what people are saying about
This Is Your Life, Not A Dress Rehearsal
to help you achieve your goals, and to lead fulfilling
and meaningful life. Inside, there are 74 ideas for the
success of life that anyone can start immediately, such
as praise yourself, choose to change
now and describe your goal, all written
in an easy-to-understand manner. And, they organized in
the way that a reader can start reading from any chapter
that interests him/her." Mr. Cho Fujio, CEO, Toyota
"In This Is Your Life, Not A Dress Rehearsal, Jim
Donovan has put together a magnificent 'success manual'
that is down to earth, fun to read, and right on target.
Read and apply Jim's proven success principles and you
will achieve extraordinary results in your life!" Jeff Keller, author, Attitude is Everything
"Once again, you've assembled
basic truths to share with the world. Your newest contribution
is so supportive, like an unconditional friend. It's here
to inspire, to nurture, to encourage and to offer hope.
'This is Your Life.' is a powerful companion and must
reading." Bonnie RossParker, author, Walk in
"Because of the wisdom in This Is Your Life,
Not A Dress Rehearsal, fewer people will die with
their music still in them. Donovan's ideas work because
he takes 'Grow where you're planted' to an energized new
level, teaching people how to have the courage to realize
their biggest dreams and truly live their version of the
good life." Barbara Garro, author, Grow Yourself
A Life Youll Love
This Is Your Life, Not a Dress Rehearsal is
a guidebook to making immediate, positive
changes in your life. Fun & easy to read, it will
get you started or keep you moving on the path to success.
Brendan Tobin, author, Yes, You Can!
"So, here I was, 67 years old; had closed down my
business, lost my identity and a lot of my reasons for
living. I figured with my poor health and poorer habits,
I didn't have long to go anyway. I read This Is
Your life, Not a Dress Rehearsal. My outlook on
life is now totally different. Im working part time,
planning to start a new business and I have goals for
the next 5, 10, 15 and 20 years! Jim Donovans book
has set me in motion, given me more reasons to live than
I can count and has challenged me to learn, grow and really
live, each moment every day. It is so good to be alive!
Thank you, Jim." Lillian
K, Hatboro, PA
"Just a wee note to say thanks for putting together
such a fantastic book, This Is Your Life, Not A
Dress Rehearsal.' As we say in Liverpool, ta very much."
"Id like to take this opportunity to say
a big thank you for having the faith and conviction to
publish This Is Your Life Not A Dress Rehearsal. I have
just finished it for the second time in a fortnight and
gone through the exercises. What a powerful tool it has
been." Duncan Wilson
"I just finished your book and would like to
tell you how much I enjoyed it. I like the way you divide
up the book into ideas. You shared your heart with a lot
of thoughtful insight and wisdom. I have read quite a
few motivational books but yours stands out as one of
the best. I loved it." Rebekah Stavros
"I read This Is Your Life Not A Dress Rehearsal
and Im now investing time to do the exercises as
you suggest. I saw an advertisement for your book and
decided to purchase it for my husband. He was inspired
by it. I am enclosing a check for five more copies."
said, 'Build a better world,' and that's exactly what
you are accomplishing with this wonderful book. Congratulations!"
David Handleman, President, Inroads, Inc.
"This book is power perfect. When the student
is ready . . . this book is a Master's tool. Thank you,
thank you." Carol Roth, Senior Sales Director, Mary
comments from Amazon
book has turned out to be a trendsetter. If only somebody
could grasp only quater as much the writer said, his life
would be nothing less than complete. Each chapter turns
out to be a beutifully woven lesson of practical attributes
and emotional weaknesses that surround our day to day
life. The author has given enough space to breathe for
the newcomer and has made it fluently simple to understand
the necessities and urgencies of life, be it positive
or negative. All along our lives we know what is to be
done but still wait for something to happen. Jim has definitely
edged the readers out of this dilemma helping them take
charge of their lives and the direction to which they
hinker "Abhi" (Hyderabad,India)
"Donovan manages to pack a plethora of self help
principals in a relatively thin book of just over 100
pages. At the beginning of every year, I reread this book,
and by following it's advice I have achieved more success
in my life. His guidelines for goal setting are particularly
powerful. I belive that if people really follow this book's
advice, they will achieve success as well."
"I loved this book. It was clear and packed a powerful
punch on me. Very inspirational and most imporatntly,
helpful. If you ever find yourself sitting around wondering
how to find happiness, not sure how to go about getting
what you want or not even being sure what it is that you
want, this book can help guide you there. It's a quick
read and if you do the exercises it will give you a good
kick in the rear and put a smile on your face at the same
time." Anne Marie Leeka (Los Angeles)
"I read some of the 'This is your Life, not a Dress
Rehearsal' and it is wonderful read it because I learn
something new about my attitude... I encourage the people
read that book. Willie Mitchell (Siloam Springs, Arkansas
"This book is good and easy to read. Having read
a few books on self-improvement, I recognized a lot of
important subjects. The author presents these in an easy-going
way and really does his best to build the reader up along
So why only four stars? The answer lies in the word "touches"
in the title of my review. The book doesn't contain all
that much text. The author skims past about 50 subjects,
each of which deserver a book in their own right."
"A Great Gift To Lift The Spirit. At a time when
we all seem to be reassessing our priorities, this is
the perfect gift...for yourself or someone you care about.
It is an easy read filled with wise, inspiring thoughts.
Packed into this slim volume are powerful tips for refining
your focus, buoying your spirit, and putting your "some
day" plans into motion. Reading it reminds you of
your power to set things right and challenges you to live
fully each day of your life."
Dr. Suzanne Zoglio (Pennsylvania)
"Wonderful! I have read many self help and motivational
books. This one is at the top of my list! It is easy to
read, and gets to the point. It is full of wonderful information
for everyone. Some books drag on and are confusing and
boring. This one is not. It is fun to read, gives great
examples and exercises one can do. It has inspired me
to live my best life, and follow my dreams."
"Because of the wisdom in "This is Your Life,
Not a Dress Rehearsal" fewer people will die with
their music still in them. In this life, God created all
of us equally. He gave each one of us a basket of talents.
Some of us begin early digging into our baskets. Others,
like Grandma Moses, don't begin digging until they are
in the sunset of their lives. Donovan invites you to dig
now. His ideas work because he takes "grow where
you're planted" to an energized new level, teaching
people how to have the courage to realize their biggest
dreams and truly live their version of the good life.
Use Jim's book to help you realize every dream you've
ever dared to dream and more. Give Jim's book to every
brilliant underachiever you know and you'll make the world
a better place with your efforts!" Barbara Garro
(Barbara Garro at http://www.ElectricEnvisions.com in
Saratoga Springs, NY)
"To find anything more inspiring and motivating,
read the Bible. Otherwise you will not find a clearer,
more concise recipe for personal growth than from Jim
Donovan's writings. The challenge is to buy just one copy
of his book; you will think of a dozen people who need
to read this, and you'll want to buy them each a copy."
David Jarret "dejarret" (Doylestown, PA USA)
'This Is Your Life, Not a Dress
Rehearsal' inspires the reader to become pro-active about
his life and then provides the techniques and tools to
change the course of his life. For years I had allowed
myself to drift down the river of life allowing the current
to control my course. Jim Donovan has shown me how I can
take control and change the course of my life. This book
provided and provides me with many insights into discovering
who I am and the means to become who I would like to be.
For instance, after reading Chapter 2, I discovered how
I limited myself by beliefs I had acquired as a child.
Beliefs that were not true. From Donovan I learned how
to challenge those beliefs, those false limits, and remove
them. Is this book worth it? Absolutely. In fact, I have
given away at least a half dozen to friends. Many read
it the same day and called me to tell me how much it meant
to them. I have used this book as a study guide for an
adult Sunday School class. And I continue to use it on
a daily basis." Dick Thomas (email@example.com)
have read enough books on the subject of personal success
through positive thinking and introspection, from other
authors in the field such as Richard Tosti, Tom Peters,
Dr. Denis Waitley, Dr. Robert Schuller, and Wayne Dyer
to know what works. Jim Donovan's This Is Your Life, Not
A Dress Rehearsal, works. It puts you at ease from the
first page. Jim's direct approach and no nonsense style,
takes the mystery out of realizing your full potential.
If you only read one self-help motivational type book
in your life, make it This Is Your Life, Not A Dress Rehearsal,
you will not be disappointed. Bob Jaeckel
Is Your Life, Not A Dress Rehearsal - Introduction
You may be asking yourself, What qualifies this guy
to write this book? What qualifies me is that Ive
been there. Ive been to the bottom and back. I sank
to some of the lowest points a human being can go
mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and financially.
I was all the way down, as far down as I ever want to go
again. Amazingly, though, as far down as I was, I was able
to turn things around and climb back from the devastation
that my life had become, all by applying the ideas discussed
in this book.
Through a chain of events and circumstances, totally caused
by my actions, my life had become a total disaster. I was
living in a small, rented room with a shared bathroom in
the South Bronx, one of the worst neighborhoods in New York
City. Ill never forget the cockroaches. They were
so bold they didnt even run when the light was turned
on. Instead, they stood there as if to say, What are
you doing in my bathroom? I was barely able to pay
the $45 a week rent. What little money I was earning from
day jobs was going to support my drinking habit. I had no
friends left because, as a result of my excesses, I had
become impossible to be around. My health was failing rapidly
due to my lifestyle and poor eating habits. I was spiritually
bankrupt, feeling that, for some reason, God had deserted
I had, as they say, reached the bottom. I had done it all.
Sold my belongings, slept in cars, gone without food for
days at a time, been evicted and all the other indignities
that are part and parcel to that lifestyle. About the only
thing I did not do was panhandle or steal.
I remember one spring evening, walking down Broadway in
New York City and, instead of looking at the bright lights
and majestic skyline, I was looking at the ground
trying to find a nickel so I would have enough money to
buy a pack of cigarettes. There were days when I would walk
20 blocks uptown to 96th street where I could buy loose
cigarettes for ten cents each. Talk about walking a mile
for a Camel!
The turning point
I finally reached my bottom. I had fallen as low as I could
stand. I reached that point where something inside of me
said, This has to change now. I was fortunate
that I had parents who were willing to take me in and give
me one more chance. If it were not for them, I would have
wound up living in Central Park or worse.
Im not sure exactly what the turning point was. I
know I had taken all the emotional pain I could stand and
even thought about taking my own life. My once promising
life had become a disaster. I had squandered the talents
and gifts I was born with and I made a decision that I had
to either change or die. Frankly, at that point in my life,
it did not really matter to me which it was.
While I was living in a room in my parents apartment,
I prayed, actually begged, God to do something with me.
Not long after that painful time, I found myself in an alcohol
treatment program and I was on a path to recovery. At the
time, I thought my life was over. I now know it was just
I received a lot of help and support during my darkest hours.
If you are struggling with a serious problem, like addiction,
get professional help. Dont try to go it alone. Call
a support program, your doctor, minister, priest, rabbi,
therapist or someone who is qualified to help in these matters.
This is a life and death situation and should not be taken
Im not writing this to gain your sympathy or to impress
you with my struggle. Im sharing my story so you can
realize that no matter how far down you may have fallen,
there is hope.
Most of you reading this book have not, hopefully, gone
as far down as I did. Most of you have jobs, houses and
families, however, I know you have your challenges too.
While your personal situation may not be as dramatic as
my experience, its no less important.
Perhaps you are experiencing financial difficulties. Maybe
youre in a dead end job with no future or youre
worried about downsizing (thats a modern word for
being fired for no apparent reason). Your health may be
less than ideal. Perhaps your relationship with your family
could use improvement.
Maybe everything is great in your life and you merely want
it to be the best it can be. We all want to grow and expand
our horizons. There is always more to give and do and have
and become. Its human nature to want to experience
the best life has to offer.