Thrivelearning Book - Dorothea Brande's Wake Up and Live!


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Wake Up and Live!

I was introduced to it by Earl Nightingale (of "Our Changing World" fame). It was in his "Strangest Secret" recording where he introduced her now famous credo:

"Act as though it were impossible to fail."

And she explains how she got to that point in this book. The first section is an autobiography of sorts, explaining the gist of her discovered philosophy of life - and how that credo lead her straight to an amazing career after a rather mundane existence prior. Newly republished in an easy-to-read format, this book is an essential classic for anyone's library.

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Thrivelearning Book - Dorothea Brande's Wake Up and Live!

  1. 1. Freedom, Peace, and Abundance may already beyours... Go Thunk Yourself - A System Wake Up and Live! A book review and background guide Wake Up and Live! - Review and Guide Book by Dorothea Brande - 1936 Language English Pages 117 Binding Perfect-bound Paperback Interior Ink Black & white Dimensions (inches) 6.0 wide × 9.0 tall
  2. 2. (Also available as a download, and in hardback edition as part of "Secrets BetweenYour Ears" collection)This continuing classic bestseller has every reason to be. Its filled with a dozen"prescriptions" for successful living that you can (and should - IMHO) use in your lifeto really bring yourself to life.I was introduced to it by Earl Nightingale (of "Our Changing World" fame). It was inhis "Strangest Secret" recording where he introduced her now famous credo: "Act as though it were impossible to fail."And she explains how she got to that point in this book. The first section is anautobiography of sorts, explaining the gist of her discovered philosophy of life -and how that credo lead her straight to an amazing career after a rather mundaneexistence prior. (The excerpt below you will probably find fascinating...)Why is this "Wake Up and Live" book featured?Because its a continuing bestseller. And Brande worked out the basics to humanbehavioiur - discovering one of the most basic programs which hold people back.Consider this as a reference book for your library which you can return to time andagain to gain fresh insights about how you are living your life and what you can stillimprove on.Dorothea Brande BiographyWikipedia has a short description for her: Dorothea Brande (1893 – 1948) was a well-respected writer and editor in New York. She was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago, the Lewis
  3. 3. Institute in Chicago (later merged with Armour Institute of Technology to become Illinois Institute of Technology), and the University of Michigan. Her book Becoming a Writer, published in 1934, is still in print and offers advice for beginning and sustaining any writing enterprise. She also wrote Wake Up and Live, published in 1936, which sold over two million copies. It was made into a musical by Twentieth Century Fox in 1937. While she was serving as associate editor of The American Review in 1936, she married that journals owner and editor, Seward Collins. Dorothea Collins died in New Hampshire.Wake Up and Live - book excerpt CONTENTS Introduction.............................. Chapter 1 - Why Do We Fail?............... Chapter 2 - The Will to Fail.............. Chapter 3 - Victims of The Will to Fail... Chapter 4 - The Rewards of Failure........ Chapter 5 - Righting the Direction........ Chapter 6 - The System in Operation....... Chapter 7 - Warnings and Qualifications... Chapter 8 - On Saving Breath.............. Chapter 9 - The Task Of The Imagination... Chapter 10 - On Codes and Standards....... Chapter 11 - Twelve Disciplines........... Chapter 12 - And The Best of Luck!........ INTRODUCTION TWO YEARS ago I came across a formula for success which has revolutionized my life. It was so simple, and so obvious once I had seen it, that I could hardly believe it was responsible for the magical results which followed my putting it into practice. The first thing to confess is that two years ago I was a failure. Oh, nobody knew it except me and those who knew me well enough to see that I was not
  4. 4. doing a tenth of what could be expected of me. I held an interesting position,lived not too dull a life—yet there was no doubt in my own mind, at least, thatI had failed. What I was doing was a substitute activity for what I had plannedto do; and no matter how ingenious and neat the theories were which Ipresented to myself to account for my lack of success, I knew very well thatthere was more work that I should be doing, and better work, and work moredemonstrably my own.Of course I was always looking for a way out of my inpasse. But when 1actually had the good fortune to find it, I hardly believed in my own luck. Atfirst I did not try to analyze or explain it. For one thing, the effects of usingthe formula were so remarkable that I was almost on the verge of beingsuperstitious about the matter; it seemed like magic, and it doesnt do toinquire too closely into the reasons for a spell or incantation! More realisticthan that, there was—at that time— still a trace of wariness about my attitude.I had tried to get out of my difficulties many times before, had often seemedto be about to do so, and then had found them closing in around me again asrelentlessly as ever. But the main reason for my taking so little time to analyzeor explain the effects of the formula after I once began to use it consistentlywas that I was much too busy and having far too much fun.It was enough to revel in the ease with which I did work hitherto impossiblefor me, to see barriers I had thought impenetrable melt away, to feel theinertia and timidity which had bound me for years dropping off like unlockedfetters.For I had been years in my deadlock; I had known what I wanted to do, hadequipped myself for my profession—and got nowhere. Yet I had chosen mylife work, which was writing, early, and had started out with high hopes. Mostof the work I had finished had met a friendy reception. But then when I triedto take the next step and go onto a more mature phase it was as though I hadbeen turned to stone. I felt as if I could not start.Of course it goes without saying that I was unhappy. Not miserably andpainfully unhappy, but just nagged at and depressed by my own ineffectuality.I busied myself at editing, since I seemed doomed to fail at the more creativeside of literature; and I never ceased harrying myself, consulting teachers andanalysts and psychologists and physicians for advice as to how to get out ofmy pit. I read and inquired and thought and worried; I tried every suggestionfor relief. Nothing worked more than temporarily. For a while I might engagein feverish activity, but never for more than a week or two. Then the period ofaction would suddenly end, leaving me as far from my goal as ever, and eachtime more deeply discouraged.Then, between one minute and the next, I found the idea which set me free.This time I was not consciously looking for it; I was engaged on a piece ofresearch in quite another field. But I came across a sentence in the book I was
  5. 5. reading. HUMAN PERSONALITY, by F. W. H. Myers, which was so illuminatingthat I put the book aside to consider all the ideas suggested in that onepenetrating hypothesis. When I picked up the book again I was a differentperson.Every aspect, attitude, relation of my life was altered. At first, as I say, I didnot realize that. I only knew, with increasing certainty from day to day, that atlast I had found a talisman for counteracting failure and inertia anddiscouragement and that it worked. That was quite enough for me! My handsand my days were so full that there was no time for introspection. I didsometimes drop off to sleep, after doing in a short while what once wouldhave seemed to me a gigantic task, thinkng, like the old lady of the nurseryrhyme, "This is none of I!" But "I" was reaping the rewards, beyond doubt: thebooks I had wanted to write for so long and had so agonizingly failed to writewere flowing, now, as fast as the words would go on paper, and so far fromfeeling drained by the activity, I was continually finding new ideas which hadbeen hidden, as it were, behind the work that had "backed up" in my mindand made a barrier.Here is the total amount of writing I was able to do in the twenty years beforeI found my formula—the little writing which I was painfully, laboriously,protestingly able to do. For safetys sake I have over-estimated the items ineach classification, so a generous estimate of it comes to this: Seventeenshort stories, twenty book-reviews, half a dozen newspaper items, oneattempt at a novel, abandoned less than a third of the way through. Anaverage of less than two completed pieces of work per year!For the two years after my moment of illumination, this is the record: Threebooks (the first two in just two weeks less than the first year, and bothsuccessful in their different fields), twenty-four articles, four short stories,seventy-two lectures, the scaffolding of three more books; and innumerableletters of consultation and professional advice sent to all parts of the country.Nor are those by any means the only results of applying my formula. As soonas I discovered how it worked in the one matter of releasing my energy forwriting, I began to be curious as to what else it might do for me, and to tryacting upon it in other fields where I had had trouble. The tentativeness andtimidity which had crippled me in almost every aspect of my life droppedaway. Interviews, lectures, engagements which I had driven myself to givingagainst the grain every minute, became pleasurable experiences. On the otherhand, a dozen stupid little exploitations of myself which I had allowed—almost in a penitential spirit—so long as I was in my deadlock were endedthen and there. I was on good terms with myself at last, no longer punishingand exhorting and ruthlessly driving myself, and so no longer allowing myselfto be unnecessarily bored and tired.Although my formula had worked with such striking consequences for me, I
  6. 6. told very few of my friends about it. In the almost fatuous egotism which Iseem to share with ninety-nine percent of my fellows, I thought my case wasunique: that no one had ever got into quite such a state of ineffectivenessbefore, nor would be able to apply the formula I used so successfully on theirown difficulties.From time to time, now that I was no longer living in such a state of siege asmade me blind to all outside happenings, I did see indications here and therethat another was wasting their life in much the same way that I had wastedmine; but I had had the good fortune to emerge and so, I thought, wouldthey, in good time. Except for chance I would never have thought of publiclyoffering the simple program which had helped me so; I might, indeed, neverhave realized that to a greater or less extent most adults are living inadequatelives and suffering in consequence.But some months ago I was asked to lecture to a group of book-sellers, andthe subject which was tentatively given me was "The Difficulties of Becoming aWriter." Now in my first book I had gone into those difficulties prettythoroughly; I had no desire to read a chapter from an already published bookto an audience the members of which were in a little better way to have readthe chapter than almost any other group would have been. Beginning toprepare the lecture I could think of nothing further to add to the subject thanto say frankly that the most difficult of all tasks for a writer was learning tocounteract their own inertia and cowardice. So, fearing at first that my talkwould have somewhat the sound of "testifying to grace" in an old-fashionedprayer-meeting, I began to consider the subject and prepare my speech.The conclusions I came are in this book: that we are victims to a Will to Fail;that unless we see this in time and take action against it we die withoutaccomplishing our intentions; that there is a way of counteracting that Willwhich gives results that seem like magic. I gave my lecture. What was reallystartling to me was to see how it was received. Until the notes, the letters, thetelephone-calls began to come in, I had thought the report of how one personovercame a dilemma might interest many of the audience mildly and help twoor three hearers who found themselves in somewhat the same plight.But it seemed that my audience, almost to a man, was in the state I haddescribed, that they all were looking for help to get out of it. I gave thelecture twice more; the results were the same. I was flooded with messages,questions, and requests for interviews. Best of all were three reports whichcame to me within two weeks.Three of my hearers had not waited for a fuller exposition, or taken it forgranted that the formula would not work for them, but had put it intoimmediate practice. One had written and sold a story which had haunted herfor years, but which had seemed too extraordinary to be likely to sell. A manhad gone home and quietly ended the exploitation of himself by a
  7. 7. temperamental sister, and had made arrangements to resume evening work in a line that he had abandoned at his sisters insistence; to his astonishment, his sister, once she thoroughly understood that he refused to be handicapped longer, had seemed to wake from a long period of peevish hypochondria and was happier than she had been in years. The third case was too long and too personal to recount here, but in many ways it was the best of them all. Well, there were three persons, at least, who found the formula efficacious; and, like me, each of them found something rather awe-inspiring about the results. We all live so far below the possible level for our lives that when we are set free from the things which hamper us so that we merely approach the potentialities in ourselves, we seem to have been entirely transfigured. It is in comparison with the halting, tentative, hesitant lives we let ourselves live that the full, normal life that is ours by right seems to partake of the definitely super-normal. When that is seen, it is easy to discover that all men and women of effective lives, whether statesmen, philosophers, artists or men of business, use, sometimes entirely unconsciously, the same mental attitude in which to do their work that their less fortunate fellows must either find for themselves or die without discovering. Occasionally, as the reading of biographies and autobiographies shows, enlightenment comes through religion, philosophy, or wholehearted admiration for another; and the individual, although often feeling still weak in himself, is sustaned by his devotion, is often capable of feats of endurance, effectiveness or genius which cause us to marvel at him. But those who are not born with this knowledge of the way to induce the state in which successful work is done, who do not learn it so early that they cannot remember a time when they did not know it, or who for some reason cannot find in religion or philosophy the strength that they need to counteract their own ineffectiveness, can still teach themselves by conscious effort to get the best from their lives. As they do so, many other things which have puzzled them become clear. But this book is not the history of the growth of an idea. It is intended to be a practical handbook for those who would like to escape from futility and begin to live happily and well.----
  8. 8. Wake Up and Live - The MovieBut an interesting tidbit is this book also became the movie "Wake Up and Live!"The plot synopsis from Fandango: The hyped-up 1930s radio feud between bandleader Ben Bernie and columnist Walter Winchell is all but forgotten today, but that doesnt lessen the entertainment value of the Bernie/Winchell vehicle Wake Up and Live. Amidst the bickering of the two stars, the film traces the progress of mike-shy singer Jack Haley (whose singing voice was dubbed by Buddy Clark). Leading lady Alice Faye tricks Haley into singing on the air with Bernies orchestra, which results in Winchell doing his best to discredit both Bernie and Haley. Eventually Haley and Alice Faye fall in love, and Ben and Walter patch up their differences. So successful was Wake Up and Live that 20th Century-Fox rushed Bernie and Winchell into a follow-up, Love and Hisses (38), but by that time their feud had taken second place in the hearts of America to the equally contrived "battle" between Jack Benny and Fred Allen. ~ Hal Erickson, RoviYou may remember Jack Haley as having played the Tin Man in "Wizard of Oz".----
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