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John

I'm a big fan of Non-Fiction, mostly business, marketing, and self-help. I really like books that tell you both why AND how to do something.

Salt Lake City, UT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jocelyn K. Glei (Editor)
    • Narrated By Fred Stella, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (308)
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    Are you overextended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda by the time you leave the office? The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace. We’ll show you how to build a rock-solid daily routine, field a constant barrage of messages, find focus amid chaos, and carve out the time you need to do the work that matters.

    A. Yoshida says: "Simple book to build a routine..."
    "Just Finished My Third Time Listening"
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    Manage Your Day-to-Day is a perfect blend of information and insights that I have been able to use immediately in my day to day work. The variety of content is exceptional due to the fact that this is more of a compilation of ideas, which is very beneficial because productivity is more of a "finding what works for you" - so you're sure to find content that meets your style of work.

    Due to the short length, I love the fact that I can re-listen and remind myself of the nuggets that are found throughout.

    NOTE: I would recommend having a way to jot down a few notes while listening, especially when they give you some "hidden" web addresses with additional resources from 99U.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Scott Belsky
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
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    How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition, time and time again. Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be strengthened by anyone willing to build their organizational habits and harness the forces of community.

    Amy says: "Great book. Great plan. Needs more Belsky."
    "Productivity and project management for creatives!"
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    If you're a right-brained creative who struggles with productivity and project management, then you'll really get a lot out of this book!

    Scott Belsky does not really break new ground with any of the concepts in this book, but he does put the popular ideas and techniques into strategies and techniques that work for creatives and creative teams.

    Scott really identifies with the struggles that artists, designers, writers, etc. face with getting things done. He takes the concepts that you may have already heard about or learned from David Allen's "Getting Things Done" and makes them really work for this type of industry mindset.

    I got so much out of the audiobook that I went out and purchased the physical book as well to use as a quick reference and reminder, which I refer to frequently when I start to feel overwhelmed. The "Action Method" introduced in the book is applicable not only in how I organize my projects and tasks, but also in how I organize my files and other resources.

    Where David Allen's GTD leaves the productivity management concepts relatively broad, Scott Belsky fine tunes and sharpens those concepts for creative professionals in a very effective way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1117)

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    A. Yoshida says: "Feel good therapy session"
    "A Recommended Prerequisite to "Daring Greatly""
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    I was fortunate to have listened to this audiobook before I found out about Brené Brown's successful TED talks, and more recently her latest bestseller, "Daring Greatly".

    In my opinion, you can actually get just as much (if not more), out of this shorter book than you can with "Daring Greatly". Although Brené offers a short review of the concepts found in this book at the beginning of "Daring Greatly", I think the overview does not illustrate how powerful these principles and ideas can be.

    I found this book, including the 10 guideposts she talks about, to be much more concise and it really hit the emotional nail on the head for me. This is one book that I have recommended to friends and family again and again.

    I listen to a lot of these "personal development" audiobooks, and so it is rare that I find one that truly stands out among the rest. Do not overlook this book before diving into "Daring Greatly"! And if you've already read "Daring Greatly", then I think you'll find this book to be much more direct in focusing on what you can do personally to attack those feelings of being "not enough".

    My only negative comment is that the narrator is really slow and is too muted and fluffy. After hearing Brené's TED talks, I really wish she would have read the books herself. If possible on your listening device, put this book on 1.25 to 1.50 speed and you won't miss a thing and you can finish in less time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Problem Is YOU: How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Conquer Self-Defeating Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By John Burke
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    This book won't help you with self-defeating behavior. It's easier to spend your life procrastinating, sabotaging relationships, not finishing tasks, fearing failure and keeping other bad habits than it is to change. Just stay the way you are. This is how the voice of self-defeating behavior works on you. It works against your goals and interests in a way that you never get what you want. Opportunities are missed, your habits continue, your relationships don't flourish, and your life becomes one big regret.

    Dan says: "A waste of time and money"
    "This Book is Halfway Done"
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    The author did an excellent job of identifying the problems, with very little effort in offering the solutions. He spends a lot of time perfectly describing the issue, the pain associated with it, and potential causes - and then a wisp of time offering super high-level ideas without getting deep into the answers.

    John Burke seems to love offering these lists of things to do, but doesn't want to spend the time detailing the items in those lists. A "typical" list item would be something like, "try to be more positive in how you perceive your goals", which leaves the listener saying, "well... duh... AND..?"

    The book is 1 hour and 14 minutes. If John could go back and make the solutions and the answers less vague and more concrete and perhaps create a 2 hours and 30 minutes book... then I think he could really have something great here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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