When I first started Stickability, I was not quite sure what to expect. It looked interesting, but I am not really the type that enjoys reading books about some vague concept, such as perseverance. I prefer real stories and information to vague and bland phrases about “perseverance” or “positivity.” Similarly, the phrase “Stickability” sounded a bit too much like a buzzword for me.
However, my worries were assuaged as soon as I started Stickability by Greg S. Reid. It is not a book full of worn-out and trite slogans about how to be more successful. Instead, it is a great book full of interesting stories and actionable plans for how to stick with something if you know it is a good idea. Plus, at only 180 pages, it is quite short, so it won’t take you too long to read and start acting on. Enjoy reading this review of it and then ordering and reading a copy for yourself!
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Summary of Stickability by Greg S. Reid
Stickability is a book that builds on one of the first “how to be successful” type books, which came out in the 1930s and is called Think and Grow Rich. That book, written by Napoleon Hill and commissioned by Andrew Carnegie, was about how to become wealthy, primarily through changing your mindset.
Stickability builds on that idea and book by focusing not on how to grow wealthy (although that is related to the virtue of perseverance taught in it), but instead on how to stick with a concept once you come up with it and how to power through and disregard the opinions of the doubters and those, who are usually well-meaning people that are close to you, that want to persuade you not to follow the path to success that you want to.
To show the reader how to do that, Reid uses the stories of entrepreneurs and non-profit founders. He tells their stories to show how the cell-phone, private space travel, and the Make A Wish Foundation, along with dozens of other companies and concepts, were created by people that had to persevere through numerous failures and lots of doubt from those around them. the paths they followed were difficult, risky, and looked down upon by those around them. But they persevered through failure after failure and eventually turned their ideas or concepts into great successes.
I found the stories in Stickability to be quite interesting. But they are not all that Reid included in the book to prove his point. He also includes valuable, actionable information, such as the three causes of failure, the power of flexibility, the principle of relaxed intensity, and techniques to overcome fear. All of those topics are covered in depth Reid makes sure to mix that actionable information with stories of great businessmen and leaders so that the reader can get as much out of the book as possible.
All in all, Stickability will teach you how to persevere and why perseverance is such an important trait to have if you want to be successful. Many of us have great ideas, as Americans are a creative lot, but struggle with putting them into practice. Generally, we are too fearful about what would happen if we fail or are dissuaded by those close to us that do not share our vision. If you want to learn how to disregard those unhelpful, doubting voices and put your ideas into action, Stickability is a book you need to read.
My Take on Stickability
Reading Stickability was both fun and informational.
The book is a fun read because of the stories in it. I always think that it is quite enjoyable to hear about how others have succeeded in life and what they had to go through to get to the top. When we think about or reference great, highly successful men like Steve Jobs or Andrew Carnegie, we often only consider the successful version of them.
Not the struggling and broke, but persevering, person that they once were. Stickability changes that. In it, Reid shows just how those men reached the peak of success. It was not just through luck or smarts. They were successful because they persevered through difficult circumstances and many failures. That is a great lesson that all of us need to remember.
Similarly, I thought Stickability was worth reading because of how instructive it is. While none of the ideas in it are groundbreaking, they are worth reading about and trying to remember as you go about life. All of us will struggle with failure or a fear of failure. No matter how successful you are, you will at some point doubt yourself or start to not be as successful. Reading Stickability and following Reid’s advice will teach you how to push through those struggles.
Finally, Stickability is a great book because it shows what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs and founders of great companies are the men and women who build America. They are the ones described in the Robert Heinlein quote on poverty and progress that refuse to listen to the doubts of those around them. Instead, they continue to struggle and build the world that they know exists, as John Galt says to do in his quote on perseverance (which is one of my favorite quotes from Atlas Shrugged). America needs its entrepreneurs; they are the best of us.
But if you want to be one, you need to know how to persevere and push past doubts and failures. Reading Stickability will teach you how to do that.
If you are a young conservative and want to be successful in life, you need to read Stickability. It won’t take you too long. Unlike many other books I recommend, it is not at all dense or hard to read. It is a short, highly informational and entertaining book. And it will teach you how to overcome struggles and become highly successfu.
There are other books, of course, that I would recommend you read if you want to be successful in life. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The 48 Laws of Power, Rich Habits, The Automatic Millionaire, and The Richest Man in Babylon are just a few of them.
But Stickability is different. It is not about daily habits or investment plans. It is about overcoming struggles. So, even if you do not take the time to read any of those others, you should read Stickability. It will be worth your time.
By: Gen Z Conservative
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