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Lucas Rockwood

Koh Samui, Thailand | Member Since 2014

  • 6 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 276 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin

    There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

    Joshua Kim says: "Are You Also a Godin Fan?"
    "Sophomoric Rant"

    Heard great things about Godin, but I think I should have started with an earlier book. This is a very silly, sophomoric rant chock full of Terminator 2 language like "The Resistance" used ad nauseam. The author spends an exhaustive amount of time talking about "creating art," and yet, at the end of the book, the term "art" is still left just as ambiguous as words like "success" or "happiness." Fun to talk about (cue the violins) but ultimately, not at all actionable. Godin suggests that people should fight against "The Resistance" by not using bullet point in their power point presentations and by not answering emails. These are the non-conformist dreams of a high school student convinced he's going to wear torn jeans and run the world. If you want to be indispensable, what you need to do is outperform everyone around you. Period. No book needed. And you had better be able to answer emails and had better be able to use bullets in your Power Points. It's not romantic, fun or as ambiguous as creating "art," but that's how stuff gets done. Renegades have and will continue to shape business, sure, but they first understood it. They knew the rules before they broke them. And first and foremost they had SKILLS. Today's cookie cutter workforce is only possible because people lack real skills. They have B.S degrees that are totally worthless in practical application. They can't chop wood or weld iron or write well or paint. So they come to an office and answer phones or go to a factory and gut chickens. Or they manage a Starbucks for the heath benefits. This is only sad if you assume that people HATE those jobs, and that's not an assumption you can make. Millions of people are happy as clams to put parts on a conveyor belt, thrilled to bits to sort mail, and totally content getting told what to do (you'll find, most people thrive with strong authority).

    39 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gretchen Reynolds
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Every Wednesday, Gretchen Reynolds singlehandedly influences how millions of Americans work out. In her Phys Ed column for The New York Times, she debunks myths, spurs conversation, and creates arguments among her readers by questioning widely held beliefs about exercise. Expanding upon her popular columns, Reynolds tackles the questions we all have and (sometimes) ask about exercise.

    Grant says: "Good info."
    "50/50 Great & Not Great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Some really fascinating stuff in here unfortunately mixed with some outdated misinformation. For example, really interesting stuff on lactic acid myth, some less interesting research about more reps with less weight = more strength. With stats, you can find stats to prove so many things, it's the author/editor interpretation that is really important, and some things here were interpreted poorly. Another example, fructose vs. sucrose for athletes was really interesting/unique and interesting. Flexibility as mostly genetic was just conjecture (no research presented) and just not accurate.

    Certainly worth a read, but I hope there is an updated edition in the future.

    Technically, the narration is odd, the narrator attempts to impersonate accents, it's really peculiar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins

    Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

    CharlieSeymourJr says: "Stick it out even if you don't run a large company"
    "Incredible - Read it Again and Again"

    Most business books are rubbish... this is a gem. Read it again and again. Absolutely priceless.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Leo Babauta
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With the countless distractions that come from every corner of a modern life, it's amazing that we're ever able to accomplish anything. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary - freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better

    Dany says: "I enjoyed it very much"
    "Could be an Essay"

    Like 90% of non-fiction these days, a simple essay would deliver the same idea just as effectively as an entire book. Same here... great ideas, but no need for a book. 1 to 2 chapters could have done it.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "Interesting Story - With a Grain of Salt"

    This is a very interesting story of startup success, but very much a fluke. Seeing as tons of entrepreneurs are reading this books, the big danger is to try to model Hsieh's strategy to find success themselves. While I truly believe that customer service is the future of sales and vitally important, it's important to remember that Zappos was nearly bankrupt multiple times and if not for linkexchange cash, it would never have been. Happiness didn't save the business. Seed money did. Not a criticism in any way, but an important thing to note... you can't happy your way to success alone. You need a solid business model and cash.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life's Golden Ticket: An Inspirational Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brendon Burchard
    • Narrated By Rick Rohan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Life's Golden Ticket tells the story of a man who is so trapped in the prisons of his past that he cannot see the possibilities, the choices, and the gifts he has right in front of him. At the behest of his fiancée, who is clinging to life in a hospital bed, he takes the envelope she hands him and makes his way to an old, abandoned amusement park to appease her delirious pleadings. But when he steps through the rusted entrance gates, the abandoned park magically comes to life.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another great spiritual awakening book"
    "Terrible... Really Disappointing"

    This book's best seller status and acclaims are purely manufactured. It's really not worth reviewing. It's just a bad book.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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