I agree with several other reviewers that this book contains some helpful points, but also contains questionable advice and poor ethics.
There seems to be a newly popular mindset of 'the new rich' (whose majority may happen to consist of immature, self-centered, boastful 20-somethings who have made quick fortunes with ecommerce websites, books & ebooks, affiliate marketing, online advertising, etc) that is very popular with young people who are glad to hear that they too can become millionaires with the least amount of effort possible. The mindset seems to be this: For a person to be free and genuine, he must rewrite the rules and mores of society to his own liking, or at least refuse to acknowledge there are any. The actions that flow from this mindset include: Refusing to accept that success takes hard work, cutting corners whenever possible, justifying any means by the ends, behaving and speaking in ways that have always been considered rude and inappropriate, defining success by income, fame, and 'rock-star' status, using shock-value to attract attention and prove courage and independence, and judging maturity, honesty, respect, self-sacrifice, and patience as worn-out, ridiculous principles that no longer apply to the modern world.
In other words, apparently the goal is to live as long as possible as if we are still immature rebellious teenagers who want instant rewards without any responsibility. Don't get me wrong, I too plan to become financially independent, enjoy free time, travel the world, and do what I am passionate about; but I don't agree that the path and mindset promoted in this book is the only way or the best way to get there.
I'm sure the author means well, and he does make some good points. I probably would have enjoyed this content in a journal article or business magazine, or a one hour speaking presentation. But I could not endure seven hours of what should have taken one hour to cover. I gave up shortly after he spent 20 minutes describing how he sat next to 'Bono' of the rock band U2 at a dinner, and how great a guy Bono is. I probably could have stuck with it if he didn't speak so slowly and simplistically, as if he was talking to a 10 year old illiterate kid who has a hard time grasping new concepts. This may be an example of when it doesn't work out well for an author of a book to be the narrator of the audiobook version, and it may be an example of a 500 page book that would have made a better 5 page article.
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