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In Fantastic, author Alan Austin-Smith attempts to answer the age old question of why some people are consistently more successful than others. Having studied many successful people, Austin-Smith ...

In Fantastic, author Alan Austin-Smith attempts to answer the age old question of why some people are consistently more successful than others. Having studied many successful people, Austin-Smith presents the Fantastic Theory, a presentation of the seven characteristics that all fantastic people have. In order to be fantastic, people must stand out above the rest who are merely good enough by adopting the seven characteristics. These characteristics are known as “the other stuff” and are the secret of successful people. Austin-Smith stresses throughout the book that simply reading and learning is not enough; people must take action in order to move in the direction of their dreams. Being good is not enough; to be successful people must strive to be fantastic at what they do.

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  • Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • FantasticWhen Being Good Is Not EnoughAlan Austin-Smith©2013 Alan Austin-SmithAdapted by permission of Capstone Publishing, Ltd., aWiley CompanyISBN: 978-0-857-08396-8Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithFEATURES OF THE BOOKAlan Austin-Smith wrote Fantastic in the style of a handbook orworkbook. Many key points are printed in large colored text tojump out at the reader.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithKEY CONCEPTSThere are seven characteristics that allow fantastic people to begreat at their jobs, have healthy relationships, and deal withadversity:1.Having passion2.Expressing creativity3.Sharing delight4.Performing5.Feeling alive inside6.Learning always7.Having funBusiness Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithINTRODUCTIONIn Fantastic, author Alan Austin-Smith attempts to answer theage old question of why some people are consistently moresuccessful than others. Having studied many successful people,Austin-Smith presents the Fantastic Theory, a presentation ofthe seven characteristics that all fantastic people have. In orderto be fantastic, people must stand out above the rest who aremerely good enough by adopting the seven characteristics.These characteristics are known as “the other stuff” and are thesecret of successful people. Austin-Smith stresses throughoutthe book that simply reading and learning is not enough; peoplemust take action in order to move in the direction of theirdreams.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithBusiness Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights ReservedSUCCESS—WHAT IS IT?Success is about reward. Rewards come in many forms, butthere are four general types:1.Community2.Personal3.Security4.Material
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithLEARN FROM FANTASTIC PEOPLEThere are seven characteristics that allow people to be great attheir jobs, have healthy relationships, and deal with adversity.Fantastic people:•Are passionate.•Are creative.•Delight others.•Are performers.•Are alive inside.•Are always learning.•Have fun.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithFANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE PASSIONATEFantastic people are passionate for one reason: they love whatthey do. Many people can easily find passion when beginning anew job or a new relationship, but often somewhere along theway the passion is lost.One of the reasons for lost passion is because there has been aloss of focus, or perhaps a change of focus to the negative.Everyone has experienced relationships where suddenly theyonly see the negatives in the other person.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithFANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE CREATIVEThe world today is one of fast-paced change and shows no signsof slowing down. People must learn how to adapt to rapidchange and to use change to their advantage.The Creative Revolution presents ways to focus on the solutionsand not the problems in this rapidly changing world.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithFANTASTIC PEOPLE DELIGHTThe FLOW method is a guide for delighting others.First Impression—People must create a fantastic firstimpression.Last Impression—Leave others with a fantastic last impression.Ouch’s—Any problems should be approached positively.Wow—Wow the customer every time.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithFANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE PERFORMERSPeople often have good intentions but no follow through. Theymean to send a thank you note or call this or that person butthey just never get to it. Many times the reason people do nottake action is due to a lack of confidence.Fantastic people have a trick to overcome this lack ofconfidence. They pretend! Fantastic people act confident even ifthey do not feel it. If they are nervous, they do not show it. If theyare afraid, they hide it.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithFANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE ALIVE INSIDEWaiting for motivation from an outside source, event, or personis at best inconsistent. A lot of time can be wasted waiting foroutside motivation. People can motivate themselves by:Focusing on strengths—Everyone makes mistakes, hasweaknesses, and has things they are just not good at. Byfocusing on what they are good at, what they enjoy, and whatinspires them, people create positive motivation.Focusing on solutions not problems—Time spent thinkingabout problems, rather than solutions to problems is wastedtime. Fantastic people are creative; they use imagination to seesolutions that motivate.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithFANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LEARNINGPeople should follow three steps when creating learning goals:1.Focus learning on personal strengths for rapid growth.2.Set learning goals for the day, month, and year.3.Take 15 minutes each day to learn.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithFANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE HAVING FUN!The most important characteristic in the Fantastic Revolution ishaving fun. Without this essential ingredient, the cycle is notsustainable. There must be balance to have fun. There areseveral ways for people to keep fun in their days:•Focus on fun.•Prioritize—make having fun a priority.•Practice DOGASHI—quiet the voices that associate guiltwith fun.•Stop procrastinating—do not put off fun until there is moretime or more money.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithBE FANTASTIC!Learning how to be fantastic is all good and fine, but what willmake all the difference for most people is the word “be.”Actionmust follow learning in order for people to become fantastic atwhat they do.Being fantastic starts with passion from knowing what one isdoing and why. This leads to being creative, delighting andinspiring others with performance, and the outward expression ofbeing alive inside. With constancy and consistency in learningand action, all the while having fun, people can becomefantastic.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  • Fantastic By Alan Austin-SmithCopyright of Business Book Summaries, Business Book Review,BusinessSummaries, and BizSum is property of EBSCOPublishing, Inc., and its content may not be copied or emailed tomultiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’sexpress written permission. However, users may print, download,or email articles for individual use. For more information, or to learnabout our other learning products, please visit our website athttp://www.ebscohost.com/learning-resources.Business Book Summaries®Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights ReservedABOUT BUSINESS BOOK SUMMARIES