20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now

(Hey folks, don’t forget that the inspiring 20,000 Days and Counting is still discounted from $14.99 to $9.99.)

It’s rare that a book can be read cover to cover in about an hour and then charge you up for the rest of your day (and beyond), but that’s what 20,000 Days and Counting delivers.

An ideal combination for the post-holiday period when many of us establish all manner of resolutions and self-promises that sound great and may get underway for a while, but typically peter out long before Valentine’s Day.

Because one of many heartening characteristic’s of author Robert D. Smith’s day-to-day philosophy is that changing your life for the better is quite simple.

(Although he notes that simple doesn’t mean easy.)

Smith has observed that most of us passively let time slip through our fingers, barely harnessing the hours, minutes, and seconds with which we’re entrusted.

And for some, the wake-up call comes too late…typically when death is coming around the corner.

But Smith insists that we don’t have to go down that road, that we really can live each day as if it were our last and get the most out of it, being 100 percent present and involved and intentional. And not just for a week or two until the novelty wears thin, but for the rest of our lives.

Here’s Smith describing the core message of 20,000 Days and Counting:

Within each segment of this book are tactics and principles for mastering your life, such as:

  • Motivation is a myth
  • You only have two choices, yes and no
  • How BECOMING the problem will SOLVE all your problems
  • Three sentences that will change your life immediately

Check out this excerpt that deals with reversing our conditioned attitudes about rejection and, in fact, conquering that particular Goliath in our lives:

Rejection is a part of life that we have been trained to find unpleasant. But what if every rejection only meant you were one step closer to a yes? What if you considered rejection to be a crucial part of your search instead of an obstacle? What if it were merely a chapter in the much larger story of your purpose? […]

So nos do not intimidate me. I eat nos for breakfast.

So often, I have friends come up to me and lament about their inability to accomplish some kind of goal, like publishing a book. When I ask them how many times they’ve been turned down, they usually respond with nothing greater than three or four. They take those three or four rejections as evidence that they should give up. That’s when I give them the good news: they’re just getting started!

That same comedian I was booking all those years ago eventually wrote a book. It was called The Traveler’s Gift. As his manager and someone who greatly believed in the book, I was responsible for finding a publisher. You know how many publishers completely rejected it? Fifty-one. That’s right, fifty-one publishers told me that what he had written was not worth putting on paper.

But you know what happened after we finally found our yes?

The book got published, became a featured selection on Good Morning America and a New York Times bestseller, was translated into over twenty-five languages, and launched Andy Andrews’ writing career. He has since authored many more books, including multiple New York Times bestsellers.

What would have happened if Andy and I had given up after three or four nos?

What have you given up on? What do you want so badly that you would pitch it to thirty people who will tell you no? What are you eating for breakfast? Go get yourself a big bowl of nos! You will be shocked at how big and strong you will grow.

If you’ve grown weary of short-lived New Year’s resolutions and want to embark on a different path as 2013 gets underway, 20,000 Days and Counting is for you.