What a fascinating book! Standage uses 6 major beverages as a hook to explain much of human history. Not only does he describe the history of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea & Coke, but he goes into how each of these sparked & fueled movements that changed the world. This is a refreshing alternative to boring history books that focus on names and dates. The book is extremely well written; I loved the audio version read by an excellent narrator. If you like any or all of these beverages & would like to understand their role in human history, read this book!
Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite writers; in my opinion, he's one of the most innovative thinkers of our time. I loved The Tipping Point and Blink, so was thrilled to happen across this book. It's been out since 2008, so why did it take me so long to find it? This is a "it's never too late" book.
Malcolm deconstructs the success of recognizable and obscure personalities and cultures to understand why they were able to achieve incredible success. His research found that success stories are complex, having to do not only with talent, but timing, philosophical influences, cultural history and other factors. It's too simplistic, says Gladwell, that pulling yourself up by your bootstraps (a well known American saying) is enough to achieve great things. Life is much more complex.If you like to understand how the world works while why some people change the world while others never seem to make a mark, you MUST READ this book! I think it's one of the best books I've ever read.
Gladwell is an awesome reader. I tend to like books that are read by the author--if they're good! Some books lend themselves to audio better than others; this is a wonderful fit!
I listened to it in the car while on vacation and loved it. Was kind of sad to get to my destination before finishing it, but had something to look forward to for the trip home!
“Quitters never win and winners never quit.” So said American football legend Vince Lombardi in what has become conventional wisdom.
But sometimes, conventional wisdom isn’t very wise. In his little book, the dip, Seth Godin claims that winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time.
In order to go forward, we often have to QUIT something.
Seth Godin says that initiatives, jobs, hobbies and companies start out exciting and fun. After an exciting start, we experience “the dip,” a time when we get discouraged and feel like giving up.
The dip can be a temporary setback and will get better if you push through it. But it also might be a cul-de-sac (dead end) or a cliff that will be your certain demise.
A key is knowing how to read the dips and respond appropriately. Should you push through that job you hate, or abandon the dead end or cliff? Perhaps quitting is exactly what you need to do in order to go forward.
The dip is one of two books on quitting I’ve read recently. The other is Quitter by Jon Acuff.
Both authors claim that quitting is not always wrong; in fact, strategic quitting can be fantastic!
Though the style is very different, both books examine the subject, though from different angles.
The Dip and Quitter inspired me to write an article on my blog.
Delightful conversation between two friends. I appreciate some of these shorter Audible offerings besides full-length books. Gladwell and Gopnik are both great thinkers, have a wonderful sense of humor, and articulate ideas well. They also ask questions, the sign of great thinkers.
I like books that are read by the author themselves, as this one was. Acuff is a passionate person and writer; this comes out in the audio version. I highly recommend it.
Jon Acuff searched for his dream job for a long time, learned many principles along the way, and had the wisdom to wait for the right time. He warns against quitting your day job too soon, the challenge of "falling in like" with a job you hate, and taking practical steps toward the eventual break to the job you really love.
I found it to be timely, entertaining, and packed with solid advice.
Fun and insightful conversation between two friends. Is like being a fly on the wall.
I am a big Malcolm Gladwell fan, so I enjoyed sitting in on a conversation between him & a friend (Joseph Finder). It was sometimes hard to tell who was talking, but in the end, it didn't matter. Both guys are great thinkers, can articulate concepts, and have a great sense of humor.
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