What People Are Saying about
How To Be, Do or Have Anything
"A powerful resource for creating the life you have always dreamed of."
- Jack Canfield,
coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul
"How To Be, Do, or Have Anything by Laurence G. Boldt is one of the best books I have ever read and that I have seen written in the area of achieving your personal goals in life. I believe that it is one of the best books on the market. Laurence has done a great job of explaining clearly and in detail how you can really achieve your dreams in life. It is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it."
- Norman Barlow, Ph.D.
"After a thorough review of Laurence Boldt's book, How to Be, Do, or Have Anything, I must say I wish I could make it required reading in our country's school system as well as throughout the offices of corporate America. Having worked as a counselor and teacher for the last 27 years, I can't honestly say I've ever come across any better resource to help people take control of their destiny. Boldt's book beautifully and powerfully inspires action, and then backs up the encouragement and inspiration with solid, grounding tools to use in actually getting on with those actions in our lives. This book can be used by "already successful" and "still struggling" people alike, unlike so many other self-coaching books that, without admitting it, require a fat wallet to implement all of their suggestions for a better life. How to Be, Do or Have Anything is a solid, undiluted, down-to-earth helping of fortitude and strength. I wish every man woman and child could get a copy into their hands and read it cover to cover. If they did, I'd probably have to find another line of work. Thank you, Laurence Boldt, for a job well done!"
- John Anderson, New York, NY
"I was visiting Seattle in May when I picked up a copy of "How to Be, Have, etc." and began working my way through it. I don't believe in coincidences, and this was exactly what I needed to put my hands on at this time. I became so excited reading it that I had to put it on a shelf while I purchased and read every book Mr. Boldt has written to date (in chronological order). I am currently in the middle of Zen and the Art of Making a Living. I have awakened each morning to find I still retain that feeling of excitement and anticipation which tells me I'm on the right path. Specifically, the exercises in the books have helped me to clarify the direction in which I wish to go."
- Kevin Ferris, St. Louis, MO
"How to Be, Do, or Have Anything is our favorite book. Use it as a how-to guide and workbook or as an overview to the power of the subconscious mind. This is a book we're sure you'll refer to over and over."
"I have been a fan of Laurence G. Boldt since I read Zen and the Art of Making a Living. Actually, I change my career path after reading that book. Based in that experience, I bought this new book. The approach is very methodological and based on down-to-earth exercises you can do. Reading the book, I felt like talking to a friend about my aspirations and dreams, and he helping me how to convert them in reality. Very recommendable.
- A reader from Miami, FL
"Anyone can be taught how to be, do or have whatever they want (within reason), contends consultant and personal coach Boldt in this extensively revised and updated version of his Manifest Your Destiny: Life Planning with a Punch (1984). Employing the same approach as in his 1991 classic, Zen and the Art of Making a Living, he offers a mix of inspiration, philosophy and how-to in a step-by-step format that entails creating a vision, committing to it, following through and periodically evaluating one's progress. Rooting his concepts in common sense and clear language, Boldt illustrates them with bracing quotations, graphics, related questions and exercises (including examples of how Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo might have responded to them). As in his other books, readers can dive into the chapters in any order that dovetails with their goals, skills and interest level. Those familiar with Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way books will find Boldt's daily log and "manifestation journal" familiar, while those who have read widely in the genre will find his approach to topics like visualization, overcoming fear, and sharpening one's focus and decision making reminiscent of Barbara Sher's Wishcraft, Susan Jeffers's Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People."
- Publishers Weekly
Don't let the title of this book fool you -- it isn't just another "sleep you way to infinite riches" guide. Rather, Laurence G. Boldt has written a thoughtful book about setting and achieving realistic yet inspired goals. Whether you want to start your own business, develop more rewarding personal relationships, or create a healthier lifestyle, he clarifies the different steps necessary for achieving your dreams. With the use of exercises at the end of each chapter, the book explains how to identify and focus on one or more goals, demonstrates how to listen to your heart, and helps you determine whether you chose your goal for yourself, or to please someone else. Boldt also explains concentration, commitment, discipline and motivation as issues related to getting what you want. Further, he illuminates the obstacles of distraction and fear that sometimes pervent you from fulfilling your potential. Inspiring quotes open each chapter.
This book should be required reding for all young people, not to menion those adults among us who have not yet decided what they want to be when they "grow up." Otherwise, for anyone needing a fresh burst of motivation or a crisp new sense of direction, this book is, at the very least, a useful companion.
- Bodhi Tree Book Review
"Is there something you really want? Do you have an ambition to write a book, climb a mountain or start your own business? Maybe you dream of going back to school or changing your career. Maybe you just want to change your financial circumstances or develop better personal relationships. Possibly you're not even sure what you want; you just know this isn't it. If you struggle with getting started, following through or persevering toward any of your goals, this book with the outrageous title, "How To Be, Do or Have Anything" is one to take a look at. If you've ever met someone who dreams bigger, does more and lives larger than the rest of us, you know how a positive attitude can inspire you to aim higher. Reading this book is a little like finding someone successful and convincing them to show you how it's done. But this book goes beyond inspiration with concrete suggestions for following your dreams.
A book with a plan
It's this practical approach that makes the book worth reading. While other books may inspire you to go after what you want, this one helps you develop a plan. It points out the hurdles, encourages you toward the next step and provides you with common-sense advice for reaching your objective.
The book provides readers with a "manifestation formula." That's a fancy name for a straightforward approach to turning ideas into action. Author Laurence G. Boldt concentrates on the first four steps of the formula: vision, focus, desire and commitment.
If that sounds like nothing new, Boldt assures readers it isn't. Everything that's ever been accomplished from landing on the moon to baking a pie goes through this process. It's just that many people lose their way. They might get stuck, move too fast or try to skip a step. They also lose confidence, succumb to fear or give up too soon. There are a multitude of ways to fall short of your potential.
Four stages: vision, focus, desire and commitment
Boldt takes readers through the stages of his manifestation formula beginning with vision. At the vision stage, he encourages readers to allow themselves to dream big, consider the outrageous and not disregard the impractical. This is the stage for creativity and imagination, observation and experimentation. Boldt shows readers that creating a vision also means discovering the purpose and direction of your goals.
After vision comes focus. Just as you would scan a landscape when searching for something, once you find what you're looking for, you focus in on it. In this section, Boldt explains how to develop concentration, make decisions and set goals. Important stuff that moves you out of the realm of imagination and into the realm of action.
Stage three concerns desire. Boldt explains that great ideas and great plans often get left by the wayside when the first obstacle comes along. Maintaining your motivation is critical to keeping up your momentum. And he offers suggestions for dealing with doubt when it inevitably appears.
Finally, there is commitment. Boldt explains how to deal with distractions overcome fear and follow through on your goals. He explains, "When you want something so much that you are willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, you have reached the point of commitment."
Each chapter is followed by written exercises to help readers explore the particulars of their own goals. The book also makes use of quotes from famous and successful people. In the margins of the pages you'll find wisdom and encouragement from the likes of Bette Davis, Thomas Edison and Leonardo Da Vinci.
If you're looking for common-sense along with inspiration, "How to Be, Do, or Have Anything" has it. And if you need to be reminded that going after something better, trying something new, and making your life more satisfying is worth the risk, this book is great place to start."
- Laura Lyjak, Career Focus Magazine