Genre: Success

Book Review: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss

Posted August 11, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

ISBN: 9781328684059
Book Review: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy FerrissTools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on December 6th 2016
Genres: Business & Economics, General, Self-Help, Personal Growth, Success
Pages: 736
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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three-half-stars

The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.  From the author:   “For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads.   “This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.   “What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?   “I don’t view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can’t test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I’m not interested.   “Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.   “I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.”

My first thought after I turned the page of this book was that was one long ass book. I am not sure why chunkers have been intimidating me as of late. It is like I see a book over 300 pages and I run the other way. Maybe I have commitment issues, who knows. I read the Book The 4 hour Work Week, and the publishers made this book sound like this is gonna be the book to solve all of your problems. Tim himself has talked to everyone and distilled all the advice in this easy to understand Value and some such bullshit.
I can’t say much cause I ran up to sign for it at the library and when my hold finally came in I ran to the library to pick it up. I brought it home and started reading. I was all ready to learn the secrets of the Universe. Secrets that would make be happy, healthy and wealthy beyond my wildest dreams.
I should have had an inkling when I read the body part and he was all like Low Carb is the way to go. Ummm no it is no.t I am Vegan. Animal products gross me out. I mean I feel sorry for the animals in a way, but that’s not the sole reason I won’t eat meat. To me, I am just all like ewwwwww dead rotten flesh. Gross. But nope Tim was like low carb is the ONLY way to do and u need ketones and all of that crap. Do not think so Tim.
Then I was like ok so we differ on the diet, and it seems to exercise. I am all like I will just run/walk on the treadmill for an hour, and he has all of these…routines..that I am again like nope.
I should have put the book down but alas this was TIM FERRIS There had to be SOME good in this damn book.
And there was..kinda. I did make some notes on my Kindle. Like I think six notes out of 700 pages. One thing that I kept wondering is how does he fit so many routines in a day. I mean he has a morning routine a breakfast routine and on and on. Don’t he ever just look at the day and goes nope…Not gonna do today and stay in bed with a book? Oh and the books that he professes to read. They range from the obscure the art of archery to some stoic philosophy. Personally, I thought the stoic school of thought was bullshit in college, and I believe it is bullshit now. If I am gonna take after an ancient civilization is gonna be the party loving Romans. But Tim was big on the Stoics. I am like really Tim. Your life is not very stoic at the moment. In fact, it sounds like a privileged white male who is attempting t glean something from nothing. Like why oh why do I feel empty? I know I will read a stoic philosophy and eat dead rotten animals and crawl backward on the floor! Now I have a whole new perspective! Maybe I am just jealous but that what I was thinking when I was reading all of this.
In fact, this whole books reeks of white male privilege. Usually, I can tolerate some in yo face kind of privilege, but this book was way way out there with the privilege aspect of it.
I had to giggle when I came upon his real world MBA. He alertly did not want to take math classes at Stanford, so he invested 160K into some start-ups. Some failed some didn’t. I am not sure why I found this amusing. Maybe it causes after you get your MBA you supposed to know how to migrate the risks but if you are a hands on learner his way would work also.

 

There were a few Gems in Tool of Titans. Like the Wealthy part. I enjoyed that part as I need to learn about stuff such as that. I found it helpful. There are so many people who didn’t get financial advice young that need it now. Especially people who grew up as I did in Central Appalachia. There is no talk of investing there. I try to read what I can so that I can make better financial decisions but some books are just so far over my head. Not this one though. I could pretty much understand the advice in this book. Which is saying a lot since I am financially illiterate.

I think for me I am much more jaded now than when I read 4 hour work week a few years a go.  This was when I had first started my freelancing.Back then I lapped up books like this. Now though it seems to be the same information told again and again. I was even hoping to find out some neat new tech toys (I have a MAJOR case of shiny object Syndrome) but nope all the programs that are mentioned I have already tried out for myself. I could even think f BETTER programs to use than what was in the book.

I kind of wish that I could get back the time that I spent reading this book. At least I did not shell out money for it. I got my copy from the library. So there is that.
If I had to do it all over again I would have DNFed it but ah well. At least I got some financial  advice out of the book. I would encourage you to get the book from the library, and if you like it you can buy it, but for me, I felt as if I already heard it all before.

 

 

 

three-half-stars

Review:Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Posted November 3, 2015 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

ISBN: 9780804137386
Review:Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeownEssentialism by Greg McKeown
Published by Crown Publishing Group on 2014
Genres: Business & Economics, Decision-Making & Problem Solving, Time Management, Personal Success, Self-Help, Personal Growth, Success
Pages: 260
Format: ebook
Source: library
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three-half-stars

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER 
Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?   Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?   Are you often busy but not productive?   Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people's agendas?   If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.   The Way of the Essentialist isn't about getting more done in less time. It's about getting only the right things done.  It is not  a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter. 
By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.
Essentialism is not one more thing - it's a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn who to do less, but better, in every area of their lives, Essentialism  is a movement whose time has come.

my reviewSo I am all about paring down to the basics these days. I had heard about this book and thought now I can learn how to pare down to the bare bones of survival. I know, I know it is a good dream but not feasible. However, this book did have some good points about boundaries and stuff. Like if your boss wants you to work on Sunday but you reserve that day for the Lord then you tell your boss to suck it and stick to your guns, and somehow you gain respect and your time back.

There is my biggest problem with this book. Supposed you work at Mickey D’s. If you tell you boss off there then basically you are SOL and jobless. While this book had some good advice, it is only applicable if you are in the upper economic classes. I mean in the freelancing community the hot topic is, should one take weekends and time off to recharge? I love my job, and I love to write, so I haven’t yet reached that crisis point when I tell everyone to fuck off that it is the weekend and not to bother me until Monday. But alas I know some who have. More power to ya. But if my cousin who is a road cleaner (I know there is an official name, but I cant think of it at the moment) tells HIS boss that he is not going to clear the road of snow in the wintertime on weekends cause that is family time, well again he would be SOL.

Again this book is an excellent book if you are upper middle class or richer. It seems that the American consumerism had gotten so big that it busted and now instead of McMansions we all want to go live in tiny houses with a tiny yard and a tiny friends list and a tiny…you get the picture.  But what if one doesn’t have the money or the means to get a tiny house custom built. What if you are really poor, and you do that extreme couponing thing and you need the room to store all that stuff. I feel that not everyone would have the ability to put this book into practice. I know that is more of a comment on our social classes than the book itself but still.

I would recommend this book, though. It DOES have some good valid ideas. We say yes to so many things when we need to be saying no.

three-half-stars

Book Review: Kiss That Frog by Brian Tracy

Posted April 3, 2015 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9781609942809
Book Review: Kiss That Frog by Brian TracyKiss That Frog! by Brian TracyChristina Tracy Stein
Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers on 2012
Genres: Business & Economics, Motivational, Personal Growth, Personal Success, Self-Help, Success
Pages: 145
Format: ebook
Source: library
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three-half-stars

Just like the lonely princess in the fairy tale who was reluctant to lock lips with a warty frog and transform him into a handsome prince, something stops many of us short of attaining our dreams. Our negative thoughts, emotions, and attitudes can threaten to keep us from achieving all that we’re capable of. Here bestselling author and speaker Brian Tracy and his daughter, therapist Christina Tracy Stein, provide a set of practical, proven strategies anyone can use to turn those negative frogs into positive princes.

Tracy and Stein present a step-by-step plan that addresses the root causes of negativity, helps you uncover blocks that have become mental obstacles, and shows how you can transform them into stepping-stones to achieve your fullest potential. The book distills, in an accessible and immediately useful form, what Tracy has presented in more than 5,000 talks and seminars with more than five million people in fifty-eight countries and what Stein has learned through thousands of hours of counseling people from all walks of life.

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” the authors quote Shakespeare. The many powerful techniques and exercises in this book will help you change your mindset so that you discover something worthwhile in every person and experience, however difficult and challenging they might seem at first. You’ll learn how to develop unshakable self-confidence, become your best self, and begin living an extraordinary life.

why I read this book

I THOUGHT I was re-reading Eat That Frog. I started reading got confused then found out it was the wrong book. I kept reading to see what this one was about.

my review

What is it about self-help books that tell you to just let it go? I know I need to let some shit go but HOW?!

This book had the same good advice as other books like this but I find my self becoming increasingly frustrated with this genre. They all say the same thing and yet…they never seem to tell yu HOW to let that ex go? How to let the anger of how your life has turned out go. Yes I have issues. Yes I am in therapy. Been there for years and I am starting to think I am a hopeless case.

I want to be fair. I think someone with out the serious issue of shizoeffective disorder, someone who just has minor issues could get a lot out of this book. Someone who is not homebound because of anxiety and all that jazz will find info on how to look a bad situation in the eye and move on. The author gives 7 ways you can do this. All is good sound advice. I have heard it before from my therpist who even has a PH.D. As for me I think I need to lay off the self-help books for a while. A post on THAT coming soon.

three-half-stars

Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Posted December 1, 2010 by Hillary in Book Reviews, self help / 0 Comments

I have a co7 siritual lawsnfession to make. I have a secret addiction to self-help books. I am not sure why. Its not like half the books tell me anything new. Like for example; The seven Spiritual Laws Of Success did not say anything that was not also in ‘”The Secret”.

But I have heard friends tell me Chopra is the best. I had to see for myself. Of its own accord the book to me is just ok. Like I said there was nothing new in there.I have heard people say that it really works but I have not undergone any testing to see. I mean how would you know if it works or not?

It was a quick read. Enjoyable by it’s own merits but not a great work of art or anything like that. On second thought I guess it’s not meant to be.

The basic Idea  is to give you seven laws and if you follow them then you can achieve anything you want.

I would be interested to hear other peoples thoughts on this book. Maybe I am in the minority.

one-star