This would have taken me a very *very* long time to read in print. In audiobook format, I can listen while I commute, making the experience much more practical for my busy life.
There are a couple speeches that stand out as phenomenal defenses of enlightened self interest, and the virtue of capitalism.
Francisco d'Anconia. Quite like him.
This book goes for over 60 hours. It'll take you a while.
Take Rand with a grain of salt. She defends her stance beautifully, but reduces human character to such stark qualities that she misses the subtlety and nuance inherent to the human experience. Atlas Shrugged is not only a piece of fiction that has never happened, it is a piece of fantasy that could never happen.
But instructive, all the same.
This is a great hands on application of most of the same principles in Tim Ferriss' 4 Hour Work Week. The difference is, this is short enough to sit down and start implementing in a day.
Hey practical and metaphysical take on approaching life's challenges. We all feel overwhelmed, and saying No is just not something wherever taught growing up (though we are told no many times). James and Claudia do a great job of outlining what to say no to so that we can legitimately say yes to the right things.
Primal Branding a lines very well with the last book I read, Start with Why. They both clearly articulate The otherwise intangible qualities necessary for a successful Brandon business.
The lessons Sinek shares are foundational to any business, or ANY venture's success. I've seen many examples of this firsthand, and he articulates them better than virtually anybody else.
There were parts of this book that didn't make sense to me when I first listened... but they stuck. And I think I understand them better over time. It's the kind of book that takes a bit to settle in, for the lessons to really register. To me, those are the good ones.
"Your model of reality is not reality itself." This was frustrating when I first heard it. What are supposed to use if our own worldview models are inadequate? I believe I understand now from this that models of the world are simply tools. Use them when they're helpful. Discard them when they aren't.
The Making of the Pixar Legend
Catmull teaches lessons that will prove invaluable to anybody who works in a creative space. You won't find his perspective elsewhere.
Brilliant. Precise. Laborious.
The Lean Startup isn't dissimilar to other business books I've read, except that Ries has very specific ideas on how to grow your venture. They are all excellent, but I'd contend that it isn't for every entrepreneur. Read it, learn from it, implement the fundamentals. To fully implement the book would be a very long term commitment, and applies primarily to those who will be running an organization.
I have not.
No, it made me think. It confirmed some things I already believed, and taught me how to implement certain principles.
The Hunger Games story is well advanced by the time you start reading/listening to Mockingjay. It's a brutal story, with characters you've grown to care about being subjected to horror after horror. And that pretty well continues all the way through, ending with a slight glimmer of redemption. I wanted a little more sunshine, a little less carnage.
This is my least favorite in the series, though as somebody who needs closure, I had to finish the story. It would be very hard to stop after the first or second book.
She does a fine job.
Pray the world doesn't fall subject to despotic power mongers.
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