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Webster

Rocky Mountain Time Zone | Member Since 2002

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  • The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Chris Brogan, Julien Smith
    • Narrated By Chris Brogan, Julien Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Three short years ago, when Chris Brogan and Julien Smith wrote their best seller, Trust Agents, being interesting and human on the Web was enough to build a significant audience. But now, everybody has a platform. The problem is that most of them are just making noise. In The Impact Equation, Brogan and Smith show that to make people truly care about what you have to say - you need more than just a good idea, trust among your audience, or a certain number of fol­lowers.

    Nathan says: "Almost as good as Contagious"
    "Everything Online; Simplified to Theory"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Impact Equation the most enjoyable?

    The book was about the theory of publishing; print, podcast, video, twitter, facebook, reddit, and everything related to those things -- how modern ideas are changing, and how to shape them for yourself (and for others). I got a lot out of how to frame them for a modern audience; the analogy to crafting ideas really struck home.


    What other book might you compare The Impact Equation to and why?

    Hard to say, this is it's own animal. It's not a "How to do business on the internet book." It's not a book on "The Art" of marketing. It IS a book about writing and producing great content, and how to create ideas with meaning; maybe a treatise on "The Way of Creating Content."


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Three things: the first was the analogy of SXSW to what the typical internet user goes through; second, the comparison of ideas to baseballs, meaning it's not necessary to change a very popular game to make an impact -- that you can craft originally within the context of accepted formulas; and thirdly, the note that the quality of information on the internet is actually going up due to the competition among ideas -- a hope for the future kind of thing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book goes way beyond Trust Agents (the authors' last book) and even though I mentioned that it is *more* theoretical it has proven itself already to also be more actionable. It is broken down into detail where important, but never bogs down -- a very enjoyable listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Learn to Earn: A Beginner's Guide to the Basics of Investing and Business

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Lynch, John Rothchild
    • Narrated By Peter Lynch
    Overall
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    Many investors, including some with substantial portfolios, have only the sketchiest idea of how the stock market works. The reason, say Lynch and Rothchild, is that the basics of investing aren't taught in school. At a time when individuals have to make important decisions about saving for college and 401(k) retirement funds, this failure to provide a basic education in investing can have tragic consequences.

    Charlie says: "Good Starter"
    "Hopelessly Out of Date"
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    What would have made Learn to Earn better?

    This title must be updated to make it of any relevance to modern investing ... the methods of research are from the early 1990's. There is very little left beyond dated statistics either -- I read this book 20 years ago, and enjoyed it, but now it is dead.


    2 of 5 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
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    Performance
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    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!"
    "Enviable, Learn-able, Actionable, Doable!"
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    Where does The $100 Startup rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, this book delivers in ways that are just as revolutionary, but probably MORE usable...

    Before I bought this book, I had found that The Art of Non-Conformity was the only real follow up to Ferriss's work, but Chris Guillebeau has now over-delivered and really developed a capstone to what my searches have uncovered in the last two years on digital nomadism and innovative, one-person entrepreneurship.

    But this is not only a book about those things. Chris outlines EVERY form that new-school small business takes; and EVERY contemporary method of measuring how well those forms work.

    I cannot recommend it highly enough; it is destined to become an anchor title for small business.


    17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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