A MUST READ/LISTEN FOR ANY AMERICAN. You will learn about one of the most important men in our struggle for independence as well as someone who transformed his personality into one of the most pleasing of all time. A pleasing personality is part of the 'Carnegie Formula' for success, as related by Napoleon Hill. Dale Carnegie references Ben as someone who knew How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Ben Franklin's story end's abruptly. He must have intended to get back to it later, but died before finishing it. That's the only reason I was disappointed. The reader's voice is very good, but often does not pause between sentences. This is annoying, as it feels hurried, and gives you less time to mentally process.
Notwithstanding something that cannot be changed as to the former objection, and something that is minor in the latter objection - I highly recommend listening to this book.
I enjoyed Outliers so decided to try this title.
PERFORMANCE. Gladwell's performance was sometimes tedious. He pauses just a bit too long between sentences, and even some words. Without the stilted pace, it could have been read in about 25% less time. Sometimes I felt like tearing out my hair, because my brain wanted to process faster, but it kept having to wait...
STORY. First of all, this is NOT a self-help book. The book is about epidemics, and how they begin and are given speed. Examples would be new products that 'catch on', as well as crime, disease, etc.
As far as the content, at times you may lose the connection between the material and the central theme of the book. No section more clearly demonstrates this than when Gladwell talks about Sesame Street. It just goes on and on and I'm like 'Why doing we keep talking about Big Bird again?'
Notwithstanding, there are many interesting ideas (I understand the concepts are not new) but presented in a captivating manner. The book had my mind really engaged and excited about it's ideas and concepts on how to start an epidemic. I would recommend reading the book if you are interested at all in how something unknown may become a popular trend.
I rated it 5 stars because I think his ideas are so important. Mr. Sterner presents a very interesting narrative of how his perception through life changed in connection with activities involving mastery. This would include, for example, things like learning an instrument, athletic activity or any kind of competition. It got me thinking in different ways, that have been very useful. I like that he even considers the application of his ideas as an activity involving mastery, and not to focus on 'being perfect', but to stay in the process. We sabotage ourselves when we focus on the finished product we seek, and how far from that goal we are. In truth, you are doing better than you think!
There are times that it seems the story goes off topic, or that some of the anecdotes are a bit too long, but when I listened to it a second time, I realized why he included everything. It's a terrific book.
Performance: I found Mr. Sterner's reading to suffer from some affectation. At times it drove me to distraction. The reading was a bit stilted, and he over emphasizes the 't' in words ending with thaT letter. iT can geT a little biT old. I doubt Mr. Sterner speaks like this in conversation. I would recommend on any new edition he consider relaxing and speaking from his heart. It sounds like he's speaking from his head. He sounds as if he is a likable enough man, and it would be nice to enjoy some of his warmth and feeling within the presentation.
Notwithstanding, I'm very excited about this book and audio book, and have been recommending it to all my friends who are in training, and anyone I know who is interested in going places. One of my friends just told me today he will be a guest speaker at her yoga center outside Boston, and I was heart broken because I will be flying to Dallas that night. Ironically, I'm traveling to learn an activity that involves mastery and will be employing the 4 s's and D-O-C. Thank you Mr. Sterner for this wonderful work!
Blake actually reads his own book, and than is really very cool. He is so down to earth, you can't help but love him. His message is really worth listening to, and I think he accomplishes his objective. He tells you what it is at the end of his story. He's got me thinking in new directions, I never even thought about before. The story itself, is actually amazing, and all along it he gives you advice. I really think you should give it a try. Thanks Blake!
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