Folks, I feel very honored and humbled to have received these kind words from someone I respect so much. Oliver DeMille is someone whom I respect. He is one of the most well-read and insightful men I know and I feel privileged that he would take the time to post his positive feelings about my new book, Confidence of a Champion, on Amazon.com. Here is his review for you to read. Thank you, Oliver!
God Bless, Tim Marks
Some books are just plain amazing. They move you. They change you. They make you think. They reframe the way you see the world. I love books like this. They are classics because they are worth reading over and over–and you learn more each time through. They are also the opposite of classics in a way, because they are always new. I mean, every time you read them, you feel like you’re reading them for the first time. They just keep teaching you new things.
I just read such a book for the second time in a month, and I’m amazed at how much it taught me. The first time through, I was touched, taught,
moved and changed. The second time, I am literally in awe. What a great book. You’ve got to read this book: Confidence of a Champion by Tim Marks. It’s fantastic. But enough from me. Here is a list of quotes from the book, examples of what you are in for when you read it:
* “Controlling parents can define themselves and their worth through their child’s behavior.”
* “If someone could hear the words you say to yourself, could they
tell if you were a winner?”
* “Reading a book is an incredible way to learn in hours or days what another person labored for a lifetime to discover.”
* “Whatever question you ask yourself, your subconscious mind is going to look for and find an answer, so make it a good one.”
* “Imagine the self-confidence it takes to not share your `bigger fish’ story.”
* “Zig Ziglar said, `Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.'”
* “Stop yourself and ask, `Who am I to criticize this other person?’ Consider all the mistakes you have made throughout your life.”
* “To belittle, you have to be little.” –Kahlil Gibran
* “Your worth as a person is not based on your ability to dance.”
* “Don’t fear other men; they are just as scared as you.”
* “Posture is somewhere between Rambo and George McFly.”
* “Take your focus off yourself.”
* “Passion always trumps polish.”
* “Play `Smiling Chicken.'”
* “How to get down on yourself:
-Ignore of devalue everything you do well.
-Employ `Yeah, but’ thinking.
-Point out the smudges.
-Call yourself names.
-Be unforgiving of any mistakes you make.
-Exaggerate your faults….
[As you consider the items on the list, please don’t think, `I’m such a loser for thinking this way.’]
* “Cut your anchors.”
* “Timeless values and principles hold us up when the storm winds blow.”
These are just an example of the hundreds of important ideas in this book. Each of these is profound, even out of context like this. Add in the author’s commentary, stories, and the other details of the book, and Confidence of a Champion is incredibly moving. I read a lot of books, including most leadership books. Every week I go to Barnes and Noble and skim all the new business books on the shelf, then I study the interesting ones more closely and end up fully reading those that I consider really good. Only a few are great, and this book is one of them. I can’t wait to read it a third time!