SuperSelf: Doubling Your Personal Effectiveness by Charles J. Givens: A Review

SuperSelf: Doubling Your Personal Effectiveness by Charles J. Givens

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Here’s my review:

This may come as a shock to some, but after giving it a lot of thought, if I had to recommend just one self-help book to someone, this is the one I’d recommend, SuperSelf: Doubling Your Personal Effectiveness by Charles J. Givens.

In my opinion, it’s one of the best self-help books ever written, if not the best self-help book ever written.

Why do I say that?

Simple …

Two reasons:

  1. Charles J. Givens was, and I can tell you this from personal experience, the real deal. In his heyday, after starting from a less than humble beginning, he owned over 70 companies, had a net worth of $150,000,000, and a personal income of $25,000,000 a year. He was a totally healthy, totally happy, totally successful, and totally satisfied person.
  2. Unlike most self-help books that leave you confused and wondering what to do next, because of its strategies approach, taken and refined from Mr. Givens’ own experience in life with what works and what doesn’t, SuperSelf: Doubling Your Personal Effectiveness tells you exactly what to do, when to do, it, how to do it, why you should do it, and even what order to do it in!

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The book is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Experiencing Your SuperSelf
  2. Planning and Controlling Your Future
  3. Doubling Your Personal Effectiveness

And it contains 22 chapters:

  1. Where You Is, Is Where You Is
  2. Playing to Win: The Ballpark Principle
  3. Trying Is Lying
  4. Developing Your Blueprint
  5. Discovering Your Dreams
  6. Generating Goals
  7. Seeing Success
  8. Aligning Your Goals with Your Values
  9. Operating with Objectives: Your Action Plans
  10. Prioritizing Your Activities
  11. Doing Discipline
  12. Controlling Your Time Line
  13. Prioritizing Your Personal Time
  14. Managing the Mundane
  15. Eliminating Interruptions
  16. Intercepting Office Interruptions
  17. Handling Talkers and Dumpers
  18. Cutting the Commute
  19. Extending Your Peak Performance Period
  20. Fighting Fatigue
  21. Flattening Your Fears
  22. Handling Stress
SuperSelf: Doubling Your Personal Effectiveness by Charles J. Givens

The real heart and soul of this book lies within its 118 success strategies – a definitive set of concrete strategies that enables you to win in every aspect of your life.

What’s a “strategy”?

To quote Mr. Givens:

“A strategy is a formula for action. It tells you what to do, when to do it, and how to get it done. The formula contained in each strategy produces a positive, desired, predictable result.”

These strategies will enable you to:

  • Double your personal effectiveness.
  • Make things happen … instead of waiting for things to happen.
  • Control your own mind … instead of it being controlled by others.
  • Control your emotions … instead of allowing your emotions to control you.
  • Double your creative power.
  • Create happiness, joy, and aliveness in your life … instead of waiting or wishing for them to happen.
  • Produce results … instead of becoming stuck or trapped along the way.
  • Eliminate fear, anger, guilt, and worry … instead of allowing these emotions to crimple you.
  • Build powerful, positive, synergistic relationships … instead of having to “work at” relationships.
  • … and a whole lot more!

All in all, Superself: Doubling Your Personal Effectiveness by Charles J. Givens gives you a complete, integrated system for getting your life, your time, and your emotions under your control. I give it my highest possible recommendation!

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A couple of things you might want to know:

First, sadly, we lost Mr. Givens in 1998. Shortly before he passed on, he was hit with a number of frivolous lawsuits, which generated all sorts of misinformation about him. My advice is to simply ignore it. If you’re really that curious, here’s a great article by Luke Setzer that sets the record straight: Charles J. Givens: A Defense.

I had the great honor of meeting Mr. Givens on several occasions in 1989 and 1990, I’ve been to his home, and I attended the very first intensive, 3-day SuperSelf/SuperMind experience, and that’s exactly what it was – an experience, that Mr. Givens had personally conducted since the 1970’s, back when his main company, the Charles J. Givens Organization, was called the Awareness Motivation Institute.

That “experience” was easily one of the top 10 experiences of my life and proved to me that Charles J. Givens was a man of integrity who truly walked the walk. He was unlike anyone I’d ever met. Anyone I’ve met in the years since, who had known him, had only good things to say about him.

Second, SuperSelf: Doubling Your Personal Effectiveness was first published in 1993. Obviously, a few things have changed since then.

A few of the strategies in the book mention things that no longer exist or aren’t as relevant as they once were. The Givenizer, car phones, and fax machines are three that immediately come to mind. There may be a few other things.

The handful of strategies affected by those changes are easily modifiable on your own to today’s technologies. Thus, with a few minor tweaks, I can tell you from my personal experience in using them, the success strategies contained in this book are just as relevant and work just as well today as they did back then.

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Note 1: Unfortunately, besides the abridged Audible audiobook edition of it (see my review of it here), which was originally an audio cassette edition, this book was only published in a hardcover edition, which is apparently out-of-print. However, new and used copies of that hardcover edition are usually available on Amazon here. New and used copies of it are also usually available on eBay here. “1st Edition, mint-condition” copies of it are available from IAS Financial (formerly the Charles J. Givens Organization; I’ll be doing a positive review of them sometime in the not too distant future) here.

Note 2: If you have a question about this recommendation, please feel free to ask it in a comment below. I’d be glad to answer it for you!

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By Tony Mase

I’m a retired businessman who enjoys sharing what I’ve learned from a lifetime of experience about what works.

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