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What would you be willing to do for the rest of your life? It's a question most of us consider only hypothetically - opting instead to "do what we have to do" to earn a living. But in the critically acclaimed best seller The Monk and the Riddle, entrepreneurial sage Randy Komisar asks us to answer it for real.

©2000, 2001 Randy Komisar (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Had high hopes

I saw a quote from this book and was eager to understand the riddle about how to live a creative life while earning a living. Instead, Randy, who is obviously a very talented yet entitled man, tells a rather boring and predictable story about Lenny who is not too sharp but determined to play the VC game Randy was born into. Randy prides himself on being cool, riding a motorcycle, drinking coffee at all the happening spots, and he’s very well traveled. Eventually, he gets Kenny to see the error of his ways and start a business that is not completely terrible. This was a self-righteous memoir, not so much a motivational or how-to book. Good for Randy for living a very privileged life and working with so many elite people while remaining a vegetarian, traveler, and bike rider - I felt like he wrote this because he needed to hear that. Also, how much does a “Virtual CEO” make? Asking for the folks who didn’t go to elite East Coast schools or get lucky in Silicon Valley back in the 90s.

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A Subtle and Elegant Lesson in Life

Amazing read! At first I was unimpressed, expecting the usual rapid fire of helpful life lesson inspirational factoids. But much like the anecdote at the start of the book, what seems like an arduous road to travel becomes itself an exciting adventure the further you go. Buried deep in the weaving tale of the author's life are lesson about living life fullest as well as surviving in a corporate world. Beautiful!

My absolutely only criticism is that the reading is a bit low. It was impossible to listen even atax volume in most places, and even with headphones I had to crank the volume. Nothing ten or twenty minutes ayong with audio levels can't fix.

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A wonderful story, with a great meaning

It took me until the very end and a few days after of thinking back to truly appreceate this book. It is now foundational to me and will forever affect my life in some way.

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  • 07-17-18

ramble

more rambling than instruction ... I was pretty disappointed with this book . it had a pleasant story but not what I was looking for