Just about every week I receive a new book that talks in some way or other about success. Success Intelligence may be the most eye-opening and inspiring book about success I’ve seen in the past couple of years.

Simply reading the intro, I was hooked. Robert tells the story of his father, who was a successful man in most people’s eyes. All through his career, he held senior management positions for investment banks and stock-broker companies. He was also an alcoholic, and for the last nine years of his life he was homeless.

“He was not ill,” says Robert “He was lost. He had lost sight of what is real. He had also lost sight of himself. And the meaninglessness and valuelessness set in, slowly killing him.”

Seeing his father’s decay sent Robert into an intense search and inquiry about the meaning of life, success and happiness. Success Intelligence is a collection of stories from and insights into Robert’s work over the past twenty years, examining what it means to be truly successful in today’s society, where people live faster but not necessarily better. To help readers clarify their vision and purpose, Holden uses a system called Intelligent Goals. Each chapter includes tests and practical exercises to help you create your own success agenda.

Robert’s style is intimate, entertaining and direct. The book is made up of thirty powerful essays on the psychology and sociology of success. It draws upon Robert’s extensive research and experience of working with individuals and corporations worldwide. Key themes include:

Robert Holden’s innovative work has been featured on Oprah and in two major BBC-TV documentaries, The Happiness Formula and How to Be Happy, shown in sixteen countries to more than 30 million television viewers.

“Success is not a race, it’s a journey; not an achievement, it’s a discovery,” says Robert, “The primary task then is to create a vision for success—one that engages your whole being. True success should not have to cost you your joy, your health or your relationships … Practicing success intelligence makes any true personal success into a valuable gift to others … May your success inspire and help us all.”

Hardcover, 408 pages, $26.95;
Hay House, 2008