This book brings home he value we waste watching TV. Through social media we are reconnecting and producing value for society. Finally, a reason for Facebook and Twitter! I believe such a book is important as one of the first to point out a new trend that could be of paramount importance to our species. "Find the time" to do what is important to you. It is easy, stop watching TV and engage through social media.
Wow! Mr. Anderson seems to think that by being opinionated will make him (and you) right. This neo-conservative diatribe is the absolute worst advice I can imagine. His nostalgic longing for the past that never existed is gag provoking. If you have a soft spot in your heart for Dick Cheney you will love this book. I hope all my competitors read this book. There may be good points in here, but the author's paternalistic scolding gets in the way.
I did not like this book because of the truth about this kind of selling. It is manipulative. Perhaps that is why we buy. I hope there is a more authentic way to sell than this. It was a data based result without enough integrity.
If "The Science of Shopping" is placing candy in the checkout line then I'll keep looking. In all fairness, the author did exclaim that this practice could backfire. I think it just did.
Learn or rather relearn to be authentic. This book is a lie but the emotions it brought out while I listened were authentic. I love this book. I will keep it close for the rest of my life and look forward to listening to more of Miguel Ruiz's books.
Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" attempts to shatter the American Dream, portraying it as a convenient myth that anybody in America, through hard work and brains, can enjoy a successful career and perhaps a life well outside the normal bell-curve. It is opportunity of circumstance that first sets the stage so hard work can really pay off: Without it, your swimming upstream or in the wrong river altogether.
I tend to believe the premise of "Outliers", but was somewhat disappointed in the depth of the book. The book's premise is so provocative, it requires more proof than what Gladwell has given us. The book gives detailed accounts of traditional American icons like Gates & Rockefeller to show us how to see where their fates were forged rather than self-created.
If you love to have your assumptions shaken like I do, this book will deliver. At the same time the book may either depress you that you have missed opportunities in the past, but should open your eyes to the serendipity of the future.
Still 5 stars.
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