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Doug

Entrepreneur, marketer, Zen Buddhist.

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  • Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Matthew B. Crawford
    • Narrated By Max Bloomquist
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (150)

    Shop Class as Soulcraft brings alive an experience that was once quite common but now seems to be receding from society - the experience of making and fixing things with our hands. For those who felt hustled off to college, then to the cubicle, against their own inclinations and natural bents, Shop Class as Soulcraft seeks to restore the honor of the manual trades as a life worth choosing.

    Nathaniel says: "A profound look at work, and what we've done to it"
    "The Philosophy of Skilled Manual Work"
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    Author Matthew Crawford makes a critically important point. The US society has come to severely undervalue skilled manual work, and this undervaluing is producing terrible consequences.

    High school, which once was viewed as a preparation for entering the workforce, is now viewed as a preparation for college. High school graduates who do not go to college are viewed as failures, for both themselves and the high school. Employment requiring advanced degrees -- no matter how socially useless and soul destroying -- is given higher status than work in a skilled trade -- work which is useful and satisfying.

    Crawford learns all of this the hard way, getting the degree, the soul-destroying job, and the epiphany to change careers to become a motorcycle mechanic. In part, the book is about his personal journey, but he uses his journey to illustrate how and where society has gone wrong in its value system, and how that value system is making people both unhappy and incompetent at life.

    Crawford's story and philosophy are compelling. If this topic appeals to you, Shop Class as Soulcraft will delight you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • It's Not Just Who You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tommy Spaulding, Ken Blanchard (foreword)
    • Narrated By Dustin Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In It’s Not Just Who You Know, Tommy Spaulding—the former CEO of Up With People—has written the new How to Win Friends and Influence People for the 21st century. Success—in business and in life—is all about relationships. In this powerful guide to reaching out to others, Spaulding takes Dale Carnegie’s classic philosophy to the next level—how to create lasting relationships that go well beyond mere superficial contacts and “second floor” relationships.

    Glenn says: "Another networking book"
    "Tommy Spaulding Talking about Tommy Spaulding"
    Overall

    This book desperately needs editing down. Far too many words for too little content.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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