I really, really like how merciless the author is in identifying the most important things an entrepreneur needs to attend to while reaching for growth and glory. I won't spill the beans in this review, but suffice it to say that 3 years into my own journey, this book hit me square between the eyes with messages/lessons I really needed to hear.
The book is not written to simply motivate us and give us encouragement; it's a blueprint for how to THINK about what we're doing on a day to day basis.
The tag line would read: Entrepreneurs, pay attention!
The only drawback for me is the author's references to his vast experience building businesses in multiple and various industries, though only giving examples from a very select 2 or 3. I don't mind if he's only been in 2 or 3 industries; I only mind the grand-standing without delivering substance on the claim. This is a very small detraction for me, but worth mentioning so others may not feel the same level of surprise as I did.
Overall, I am really grateful to have listened to this book!
I really like the framework of the message, and am happy to have found another way for me to convey how powerful our words are (for ourselves and others) and recognizing just how many choices we all make every day.
I'll be using the lessons forever more. Being cognizant of my questions leading me down a path of learning or growth versus a path of judgement and despair is a huge eye opener and a quick-hitting reality check in the face of adversity or struggle.
The only drawback for me is the story is written in an overly simplistic style, so I find myself daydreaming while it's on. Probably the easiest explanation is that it's written at about the 8th grade level - the lessons and overall message are worth it, but I feel as though I'm reading a primer as opposed to a business book.
Gary has my gratitude for walking his talk and communicating his message passionately and thoroughly. Whether or not I agree with his conclusions and advice (mostly I do), my hat's off to someone who so embraces their own human experience. Gary is not holding back in any regard and it's just so dang refreshing in our world of sound bites and talking points.
Thanks again, Gary.
The content is really quite good and the narration is okay too. I really enjoyed learning from the authors and the only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because of the organization of the information. It's a bit like a patchwork quilt in that it only looks good when you have the perspective to see a lot of it at once - up close it just seems mismatched. The subjects covered in the book all span all of the chapters, so you get a little bit of each story in each chapter, which made it a little hard to follow.
But don't let me get carried away being negative because I really, really enjoyed the book and will likely listen to it again.
The book is interesting in content, but the narrator is obnoxious and the overall tone of the book is extremely condescending. These are not humble people! It's unfortunate because the delivery and tone really ruined it for me.
I try hard to live by the golden rule of treating people the way I would like to be treated and am certain the authors of this book would never tolerate being spoken to in the way they have chosen to deliver their message.
The narrator is pompous and tedious, but once I got used to listening to him I could focus on the lessons in the book. It's simply chock full of strategies and tactics; one after another. It's fairly fast paced too, so I made sure to listen again to make sure I heard everything and to remind me of what I had learned. I ended up listening to it like 4 times and will likely listen to it again. Good stuff.
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