About the Author

Randy Gilbert, the author of the book entitled Success Bound is an authority on the philosophy of proactive thinking. Nicknamed Dr. Proactive because of his in-depth knowledge about proactive thinking, Gilbert now writes and speaks and consults in proactive thinking. He teaches how to proactively optimise safety, quality and business processes to ensure maximum success and achievement. In Gilbert’s quest for excellence, he has learnt that managing one’s failures is key to personal success and abundance. By way of academic qualification, Gilbert holds a bachelor’s degree from the US Coast Guard Academy and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He served in the Coast Guard for twenty-two years, sixteen of which were in Maritime Safety.

Book Synopsis

In the book, Gilbert writes that he does not think that the expression I’ve become a successful failure is an oxymoron. He asserts that for a long time, he felt his life was in limbo, and real success; the kind that comes with abundant life and joy, had eluded him. Gilbert thought that he was meant to do more, but he feared failure. Like most people, he took the wait-and-see approach to failures and invariably followed a life of just getting by which is a life of mediocrity. Because of his fear of failure, he limited himself to what came along, but when he discovered and applied the 21 Strategies of Success outlined in the book, his life began to witness a dramatic change. The author states that he lent how to manage his failures and broke free of mediocrity and can now confidently say that instead of being bound by failure, he is success bound. According to the author, the book is not a guide about how to enjoy failures. Instead, it contains the necessary wisdom and strategies for managing the adversities, defeats, shortcomings, mistakes, problems, et cetera in your life.

Chapter Reviews

Structurally speaking, the book is divided into four parts of 21 chapters technically referred to as Strategies.

Part One is generically christened Rainbows After the Rain, and it contains five chapters tagged strategies.

Strategy One is based on the fact that you are not a failure. You will experience times of defeat, setbacks, problems and adversity. You may even have been the cause of these things, but you are never a failure. Whenever you begin to feel discouraged by failure, remember that it is always some things which can be changed such as behaviour, circumstance, or thoughts which may have produced disappointing results. You are meant to succeed in life, and it is your destiny. You are never a failure as long as you want to be a happy and prosperous person. Whether or not you experience success or failure is entirely controlled by what you think and do. The author also discusses failure modes in this chapter.

Strategy Two is based on the need to always fail forward towards your goals. It has been proved that the only true failure in life is the person who does not know what he or she wants because no path will bring true happiness. The author notes that it is a travesty to see the significant number of people who live their lives without any sense of purpose.

Strategies Three to Five are based on the need to be prepared for the worst failure, finding the cause of persistent shortcomings and overcoming and solving failures like a genius.

Part Two of the book is notionally summarised as Wisdom for Young and Old, and it contains six strategies which are Strategies Six to Eleven.

Strategy Six is entitled Let Failure be Your Teacher of Wisdom. Without attaining wisdom, people only have a limited level of understanding about how things function. Understanding is not enough. You need to have a higher understanding of how things function so that you can control them, and you need to know how to choose the right thing to do with your control. That only comes from wisdom

In strategies Seven to Eleven, the author advices the reader to overcome failure systematically by learning from other people’s failures, turning criticism failure into a building block of success, and being an excellent example by failing in front of your children. The author stresses that not getting caught does not mean you did not fail.

Part Three of the book is conceptually harmonised as Shatter the Glass Ceiling, and it contains five strategies which are Strategies Twelve to Sixteen.

Strategy Twelve is based on the need to rid yourself of the fear of failure which can be paralysing and even dangerous. The author draws from the quote of Ralph Waldo Emerson about doing the thing you fear to have power over it – “Have you ever been afraid of getting shot? Your mind holds onto the image of the needle drawing closer and closer to your exposed arm. You tense up. Your eyes are wide, you wonder at the unseemly large size of the needle. The metal is cold and then hot as it presses into your skin …”

In Strategies Thirteen to Sixteen, the author stresses the need for the reader to have an appetite for failure and use failure to optimise life. Failure can be the spice of life, but you should not forget to pull out the weeds. Become a success by letting others know how you overcame failure.

The last part of the book which is Part Four is notionally woven together as Free to Live and Love and contains five strategies which are Strategies Seventeen to Twenty-One.

Strategy Seventeen is based on the need for you to be patient with your failures. Getting too caught up in the desire for instant everything will not contribute to your success, particularly when it comes to learning from your failures. If you try to fail too fast to learn fast, you may lose your self-confidence, self-respect and self-esteem. Quoting Moliere, the author states that haste is not always mean speed, and you must learn to work and wait.

In Strategies Eighteen to Twenty-One, the author paradoxically submits that if you want your children to succeed, let them fail. He advises the reader to forgive himself for failures and build trust so that he can fail in love. Maintain an active faith which is an antidote to failure. If you don’t believe in failures are meant for your benefit, you will be held captive by mediocrity.

Book Evaluation

Stylistically speaking, the book is an embodiment of success. Gilbert maintain the simplicity of language, thereby easily making the radiated ideas understood. To achieve notional reinforcement and easy conviction, he makes abundant use of Biblical and classical/literary allusions, boxed precis, et cetera. The author weaves the word Proactive that he is nicknamed into an acrostic in pages 64 to 66 of the book to reflect conceptual creativity and passion.

Do you want to be you are to be successful? Then you need to read a copy of this masterpiece.

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