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Nobodies to Somebodies: How 100 Great Careers Got Their Start

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Peter Han cofounded a software company soon after college and sold it a few years later. By any measure he was already successful, but he still was curious about how others found long-term meaning in their work. So he set out to learn what a diverse group of influential “somebodies” had done back when they were still “nobodies.”

Nobodies to Somebodies is based on Han’s in

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Portfolio Hardcover
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Leader Summaries
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro De no ser nadie, a ser alguien, de Peter Han.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: habilidades directivas, desarrollo profesional.
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Enjoyable read.

Conventional Hypothesis 1:
"They inherited their success. Someone gave them a free ride directly, or they were deterministically pointed toward success after being brought up with means."

Rejected Because...
Many if not most of the leaders grew up in families with modest means and spoke openly of their economic difficulties.

Conventional Hypothesis 2:
"They were just smarter than everyone else."

Rejected Because...
Even putting aside the modesty voiced by many leaders (to the effect that
Zhenwei Chan
May 20, 2007 Zhenwei Chan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: twenty & thirty somethings
A very good book about how the Somebodies of the world started off. Unlike typical biographies that focus a lot on grand vision and business strategy, this book illustrates their lives just out of colleges and the challenges they faced upon entering the society. You will get a good idea on how they chose their first jobs, when & why they left and how they walked the tight rope between pragmatism and dream. Bascially all the career problems that twenty-and-thirty somethings face today.

My onl
Couldn't be bothered to finish this one (oh no, is that the quality of a nobody?! ;). Wasn't getting enough out of it. The idea has promise, but the execution is lacking. The absence of any kind of scientific measurement makes the book very vague. "This person succeeded and they started out like this....But this other person succeeded doing something totally different!"
Good premise. Mediocre book.

While the book offers plenty of valuable insights for professional success, the book loses its impact in the final half as the author stretches to illustrate his points. Good editing and a tighter focus on fewer subjects would have greatly improved this book.

Picked this up for 3 bucks on sale. Great book about several successful leaders, unfortunately I didn't who a lot of them were!
Lori Grant
A should-read book on entrepreneurial success stories for the knowledge worker or aspiring entrepreneur.
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