I like this audio book, as it was a good listen. Ken Wilber seems to have researched and thought about various aspects of spirituality more than anyone on the planet. Some of his writings and books are hard to follow, but this audiobook seemed clear to me. I liked a great deal about it, including the part where he talks about not wanting to create a Ken Wilber cult or following.
No, probably the same.
None that I can think of.
His voice was pleasant, but his speech was sometimes halting. Many times I couldn't tell if he was ending a sentence or starting a sentence. He also didn't do the work of looking up words that he wasn't familiar with. E.g., he wasn't even close when he pronounced Kezar Stadium.
It was good, but four or five sittings was fine.
I am an ex-NFLer and played against and knew many of the athletes described in the book. Also, I met Al Davis once just after I retired, and he said to me very sincerely, "Let me know if I can do anything for you." So naturally, I wanted to find out more about the man. The information about Al Davis, the AFL, the merger, and great players was all very interesting, but I felt it had two major flaws. One was that the author repeated himself a number of times, and sometimes he described certain scenarios at least three times (so and so was sent to such and such team). Secondly, the author was hired by Davis to write the book, and he was also a friend, and so he comes off as a Davis apologist. The majority of the book seems as if Davis wrote it himself--much praise for the great Al Davis. Still, I would listen again, as I learned a lot about the game I played and loved.
It was helpful, but I wouldn't listen to it again. There was a lot of information that felt like "filler" to me.
The "cue and reward" pattern is helpful, as remembering it, you can condition yourself to follow through with positive habits.
I thought this was generally a good book, with some great concepts--and I believe that I will use them. The author was off on his use of the philosophies of NFL coach Tony Dungee. As a former longtime NFL player I can tell you that almost every coach tried to get their players to "react without thinking." But the author talks about it like it's a revolutionary idea. (I had a coach that had a mantra: "When you think you hurt the team.") He also made a few erroneous statements like, "Because of sloppy missed tackles, the Bucs had too many turnovers." Every casual fan knows that turnovers come from not holding the ball correctly, not missed tackles. Also, I think the book could have been reduced in content by about 40%. Stick with the main points and reduce the filler. Still a helpful read.
I think the guy is brilliant. He identifies many aspects of the human personality that I had never considered. I also found his writing very witty. But one of the bigger premises at the end of his book something like, "We don't really know how we will feel in the future after making a certain choices, so we do better asking someone who has already made that choice how they feel." Gilbert cites a study about people with full stomachs predicting how they will feel the next day after eating potato chips (when they are again hungry). The finding is that those that asked others who ate the chips (when they were hungry) were better at predicting how they would feel (rather than to rely on their own perspective, while living in full-stomach land). Okay, to me, potato chips are one thing, but big life decisions are quite another. We are all so unique that we can't really rely on someone else's feelings about how they like, say, their move to a particular city, or a change to a particular occupation. People love and hate Cleveland, Ohio; love and hate the military; adore and abhor selling real estate; prefer and not prefer blonds, etc. I think he is right about potato chips, but to me, his theory doesn't hold water when it comes to big life decisions. I'm sorry, wanted to rate it higher as it was an enjoyable listen, but I can't buy his main premise.
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