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How many self-help books are written by authors whose biggest success is selling self-help books? New York Times bestseller Three Simple Steps is different. Despite stock market crashes, dot-com busts, and the specter of recession, the author started a virtual company from home, using a few thousand dollars of his savings. A few years later, without ever hiring an employee How many self-help books are written by authors whose biggest success is selling self-help books? New York Times bestseller Three Simple Steps is different. Despite stock market crashes, dot-com busts, and the specter of recession, the author started a virtual company from home, using a few thousand dollars of his savings. A few years later, without ever hiring an employee or leaving his home office, he sold it for more than $100 million. As the economy slipped into another free fall, he did this again with a company in a different field. He accomplished this through no particular genius. Rather, he studied the habits of the many successful men and women who preceded him, and developed three simple rules that, if followed diligently, virtually ensure success. Using them first to escape poverty, then to achieve a life of adventures, he finally turned them toward financial independence. Written in a straightforward and no-nonsense style, Three Simple Steps shows you how to take back control of your destiny and reshape your mind for increased creativity, serenity and achievement. While building on the wisdom of great thinkers and accomplished individuals from East and West, Three Simple Steps isn't a new age text or guide to esoteric fulfillment. Rather, it's a practical guide to real-life achievement by a pragmatic businessman who attributes his incredible successes to these very simple ideas. Three Simple Steps, a 2013 Small Business Book Awards winner, is a must-read guide for everyone who wants to achieve more, live better and be happier.


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How many self-help books are written by authors whose biggest success is selling self-help books? New York Times bestseller Three Simple Steps is different. Despite stock market crashes, dot-com busts, and the specter of recession, the author started a virtual company from home, using a few thousand dollars of his savings. A few years later, without ever hiring an employee How many self-help books are written by authors whose biggest success is selling self-help books? New York Times bestseller Three Simple Steps is different. Despite stock market crashes, dot-com busts, and the specter of recession, the author started a virtual company from home, using a few thousand dollars of his savings. A few years later, without ever hiring an employee or leaving his home office, he sold it for more than $100 million. As the economy slipped into another free fall, he did this again with a company in a different field. He accomplished this through no particular genius. Rather, he studied the habits of the many successful men and women who preceded him, and developed three simple rules that, if followed diligently, virtually ensure success. Using them first to escape poverty, then to achieve a life of adventures, he finally turned them toward financial independence. Written in a straightforward and no-nonsense style, Three Simple Steps shows you how to take back control of your destiny and reshape your mind for increased creativity, serenity and achievement. While building on the wisdom of great thinkers and accomplished individuals from East and West, Three Simple Steps isn't a new age text or guide to esoteric fulfillment. Rather, it's a practical guide to real-life achievement by a pragmatic businessman who attributes his incredible successes to these very simple ideas. Three Simple Steps, a 2013 Small Business Book Awards winner, is a must-read guide for everyone who wants to achieve more, live better and be happier.

30 review for Three Simple Steps: A Map to Success in Business and Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Clayton

    A practical no nonsense guide for anyone looking to remap their limiting beliefs into limitless beliefs. This isn't a new age waste of time. Trevor Blake uses a boat load of real world research and first hand experience to make this unlike any business book I've ever read. His research on Napoleon Hill is worth the price of admission alone. A practical no nonsense guide for anyone looking to remap their limiting beliefs into limitless beliefs. This isn't a new age waste of time. Trevor Blake uses a boat load of real world research and first hand experience to make this unlike any business book I've ever read. His research on Napoleon Hill is worth the price of admission alone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Selene

    Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read if not the best. I was headed on a 17 hour flight to Asia and thought I should finally give this book a chance. After getting through the first chapter I was hooked. I'm so happy that I decided to read this book on my first trip out of state. It truly gave me a new perspective on myself and the world around me. I've committed myself in using the three steps everyday and it has made the world of difference. Although its been a little over a month Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read if not the best. I was headed on a 17 hour flight to Asia and thought I should finally give this book a chance. After getting through the first chapter I was hooked. I'm so happy that I decided to read this book on my first trip out of state. It truly gave me a new perspective on myself and the world around me. I've committed myself in using the three steps everyday and it has made the world of difference. Although its been a little over a month since I've committed to the steps I've already seen changes around me. I'm not ever angry, opportunities literally are knocking on my door, my relationships with my loved ones has become more profound. These are just a few examples of the changes I've noticed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    I found Trevor Blake through an article on Inc.com on why complainers are bad for your brain. Something about his voice compelled me to look up his new book, and a few minutes later, I had it downloaded to my Kindle. The mixture of riveting personal history and unconventional self-help advice got me finishing the book in two sittings. Even without the self-help component, the book makes for a fascinating read: Trevor's impoverished childhood in England, with the bullying he endured; his quest to I found Trevor Blake through an article on Inc.com on why complainers are bad for your brain. Something about his voice compelled me to look up his new book, and a few minutes later, I had it downloaded to my Kindle. The mixture of riveting personal history and unconventional self-help advice got me finishing the book in two sittings. Even without the self-help component, the book makes for a fascinating read: Trevor's impoverished childhood in England, with the bullying he endured; his quest to enter England's top military school against all odds; anecdotes from his time as a soldier; his romance with an equally determined young woman; his unlikely early business success; the dream of moving to America; and his subsequent entrepreneurial ventures. Most poignant are the accounts of his mother Audrey, which are alone inspiring enough to be worth the book's purchase price. However, it is as a work of self-help that I'm recommending this book. First of all, I like its simplicity. The three steps are, in fact, simple. Basically: 1. Think in terms of what you want, not what you don't. Corollary: avoid negative people and media. 2. Take at least 20 min a day of quiet time. This is a daily meditative practice to clear your mind and focus on the void, because the void is the wellspring of all creation. 3. Formulate what you want in life in terms of intentions, not goals: "An intention is a goal but with all doubt about its attainment removed." In other words, assume the feeling of your goal already attained. This stuff is simple but far from simplistic. In fact, each of the three practices has precedents in ancient wisdom, from Taoism to Buddhism to American Transcendentalism. Although Trevor doesn't reference those traditions, this is stuff that's been around for thousands of years. He does reference contemporary science to back up many of his recommendations, especially on avoiding negativity, which I appreciate. Second, Trevor has demonstrated real, reproducible business success with his techniques. He makes a salient point that most self-help authors dispensing advice on success weren't successful businessmen themselves (Napoleon Hill being a glaring case in point). There's a certain amount of credibility that comes with being a serial entrepreneur with consistently respectable results, and Trevor has that. Third, the book just has the ring of truth to it -- a certain mystical, alchemical quality which is hard to define. It just seems to resonate with the structure of experience: 'Y'know, come to think of it, the times when I've been successful, that was what I did.' Thus far, you had been doing it unconsciously and accidentally. I'm grateful to Trevor for making that structure explicit so we can follow it deliberately. I just finished re-reading the book, and I'm looking forward to reporting back on the fruits the implementation of its ideas will bear.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Philski

    The three simple steps he proposes are sound, and dovetail nicely into the mindfulness principles I have been implementing in my life. It essentially boils down to a positive emphasis (emphasizing what you are for, not what you are against), mindfulness, and creating a self-fulfilling prophecy in your life by creating what he calls intentions (goals) and growing into them as life progresses. Again the principles are sound, the one thing that annoyed me was his examples including mediums channeli The three simple steps he proposes are sound, and dovetail nicely into the mindfulness principles I have been implementing in my life. It essentially boils down to a positive emphasis (emphasizing what you are for, not what you are against), mindfulness, and creating a self-fulfilling prophecy in your life by creating what he calls intentions (goals) and growing into them as life progresses. Again the principles are sound, the one thing that annoyed me was his examples including mediums channeling the dead and faith-healers as examples to show his system works... Especially considering his work in the medical field.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rich

    A light, simple, and wonderful read full of the author's personal anecdotes to substantiate the methodology he impresses on the reader. This is very different from typical "self-help" books which more directly aim to sell self-help practices in order to turn a profit. Also doesn't hurt that the profits for this book go towards cancer research and that Trevor Blake donated numerous copies to libraries. I found the actual three simple steps to be beneficial and applicable to my own life. As Blake A light, simple, and wonderful read full of the author's personal anecdotes to substantiate the methodology he impresses on the reader. This is very different from typical "self-help" books which more directly aim to sell self-help practices in order to turn a profit. Also doesn't hurt that the profits for this book go towards cancer research and that Trevor Blake donated numerous copies to libraries. I found the actual three simple steps to be beneficial and applicable to my own life. As Blake will tell you, some are easier than others and it is at times extraordinarily difficult to keep them a habit. I would caution people from picking up this book in a determined mindset of finding hard proofs for how to better their lives. Rather, this book aims to give you the tools necessary to restructure the framework surrounding your life and in turn setting you up for improvement. If I had to choose one word that stands out beyond all the others in this book it is *mentality.* As someone who experiences anxiety and worries for the future, control of mentality and the ability to let go of the things that cannot be controlled are paramount to a successful future. Three Simple Steps helps the reader pursue this type of thinking and offers various techniques for making it a reality. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to make minor changes for a big difference. It requires drive and commitment, but Blake doesn't give anything that it unweildly or daunting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    "Three Simple steps" by Trevor Black is one great self help book. It has many advantages in comparaison with other books but it's perfect either. First off, Trevor Blake had succes way before writign his book and he says it some times. Many self help books aren't really reliable because the authors got succes (rich) by selling their book and not really by applying what's actually in their book. Then the book is simle, easy to follow even if there's a lot of personal story in it which sometimes isn "Three Simple steps" by Trevor Black is one great self help book. It has many advantages in comparaison with other books but it's perfect either. First off, Trevor Blake had succes way before writign his book and he says it some times. Many self help books aren't really reliable because the authors got succes (rich) by selling their book and not really by applying what's actually in their book. Then the book is simle, easy to follow even if there's a lot of personal story in it which sometimes isn't really relevant. Althourght the book is great, it has some flaws. The first one and most annoying is that, especially at the end, it decrease in quality. At the begginin, he explains that the techniques are working because of neuronal pathways, which as a med student, I agree and find it quite scientific. But at the end, there's a lot of spiritual theories that are thrown in it (he even metion medium communication). He even says a bit about the law of attraction. This isn't scientific and spoiled a bit the book for me. Finally, my last concern is that he doesn't ephasize enough the hard work that you have to put in to get succes, which, is way more relevant than some pseudo scientific theories that he mentions. In conclusion. It's a good book to begin with but some ideas should be checked with some critical thinking.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mikko Ikola

    Great book — age-old wisdoms in a form of easily digestible personal stories. This book is mostly about mastering your mind and learning thought-patterns that are recommended by many other schools of thought as well. Intention-setting, taking quiet time every day (meditation), being careful of what content/media you let inside your life, to name a few. I found it refreshing read, and found many patterns I’ve been striving to include in my own life already for some years. It always feels good to ge Great book — age-old wisdoms in a form of easily digestible personal stories. This book is mostly about mastering your mind and learning thought-patterns that are recommended by many other schools of thought as well. Intention-setting, taking quiet time every day (meditation), being careful of what content/media you let inside your life, to name a few. I found it refreshing read, and found many patterns I’ve been striving to include in my own life already for some years. It always feels good to get affirmation from somebody who had achieved amazing things in his life with similar techniques

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ehsas

    A lot of people swear by this book. I have met a couple of successful people who claim this book changed their lives. I didn’t do much research on the book before getting it. After reading a couple of chapters, I realized it wasn’t for me. His advice wasn’t scientific. He sounds like a very spiritual person. His overall message was that ignore negative thoughts and instead create more positive thoughts. You can create all positive thoughts you want but if you aren’t acting, nothing will happen. A lot of people swear by this book. I have met a couple of successful people who claim this book changed their lives. I didn’t do much research on the book before getting it. After reading a couple of chapters, I realized it wasn’t for me. His advice wasn’t scientific. He sounds like a very spiritual person. His overall message was that ignore negative thoughts and instead create more positive thoughts. You can create all positive thoughts you want but if you aren’t acting, nothing will happen. I thought his advice would be based on practical, realistic examples rather than feel good about yourself and everything will workout.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helen Mary Labao Barrameda

    Lucid in its simplicity. Practical and actionable and not preachy or dripping of snake oil like what you find in most gurus’ books who use lofty words but don’t practice what they preach in real life. The author has literally been in the trenches and lived to tell the tale in a way that anyone can benefit. Not really an erudite weaver of words, but life changing and encouraging. Thank you, Trevor Blake.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Orlando

    I listened to the audiobook twice to get a fuller picture. The autobiographical narrative is very visual and compelling and makes for enjoyable reading/ listening. Trevor opts for an upbeat, at times hyperbole, tone which he justified within the book clearly, the effect on your own mentality is noticeable. References are well researched and explained. The three steps are easy to memorise and refer back to.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Keerthan Diddige

    Probably the most underrated business/personal transformation book I've ever read, and at the same time one of the best I've ever read. 'Three Simple Steps' is something everyone should read in my opinion, regardless of whether you're into business or not. I think it's the perfect starting point for those who have a desire to move in the entrepreneurial direction and have no idea what to do. Probably the most underrated business/personal transformation book I've ever read, and at the same time one of the best I've ever read. 'Three Simple Steps' is something everyone should read in my opinion, regardless of whether you're into business or not. I think it's the perfect starting point for those who have a desire to move in the entrepreneurial direction and have no idea what to do.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sariah Howard

    This book has been added to my top 10 'success' books to read. My thinking was expanded and my heart motivated to change for the better. This book has been added to my top 10 'success' books to read. My thinking was expanded and my heart motivated to change for the better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Hammerquist

    New age joo-joo sounding. A lot of sexist statements.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eliomax Polanco

    Just 3 simple steps

  15. 4 out of 5

    Noah Letner

    One of the best self-help books around. Trevor made it big before writing a book, unlike so many others.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chelsee

    EXCELLENT BOOK!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Great book. Interesting stories. A challenge to keep thinking positive thoughts. I'm reading it again to help re-enforce the steps. Great book. Interesting stories. A challenge to keep thinking positive thoughts. I'm reading it again to help re-enforce the steps.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I thought the book repeated itself frequently. Overall it was a good book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I really savored the contents of this book, which I came across at the library. It's definitely one for the permanent home library! If you're already familiar with the principle of Law of Attraction and You'll See It When You Believe It (or anything else by Wayne Dyer, really) this won't be anything new but his story is an interesting and inspiring one. Plus the steps are simple. I really savored the contents of this book, which I came across at the library. It's definitely one for the permanent home library! If you're already familiar with the principle of Law of Attraction and You'll See It When You Believe It (or anything else by Wayne Dyer, really) this won't be anything new but his story is an interesting and inspiring one. Plus the steps are simple.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ignas

    I will be short here. In the beginning it was just amazing! Got tons of inspiration and liked it a lot. But the second half is different. Yes it still tells good thinks, I still liked it, but I personally think it was way too much of the personal life details and those stories sometimes looked too sweet. That is why it is only 4 stars (I say only just because this book was one of the best I have read on self-help, but was not ideal). I will come back to the places I marked, I will maybe re-read I will be short here. In the beginning it was just amazing! Got tons of inspiration and liked it a lot. But the second half is different. Yes it still tells good thinks, I still liked it, but I personally think it was way too much of the personal life details and those stories sometimes looked too sweet. That is why it is only 4 stars (I say only just because this book was one of the best I have read on self-help, but was not ideal). I will come back to the places I marked, I will maybe re-read most of the book again. But most important is that some things I found in this book already works for me as I started to use them. I would recommend it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christy Hertz

    Picked up this little gem from my local Goodwill before the new year without having heard anything about it. I rarely if ever walk into the book section but there was nothing else in the store I needed, so there I was. Though it's taken me this long to get through it, it definitely has been worth the read and I hope to even apply its principles. Thinking of subscribing to/ joining the website for people who have read it and are striving to think, become and do better things with their lives. Sur Picked up this little gem from my local Goodwill before the new year without having heard anything about it. I rarely if ever walk into the book section but there was nothing else in the store I needed, so there I was. Though it's taken me this long to get through it, it definitely has been worth the read and I hope to even apply its principles. Thinking of subscribing to/ joining the website for people who have read it and are striving to think, become and do better things with their lives. Sure could use a little healthy improvement here :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rolando Gill

    I truly enjoyed the author's story. The Three simple steps are very simple. However, I can also see how my personal habits will have to be overcome. Protect your mentality, take quiet time and set intentions and eliminate doubt. I know that if I apply these simple steps diligently the quality of my life will improve. It is hard to disagree and argue with the author when he has a proven track record of success. I believe him. I truly enjoyed the author's story. The Three simple steps are very simple. However, I can also see how my personal habits will have to be overcome. Protect your mentality, take quiet time and set intentions and eliminate doubt. I know that if I apply these simple steps diligently the quality of my life will improve. It is hard to disagree and argue with the author when he has a proven track record of success. I believe him.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Read. This. Now. It is a book for people who want to change their lives for the better, and are a little unsure about how to make that happen. I picked this up at the library by accident and couldn't put it down. I'm not really into "self-help" books so I was hesitant to commit, but this is nothing of the sort. It is a life book. The first chapter is free to read on www.threesimplesteps.com Read. This. Now. It is a book for people who want to change their lives for the better, and are a little unsure about how to make that happen. I picked this up at the library by accident and couldn't put it down. I'm not really into "self-help" books so I was hesitant to commit, but this is nothing of the sort. It is a life book. The first chapter is free to read on www.threesimplesteps.com

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julia Blair

    This book surprised me. Simply written, the steps outlined by the author truly are effective. Nothing earth-shattering, no program to sell, this is just good advice to follow to find yourself, find happiness, find a sense of purpose and direction. That level of understanding comes from within; we all know that. Here are some concrete actions to take that will help you hear that inner voice.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This is a "thoughts are things" book mixed with basic meditation. Certainly not everyone's cup of tea. The author's approach is interesting and I like his style despite a few points I don't agree on. By far better than other similar books out there. He is heavily critical of Napoleon Hill and I understand why. A good book over all. This is a "thoughts are things" book mixed with basic meditation. Certainly not everyone's cup of tea. The author's approach is interesting and I like his style despite a few points I don't agree on. By far better than other similar books out there. He is heavily critical of Napoleon Hill and I understand why. A good book over all.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Russ

    Some good advice - avoid negative people, change your mentality, take some quiet time for yourself each day - is good and all but I feel that the author glosses over the hard work. You need to put in lots of hard work before just thinking about something will manifest.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Franken

    I highly recommend this book for anyone FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    I don't remember where I heard about this. It's really just The Secret for business. I thought his tone was a bit condescending at times - maybe I just don't buy into the message. I don't remember where I heard about this. It's really just The Secret for business. I thought his tone was a bit condescending at times - maybe I just don't buy into the message.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Goeglein

    Very good contribution. Short, direct and right on target. All a reader needs is the discipline to develop the habits suggested.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rupinder Kaur

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Spoke to my soul & brain in a way no other book has! Must read!

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