I feel like I should have been forced to read this book at some point in my life (like in high school or college), but for some reason it slipped pastI feel like I should have been forced to read this book at some point in my life (like in high school or college), but for some reason it slipped past me. I really wish I had the chance to discuss this book in an academic setting- because there was just so much to talk about. I highlighed so many sections of this book, but this line was probably my favorite:
"As each situation in life represents a challenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of the meaning of life may actually be reversed. Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. Thus, logotherapy sees in responsibleness the very essence of human existence."...more
I am not an Apple junkie. In fact, for years the only Apple product I owned was an Ipod. I didn't know a lot about Steve Jobs or what he did for AppleI am not an Apple junkie. In fact, for years the only Apple product I owned was an Ipod. I didn't know a lot about Steve Jobs or what he did for Apple, but I heard this book was really well done so I downloaded it to listen to, and I did not regret it! It was so interesting to learn about how the development of the first Apple computer, and the transition of the company from just a couple computers to a mega corporation. I also didn't realize that Steve Jobs had no real engineering input, and his entire contribution to the Apple franchise was marketing and packaging. I also didn't know that Jobs was so involved in the Pixar company.
I liked how the book didn't sugarcoat people's perceptions of Jobs, and I really liked hearing Bill Gate's perspectives on their interactions. This book left me wondering if Apple will ever be the same now that Jobs is gone. This was a great read- and a very long audiobook! It took me almost a month to get through. ...more
One of the secretaries in my office gave this book to me to read, promising I would love it. You know when people give you books that you would probabOne of the secretaries in my office gave this book to me to read, promising I would love it. You know when people give you books that you would probably never read on your own, but after you read them you are so glad they did? I give so many books to people to read I can never tell somebody that I wont read one of their books- so while he thought of reading this book didn't exactly appeal to me, I know I had to check it out. The book is the true story about Chris McCandless, a smart boy from a well off family that gives up all his money to hitchhike around the country. He ultimately ends up in Alaska where he dies in an abandoned bus (this is not a spoiler, its literally the first sentence of the book). His death was fairly controversial, with many people calling him careless and naïve to travel into the Alaskan wilderness so woefully unprepared. However, the author makes the case that while it may have been stupid for Chris to attempt such a venture, he almost succeeded, and was in search of something that (for Chris) was very much worth the risk.
This book was beautifully written and very introspective. It was not a page turner, but I found myself digesting short portions of it on a daily basis and really enjoying it. While flying home for Christmas I rented the movie, and I really enjoyed watching that as well. It was nice to get out of my comfort zone and read something different for a change. ...more
Full disclosure: I listened to this book via audiobook and it just is not a good book to listen to. It’s very reference heavy, and I would much ratherFull disclosure: I listened to this book via audiobook and it just is not a good book to listen to. It’s very reference heavy, and I would much rather have read it then listened to it, which might have affected my enjoyment.
There are a many people who consider this book their Bible. This book didn’t speak to me as much as I think it does to other people. Ferriss basically tells his readers how to become entrepreneurs and create a lifestyle that allows them to only work 4 hours a week and travel the world. While that sounds lovely, especially on a Monday, it’s not really practical for my career choice or my life's vision. That being said, if you DO want to be a vagabond and travel the world, then you will likely really enjoy this book.
That’s not to say that I didn't take something from this book- because I did. I liked his guidance how to approach your boss to ask for a work from home arrangement. I also thought that his outsourcing and business strategies were really interesting and helpful. One of my favorite quotes from the book was "Regret is past tense decision making." Don't you just love that?
Overall, I think boys would like this book more then girls (just because of the tone) but it is a worthwhile read- especially for enteprenuers. ...more