concepts discussed in the interview. Sadly, this seems not to be the case. So far I have seen absolutely no actionable information. To top it off the narrator has a terribly annoying voice and accent. I usually like British accents but this one is terrible. All round a disappointment. I hate returning Audible books but I am returning this one!

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Another great book from my favorite author

2 of my all time favorite books are from Richard Koch. “The Star Principle” and “The 80/20 Principle”. These 2 books have been instrumental in guiding me to huge success in business and life.

This book “Unreasonable Success and How To Achieve It” is another great book that shares important lessons, traits, and “landmarks” that have been consistent throughout all of the unreasonably successful people that Koch has studied.

It is a great playbook and shares great insights that I will now be deliberately looking for in order to continue my journey to being Unreasonably Successful. Thank you Richard!

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Another Master Piece

To understand this book indepth you need to relate
it to you life and current situation around you. Ask
yourself where in my life did I do or did not do this.
Develop awareness as you reflect on where you could have done better using what you learn.
If you can do this then you just given yourself permission to enter the kingdom.

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Fantastic info for serious achievements

Interesting way of presenting in circles and beneficial for processing your own information and plans. Excellent thinking.

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SURPASSINGLY EXCELLENT

there are books that cover wide territory and change your thinking about many things yet are easy to absorb. those books are few and far between, and this is one of them.

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Very clear path for success and self reflection

I enjoyed this book and the way it coupled many world leaders and impacters with a roadmap for personal reflection, organized in a clear and structured way. I’m excited to dive deep into my own success areas.

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9/10 History, 1/10 Useful Information

This is a long ponderous listen by a poor narrator. Useful information is buried in incredibly long historical examples. Get a summary version or be prepared for drudgery.