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Publisher's Summary

The follow-up to James Smith’s international number one best seller, Not a Diet Book

  • Do you love your job?
  • Does your future excite you?
  • Are your relationships working for you? 

James Smith is back to challenge everything you thought you knew about the path to fulfilment and happiness. With hard-hitting home truths and a helping of tough love, be prepared to reset your outlook, redefine your goals and truly consider: What does success truly mean to you? 

Now, more than ever, is the time to take back control. Time to stop sleep-walking through your life, to challenge the status quo and to truly ask yourself if you’re on the right path to success, happiness and fulfilment.  

Only you can take the reins of your own life and choose to make a change, but with invaluable experience, a hunger for genuine happiness and a drive to be the kind of coach he needed when his life was broken, James can give you the tools to do it.

©2020 James Smith (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Meet the man changing the way you think about fitness. One of the most sought-after personal trainers in the world (who has) knocked current fitness It boy @JoeWicks for six and stolen the coveted crown of the fitness world." (Sunday Times Style)

"Not a Diet Book mercilessly takes down every fad diet, workout and health drink you have been sold and instead explains [James’] mission to make understanding weight-loss as two words – calorie deficit." (The Sun)

"Personal trainer James Smith’s new book, Not a Diet Book, offers frank advice on getting in shape and busts some major diet myths." (Grazia)

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Lacking original thoughts and ideas

It’s not that the book doesn’t have good advice, it’s just that the author takes a collection of ideas from other people and put it into one book. He does give them credit which is good. If you have experience with James Clear or Angela Duckworth and others like them, this will just be a repetition of their ideas. If you have no idea who those people are, then this book will be good for you.

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  • 2021-04-02

Didn't find it beneficial at all

Probably best for listeners in their early 20s who don't read any self-development material.
This was just a choppy version of regurgitated ideas from other books and psychology. I was hoping it would be more fitness related which is his expertise.

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  • Mildred Meier
  • 2020-11-18

Changed Everything

Full of self doubts and lifetime of regrets, I took a leap of faith and got this book. I’m glad I did. It gave me so much to think about and why I was endlessly unhappy. James Smith gave me a key to unlocking a door that I had not thought I could. He gives you the key, but you have to want the change. A must read.

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  • 2020-11-17

Love this....

I’ve been a follower of James Smith for several years. From his Facebook Lives with Brian the bird in Bondi to a brief stint as a JSA member during the first Bali competition where I learned all I need to know to maintain and improve my fitness level. Now this, Not A Life Coach, at a time when pondering significant changes in my life, perfectly guiding my thoughts to what matter to ME, not anyone else. Thought provoking, encouraging, funny and from the heart. Thank you, James, for unknowingly being the person spouting the words I need to hear at just the right time in life. Congrats. Well done.

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  • Zachary Turmel
  • 2021-10-05

Self help book report.

The book listens/reads like a Personal Trainer who has read Carol Dwecks Mindset and a few other similar titles. Then mashed them together with an influencer "focus". Also theres a lot of humble brags followed up with Im not humble bragging.

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  • victoria
  • 2021-09-20

Not A Disappointment

After reading the first book by James Smith, Not A Diet Book, I was immediately compelled to add this to my collection. It was finished within a couple days and I love what he has to say as far as making a life for oneself vs making a living. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-01

Excellent listen

Breaks down a lot of the info and how to get shit done. Excellent read/listen

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  • Lucinda
  • 2021-06-18

Buy it

Wasn’t expecting to enjoy this so much! I was sad when it ended. Refreshing and empowering perspectives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-15

Grateful

I've always felt lost but this book has made me feEl confident and I now feel closer to my goal. one of the people who hated James but understood his why eventually..

thanks for the lessons. I've been hustling and this book has been a massive help affirming I'm on the right track. thank you James. thank you very much !

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  • Ron
  • 2021-04-21

AMAZE-BALLS

Great fv*kin book. Will change your life. Read it now. Do yourself a favor and JUST DO IT. Like Nike.

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  • LMichelle
  • 2021-03-04

Loved it!

I was pleasantly and overwhelmingly surprised by how much I loved every chapter of this book! I will definitely be reading more by James Smith. Thank you James!