This is an easy-read book which makes you understand the importance of being persistent in life and believing in yourself. Even though the plot is set at the ancient time, the philosophy in this book can be easily translated to the entrepreneurship.
I think that a lot of Ken Robinson's ideas would be extremely hard to implement in the real world but I am always thrilled to hear them. As he said it himself: For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail - it’s just the opposite - we aim too low and succeed.
This is the book that taught me to work hard in life. I got it as a gift and I think that it sparked a passion toward entrepreneurship in my belly and made me who I am today. I enjoy reading this book from time to time and I am happy to be reviewing it today.
This is a book that will help you survive the first day of vacation. By reading it you will start seeing things as they really are and relax. It will help you fight procrastination as well as embrace it.
The Dip is great little book that helps you understand better everything you already know. It forces you to look in the mirror and not accept mediocre life, mediocre career and mediocre "successes". Quitting is ok - when it is a strategy. Winners quit fast, quite often, and quit without guilt - until they commit to beating the right Dip for the right reasons.
This book was actually recommended to me by a person I met while working on one of our startup projects. As a company we felt we do not need to set any business hours. We wanted everyone to feel that they can come to work and leave work any time they please. People did not abuse this and they usually stayed in the office longer than required. I have been putting in long hours but I always felt there is so much more work to be done and felt guilty that I have not done enough that day. Fiore's book is revolutionary because it gives a new definition of procrastination: "Procrastination is a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision." Many people believe that overcoming procrastination is simple: just work harder. The implication is that procrastinators are simply people who aren't working hard enough or who don't have a system in place that helps them to work hard enough.
This book represents as the author said "a fantastic introduction to a decade of efforts". And it surely is that, collection of essays that contain thoughts about various topics that are important in life. It is easy to read, interesting, triggering, sometimes you will have a feeling "that is exactly what I was thinking about" or "that completely has sense" or you will come to the challenging parts and say "I don't agree" or simply decide to change something.
Although self-help books are not my cup of tea, I was delighted to find several great concepts that I've successfully put to good use. The writing style is plain and easy to follow, but the chapters are so loosely connected that it's best to go through a chapter, let it settle for a couple of days, and then move on to the next one. Another drawback is the abundance of anecdotes which are strikingly similar to one another, and are here to emphasize the "first things first" paradigm.
How our mind works is still one of the biggest mysteries of the universe. You try to remember a couple of random things and you can't. But turn them into images and suddenly you are able to remember a deck of cards in a minute (before reading this book I was sure I couldn't do that, now I think I could with enough practice).
What gives this book credibility is that the author (a journalist by profession) got intrigued by memory, then learned and practiced the techniques described in the book for a year and entered and won the U.S. Memory Championship!
It’s also witty, highly engaging and a pleasure to read. I found about this book reading the Bill Gates blog (mr. Gates seems to be a great book lover like us!).
I bought this book as it has been written by a guy who did "Clerks", which in turn is a piece of pure brilliancy. And whoa, this was quite a journey. Obviously you expect something similar from someone as clever as Kevin Smith and he delivers. Although the book has bits you wish never end , it's only after you read the whole piece you get to start seeing it more through.
For me I like how he represents a path I've seen in my experience too. That is the path where you start with something that is a true expression of yourself, done in the best possible way (for Kevin Smith it's the "Clerks"). Then there is a (longish) period in life where not only everybody tells you what to do, but you listen. And then finally you make your way through all of that crap and come true to yourself once again.
Worth noting is that Kevin Smith considers himself fat. It is only after reading this book where he made probably more than thousand references of him being fat, that I started thinking about him in that way. I had so many words to describe him before - cool, clever, witty,. vulgar, brilliant but fat was never one of them. Because he is all these things primarily.