This was a very close four stars for me. This book is the reason why I love having a book club so much, because I never would have read this book othe...moreThis was a very close four stars for me. This book is the reason why I love having a book club so much, because I never would have read this book otherwise. The story is weird, but I could not put it down. I bought the book second hand, and was a little freaked out by the parts the previous owner had underlined, but overall I thought this book was an interesting thriller with a compelling plot. The only criticism I have of the book is that I did not enjoy the part where he becomes a celebrity as much as I enjoyed his pre-celebrity existence. The whole mega star thing just seemed a little off course. (less)
This was kind of an odd choice for me, in that the sound of Suze Orman's voice generally causes me to have an anxiety attack. I am not saving enough!...moreThis was kind of an odd choice for me, in that the sound of Suze Orman's voice generally causes me to have an anxiety attack. I am not saving enough! I am not fiscally responsible! NO YOU CAN'T AFFORD THAT! I am going to die broke!
But...I was in the market for a very basic finance book. Since I went to grad school, I haven't been in the work force very long and have just started investing and saving and making big purchases. My biggest source of concern right now is how to invest my 401K, and I was looking for a very basic investment book since I know nothing about investing.
This book was recommended to me, and it was great. Not only did she tell me in very practical terms how to invest my 401K, I now feel like its something I can research and do myself. Additionally, this book was really practical for somebody in my age range who is just getting started, and offered great advice that didn't cause me to have a panic attack. A lot of things she said in the book I already knew, but her advice on how to purchase a car/how to shop for a mortgage provided some useful tips I had not heard before. Also, a lot of examples in the book are terrible, and it probably gave me an inflated sense of accomplishment regarding my current financial situation.
Overall, this book was exactly what I was looking for: a general, basic overview on how I should be structuring my finances. It gets five stars from me for being the best book I have found so far on the subject. (less)
I love Colin Powell, I think he is such an excellent example of what America should be. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and downloade...moreI love Colin Powell, I think he is such an excellent example of what America should be. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and downloaded it to listen to on my commute. First, it was read by Colin Powell himself, which I appriciated. Second, I really enjoyed his approach to leadership through an army perspective. One of the things he discussed was that "not everybody gets promoted". In the army, there are potentially a lot of soliders who have the skills and capacity to be generals, but there are simply not enough spots. The army is okay with that, but other areas of government and the private sector are not. Creating jobs just so that people can get promoted is inefficent. I have never heard it put like that before, but I think it describes government bureaucracy very well,
Another part of this book I enjoyed was "don't be a busy bastard", meaning, don't be the person at work who is constantly working late into the night and on weekends. Powell stressed a work life balance, and said that people (especially bosses) who work around the clock create an environment where everybody feels they have to work around the clock. When everbody feels like they have to work around the clock, they start making up work for them to do to fill the time. What is created is an office full of overworked people, doing work they don't really need to be doing. By limiting your hours at work, you are forced to prioritize tasks and be effecient during the time you are there. I loved this. (less)
Words cannot adequately describe how much I loved this book. I read it with a studious intensity, underlying and writing in the margins (which I rarel...moreWords cannot adequately describe how much I loved this book. I read it with a studious intensity, underlying and writing in the margins (which I rarely do). I think Sheryl's analysis is so spot on, and I was often moved to tears (not to be overdramatic, but its true). I purposely stayed away from reading the criticisms until after I was done reading the book, but went through and read some when I was done. I didn't find a single one that I agreed with. Most sounded like they didn't read the book, or were attacking Sheryl for their dislike of Facebook corporate policy rather then the message of the book itself.
I loved so many things about this book but I am going to really focus on my top three favorite points:
(1) Make Your Partner Your Partner: I think the number one thing holding woman back is that - as Sheryl says - they are trying to work full time while still taking on 100% of the home responsibilities. I can't tell you how many woman I know who work full time, and then go home and cook, clean, and take care of children with minimal help from their spouse. Thankfully, I am not in that kind of marriage, but I think the point is well taken. For so long men were able to succeed at work because they had the support from their wives at home, and in order for woman to succeed at work they need the support from their spouses as well. In this modern era gender roles need to be more 50/50, instead of this concept of woman trying to do it all.
(2) Sit at the Table: The story Sheryl tells about how woman constantly underestimate their abilities and attribute their success to others, while men overestimate their abilities and attribute their success to themselves really hit home with me. I don't know why woman do it, but it is so true. This was a real wake-up call for me, and I am trying to take on more rolls with confidence and not underestimate myself.
(3) Don't Leave Until You Leave: One of Sheryl's main points is that woman need to stop making choices surrounding partners and children they don't have yet. I have thought about changing careers and scaling back so that I have a lifestyle that can accommodate children someday, and I am not even trying to have kids! When woman do this they limit their chance for success and future opportunities.
I will read and re-read this book numerous times. Its a must read for every working woman. (less)
I listened to this book via audiobook and I am glad that I did, because it was a times a little dry and I don't know that I would have made it through...moreI listened to this book via audiobook and I am glad that I did, because it was a times a little dry and I don't know that I would have made it through if I read it on paper (that's the nice thing about audiobooks, you can kind of zone out through boring parts). That being said, this book was really interesting. I particularly enjoyed the section on how corporations use the power of habit to be more effecient and market to their customers. This book also offers some interesting ways to change your own habits in your life. Overall, pretty interesting read. (less)