I like some of the time management skills presented in this book. But it seems this book promotes a shallow existence. The last chapter promoting good works sounds like it was pasted on to appease critics and rings hollow.
What if you like your work? What if you enjoy interaction with people at work? Important things can happen in meetings, hashing out ideas. Returning phone calls can nurture relationships. Reading the newspaper can deepen ones understanding of complex issues. This bare bones existence in order to travel the world or sit at home in your boxer shorts and "work" does not sound like a full life.
Much of this book promotes using others unfairly. Manipulating your co-workers, employees and your employer. Outsourcing to third-world countries to save a buck and farm out your problems.
If self centered self-gratification is your goal--Rock On-- this is your book!
This book was a good listen. It started out as part thriller, part history lesson--a good combination. As the book wears on it becomes all thriller with some details being pretty unbelievalbe.
The use of superlatives in the last third was tiring. Everything is "most incredible" or "absolutely unbelievable". We get the picture--just tell the story, darn it.
"I'm getting better every day in every way" --say this 50 times a day and you'll be a millionaire in 6 years. This book is full of emotional crap and short on specifics. Things like education,experience,training, social standing, availability of financing and reasoning ability are inconsequential, according to this book. Sorry, I don't think so.
This book reminds me of "Deep Thoughts with Jack Handy" from Saturday Night Live". I found myself laughing out loud while listening to some of this hokey drivel.
I'll give the book some credit on its "don't worry be happy" advice. That probalby is good business advice. Thin skin leads is most likely not a business asset.
Lescroart makes Grisham and Turrow look over-rated. This book uses a very different form of suspense. As in his other books, his observations on relationships, family and marriage make this book interesting. I feel as though he really get inside the bad guy.
From the over-enthusiastic narrator to the ridiculous sappy novel within this "guide", this book is a waste of time. The money making principles detailed are well known and common sense. If making a pile of loot were only so easy.
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