Raising Your Line – Success is About a Higher Line Mentality by Robert Stevenson

Book Review by Daniel R. Murphy

Title and Author:   Raising Your Line – Success is About a Higher Line Mentality by Robert Stevenson

Synopsis of Content:  

Raising Your Line is about making improvements in yourself and in your organization. The author is fascinated by words and how they convey ideas. This book focuses on the many ways that the word “Line” expresses aspects of achievement and success.

The fundamental ideas in the book are not new. They are all very conventional and well established principles about personal development, mindset, success, leadership and organizational improvement.

The book is divided into sections on the Right Mindset for success, improving your ability as a leader, improving your company, and improving yourself. Each of these is expressed as raising a line or level of achievement.

Throughout the book at the end of each chapter the author provides what he calls a “Line Raiser” – a summing up of the lesson that the chapter illustrates. Some examples of those line raisers:

“To survive in this ever changing marketplace, to deal successfully with whatever life or business throws at you, I suggest you become a … Realistic Optimist.”

“Ask your customers this question: In a perfect world, if we could provide you with perfect service… where do you feel we are falling short?”

“Always remember, success is Never final.”

“It takes years to build a great reputation and only moments to destroy it. Always base your decisions on maintaining the highest level of integrity.”

“At the end of the day, our happiness and the happiness of our family is all that matters. Everything else is commentary.”

What I found useful about this book:

This book is about potential and how to reach it. It is about improving oneself and through that improving your organization. This is one of the best books on personal development I’ve read in a long time. The author cites many good sources and quotations.

Readability/Writing Quality:  

The book is well written and clear. It is well organized. There are many stories in the book that make it especially readable.

Notes on Author:  

Robert Stevenson is a best selling author, public speaker, and trainer. He has owned 5 companies. One way to describe Stevenson is dynamic. As a speaker and a writer he is dynamic. His writing punches through ideas and lays them out concisely.

Other Books by This Author:

How to Soar Like and Eagle

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Three Great Ideas You Can Use:  

  1. Success is never final. Two hundred and thirty of the Fortune 500 companies that existed in 1980 are gone. Both individuals and organizations must continually learn and adapt to survive.
  2. To get ahead you must do more than average. You must astonish your peers, your boss and your customers.
  3. The single most important things for success are discipline and integrity. Without discipline you cannot excel. Without integrity you cannot last and you cannot influence others.

Publication Information:  

Title and Author: Raising Your Line – Success is About a Higher Line Mentality by Robert Stevenson
Copyright holder: ©2015 by Robert Stevenson
Publisher: Seeking Excellence Publishing, Clearwater, Florida

Book of the Month for May 2016

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.