An entertaining, well written personal story of the career-choice of a lifetime. Highlights include the AOL-negotiations and the behind-the-curtain look at the googlers on the annual ski-trip. Edwards doesn't drop any huge bombs or surprises, except how blatantly he describes his sour relationship with Marissa Mayer who cannot be very pleased reading this book.
I'll admit it, I couldn't finish this book and didn't even come close. I made it halfway into chapter 3 before I had enough of the self-flattery and the nonsense attack on scientist straw men that the authors seemingly sees everywhere but I personally never have come across once. From what I could bear to read, it seems all scientists view people exclusively as 'machines' and ignoring all other aspects of the human existence. The authors even made a link between the inquisitions burning and the scientist, somehow accusing the scientist of taking control over the narrative of human understanding. I just found the critique uneducated, meaningless and without respect for the people who has been on the fronline of creating our modern world. In the beginning of the book the authors claimed they were surprised by some attacks on the film the book is based on from the scientific community. That they were surprised by this is probably the biggest testimony to how ignorant this authors are.
What a waste of time and money, but if you like stuff like The Secret this book surely will fit your needs.
After an interesting start this book take a turn for the repetetive and downright boring. Often it reads like a children's book, other times it is a cascade of numbers in long calculations in conversations between the characters. It seems there is not enough material for a book and would have worked better as a long article instead.
Quite a disappointment.
I don't really care how many people Tracy has had seminars with and how many countries sell his book. After reading a lot of really good and lifechanging books lately, this was a huge letdown. No inspiring examples, no interesting research. Basically his basic premise is: "Hey, just do it already, do the most difficult thing first, see? It's easy! You'll be AMAZED of how easy it is. (And remember to make lists for absolutely everything)." Repeat ad infinitum.
This is simplistic and boring and likely not worth your money if you like some actual meat on your arguments and not someone who just tells you how simple and easy everything is.
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