7 Checklist Items for Success
A Guide to a Richer and More Successful Life
by Jean Gilnord Mathurin, M.D.
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Pub Date 28 May 2018 | Archive Date 29 Nov 2018
Dr. Jean Gilnord Mathurin, a Haitian immigrant who raised himself from a dishwasher to a United States’ Naval Medical Officer, has written a guide for those who feel there is something more to life than just enjoyment. His self-help book, 7 Checklist Items for Success: A Guide to a Richer and More Successful Life (May 14, 2018), is for anyone looking to expand their horizons and enact a life-long plan for a better existence. Through sound advice, Dr. Mathurin offers insight from first-hand experiences and weaves in the wisdom of others, including Warren Buffett and late self-help authors Zig Ziglar and Napoleon Hill. Kirkus Reviews hails 7 Checklist Items for Success, “a book of noble, sincere, and expressive advice for living.”
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A U.S. Navy physician shares his secrets for a more successful life in this self-help work.
Mathurin conceived of his debut book when he realized how critical checklists are in the worlds of naval aviation and medicine. Itemized lists, he says, help avoid flight mishaps and operating room errors, so he wondered, "Why not apply this same concept to people's lives to help them achieve their highest potential?" That epiphany resulted in this book--a kind of instruction manual for living that breaks achievement into seven "checklist items": "Goals," "Take Action," "Courage to Consistently Commit," "Value Resources," "Investing in Yourself and Others," "Giving Back," and "Create a Legacy of Service to Others." An introductory section helpfully explains each of the core concepts, in brief, and these same blocks of text are repeated at the beginning of each of seven chapters. The items themselves are unlikely to be new to most readers, as many of the ideas are common in self-help literature (such as "Have the courage to go the extra mile with everything that you do, each and every time"). But the presentation of the material feels more novel, as the overarching checklist concept isn't taken literally; the book's merit derives from the idea that one can systematically address several broad areas in the quest for a fuller life. At the very least, this notion gives the book a highly focused structure that makes it easy for readers to navigate.
Unsurprisingly, given the author's military and medical background, there's a sense of logic and precision to this book. Each chapter's content is uniformly positive and always emphasizes proactivity, but it's also clear that the book isn't intended to highlight step-by-step procedure. Instead, it offers a wide-ranging, general discussion of each list item, using examples and personal anecdotes to illustrate specific points. To that end, Mathurin writes from a very personal perspective--sharing, for example, how he grew up in poverty in Haiti--and he explains with some eloquence how he used the principles that he lays out in his book to "transform [his] life from famine to abundance." He writes with a great deal of insight, as well, offering not only accounts of his own experiences, but also the wisdom of others, such as investor Warren Buffett and the late self-help authors Zig Ziglar and Napoleon Hill. Mathurin's style often takes an inspirational tone, as he exudes a sense of confidence in his approach to life: "Success," writes Mathurin, "is only ten percent intention and ninety percent action." About leading others, he writes, "always strive to be the leader you would want to follow; strive to be the calm voice in the midst of the chaos, and--while you are at it--strive to be the change that you want to see." Finally, Mathurin stresses that you can "lay the path to your legacy by focusing on giving back the acts of kindness you have received along the way."
A book of noble, sincere, and expressive advice for living.
About the Author:
Dr. Jean Gilnord Mathurin is a board-certified primary care physician, Resident in Aerospace Medicine and public speaker. He was born into poverty in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and raised himself from a dishwasher to a United States’ Naval Medical Officer. He attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. His naval career began during Officer Candidate School in 2010 in Newport, Rhode Island. Dr. Mathurin aims to help others reach a more successful life from the lessons he has learned from his journey as a Haitian immigrant. His goal is to one day work as Global Health specialist for USAID or the U.S. Department of State in Haiti. He has previously served in the Pacific and currently resides in Pensacola, Florida with his wife and two children. His hobbies include photography, reading, and listening to audiobooks. He is fluent in Creole and English.
Connect with Dr. Jean Gilnord Mathurin on Facebook @7checklistitems, Twitter @JeanGMathurin, Instagram @the7checklistitems, YouTube @7ChecklistItems and at www.7checklistitems.com.
7 Checklist Items for Success: A Guide to a Richer and More Successful Life is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book on Amazon and other retailers. An audiobook is also available.
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As a awfully busy student constantly trying to find way to be more efficient in my day-to-day life, I often enjoy reading into various books and opinions about time management, productivity and streamlining processes. Whilst the concepts are rarely revolutionary - they can often leave you with the spur of enthusiasm that is exactly what you need to jump back into the latest job / project / mission. This is exactly what 7 Checklist items for success did for me! Succinctly written with an air of wit, Mathurin provides obvious information in a way that reminds you that you haven't been doing the simplest habits to be successful in your own life. He provides readers with the opportunity to self-evaluate, see their strengths but also identify their weaknesses in a fast-paced world and strives to change them for the future. A great read for procrastinators and visionaries alike,