This is my generation, and having worked in high tech as a marketer, graphic designer and design engineer I certainly have some bias. Although a friend of mine that worked in HR said she also couldn't put it down. I even did graphics on the Xerox graphic computer (and loved it) before Mac. Also, grew up to Dylan, the Beatles, etc.
In the cell phone industry one of my bosses met with Jobs and said he was not interested in doing business with us because he could not allow carriers to call the shots about his product, price and marketing. She said "he'll learn" :-)
This book was fascinating even as just a pure business book. Jobs had the cojónes to have this book reveal him warts and all from the perspective of how others saw him, from genius to jack-ass (or something to that effect).
Very well done.
There has been some criticism of the book for ending abruptly. I'd like to know more but given the circumstances I can forgive that. Maybe the author can add a part II and give us more about the personal side as he was ailing.
SPOILER ALERT: Early on the story before any mention of illness, several times Jobs said he was not going to live long but there was no explanation of why he thought this. Nobody asked him? One can be skinny and eat a particular diet and still feel fine. He must have had some discomforts to explain this, please follow up on this aspect of the story Mr. Isaacson. Otherwise Bravo.
Caretaker for a paraplegic gets wrapped up in her work. I liked the idea that someone with no skills finds something of meaning to do for a living, but that's a minor piece of the story. Her opinions of how he should live his life were shallow, or she was just too slow to catch on. Main character was bold in area's that didn't make sense (bringing him home to meet her family and boyfriend, fawning over his birthday present in front of her boyfriend). Then she was timid in places that could have been more effective and believable otherwise (I will not be a spoiler and point out where). It was a good enough story listening at 1.5 speed with the audible app and some parts were cute. I did not cry from it, maybe a chuckle or two.
Unique & enjoyable book, able to convey the Zen concept in a story. The story contrasts the thinking of two seemingly opposite perspectives, A great way to demonstrate the subtle shift in thinking & how it cures many ills.
Admittedly I did not get very far in this book. I listened to "Shop Girl" all the way through, just waiting for the moment the heroine would develop into a woman of interest and depth but I was sorely disappointed. I just couldn't bare hearing another of Steve's books start out so similarly shallow.
Either he really doesn't understand women, or he surrounds himself with pretty women devoid of depth. Or maybe it's both.
As a right brainer, I was excited to learn about my bright future. It read like a research paper on why it will eventually become more important to be a creative as opposed to say, an accountant, since accounting can be outsourced and creativity cannot... Seems ironic to espouse creativity in such a dry, non-creative manner.
I'm too instinctual to appreciate this as a research topic. Steve Jobs said something like "Did anyone ask Alexander Graham Bell what were the research findings before he invented the telephone?"
If you are a creative type that's just who you are going to be.
I enjoyed this book but kept wishing the U.S. had places akin to his U.K. references. In the U.S. my pockets were drained too quickly to find lasting relief. Searching for a new livelihood due to painful arms and hands. When I find the new livelihood, I'll write a book about it (well dictate a book ;)
I love Eckhart Tolle, I have learned so much from his teachings. I first listened to this book about 10 years ago and at that time I was not ready or able to listen. Now, I finally understand what I was missing. His teachings have changed my contentment in life and my acceptance of my life. He's helped me cope with all that seemed to be wrong.
I eased into his teachings by first downloading the free podcast of the Oprah interview with Eckhart, going chapter by chapter through his book "The New Earth". It was a Webcast and people all over the world listened and called in with questions for Eckhart. Once I understood him, I was ready for this book and will continue to seek out his books and appearances. Oprah helped make Eckharts teachings more accessible for me and now his calm, peaceful delivery makes complete sense.
If you are ready to look at your life from a different lens, these teachings can do that. It is not a story so I did not give that part a strong rating, but it is organized in magnificent fashion.
Like other reviewers I was looking for information about how to deliver ME from distraction. I listened to about 9 hours of this 12 hour book and evidently the part I am looking for does not happen till the end (according to other reviewers). So, I started looking for other solutions..
Got suckered into Brian Tracy. He is good in a logical and rah-rah kind of way but pricey, with a heavy handed marketing machine. Felt upbeat for the first 5 days of listening but I could not maintain that state of mind.
Next, purchased book "Getting More", about negotiation. This was slower, sometimes too slow but has practical, applicable information that I have been putting into practice. I am not finished, but as a typical ADDer, I am now ready to switch to "It's All Too Much", about getting rid of clutter. I know that clutter is making me worse. My husband is the real pack rat and I don't know how to deal with his mess. Every day more piles of equipment land in the living room and office. I love him dearly, but this is effecting my health.
Feeling disabled at 53 after losing 60% of my savings in this economy is a big loss and stress. I still need to earn my pre-50 income through age of 85 to live in this modest house. I'm desperately searching for answers. I've seen many doctors with lots of promises that say it is not Alzheimers but I have made very little progress. I just keep listening to books and hoping to find a solution before I spend all my money on inconclusive doctor visits.
Has anyone read the book to the end that can bullet point the tools for ADD adults?
Not very often does a female famous person come around that cracks me up and is a "mentor" for me. She has a great style about being a "bossy pants", not dictatorial. She's able to flow with comedians, writers, improv and write funny scripts, it just natural for her. Being bossy is a skill I never acquired having grown up with 2 nasty bossy pants in my formative years. Evidently, you can still think the world revolves around you but be real with people, open, sharing and caring. I did not know this, have never seen it before. Mary Tyler Moore got me started with "making it on her own", but Tina Fey goes the next step. Well, now you know who raised me — the TV. Enjoy. And Tina, I love your show, I hope it doesn't go away for being too smart. And please keep writing too.
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