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Jason

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  • 48 Days to the Work You Love

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Miller
    • Narrated By Dan Miller
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (87)

    In 2009, the U.S. unemployment rate approached ten percent. Today, when new work is found, it may not be traditional. Studies estimate half of the American workforce will soon consist of freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, entreprenuers, "electronic immigrants", and so forth. Are you ready for the new normal? Dan Miller has seen it coming for years. But 48 Days to the Work You Love, is not so much about finding a new job as it is learning about who we are really called to be.

    Brett says: "More than one way- Useful"
    "The Basics with A Religion-Filled Center"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have listened to authors who deal with similar subjects, self-development and productivity. Personally, I felt the material had a decent base in motivation and productivity ideas, along with ways to encourage growth. However, as a non-religious atheist, I found there was a bit too much God talk, personally. This obviously will depend on the reader/listener, and I do not have anything against that style in general, however if the reader is not of an Abrahamic faith, 3 hours or so of this audiobook could get a little tedious. By hour 4, I had mostly stopped paying attention. The end of the book, concerned with more practical details, got a bit of my attention back.



    What was most disappointing about Dan Miller’s story?

    Disappointing is the incorrect word. It was fine but the theme of his story was obscured by the reliance of determining what "God's plan" for the reader is.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Other reviewers have mentioned this:
    His reading was actually pretty decent. I loved David Allen and Stephen Covey reading their books. Miller is close to them but I'm pretty sure he had a sore throat at the end. You can hear something in his mouth, probably a lozenge.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It provided a little motivation, weighed down by a bit too much theology for my tastes. However, for others it will likely re-ignite fires and such.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (839)

    If you’re at all responsible for your company’s success, you can’t just be a hard-charging entrepreneur or a motivating, encouraging leader. You have to be both! If you’re at all responsible for your company’s success, you can’t just be a hard-charging entrepreneur or a motivating, encouraging leader. You have to be both! This book presents Dave’s playbook for creating work that matters; building an incredible group of passionate, empowered team members; and winning the race with steady momentum that will roll over any obstacle.

    Steve says: "Excellent insights for building a great business"
    "Passion! An Author who CARES about his material!"
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    What did you love best about Entreleadership?

    Dave Ramsey is a faith driven man, which could come off strong to an atheist like me, but it doesn't. Nearly all of his advice is practically important, and he delivers it all with passion WITHOUT needing to refer to Jesus constantly.

    This is an all-encompassing book about determining your strengths, starting a business, assembling a team, managing the work, defining products/services, and more. As an amateur, I appreciated the breadth of the material. The passion and conviction which has come with years of preaching, no doubt, made the hours fly by, even during a second listen-through immediately after the first.


    What other book might you compare Entreleadership to and why?

    The Personal MBA has much of the same material but with more of the "nitty gritty" details. EntreLeadership focuses mostly on the actual business-side of project and people management, whereas The Personal MBA covers everything from business tax to personal health/diet.


    Have you listened to any of Dave Ramsey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The one downside: If you have listened to Ramsey's "EntreLeadership" podcast, you have heard the most important pieces of this book. In the podcast, you'll hear a recording of Ramsey in front of an audience (where he shines even more) performing parts/excerpts of this material, then a host discusses the main topic with a guest.

    I suggest listening to the audiobook, and if you enjoy the material, listen to the EntreLeadership Podcast from Episode 1. It would be a great way to refresh all the information.


    Any additional comments?

    Some theology is there but entirely digestible and even charming in places, if that doesn't happen to be your cup of tea.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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