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The way of the bootstrapper : nine action steps for achieving your dreams
Flake, Floyd H., 1945-
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First edition.
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[San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, [1999]

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xv, 253 pages ; 25 cm
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"The beauty of bootstrapping is that you don't need much," says Reverend Floyd Flake. "You don't need to win the lottery, or receive an inheritance or help from rich relatives to turn your dreams into reality."

He speaks from experience. Raised in the segregated South and one of thirteen children, eight of whom were brought up together in a tiny two-bedroom house, Flake went on to become a member of the U.S. Congress, dean of a major university, and pastor of one of America's largest churches--a church that has become a nationally renowned model of community development.

Yet what is most inspiring about Reverend Flake is his enthusiasm to motivate people to pick themselves up by their bootstraps, rely on their boundless personal resources, and become doers!

What is Bootstrapping?

A process--to achieve success by making it against all odds. A mind-set--to take responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, words, actions, and life circumstances. A value system--to transform your relationship with yourself, your neighbors, and your environment.

Bootstrapping is the strategy our ancestors used to raise families, work the land, start new businesses, run the government, build wealth, and care for the less fortunate. The Way of the Bootstrapper shows you how to use this creative and empowering approach to life to fulfill your passions, talents, and dreams.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Reverend and former Democratic congressman Flake, an influential New York City figure and nationally known churchman, challenges readers to succeed materially and spiritually by "pulling themselves up by the bootstraps." Demanding relentless commitment, he espouses traditional values of hard work, discipline, faith and self-determination. Flake gives specific action steps and intriguing questions for self-analysis, illustrating them with stories from his own lifeÄincluding how he withstood a major legal investigationÄas well as from the lives of Michael Jordan, Lee Iacocca, Oprah Winfrey and others. Flake exemplifies his belief that human beings can overcome "almost any odds" with "vision, courage and will." Born to a strong but impoverished Texas family, his "bootstrapping" philosophy, along with tremendous faith, led to his success in college, graduate school and the ministry, and ultimately to 12 years in the U.S. Congress. Under the entrepreneurial Flake's guidance, the Allen A.M.E. Church in Queens, N.Y., grew in size and, more significantly, in mission. Through its many social and economic programs, including a well-regarded private school and restored housing, community and work initiatives, Allen A.M.E. is credited with renewing its neighborhood. Said to be a powerful speaker, Flake's presence on the page can be stern and rather intimidating. However, his national prominence and his fundamental appeal to Christian readers and to others across the political spectrum should insure wide reading and discussion. Major ad/promo; 12-city author tour; 25-city radio campaign. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved