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Trap Tales. Outsmarting the 7 Hidden Obstacles to Success

  • ID: 4052938
  • Book
  • June 2017
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Trap Tales is a triumph! The book reveals the 7 traps that can turn life′s journey into an obstacle course. With clear examples and calls to actions, David Covey and Stephan Mardyks give you tools to escape and avoid these harmful traps. Read this book, apply its wisdom, and live your best life."
—KEN BLANCHARD, bestselling coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Leading At A Higher Level

"Wow! What a tremendous book. I found myself enraptured by the story. Covey and Mardyks created characters that the reader comes to truly care about and whose stories they want to follow. That, along with very insightful content, creative analogies and relevant examples kept me deeply engaged throughout. I genuinely loved it."
—JIM LOEHR, cofounder of the Human Performance Institute, renowned performance psychologist, bestselling author

"Covey and Mardyks are a dynamic duo! They′ve broken free from the standard approach to bring us a novel, hopeful book—one that shows that we can change the trajectory of our lives. If you feel trapped by circumstance or stuck in old patterns of thinking, read Trap Tales and breakthrough."
—LIZ WISEMAN, bestselling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts

"Anyone interested in learning how to avoid the basic pitfalls of life will enjoy the engrossing read that Trap Tales delivers. Covey and Mardyks offer an eye–opening story of life that imparts invaluable wisdom and is an amazing guide for people of all ages."
—STEDMAN GRAHAM, bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur

"Few in the world of personal and organizational development have a more comprehensive view of all the field has to offer. I highly recommend a careful reading and application of the accumulated wisdom Covey and Mardyks have to offer for both spotting and liberating ourselves from life′s most subtle and pernicious traps."
—JOSEPH GRENNY, cofounder of VitalSmarts and bestselling coauthor of Crucial Conversations

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Foreword by Stephen M. R. Covey ix

PART 1 Alex’s Story 1

The Story Begins 3

Trapology 15

PART 2 Traps 1–3 27

Trap 1: The Relationship Trap 29

Trap 2: The Money Trap 45

Trap 3: The Focus Trap 65

PART 3 Traps 4–6 81

Back to Reality 83

Trap 4: The Change Trap 93

Trap 5: The Learning Trap 115

Trap 6: The Career Trap 135

PART 4 Trap 7 147

Decision Day 149

Trap 7: The Purpose Trap 161

The Perfect Trip 173

Trapologist Toolbox 179

Four Characteristics of a Trap 179

Four–Phase Progression 179

Traps 1–7 Overviews 181

Acknowledgments 197

Citations 199

About the Authors 201

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David M. R. Covey
Stephan M. Mardyks
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