Happy Money is a easily read book, with lots of stories and anecdotes. I enjoyed a lot while driving my car and felt sorry for finishing it. The science of smart spending resumes itself into 5 principles: 1st -buy Experiences; 2nd Make it a Treat; 3rd Buy Time
4th Pay Now, Consume Later and finally 5th Invest in Others. Although these principles are extensively outlined in the book, I thought it still lacked something else: maybe length, maybe five more principles.
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.
I read this book when I was 12. And after that, I read all Og Mandino's books. I bought the Audible version, but Og's breathing is so intense that seems like he is breathless. The paper version is a better call.
Mindset is a classical-- many great neuroscientists turn to Carol Dweck's research about praising children-- you have to praise EFFORT, and not their intelligence, quickness or inner abilities. But this book is not only about the way we should praise people, but a reverence to LEARNING.
I read Mindset a year ago, and something shifted inside me. I started judging my mistakes and successes with a different light- am I improving? Am I moving forward? Was it really a failure?-- If we don't fail, maybe we are limiting ourselves, missing opportunities to grow... and yes, I was, indeed, missing many chances of learning... for example, when I started listening to AUDIBLE, that was enough for me. I was "reading" 60 books a year, and that was great! While my listening skills improved dramatically (I moved from 1x speed to 1,25 then to 1,5 and then to 2x), I was losing my reading ability in English (I am Brazilian), along with my writing skills.-- After MINDSET, I realized I could (better, I should) change that. I was going to listen to Audible alone only if I was driving my car or at the gym. I bought a Kindle Fire and started to download the E-books with whispersync. And, voilà, it all returned to me. I decreased my listening speed to 1,5x (I enjoy more the experience), bought MINDSET to my kid's teachers and will always recommend it.
I just reread the book and couldn't miss writing a review.
Listen to it and see if you have the same paradigm shift that I had.
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