Excellent insight and food for thought. This book covers virtually everything found in Getting Things Done but from a more philosophical perspective. I think it's more difficult to implement the concepts found in this book as they're presented ... but that may just be me. It also is filled with a lot of killer quotes.
It does cover much more than Getting Things Done so I would recommend them both.
As a side note, this book has sort of a new-age-spiritual thing about it. It was just enough to make me uncomfortable if not a little queasy.
As the title suggests, this book is about a hit man. Apart from his profession, Keller (the main character) is quite an enjoyable and likeable character. The book seems like a collection of short stories, and given Keller?s profession, that makes a lot of sense. I thought Hit Man was well written; humorous with interesting characters. I also thought the author did an outstanding job of keeping the descriptions of violence to a minimum. As an added bonus, the narration was EXCELLENT.
The only downside that I saw to the book is that the character is so likeable and the violence so nondescript ? you lose some perspective about Keller?s profession and just think he?s just doing a normal job. I think this book can desensitize you in a very subtle way.
I really enjoyed the approach of this book. Started off a little slow but then offered some fantastic ideas about how to be productive; things I feel I can focus on such as "the single big idea," "what's the good business reason" and minimized bureaucracy. I thought this was great stuff.
What an enjoyable listen - except for those 4 or so times I felt like crying my eyes out. I couldn't help being reminded of To Kill a Mocking Bird - but without the tears :)
Excellent book - excellent tool. This book differs from Ready for Anything in that it is very detailed in its instruction on mind dumping to a "trusted source" and managing "next actions" (really cool concepts). Getting Things Done is less conceptual in it's approach and more how-to - very tactical. I think it can really empower someone to act ... it just will take some time to become an expert in practice.
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