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Katherine

Manhattan, KS, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (282)
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    (278)

    The rules for living in the real world have changed, because the world we live in has changed. Much of the conventional wisdom the last generation has passed on just doesn't apply like it once did. If you want to win, and win big, and, more importantly, keep what you work so hard for, you need a crystal-clear view of how the real world works - not how you wish it worked, but how it actually works.

    christy says: "Read it, so don't mention it anymore Dr. Phil..."
    "Winners and Losers"
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    Would you try another book from Phil McGraw and/or Phil McGraw?

    Probably not. I don't accept his premise that, just because someone might be trying to engage me in a competitive game, that I have no choice but to join in and try to beat them at their own game.

    Really?

    He is too much in love with the idea of winners and losers, and that to be a winner, you have to make someone else a loser. Yes, American society is dominated by that paradigm, so he says rightly, "That's just how the world is." But the only reason that is how it is, is because that's how people choose to think. In my opinion, it's a sick paradigm that only benefits a very few people, and may be turning us into a nation of extremists. It may "work" for a few people, but not society as a whole.

    Through the insights he unwittingly provides, I realize that Dr. Phil is trying to engage us all in HIS game, the game he knows how to win. You don't really think someone who thinks this way is just trying to help us out of the goodness of his heart, do you? I can't help but wonder if there is more than just book royalties at stake here.

    No. Maybe in McGraw's game, you would have to attack someone to prevent them from taking something from us that is not theirs to take, but there are other games. There are other paradigms that serve as road maps to success and fulfillment, and we DO have a choice, just as we can choose whether to play football, or run a marathon.

    It does, however, help to learn to recognize when someone is trying to con you, so I do at least appreciate some of the information provided in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Guillebeau
    • Narrated By Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (591)

    Still in his early 30s, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations - and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In The $100 Startup, he tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.

    Elton says: "Just love this book!"
    "Anatomy of a Micro-business"
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    If you could sum up The $100 Startup in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, refreshing, actionable.


    What other book might you compare The $100 Startup to and why?

    This is kind of similar to the 4-Hour Work Week, but they differ vastly in their values. I consider $100 Startup more in line with my own particular values.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Guillebeau's emphasis on crafting a business that delivers genuine value to the world, something truly useful, that solves a real problem, or otherwise helps others in a meaningful way. And he himself delivers on truly visionary ways to achieve it, in ways that allow people to express their individuality. That is refreshingly different some of the other books I've read that teach readers clever ways to deceive people or trick them out of their money, or get them out of your way once they've given you their money.

    I also like the counterpoint he creates between all his case studies and all the supposedly tried and true methods of building businesses. You don't have to spend months writing a business plan. You don't have to borrow tons of money. You don't have to destroy someone else to ensure your own success. You don't have to become big to be sustainable. Many other crusty old ideas of how to succeed in a small business are shattered by a large, diverse body of real-life case studies.

    Yesterday's disenfranchised are becoming today's "new rich", and they travel light. Literally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated By Rhonda Byrne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1754)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (964)

    The Secret revealed the law of attraction. Now Rhonda Byrne reveals the greatest power in the universe: The Power to have anything you want. In this book you will come to understand that all it takes is just one thing to change your relationships, money, health, happiness, career, and your entire life. Every discovery, invention, and human creation comes from The Power. Perfect health, incredible relationships, a career you love, a life filled with happiness....

    Margaret says: "Love IS powerful"
    "Major piece of the life success puzzle"
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    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Power?

    To love the good more than I hate the bad. No, scratch that. Love the good. Period. That is, make your life a pursuit of what you love, rather than one of fighting or resisting what you hate. You might be amazed how easily the things you hate will dissolve to nothing when you turn away from them and pay them no heed. And, how easily the things you love will blossom and thrive when you focus on them. I've already seen that principal in action, in some very big ways.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thoughts Are Things: The Owner's Manual for the Human Condition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Prentice Mulford
    • Narrated By Al James
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (89)

    Prentice Mulford was a New Age thinker long before the term was coined. In the 1880s he foresaw the Internet, world-wide air travel and many other future realities. In this work we have taken many of the concepts from his various books and put them into one book. His unique and direct style allows for our exploration of the most perplexing aspects of what it means to be a spiritual entity living with and through a material body. This is the owners manual for the human condition.

    A User says: "You've got to get this one..."
    "Wow, pretty bad."
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    Would you try another book from Prentice Mulford and/or Al James?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Prentice Mulford’s story?

    He lost me at the part where he talked about using drugs (hashish and opium) to attain greater spiritual awareness and to commune with... dead people? While we sleep? Really?

    Also, recalling during the intro, where it was stated that Mulford did not learn all of what he wrote about from accomplished masters, or from rigorous research. He got it "the old fashioned way: he _discerned_ it." In other words, he made it up.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There were a few random quotable gems.


    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By Tim Wheeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (1574)
    Story
    (1583)

    Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

    C. Acevedo says: "I really enjoy listening over and over again."
    "I get it. (Or, Ahhhh... ASSETS.)"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This book does not contain so much of what I would call actionable information, but some very eye-opening concepts about how money "works", how it _doesn't_ work, and where the real action is in the world economy. I think I've been gradually finding my way to this kind of thinking on my own through trial-and-error, but it was a breath of fresh air to get at least one major piece of the puzzle handed to me in such a painless way.

    Thanks, Robert, for being everyone's "rich dad".


    What about Tim Wheeler’s performance did you like?

    Nice tonal quality; good use of vocal inflection and phrasing to enhance the meaning of the content. I concur with the observation others have made about the loud breaths he took through out the narration. I listened to "Unfair Advantage", which he also narrated, and he definitely did "get" the feedback about his breathing; that narration performance was much better.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was an "Aha!" moment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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