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Wow. Monica has itemized everything you need to consider in preparing for a substantial remodel. This is not a typical to-do guide. This is a very granular synopsis covering everything from early planning to signing off on final construction. It begins with critical questions you need to ask yourself in order to properly plan your remodel before you start your project - saving you thousands of dollars in time and money. She also covers what to look for when hiring your contractor from group interviewing techniques to understanding insurance and bonding, typical pitfalls, and what to look for in your vendor contracts. If you plan to manage your remodel yourself, read this first. Once you do, you’ll know all the areas you need to keep on top of for a successful remodel - and you’ll probably want to hire Monica to manage it for you.
I wish “Remodel Success” had been published 20 years ago.I would have saved thousands of dollars and gut-wrenching stress on my first home remodel by using Monica D. Higgins’ unique 3-part system for completing your project on time and on budget.I would have spent more time planning instead of doing, including:• Developing my priority list by answering the questions in Chapter 1, “Get Clear on What You Want.”• Identified my remodeling personality by taking the “Find Your Remodeling Personality” quiz.• Assembled a remodeling team using her insights in Chapter 4, “Organizing Your Human Capital.”• Put together a realistic budget, including a cushion for cost overruns.• Most important of all, avoided the contractor-from-hell by reading Chapter 9, “Choosing a Contractor.” The contractor screening questions in this chapter alone are worth the price of the book.“Remodel Success” breaks technical jargon to down to bite size pieces that are easy to understand, demystifying jargon like “zoning” and “covenants”, and explaining the 3 different types of bids. Each chapter builds on the last, so the homeowner feels in control of the process from beginning to end. Instead of overreacting to change orders and unforeseen circumstances, you make informed decisions based on your priorities and your do I know? Because I used Monica D. Higgins’ system on my next remodel and couldn’t have been happier with the results. Follow the advice in this book, and your remodel will be a success too!Note: I received an advance review copy of the book, but I have purchased it also.
This is an amazing book for anyone considering remodeling their home. The author takes you through a step by step process before you actually contact a designer or contractor. Remodel Sucess you how to evaluate project, planning smart and taking into consideration the best avenue to take when making a decision before you start. If I had this book prior to my remodel, I could have saved a great deal of money by obtaining bids, scrutinizing the actual bid and if it worked well for my budget. The author introduces terms like Change Orders. I had to learn the word the hard way. I am giving this book as gifts to family and friends so that their remodeling process goes a lot smoother than mine and cost a lot less in time, effort and dollars.. I would definately recommend this book.
After needing to remodel the whole house after a flood, we did not know where to start. I needed a book to at least get me started and understand what steps to take and how to find the best deals. This was the perfect book. Everything was explained in language I could understand. Since reading this book, our rebuilding has been very successful. I highly recommend this book.
I love Remodel Success. I have seen so many people go over budget or even worse, task are left uncompleted because home owners really don't know how to convey their vision clearly to contractors whilst having an understanding of exactly what's involved when making changes to ones home. Monica gives simple tips that I believe will help the homeowner & the contractor have a better working relationship while staying within the clients budget.I was given this book to review & I have happily reccomened it to others. Excellent resource !
I have only remodeled one small condo kitchen once. It was the hardest and most stressful project of my adult life. No kidding. As I'm getting ready to remodel a large house kitchen, I am happy and relieved I ran into this book. I now feel more confident in my ability to complete the project right, on time, and on model Success is a very easy read filled with helpful tips, nicely organized. It's a must-read for anyone thinking of remodeling a full home or a special room out there.
I'm a general contractor and I'll be recommending this book to my med with the information in this book, a homeowner will be able to avoid the many pitfalls of remodeling and be able to go through the process smoothly and e construction process can be intimidating and complex. The contractor and homeowner should work as a team to ensure is book will give the homeowner the tools necessary to choose the right contractor and to be a valuable team member in the remodeling process.
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher great book, a big help in my endeavors. Tremendous exercises that bring clarity to the process of success! Feel like I can attack anything right now!
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher... great book, the authors' stories are motivating and inspiring. They show what anyone can do if with grit and determination to succeed.
The first story I read (chapter13) was wonderful and it looks as if the remaining stories are great and inspiring life lessons as well
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher. This is a must read. Great motivation for me as I walk out my success story.
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher.....it’s a great book with keys to better understand the process of success.
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher and the success stories make winning believable! A definite MUST read!
Great book to enjoy life and get the best out of it by showing how goals can change the way you live. Setting reasonable goals and working on Tom's techniques to achieve them is what you find in this book. The book will help you to make goals which in turn will help you to reboot your life.
I suppose it's my own fault for not researching this book more carefully. Based on the title, I thought it would be about how the habits or activities that lead to success in lower levels of a person's career might become less important or even limiting later on in their career, and how to deal with that. Like how a manager needs to act differently from an individual contributor, or how a middle manager needs to act differently from a line manager. That's not what this book is about. This book is about how talented people who are arrogant jerks can become nicer in order to progress in their careers. That's useful if it's what you're looking for, but it's not what I was hoping to a corollary, I also felt the author perceived the world with a "cop's fallacy". Police officers sometimes assume everyone in a certain neighborhood or of a certain demographic is scum, because they are only called in to deal with crime, so most people they deal with in that neighborhood or demographic are criminals. Much in the same way, Goldsmith seems to believe that all successful people are arrogant and overconfident, when the truth is more likely that successful people who are not hugely arrogant do not lead their employers to hire a consultant like Goldsmith to fix their behavioral issues, so he doesn't interact with them.
A good, quick read that hits the high points of the original book. A couple quick notes:1. IT'S A COMIC BOOK/GRAPHIC NOVEL. Sorry for the caps, but a lot of the reviews seems shocked that it's an abridged comic/graphic novel format of the book. It's a comic. More pictures than words. A comic. That makes it a super quick read, and pretty fun. The description says it's an 80-page comic. This should come as no surprise!2. There are some annoying editing/continuity problems in the book. There seem to be some problems with keeping numbering consistent with transactional flaws 5-10, and some of the other text seems to have proofing errors that shouldn't be too hard to catch in such a short work. Ultimately, this is not a condemnation of the book, but the sloppiness of the editing and proofreading process is disappointing, especially if one of the goals here is to make graphic novel format more widely accepted and not just for others have noted, after reading this condensed overview, I will almost certainly be buying the original to get the full picture and context of the "20 flaws". If the message resonates with you, you will want to look at the unabridged original as well. If this quick read doesn't float your boat or ring your bell, it's probably and hour or less of your time, and there are some useful bits in here even if you're not a fan.
This book was recommended to me by my career coach last year. I only got time to read it now. First of all, by mistake I ordered the comics version and was a little bit disappointed when I opened it. I do not even read comic books!With that being said, I am quite happy I read the comics and not full blown book, because I might have not finished the e tips are good and straight forward. They follow common sense, and for the same reason the couple of comics pages per tip was more than e book is an eye opener to the obvious behaviours that are being neglected in our day to day life. I do pay more attention to how I interact with co-workers after reading it, and really believe that if followed and implemented, the rules can turn anyone into a better version of themselves (not only at work but also outside of the office).
Every so often you come across a book that, more than simply offering new and fresh insights, puts a stake deep into the ground of your psyche. The kind where you can look back years later and see your life falling into two periods: the time before you read that book, and everything that’s happened since. Covey’s 7 Habits was one of those; so was Blanchard & Johnson’s One Minute Manager. And so is evidence of how rich this book is: the title alone could change your career, even your life. Seriously. I know it’s only eight words, but talk about eight words freighted with platinum insight! Because it’s so easy to grind on, laboring under the assumption (mistaken) that what got you to where you are WILL get you to where you want to go. As Marshall demonstrates, that’s often not the case, not even remotely. (The Navy SEALs have a motto: “The only easy day was yesterday.” And another: “You have to earn your Trident every day.” Both have Marshall written all over them.)If 5 percent of today’s leaders absorbed and practiced what Marshall has to say, for example, about “apologizing,” the world would be in an enormously better place. Or, “listening.” Two simple concepts, and both lie fallow, 99.99% UNpracticed in the world at large.And that’s only two more words. We’re up to ten now. It’s worth it to get the book and read all the other words, too. This man has a *lot* to say, and every paragraph is golden. As a bonus, he is often hilarious. There is no chapter entitled “Laughing” but as you read, you’ll find it’s in there, too. Call it a hidden chapter. Enjoy -- and have fun going to wherever it is you want to get!
The title of this book seems misleading. Most of the audience this book is marketed to are early-to-mid-career professionals who are seeking advice on breaking into the C-suite. This book is actually aimed at people who are already at the height of their careers and is a study of how they can reinvent themselves to ensure the continued success of their companies.A more accurate title would have been: What Got You Here Won't Get You There: Why the kind of thinking that is required to become a CEO is different than the kind of thinking that is required to be a successful CEO.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a pretty quick read with lots of interesting stories to punch home the lesson. This book was suggested to me as a new manager and while I got a lot of helpful information out of it, I think it is structured for someone who has been in the role for a while and wants to improve themselves and relations with their current team. Having been a manager before I was able to identify some of my areas for improvement based on past experience. I will definitely re-read this periodically to reassess myself and identify areas steps for improvement.
This is one of my all time favorite books. Marshall Goldsmith drives home the point that what got you to the place where you are today in your career won’t get you to the next level. I couldn’t agree more. I’m often brought in to coach people who find that they’re unable to move their careers forward. Many are confused by this because they’ve been promoted based on their current skill levels. Goldsmith’s advice is not only spot on, it’s also pragmatic.I’m often asked what my favorite book is and this one always comes to mind. Give it a read and see for yourself.
This book wreaks of an inexperienced theorist who has never had the real life opportunity to climb up the ranks. Basically he just played Monday morning quarterback and judged the actions and missteps of his clientele, thus assuming, that's how the world works. That's the problem with academics..
Most business books are 95% obvious topics and the 5% you take away from the book is the real value here. This was 100% obvious nonsense and really did not apply specifically to growing businesses. Be nice, dont assume things, listen etc. Did not help me in my search for growing into my new phase of business size.
When I first bought this book several years ago, I started reading it, enjoyed it, put it down a little more than half-way through - and then life got in the way.Having picked it up recently for a thorough re-read (and being in a very different place in my career, business, and life!) I can tell you that this book is a profound piece of r successful people who can't see their own obstacles (ie ALL of us!), this video review will show you exactly WHY Marshall's book deserves a place in YOUR executive library and why you'll dog-ear, post-it-note, and mark it up like a madman like I did.-- David Newman, author of Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits, and Crush Your Competition
An amazing and engaging read with good examples to put across the point. I was intrigued to learn the zone of activities one should strive for. Surprised to know few less heard ways, successful people use to continuously to control their mind to become unstoppable. Couldn’t keep it down until I finished this. Way to go...
This book will be a good tool for the reader who would like to achieve success in life by making use of his/her inner potential. In the first chapter the reader will learn how to reduce every day stress and from there on the book is about how you should change your inner beliefs to achieve your full potential which will lead to the achievement of success. Well written and researched. Recommended
What's the fun thing about getting such success that doesn’t make you happy? Found this book touching this point squarely and it didn’t stop there. Liked the ways it explained the ways to lead a successful and ‘happy’ life. I am so excited to start implementing the mindset changes and the tools of high achievers stated in this book. Sort of toolbox, I was looking for...great read.
I picked up this book with a high degree of skepticism. " I don't read self help books" was what my internal voice told me. However, I decided to commit! To reading one. This book managed to tap to the inner well of energy within me and it got me more motivated than I have been in years. I really enjoyed this book, a quick but energizing read. If you're in a funk and want to turn the dial, this will do it.
This book is full of wisdom. Anyone who wants to enjoy life and who wants lasting plesure should read this book. The book is full of real examples of people who ''succeed'' but fail to give happiness to themselves because their goals in life are extrinsic instead of intrinsic.
This inspirational book will help readers break through such barriers as fear, stress, and anger and use them as a catalyst to reach full potential. It was great very informative and influential read . . . it expands the mind and body to do so much more .. Awesome.
I always wonder why some people seemingly succeed effortlessly, while the rest of us always are in inner struggles. Glad that I read the book, as it contains valuable tips on how successful people master their inner game to succeed faster. Success with fulfilment is the true success – I loved this. This is the book that I will re-read for sure.
This book contains some good mental strategies to improve your chances of massive action. I loved the simple principles to reprogram one’s mind and how one can control one’s mental state to achieve success. anyone sincere about success and happiness should consider reading this. Great read..
This book tells the surprising but effective ways on how one can master his inner state of emotions on a consistent basis. and that really is the basis for any actions. I am definitely going to implement few best tactics to start mastering my game this year. Will recommend this my friends as well.
I liked the fast pace of the book and continued to happily surprise myself with newer ideas captured in the book. If one is willing to implement, this book contains the necessary tools to master the success game. recommended tool.
You and I both know that today we live in an "Attention Deficit Disorder" society.And, often times, the chaos that we live in is the principle reason that holds us back from achieving our goals & dreams.Dr. Bell's book is a great read to help you maximize your chances in getting what you want out of life (by following his recommended HABITS).Let's face it. Life would be easier if it had a "Training Manual", right?I found this book to have great insight into what that training manual might look like. :-)
My settled policy is to run screaming from the self-improvement aisle in bookstores. Black Panther Party chairman Bobby Seale summarized my attitude during a prison interview given in the early 70s, "I ain't got nothin' to be rehabilitated from or to."That being said, I was tipped to MBWD and found the author has several interesting and worthwhile things to say. More important than any single observation is Bell's standpoint that the study of human happiness can be illuminated by appeal to actual data and by the application of social science methodology. Happiness studies will never be the if Bobby Seale will just read the book ...
As my own worst enemy, this book clearly outlines the simple steps needed to change my habits .Being a member of a 12 step community, I've often thought how unfortunate that "normies" were not given a guideline for leading a rich fulfilling life. This book changes all of that thinking. Dr. Bell lays out an easy practical guide that anyone (and everyone) can follow to achieve their life dreams and goals. I personally called upon Randy to see if he could come speak at the treatment center I work for. He was happy to do so. He is a very kind, generous and humble man who only wants to help others. His speech went over so well, that I'm going to beg him back again.
I bought this book on my wife's account. It is a great read. I am in a similar field as a real estate appraiser in potential damage cases so I find Dr. Bell's career experiences extremely fascinating. One negative reviews I read mentioned the advice to believe in a higher being. Personally, I took this as an example of how this mindset can be helpful rather than someone pushing religion on anyone. For my life, it was great to see so much emphasis on making time for family and tips on how to be more productive by taking time to rest your mind. The book inspired me to keep reaching out to as many resources as possible and to never stop learning.
Me We Do Be clearly illustrates the steps to enjoy and succeed in our life. In a straightforward and entertaining fashion, Dr. Bell shows how the little things we do set the course for our journey through this We Do Be can be a miracle maker!
Me We Do Be will be another great addition to my Dr. Bell collection of books. As a young professional in the business world, it is important to create healthy and positive habits that will help me down the road to success. This book does just that. In today's age of social media, it is easy to lose track of what's important in love. Me We Do Be lays out how to create the right habits in our everyday life so that we can improve the overall quality of life, both in our personal and professional lives. Anyone and everyone can benefit from this book! Thank you Dr. Bell for another great read!
Dr. Bell's discussion of the four cornerstones is timely for both today's workspace and the home. In an age where we are constantly bombarded with choices, it is critical to develop the habits needed to make good decisions. The concept that our behaviors effect of success is not new but the research and insight that Dr. Bell brings to this discussion is fresh and insightful. "Me We Do Be" is a great addition to this generation's lexicon of meaningful personal development tools.
"Me We Do Be" fits nicely into my Law of Attraction ideology. Dr. Bell offers an insightful look at the four cornerstones of our lives and provides wisdom and tools to help maximize each of these areas. This is a welcome addition to my library.
I really enjoyed the quick, easily digestible chapters that are extremely actionable. It seems sure that focusing on one at a time will both produce quick results and lasting success. The author strikes the right balance of depth in ideas and simplicity of execution. It doesn't go into nearly as much depth as many other books on the subject, but instead gives a very brief, vibrant discussion that cuts to the essence of each of his points.
My first impression of Success – The Psychology of Achievement was that I was surprised and happy about the sheer volume of information that this book contains. There is a lot to read here, so I suggest that you take your time working yourself through every chapter. This is not a book to rush through, but that is a good thing.I loved that the Author is trying to convey the importance of defining one’s own definition of success. Success is such an ambiguous word, that can mean so many things, so any growth or goal setting journey needs to start with the personal definition of what success is.What I also enjoyed very much was, how the book is structured. It is kept in small, bite-sized, yet powerful mini-chapter-style, which contain a lot of information without any fluff while highlighting the content with visuals and practical exercises as well as potential applications. This is especially useful in today’s world were our already lowered attention span is torn between too many obligations to have time to sit down and read for a large chunk of much you will get out of this book, however, depends on you. You can read it, and nod in agreement or you can apply all of the useful strategies contained within. If you are willing to do the work you can use Success – The Psychology of Achievement as your guide to gaining what you want.P.S. I was happy to see that Dr. Olson also included a chapter about mindfulness!
Packed with nuggets of powerful information, knowledge, and strategies..A great guide providing a compendium of stacks of the best tactics out there...If you want to improve your life in any way, you'll find this an outstanding and delightful companion, one you'll want to keep close at hand in your journeys...
Can't recommend this book enough as a great source for work and life success. The topics are very succinct (each to a 2-page overview) while still maintaining links to the various scientific studies that back the claims. I'm not normally one for self-help books but I felt the breadth and depth of life guidance consolidated in this book was more than enough to warrant a purchase given the relatively low price. It's tough sometimes watching large corporations move forward with poorly-researched, hyped initiatives like open offices that have been proven detrimental to most teams that I actually started buying a copy of this book to give out to each new member on my team as a sanity check. Sure you could scroll the internet for hours and find similar articles but for $14 it's nice to have everything in one place (not to mention as a physical copy) for easy reading on the go.
Have you ever wondered why some people prevail and live remarkably successful lives while others fail to reach their full potential?Malcolm Gladwell explores the different factors that decide the difference between successful and unsuccessful people. We learn what rock stars, geniuses and computer programmers have in common. He explains that success is not just a matter of IQ, but a combination of hard work and opportunity. In Outliers, Gladwell hooks the reader by first providing an anecdote and explaining the common misconceptions that people have about that situation and then completely turns our understanding of how they got to be successful on its is book includes stories of why January first is the ideal birthday for a hockey player, how the work ethic determined by Jewish immigrants making clothes lead to them becoming successful lawyers, how Asians working in rice paddies has developed a culture which excels at math, and how performing for 10,000 hours in Hamburg decided the Beatles’ rise to fame. While this book was enjoyable for this trivia alone, Gladwell manages to change our perception of success entirely, because timing, circumstance, and even luck are major factors that decide a person’s success. Sometimes the disadvantaged actually have all the advantages in the world just because they happened to be born in the right place at the right time. We have to examine all the factors surrounding a successful individual which all had to come together in order for him or her to be an adwell bases most of his anecdotes and explanations on research conducted by others and I wish he would have gone into more detail about how these studies were conducted and how reliable they actually are but this is the only complaint I have about this book. He is a very charming and enthusiastic story teller, he thoroughly explains his thought process without rambling and kept me interested and engaged throughout the whole book. Overall I enjoyed reading Outliers and I would definitely recommend it to others.
This is not just a good book. This is an important book. One of the first things I realized in reading this book by Malcolm Gladwell is that his position is diametrically opposite from that of Dr. Ben Carson, who through his campaign for the presidency stated that "poverty is a state of mind." Carson emphasized that despite all odds he was able to pull himself out of poverty and become a neurosurgeon and accomplish the things he adwell's book states early that success doesn't happen in a vacuum. It isn't based on intelligence, but on a variety of factors, and he uses multiple examples to demonstrate that we as a nation could have many more successful people in our country if we were to accept that it takes a village to make successes out of our children. In fact, he shows that hard work and opportunity in almost all cases are more important than story tells of the Canadian hockey league and the fascinating statistic that the vast majority of all successful hockey players are born in January, February or March. Why? Because the cutoff date for signing children is January 1, and those born in the first three months have a distinct advantage in age, experience and size in relation to those they play against. That same cutoff date is used by other countries, such as the Czech Republic, for not only hockey but soccer as well, which means that children born in the later part of the year consistently are overlooked when it comes to team sports. It's a built-in ese biases are all around us, and determine who succeeds or fails, constantly. In addition, the bias of a culture has a significant effect on how well a student does. Gladwell talks about the belief that Asians are better at math, which he shows is because their languages are more number-friendly, leading children to count earlier, and which make math simpler. In addition, he shows the inherent tradition of hard work of southern China had resulted in a work ethic for their descendants that continues y of the stories are supported with statistics. One of the most eye-opening to me was his observation of the impact on summer vacation. Statistics show that the amount that lower-, middle-, and upper-class students learn in elementary school each year isn't that significantly different. But when you compare what they learn or forget over summer vacation, there is a significant discrepancy. Upper-class parents keep their children busy with lessons and classes all summer, while in most situations lower and even middle-class students don't do much during the summer and often forget much of what they have learned the previous year. As the summers add up, the problem compounds. And so the difference between upper, middle and lower class e book is significant, easy to read, and extremely thought provoking. I highly recommend it.
This book changed the way I look at things. Gladwell breaks success down into a few components:Meaningfulness - The thing has to have some meaning for you, some deep meaning. You need this to create or have a desire or need to do the thing - you won't do it if there's no need to do it, or no ise - Which is different from "success." It takes 10,000 hours of consistent, deliberate practice to become "expert" at something. If you have the desire/need, you won't mind putting in the - No one does anything alone. Every successful person had support from someone at some critical point in time.History - Your own genealogical history will have a huge impact on what your do - how you act/react regarding things. Your personal history will have a similarly huge impact - how you view the world is based on your experience of it from an early lture - The culture you were raised in, and the culture you live/work in, will determine your behavior to a large extent, unless you're really aware of it, and can work with ck - It takes a lot of luck to be "successful." You have to be in the right places at the right times. You have to have all of the cards stacked up in your ere are some things we just can't get around. Our genes, for instance. Our family history. Our past. Those things are done. The good thing is, they are done. We don't have to think about them, unless they create impediments for us. If they do, we need to deal with them and get over/around those issues.We can't really get around luck, either...though some people feel like we make our own luck (and I tend to agree). We can do our best to stack the cards in our favor, to create Win/Win situations whenever possible, and walk away from situations that are Lose/Win, or Win/Lose. That will go a long way. Maybe as far as luck itself can at e rest of it is simply finding what's most meaningful to us, and being true to it. It takes a lot of work, a lot of bravery, a lot of soul-searching. But when it's all over, wouldn't you rather be able to say you used your life to become who you really are? That you realized your fullest potential? The alternative seems very sad.
Another great book by Malcolm Gladwell. If you like his other books this one will not disappoint. Gladwell explains why some people achieve great success while some other, equally gifted and hardworking people do not. Gladwell posits that success is based on a unique set of circumstances that are outside of the successful person's control and then does a pretty good job of proving his point. While he never dismisses the factors of effort, talent and hard work, he does put these in perspective and the context of unique opportunity. In a very personal and interesting conclusion, Gladwell fits the theory to his own family and his own success.I am a fan - I think the author is an awesome storyteller. His skill in presenting complex scientific principals in an entertaining and easy to understand format is truly a gift.
I have to come back and review this book after reading it a few years professor made me read this book in community college. My previous education (high school, middle, elementary) was not the greatest. I grew up with many discouraging teachers who assured myself and my classmates we wouldn't amount to much so there's no real point in trying. When my professor gave me this book I laughed. There was no way in hell a book was going to explain to me how success works. Because at this point, I was convinced it was is book changed my perspective on not just my education, but my goals, and how I viewed my past. The system screws over so many students. And it's not just a problem in the USA, but all over the world. Sure, some success in this book is luck or timing with a few other elements. (Bill Gates, Steve Jobs) But chapters like "The 10,000 Hour Rule" are incredibly thought provoking and are lessons I often think about on a regular basis. It's been a few years and I turned my life around a lot with my education and now my career. I like to think a lot of that began after reading this book. I wish I had read this in high school. If you're a teach or professor, I highly recommend making your students read this like my professor did to me.
Very well written, easy to read and follow analyses of factors that contribute to success (or failure when missed), applied to examples in sports, business (computer industry, lawyers), education and aviation. Divided up into two parts; whereas the second part tries to focus on cultural legacy in general as a giant 'sleeper' (unknown) factor, the first part describes and zooms in on seemingly random examples in order to introduce us to the factors that are not generally known or associated with the successes high-lighted/e introduction starts with an example in the area of Health, where research has no choice other than stumbling upon an almost unbelievable conclusion, simply by eliminating all other, generally better known/acknowledged factors; the author uses that to introduce the reader to an approach in thinking that goes beyond the obvious, and beyond the paradigms that usually in place (in 'accepted' mainstream thinking).The book straddles along similar lines of (and sometimes overlaps with) the book 'Bounce' (by ed; see elsewhere on Amazon), i.e. when it discusses the idea of 10,000 hours (as a measure of practice in order to master something). Instead of trying to compare them, I would recommend reading them both, as they they are complementary. They both explain in detail how talent is overrated when it comes to rationalize / understand the successful and famous; there is a whole set of circumstances including (but not limited to) time, place, class/upbringing, culture, luck, dedication, etc.. Talent is but one of them, but doesn't explain everything, and only up to a certain level/point.What the(se) book(s) do(es), is that it opens your eyes to lesser known factors involved in the making of success, in a way that it allows your thinking (about things, about your life, etc.) to consider more aspects, take a broader look, zoom out more so that more things can come into the picture. Then, with the insights from that, apply those lessons to a new model for (parts) of society, community, etc., to be more inclusive for all (rather than then select groups or individuals). Understanding what makes success helps us create it. And that is the author's pitch here, done in a very detailed and personal, touching way. Highly recommended.
Malcolm Gladwell's writing is simple and easy to comprehend but yet has such deep profound insights. His books like Outliers take modern issues and he finds very simple solutions to them that were there just staring right at your face. When Malcolm points out these solutions, you just hit your head and say why didn't I think of that?In Outliers Malcolm gives clear insights and answers as to what makes a tremendously successful person (Malcolm's definition of an Outlier). In this book Outlier is only on the success side as the term Outlier can easily be used to define an abject loser also on the other end of the spectrum. Now the simple synopsis of this book is that a successful Outlier is not a self made man only but also needs a few lucky circumstances, ethnicity, genetics, family background and breaks to become an Outlier. After reading through Malcolm's tangible evidence, facts and anecdotes, I had to hit my head and say why didn't I ever come to these conclusions about successful people? My perceptions on success and being successful have changed.
This book was required reading for my high schooler this past Summer Break (but I got to it first). Yes, an amazing read, as already stated in numerous reviews here. The stories that Gladwell provides are more than interesting. Convincing, great food for thought. The reader should recognize that many undercurrents influence and direct human activities, ambitions, and progress at macro and micro levels, more so in our faster-paced modern time. I would have appreciated many more stories from Gladwell in this book, as it easily could have been a much larger book - and yet I still would have been glued to its pages. (Admittedly, the latter chapters were not as captivating as the first 2/3rds of the book, but they still serve to strengthen the author's premise.) For Gladwell, to add more stories, parallels, & content would have required possibly a lifetime more research. This is now required reading for my children, as they approach a college education. The insights this book will provide them should serve them for a lifetime. The insights I gained, some of which were hypotheses previously, will serve to provide more understanding of what possibly may be going on under and around me during my lifetime.
What an amazing book. For me the word outlier has a very mathematical meaning, being part of statistical analysis which I taught. It was interesting to see another dimension presented in the form of actual real life variables coming together to have profound affects on the lives of some very significant people. There were a couple of silly mistakes, like the "220 000 kgs of STEEL slamming into the rocky ground" whereby aluminum makes up 81% of the subject aircraft's primary structure (Boeing 747). I can relate to the struggle to rise up in social rank. My mother's family were Irish transplants from the potato famine of the mid 1800s on one side, and a runaway to sea from the island of Mauritius on the other. Overall the level of academic excellence in this book and the quality of intellectual thought makes it a worthy read.
Interesting stories and statistics about how "life is not fair".We all know that is true, but the details are often quite interesting. For example, most professional athletes are born in the first half of the year. Poor children learn about as well as rich kids during the year, but fall behind during the summer. Deference to authority can lead to plane e main thesis of this book is that we should reject the myth of the "self-made man" because there are precise factors that lead to anyone's success: being born in a certain year or being given a rare opportunity. And I think Gladwell is correct in this.But he tells stories of success only. What about the stories or failures or of criminals? Can't we make the same argument for those people? If that's the case how do we justify punishing people for their crimes when their circumstances were beyond their may be that Gladwell would agree on a more compassionate justice system, but by only focusing on the outliers on one side of the tail the book feels shallow and ill, I give it 4 stars because I think it is worth the read and it is entertaining.
Robert Herjavec is by far my favorite shark in the tank. This is a good basic business book that contains common sense ways to be more successful, but I didn't think it revealed any great insights that gave me an Ah Ha moment. Rated 4 stars because it still has good recommendations if you have not read any other self improvement book.
We are all in sales including the schoolteacher, the CEO, the security guard, the bus driver and lawyers. Herjavec drives home this point very effectively in an easy reading style.Having worked in sales for a long time much of what Robert said rang true. What stuck with me was the concept of using Zen in the sales process by focusing on the customer\client with the purpose of finding an outcome that serves both parties.I believe this book will help the reader to see sales in a different light in a positive light.
I love the behind the scenes information shared by Robert Herjavec in his book. Meeting him in person was icing on the cake! I enjoyed interviewing him during his Atlanta visit and know any fan of Shark Tank will appreciate his take on the show and other factors of being successful in business. #Buy
Just what I expected out of this guy similar to his last book. Wish I would have had it when I was working my butt off in the 70' & 80's as ran into the same situations that were mentioned but just walked away or quit the job and got another. Jobs were readily available then. Left on Friday and into a new job on Monday ! Bye !
ust what I expected out of this guy similar to his last book. Wish I would have had it when I was working my butt off in the 70' & 80's as ran into the same situations that were mentioned but just walked away or quit the job and got another. Jobs were readily available then. Left on Friday and into a new job on Monday ! Bye !
Robert Herjavic's story is an interesting one but I expected more focused specific sales and business advice. The actual hard business advice could probably have been condensed into a 10-20 page article. Not a bad book, but not a great one either imho.
Easy reading, common sense, and wish I'd read it earlier in life. Offered a simple perspective on doing business. Offers recommendations for salesmanship that are valuable for life and for any position in business. One valuable lesson . . . work toward your passion . . . but it's okay to change course if it's not right for you. I was very pleased to read his perspective on absolute honesty and integrity in business. Hurray!
I was looking forward to reading this for months, and had a mixed reaction when I finally did. The book is valuable for its conceit: that there are two types of mind-sets; the growth and the fixed. The growth is the one to have if you want to thrive in life, career, relationships, etc. People are formed early on into one mindset or the other, but can change to the valuable growth mindset if they put themselves to the task. This is incredibly important and the book's value stands on this assertion alone. All of this can be summed up in a single chapter, or a scientific paper tweaked for the lay reader. The problem is that this argument is stretched thin to become a "book" and Dweck's writing doesn't maintain enough interest on its own and is often clunky, sentimental and obvious at times. I'm sure this happens a lot when a notable scientist, psychologist, etc is given a book deal and needs to expand it to justify a full-length book when something shorter would suffice to most readers (exceptions are brilliant writers like Daniel Kahneman and Daniel Gilbert, etc). So Midset is a mixed bag. The real gift here is the conceit. Read it because it has value. It's an informational book, but not a great book.
I first came across the author in a TED video. Her talk about how "not yet" generates far more power than "fail" was interesting and I decided to buy her book to further read into her studies. The book in general is an interesting piece of work. I like the way she describes the "growth mindset". However, most of the book seems to focus on discussing the difference between "fixed mindset" and "growth mindset" applied to different fields. So it does get very predictable and tedious. There is far not enough discussion about how to better develop the "growth mindset". It is like the author uses the entire book to emphasize how important "growth mindset" is but doesn't really offer much help. In particular, I don't like how she attributes every corporate failure to "fixed mindset". I think it is way too generalizing and over-simplifying.
There are few books I've read which have been so effective in positively impacting my life as this one has. The section on teaching/education is exceptionally interesting because of my own personal (negative) experience in formal schooling, as well as being a Father of 3 boys. I feel this should be required reading for every student, and every teacher in order to foster a healthy self-image.
This book relates to my life in many sure was an eye Opener to many aspects of my behavior and reactions to situationsWithin days of reading this book, I had started applying the growth Mindset.I learned to help without expecting any reward.Learned to move on Improve when things go cept criticism positively and Not respond to Bullies: because I understood why they behave the way they is a process. I took some important highlights that I can use for reflection..I loved it
This book is eye-opening. Understanding growth mindset and making choices from that understanding will change your life for the better. Essential reading for everyone. The information is very accessible and written in an enjoyable, easy to understand way. The author applies mindset theories to sports, education, relationships and more. Very thorough!
I first heard about Dweck while watching an online Psych lecture from UCB. I liked what I heard and bought the book. Her idea is extremely powerful and life changing. It changes the way I live my life and talk to my kids. I recommend this book to all those who are role models. Be this to our kids, our family, our friends...Because the central idea is so simple and powerful, Dweck goes about repeating it in various situations letting it sink into our life and thought process. Each one takes a different amount of time to process it. Once we do the book serves no further purpose so when you get bored, it's time to gift someone with this book. But it's message is precious!
A very good book for understanding both your own behaviour as well as others in certain circumstances.I was amazed of all the areas that i (sadly) beliefe that I am in a fixed mindset, but also felt "relieved" (in lack of a better word) for all the areas that my mindset is in a growth is a good book for introspection.If i would have to say something negative about this book is that it is propably a litlebit long for this theme. I got the point at approximately 65% ever I hope this comment wont prevent anyone from purcaseing the book. I learned a lot from it, and highly recommend it to.
I am planning to sell some stuffs via online but I do not know where should I start. My friend suggested that I should research about Shopify and Matthew Scott gave me the idea of it. Shopify is a complete eCommerce solution that allows me to set up an online store to sell my goods. What is the positive side of Shopify is that it let you organize, customize your page also it can track orders. I can see the future of my business after reading a lot of good insights from this book!
This book is brilliant, simple to understand and well organized! This book provides powerful insights on how to be productive in Shopify. If you are looking for making your online business a success through Shopify, reading this book is a must! A very complete guide on how to make money in several different ways on the Internet. Highly recommended!
Great content to get you started selling using Shopify. The authors did a great job putting this book together and I would highly recommend this book to anyone starting an online business. You will discover every one of the directions you require about it here in this book.
There are only 3 steps that you need to do in order to make your income goal. It can all be breakdown into product selection, shopify store creation and then facebook ad promotion. Remember this and you will never be hungry! Very good info in this little book.
This book is probably better suited to sales professionals than it is for would-be entrepreneurs. The central thesis of the book is that extreme effort is the key to success and that we should never rest nor give up on our goals. While it is certainly true that, all else being equal, hard work will win out over mediocre effort, there are a couple of caveats:1. Extreme effort will not turn a bad idea into a successful business. Suppose that an entrepreneur wishes to open a microbrewery centered around his recipe for broccoli-infused beer. If prospective customers strongly dislike the taste of the product, no amount of effort will make this recipe a commercial success. Hard work is necessary to become a successful entrepreneur, but it is not sufficient. Even good business ideas generally suck at the beginning, and it is crucial to modify and fine-tune ideas based on market feedback. Sometimes, the best course of action is to give up on an unsuccessful idea in order to free up time and resources to pursue more promising opportunities. Just like in poker, the trick is knowing when to throw more chips into the pile and when to fold. A sales professional who is promoting a product in an established market is different from an entrepreneur trying to become the next Elon Musk. In the former case, hard work is sufficient to be successful.2. Extreme effort is best expended over short bursts of time rather than as a 24/7/365 lifestyle. Working 18-hour days is not sustainable over the long term. Your health will suffer, as will your mental focus. Success is like a marathon with periodic short-term sprints at key moments. It is physically impossible to sprint for the entire race.
I like Grant Cadone very much, and thought You're Either First or Your Last was pretty powerful.When I heard about the 10X Rule, I ran out to buy it.While the concept is powerful, and I HAVE learned a thing or two from the book, I thought it was terribly redundant.If you are into Sales Motivation books, there is Nothing ground-breaking e second to last chapter has a list of 32 qualities of sucessful people...and if you pay attention you will see that he repeats himself several times. I was able to consolidate the list down to about 24 items, maybe nt spend $20.00+ on this book. Just do this:Understand and accept that no matter HOW bad the economy is, people ARE making t VERY high goals for yourself...make a powerful and convincing plan of action...and you'll be on the way to being successful. The higher you set the bar, and the harder you push yourself, the further along the track you will e folks who DON'T plan and DON'T try are the ones whining about beinbg n't be a loser.
The book tells you a lot of things that you probably already know but let’s face it if you were already doing those things you’d be successful and not searching out these type of books. That’s commonly in this genre regardless if it is GC, Dave Ramsey, or others with the message...GC puts things in easy to follow terms and the book really is a wake up call that provokes the reader to action. I really felt inspired to get out there and start winning after finishing the book. The book was enjoyable and I am looking forward to move of GC’s collection.