Focal Point-Your HONEST Opinions Wanted Here

You don’t have to sugarcoat it, you don’t have to go easy on me. I want your honest opinions, thoughts, feelings, aHa! moments, and takeaways from my book Focal Point.

Why? Well, let me catch you up to speed first.

Starting January 11,, one of the best personal growth websites out there, put forth a daring challenge. For 50 days, people from around the world (thousands signed up for this) would debate and learn from 1 great personal development book a day. The goal is to see how much one person can change after soaking in the BIG ideas from 50 of the top personal growth books in the world.

And guess what? Today is my day! Yes, today they’ll be discussing Focal Point!

Check out the discussion going on here

It’s great seeing so many people take a stand for their lives and reach for their highest potential.

The really cool thing is that most people taking part in this challenge haven’t read all of the books being discussed. So how can they have an opinion on a book if they haven’t read it?

That’s because of PhilosophersNotes. Remember SparkNotes, ColesNotes, or CliffsNotes for all those pesky homework assignments? Well, PhilosophersNotes is exactly like that except for personal growth.

Brian Johnson, the Chief Philosophers and Founder of PhilosophersNotes, spent years on a mission. And that mission was to pinpoint the 100 BEST and most influential books in the field of personal growth ever.

Each Note includes a 6-page summary and 20-minute audio. It’s pretty cool. So for each day of the Challenge, people just read these Notes instead.

Anyways, check out the discussion going down and throw in your 2 cents. I would love to read your comments on Focal Point.

Give me your honest opinions on Focal Point here

Find out more about PhilosophersNotes here

About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

  • george rafferty

    WoW Aros Dude, Get A clue!!!! Your unemployed, Adulterer, lyer, who doesnt know his ass from his head. you used this to controle your kids and teach them to lie for you. Pull it out DUDE…… Loser.
    Yes I worked wiht you and know all your secrets!!!!Karma is a coming!!!

  • george rafferty

    This last comment from this Aros dude is full of it. He does not even have a clue what this is about.

  • Aros Stathas


    I have about a dozen of your CD programs and several of your books. I’ve also been to one of your seminars and have met you in person. Needless to say, I was a big fan of your stuff. When it comes to achievement strategies, goal setting and selling techniques, your stuff is the best out there – bar none. Also, the Psychology of Achievement is possibly the best audio program ever made. My favorites include:

    The Psychology of Achievement
    Advanced Selling Techniques
    The Power of Clarity

    The Power of Clarity is basically the audio version of Focal Point, which I have also bought and read (many times). Focal Point (The Power of Clarity) is the best of the best on achievement strategy and goal setting. The book was easy to read and understand.

    All that being said, I have since come to embrace a more Eastern type of philosophy in life. I don’t require as much external justification to feel peaceful and happy as I used to. I am enjoying the simpler things in life much more, and thus enjoying life much more. I still use much of what I have learned in your programs, but I don’t obsess over them like I used to. Achievement is important and necessary to survival. But if you push yourself too hard, you will become unhappy.

    You said you wanted honest feedback. Okay…

    What have you gained if you gain the whole world but lose your inner peace of mind and simple happiness? Do not measure your success by what you have achieved, but rather by what it cost you to achieve it.

    I honestly think that this message is missing from your programs. In the Psychology of Achievement, you go into great detail about the effects of conditional love (especially on children). This information literally changed my life and the lives of my children. A million “thanks” doesn’t feel adequate enough. But, I feel that most of your stuff puts achievement on a pedestal. Achievement is not the ultimate happiness and to think that it is I feel is being a bit “conditional” on oneself. At the same time, we can’t just shed our clothes and go live in the woods, lol. There is a middle road and it needs to be emphasized. Your stuff slants too far towards external, result-oriented happiness.

    “Success, success, success” is an old and tired mantra of the 80’s and 90’s. We now know that success does not equal happiness (most recent example is Michael Jackson – beloved by the world, fame, fortune , massive success – yet needed massive amounts of drugs to handle emotional distress). Only happiness equals happiness. Simple things like health and family should be a top priority in everyone’s lives. Money is important as it represents security to a degree, but it is not all-powerful. Money can’t make your child love you with all their heart. And it also can’t buy you out of a terminal disease.

    Anyway, you get the point. Thanks for all your stuff over the years. It’s been quite a learning experience.

  • Hey Brian –

    “Focal Point” is a great book, and like most books do, informs the intelligence and conscious parts of our brains. Great insights for staying on track! Honestly, I also recommend the paraliminal CD “Focus and Concentration” that you did with Paul Scheele from Learning Strategies. I love it. So much of focus is driven by the non-conscious part of our brains, and your voice on that CD has supercharged my ability to get creative work done.

    Awesome stuff,

    Jonathan Flaks

  • Raheleh Rafinezhad

    Your books are really useful and many people in my country(Iran) need those nice sentences but the problem is reaching the translation of your new books. I can do the translation but i need your help and ofcourse permission! would you please help me and the people? i know you are too important to notice this request! thanks for your probable attention.

  • Archan Mehta


    It seems like we have no choice but to be a part of the “human potential movement.”

    Now, more so than ever before, it has become a question of survival of our species.

    Look at the gargantuan challenges which surround us: global warming, climate change, loss of wildlife, natural disasters, war, violence, you name it.

    Now, if we could only design a system which encourages every individual on the planet to live out his/her true potential, what a wonderful world it would be?

    I think that’s what Abraham Mazlowe meant when he wrote about the theories of motivation.

    If self-actualization is the final frontier (to use a Star Trek analogy), we really need to be fully functional human beings. And one of the best ways to achieve that is through creative, self-expression, our unique contribution to our world, to mankind.

    That’s why, I feel, more so than perhaps ever before, we need the patronage of institutions and organizations and even private individuals. Funding the arts and supporting artists is the way to go.

    Without creativity, our world will remain ugly. Without creative people, who will beautify the world? And without beauty, we are looking at a dead planet somewhere down the line.

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