Tempe, AZ, United States | Member Since 2013
Can I give this negative stars?
I've read many books from this genre. This one made me angry, and as I continued to listen I felt less and less empathetic for the author. I hate to be so negative, but the only good thing about this book was when I was finished with it. In hind-sight I should have cut my losses and saved myself the time.
It was only personally interesting in that what evoked as I continued through the chapters was anorexia schadenfreude. This author has so many character flaws and delusional selfish views in her pretentious little bubble of a polished world, I was honestly happy when she got kicked out of NYU, and then got hit by a car. Awful, right? Who thinks that way? I'm honestly a very nice person. I swear.
Blah, blah, NY, Manhattan, Self-contradiction, boo-hoo, blah.
I was super excited about this book, but in the end was disappointed that there was no supplement to the audio book. Really, how is this unabridged? Complete sections are missing.
Eric makes a lot of references to items that appear in the print edition and there's no option for those of us who purchased the audio-book to understand unless we supplement this book with a purchase of a print edition also.
Having said that, I did enjoy the material and I did pick up a thing or two from listening to it. Overall however I was just annoyed. I wish I had purchased the print edition rather than this audio-book. Hopefully, you can learn from my mistake.
How is this free? This was truly fantastic. I've listened to it a few times over the past few years. Here's what you can expect:
Extraordinary Leadership: 5 Best Practices to Lead the Field
Preface: Everyone is a Leader
1. Leadership begins with you
2. Leaders put people first
*5 practical insights to develop World Class Relationships
3. Have a biased towards Action
*Methods for developing good self-leadership
5. Leave a Footprint and work on your Leadership Legacy
This book was far more Memoire/Bio than Personal Development. Most of the content is Bethenny's retelling of her personal life, which is fine, but I was expecting the content to be more general and focused on how to directly apply certain strategies like her previous books. This book is 80-85% about Bethanny's life and 15-20% focused on Personal Development items that the reader/listener might apply.
If you are a huge Bethenny fan and want to know more about the finer personal details of how she became a successful entrepreneur and reality TV star - this book is definitely for you. It does feel, like another reviewer here wrote, like your girlfriend is sharing the intimate details of her life with you. However, if you are more interested in the Personal Development aspect and were hoping this would be inspirational or provide some process or set of guidelines you might apply to your own business or career I would suggest another selection. I felt a little cheated and annoyed when I got half-way through and still didn't feel like I was getting anything but a detailed timeline of Bethenny's life.
Jilian Michaels new book, "Unlimited" was more along the lines of what I was expecting from this. The two are in the same genre here but very very different in their focus and application. I would also suggest anything and everything from Brian Tracy if you are looking for something to get fired up about and take things to the next level for yourself. Note: I am an unashamed and voracious Personal Dev junkie and I have most of the titles that you'll see when you visit that front category page here on audible. I have listened to them all (some multiple times to take notes). Huge Personal Dev nerd here :o)
I would not have purchased this title if I knew that it was loaded with personal anecdotes and detailed information on every man Bethenny has dated for the past two decades or how she rose to the top in spite of her upbringing. Certainly Bethenny is successful. She's gorgeous, well spoken, and competitive. I was expecting more from this book. It lacks focus and falls short. Her Naturally Thin/Skinny Girl books, however, are 5 stars. I am still a fan, but this book, if it were physical would go into my donate pile.
How did you know that this is exactly what I wanted. Thanks Audible!!
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