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Peaks and Valleys: Making Good And Bad Times Work For You--At Work And In Life (Hardcover)


by Spencer Johnson (Author)

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Making Good And Bad Times Work For You -- At Work And In Life


Peaks and Valleys is a story of a young man who lives unhappily in a valley until he meets an old man who lives on a peak, and it changes his work and life forever.

Initially, the young man does not realize he is talking with one of the most peaceful and successful people in the world. However, through a series of conversations and experiences that occur up on peaks and down in valleys, the young man comes to make some startling discoveries.

Eventually, he comes to understand how he can use the old man's remarkable principles and practical tools in good and bad times and becomes more calm and successful himself.

Now you can take a similar journey through the story and use what you find to your advantage in your own work and life.

About the Author
Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world's most respected thinkers and beloved authors.

His eleven international bestselling books include the #1 titles Who Moved My Cheese?® An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change, the most widely read book on change, and The One Minute Manager®, the world's most popular management method for over two decades, coauthored with Kenneth Blanchard.

Dr. Johnson is often referred to as ?the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work.?

He recieved a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and performed medical clerkships at the Mayo Clinic and the Harvard Medical School.

He has served as Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Business School, and is currently Advisor to the Center For Public Leadership at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

His work has captured the attention of major media, including the Associated Press, the BBC, CNN, Fortune, the New York Times, the Today show, Time magazine, USA Today, and United Press International.

More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

Great Story Which Leads the Reader to Some Important Truths About Life, March 9, 2009
By scesq "scesq" (New Milford, New Jersey USA)


The first Spencer Johnson book I read was Who Moved My Cheese. This book follows the same formula. The reader is told a story. At points in the story the author stops and explains a self-help message, learned by one or more characters, which is relevant to the reader. A series of self-help messages (which are relevant individually or as a group) lead to a conclusion about how to make life better.

This story focuses on a man who is troubled by life. A friend tells him a story about a man, also troubled by life, who lives in a valley and makes a trek up a peak to see a wise man. The man also makes other treks up and down other peaks and valleys.

In this story the man learns that peaks and valleys are part of life. The key to living a richer life is how you perceive and address the peaks and valleys and what you learn while you are traversing the peaks and valleys.

I have found the information in Spencer Johnson's books often times to be intuitive. For instance one message in this book is "You can have fewer bad times when you appreciate and manage your good times wisely."

Yet Spencer Johnson also addresses truths that I often want to forget. One message is "The pain in a valley can wake you up to a truth you have been ignoring."

Finally Spencer Johnson always manages to come up with a couple of things I had not really thought about. For instance one message is "The path out of a valley appears when you choose to see things differently."

As mentioned these messages correspond to events in the story. Spencer Johnson is most effective when the events in the story lead the reader to the message. In fact, when he is at this best the author does not even need to state the message because the reader will get the message without having to read it.

If you liked Spencer Johnson's works before you will be pleased with Peaks and Valleys. If you have never read anything by him and you are looking for a story which leads you to key truths about life, without a bunch of analysis, then you will enjoy this work.

With today's tough economic times, having a book like "Peaks and Valleys" is one of those books that give you perspective..., February 12, 2009
By Dennis A. Amith (kndy) (California)


"Making Good and Bad Times Work For You"

Spencer Johnson, M.D. has written many books that I have purchased over the years from "One Minute Manager" to "Who Moved My Cheese?" and several others, each book has made a significant in my career and has been a source of inspiration.

But in tough economic times, sometimes some of us who have done well end up in a position in our careers that are unexpected and you look at things as a temporary setback.

If you are a person who has been trying to survive or just make it during these tough times, sometimes a book like "Peaks and Valleys" provides that extra clarity that you need in your life.

A story about a young man struggling with work and getting sick and tired of his valley, he has dreamed of climbing that tall peak and trying to make it up to get away. He meets an older man, who gives him advice and clarity of his current situation and eventually applies it to his work life. But as things get better, he has yet to learn humility. He has yet to learn how one that can be successful one day, can easily have their bad days. But how is one able to bounce back?

Using a story of a person's ability to make their own peaks through their own valley at work and their life. Making reality their friend. Finding and using the good hidden in a bad time. Appreciating your good times wisely. Following your sensible vision and sharing with others.

After listening, I realized that this book is what I needed and now to take what I read and apply it to my life.

If you are a person who is in danger of losing a job to budget cuts or feeling that things are spiraling downhill careerwise and you just need something to give you a little clarity, then "Peaks and Valleys" is a fantastic book for you.

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