According to Tom Morris, many of us approach life backward, paying the most attention to the least important things and the least attention to the most important. True Success, a wise and joyous book, helps us straighten out our thinking. It makes us understand that we must focus first our inner lives, if we are going to achieve true success, and that excellence is the cause of success, not the product. Morris, a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, the recipient of numerous teaching awards, and a speaker to businesses across the country, believes that if we can understand and internalize his "7 Cs of Success," our lives can take on the significance that we all desire. Reading this book and comprehending its principles, we can frame a new conception of the meaning of life. We can begin to see that success - properly understood in the light of genuine, personal excellence - is within the reach of everyone, rich or poor, famous or obscure. We can begin to understand that our own personal excellence can generate a degree of happiness and success that up to now we have only dreamed about. This wise book is filled with insight, humor, down-to-earth parables, and stories that challenge, motivate, and inspire. Tom Morris offers us a renaissance of excellence, values, and the possibility of achieving happiness in our time.
This eclectic author, philosopher (Univ. of Notre Dame), composer, and rock guitarist joins a long list of others who write in a genre that appeals to New Age thinkers with substantial questions about life, work, and the topic of Morris's 13th book: success. Morris describes his seven Cs of success, which he relates to real-life situations, his personal remembrances, and exemplary anecdotes. The Cs are conception, confidence, concentration, consistency, commitment, character, and a capacity to enjoy the process along the way. Stephen Covey has sparked many imitators, and this is one of them; Morris's ideas are nothing but a rehash of Covey's solid The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People ( LJ 3/15/90). Recommended for general collections that do not own Covey's trendsetting tomes. See the preceeding review of Stephen Covey & others' First Things First for an assessment of his latest work.--Ed.-- Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.