I never gave any book less than 3 stars. But this one I almost gave one star. In the end, the authors redeem themselves, so I settled for 2 stars... Let me say why: in the beginning they introduce themselves to the public saying that they are RENOWNED psychologists. I wonder if Freud would say that he was a renowned psychiatrist (guess not). And then they put they say why we shouldn't worry-- our children never had piano lessons/ violin lessons (...) and they grew up just fine! There are MILLIONS OF YEARS OF EVOLUTION. WE SHOULDN'T BE SCARED ABOUT THE FUTURE! JUST LET IT BE. And then, they start making fun of parents who buy flashcards, who teach kids how to read, do math... What a waste of time! The kids should be playing! Then they attack the Mozart effect...
My opinion: they are biased. They try to cope for their guilt writing this book. A piece of paper can accept anything. And yes, young children can learn how to read AND play. They DON'T EXCLUDE EACH OTHER! I am a doctor, cardiology, and I live a fulfilling life. And my parents were strict AND warm. They taught me how to work hard AND gave me affection. They let me play AND demanded me good grades and great effort.
I have 2 children- My oldest is 6 and she learned how to read since before her first year (via Glenn Doman teaching's). She loves reading (she reads a lot), AND has a big EQ, lots of friends, is popular and very happy. My son is 3 and he, too, knew how to read before his first year. He is very calm, smart, loves sports, loves playing with spiderman, Buzz,... and likes to read. Oh, they also do math and understand its concepts.
Yes, I think we have to worry about their future, about the well being of our kids and not just letting "genetics" make magic.
I've recently read the great book "The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die" by John Izzo. I liked it so much that bought Stepping Up. I am sorry to say that the book is not as good as the other. Too much common sense, too little facts, and the stories are not as compelling. It is a good topic, but the author did not shine as before. In my point of view he stepped down.
If you enjoy a history book, with many great characters, like Newton, Leibniz, Galileo Galilei, ..., you will love this book.
A fast listening, with an amazing narration (I became a fan of Alan Sklar) and many insights. A fascinating text, where science is the main scenery.
I wa a little skeptical when I bought this book. The five secrets --1) be true to your self; 2) leave no regrets; 3) become love; 4) live the moment and 5) give more than you take seemed common sense. Just until I started to listen. The author brights them up with his touching stories. John Izzo wrote a great book and narrated it superbly. Don't be afraid because there is 'die' written in the title. Just read it and try to apply the principles to your own life, it doesn't matter your age. As he cites the chinese proverb: "the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now". It is never too late to know the secrets!
(I will read other books from the author)- this one impressed me a lot.
Zig Ziglar was one of the best motivational speaker of the world. I read many of his books and they inspired me a lot. In this audio "How to Stay Motivated- Developing the Qualities of Success" he records his public speakings and put them together. Well, he repeats many stories, many jokes, and I thought that in some of his lectures the audio was not as good as others, but overall it is worth the listening. Zig was great, and his lively, sharp personality exhales in this book.
When I bought this book I thought that it was like the great "Talent is Overrated", where Geoff Colvin emphasizes about training, instead of an innate gift. But "THE SPORTS GENE" is about genetics-- if you are gifted, you will have a chance, if are not gifted you will struggle. If you have certain kind of gene, you will be like strong, if you have another, you will be fast... It made me feel a little bit depressed.
David Epstein says that genes are something that you cannot overlook, and I think he is partially right.
If you are giving a short presentation, this is the book to read (or listen). It is cheap, short, fun and full of great tools for public speakers.
Although this book was published in 2002, it still condenses a lot of great tools for the public speaker: his teachings did not go out of fashion. The problem is the author repeating the same examples over and over again. If he adjusted that, specially in the end of the book, I would give it 5 stars for the good content and the way he divided the topics.
I thought that his book was like "The Sociopath Next Door": where the author deeply knows the theme that he is talking about.
But it was not the case--- in the beginning, Jon Ronson says that he did not know much about psychopathy, so he researched the subject.
Well, I did not pay attention to the subtitle-- "A Journey through the Madness Industry"-- The Psychopath Test is really a JOURNEY full of discoveries, superficialities and speculations. It is like science fiction, the only difference is believing that his speculations are for real.
I read the (bad) reviews but after i listened to the book, I felt inspired to wake up early and pay myself first. A good book with a simple message. The hard thing is stick to the schedule.
One of the best book I read in a long time. Peter Diamandis is a great guy, with tons of baggage and Abundance shows how interesting the future will be. I liked so much the listening that I was making free marketing for this book. Give it a try and you will see how Abundance will change your perspective.
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