I forced myself to listen to an hour but couldn't stomach more. It seemed like simple platitudes strung together to sell a book. No substance. I'm not familiar with the author, but after listening to this first bit I have no interest in whatever else this person put forward.
I really like Dave Ramsey and think his Financial Peace University andTotal Money Makeover are awesome! This book is for a much more limited audience - namely, wealthy people who feel guilty about being wealthy. I fortunately do not have that problem, and so didn't really gain much from the listen.
He was trying too hard. I like books like this for information - he made it into a silly one sided cutesy conversation that destroyed my ability to listen for anything of substance. I tried twice, listened for an hour each time, and stopped in agony. Don't be cutesy, present the information in a clear and non-cutesy way.
I bought this right before a long car trip as I had just finished Speaker for the Dead, which I really enjoyed. I thought the story was good, but one of the performers did an incredibly obnoxious Asian accent when reading parts about an Asian woman during the story. Not only did she do the character's voice with the horrid accent, but even when narrating events she used the same terrible, terrible accent. There was an episode of "Modern Family" where the little girl Lily was in a commercial voiced over by two people performing overly exaggerated Asian accents - this was worse.
Given the importance of this year's election, this book clearly articulates Romney's ideas on policy. For anyone who thinks he doesn't have ideas or a plan - for crying out loud he's written an entire book on policy and this is it! If you want to get to know the candidate better, this is it.
Very well thought out, rationale, and flows well. The author describes basic concepts of economics and why capitalism with whatever flaws it has is better inevitably than any type of central planning.
Basically, the freedom of the individual to act on that individual's values to accrue as much "good" as the individual can allows capitalism to fulfill the most needs most efficiently. When a single person or government tries to plan for millions of people, even if that entity is completely free of corruption, the amount of data that needs to be processed is overwhelming, and resources are wasted because the central planner is unable to respond quickly to changing needs/supplies/events.
Sometimes the book is repitative in making a point, unnecessarily drawing out an example or making the same example at multiple times throughout the book. It could be edited to be cleaner and more concise without giving up any of it's substance.
The book is great, I highly recommend it for anyone interested in a clear overview of economics.
I was getting pretty ticked off by the first chapter - it seemed like it was starting off with too much praise and flattery to me the reader and not enough substance. I was about to turn it off in disgust but decided to listen to a full hour before deciding. I'm glad I did - once he gets past the "you're wonderful and this book will get you the success you deserve" (I hate books like that because that type of flattery usually is an attempt to hide a complete lack of substance) he actually starts giving lots of good advice on referral marketing. Very helpful, I'm implementing a lot of his ideas and highly recommend the book to any small business person looking to grow.
The story is about three Harvard Business School graduates who started their own businesses. Some good applicable information, but overall not very usable. The teaching boils down to "Go to Harvard Business School, and learn how to be an Entrepreneur." and "If you aren't starting the next google, you're not really an entrepreneur."
There are plenty of better books for Entrepreneurs.
Informative and easily applicable. Engaging performance. I highly recommend this book - I've listened to it twice already.
Well written and well-read. I have enjoyed Dave Ramsey for years now and found this book up to his standard of quality. I own a small business and this addressed issues that have popped up and helped me establish a method of confronting them in the future. It is not a comprehensive business book by any means, but excellent advice on a broad range of topics. If you own a small business with employees, I highly recommend this enjoyable book.
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