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  • Where Good Ideas Come From

  • The Natural History of Innovation
  • By: Steven Johnson
  • Narrated by: Eric Singer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 642

What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ambitious

  • By Roy on 12-08-10

A solid, deep, fairly advanced book

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-19

It’s not an “easy” read but nothing good comes easy. It’s dense but highly valuable. This author is no joke when it comes to human innovation, history, and esoteric vocabulary.

I’ll see you at the coral reef!

  • Entrepreneurial You

  • Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive
  • By: Dorie Clark
  • Narrated by: Dorie Clark
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

What does it take to create the career you want? It's no secret that the world of work has changed, and we're shifting toward an ever more entrepreneurial, self-reliant, work-from-wherever-you-are economy. That can be a liberating force. But there's a major obstacle professionals face when they contemplate taking the leap: how to actually make money doing what they love. You may have incredible talent and novel ideas, but figuring out how to get started, building your reputation in a new realm, and bringing in a steady flow of new clients can be a daunting prospect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Alternative title: Ways to Earn Money Online

  • By Oliver Nielsen on 02-12-18

Solid, current, and highly useful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-19

Dorie is skilled at carving out fluff in her business books. Her stuff is solid, how-to business differentiation and ultimately, monetization.

Add this gem, with her other two, to your library if you’re serious about engineering a fulfilling business career.

  • Reinventing You

  • Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future
  • By: Dorie Clark
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

A step-by-step guide to reinventing youAre you where you want to be professionally? Whether you want to advance faster at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely, the goal is clear: to build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents. But to achieve this in today’s competitive job market, it’s almost certain that at some point you’ll need to reinvent yourself professionally.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my call to action

  • By Ryan B. on 05-13-15

Succinct and useful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-19

This was my second Dorie Clark book. I’ve got Entrepreneurial You on deck.

Her stuff is direct and useful. They are how-to guides without the fluff. They spark great ideas in marketing and business fundamentals. Enjoy!

  • So Good They Can't Ignore You

  • Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Dave Mallow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234

In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed - preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work - but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Counter to all the "Passion" Career Lit

  • By Erin on 06-12-13

Expectedly pleased

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-19

I enjoy Cal’s books. They’re written well, and make solid arguments supported by rich case studies.

I think this was his first “mainstream” release. I read his two later works, Deep Work and Digital Minimalism, also very good.

I wait patiently for his next book.

  • Steal the Show

  • From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life
  • By: Michael Port
  • Narrated by: Michael Port
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 520

Every day there are moments when you must persuade, inform, and motivate others effectively. Each of those moments requires you, in some way, to play a role, to heighten the impact of your words, and to manage your emotions and nerves. Every interaction is a performance, whether you're speaking up in a meeting, pitching a client, or walking into a job interview.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More self-absorbed than authentic

  • By Oliver Nielsen on 12-09-15
  • Steal the Show
  • From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life
  • By: Michael Port
  • Narrated by: Michael Port

A solid, comprehensive work

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Michael Port put his life into this. It was surprisingly thorough, from mindset to post performance. He emphasizes the crafts of acting and improv as integral elements to our best spotlight moments in life. But we need not be “entertainers” to be performers. Like acting, real practice and rehearsing are necessary components to effective speeches.

This is a solid communications and performance piece with lots of great stories, analogies, tips, and how-to’s. I recommend this book if you are serious about taking any stage. Thank you, Michael.

  • Body of Work

  • Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together
  • By: Pamela Slim
  • Narrated by: Pamela Slim
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

These days it's increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience. But how do we make sense of that kind of career-and explain it? Pamela Slim, the acclaimed author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Motivational and Immediately Actionable

  • By Bryanda on 10-23-17

5-Star Plus!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-19

This is powerful and practical. I was engaged and inspired the whole way through. If you are interested in maximizing your potential, pay this book serious attention. I’m now a huge fan of Pamela Slim. I emailed her to thank her for her “Body of Work.”

  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,777

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 9 hour commencement address

  • By Grimjack on 05-13-18

High quality and well-researched

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-19

Mrs. Duckworth persuasively backs up her points with relentless studies and stories. I was particularly moved by the chapter on Purpose, which I’ve been pondering lately. I’m not surprised to learn that passion (sparked by interest) correlates with purpose. I JUST finished this and need to wait a few days at which point I’ll record the underlined gold into my phone.

If you’re interested in the psychology of achievement, this should be on the top of your list. Mrs. Duckworth is a leading authority on this topic. Be prepared for a dizzying number of studies.

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  • The Art of Work

  • By: Jeff Goins
  • Narrated by: Jeff Goins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

The path to your life's work is difficult and risky, even scary, which is why few finish the journey. This is a book about discovering your life's work, that treasure of immeasurable worth we all long for. It's about the task you were born to do. Through personal experience, compelling case studies, and current research on the mysteries of motivation and talent, Jeff shows listeners how to find their vocations and what to expect along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring!

  • By M.R. on 05-19-15

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This is in my top 5 so far. Possibly top 3. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this issue of finding my “calling.” Jeff explains what this concept actually means and provides actionable steps to help us find ours.
This book would seriously help anybody who considers their life journey important. It’s well researched and well written.

  • Atomic Habits

  • An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
  • By: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,952
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,961
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,816

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving - every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most helpful book I’ve ever read

  • By Adam on 10-26-18

Very clear, solid habit-sciences book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

An easy-to-read, motivating, informational book. My favorite concepts gained were 1) viewing your habit as a reflection of who you want to become (identity) and 2) finding habits that favor your strengths.

The chapters start with great, short example stories (especially the 1st, which was the author’s; my next favorite story was about the 3 sisters who were groomed for chess).

The science is well laid out, and also easily understood. But I really enjoyed the author’s touch.

  • The Art of Problem Solving 101

  • Improve Your Critical Thinking and Decision Making Skills and Learn How to Solve Problems Creatively
  • By: Michael Sloan
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Nickel
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

With The Art of Problem Solving 101, we're here to teach you how to unlock your natural problem solving abilities and not only teach you how to solve problems but also teach you how to become a problem solver. Problem solvers live different lives from other people. They learn to embrace adversity, develop important processes, and work through any challenges in their lives. With the help of our book, you can become one, too, even if you don't feel like you have an analytical mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The basics.

  • By Anonymous User on 05-08-19

Well worth the time.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-06-19

Do it! Now!

I enjoyed the references to Kaizen and facing discomfort. Good on the basics.