This was an absolutely entertaining follow-up to the original Mistborn trilogy. I really enjoyed the dialog and the plot kept me guessing and engaged....moreThis was an absolutely entertaining follow-up to the original Mistborn trilogy. I really enjoyed the dialog and the plot kept me guessing and engaged. I think it was less dark than the original trilogy and I loved how rich the settings were captured in its slightly futuristic time period. It was such a fun read that I was disappointed when I finished it.
Definitely a keeper, it was a fantastic birthday gift.(less)
I wasn't expecting a ton from this book since it's not a reference nor is it very lengthy, so I was happy that several of my blindspots were addressed...moreI wasn't expecting a ton from this book since it's not a reference nor is it very lengthy, so I was happy that several of my blindspots were addressed (in addition to clarifying some tricks and custom functions that are bound to save me time in the long-run). Wish I had read it years ago, but could've done without the chapters on grid games and terminal mouse events.
I've avoided writing my review on this for a couple of reasons. First, because I wanted to try out what I learned. I wanted to examine my own behavior...moreI've avoided writing my review on this for a couple of reasons. First, because I wanted to try out what I learned. I wanted to examine my own behavior, give my kids the assessment, and then observe and implement some simple practices outlined in the book. Second, I've avoided writing a review because I've felt it to be a daunting task. Given that it's been several months since my initial reading and I've had time to really think about the overall book, it's time to just spit out my thoughts.
I loved this book. I loved Sligman's perspective, the informative research, the detailed practices, methodology and the curriculum he and his team crafted. I think his critique of the term "optimism" is well-founded and that we really can affect our kids/youth, along with ourselves, to be more actively engaged in pursuing positive outcomes and avoiding depressionistic cycles through deliberate and consistent cognitive thinking patterns.
As a parent, I believe this book to be darn-near invaluable. I've used what I've learned so much, and not just with my kids, but with myself as well. One of the great benefits of the material in this book is the breadth of ages and personality/learning styles that it targets (IMO). So, that being said, I felt confident in the "toolbox" from the book as I worked through the assessments (I typed up the assessments into Google docs, message me if you want the link) with my two oldest children. I actively brought up principles and behaviors, in subtle ways and sometimes not-so-subtle ways, as I attempted to help shape their mental patterns in dealing with problem scenarios. And, it's worked, in many situations. I didn't adopt the entire program, not even close, but kept it rather simple with this first go around. So in the end, I think the timing for me in reading this book was perfect for my two older kids (8, 10). It's on my bedstand and I've made a mental note to review some of the key sections every 6 months or so.
As I finished the book I was amazed at how touched I felt with Seligman's conclusion and it was a real motivation for me. I was surprised at the feelings of inspiration in really pondering and recognizing that there are very real and positive consequences associated with his research and recommendations. At this point in time, I can certainly vouch for some of it given our family's experience thus far. (less)
This is the first Eyre book I've read, so that being said, here's what I most enjoyed about it:
* The ideas are practical and make sense * They included...moreThis is the first Eyre book I've read, so that being said, here's what I most enjoyed about it:
* The ideas are practical and make sense * They included reader feedback with additional variations and suggestions * Didn't feel "fluffy", all the content was relevant and I didn't have a sense/need to skip anything * The ideas resonated with me, many recommendations connected the dots for some ideas I've had for quite some time but wasn't sure how to implement them * I felt motivated and encouraged by what I read, several of the authors' experiences rung true to some of my own with my kids * Information is well-organized and easily referenced (I've already started referring back to notes and highlights)
Is this book the be-all-end-all in regards to family economics? No. But, I found it worth my time and believe it'll help us achieve the ownership/responsibility goals we want to encourage as well as more significantly influence monetary responsibility. (less)
An interesting look at some of the well known "robber barons" and the circumstances surrounding their success. This book was surprisingly full of shoc...moreAn interesting look at some of the well known "robber barons" and the circumstances surrounding their success. This book was surprisingly full of shockingly familiar federal "investments" that hampered real innovation, led to significant price fixing/gauging/padding and a slew of corruption. Folsom contrasts the consistent failures of government-backed inventiveness and market solutions with the entrepreneurs that were leaders in private success and beating out the ensuing government's mess every time. It's ironic that I finished this book right as the Solyndra debacle started (http://goo.gl/hT51N).
While I believe Folsom was successful in his attempt to criticize text-book history on the obvious negative slant of these business leaders' achievements, he didn't overly round out their personal lives and character traits outside of what contributed to their success (and in some cases, ahem Charles Schwab) their downfalls. His bibliography and chapter notes did provide some extra information. I did appreciate his evaluation of how society, associated businessmen, employees and local communities (cities, counties, states) reaped the benefits of their business pioneering. (less)