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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 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.

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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  1. 1. Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Fantastic When Being Good Is Not Enough Alan Austin-Smith ©2013 Alan Austin-Smith Adapted by permission of Capstone Publishing, Ltd., a Wiley Company ISBN: 978-0-857-08396-8 Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith FEATURES OF THE BOOK Alan Austin-Smith wrote Fantastic in the style of a handbook or workbook. Many key points are printed in large colored text to jump out at the reader. Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith KEY CONCEPTS There are seven characteristics that allow fantastic people to be great at their jobs, have healthy relationships, and deal with adversity: 1.Having passion 2.Expressing creativity 3.Sharing delight 4.Performing 5.Feeling alive inside 6.Learning always 7.Having fun Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith INTRODUCTION 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. Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved SUCCESS—WHAT IS IT? Success is about reward. Rewards come in many forms, but there are four general types: 1.Community 2.Personal 3.Security 4.Material
  7. 7. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith LEARN FROM FANTASTIC PEOPLE There are seven characteristics that allow people to be great at their 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
  8. 8. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith FANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE PASSIONATE Fantastic people are passionate for one reason: they love what they do. Many people can easily find passion when beginning a new job or a new relationship, but often somewhere along the way the passion is lost. One of the reasons for lost passion is because there has been a loss of focus, or perhaps a change of focus to the negative. Everyone has experienced relationships where suddenly they only see the negatives in the other person. Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  9. 9. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith FANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE CREATIVE The world today is one of fast-paced change and shows no signs of slowing down. People must learn how to adapt to rapid change and to use change to their advantage. The Creative Revolution presents ways to focus on the solutions and not the problems in this rapidly changing world. Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  10. 10. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith FANTASTIC PEOPLE DELIGHT The FLOW method is a guide for delighting others. First Impression—People must create a fantastic first impression. 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
  11. 11. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith FANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE PERFORMERS People often have good intentions but no follow through. They mean to send a thank you note or call this or that person but they just never get to it. Many times the reason people do not take action is due to a lack of confidence. Fantastic people have a trick to overcome this lack of confidence. They pretend! Fantastic people act confident even if they do not feel it. If they are nervous, they do not show it. If they are afraid, they hide it. Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  12. 12. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith FANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE ALIVE INSIDE Waiting for motivation from an outside source, event, or person is at best inconsistent. A lot of time can be wasted waiting for outside motivation. People can motivate themselves by: Focusing on strengths—Everyone makes mistakes, has weaknesses, and has things they are just not good at. By focusing on what they are good at, what they enjoy, and what inspires them, people create positive motivation. Focusing on solutions not problems—Time spent thinking about problems, rather than solutions to problems is wasted time. Fantastic people are creative; they use imagination to see solutions that motivate. Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  13. 13. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith FANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING People 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
  14. 14. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith FANTASTIC PEOPLE ARE HAVING FUN! The most important characteristic in the Fantastic Revolution is having fun. Without this essential ingredient, the cycle is not sustainable. There must be balance to have fun. There are several 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 guilt with fun. •Stop procrastinating—do not put off fun until there is more time or more money. Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  15. 15. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith BE FANTASTIC! Learning how to be fantastic is all good and fine, but what will make all the difference for most people is the word “be.”Action must follow learning in order for people to become fantastic at what they do. Being fantastic starts with passion from knowing what one is doing and why. This leads to being creative, delighting and inspiring others with performance, and the outward expression of being alive inside. With constancy and consistency in learning and action, all the while having fun, people can become fantastic. Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
  16. 16. Fantastic By Alan Austin-Smith Copyright of Business Book Summaries, Business Book Review, BusinessSummaries, and BizSum is property of EBSCO Publishing, Inc., and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. For more information, or to learn about our other learning products, please visit our website at http://www.ebscohost.com/learning-resources. Business Book Summaries® Copyright © 2013 EBSCO Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved ABOUT BUSINESS BOOK SUMMARIES

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