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The man who created Bluefish, the internationally famous company that makes once in a lifetime events happen for the rich and famous reveals to the rest of us his trade secrets for making things happen. Steve Sims’s day job is to make the impossible possible. With his help and expertise, his clients’ fantasies and wildest dreams come true. Getting married in the Vatican, be The man who created Bluefish, the internationally famous company that makes once in a lifetime events happen for the rich and famous reveals to the rest of us his trade secrets for making things happen. Steve Sims’s day job is to make the impossible possible. With his help and expertise, his clients’ fantasies and wildest dreams come true. Getting married in the Vatican, being serenaded by Andrea Bocelli, and connecting with powerful business moguls like Elon Musk are just a few of the many projects he has worked on. He rarely reveals how he accomplishes the feats that make his clients so happy. But now for the first time, Steve shares his practical tips, techniques, and strategies to help readers break down any obstacle and turn their dreams into reality. The core of his philosophy focuses on simple, yet effective ways to sharpen the mind and gain practical skills that can help you learn a new perspective and accomplish anything. Whether it’s climbing Mount Everest, launching a business, or applying for a dream job, you can make incredible things happen for yourself by applying his insightful advice such as: -Ask Why Three Times -Never be the First Call -Don’t be Easy to Understand, be Impossible to Misunderstand With colorful and enlightening stories of people driven to achieve the impossible, this book will inspire you to transform your life and aim for the unthinkable.


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The man who created Bluefish, the internationally famous company that makes once in a lifetime events happen for the rich and famous reveals to the rest of us his trade secrets for making things happen. Steve Sims’s day job is to make the impossible possible. With his help and expertise, his clients’ fantasies and wildest dreams come true. Getting married in the Vatican, be The man who created Bluefish, the internationally famous company that makes once in a lifetime events happen for the rich and famous reveals to the rest of us his trade secrets for making things happen. Steve Sims’s day job is to make the impossible possible. With his help and expertise, his clients’ fantasies and wildest dreams come true. Getting married in the Vatican, being serenaded by Andrea Bocelli, and connecting with powerful business moguls like Elon Musk are just a few of the many projects he has worked on. He rarely reveals how he accomplishes the feats that make his clients so happy. But now for the first time, Steve shares his practical tips, techniques, and strategies to help readers break down any obstacle and turn their dreams into reality. The core of his philosophy focuses on simple, yet effective ways to sharpen the mind and gain practical skills that can help you learn a new perspective and accomplish anything. Whether it’s climbing Mount Everest, launching a business, or applying for a dream job, you can make incredible things happen for yourself by applying his insightful advice such as: -Ask Why Three Times -Never be the First Call -Don’t be Easy to Understand, be Impossible to Misunderstand With colorful and enlightening stories of people driven to achieve the impossible, this book will inspire you to transform your life and aim for the unthinkable.

30 review for Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen

  1. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Sutton

    Steve Sims' Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen was a quick read with some useful insights. In designing one-of-a-kind experiences for his clients, Sims stresses the importance of understanding why the client wants to have a specific experience. This same motivation, figuring out our own passions, can help us achieve our biggest dreams and goals. Is it enough to want to travel to a particular place or do we need to drill deeper to understand what it is about a specific place (perhaps an Steve Sims' Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen was a quick read with some useful insights. In designing one-of-a-kind experiences for his clients, Sims stresses the importance of understanding why the client wants to have a specific experience. This same motivation, figuring out our own passions, can help us achieve our biggest dreams and goals. Is it enough to want to travel to a particular place or do we need to drill deeper to understand what it is about a specific place (perhaps an activity or association there) that can inspire us to make the trip/experience happen?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Craig Carignan

    Pretty much like all the other books on the subject. Nothing new covered here. The message was good and needs to be remembered but it's been covered before. I read it and it did however remind me to continue and start doing somethings that I've allowed to lapse. Pretty much like all the other books on the subject. Nothing new covered here. The message was good and needs to be remembered but it's been covered before. I read it and it did however remind me to continue and start doing somethings that I've allowed to lapse.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    This book is more applicable to people working in the service industry. There are a lot of examples and advice on how to listen and understand customers and going above and beyond to provide them a fantastic experience. There's no magic to it. It's about hard work and creativity. For people who are willing to perform at that level would find this book inspirational. For people who aren't willing would find this book inauthentic. Both is true. When a salesperson is smiling warmly and trying to ma This book is more applicable to people working in the service industry. There are a lot of examples and advice on how to listen and understand customers and going above and beyond to provide them a fantastic experience. There's no magic to it. It's about hard work and creativity. For people who are willing to perform at that level would find this book inspirational. For people who aren't willing would find this book inauthentic. Both is true. When a salesperson is smiling warmly and trying to make you comfortable, it's for the job (not because he wants to become your new best friend). However, that is the type of service we all gravitate towards -- feeling special. There is also advice on keeping your energy up and surrounding yourself with the right people for a positive environment to continually give this high level of service.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nopadol Rompho

    I like the idea of this book. If you want to be successful, you need to make things happen. The book shows you how to do it. Strongly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David

    This was an Audible Daily Deal and it looked slightly interesting - Steve Sims runs Bluefish, which is basically a sort of for-profit Make-A-Wish company for rich people. Tell him what your dream is (spend a night at the Playboy Mansion, sing on-stage with your favorite band, meet a celebrity) and he'll make it happen. This book wasn't really about rich people and their crazy requests, however, and in fact, there weren't many anecdotes about Sims's actual clients at all. Instead, this is a self-h This was an Audible Daily Deal and it looked slightly interesting - Steve Sims runs Bluefish, which is basically a sort of for-profit Make-A-Wish company for rich people. Tell him what your dream is (spend a night at the Playboy Mansion, sing on-stage with your favorite band, meet a celebrity) and he'll make it happen. This book wasn't really about rich people and their crazy requests, however, and in fact, there weren't many anecdotes about Sims's actual clients at all. Instead, this is a self-help book in which Sims gives his advice for living, how to make things happen, rise above the herd, etc. etc. Sims is clearly a dynamic personality, from a lower-class English family who was always told "Nice things aren't for people like us." And his rise from those humble beginnings, when he looked down a ladder and saw his entire family hauling bricks for a living and decided he wanted none of that, was a fairly inspirational (if generic) story. After that, though, he just goes on about the art of "Bluefishing" and how to be a "Bluefisher." Be authentic, be genuine, only associate with people you'd chug a beer with, don't accept reasons why you can't do something, etc. And I did like his stories about how he dug into what his clients really wanted and gave it to them - like the closeted gay Wall Street broker who asked to go to the Playboy Mansion because he needed to show off his dudebro cred to his coworkers. Sims arranged for him to get receipts from the Playboy Mansion that he could show off at the office, and then sent him where he really wanted to go - a wine tour of the Napa Valley. All told in his energetic, enthusiastic voice, and I totally believe he's the sort of guy who lives his life that way, but there's nothing really new or profound here. So, if you want another book exhorting you to "live your best life," maybe Steve Sims's pep talk will motivate you. If you're looking for stories of crazy wish-fulfillment requests for rich people, you'll be disappointed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brad Lockey

    There are those books that immediately resonate with you. Maybe it's because the message is clear, it's about standing out and being different or it's about being relentless in your quest and passion. Whatever it was, I listened to about 45 minutes of this book on a walk and when I returned home, I bought the physical copy as I can see my self highlighting the shit out of it and reading it again. A quick listen/read but super enjoyable and is a great kick-starter to get your mindset to crush 2020 g There are those books that immediately resonate with you. Maybe it's because the message is clear, it's about standing out and being different or it's about being relentless in your quest and passion. Whatever it was, I listened to about 45 minutes of this book on a walk and when I returned home, I bought the physical copy as I can see my self highlighting the shit out of it and reading it again. A quick listen/read but super enjoyable and is a great kick-starter to get your mindset to crush 2020 goals. Favourite Quote: “No one ever drowned from falling in water. They drowned from staying there.” Mr. Sims Sr.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Abi Olvera

    This book weaves together things I've read from books on marketing, business, persuasion, and social networking. The author explains how he started his company, a for-profit Make A Wish Foundation-type company for wealthy adults (example: clients ask for Playboy mansion tours, VIP tours of top vineyards, on stage performances with dream bands). This company relies on an extensive network. He discusses how he genuinely maintains his network and how to get to the core of a client's desire even if This book weaves together things I've read from books on marketing, business, persuasion, and social networking. The author explains how he started his company, a for-profit Make A Wish Foundation-type company for wealthy adults (example: clients ask for Playboy mansion tours, VIP tours of top vineyards, on stage performances with dream bands). This company relies on an extensive network. He discusses how he genuinely maintains his network and how to get to the core of a client's desire even if they're not communicating it up front, the latter of which is core of excellent marketing. This book throws a lot at you, in a good way. Other top takeaways: Don’t be afraid of change, be afraid of standing still. The worst thing that can happen is to be in the exact same spot you are now, one year from now. Put the time into what matters. Delegate and self audit ruthless: your relationships, your tasks, your projects. It's the only way to make sure you work on what's more critical. One lesson I'd only heard from my favorite author Ramit Sethi: throw down internal boundaries, especially the ones that limit you and your knowledge. If you want to know what it's like to drive a Ferrari, rent one! You never thought you're the type who belongs in a top of the line hotel? Why not at least walk in, experience it, ask to see a room or go to the hotel restaurant? Now you'll be the type of person who can discuss what's the best drink/meal there, you'll know what it looks like. No experience is completely inaccessible to you. You'll never unlearn it or un-experience it. Be a sponge, especially for what gets you excited.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Diego

    A lot of whats inside has been told by other bestsellers. That said, I did found some great insights on the correct mindset to make the impossible happen. I found a few great rules when dealing with a client business, such as always overdeliver, small gifts go a LONG way, etc. Overall I enjoyed this book a ton.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Audiobook Accomplice (Gillian)

    In Business or in Life—you NEED this book! My Full Review In Business or in Life—you NEED this book! My Full Review

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Linnan

    Practicle advice that works if you just take action

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mehrsa

    What is bluefishing? I think it's mostly just being confident and optimistic and not being a total jerk to people. I really can't understand how this is supposed to apply to my life or anyone else who doesn't work in the "bluefishing" industry, which as I understand it is just having clients who pay you to make stuff happen for them? I don't know. What is bluefishing? I think it's mostly just being confident and optimistic and not being a total jerk to people. I really can't understand how this is supposed to apply to my life or anyone else who doesn't work in the "bluefishing" industry, which as I understand it is just having clients who pay you to make stuff happen for them? I don't know.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    A great short book that gets you motivated to get after life! This is for anyone who needs a quick pick me up and confidence boost! https://jsilva.blog/2019/06/20/bluefi... Read the summary or reread the book if you need some classic go-getter motivation. A great short book that gets you motivated to get after life! This is for anyone who needs a quick pick me up and confidence boost! https://jsilva.blog/2019/06/20/bluefi... Read the summary or reread the book if you need some classic go-getter motivation.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    *Audio book version * A nice short easy listen/read. Packed with great little business gems. It's a great focus on truly serving your customers and clients, especially in unique ways. Steve gets us to go the extra mile and do a little extra for our clients in really cool, memorable ways. It's not cookie cutter, its not ordinary or average, its blue fishing. Fun stories and the eccentric accent and attitude of Steve doesnt hurt either. *Audio book version * A nice short easy listen/read. Packed with great little business gems. It's a great focus on truly serving your customers and clients, especially in unique ways. Steve gets us to go the extra mile and do a little extra for our clients in really cool, memorable ways. It's not cookie cutter, its not ordinary or average, its blue fishing. Fun stories and the eccentric accent and attitude of Steve doesnt hurt either.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Earl McLaurin

    This book pushes you to the limit to face your biggest challenges. This was an amazing book that made me realize that you can truly do anything that you put your mind to

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Esposo

    The most interesting thing about this book was the background story of the author, Steve Sims, a British blue-collar fellow that went from bricklaying in England and working as a bouncer in Hong Kong, to starting his own company as a sort of specialized 'events-planner', though Sims himself states towards the end of the book that he detests that kind of characterization of what he does. The reason why it's difficult to label Sims is, sort of like Sherlock Holmes, who invented the job of "Consult The most interesting thing about this book was the background story of the author, Steve Sims, a British blue-collar fellow that went from bricklaying in England and working as a bouncer in Hong Kong, to starting his own company as a sort of specialized 'events-planner', though Sims himself states towards the end of the book that he detests that kind of characterization of what he does. The reason why it's difficult to label Sims is, sort of like Sherlock Holmes, who invented the job of "Consulting Detective" (to which he was the only one), Sims is sort of the only one of his kind, perhaps a "Consulting Networker"? His company "Bluefishing" aims to make 'people's dreams come true' (for a price). Whether that be to meet a celebrity, get into an exclusive event/club, or something even more exotic, he claims to be able to help his client achieve most whatever they would want. How he got his job is sort of the subject of the book, as he claims to impart the knowledge of he became his role, which is simply, to get things done. What's the secret? Mostly treat others with sincerity, and don't be afraid to feel uncomfortable. The book is certainly more than that, but not that much more, and a though Sim's story is interesting, I suspect those looking for something substantive to improve their networking capability in-career are likely to be disappointed. Like with many other business-y self-help books, this is another in a long line of 'pep'/'upper' readings, mostly designed to hype you up to get something done. If that's what you want, the 3 hour running time fits perfectly as a quick booster. If that's not what you're looking for, look elsewhere. Conditional recommend.

  16. 5 out of 5

    AttackGirl

    What a great book, to imagine all these years I have wondered what to call the behavior that is represented in my lack of Pentagon Walk. Steve uses a perfect example of what I used the very first time the President gave "back" tax incentives to stimulate the economy. I used it as an example of impact for my University class. Asking the adult students what they will do with the $350ish its been along time now but I used the purchase of a VHS/DVD player example for the family verses just paying bi What a great book, to imagine all these years I have wondered what to call the behavior that is represented in my lack of Pentagon Walk. Steve uses a perfect example of what I used the very first time the President gave "back" tax incentives to stimulate the economy. I used it as an example of impact for my University class. Asking the adult students what they will do with the $350ish its been along time now but I used the purchase of a VHS/DVD player example for the family verses just paying bills. The Bills will always be there but use the money to mark the event and show your family you support them in their desires. I completely agree with all Steve has said so much so its as if I wrote the book including the nagging from friends to write the books. Perhaps I need a career change, but really wouldn't it be nice to have someone around who cared about making what you desire happen... Yes read this book because there are people whose life purpose is to make your desire come true, yes of course there is a cost but as I tell my brother make sure with all you do you tack on "A favor". Great Job Steve, Now I will wait for you to write the book about that salesman who didn't leave waiting for the questions "template" used to make sure that you create protection boundaries. If we make sure you over encourage participation we know for sure they will not. People do not want anything for free or a reduced price because then it just won't be the same they want the most expensive and are willing to pay just to keep that imagine... keep up with those Jones People. I am looking forward to your Podcast.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    This is a fluffy, but enjoyable book. If you've read a good number of other "secrets to success" books, you probably won't learn that much new here, but you'll probably still enjoy it. Just to summarize, Steve Sims is a "concierge to the rich". He helps really rich people have exclusive experiences like "Training with the Navy Seals" or "Watching Formula 1 in Monaco with royalty". Basically helping them to live out their wildest fantasies as long as they can pay. He doesn't go into too much detail This is a fluffy, but enjoyable book. If you've read a good number of other "secrets to success" books, you probably won't learn that much new here, but you'll probably still enjoy it. Just to summarize, Steve Sims is a "concierge to the rich". He helps really rich people have exclusive experiences like "Training with the Navy Seals" or "Watching Formula 1 in Monaco with royalty". Basically helping them to live out their wildest fantasies as long as they can pay. He doesn't go into too much detail on EXACTLY how this works, but here a couple of things he mentions: (1) Make it a win-win transaction. He gives an example of a client who wanted to meet his favorite band. He found out that both his client and the band leader had children with autism, so he arranged for both of them to perform at a charity event for autism. Clever! (not being sarcastic!) (2) Leverage connections. Another client wanted to meet Andrea Bocelli. So he talked to his friends at the Vatican who called someone close to Bocelli and vouched for him and that made it work. But the bulk of the book is more general and inspirational, but probably stuff that is not new to most people: -Be persistent -Find your passion -Be authentic, don't be afraid to "be ugly" -Embrace discomfort -Don't be afraid to take time to recharge, even when under pressure So if you like these sort of books and you're looking for a light read you'll probably enjoy it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    W. Whalin

    An Insightful Personal Development and Business Book In the opening pages of BLUEFISHING, Steve Sims tells his personal story about laying bricks as a teen in East London. Then he makes a different choice with his life and now runs a business called Bluefishing to make the dreams and desires of others come true. The result is a careful balance of storytelling, how-to information and insightful personal development for every reader. The stories in this book and the personal application made reading An Insightful Personal Development and Business Book In the opening pages of BLUEFISHING, Steve Sims tells his personal story about laying bricks as a teen in East London. Then he makes a different choice with his life and now runs a business called Bluefishing to make the dreams and desires of others come true. The result is a careful balance of storytelling, how-to information and insightful personal development for every reader. The stories in this book and the personal application made reading this book a remarkable experience. Each chapter ends with “Secrets from the Bluefishing Playbook” which summarizes the key mindset shifts from that chapter. I loved Chapter 19, Don’t Count Your Losses. If you have a bad day, take out a blank piece of paper, write those losses on one side, then turn it over and start the day fresh. Don’t let those losses or bad experiences drive your day. The subtitle of this book is true: “The Art of Making Things Happen.” Everyone should carefully read BLUEFISHING then apply it to their own lives. It’s that valuable and highly recommended. W. Terry Whalin is an editor and the author of more than 60 books including his latest 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed .

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debra Shumate

    This book was a quick little read on keeping it real while getting things done, with a focus on relationships. Very down to earth guy, and I enjoyed his writing style. This is one (unconventional) business book that really held my interest. He had some noteworthy reminders such as: “No one ever drowned from falling in water. They drowned from staying there.” (A quote from his Bricklayer father.) “Negativity is the silent assassin that kills most people’s motivation.” “There’s a world of noise out t This book was a quick little read on keeping it real while getting things done, with a focus on relationships. Very down to earth guy, and I enjoyed his writing style. This is one (unconventional) business book that really held my interest. He had some noteworthy reminders such as: “No one ever drowned from falling in water. They drowned from staying there.” (A quote from his Bricklayer father.) “Negativity is the silent assassin that kills most people’s motivation.” “There’s a world of noise out there. If you let technology set the rules for your communication, and if you hide behind emails, and automated drip campaigns, and scheduled Facebook posts, no one will ever hear you.” “My fear is being in the same place - static. That’s not the nature of reality. The world’s constantly changing. You’re out of sync if you’re not changing.” “While people are thinking about things and planning it to death, I’ve already put my shoes on and gone and done it. The Bluefishing creed is move, act, do, go. Action is everything. Learn what you don’t know, then try again.” I checked this book out of the library, but I’m thinking maybe I need my own copy for a periodic kick-in-the-pants. You go, Steve!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    It might not be the best book on how to motivate oneself out there, but this book feels very special to me. I love the stories. I love how every chapter feels so full of passion. It's absolutely infectuous in the best possible way. It's a quick read with a lot of oomph in it, so I read it three times already. Just to get some of the things in this book stuck in my head, drowing out the negativness of my brain. This book made me realize that I had too many emotional and time-based vampires in my l It might not be the best book on how to motivate oneself out there, but this book feels very special to me. I love the stories. I love how every chapter feels so full of passion. It's absolutely infectuous in the best possible way. It's a quick read with a lot of oomph in it, so I read it three times already. Just to get some of the things in this book stuck in my head, drowing out the negativness of my brain. This book made me realize that I had too many emotional and time-based vampires in my life, for example. Yeah, other books told me "get rid of people who only want stuff from you", but other books never actually made me tidy up my circle of "friends". This book did. And I feel so much better since I did. There are tons of small hints on how to make meaningful connections with people and how to show you care about them (friends, family, but business-related, too, obviously). And most of all, I love how much passion is being repeated again and again. It struck a chord in me other books about the same topic never were able to even touch.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Quinn Morrow

    Are the ideas in this book original? No. Is the format? No. The style? Yes. This book may be one of my favorites. This is the most raw and unpolished self-help book I've read, and it is immensely refreshing. The "haul yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality is present and strong, and while I acknowledge that this mindset may not suit everyone, I recommend this book to everyone anyway. Even though I really loved this book, I have 2 issues with it. Pace and audiobook format. I did find the pace of Are the ideas in this book original? No. Is the format? No. The style? Yes. This book may be one of my favorites. This is the most raw and unpolished self-help book I've read, and it is immensely refreshing. The "haul yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality is present and strong, and while I acknowledge that this mindset may not suit everyone, I recommend this book to everyone anyway. Even though I really loved this book, I have 2 issues with it. Pace and audiobook format. I did find the pace of the book to slow significantly by the 3/4 mark, which is a curious experience, seeing as how there is no overarching plot to give a pace, and I couldn't decipher any difference to the format. And while the audiobook was formatted in a great way as to give plenty of breaks (facilitates finding you place or restarting the topic), I don't thinks Sims should have read the title of each chapter/ subchapter. It was distracting. Again, one of my favorites. Sims is a pretty interesting guy with an interesting life. Very fun listen/ read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Steve pulls no punches, and I am glad I chose to "read" this book on Audible. Steve reads it himself in his Cockney accent, and you get a true sense of his strong spirit. Growing up working alongside his Dad, a bricklayer in London, Steve knew he wanted a different life. Sharing insightful stories from his various endeavors helping people actualize their dreams, he has a common thread of asking a lot of questions to get to the heart of a job. He is tenacious as he is continually reaching for ano Steve pulls no punches, and I am glad I chose to "read" this book on Audible. Steve reads it himself in his Cockney accent, and you get a true sense of his strong spirit. Growing up working alongside his Dad, a bricklayer in London, Steve knew he wanted a different life. Sharing insightful stories from his various endeavors helping people actualize their dreams, he has a common thread of asking a lot of questions to get to the heart of a job. He is tenacious as he is continually reaching for another brass ring but refuses to step on heads to grab it. Instead, he's riding the momentum of others as he slingshots them up to grab their own ring. Sims espouses a doctrine of listening closely to your clients and making it your passion to feed theirs. It's a fantastic audiobook full of motivation rooted in truly caring for people which is truly delightful coming from a professed "UGLY" guy (yes, there is an anacronym in there you'll have to read for)! I may have to buy a print copy to have references to the Bluefishing Playbook where he nets the catch succinctly laying it out for review. Actually, I may have to buy 2 copies, as I am sure I will want to pass it along to another entrepreneur whose passion is to serve.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robbie

    This is the single best biz/lifestyle/self-help title I have EVER read. Steve Sims has created an incredible business built around providing ways for his clients to live their dream experiences. However, the book dives less into his actual business and more about his personal philosophy on business and life in general. His advice and approach resonate deeply and will leave you thinking about how you can go from a deadstop in life to truly making things happen. The methods he employs are so simpl This is the single best biz/lifestyle/self-help title I have EVER read. Steve Sims has created an incredible business built around providing ways for his clients to live their dream experiences. However, the book dives less into his actual business and more about his personal philosophy on business and life in general. His advice and approach resonate deeply and will leave you thinking about how you can go from a deadstop in life to truly making things happen. The methods he employs are so simple yet immensely profound and practical. He is the epitome of thinking outside the box, taking the extra step, and making a lasting impression on the person you are trying to reach/connect with, that you will simply never find anywhere else. I can't think of a single book that has offered more value and inspiration than this. I will definitely be re-reading this multiple times this year and for many years to come!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I initially bought this book just because it was on sale. The premise of a guy who runs a company making "impossible" things happen for people sounded interesting. The book is fairly short, but it is packed with interesting stories and good advice. It's geared toward entrepreneurs, but most of the advice can be applied to anyone looking to be more confident and more action-oriented instead of watching life pass them by. It was intriguing hearing some of the things that he has pulled off for his I initially bought this book just because it was on sale. The premise of a guy who runs a company making "impossible" things happen for people sounded interesting. The book is fairly short, but it is packed with interesting stories and good advice. It's geared toward entrepreneurs, but most of the advice can be applied to anyone looking to be more confident and more action-oriented instead of watching life pass them by. It was intriguing hearing some of the things that he has pulled off for his clients and I wish there had been more of those stories in the book. It is instead more focused on the psychology of making things happen and his tips/tricks on life. It loses a star for being a little repetitive and having some unnecessary cursing in it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark Manderson

    Great book full of awesome one-liners. Here are some takeaways You must find out what doesn't work before you find out what does. You don't drown from falling in the water, you drown from staying there. Don't ever worry about making the jump, Simply Swim to the side if all hell breaks loose. I hate schools but I love education. Started by turning away people from coming in and empty Club cuz they knew they never come back. So he told people tomorrow night tell your friends in the password. The passwor Great book full of awesome one-liners. Here are some takeaways You must find out what doesn't work before you find out what does. You don't drown from falling in the water, you drown from staying there. Don't ever worry about making the jump, Simply Swim to the side if all hell breaks loose. I hate schools but I love education. Started by turning away people from coming in and empty Club cuz they knew they never come back. So he told people tomorrow night tell your friends in the password. The password gave exclusivity and that's how it was born. He would then look through the paper to see any birthdays or congratulations and then reach out to that individual with a note saying congrats or heard your new in town and wanted to invite you to a party, call me if you want to come.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Harris

    I purchased this book as an Audible daily deal and the audiobook is read with great enthusiasm by the author. Sims' life story is quite fascinating as he began his career as a bricklayer in London's East End and he is now a concierge to the wealthy, providing unique experiences such as a wedding at the Vatican or playing onstage with a favourite band. The business advice in the book, however, such as the importance of confidence, sincerity and persistence, has been repeated in many other places. I purchased this book as an Audible daily deal and the audiobook is read with great enthusiasm by the author. Sims' life story is quite fascinating as he began his career as a bricklayer in London's East End and he is now a concierge to the wealthy, providing unique experiences such as a wedding at the Vatican or playing onstage with a favourite band. The business advice in the book, however, such as the importance of confidence, sincerity and persistence, has been repeated in many other places. I agree that handwritten thank you notes always make a good impression. The book is interesting in parts but not especially unique.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Abra Catabra

    I grabbed this audio as a daily deal for a couple of dollars and I'm guessing I thought my youngest kids (14 and 15) might get something out of it during drive times. Unfortunately, the language is too foul for them to listen to- a shame because this book is surely meant for a younger audience. The narrator, Steve Sims (also the author) is fun and charismatic and my twenty-year-old enjoyed his personality. Much of the advice given in this book, however, is a little lame. Things work for him in a I grabbed this audio as a daily deal for a couple of dollars and I'm guessing I thought my youngest kids (14 and 15) might get something out of it during drive times. Unfortunately, the language is too foul for them to listen to- a shame because this book is surely meant for a younger audience. The narrator, Steve Sims (also the author) is fun and charismatic and my twenty-year-old enjoyed his personality. Much of the advice given in this book, however, is a little lame. Things work for him in a particular way due to his personality but we are all different, with differing strengths and weaknesses.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liz Rizzo

    What a powerful little book! I picked this up as an Audible Daily Deal (read by Steve Sims himself) and fully expected it to be mostly fluff. Instead, it's an inspiring, down-to-earth book full of practical tips to improve your communication, work habits, and life. Not every bit applies directly to me, perhaps, but much more than I might have expected. I particularly appreciated how Sims distills his advice down at the end of each chapter, and then repeats all the wisdom again at the end. Just b What a powerful little book! I picked this up as an Audible Daily Deal (read by Steve Sims himself) and fully expected it to be mostly fluff. Instead, it's an inspiring, down-to-earth book full of practical tips to improve your communication, work habits, and life. Not every bit applies directly to me, perhaps, but much more than I might have expected. I particularly appreciated how Sims distills his advice down at the end of each chapter, and then repeats all the wisdom again at the end. Just brilliant!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    3.5 rounded to 4. While I would have liked more stories about his actual clients - but understand that most of those can't really be shared - there were certainly some good tips and reminders in here. For me, Sims' approach to look for passion (in others, in yourself), to really dig deep to find true motivations, and just to look for and remove self limiting ideas that you may not even realize you have were useful. Most of these came in the first third or so of the book and that was the most enj 3.5 rounded to 4. While I would have liked more stories about his actual clients - but understand that most of those can't really be shared - there were certainly some good tips and reminders in here. For me, Sims' approach to look for passion (in others, in yourself), to really dig deep to find true motivations, and just to look for and remove self limiting ideas that you may not even realize you have were useful. Most of these came in the first third or so of the book and that was the most enjoyable for me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jlefevre

    Good book. 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 stars. Steve Sims is a fine narrator (I listened to the audio book). His English accent is enjoyable to listen to. He is passionate about the subject. The subject is basically how to build business and personal relationships and succeed in life. I don't think he presents any groundbreaking ideas, but he has some fun stories to tell, good points to make, and shares some creating ideas on how to foster business relationships. You won't regret reading this bo Good book. 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 stars. Steve Sims is a fine narrator (I listened to the audio book). His English accent is enjoyable to listen to. He is passionate about the subject. The subject is basically how to build business and personal relationships and succeed in life. I don't think he presents any groundbreaking ideas, but he has some fun stories to tell, good points to make, and shares some creating ideas on how to foster business relationships. You won't regret reading this book.

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