This is not one of those Malcolm Gladwell'ish books that pretend to be clever, yet caters to the airport book buying crowd who needs something that digests easily, like fast food calories. No, this book actually has some very interesting unique content regarding focus and concentration, and it challenges some common concepts within that area. If you're interested in productivity and the brain: Get it!
I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't easily distinguish when a Bruce Lee quote was over, a new one began, when the author was "talking" and when it was a Hagakure quote.
I like Bruce Lee, big fan of his JKD philosophy and martial art, and i also own Hagakure. But it felt as if half the book is made of quotes from these two sources.
Hagakure is an insane collection of writings. Some of the texts are downright hilarious, and Hagakure only serves as a mood booster for me, whenever I need to read something totally of the charts crazy.
The author is apparently part of the Paleo fan club. Crossfit fan club too. Mental toughness fan club also. Problem is: he seems to be too young to understand that he'll likely burn out in 10 years. Overall his thoughts seems naive as hell. I know, as I've been there. Young, thinking I knew everything, had every fact right, and that differing opinions were just a sign of people not "getting it" or being too lazy. It's a dead-end road though. Life is more complex, and and "complete life success" is more a matter of managing your energy, directing your thoughts wisely (and not just towards work and exercise as if that's the only valuable aspect of life).
"Don't care what others think about you!" – well who would have guessed?! Giant pearl of wisdom there huh? :D
Which books would I recommend instead for some of the same, but better?
Mark Divine: The way of the SEAL.
Greg McKeown: Essentialism (this one is AMAZING).
Dain Heer: Being You, Changing the World.
Richard Manning and John Ratey: Go Wild (wildly interesting!).
Russell Simmons: Do You! (changed my life).
Nathaniel Branden: 6 Pillars of Self-esteem. As genius as it comes.
I have no doubts about Peter Thiel and Blake Masters' business / startup skills. But as book writers... well... it's just not that interesting. It doesn't have a solid structure, and the content vague. It's not all over the place (as in Daniel Goleman's structural catastrophe Focus) but more like... a little here... a little there.
The conclusion at the end of the book centers around stagnation vs singularity. Sounds cool and concrete, but no; it isn't. Even the conclusion is vague.
And, they talk a lot about Tesla and PayPal – expected, because of their involvement in these – but it mostly boils down to: we did things right and for these reasons, not those, blah blah, yeah we're great, we're real startup'ers.
Do I sound sour? Hmm, I hope not. It's just that the book is... vague. It's like a happy meal at McDonald's.
I wanted more. MORE. If only the authors had been asked to REALLY come up with something hard-hitting. And did.
But they don't.
This is one crazy interesting book! It's long yes. And some reviewers find it way too long.
Me? I find it amazingly well-written, well-edited and deep. Daniel explores various concepts and elegantly connects them in a brilliant fashion.
This is one of those book I hope will never end. Each minute is packed full of info. No fluff in this book.
Beware though: the book does talk a lot about the various regions of the human brain, their interconnectedness and role in various situations related to procrastination, productivity, organisation, etc. So if you'd rather like a lighter read, this book probably isn't for you.
But if you like books with more substance, ones that challenge you, and have perhaps read and enjoyed Your Brain at Work: this book will be a surprisingly good listen for you.
This book is weird. And it's one of a kind. One of a kind in the sense that I couldn't listen to more than an hour or so, before giving up. In retrospect, I can't believe it took me that long to realise how useless this book would be to me.
The book is weird, in that the authors, who are a couple (as suggested by their last name Altucher) reads it themselves. Fine and fair enough, but they really stretch that format, by talking on top of each other. Suddenly having her voice interrupt, or vice versa, after one person talking solo for maybe 15 minutes; feels weird. As if you're in your friends living room, been there for a few hours, and suddenly you realise his partner was also home, sleeping under the sofa. Yes, weird example, but this book IS weird - and you get the idea.
This book is also mindlessly boring and full of anecdotes that few other people than the authors themselves can get excited about. I'm all for transparency and authenticity, but in this book, it's feels like being at a wedding, positioned between two guests, who also happen to be a couple ("The Altucher's" also know as "The MeMeMe's") that can't stop telling you about their life, in every little detail, and make much grandeur of each and every little event, as if it's the biggest since the birth of Christ.
I do realise the book may be in a good format for some listeners, just not me. It feels like they just pressed record, started rambling, sent it to a foreign language virtual assistant for editing (meaning that this person couldn't editorially edit it) and pressed the "Publish to Audible" button;)
Mike tells it like it is. Here's how to sport a healthy web / design business. His advice is sound and valid. I agree a 100% with him, as it's the way I've run my own business and dealt with clients since I started in 2009. It's what has made my business profitable and stable while some of my "best" competitors have burnt their noses on bad clients, big projects that drag on forever, doing too much free work due to lack of clear scope at project initiation etc etc etc.
He gives great advice on how to deal with problematic clients, how to charge, what to charge, what to look out for, how to work with freelancers, and more. Well, basically it's how to deal with all the stuff most web / designers struggle with.
I have already recommended this book to three people, all of whom I know will benefit greatly from it. One of them has already praised it as much as I do.
It's extremely useful and to the point.
The narration is done by Nir Eyal himself. Overall he does it okay, but the microphone he has used must have been really cheap. And post-processing (compression, noise gate, etc) skipped altogether.
Add to the above that he occasionally stumbles over his words. These mistakes have not been edited out of the audiobook. Not a huge problem, but it leaves an impression of a very unpolished, maybe rushed, audiobook.
The content itself is good. Nir Eyal certainly knows his stuff. I watched an interview with him on Growthhacker.tv before getting this book. But: the content lends itself much more to a written format. As an audiobook, I miss a sense of overview.
So I'll be getting this in kindle ebook format instead, and I recommend you do the same;)
This book is a collection of case studies covering people with ADHD.
While the stories themselves are somewhat interesting – but not particularly touching or engaging due to the clinical way they're presented – there are zero actionable advice in this book. Zero specific recommendations for treatment.
Yes, the author does describe at the end of each case what helped the person. BUT, all of those sections sound alike! He'll say something along these lines:
"I started Johnny on medication. He benefitted from the added focus the medication gave him. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Johnny. After a while, Johnny improved."
"I started Anne on medication. She benefitted from the added focus the medication gave her. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Anne. After a while, Anne improved."
And so on.
No specific details about *which* medications worked, and which didn't etc. In that sense, Daniel Amen's recently revised Healing ADD is a much better, more useful book.
And don't be misled by the title of this book. "Smart" gave me the impression it was about those with ADHD who are gifted with great intelligence, matching and even superseding non-ADHD people. Due to the high level of intelligence, their surroundings never saw, understood, or believed ADHD to be present in these people. Hence a life full of challenges. Add to that the fact that intelligent people (broadly speaking) tend to "think more" and therefore trouble and burden themselves with way too much stuff, every day, in every possible way... Then you'll have the kind of ADHD person I thought this book was about.
Rather, it's about regular teens, who are "smart" in the sense that they're not dumb, but need some treatment and care, to live a normal life.
... Which is also fine. Just not what I thought the book was about.
It opened up a new understanding of myself and other people, courting- and dating-wise.
Worth a listen.
The narration is also fine... apart from his, at times, sporadic pace / pauses in sentences. Plus: the audio-processing lacks mid-range and treble, making it difficult to hear what he's saying, if there's any kind of traffic around you (traffic drowns out the remaining low-end area of the spectrum).
Short book. Okay values Derek has. Ones that I can agree with. He has heart and integrity in what he does.
Nothing earth-shattering. More about him than about your business – if you catch my drift.
I have been looking for exactly a book of this kind for months now. All of a sudden; there it was in the New Releases section.
The narration by Jeff is great – he's fresh and frank – not too much, not too little.
What excites me the most, is this books focus on what makes an edit (i.e. the individual cut between two clips) work – or not work.
It's exactly the book I've been looking for.
I would give it 5 stars if it wasn't for the fact that I only give 5 stars for out of this world, life-changing books (like for example Nathaniel Branden's 6 "Pillars of Self-esteem" and such). On a regular scale, this book is definitely 5 stars!
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