Magic Words & Life Lessons by Dr. Patrick Wahl – Review

“Magic Words & Life Lessons” is more than just a book. It’s a collection of Life’s “Cheat Sheets” — every page is like a seminar. Practical insights and unshakeable truths; maximum results in minimum time. You’ll discover words that soothe and make right, and words that energize and delight. Empower your employees; delight your customers. And never be tongue-tied again.

Stuff you can use at home. At work. Everywhere! Stuff like, “Women in One Lesson,” “Men in One Lesson,” “Marriage in One Lesson,” “Parenting in One Lesson, “Selling in One Lesson,” “Leadership in One Lesson,” “Customer Service in One Lesson.”

You’ll make more money. “2 Magic Words Turn Your Weaknesses into Strengths,” “3 Magic Words Persuade Imperceptibly,” “5 Magic Words Answer Any Difficult Question,” “3 Magic Words Respond to Any Complaint,” “A few words that make a dull conversation interesting.” You’ll even learn how to get better luck!

Think this is powerful stuff? It’s barely the beginning! Inspire your people to “go the extra mile.” How to give feedback that is appreciated, not resented. How To Be A Mensch. Make the Day of Anyone You Run Into. Be the Perfect Host or Hostess. 2 Magic Words Get You Special Treatment at any Restaurant. How to get good service wherever you go. Politely Decline Any Request.

There’s no assertiveness necessary when you know these secrets. Every word packs a punch. The practical applications of these scripts are almost endless.

This is the leadership training you never had. Discover how easy it is to confront poor performance and hold people accountable. Instantly. Concisely. Without fluff. Get “switched on” and get phenomenal results working with others.

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Author Patrick Wahl is a management consultant, speaker, and dentist. He received his dental degree from Temple University and his MBA from the University of Phoenix, and practices dentistry with his brother Mike and wife Jean at Wahl Family Dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware. He has also served on the faculty of both the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Pat combines his passion for business and people, helping others become more successful. His seminars have been called “Life Lessons,” and his management books and self-help CDs have transformed thousands of small businesses.

Author Website:  Magic Words & Life Lessons

My Assessment –

Happiness – or at least acting happy, or at the very least not inflicting one’s unhappiness on others – is no less important in making the world better than any other human trait.

We should regard bad moods as we do offensive body odor. Just as we shower each day so as not to inflict our body odors on others, so we should monitor our bad moods so as not to inflict them on others. We shower partly for ourselves and partly out of obligation to others. The same should hold true regarding moods; and just as we avoid those who do not do something about their body odor, we should avoid whenever possible those who do nothing about their bad moods.

The pursuit of happiness is not the pursuit of pleasure. The pursuit of pleasure is hedonism, and hedonists are not happy because the intensity and amount of pleasure must constantly be increased in order for hedonism to work. Pleasure for the hedonist is a drug. But the pursuit of happiness is noble. It benefits everyone around the individual pursuing it, and it benefits humanity. And that is why happiness is a moral obligation.

Gratitude is the basis of the two most important things in life; happiness and goodness. You cannot be a good person if you are not grateful and you cannot be a happy person if you are not grateful. Gratitude is the most important single thing a human being can have; everything good flows from gratitude, and everything bad flows from ingratitude. If you are not grateful you walk around thinking you are a victim.

This is what you learn. This book is little, but it hold huge lessons for everyone; simple lessons that are easily followed.

When you read about gratitude, it is like hitting a brick wall. You stop and think, “Oh my gosh! I have so much to be grateful for, why am I thinking this way.” In just the first few pages of this book, I found my attitude turning to grateful about things where I actually felt as though I were a victim. The transformation in your thinking, if you are open to it, is amazing. And, this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

I began my review with quotes so you could truly understand what the book is about.

In one section, the author speaks about praise as opposed to criticism. I always laugh and refuse to take anyone serious who begins a conversation to me with “constructive criticism.” I am one of those people who look at the words “constructive” and “criticism” and believe they do not belong in the same sentence. I do not believe you can be constructive and criticize at the same time. I also believe that praise goes a lot further than criticism ever will, and I firmly believe if you praise at the right times, then the criticism may never be needed.

The book is full of short stories and can be read in spurts, although I must warn you, you will not want to put it down. It is well-written and enlightening. I am giving Magic Words & Life Lessons five stars.

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