Among the best
This is not fiction
Characters to voices of various people interviewed for the book.
It introduces me to Extra Virgin oil, which is awesome
A very good book, both content and voice wise.
Frankly, something original and new. Also better anecdotes. This is a terrible book that exemplifies why consultants are terrible for our economies.
Frankly, the best aspect of this book is the list of citations, all of which are excellent writers and books.
Extremely disappointed. This book reminds me of an episode in "How I Met Your Mother," where one character described how to make a "winning" video resume: look like you are innovator and action-oriented (eg. riding horse and motorbike, says) and spill out big-sounding words, but don't actually do anything, because actually doing things gets you fired.
This book is exactly that. It spills big sounding words at you, like "essentialism" and "protect your assets" and "play" etc., but it actually does not say anything new. In fact, for a book about Essentialism with a writer who proclaims that he lives what he teaches, it is not very essentialist. An "essentialist" starts out as someone who deliberately chooses to focus on something. Sounds good? Then, that definition starts to grow hair and tentacles: an "essentialist" acquires properties like acknowledging trade-off, sleeping a lot, having boundaries, playing, planning ahead, etc. Meanwhile, essential issues are not addressed: how do you know what to focus on? how to see all trade-off? etc.
This book contains many very disturbing anecdotes, but they are told in such a casual tone that I can't decide between disgust, anger, or just pity.
For example, to demonstrate his "deliberation," the author recounted how he decided his life direction; one would expects (remember, deliberation) hours or days of analysis over pros and cons, or months of consideration and trying things out; instead, the story is about 5 minutes of writing out what he happened to want (at that point, of course). He then quit his school, uprooted from his country, and remade his life, based on a 5-minute decision. Frankly, this story should have been told this way: a guy made an impulsive decision, got lucky, and stuck with it. Deliberation? I think not.
Similarly, in an age when internal drive is highly value, the author cheerfully recounted how he decreased his kids' screen time by paying for them. Oh, and he encouraged the readers to do the same. Really?
The content of the book is excellent. It also poses extremely good questions to ponder on.
However, it sounds really unfocused, with each chapter seems to go around and around different, sometimes seemingly unrelated matters. Most disturbingly, the last few chapters seem to break away totally from the first few.
His slow reading and frequent pauses are very interesting, especially in a book entitled Wait. It also help me slow down to appreciate the book a bout slowing down.
Yes, lots. Slowing down.
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