Atlanta, GA | Member Since 2014
This was a decent book and the performance was really good. But, this was not meant for your average tax payer that is getting overwhelmed with the amount of taxes coming out of their check. The person that works 50 hours a week but sees all the fruits of his check go to a government that says they know what to spend his money better than him.
The magic bullet seems to be to start a business, especially real estate, and find all sorts of deductions for that business. If you already own a business, this is great. Take all this advice use it to save tons of money.
But, if you don't own a business, suggesting to start one just for the tax benefits is reckless. What he is not considering in this equation is RISK. To be fair, entrepreneurs are notoriously know for not including risk in their equations. I just wish there were some better ways to save on taxes for your average person.
If I ever start a business, there are lots of things I can deduct.
Dollar Cost Averaging
This was a good book and had some great information. But, the 2nd half has too many instances where he either says, "it depends" or goes into great detail about specific situations that I will never face or won't need to think about for a while.
I'm more of a simple investor and breaking things down into simple terms would help me. I realize there are situations where you need to hire an adviser, but in a book, he should stick to the basics.
I really like the real world stories from the author and the other developers he interviewed. It's good to hear that others have gone through the same trials and made mistakes along the way.
When they related stories of projects gone wrong or things they look back on that they could have done better.
Great book. I'm glad you put this on Audible.
Doug did a great job of narrating and explaining the high tech world of Google in an easy to understand way. There were just so many interesting stories, he kept me coming back for more.
He is an excellent speaker and brought some much needed humor to the subject matter.
It was hard for me to believe I would make it through the entire 16 hours, but it was so interesting, I couldn't stop. And, the ending was superb, alost emotional.
I'd really like someone else to do another book like this detailing the time after Google's IPO.
It was filled with interesting back stories and Wil's performance was excellent.
Wil's performance was just masterful. He made the story come alive and almost made it like I was watching a documentary on TV. His performance was what made this really memorable. I was even recalling parts of the book throughout the day.... Mmmmm!
Gaming Geeks to Programming Gods
Not really. It was like seeing a journalist go into the camp of each extremist and come out agreeing with their views. Near the end, the story turned ridiculous and boring. I only finished because I am too anal to get that far into a bool and stop.
There were a few interesting stories, but mostly the narrators voice was annoying and most of the stories were boring.
His voice is too high pitched and when he mimicked others' laughs, it got irritating.
There were a few good tips about how to approach difficult situations and conversations. The Q&A section at the end was pretty good.
This information was probably really good 20 years ago, but this book assumes the people you are dealing with will be good, logical, and rational people. This may have been more true a long time ago, but most people that you will run into conflict with these days are entitled, self serving, win-at-all costs type of people. This book does not apply to them.
This book is for dealing with the people that are willing to step back and apply logic and reason to your conversation.
No. It was good information, but an abridged version is definitely needed. They could have conveyed the same info in half the time. Most of the time, I ran the audio at 1.5x or 2x.
Please come out with and abridged version and include some 'cliff notes' with the audio book to study later.
I like the 'shark bites' where they had one of the sharks answer questions about business. Between all those high-powered, successful business men/women, there is a ton of information to be gleaned.
Maybe EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. But, this was not quite as dry and a little more entertaining.
The performance was good, but for the 'shark bites', I wish they had the 'shark' actually ready it.
This book is not a rehash of the show. This is practical advice for entrepreneurs where they use examples from the show to illustrate.
Yes. It's easier to digest the material if you listen to it. Plus, Dr. Phil is an excellent speaker. If he had someone else narrate the book, it would have lost a lot.
Wow, too many! I guess the basic premise that you can no longer 'give people the benefit of the doubt.' He's right, the world just doesn't work that way anymore.
There were so may 'aha' moments in the book. Sometimes, my wife and I were listened together. There were times when we just had to pause the book and talk about what he had just said.
I know a lot of people think Dr. Phil is an opportunist, a quack and a publicity hound. But, I doubt these people have ever really sit down and listened to what he is saying and how much he has really helped people in need.
The information in this book is good, solid advice given by a guy with (as he calls it), "Good, walking around, common sense". He's a good old boy, but he doesn't mince words or sugar coat it. He just cuts straight to the point.
Yes. There is timeless information in here and sometimes I need some reminding.
It really makes you think about your style of parenting and if the money messages you are sending to your kids are the right ones.
These are odd questions.
Lots a great information in this book about how to teach your kids about money and how to help them not become self entitled 'consumers'.
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