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Publisher's Summary

The follow-up to James Smith’s international number one best seller, Not a Diet Book

  • Do you love your job?
  • Does your future excite you?
  • Are your relationships working for you? 

James Smith is back to challenge everything you thought you knew about the path to fulfilment and happiness. With hard-hitting home truths and a helping of tough love, be prepared to reset your outlook, redefine your goals and truly consider: What does success truly mean to you? 

Now, more than ever, is the time to take back control. Time to stop sleep-walking through your life, to challenge the status quo and to truly ask yourself if you’re on the right path to success, happiness and fulfilment.  

Only you can take the reins of your own life and choose to make a change, but with invaluable experience, a hunger for genuine happiness and a drive to be the kind of coach he needed when his life was broken, James can give you the tools to do it.

©2020 James Smith (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Meet the man changing the way you think about fitness. One of the most sought-after personal trainers in the world (who has) knocked current fitness It boy @JoeWicks for six and stolen the coveted crown of the fitness world." (Sunday Times Style)

"Not a Diet Book mercilessly takes down every fad diet, workout and health drink you have been sold and instead explains [James’] mission to make understanding weight-loss as two words – calorie deficit." (The Sun)

"Personal trainer James Smith’s new book, Not a Diet Book, offers frank advice on getting in shape and busts some major diet myths." (Grazia)

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  • k8
  • 18-11-2020

Not for the mature reader

He is a young man.. probably needs a bit more life experience to get me into it... one quote " are you insecure about how many people your partner has slept with???? really that is so young peoples insecurities and also he tells us how many times how he is the best etc etc..

I don't recommend it if you are over 25 years old.

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A few nuggets. But he’s no Tony Robbins

I like James Smith. I follow his social media and have for a long time. I really enjoyed the diet book which was much more in the Smith wheelhouse.

This book, however, felt like it was written for the sake of writing a book. James’ carefree approach to life might suit some but the endless pursuit of happiness feels a bit light on. It’s pop self-help which will sell plenty of copies but I’d prefer something by Mark Manson or similar.

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Average...nothing new shared

Lots of quotes, other authors ideas explained, examples from personal experience. I found it too idealistic. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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OK, but not for anyone over 35

I like JS and his approach to health and fitness. He knows his stuff and I assumed this book would be more around the head space to get better at fitness and health. But I just found it full of personal anecdotes on James’s life. I have read many books James has also read and could pick out a lot of the content in these books that have been re hashed into his own words in Not a Life a coach book. So nothing new was learned. If you have a “corporate/office job” you may well feel you’re being told you’re not fulfilling your true potential because it didn’t fulfil James. Also not geared toward people who have dependants and financial commitments. I guess this is because it’s not aimed at those people. Overall a little underwhelming. That said, good for him for trying . You won’t please everyone, and by the look of the feedback, it hit the mark for many.

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Ok if you’re 18 and single

I like James. From a distance. His twattery can be endearing and I like his challenges to the cancellation culture — he’s not afraid to call the PC pests moaning c*nts. Which they are.

But this book is lacklustre. Him reading it moreso. Gosh, he’s about as exciting as an accountant reading your tax bill. Just droll.
I laboured through this hoping to obtain some pearls of wisdom but all that’s here are pebbles, I’m afraid. Perfect of course for the self help junkies that will swallow every line. Lol.

This is a classic example of someone conquering social media and making you think they can read and write and when they do, you realise with a sinking feeling, that they can’t...and they shouldn’t.

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Don’t pay him

Better off reading the subtle art of not giving a fckk and barefoot.
Not worth the time

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brilliant

love this book. I have read most of the books James references and it's so cool to see someone else's perspectives on the same text. live the delivery, love the call to action. just an all round good listen!

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Not worth your Audible credits.

Boring and useless. Jumps from one topic to another without any coherence.

Not really worth your free credit.

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Really makes you think!

I picked up and put down this book over the course of around 3 months and I even noticed I gradually integrated points made in this book in every day life. Very valuable material!

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Ok, but probably wouldn't recommend

Wouldn't recommend unless you are a 20 something, single with no kids and have well off parents. Then you can take his advise to just do whatever you want so that everything in life is a fu#k yes.

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  • Mildred Meier
  • 18-11-2020

Changed Everything

Full of self doubts and lifetime of regrets, I took a leap of faith and got this book. I’m glad I did. It gave me so much to think about and why I was endlessly unhappy. James Smith gave me a key to unlocking a door that I had not thought I could. He gives you the key, but you have to want the change. A must read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-11-2020

Love this....

I’ve been a follower of James Smith for several years. From his Facebook Lives with Brian the bird in Bondi to a brief stint as a JSA member during the first Bali competition where I learned all I need to know to maintain and improve my fitness level. Now this, Not A Life Coach, at a time when pondering significant changes in my life, perfectly guiding my thoughts to what matter to ME, not anyone else. Thought provoking, encouraging, funny and from the heart. Thank you, James, for unknowingly being the person spouting the words I need to hear at just the right time in life. Congrats. Well done.

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  • Ron
  • 21-04-2021

AMAZE-BALLS

Great fv*kin book. Will change your life. Read it now. Do yourself a favor and JUST DO IT. Like Nike.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-2021

Didn't find it beneficial at all

Probably best for listeners in their early 20s who don't read any self-development material.
This was just a choppy version of regurgitated ideas from other books and psychology. I was hoping it would be more fitness related which is his expertise.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-2021

Loved it!

I was pleasantly and overwhelmingly surprised by how much I loved every chapter of this book! I will definitely be reading more by James Smith. Thank you James!

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  • Eloise G
  • 22-02-2021

You need this book

Life changing content in this book. Highly recommend that you read or give to someone in their 20’s.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-02-2021

James Smith does it again !! brilliant.

Amazing !! Eye opening !! James words hit home and are something to keep .

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  • Dylan Fisher
  • 27-01-2021

Life changer!

I am not a reader. I have never started and finished an entire book myself. But “Not a Life Coach” was amazing! Would recommend it to any and everyone, it is just that good. Ticks all the boxes! Thank you James Smith you are a life changer!

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  • james somers
  • 26-01-2021

Absolutely loved it!

Can definitely recommend! Brutally honest and generally a really good listen!
I have to say it reminded me that I have to stop comparing myself to others, and focus on me and my path. Don’t need to be in a rush all the time, just workout what makes me happy, and do that over and over again!

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  • Adnan Z. Manjal
  • 18-01-2021

Good. But not great.

This is a decent follow up. But not necessary. Yes I compare it to Jame Smith’s first book, Not A Diet Book, which was absolutely necessary. A sharp and sane voice cutting through all the noise and bull or the diet and weight loss world. This book is a continuum of the first (even if James says it’s not). But like I mentioned, it’s decent at its best, but not really necessary.

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  • Mr M A Pearce
  • 08-11-2020

From fitness to preaching

Let me start by saying I've followed JS for years, love his fitness content, loved his first book and love his general approach to health and fitness advice.... but.... this book is more like a condescending, smug, patronising life guide from a middle class boy who has made money from an early age. I'm not disputing that he has earned his success and has done the hard graft to get where he is today but he talks as if he lived in the trenches of slugging it out in the corporate world for 20 years, a poor pt for 20 years until he finally made it. Reality is he had a privileged upbringing, back packed around the world for a while and quickly became very successful and very wealthy.
The book is a cheese fest of 'perfect world' advice about always do what you want to do, live how you want to live, and reeks of a young man's thoughts on the world who has no children, no commitments and has made it good relatively quickly so has never lived in the real world.
Also its ironic that he slates Joe wicks for suddenly becoming a chef when thats not what he is trained in yet he suddenly feels qualified to release guide book for life when he's a 30 year old middle class wealthy man and always has been (not always 30 obviously but you know what I mean)!?
Stick to what your are best at!

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  • Kerry owen
  • 07-11-2020

Not worth the hype

I loved James first book and I follow the podcasts and Instagram so I was really looking forward to this book but very disappointed. the book didn't really flow for me and I learnt nothing other than his bits life story which he touched on in the first book. Someone who's doing exceptionally well in his career saying you don't need to be a millionaire to be happy and clearly not had to worry about paying the bills each month to survive we can't all drop everything and run off to new zealand! a communication chapter and how to talk to people just seemed to bang on about social media following, not hugely useful for the average person looking to sort their life out. just not worth the hype in my opinion im afraid. Perhaps aimed more at a younger audience who hasn't decided which path to take but for someone with a mortgage and children to feed i got nothing from this book

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  • Spencer
  • 06-11-2020

Awful. Hypocritical and a shame!

I love James and I have the previous book and listened to all his podcasts etc but this book is nothing more than affirming his own life choices with nothing but contempt to those who try to repair relationships or buy a house to raise their families and not spend their youth travelling! We get it you wore a suit and went to Bali! It’s rich telling people that being a millionaire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when you are a millionaire.

I’d return the book but James has helped with my health and fitness and I’m grateful for that.

In future I look forward to his book ‘in hindsight- now I have kids’

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  • NickNoodles
  • 08-11-2020

Pretty much usual snake oil

He’s not totally the same as all the other self made wizards who’ve cracked the trick to life, but he’s not really worth the hype I’m sorry to say. You’d probably be better off just doing some mindfulness. Still, if you want to buy him another house, go for it 😅

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  • Mark Stephenson
  • 10-11-2020

Awful. He comes across as a petulant teenager.

This is just dreadful fluff. It’s as if he read the 4 hour work week and thought I’ll rewrite that and try and look edgy.

The swearing doesn’t help, the whole listening experience is just Dismal.

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  • Susan
  • 23-11-2020

Quite Boring

I really enjoyed the first book, not so much this one. I feel a lot is repeated from the first book.
I also don't agree with the author asking on Facebook to give him good reviews because someone has given him a one star review!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-2020

Awful - sorry but don’t waste your £!

This is really not worth reading - boring and it appears to be a loose collection lots of subjective ramblings like the author’s dislike of the National Lottery

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-2020

Virtue signalling, selling bro science and the regurgitation of inspirational memes

I purchased this title based on Jame’s Instagram content, which was mostly good humoured, punchy advice about wieght loss and approaches to life, these 1-4 min videos are entertaining yet informative, I have now learned through 6.5 hours of listening to him that they are just regurgitated information or memes that he has seen and posted.

I agree with him on most basic fitness related issues such as obesity and how individuals should take ownership of their health and their life.

I am not disappointed in this book as I didn’t really have much expectations prior to the purchase, rather I am just educated now as to the actual level of self-deluded grandeur’s Smith has of himself.

This book is full of contradictions, one minute he’s saying he believes people should leave their careers if they don’t align with their utopian vision of their future, the next he’s idolising people working in checkouts of supermarkets, admiring the nobility of it.

The truth is James Smith has no real grasp on what he actually believes or at least he is uncomfortable trying to sell you his actual beliefs, this leads to a scattered and incoherent listen.

He mentioned stoicism a couple of times, yet with everything in the book he will contradict the whole philosophy a few sentences later, proving no real depth of knowledge or passion for the philosophy, other than double clicking a stoic meme on insta.

All in all an incredibly bland listen from a stereotypical personal trainer, providing absolutely no original thoughts or highlights.

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  • Gemma
  • 13-11-2020

Unhelpful

I felt the book was aimed towards those without responsibilities. James tries to convince readers his way of living is the right way of living. Many people aren’t able to follow James attitude if don’t wait fo it now. Millions have caring responsibilities. I did not find the book beneficial.

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  • Mr J J Parr
  • 01-12-2020

Me me me

Ah this was waffle. Couldn’t even finish it. Do yourself a favour and get your 1 credit back, or get a refund. Shame, because I enjoyed the first. This book was a mighty misjudgement from the writer.

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