• Disrupt You!

  • Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation
  • By: Jay Samit
  • Narrated by: Jay Samit
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,532 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In today's ever-changing and often-volatile business landscape, adaptability and creativity are more crucial than ever. It is no longer possible - or even desirable - to learn one set of job skills and work your way up the ladder. Rather, today's entrepreneurs and business leaders must anticipate change to create opportunities for professional success and personal satisfaction. In Disrupt Yourself, Jay Samit - a digital media expert who has launched, grown, and sold startups and Fortune 500 companies alike - describes the unique method he has used to invent new products and grow established businesses throughout his career.

Samit has been at the helm of businesses in the ecommerce, digital video, social media, mobile communications, and software industries, helping to navigate them through turbulent economic times and guide them through necessary transformation so that they stay ahead of the curve and profitable. In Disrupt Yourself, he reveals how specific strategies that help companies flourish can be applied at an individual level. By challenging assumptions, pinpointing one's unique value, and identifying weaknesses in the structure of current industries, anyone can achieve success and lasting prosperity.

Incorporating stories from his own experience and anecdotes from other innovators and disruptive businesses - including Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, YouTube, Circ du Soleil, Odor Eaters, Iams Dog Food, Silly Putty, and many more - Samit shows how personal transformation can reap entrepreneurial and professional rewards. Disrupt You! offers clear and empowering advice for anyone looking to break through; anyone with a big idea but no idea how to apply it; and for anyone worried about being made irrelevant in an era of technological transformation. This engaging, perspective-shifting book demystifies the mechanics of disruption for individuals and businesses alike.

©2015 Jay Samit (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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Nothing interesting, a bunch of unrelated stories

An author jumps from internal motivation, to disrupting online sales to crowd funding without covering anything. Just a “survivorship bias” - “I had success once so I’ll try to explain how anyone can have success”. The problem is that the book is shallow, doesn’t cover anything in depth and is in fact just a bunch of chapters with totally unlinked stories.
One of two books I stopped listening to in 2019, it was just a waste of time, even while commuting.

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You absolutely have to read or listen to this book

What made the experience of listening to Disrupt You! the most enjoyable?

1. The insight provided by author Jay Samit2. Real life examples of industries that have been disrupted by small startups. Amazon, PayPal, YouTube, Cirque Du Soleil and Iams Dog Food all disrupted established once successful industries many of whom are now gone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jay Samit, the author and narrator of the book, is my favorite character. Jay brings first hand experience, entirely of knowledge and contagious enthusiasm to the book. If you ever wanted to disrupt anything you absolutely MUST read this book! I have been in business for 40 years and seen many things but what Jay is teaching has made me realize there more opportunities available today than ever before.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Disrupt Yourself, then Disrupt an Industry!"

Any additional comments?

I cannot wait to read Jay's next book. If you are interested in success through disruption you owe it to yourself to read or listen to this book! You never know. You might just disrupt yourself enough to disrupt an entire industry!

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Great Read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Solid Content. Well written and well read. Interesting information that with just the right amount of examples and case studies wrapped in a story narrative to increase engagement.

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Great listen

I really enjoyed this and feel inspired to do more and be more. Highly recommend

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Awesome

I loved this book. It made me cry when Jay talked about the power that people with dyslexia have to change the world because my mother has dyslexia and has always thought of it as a major handicap. I hope this book will change more people's mindsets and lives.

I also loved when Jay talked about revolutionizing the banking industry and using disruption to slow climate change.

Your heroes are my heroes, Jay, from Andrew Carnegie to Elon Musk.

Thank you for writing this book.

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Life transforming read.

Life transforming read. An authentic author with real life stories and the scars to proof it.

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This is an excellent guide to win

What made the experience of listening to Disrupt You! the most enjoyable?

Audio is clear and author (narrator) shows lots of interest and passion for the topic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Disrupt You!?

The examples he used and how you can apply these.

Which scene was your favorite?

The case of McDonalds and the downloads from Sony. How Jay solved the $3 Million block.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A new pattern to win

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This is not just a book, but also a guide on how to overcome many years of paradigms and poor business decisions. Disrupt you is truly disrupting the business book category in a way that brings something that looks impossible and unimaginable into regular life examples and anecdotes that you can put in place. Kudos to the Disrupt You team!

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Nothing wrong with his take on entrepreneurship

Nothing wrong with his take on entrepreneurship and disruption – but he keeps referencing to news stories, anecdotes, cases, ad nausea. It's the Malcom Gladwell recipe. To me, it's just less applicable and practical.

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Disrupt You Disrupt me

Great book, practice advise from Jay who has been there and back.
50 year old executive who's days are number in corporate America this book is for you
This book will inspire, direct and help you thing outside the box, a fresh perspective on the new world. It will also act as a catalyst for the next new idea.
Don't sell a product, solve a problem
Before you can change the world, you must change yourself.

You'll read it again and again
Rock on Jay!
Thanks for sharing you wisdom
Your Fan
Frank Lahtinen

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Not much actionable advice

If you look at all of the other reviews with almost "keyword" like headlines for the reviews, you'd think that this book is one of those must-reads, will-change-your-life, cant-go-without type of books. It was an ok book, but it was mainly based on the author's success initially with new media in the 1990s and his work at various corporations where he was brought in to re-think digital strategies in the early years of the Internet. Nothing wrong with any of that. I found it interesting, and yes, I found it inspiring. He also touches upon other disruptors and how they disrupted whatever industries they worked in: Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, etc. If you're considering buying this book, you're probably already familiar with those personalities and their business accomplishments, so I doubt that those stories are anything that would be worth your money in buying in a book format.

If you're looking for a book that will provide you a road map on what you need to do to disrupt an industry, this book does not provide such a roadmap. Rather, the takeaways from the book are as follows:

1. Rather than invent something to disrupt an industry, see if something has already been invented/developed and is open sourced, for example, and that YOU feel could be applied to an industry to disrupt that industry. This is the "what problem could be solved with this invention" approach.

2. Think of what problem you are solving for and then think of what people you need behind you (if you need connections, financing, for example) to take your idea to market. This is analogous to having a brilliant idea, but you need to go on Shark Tank to either get money or connections to people who are influential in your target industry to help you get to your goal.

3. A hybrid of the two.

Neither this book nor any book that I can think of immediately will give you a road map for those key takeaways. If you need motivation by knowing that the author or other folks have been successful at it and you wish to hear tales about them, then this book could be a source of that motivation, but that's all it would be. You will hardly have disrupted yourself let alone any industries.

Almost all of the stories in the book are about technology, which includes Apple, Microsoft, and of course, the Internet. I found the stories to be interesting, albeit nothing that I hadn't learned about by this point in my life. Did I need to buy this book to repeat those stories to me? No, not for this guy.

I bought the Audible version of this book. I find that to be a convenient way to replace "dead time" in traffic, washing dishes, or walking outside, with "learning time" by listening to a book. I mention that because the person reading this book is the author himself. I found that it was difficult to focus on the content that was being read because of how the author had somewhat of a frog in his throat. This kind of subtle, garbled sound at the back of his throat as he read. Some passages of the book were worse than others and I can only imagine that being due to the author having read those parts of the book near the end of a recording session and having less energy to keep his voice clear than on other parts of the book where he may have done it early in the day. If I had only been listening to 15 minutes of this book at a time, this probably would have escaped my attention, but since I was listening to the book for 45 minutes to 120 minutes at a time, you really start to catch all of the frog-in-the-throat sounds of the author as he reads his own book. I think the author should have deferred the reading of the book to a professional voice-over actor rather than trying to do it himself.

Overall, I don't feel the book was a waste of my time, but given that the book was entitled "Disrupt You!," to make it sound like it would give you the tools to change yourself, I think it fell short of that goal. For that reason, I don't recommend this book. I feel that many of the reviews on this book where it received 5 out of 5 stars consistently were done by people who didn't actually read the book. Of course, I have no way to know that.

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  • stephen
  • 08-09-22

fantastic read

Fully of great ideas and suggestions to get your creativity flowing. very well composed and narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-19

It has disrupted me from the first chapter

Loved it, listened the whole book twice in a week. Dying to listen it again and share with peer disruptors.