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Growing The Distance, Jim Clemmer

Timeless Principles for Personal, Career and Family Success.

Book review – Growing the Distance, by Jim Clemmer (ISBN 0-9684675-0-4)

There are many books on my bookshelf that I have read only once – this is one that I have read three times! Why? The sub-title seems to sum it up “timeless principles for personal, career and family success”. It is about leadership, taking control of our own growth, so that we have the skill and credibility to lead others.

The book includes some great stories from a wide range of sources, some good quotes and includes excellent summaries at the end of each chapter. The result is a clear outline of what has been covered with practical suggestions of how to apply each section to real life. I’m not sure that any of the content was particularly new, but the style of writing and the format (with lots of short sub sections) made it both easy to read and apply to my own situation.

People are looking for easy short cuts to success, but Clemmer makes it clear that it is a process, a series of choices, requiring a preparedness to grow through the pain of change and lead others to do the same. The author forcefully asserts that true leaders don’t lead by just offering rewards or threatening punishments, they get passionate about life, and energise others to motivate themselves.

For me, Clemmer has effectively attacked a difficult topic and broken it down into terms and concepts that I could understand and apply. At its most basic level all it takes is character, vision and discipline. In his final chapter, he sums up like this:

“Why do some people fail to grow the distance?
Some people fail because they don’t think….
On the other hand, many unsuccessful people think but they don’t do…”

This book has helped me to think more clearly about who I am and where I want to go. It has given me some good tools to get my own life back on track and lead others to do the same.

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