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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    What an awesome journey! I lived with a Grey back in the mid 70's, want I had know more about parrots at the time. I was a teen just out of high school, dad bought him because he always wanted one. Romeo (who later became Juliet 4 years later when she laid eggs) was creative and playful. And I've learned since then that she loved me, I didn't understand her behavior fully, there was no internet back then so i had to surmise her actions were positive towards me. She too liked to play games, such as the time I had just installed a smoke detector in the hallway outside my bathroom. her cage was about 10 feet away in the kitchen but in view of that hallway. I was in the shower when the detector went off, i was home alone. I panicked and jumped out of the shower and went into the hallway where the alarm was not going off. I was perplexed until about a min later. Juliet imitated the alarm and followed that up with a laugh! It took her one day to learn the sound and she thought it was funny that I reacted! Intelligent bird. There are more things that she did too. I miss her. Thanks for taking the time to write this book, it brought back memories while learning about the intelligence, which we know better today exists in all living creatures.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    Interesting story about a scientist and the parrot who touched her so deeply not only in an academic sense, but also a humanistic one as well. They spent two decades together and formed a unique and special bond. At the end I asked myself if Alex touched Irene more deeply as a scientist or a woman. In my mind there was no doubt of the answer.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    Amazing story about a remarkable bird. The author's relationship with Alex is heartwarming and winningly told. The things she and Alex accomplished are amazing. I liked how well she treated her birds and that she makes clear these smart monsters should not be left alone as solitary pets. Her research changed the method people think about birds. After reading this I watched Alex videos on YouTube.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    This Book was AMAZING! It was enlightening and inspirational. It create man kind realize there is more than our self centered views that we are the only smart forms on earth. We have so much more to learn from these animals. We need to respect and share the globe with them. Thank you ALEX for touching our lives. Thank you Irene for sharing your ALEX and believing in him.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    I have to admit I'm a "parrot person" so the stories of parrot behavior resonate easily with me. That said, it was very interesting to read about Alex's accomplishments (and oh, by the way, Irene Pepperberg's as well.) There's a sense of the private and academic drama but the book doesn't obtain too caught up in it, focusing more on the people and the parrot of the narrative. In the end we're left wondering why there's so much desire to search smart life in zone when we are ignoring it here on earth. I found the story engaging on multiple levels -- first the descriptions of Alex's behavior reminded of my own (late, lamented) bird, but also the sense of people working together for a common purpose reminded me of the happiest days in my life. As a factual telling, the book is sparse but as an emotive description of a period in someone's life it's rich and satisfying.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    Alex, the wise guy; Alex, the joker; Alex, the sometimes bored and resistant subject. Irene, the cross-disciplinary scientist with a quirky feathered being as principal research focus, trying to search a fit, a home, in typically rigid academic boxes. These are a few of my favorite things in reading Dr. Pepperberg's acc of her life with Alex, the African Grey Parrot. Alex and Me opens and closes with the premature and unanticipated death of one of two main [email protected]#$%!&?ing us with an emotional jolt that destroys any pre-conception that we're about to read a volume that limits itself to a popularized recounting of a set of surprising and interesting scientific research findings. Throughout, Pepperberg's provides an entertaining and humanize acc of her career with Alex: his display of a lot of cognitive skills thought impossible in any such small-brained, non-mammalian subject; her professional challenges in building a niche for her studies with Alex; the trappings of growing public admiration, even love, for Alex contrasted with the constant struggles to search acceptance, employment, and research-funding to continue her work with Alex and his lab companions, both avian and human. I found this an entertaining, informative read easily absorbed during a week long vacation trip. Well worth the read, if you, too, marvel and the abilities underestimated abilities of so a lot of of the critters with whom we share the planet. Enjoy!

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    I enjoyed the book. It created me think and reconfirmed what I see in my male will obtain my attention when he wants something, usually whining in a sing-song method like that is his method of "talking" to me. When I ask, "Do you wish something?", his ears lift up waiting for my next words which are, "Show me."Then he leads me to the kitchen for treats, or to the door for a walk or to a toy he wants to entice me to throw to him over and over again.If I do not have time to respond, he drops to the floor like he is totally disappointed, depressed and he just "gives up."He is quite a is book about Alex further reconfirms animal 's ability to come up with an idea, then through his creativity and communication skills convey that idea to me. He shows me that we share common feelings and ways of expressing those common feelings.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    There was method too much about her childhood life and not nearly enough solid scientific information. She said the things learned by birds were influenced by what they required in the wild but that she wasn't going to go into it! That was exactly the kind of info the book desperately needed! It wasn't about the bird itself and science, it was about her emotional life with the bird. I was very disappointed in the book. I learned small about avian intelligence and too much about her emotional life!

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    What an awesome story, don't miss reading this book! The journey of Irene and Alex's life together is so moving and inspiring, and yet another confirmation of how much we can learn from our animal friends. I could not place the book down, and when I did I was watching them on you tube videos. It's a attractive story and so very sad when Alex passed. I fell in love with Alex, what a delightful read!

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:1

    As well as the difficulties within academia for a talented woman and a intelligent parrot to gain the recognition and funding they deserved. Proof that some of the true "bird-brains" should have been knocked off their "perch" for failing to help a proposition that ran counter to their prevailing opinion. It's also a love story that ended tragically and too soon.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-5-3 18:0

    What an awesome journey! I lived with a Grey back in the mid 70's, want I had know more about parrots at the time. I was a teen just out of high school, dad bought him because he always wanted one. Romeo (who later became Juliet 4 years later when she laid eggs) was creative and playful. And I've learned since then that she loved me, I didn't understand her behavior fully, there was no internet back then so i had to surmise her actions were positive towards me. She too liked to play games, such as the time I had just installed a smoke detector in the hallway outside my bathroom. her cage was about 10 feet away in the kitchen but in view of that hallway. I was in the shower when the detector went off, i was home alone. I panicked and jumped out of the shower and went into the hallway where the alarm was not going off. I was perplexed until about a min later. Juliet imitated the alarm and followed that up with a laugh! It took her one day to learn the sound and she thought it was funny that I reacted! Intelligent bird. There are more things that she did too. I miss her. Thanks for taking the time to write this book, it brought back memories while learning about the intelligence, which we know better today exists in all living creatures.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-5-3 18:0

    Amazing story about a remarkable bird. The author's relationship with Alex is heartwarming and winningly told. The things she and Alex accomplished are amazing. I liked how well she treated her birds and that she makes clear these smart monsters should not be left alone as solitary pets. Her research changed the method people think about birds. After reading this I watched Alex videos on YouTube.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-5-3 18:0

    Interesting story about a scientist and the parrot who touched her so deeply not only in an academic sense, but also a humanistic one as well. They spent two decades together and formed a unique and special bond. At the end I asked myself if Alex touched Irene more deeply as a scientist or a woman. In my mind there was no doubt of the answer.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-5-3 18:0

    As a grey owner, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Irene's work with Alex. Although I do not engage in formal training with my boy (he's already too intelligent for me) I found her methods very interesting and loved reading Alex's story.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-5-3 18:0

    This Book was AMAZING! It was enlightening and inspirational. It create man kind realize there is more than our self centered views that we are the only smart forms on earth. We have so much more to learn from these animals. We need to respect and share the globe with them. Thank you ALEX for touching our lives. Thank you Irene for sharing your ALEX and believing in him.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-5-3 18:0

    I loved Alex from the moment that he was introduced in the story. I had the amazing fortune of seeing Alex on a tv present a lot of a lot of years ago, and he grabbed my imagination and my heart right from the start. I was so proud of you Irene M. Pepperberg, for proving how brilliant even the smallest small animals are in captivity and in the wild. I grew up on a farm believing and knowing that the cats, dogs, and livestock were so much more than the visual sum of their parts--which is also why I mourned them whenever livestock were sold at market, or was sympathetic and sad when any of the animals got damage or died and your Alex, set the whole scientific globe on it's ear with your combined mental prowess. Nothing could ever be the same again. Phooey on humans being the dominant species, or belittling exceptionally bright animals for doing something miraculous as being, "just a lucky happenstance." They really are quite brilliant and extraordinary. You were glorious, and Alex was glorious, and the globe once more had mysteries to explore, solve, and celebrate. You erased the boundaries, and saved us by giving us back a certain amount of magic, and miracles, mysteries, and a renewed reverence and appreciation for of all of God's monsters here on Earth.I wondered since seeing you both on television, what had become of you both. I imagined that you were both still shattering all of those stuffy scientific journalistic boundaries, with pizzazz and moxie, and reaping accolades, awards, and worldwide fame and recognition for your work. Thank you for sharing Alex with the world. I think everyone who saw Alex, was instantly enchanted with him, and loved the both of you and the groundbreaking work that you both did. In case the other dreamers forgot to tell you--thank you Irene Pepperberg, from the bottom of my heart. May God bless you and Alex, and may He protect you both--Alex in Heaven, and you on Earth, and hold you safe in His love, until you're reunited again someday in the distant future, with your beloved Alex in Heaven.--Amen

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-5-3 18:0

    I am only half method through Alex and Me but am really enjoying it. I got my Grey when she was 67 days old and she is now 34! She has a amazing vocabulary and the book is giving me some insight into her thinking as well as ideas of other ways and things to teach her. She is intelligent like Alex was and also has a mind of her own! She is awesome and it's almost scary to hear her answer to so a lot of things that she sees or hears you say/do that are appropriate responses Some parts of the book are a bit technical for me, but I am still enjoying it and would recommend it to any bird lover. A mate who has never had a bird read Alex and Me and thought it was very interesting and told me about the book which of course, I had to immediately order!

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-5-3 18:0

    This attractive story lets us know how smart and loving these birds are.But to fully appreciate them, we should allow them be free in the wild. They've been evolving for millions of years to fly above the jungle and socialize with their peers. The same method we feel amazing when we use our arms and legs, and socialize with fellow humans because of our internal reward system that has been developing for thousands of generations, they are rewarded when they fly high and hang out with fellow at being said, if you're thinking about buying a parrot, buy this book instead. You'll be happier and you'll liberate yourself from the desire of keeping captive such an smart individual that was born to fly free.

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-5-3 18:0

    Not all animals are physically able to create the sounds found in our language, nor do they necessarily even wish to, but this African Grey parrot gives us a window into what they might say if they could. And they would say, " No." And "I'm sorry." "I love you." Those animals who had bonded with us and could talk would tease us and comfort us with words, rather than with cuddles and pranks. Some of them would test to boss us around! Alex may have been unusually amazing at English, but it is necessary to remember that life in the jungle needed smart analyses. The author shows how some of the tasks in the laboratory were similar to tasks that birds do all the time. Well done!

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    Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process review [Book]  2018-5-3 18:0

    Alex, the wise guy; Alex, the joker; Alex, the sometimes bored and resistant subject. Irene, the cross-disciplinary scientist with a quirky feathered being as principal research focus, trying to search a fit, a home, in typically rigid academic boxes. These are a few of my favorite things in reading Dr. Pepperberg's acc of her life with Alex, the African Grey Parrot. Alex and Me opens and closes with the premature and unanticipated death of one of two main [email protected]#$%!&?ing us with an emotional jolt that destroys any pre-conception that we're about to read a volume that limits itself to a popularized recounting of a set of surprising and interesting scientific research findings. Throughout, Pepperberg's provides an entertaining and humanize acc of her career with Alex: his display of a lot of cognitive skills thought impossible in any such small-brained, non-mammalian subject; her professional challenges in building a niche for her studies with Alex; the trappings of growing public admiration, even love, for Alex contrasted with the constant struggles to search acceptance, employment, and research-funding to continue her work with Alex and his lab companions, both avian and human. I found this an entertaining, informative read easily absorbed during a week long vacation trip. Well worth the read, if you, too, marvel and the abilities underestimated abilities of so a lot of of the critters with whom we share the planet. Enjoy!

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World review [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    I love this book! I only [email protected]#$%! had been written about thirty-five years ago when my fifteen-year-old self so much required it! I can identify with so much here: the craving for solitude, the introvert hangover (my maximum comfortable time at gatherings is usually about two hours), the need for deep conversation rather than chit-chat, being misunderstood (no, I'm not upset, I just need to be alone), and on and on. And Resting Sad Face! OMG. At age 50, it is a startlingly gratifying thing to realize that others have had that, too. I truly thought this was something that was simply wrong with me. LOL. For decades now, my mother has smiled at me in the company of others, reminding me to smile to look more approachable...It takes courage to care for one's self according to one's deepest needs and withstand the scrutiny of others. I have learned over years that to live as I need and wish to means living within a very rich solitude and "visiting the globe of people" and I have learned to smile but ignore those who wish me paired off or socializing more often. One thing I am still embracing: It is not selfish to take exquisite care of my sensitivity and introversion by deciding how and when to participate in the globe when others seem to be able to handle the stimulation of "normal life" with ease. A HUGE thank you to the author for this book which will surely be a classic in no time. I know you will support so a lot of of us! Please hold writing and sharing your insights. 💐

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    Since discovering I am an introvert, I am always on the lookout for info to support me thrive in a globe that does not always value my temperament. I was excited to hear that Jenn Granneman, founder of the Introvert, Dear community, wrote The Secret Life of Introverts. Compared to Quiet by Susan Cain, the The Secret Life of Introverts is lighter on the research and heavier on the practical advice. The Secret Life of Introverts clears up introvert myths, gives lots of relationship tip in addition to work and career pointers, and highlights hints for extroverts to support them understand the introverts they love. Introvert, Dear community stories and survey results as well as examples from Granneman’s own life illustrate the sensible guidance scattered throughout the book. I learned that an introvert hangover is a thing (now I have a word for that overstimulated feeling) and that there may be 4 various types of introverts (is it possible to be three at once?). Best of all, The Secret Life of Introverts reminded me that as an introvert, I need solitude, but solitude isn't just about me. The reason to guard my solitude is to create sure I obtain enough of it to be at my best for the people in my life.Disclosure: I asked for (and received) an advanced reader copy of The Secret Life of Introverts in exchange for my unbiased review.

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World review [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    This book provides a amazing explanation of both extroverts and introverts. I highly recommend it for all.

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    This book can support you to improve your strength in hero and search out more interesting you can read.

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    Interesting book....a amazing read for introverts

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World review [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    Amazing insightful book.

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World review [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    On the whole, this is a decent tutorial for introverts who have found their temperament to be a issue for them. It's written in a peppy, accessible tone with lots of short 's oriented mainly toward people who are just getting settled in life, and it doesn't have much to offer for more mature people. For example, there's barely a mention of parenting, and there's next to nothing about interpersonal interactions besides dating, love and the office. I don't think it's meant for introverts who are already well-adjusted and who simply wish to understand themselves me sections have a needlessly negative tone, such as in "Introversion doesn't have to doom you" and "Being a single introvert looking for love is hard." I've been a fairly extreme introvert for more than 50 years and never once felt it was a life sentence, and my daily life brought me many, a lot of opportunities for romance.

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World review [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    As a mental health therapist I really have fun how Granneman is able to discuss the differences in the brain between introverts and extroverts in a highly accessible way. I've already recommended her book to several of my clients. An enjoyable, enlightening and affirming read!

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World review [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    As an introvert, I have been branded as shy, reticent, snobbish, and easily upset. I have always been puzzled by how people see me, as I am none of those things. This book is helping me to counter those false perceptions, and I am learning a lot of fresh things about myself. I am especially fascinated with the connection between dopamine and extroversion. The author contains a lot of helpful features, including self assessments to try the type of introvert one might be, and side notes to extroverts who are reading the book to understand the introverts in their lives. This is truly for the introverts out there seeking a greater understanding of themselves. A remarkable book.

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    The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World review [Book]  2017-12-4 18:0

    As an current MBTI trainer/practitioner and a former mental health counselor, I have read a amazing a lot of books on personality and temperament, and this is a unbelievable book for introverts who wish to understand themselves, as well as extroverts who are trying to understand the introverts in their lives. The book gives a amazing mix of research, the author's experiences, and stories from other introverts. It is written with a hefty dose of amazing old humanity and a side of delightful quirkiness that create the book both enjoyable and relatable. I will definitely recommend this book to clients and mates who could benefit from a written opinion on how normal and, dare I say, amazing it is to be an introvert!

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    I wasn't sure if I should give this book 3 or 4 stars, so bear in mind it could have been 4 star. I chose 3 because much of the premise has already been out there for ages. It's a very positive and helpful point that if you decide you wish to change something about your life to make an environment which supports this. However this is the first suggestion created for decades for anyone wanting to change their eating habits ( clean out the cupboards! throw away all the junk food! have prepared healthy snacks ready!...want to quit smoking ( drinking?) ? throw out all the ashtrays! don't hang out with your smoking ( or drinking) buddies, do something various when you usually smoke ( or drink), complete a puzzle, go for a walk volunteer etc etc etc..... on another level this was also a premise I was told when starting in the workforce ( a looonnnggg time ago) " dress for success" remember that? Dress and act as how you mean to end up. So nothing there was fresh or revolutionary, unless of course, the person reading this is very young and has never had any unhealthy vices they want to stop....What I did appreciate was the thought of stretching yourself, of taking on a task or doing something you don't feel you are quite ready for. That's amazing advice, if you wish to do a amazing job or be successful you will have to focus and place more energy into it, which will hold you mindful and aware and you'll grow. It helps if you can search a mentor but really, I've known very few people who were fortunate to have one. I also thought the idea of changing up your routine even a bit was a amazing idea, take a various route to work e book was engaging, simple to read - which means it's likely to obtain read - and did have helpful suggestions/points. I just felt quite a bit of it was a reworking of what most people already know, but I could be mistaken about that.

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    Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success review [Book]  2018-2-1 18:0

    Self-help books are only as amazing as the individual reading them. To paraphrase the main idea in Dr. Benjamin Hardy’s Willpower Doesn’t Work, our environments determine our success, and we can change our environment to either support or hinder our us, if you read this book and create the important changes as prescribed, you’re likely to create some positive changes in your life. If you read this book with a pessimistic attitude, or comprehend the lesson but fail to apply it, you’re going to end up right where you were before you read this book. And so it goes.Hardy’s book is a relatively simple read, a huge plus for self-help books, because it doesn’t obtain too bogged down in scientific theory or textbook verbiage. That’s not to say that a easy book is best when seeking to change one’s life, or that this book is superficial by any means. But, there is a level of advantage to keeping the reader interested. It takes some writing skill to create one’s research accessible to a broad audience, and Hardy has a conversational, smooth tone to his ditionally, the research appears to be sound, and it is a surprisingly easy refutation of the adage that all one needs is to “want” to change in order to achieve change. Even sheer hard work alone may not be enough if one constantly has to overcome the environmental obstacles that may be a bigger hindrance than one’s desire for reaching a goal. Packed with plenty of anecdotes that present how subtly we may be sabotaging our own best interest, Hardy demonstrates that merely wanting change, or even working toward it might not be enough. Moreover, he lays out comprehensive plan for getting you into your highest potential environment.I’m not a huge fan of self-help books because I tend to cynically think that, like fad diets, the only one’s benefiting are the people behind the product. Additionally, much of the writing is merely common sense. Then again, it’s common sense that we often ignore until we search our lives needing to adjust our thinking. This book came at such a time for me, and it hit me with a lot of impact and profundity. At a time in my life when my second divorce is happening, I have the excellent opportunity to create some changes in my life, and Willpower Doesn’t Work will serve as a amazing tool to have for the street ahead. Recommended for people seeking change that is achievable. It’s still early in 2018. Those Fresh Year’s resolutions don’t have to be abandoned yet. Change your mind and read this book.

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    Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success review [Book]  2018-2-1 18:0

    Ever created a Fresh Year’s resolution you didn’t (couldn’t) keep? Ever joined a gym or weight loss program and failed to obtain the results you were looking for? Read a self-help book, attended a transformational workshop or seminar only to search the promised results were not forthcoming?You probably were relying on willpower. According to Benjamin Hardy, PhD, author of Willpower Doesn’t Work, relying on willpower dooms you to failure.“Social norms are more strong at controlling your behavior than your deepest ideologies and desires. A person’s life is a product of the social norms around them.” What this means is that your environment is more strong than your intentions. If you wish to change, then you need to change your cording to Dr. Hardy, “Environmental design is your greatest responsibility.”If you are looking to create positive, permanent change in your life, this book will give you the tools and the framework for making those changes.Dr. Hardy goes deep into the psychology of change and human behavior. He writes from private experience and years of research and psychological e book is written in a very conversational tone. Although it covers deep, complex topics – human behavior is one of the most complex there is – his writing is clear and concise. He takes the complex and makes it straightforward. He provides plenty of true life examples to illustrate his e writing is well research and he frequently quotes/references other authorities in the e bottom line is this. “You can change. But you must change your environment.” The book is both educational, insightful and informative. It is inspirational. But achieving the desired results requires a various approach. Dr. Hardy gives the reader a blueprint. You still have to change your environment.

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    Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success review [Book]  2018-2-1 18:0

    I enjoyed reading this book. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I like the approach change the author takes to being successful....whatever definition of success works for you. The basis of the book is that willpower doesn't work and there is a better approach to success. The better approach is understanding how environments can influence our life, our wellness, happiness, and success. I think we all know this but often don't think about it, instead just trying to will our method to success and happiness. When you think about it, environments do very much matter. Why is it that a NFL coach can succeed at one squad and not at another? There are various variables of each environment that let each of us to succeed or fail. The author highlights the need to change environments to achieve your potential. The author talks about taking a break from your everyday environment and going to a fresh environment to relax, recharge, and to have your best clarity and thoughts occur. I search this to be very true. I often search that when in the routing of work, home, and general life, my ability to see outside of that environment is very difficult. Yet, when I travel and I'm away from the environment, my thoughts, ideas, and life clarity improve. With the weight of your routine environments in the method you fall into a pattern that is difficult to break. The author goes into detail how to make the environments you need to be successful.Overall, I enjoyed the book and liked the various approach of not only focusing on what changes you have to create to be successful, to what changes to your environment you need to create to be successful. The book is an simple read with enough info to obtain you thinking about your environment and approach to success.

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    Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success review [Book]  2018-2-1 18:0

    This book gives fresh insight into an old topic: Self Control. It gave me reason to rethink some of my presuppositions and explained why I have experienced a burst of creative energy associated with the fresh studio I'm building (better envroment=better productivity+mental health). While some of the hints and ideas were basically common sense it was amazing to chop through the clutter and remind myself what really e best idea for me was the concept of Forcing Functions. You engineer your life so that you are more prone to comply with goals than defy your best interest. For example, if you rented a workspace within walking distance of your home you would be more prone to walk every day to work thus having a built-in compulsory exercise program. I really like the concept and have since built some very effective Forcing Functions into my bit of advice, that you have 5 people around you who are helping you be your best self was a tough one for me. My mates are currently all struggling–some of them are very difficult to be around. I'm going to be there for them no matter what (or until they self-destruct) but how do I search like-minded people to become mates with in this busy age? I sense that this is a amazing method to move forward with my life but this subject will take some more reflection to come up with a solution. Nevertheless, these tips, whether simple or hard to accomplish, are better known that ignored. Overall one of the best books on self-improvement I have read.

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    Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success review [Book]  2018-2-1 18:0

    I have been battling with depression and anxiety for years now. I have tried everything from counseling to hypnotherapy , and nothing seemed to work. My husband got me this book and suggested that I take it one day at a time and test to apply it to my life. The basis of the book is simple- change your environment to change your life. The hints are practical and the book is very simple to read and understand. I created little steps and tried to rewire how I usually approach situations. I can say that this book has created a positive impact in my life. I don’t feel as anxious as I usually do and feel more in control of my life. I read the book in little bits every day and would test to apply it. It really created a difference. I feel much happier and content. I still have setbacks every now and then, but this books makes it simple to obtain back on track.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World review [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    If you wish to separate yourself from the crowd by accomplishing necessary things or if you wish your team/organization to accomplish necessary things, Deep Work has what it takes to go to the next level. A must read for our email/social media burdened world. Here are my “top 15” takeaways from deep work. If you multi task, jump to number 15. :-).1. Spend enough time in a state of frenetic shallowness and you permanently reduce your capacity to perform deep work..2. I build my days around a core of carefully chosen deep work, with the shallow activities I absolutely cannot avoid batched into smaller bursts at the peripheries of my schedule..3. Two Core Abilities for Thriving in the Fresh Economy 1. The ability to quickly master hard things. 2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed..4. High-Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) x (Intensity of Focus).5. Busyness as Proxy for Productivity: In the absence of clear indicators of what it means to be productive and valuable in their jobs, a lot of knowledge workers turn back toward an industrial indicator of productivity: doing lots of items in a visible manner..6. Depth-destroying behaviors such as immediate e-mail responses and an active social media presence are lauded, while avoidance of these trends generates suspicion..7. “Who you are, what you think, feel, and do, what you love— is the sum of what you focus on.”.8. You don’t need a rarified job; you need instead a rarified approach to your work..9. You have a finite amount of willpower that becomes depleted as you use it. …The key to developing a deep work habit is to move beyond amazing intentions and add routines and rituals to your working life designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower important to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration..10. … the minimum unit of time for deep work in this philosophy tends to be at least one full day. To place aside a few hours in the morning, for example, is too short to count as a deep work stretch for an adherent of this approach..11. Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets… it is, paradoxically, important to getting any work done..12. At the end of the workday, shut down your consideration of work problems until the next morning— no after-dinner e-mail check, no mental replays of conversations, and no scheming about how you’ll handle an upcoming challenge; shut down work thinking completely. If you need more time, then extend your workday, …trying to squeeze a small more work out of your evenings might reduce your effectiveness the next day enough that you end up getting less done than if you had instead respected a shutdown..13. for a novice, somewhere around an hour a day of intense concentration seems to be a limit, while for experts this number can expand to as a lot of as four hours— but rarely more..14. The ability to concentrate intensely is a skill that must be trained..15. So we have scales that let us to divide up people into people who multitask all the time and people who rarely do, and the differences are remarkable. People who multitask all the time can’t filter out irrelevancy. They can’t manage a working memory. They’re chronically distracted. They initiate much larger parts of their brain that are irrelevant to the task at hand… they’re beautiful much mental wrecks.Dr. James T Brown, Author, The Handbook of Program Management, McGraw-Hill

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World review [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    Deep Work is the execution/tactical companion to Newport's latest book, So Amazing They Can't Ignore You and it doesn't ese books should be taken together as a whole because they give you the WHAT, the WHY and the HOW for being an elite knowledge Amazing they Can't Ignore you shows you why building valuable and rare skills, which Newport calls "career capital" is the number one most necessary thing for finding a job you love (not "finding your passion"). Building that capital allows you to search a job where you can have creative control over your work and more control over your time, which allows you to do "deep work," aka deliberate practice (and the 10,000 hour rule for expertise, Gladwell, Ericsson and others). There are also 2 other factors, choosing a domain or mission or project where you will have a postive impact on the world, and choosing to work with people who you like being around, which aren't covered much but Newport assumes you should be able to figure out on your mmary of what you need to be So Amazing They Can't Ignore You1. Rare and valuable skills (aka career capital)2. Creative control over projects3. Control over your time (which allows you to do deep work, virtuous cycle)4. Work that has a positive impact on the world5. Working with people you have fun being withHere's the formula:-Use deep work to learn quick and build up rare and valuable skills.-Then apply these rare and valuable skills to the right projects so that you can build up career capital.-Then money in the career capital to obtain more creative and time control over your job.-All the while, test to pick jobs and projects that have a positive impact and let you to work with amazing people.-However, these are usually also things that you need to trade in your career capital (rare skills and experience using them) in order to maximize.-Don't test to save the globe or have a huge impact until you have the career capital to match. Otherwise you will probably fail. You have to earn all these perks via building career capital by using deep Amazing They Can't Ignore You doesn't spend much time explaining how to actually implement deep work (deliberate practice) into you life. It tells you to focus deeply, stretch yourself cognitively and obtain constant high quality feedback on your work/at's where Deep Work comes in. Deep Work shows you exactly WHY deep work is so necessary (as opposed to Shallow Work), especially for modern knowledge workers, and why the method most people work, with constant interruptions from social media, email and their phones, is holding most knowledge workers back from being successful and competitive in today's job e first part of the book argues for why Deep Work is important. If you have already bought into the idea, you can skim this part, but I found the examples and people he featured to be very interesting so it's worth a read. Just don't expect a lot of strategies until part apter 1 explains why deep work is VALUABLE. Our economy is changing, and the days of doing the same thing over and over for 40 years until you retire are over. Newport lays out an interesting theory for 3 types of workers, Superstars, Owners and High Skill Workers and makes a convincing and necessary argument for the importance in the future of being able to work at higher levels of abstraction and work with smart this chapter he also makes a case for the two critical skills for knowledge workers:1. Learning Quickly2. Producing at an Elite LevelThis conclusion informs the rest of the book. If you wish to be amazing at these two skills, the most necessary thing to be amazing at is deep apter 2 focuses on why deep work is RARE. He shows how distractions are becoming more and more common for knowledge workers, and that attention is becoming more and more fractures. Newport makes a amazing case for how complex knowledge work is often hard to measure, so managers measure busyness instead of output that relates to bottom line results (KPIs). Busyness as a vanity metric. People end up optimizing for looking busy instead of getting true work done, and everybody plays along with this apter 3 goes into why deep work is MEANINGFUL. Meaning is a key part of Newport's argument because the whole book links back to the Passion vs. Rare Skills debate…which is a better tactic for finding a job you love? If the job isn't meaningful, then deep work doesn't fully respond the question of how to best search a job you love. Newport give 3 theories on why deep work is meaningful, a psychological, neurological and a philosophical at's it for part Part 2, Newport tells you how to implement deep work into your day to day life with 4 le 1 gives you a bunch of tactics and examples of how to integrate deep work into your schedule. He offers various tactics depending on what kind of work you do. The Grand Gestures part of this chapter is really good, you learn about Bill Gates Think Week and same popular authors who go to secluded islands or build cabins to obtain a lot of deep work done when necessary. There is also a section here on execution using the 4 Disciplines from Clayton Christensen's work. The point on lead vs. lag measures is really le 2 covers the idea of embracing boredom. Newport gives a number of tactics for doing two necessary things: improving your ability to focus and eliminating your desire for distraction. At first these seem like the same thing but Newport explains why they are actually two various skills. For example, someone who is constantly switching between social media and infotainment websites can block off time for deep work but they won't be able to focus if they can't control their desire to always have instant gratification and constant stimulus. The point about making deep work your default, and scheduling shallow work in between is also a android game le 3 is about social media websites and infotainment sites. This rule isn't as strategic as the other ones, it's mostly about making a side argument that these networking websites aren't as necessary is you think they are. He gives some amazing tactics for measuring what websites and services you should contain in your day to day life based on the total collection of all the positive and negative effects. This sort of critical thinking and measurement usually doesn't obtain applied to these kind of le 4 is about draining the shallows, meaning going through the process of eliminating as much as possible shallow work from your everyday schedule. This is more tactical chapter, (This and Rule 1 are the most useful of the 4) you learn how to plan out your day, how to stop from bringing your work home with you with an end of day ritual and how to manage your email so that you chop down on the amount of time you spend in your inbox each day. There is also a tactic for how to talk to your boss about deep work so you can obtain permission to re-arrange your schedule to be more productive.Overall Thoughts:This book, and Newport's previous book So Amazing They Can't Ignore You, are some of the most necessary books you will read on planning your st people spend small to no time on these decisions, or just go with the flow or with how other people approach things, even though this planning process will affect the next 4 to 5 decades of their st people's thinking is still stuck in the industrial economy method of thinking…it makes sense thought, our education system is also stuck in this method of thinking. Deep work gives you a solid, actionable plan and doesn't leave anything out that I can think of.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World review [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    I have generally been a fan of Cal's work, but had a mixed view on this book. TL DR: It has some amazing actionable steps, but with a lot of fluff about being more counter-culture and revolutionary than it is or needs to e Good1. Cal highlights actionable ways to 1) increase concentration and focus and 2) produce more work output. He specifically delineates between "shallow" low priority work and "deep" high-priority, high-payoff work and ways to identify which types of work fall into which category.2. Cal anticipates more of the (valid) objections and nuances to his thesis than I've seen him do previously. I thought his discussions on professions like CEOs that might not be deep-work appropriate, various ways to think about what social media improves your life, and going off-schedule to pursue an insight created the book much more well-rounded and connected to e Not-so-good1. The book is written as if it's presenting "a new, flashy, grand theory of everything". It's not that. The idea of working in a deep, focused manner isn't a fresh one or one that would shock people (as the book's extensive citations show). But the book puts up a very intense war versus an troops of straw men. I don't think you'd search anyone who disagrees with the general notion of working intensely on your priorities; it's making your life conducive to it (and getting done what you aim to obtain done when you sit down) that's the hard part. So the book feels more to me like ideas you'd share with mates about how to be more productive than a revolutionary fresh idea, but you have to wade through *pages* of why this is *life-changing* and *flashy* to obtain to the more useful actionable steps.2. I think that deep work is a very huge umbrella term that could be broken down. For example, the method in which brainstorming or writing an academic paper stretches your brain is very various from the method in which editing a paper (p. 228) stretches your brain. Cal identifies all of these as deep work, but more thought on how you attack very various types of deep work would be helpful. For example, the open-ended process of generating an idea and getting it on to paper requires a various process than the mind-numbing tedium of final paper edits. I would have liked more thinking through the "initial attack" and then the "follow-through".

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World review [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    I picked up the book because I could completely relate to the headline, and I was really impressed. This book has created me more conscious about how I work, read, and engage with Newport makes a solid case for a more focused work-life. The single most necessary change you can create in your working habits is to develop the ability to sustain amazing patience and focus to develop deep, creative ere’re two issues with the prevalence of the fresh distracting technologies and the current distracted state of our culture. We obviously need to learn how to use devices and apps more consciously so that we don't wire our brains to crave distractions. But we also need to train our attention muscle by working for longer stretches of time without interrupting ourselves to check messages, social media or surf the e quality of your work is to a huge extent a function of how well you sustain longer stretches of time in deep work. Newport’s tip for us is to block off chunks of time every day to intensely concentrate on creative or analytical work with the phone and e-mail off.Another amazing tip is to not judge your day by the info of what you actually produced and the progress you made, but how well you executed the process of deep work.But Newport’s point is not only relevant to work in terms of producing. It’s equally valid for setting aside undistracted time for thinking and evaluating our lives. Not a lot of of us take the time to do this.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World review [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    Another excellently plotted book on work by the meticulous Cal Newport. The first section, which lays out the rationale for what he's calling "deep work" (the kind of work that requires concentrated thought in a distraction-free environment, and that produces gains/results not easily replicable), is almost too long if you've been (shallow-tasking and) keeping up with the famous literature around this. (That's assuming you don't share my private experience of watching an ability to apply concentrated effort evaporate—use it or lose it!) I wanted at that second section, which, as promised, lays out a series of prescriptions for carving out the time and developing the thought muscles important for this intellectually rigorous life.I think it's a must-read for knowledge workers, especially ones at the beginning of their careers. At the risk of sounding ageist, I do think that at a certain point in one's life, especially if one [email protected]#$%! it hard in one's 20s, 30s, 40s, one is willing to trade a small future glory for show Netflix.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World review [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    I'm a sign business owner and musician, and I bought this book because I'd like to create more of the time I have, I never have enough for my music. I am always distracted. I heard about it on NPR, and was intrigued. I'm about halfway through, and I've already decided that I will probably re-read it in the future, it is wonderfully inspiring. I have fun the author's style of writing very much. It is enjoyable to read, the concepts are very clear, and it is already having a positive result on my work. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I hope that I can all 3 of my teenage girls to read it. It's the kind of read that is a life-changer.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World review [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    Cal Newport's Deep Work is a short but perfect book on how to work in a very focused, productive way. It is an antidote to "open offices," social media and tablet distractions, and other factors that have become commonplace the latest few years. It has a lot of amazing examples and suggestions for focusing and more effective "Deep Work" for the ep Work has a few weaknesses. Like most self-help books, it uses a lot of exceptional examples -- Theodore Roosevelt did this, Carl Jung did that -- rather than more systematic surveys and data to create its' case. Although I believe the notion of "Deep Work" is mostly valid, it is vaguely defined, a weakness it shares with K Anders Ericsson's "Deliberate Practice" (famously popularized by Malcolm Gladwell).

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World review [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    Cal Newport's work is essential to understand in a globe becoming continually distracted. He explains a method of life that usually only writers, philosophers, and artists are familiar with. In doing so, he extracts that method of life unfamiliar to most and makes it accessible for everyone. This is the practice of deep work. The practice of deep work will support anyone manage their time better and drain the shallows of distractive habits that the mind becomes accustomed to, constantly checking email or social media, for example. Deep work ultimately is a lifestyle design philosophy that works for people who are especially creative. Yet I don't think that deep work is just for "knowledge workers" as Cal postulates. I feel it is for everyone. I believe athletes, artists, and people with ordinary jobs will benefit from this book. Essential reading for anyone in the modern world.

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World review [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    To what: Master the art of (quickly) learning complicated thingsSo that why: To gain an edge in our economy and to have fun the linkage between attention and happinessBy means of how:a. “move beyond amazing intentions and add routines and rituals to your working life designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower important to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration”b. Monastic deep work = isolating yourself from shallow obligations; Bimodal deep work = divide your time between monastic isolation and shallow obligations; journalistic deep work = shifting back and forth during the day (works in only the rarest of cases)c. “the single best piece of tip I can offer to anyone trying to do creative work is to ignore inspiration”d. Your ritual needs to ensure your brain gets the help it needs to hold operating (esp. coffee, food, exercise, rest)e. Hold a public scoreboard of progress, leading indicator(s), toward your goalf. “At the end of the workday, shut down your consideration of work problems until the next morning”g. Move tasks out of your mind and onto a to-do list (paper or electronic)h. “Schedule in advance when you’ll use the Internet, and then avoid it altogether outside these times.”i. “As in mindfulness meditation, you must continue to bring your attention back to the issue at hand when it wanders or stalls”j. “drop the need for a weekly status meeting in preference for results-driven reporting”k. “send fewer e-mails and ignore those that aren’t simple to process”When:a. Build a habit with a set starting time that you use every day for deep workb. “map out when I’ll work deeply during each week at the beginning of the week, and then refine these decisions, as needed, at the beginning of each day”c. Deliberate practice: Begin with an hour a day and build to “Three to four hours a day, five days a week, of uninterrupted and carefully directed concentration” in combination with “feedback so you can correct your approach”d. “the minimum unit of time for deep work in this philosophy tends to be at least one full day. To place aside a few hours in the morning, for example, is too short to count as a deep work”e. “perhaps once or twice a month, take a period of two to four days to become completely monastic.”f. “Don’t Take Breaks from Distraction. Instead Take Breaks from Focus”; Be comfortable being bored; idleness is essential to mental recoveryg. “Schedule Every Min of Your Day”h. “If you’re not sure how long a given activity might take, block off the expected time, then follow this with an extra block that has a split purpose. If you need more time for the preceding activity, use this extra block to hold working on it. If you finish the activity on time, however, have an alternate use already assigned for the additional block”Where:a. “Your ritual needs to specify a zone for your deep work efforts.”b. Ensure regularity in WHERE you do deep workc. Avoid shared workspaces when doing deep work

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    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World review [Book]  2017-11-26 18:0

    I love Cal Newport's work, am a longtime reader of his blog and his previous book, "So Amazing They Can't Ignore You", and this book was no exception. I took copious notes throughout the book and highly recommend it to anyone in a technical field, or in any kind of creative endeavor whatsoever. Even if you think you're not working in a field that requires deep work, think again. Newport's convincing arguments for the value of deep work and its importance in our automation-leaning economy are compelling. Do you think you can't be outsourced or your work mechanized? In the coming years, as other authors have argued (cf. Dan Pink's book, Thinking on The Right Side of the Brain among others), the value of humans as employees will increasingly rely on our ability to come up with creative, deep insights that are still beyond the reach of machine intelligence or low-paid individuals in developing countries. And we will definitely not be paid for reading and responding to our Newport shows the method to a better work environment where you are contributing results that can't easily be replicated without only beef with the book, and one that I've struggled with in all of Newport's materials, is that his tip seems particularly suited for people who know what they wish to achieve and what goals to set their sights on. It is less helpful for those of us who are "Renaissance Souls" (see The Renaissance Soul: How to Create Your Passions Your Life-A Creative and Practical Guide) and wired more like Benjamin Franklin than Mozart. The irony is that even as Cal Newport strongly recommends picking one thing and focusing solely on it, he himself has been extremely successful in both his main focus - his academic career - and his "side interest", his business/blog/books. I found small tip on how to bring the concept of Deep Work to bear on multiple at caveat aside, the final score is still definitely a 5 star rating. Highly recommended.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World review [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    This is by far the most inspiring book that I've read all year (and I've read a lot of them)! It was interesting and funny, and has inspired me to obtain off my duff and begin putting one foot in front of the other on a journey towards living out Christ's love in my life. No doubt, I will read this book again, and again; and will surely buy copies for my mates and loved ones to read! Thank you Bob for sharing your stories, and most of all leaking Jesus!

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World review [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    What a unbelievable book full of love, living life and freedom to follow your pathLove the stories and how true Bob makes living a life worthy of being a Jesus follower yet challenging to do something with what you have been givenEndless possibilities

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World review [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    I'm moved beyond words by the easy method "Love Does" suggests we live from day to day. Loving others , connecting through relationship, giving of oneself freely, this is what love does.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World review [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    Very simple to read and very light. Definitely inspiring.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World review [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    This is a amazing book. It was recommended by a friend. Once I started reading it, I couldn't place it down. It is a book that plays with your emotions. I found myself laughing, crying and thinking about all the various ways I could create a bigger impact on the people around me. Bob Goff is an inspiration!

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World review [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    What an amazing book. Bob Goff created each chapter private & showed how we are connected with the Old & Fresh Testaments characters. Our story is in HIS story. My son is a graduate of Pepperdine University so Bob's book is even more unique to me. I passed "Love Does" on to one of my Pastors to read & told many, a lot of others about it. My Sunday school teacher's wife told me about it, which the very next day I bought one. Now I'm buying more because everyone should read it. His book is a amazing Evangelistic tool & he does it all in love. WOW! I love this book; if I had to rate it, "Love Does" would be a 10. GOD has blessed Bob Goff w/a brilliant mind; may you always use it for HIS glory.Blessed,Carol Glenn

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World review [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    Bob is a unbelievable storyteller. His style is clever, engaging and down right entertaining. But the best part of this book is that you catch Bob's private heart - wanting others to experience Jesus and the life changing effects of Jesus' love when we are willing to obtain up out of our pews and BE MOVED by HIM! This book will change you. Thank you for writing it Bob. Hope I can write you my own "Love Does" story someday soon.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World review [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    I loved this book and learned a lot of valuable lessons from it. I read a lot of of the reviews and was really surprised at how a lot of mentioned Bob Goff's wealth as something negative in his life. I wonder if the young people in those jails in Uganda that received a fair trial and were freed feel the same way...obviously not. Jesus had some rich mates and enjoyed their hospitality. Lazarus, for instance was wealthy. Second, I never got the impression that Goff invites us to do what he has done; he actually stresses the idea of each person being who God made them to be and devotes a whole chapter on that. He just tells us what he does with the love he has in his heart and invites us to be doers as well, not hearers only. As for writing to popular people, it's not as outlandish as it sounds. I corresponded with a popular author years ago and wrote to a Prince. I got a warm reply. Not all popular people are as aloof as we think they are. I search Bob Goff's book awesome and it convinced me to lighten up and stop holding grudges or being afraid to be myself. This book is worth reading; it's funny, light, serious, entertaining and traces one man's adventures with love in action.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World review [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    This is not a theological tome. In fact, Bob's beautiful much versus that sort of thing. One of his memorable lines in the book is about wanting to be part of a "Bible doing" group rather than a "Bible study" group. He's the kind of guy that just likes to do stuff, with amazing love (thus the book title).The book is a series of short digestible vignettes told by a man who has created himself extraordinarily available and vulnerable, as a lifestyle choice for himself and his family. Each one drew me in to the next, and because they are short, created it simple to pick up and place down. The book and Bob's life witness create me want I could live a small more freely, a small more whimsically, with less anxiety and more love. I've heard Bob speak to a little audience and he talks even more animatedly than he writes. He really does live out the tip he gives in his book. He's the true anks Bob for this bonus of a book, which encouraging even the most jaded cynic to live a life abandoned to God's love.

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    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World review [Book]  2017-12-26 18:0

    I can't really do this book justice in a review. Bob very clearly executes in relating what his title simply states: Love Does. He draws the reader into life, love and adventure, sharing wonderful & whimsical, yet easy stories. A lot of times, as I read Love Does, my wife and children would ask me why I was laughing or crying as I read & a lot of times, I found myself reading them chapters of Bob's amazing adventures in response. My reading has turned in to unbelievable discussions with my family and has inspired us to pursue some fresh capers of our own.If you've ever wondered if there is any purpose in life beyond the everyday drag, or if ordinary people can in fact create a difference, pick this book up and dive in. Warning- you will be challenged and just might create the decision to do something crazy that others won't really understand after reading this. Do it still, breaking free from the ordinary just might be worth it after all.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginnes review [Book]  2018-3-1 18:1

    Most teachers say they wish to support students develop reasoning and problem-solving skills. This book provides guidance on how to accomplish this goal. Removed are lectures, memorization, and math problems. Instead, students are taught to take what they recognize about the natural globe around them and apply it to the discipline of physics. It helped me to better understand the fundamentals and was extremely clear and simple to comprehend. Deep Learning is a subfield of machine learning concerned with algorithms inspired by the structure and function of the brain called artificial neural networks. It serves as both an education and a reference book.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginnes review [Book]  2018-3-1 18:1

    This book is a amazing introduction to a subject that I have some primary info about already, but wish to know more about. And I definitely enjoyed this book. I did search there was some fresh info in it about neural networks and the method the brain transmits information, as well as artificial intelligence. I did know most of what was contained in this book, but I still found some fresh things in it that I did not know before. It is definitely a short book, so only gives you an overview of the main concepts, and it covers quite a bit. But it does provide a amazing introduction for those who are fresh to the subject. Overall, very amazing read.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginnes review [Book]  2018-3-1 18:1

    A amazing introduction to deep learning for individuals without PhDs. Excellent for those who simply wish to train, tune, and deploy deep learning models without needing to understand complex theory. There's a lot of useful info in this book. Very well written and written from a practical perspective of those actually creating the models. Amazing book! Very useful to have it next to you when you are learning, implementing or using.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginnes review [Book]  2018-3-1 18:1

    Amazing content with unmistakably clarified ideas which work well for as a source of perspective however it should be supplemented with various assets for free investigation. It would be greatly useful to incorporate problems toward the finish of every part with arrangements toward the finish of the book. This will fortify info and produce thoughts amid the read. Decent book by and large. Profoundly prescribed!

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginnes review [Book]  2018-3-1 18:1

    Interesting! The book will teach you as a layman so it is the best book to pick if you have just stepped into the globe of artificial intelligence or wish to know about it in general. This book has a very simple to understand language with a straight forward approach. It is helpful for every person who is keen to learn and know about artificial intelligence and neural networks.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginnes review [Book]  2018-3-1 18:1

    This book provides guidance on how to accomplish this goal. Removed are lectures, memorization, and math problems. Instead, students are taught to take what they recognize about the natural globe around them and apply it to the discipline of physics. By reading this book I have learned more from this book very easily. Thanks author for creating us a fresh book for all of us!

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginnes review [Book]  2018-3-1 18:1

    Excelent book! This is a very comprehensive, well-written, and easy-to-understand book. It well provide a amazing insight of the concepts and the best Deep Learning book I have ever read. Primary concepts are explained in the book so it is self-contained and covers the deep learning field. I would recommend this book to anyone who has interest in Deep Learning.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginnes review [Book]  2018-3-1 18:1

    Perfect overview. This book is of appropriate depth and breadth and is the first of its kind, i.e., an academic treatment of deep learning. Primary concepts are explained in the book so it is self-contained and covers the deep learning field. If you are an expert, then another books may better, but if you wish to learn about Deep Learning, I recommend it.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginnes review [Book]  2018-3-1 18:1

    This book has a very simple to understand language with a straight forward approach. It is helpful for every person who is keen to learn and know about artificial intelligence and neural is book causes me to profoundly create a few info investigation effectively.If you are an expert, then another books may better, but if you wish to learn about Deep Learning, I recommend it.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginnes review [Book]  2018-3-1 18:1

    Very comprehensive, and focussed on what really matters. Rather than filling in with redundant examples that you could easily search on the web, this book gives you everything else that you need. The rationale for algorithms, their motivation and derivation. This is both thorough and readable. It serves as both an education and a reference book.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginners review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:1

    Very well written and simple to read this book. A lot of necessary info in this book. I like this book. I highly recommended this book for anyone who has interested in Deep Learning.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginners review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:1

    Interesting! The book will teach you as a layman so it is the best book to pick if you have just stepped into the globe of artificial intelligence or wish to know about it in general. This book has a very simple to understand language with a straight forward approach. It is helpful for every person who is keen to learn and know about artificial intelligence and neural networks.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginners review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:1

    A amazing introduction to deep learning for individuals without PhDs. Excellent for those who simply wish to train, tune, and deploy deep learning models without needing to understand complex theory. There's a lot of useful info in this book. Very well written and written from a practical perspective of those actually creating the models. Amazing book! Very useful to have it next to you when you are learning, implementing or using.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginners review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:1

    This is an amazing artificial intelligence book for the beginner learner. Wonderful prologue to machine learning and It's gives me give some supportive indications and similar I wish to prescribe this book to all.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginners review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:1

    This book provides guidance on how to accomplish this goal. Removed are lectures, memorization, and math problems. Instead, students are taught to take what they recognize about the natural globe around them and apply it to the discipline of physics. By reading this book I have learned more from this book very easily. Thanks author for creating us a fresh book for all of us!

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginners review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:1

    Perfect overview. This book is of appropriate depth and breadth and is the first of its kind, i.e., an academic treatment of deep learning. Primary concepts are explained in the book so it is self-contained and covers the deep learning field. If you are an expert, then another books may better, but if you wish to learn about Deep Learning, I recommend it.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginners review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:1

    Very comprehensive, and focussed on what really matters. Rather than filling in with redundant examples that you could easily search on the web, this book gives you everything else that you need. The rationale for algorithms, their motivation and derivation. This is both thorough and readable. It serves as both an education and a reference book.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginners review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:1

    This book is a amazing introduction to a subject that I have some primary info about already, but wish to know more about. I like this one...

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginners review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:1

    If you wish to know about artificial intelligence This book is for you. This book is excellent for beginners. This book is full of info . This is a amazing one. By reading this book i learn a lot of things . Those are really helpful to me. I read this book I can tell everyone to read it.

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    Deep Learning: A Technical Approach To Artificial Intelligence For Beginners review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:1

    Very clear exposition, does the math without getting lost in the details. Although a lot of of the concepts of the introduction.

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    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement review [Book]  2018-4-27 18:0

    The Social Animal by David Brooks, a Kindle book I began reading on July 28th when my mom and I were flying home from a trip to Fresh York. So engrossing, I barely noticed the is book is very much written in the style of a BBC documentary having to do with the human body, ala "Here we see Jane waking up in the morning and bumbling to her bathroom to take a shower; small does she know, but millions of cells and nerves have been awake and busy all while she's been asleep," then the camera focuses in on her arm or face where a graphic or animation of internal activity takes place, demonstrating action at a cellular level. This book does the same with a cast of four characters who fall in love, marry, have kids and those kids then grow up, all while the narrator of the book interprets these activities, choices, and traits as sociological decisions which can go one method or another or a myriad of various ways.I loved this book and was riveted by its easy yet easily empathic writing style. It seemed like the best kind of reference book, one that you search yourself happily quoting often. Super ultra thumbs up!

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    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement review [Book]  2018-4-27 18:0

    I had to buy this book for class as it was needed reading, but it is not just a boring textbook or nonfiction book. David Brooks writing makes the info about society's role in a person's life simple to read and digestible. He contains a lot of facts and research about how people's outcomes can be determined in life and the chances of success, why some succeed and others plateau. Yet, it is written in a story method most of the time, following a few main characters on how they meet, obtain married, have a son, and how their decisions affect their overall outcome in life. I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in psychology and nonfiction books that are relevant to our lives. It was a amazing read. The book is paperback and came in time for class.

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    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement review [Book]  2018-4-27 18:0

    David Brooks never disappoints--his intelligence is a joy to test to follow in all his writings. This book takes a special view of the development of human nature by telling the fictional life stories of a family; how the parents meet and the physiological and psychological instincts rule their reactions to each other; the birth and cognitive development of their child; how the human mind evolves and the various paths it can take, depending on the nuture/nature it abides in. Overall, a fascinating method to approach the complexities of human development in our current society.

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    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement review [Book]  2018-4-27 18:0

    If you are looking for a page turner, this book is not it. On the other hand, it is a well written and fascinating book that follows the lives of two people from pre-birth through death to illustrate how the human brain works and to highlight some of the best available knowledge in the fields of brain function and human sociology. The narrative is also special because even though the characters age, their story is always told in the with Malcomb Gladwell's books, the author is not adding to the body of knowledge. Instead, he is presenting a survey of the best current thinking while also gently spinning that info into his worldview. Since I am an admitted David Brooks fan, the effect for me is very ooks makes a compelling case for deep, non-cognitive memory and its importance in how people and societies function. He also presents some positions that are politically incorrect such as pointing out research indicating that cultural differences do create a difference in human success or failure."The Social Animal" does not attempt to cover every aspect of man's brain or his/her social interactions. It does show an informative and enlightening overview of how the human brain and human society work. And it does that in an entertaining way.I really enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.

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    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement review [Book]  2018-4-27 18:0

    Brooks writes as if his "characters" experienced the development of each aspect in today's world. Life doesn't work that way; people are shaped by the social climate of their time. Not all of his references are to basic sources, and we are usually not told how significant findings are (or if they are at all significant). On one occasion, for example, he references Time magazine. Nor are we told whether findings have been replicated. That aside, he's a competent writer and the book reads well.

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    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement review [Book]  2018-4-27 18:0

    I search that some of the most enlightening and enjoyable books come when an smart author that I trust studies a subject extensively and delivers facts, thoughts, and practical applications. That is what this book is to me. If you have interest in the subject of how the subconscious and conscious mind combine to make the perceptions and thoughts that define your globe and how people behave in it, then this book may be for you. I personally came into this book with relatively small knowledge on the topic, though it is something that I have recently been thinking about quite a bit. It seems as if this is a subject that Brooks has spent a lot of years studying and pondering. Whatever you may think of David Brooks or his politics, you would be hard pressed to describe him as anything short of a very smart man and, as much as one can trust a writer from merely reading their work and watching their commentary, I trust Brooks as an honest and forthright man so, though I cannot speak to the accuracy of his interpretations of the research, I am inclined to trust it. If you are an expert in this field, maybe you would search significant misinterpretations or omissions in Brooks use of technical aspects of this book, but that is not something that I, as a layman, can determine. Unless I read any specific complaints from an expert, I am willing to highly recommend this book to both mates and the Amazon community.Let me create one point to ensure you are getting what you expect: This book includes the life stories of two fictional characters, but that part of the book only exists as a way for Brooks to deliver his message. This book is not about the characters but rather it is about what Brooks has learned from his study of research on the human brain. Thought I think this format allows Brooks to reach a broader audience, I didn't search the fiction to be the strength of the book. You shouldn't be buying this book for the value or quality of the fictional is book is though provoking, and I genuinely feel that it changed my view of how my own mind works. I expect that I will consider things that this book introduced me to on a regular basis and sometimes in practical aspects of my life. When a book is an interesting read and genuinely changes ones view of themselves and how their body and mind function, then how can one give it less than 5 stars?

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    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement review [Book]  2018-4-27 18:0

    I loved this book. Count me one of the people who enjoyed Brook's writing style and approach. His writing is easy and entertaining. So much so, I enjoyed it on my Android device Kindle Application (as opposed to reading Milton Friedman). His choice of a naming characters, by and huge sticking to chronological order, and writing in a narrative style, fits my tendency to read only a few chapters of a book, before putting it down for days. The book is well researched and although, there are more complete bodies of works on non-cognitive learning, 80/20 (80% body of knowledge with 20% reading pain) is just fine for most people.I gave it one penalty star for one minor reason. Gender generalization. I intellectually understand that the characters had to be fully developed, but it created me cringe at times, when he generalized on the better sex. As a husband and a father of three girls, you can generalize all you wish about men and I don't care. But generalizations on women creeps me out. The reader has been warned.With that said I would and have recommended this book to my family and mates (albeit with disclaimers, that they said did not bother them :) )

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    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement review [Book]  2018-4-27 18:0

    EVERYONE who wants to understand what it means to be human should read this special book, which---in the style of Rousseau's novel Emile--- alternates between the story of Harold and Erica, "who led wonderfully fulfilling lives", and an extensively documented acc of the "revolution in consciousness" which has emerged from latest science, and is changing everything we thought we knew about happiness and success. By giving us two concrete lives to follow, Brooks shows how our fresh knowledge of the ways our brains function actually plays out in true life. The scope of this book is immense, and his straightforward journalistic style makes it an simple read. This is the most necessary book I've read since The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin.

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    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement review [Book]  2018-4-27 18:0

    David Brooks weaves a narrative with some of the recent research in psychology and other sciences. He provides what might be fairly "dry" info in a much more compelling way. As I began reading the book, I wasn't at all sure I would like the approach. I found the storyline hard to follow when he would interject current research findings (why I rated 4 stars instead of 5). But once I got used to his unorthodox format, I found his approach to be creative and refreshing. Honestly, I think the storyline is a bit weak (again, why 4 stars instead of 5), but I think that's because it must meander in certain ways to create the research the author wants to show relevant. I do think the storyline is powerful enough to hold the overall book flowing. For me, the presentation of research findings was at the core of this book, and much of what is presented is compelling!

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    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement review [Book]  2018-4-27 18:0

    I really like this book. It is very thought provoking and I know that it will impact the method I read other books from this point on. For starters, I will read every book twice - I never thought about this with books before but I know it is the case with movies, every time you see a film you realized that there is a part you missed or maybe had a various meaning the second time around from the first time you saw is also a amazing summary of other books that have touched on different subjects that the author discusses.I like how this examines terrorists and the ways that governments are going about dealing with me of my favorite lines:"Our perceeption of the globe is a fantasy that coincides with reality""We may not possess free will, but we posses free won't"Highly recommended

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams review [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    I am not a sports person. Period. My husband and/or son ritually explain the rules of each android game to me at the beginning of every season, not because I can't remember them, but simply because it's info that I can't apply elsewhere, so poof, it disappears at season's end never to return except in the vaguest of recollections. If offsides meant the same thing in every sport, that would help. Also, shouldn't defense mean defending ownership of the ball? I realize that half of the readers of this review have stopped reading in sheer disgust by now, but I wanted to drive home the fact that...this is not a book about sports, or solely for sports my immense surprise, I could not place this book down. It is phenomenally well-written, so well written in fact that I wish to obtain a subscription to the WSJ so I can hold reading what this author writes. The amount of research, outlined by the author at the beginning of the book, is so staggering that I found myself compelled to search out what that amount of research could yield. Although the title of the book seems to give that away, there is so much more to learn than simply e principles that unfold in each chapter are those that can be extended into so a lot of locations of life and business for women and men alike, which on balance makes a whole lot of sense, but is not always in-your-face obvious. When I lamented to mates that I wasn't sure about my son wanting to play college sports, those who owned some very successful and prominent businesses wasted no time telling me that a resume with "team captain" of any sport on it automatically pushed that candidate to the top of the list of potential is book created the reasoning behind that crystal clear."The Captain Class" initially piqued my interest mostly because my son was captain of his high school and college lacrosse squads and I suppose I wanted to have more insight into what that position entailed than I had as a "sports mom" who went to the games, but had know idea what anyone out on the field was that...and also because of the chapter on the Steelers which no self-respecting Pittsburgh-born person could pass up.

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams review [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    Every so often, I come across a non-fiction book that is so well written that it becomes as impossible to place down as a first-rate spy thriller. The Captain Class meets that rare standard. After reading a few pages, I cast aside a beautiful amazing novel I was half-way through so I could focus on what Sam Walker had to say. His theory, distilled from painstaking research on the most successful squads in the history of sports, is startling in its simplicity. Walker came away from his research convinced that these freakishly successful squads shared one, and only one common factor: each squad included a captain who displayed a rare set of hero qualities that transformed the squad into something extraordinary.What's really surprising is that this "Captain Class" contains few athletes who received public recognition as superstars, and in the rare cases when they did keep media attention, invariably shunned it. Indeed these captains often displayed characteristics that a lot of would consider antisocial, often content to serve unglamorous supporting roles on their squads and prone toward stubborn, opportunistic behavior that furthered their one goal: a winning spite the convincing case that Walker makes for selecting the right captain, it appears that a lot of of today's squads are discarding captaincy as a purposeless relic and putting all of their resources into attracting star players and high-profile coaches. If more owners and general managers read this book, it may cause them to pay attention to this unique class of overlooked leader. As Walker observes, businesses also benefit from having a captain in their midst who is willing to winner unpopular positions and take bold actions for the greater amazing of the l in all, a terrific read, chock full of necessary leadership lessons for any organization that strives to be the best.

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams review [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    The Captain Class is a lot of various genres trying to fit into one book. On the one hand it is a serious and sober examination of sports dynasties and how they come to be. This is of course an impossible task undertake, but Sam Walker takes a very logical and serious look at the topic. It is also a primer for what makes something like a sports dynasty come alive and breathe and succeed. It is also a book on leadership and what makes a leader in the sports uth be told, I feel like he succeeded in all of his missions but the necessary part is that he did not go down some well-trod paths. For that I am eternally rt I of the book describes the process by which he takes all the successful sports teams, from a lot of time periods, from almost all sports, and he applies different sieves to disqualify candidates so that he has a manageable number of candidates to analyze. This alone is a huge job, and a contentious one that would involve just about every denizen of every sports bar and pub the globe over. I won’t obtain into his process, needless to say it will be the begin of a lot of a conversation, and his reasoning and explanation should be read and thought over by the e author comes up with sixteen teams. Sixteen iconic squads that the author labeled as his Tier One teams; by the way, he helpfully lists the Tier One squads and the Tier two squads in the appendix of the book, i.e. those squads that barely missed being tier one. This appendix will be well thumbed in the future by this e next daunting task is to examine at all the squads and to come to a conclusion as what created these squads Tier one, what drove them to being so salient amongst the many, which factor defined the success of that team. This is yet another impossible task, one that will also be debated ad infinitum. Once again, the author does an admirable and thoughtful job of considering a huge number of factors and then writing an erudite defense of his analysis. Again, this is argument fodder amongst the denizens of the bars and pubs as well as the denizens of board rooms, think tanks, B schools, and consulting firms.His conclusion is that what drives the bus for these teams, are the captains of these teams, a throwback position in our entitlement society, a society that disdains hierarchy and a position that serves the greater amazing of the team. He explains why he moved past the mythical and iconoclastic belief in the coach, or the idolatry of the superstar athlete and settled on the water carrying captain. Again, I won’t repeat his arguments from the book because he does a much better job than I ever will, since he carried the water for the book and I think his argument, the method he phrased it, is necessary for the reader to absorb and rt II of the book lists seven qualities that the author feel are special and defining for a Tier one captain. He describes in depth, using anecdotes and extensive interviews with those captains, the special and critical qualities that create these men and women so very successful and so very unique. Each chapter is a cogent explanation of each quality that the author feels is crucial for the success of each of these rt III is the counterexample. The story of the Tier 2 captains, who had all the important qualities, except for that one critical quality which doomed them to Tier 2 rather than Tier 1, a cautionary e well-trod path that the author did not go down is the path of the ubiquitous and trite path of the vast majority of business books. This book could very easily have become a mish mash retelling of the same points and sold as a formulaic recipe for success. The bane of the modern day business globe is this formulaic grinding out of uninteresting and useless tomes detailing simplistic recitations of some Powerpoint m Walker has too much respect for the subject; more importantly, he appreciates the complexity and coupled nature of the successful captaincy. He has lain out what he feels is super salient about these captains and he is intelligent enough to not lead the reader to believe that the results of the amazing captain can be duplicated simplistically. He leaves it to us to test to place the facts together, to think about the ramifications of what we can do to develop those seven qualities, either for ourselves or as a coach or teacher for a I finished the book, I was actually hoping for some pithy summation for my convenience, but in the end, I was grateful that he avoided the clichéd business school content. Now I can think deeply and critically on his be fair, the author does reiterate the major points that he wanted to create at the end of each chapter, but it is a re-statement of the argument and not a how-to guide.Whether you are a sports fan, a coach, a consultant, or anyone having to do with developing people into leaders, this is an perfect and challenging addition to your library.

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    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams review [Book]  2017-12-27 18:1

    This is one of the best books I've read. I've worked as a teacher and coach for about a decade and have transitioned into the field of sport psychology over the latest five years or so. With that, I do a lot of reading on various concepts within sports, coaching, sport psych, pop psych, etc. The concepts of culture and leadership have become huge buzz subjects in the sports world, and there is a lot of fluff out there. What I loved about this book is it wars through the fluff with years of intensive research on the world's greatest athletic squads of all time to provide a unbelievable read incorporating stories, well-explained research, and substantive takeaways. It's outstanding and will be a amazing read for you if you're a coach, athlete, parent, or just a fan of sports. This will be one of those books that stands the try of time in the field of sports and coaching. Hope you give it a shot and enjoy!

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