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Keshav

Union city, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 129 titles in library
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  • The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Guy Kawasaki
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    What does it take to turn ideas into action? What are the elements of a perfect pitch? How do you win the war for talent? How do you establish a brand without bucks? These are some of the issues everyone faces when starting or revitalizing any undertaking, and Guy Kawasaki, former marketing maven of Apple Computer, provides the answers.

    A User says: "Great Content - Punishing Narration"
    "Some good, some bad ideas... monotone voice."
    Overall

    Here's an example.. Not all of them are really validated: Don't use a company name starting starting at end of alphabet, like Xylinx. Use a verb -- I googled... I xeroxed! Someone forgot to fix/explain/proof read.Another one: Sinatra's test is stated as a valid test!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (328)

    In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

    Grady says: "Finished the thesis early in the book"
    "Learn by doing it."
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    Performance
    Story

    First -- you're listening to a book instead of reading it because you wan to "read" faster than actual reading. So, for anything you wan to learn (or want to burn down your learning bucket list), you learn by doing it. Based on his experience and research, Josh has come up with 10 principles for learning enough to enjoy.

    1. Choose a lovable skill
    2. Choose the target performance level
    3. Learn one -- only one -- at a time.
    4. Deconstruct the skill to sub skills
    5. Get the tools to help you start practicing the skill asap.
    and 5 more.

    Key emphasis on the getting to doing and acquiring skill, tips creating the environment to sticking to it makes all the difference in this approach. First few chapters will move to action -- a great success for any book by any measure.

    The book also details Josh's successful application of these techniques to learning Yoga, web application, Go, touch typing, ukulele and windsurfing. I treat this as bonus.


    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Paul R. Lawrence, Nitin Nohria
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Two Harvard Business School professors synthesize 200 years of thought along with the latest research drawn from the biological and social sciences to propose a new theory, a unified synthesis of human nature. Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria have studied the way people behave in that most fascinating arena of human behavior - the workplace - and from their work they produce a book that examines the four separate and distinct emotive drives that guide human behavior.

    George says: "Like reading a research paper"
    "Read this review and save your time and $$."
    Overall

    Here's the book: Human beings want to acquire things, bond, learn and defend things they've acquired through doing these three. There are variations in the dominant force within each person, family, group, culture. THE END. You already knew this.. didn't you?

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful

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