That pretty much sums up this book. My entire grad school negotiation course was based on Ury's first book "Getting to Yes", so, I figur...moreYes. No. Yes.
That pretty much sums up this book. My entire grad school negotiation course was based on Ury's first book "Getting to Yes", so, I figured I'd give this one a try too. I was extremely pleased with the book. I did not realize how many times in a day this would come in handy. It is nice to be able to confidently say no to people without having it be confrontational. Or, even worse caving in just to try and keep the other party happy. The book uses the phrase "How can I stand on my feet without stepping on others toes" which is a good metaphor to remember when having to tell people no.
This was a great refresher on all the knowledge gained from "Getting to Yes", but can also stand alone as a solid read. We all know those rare people who can tell us no, but we still walk away feeling ok about it, my guess is many of them have read this book. (less)
This book still holds up 10 years after it was written. In 2004 much of what was being discussed in the book was the stock market implosion in 2000, a...moreThis book still holds up 10 years after it was written. In 2004 much of what was being discussed in the book was the stock market implosion in 2000, and the subsequent fall out. Like most Kiyosaki books there is a large amount of overlap with his seminal work "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", and this book touches on what was written in "Rich Dad's Prophecy" from 2002.
My favorite part is on page 116 called "Why do pilots wear parachutes?". In this section Robert gives a brief story explaining how we was taught how to eject from a plane long before he was taught how to fly a plane while at Naval Flight School. The moral of the story is have an exit strategy on every investment before you invest. Also, it shows how a 401(k) might not be the best strategy for everyone, because it hand cuffs the investor in many ways. He later goes on to insist you must keep your money moving rather than let it sit in a bank account or 401k, essentially hinting at what he calls velocity of money.
I also liked in, Part One, how he broke down many common professions and gave their view of the world, and how they would tell someone to invest. In part two he explains how a professional investor like himself would invest. Take your pick on where you get your advice but I'm sticking with a pro rather than the list of amateurs listed in the table of contents. The biggest take away's for me were: to start thinking longer term, to remember the 20-10-5 year cycles, and to take a more serious approach to tax planning.
This book felt like a flashback episode of a tv show. You sit down on the couch and get ready to sink into a new episode of your favorite show and abo...moreThis book felt like a flashback episode of a tv show. You sit down on the couch and get ready to sink into a new episode of your favorite show and about 15 minutes into the show you realize all they are doing is flashbacks to episodes you've already seen. There is nothing wrong with this type of tv show or book if you know what to expect going in, but much of the complaints I've seen about Panic are that most folks think it is a "new" Michael Lewis book rather than an re-packaging flash back style combination of previously written work. Sprinkled into his previous writing that you may or may not have already read are great pieces from other writers.
So, if you know all that going in you'll tend to like this book. I especially liked the part on the crash on the Asian Markets, as I didn't know much about them before this book. Of the 4 Panics explored in the book the Asian Market Panic is probably the least well known. The explanation of currency arbitrage using the red dollar/ blue dollar model is very helpful on page 137. The only other piece I picked out as really special was on page 245 where Lewis explains how Silicon Valley in was not in a bubble during the late 90's which is an interesting take on things.
Well done here again by Lewis who has written and compiled a great collection of short stories, which are easily digestible on a long cross country flight. (less)
On page 8 of this book Georges states he wants to write the greatest book ever written. Much like his life, he set his goal so high that even when he...moreOn page 8 of this book Georges states he wants to write the greatest book ever written. Much like his life, he set his goal so high that even when he missed and the end result was not the best book, he would end up with perhaps the best MMA biography ever. The only other MMA bio that comes close is "Little Evil" by Jens Pulver. "Little Evil" was a better story, but this might be a better book. This book really digs into the mental side of GSP, getting into what he is thinking and how he keeps himself motivated to compete at the highest level in one of the toughest jobs in the world. The margin for error as he progressed through his career was ever shrinking. Learning how he came back from the Sera fight was fascinating.
A great quote by JFK on page 59 sums up how George looks at the world, and why even though he actually hates fighting, he loves the challenge and the training. Some of the funny parts of the books are Georges obsession with dinosaurs, which I had actually never heard about before, and some themes common with books of this genre, like Bruce Lee quotes, are to be expected. I had to go back and watch his fight with Fitch again after reading the chapter where he talks about how Fitch kept coming at him and refused to break (Page 98). This was one of the more valuable things I picked up from Georges, that at some point more training isn't better training. This ties in with much of what Tim Ferris talks about in his books about the point of diminishing returns during workouts. Toward the end he talks about how to avoid Pyrrhic victories in the octagon and in life, which forced me to learn a Greek word and an important concept in sports/business/life.
The final chapter is called "I'm really just a normal person." While this is pretty far from the truth, I would say Georges is a normal person who achieved abnormal amounts of success. Unlike many other fighters, Georges did live a pretty normal life up until right around 18 or 20 when he started dedicating such a colossal amount of time toward his MMA goals. I'm glad Georges attributes so much of his success to hard work, we should all be so lucky. (less)
Best $1.81 I've ever spent on a book. This is The American Dream come to life. An average Joe makes it to the final table of the WSOP and wins. This i...moreBest $1.81 I've ever spent on a book. This is The American Dream come to life. An average Joe makes it to the final table of the WSOP and wins. This is a real life Rocky story, and if suddenly Disney wanted to start make movies about poker this would be where they would start.
I have a soft spot for this book because I remember it unfolding in the summer of 2003. I had just graduated from college and as any 20-something guy can attest we all started playing poker much more heavily after Moneymaker's run was being broadcast almost daily on some form of ESPN. The Moneymaker effect on the public was huge. So big in fact the number of people entering the WSOP has not dropped off since Chris Moneymaker made his famous run back in 2003 .
I enjoyed reading about Chris's early days of playing with his fraternity brothers, and how his main game was sports betting long before poker. It's also funny to think how much of an average guy he was attending school, while trying to balance work and home life while worrying about paying off credit card debt like so many typical Americans.
For me the best part of the book starts on page 209 right after he won the 2.5 Million Dollars in the final. What do you do with all that money, where do you go out to celebrate? His wild and crazy next few days are documented in about 5 pages that made the book for me. If you're already familiar with the story or seen the 2003 tournament on TV, skip here and don't read anything else. (less)
In 1973 someone once wrote a book called A Random Walk Down Wall Street . In 2011 June White wrote a book that should have been called A Random Walk...moreIn 1973 someone once wrote a book called A Random Walk Down Wall Street . In 2011 June White wrote a book that should have been called A Random Walk Down MMA Lane . I have seen hours of Dana White via post fight interviews and especially through the Ultimate Fighter show, and this book seemed to just be a chronological re-stating of all the time prior to his run as UFC president. I was looking forward to having the curtain drawn back and getting a glimpse into the life of the UFC president.
It was a history, but to be honest it just wasn't that interesting. I should have known I was in for a rocky ride when the intro page featured both a Batman the movie Quote, as well as a misspelling on Theodore Roosevelt's name on a second quote. It was weird to see how someone's own mother could write a book that was so critical of them, it was jarring to read some of the things that were written, and much of it I could just see as family in-fighting. Every family has that though, so I don't know why I felt compelled to read a book about it. By the end it was like a Seinfeld episode. Why would people watch it "Because It's on TV". Why would people read this "Because It's a book", was my final sentiment.
Probably the telling tale here was success does change people, which is the positive I will take from this 140 pages. Additionally, it was nice to see Dana wasn't an overnight success and that he had tried and failed many times before hitting on the UFC. This story has played out time and time again, and this book further cements the idea that there are no short-cuts in life. It also is a cautionary tale about success, because even when you do succeed, you must remember to be nice to your mother. Otherwise...she'll write a take-down book about you. (less)
I would describe this as a more complicated Wizard of OZ, able to stick with the reader for a long time to come. Of the dozens of books I read every y...moreI would describe this as a more complicated Wizard of OZ, able to stick with the reader for a long time to come. Of the dozens of books I read every year, I'll repeatedly come back to many of the themes in this book. Also, I can honestly say it made be a better person for having read it. I can't say enough good things about, the book, and I'm a bit upset it took me this long to finally find it. Why isn't this being taught in school anymore?
It make me realize knowledge isn't everything, and that part of the human experience is emotion. The more intelligent Charlie became, the more he realizes how much suffering was in the world, so in a way his ignorance was truly bliss. It made me realize, we all will battle ignorance, emotion, and fear throughout our lives. Too much of one or the other and we lose balance. At different points in the book Charlie is like the Tin-Man (no heart), Scarecrow (no brain), and Lion (no courage), all wrapped into one. It also make me appreciate the fact that as one becomes more intelligent, it doesn't make them "better" than anyone else, just more intelligent. Treating everyone as a human is something many of us often forget to do in many different circumstances.
My only complaint was the lack of a "big finish" at the end. I'm not sure if I am just used to more modern writing which seems to have a "big finish" toward the end, or if being a few decades old, this was just not the way books were written that long ago. In any event, pick this book up you won't regret it.(less)
Skip this one. This book is pretty formulaic of most MMA biographies. Unless you are a hardcore fan, or have geographical ties to Frank Shamrock, I di...moreSkip this one. This book is pretty formulaic of most MMA biographies. Unless you are a hardcore fan, or have geographical ties to Frank Shamrock, I didn't get a lot out of this book. I still have been unable to find a better MMA story than Jens Pulver's book. I will say much of this does sound like it is coming from Frank directly which is nice, and I do enjoy him as a commentator, and think his exploits in the cage speak for themselves. It is hard be believe how far the sport has come in the last 20 years and hearing the cowboy like stories from the early days is fun, but for the casual fan there are a half dozen better books in front of this one in my opinion. (less)
A dilemma has been defined as "a situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or mutually exclusive.", and I...moreA dilemma has been defined as "a situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or mutually exclusive.", and I would agree with that assessment. This book made me think, and continues to make me think which is more than I can say for 80% of what I read. But, many of us have to get through the 80%, to find the 20% that challenges us. Through much of my professional career I've been searching to find better, faster, or cheaper solutions to problems using technology. This works in the software world where engineering a solution to a problem usually has a clear or at least best solution.
This book really woke me up to the challenge of the business world where you might not find a solution no matter what course of action you take. Basically you can be right and still lose. Even if your company is currently successful, looking back through history shows it may not be able to continue on that trajectory forever. The book does a fantastic job showing how companies that took the sustaining and disruptive approach fared over time across multiple product categories over time. In the end much of the traditional thinking of how to run a business (especially in technology) gets thrown out the window.
If you are just browsing or want the short version there is a book guide following the last chapter that would serve as a shortcut to those who have not read the whole book. Also, the charts bring to life some of the more complicated data discussed throughout the book. I intend to keep this one on my desk and loop back to it again, and use as a reference it was that good. Five Starts, totally recommend. (less)
I did not like this book. I was never forced to read it in high school, so I wanted to go back and try to see why it is touted as one of the best book...moreI did not like this book. I was never forced to read it in high school, so I wanted to go back and try to see why it is touted as one of the best books of the last 100 years. I struggled through it putting it down for months at a time, but had to give it a chance and try to get through it. Perhaps I am just not a fan of this type of disjointed multiple character driven story. Combine that with the fact I don't read much fiction and I'm not the ideal audience for this type of literature.
I never found myself drawn to any of the characters, and perhaps the excess that was the Gatsby of the 1920's didn't translate to me after living through the excesses of modern day. The most interesting part to me was to see what New York was like in the roaring 20's. Manhattan had more people living there in the 1920's than today in the 2010's. In fact almost 800,000 more people were crammed on to that little island. I guess that made the escapes to Long Island all the more enjoyable and meaningful when this context is included. I think I would have been fine to skip this one, and just watch the movie instead.
Even after reading, I can not get a good read on this guy. I am just never sure when he is being genuine and when he is in fight promotion mode. This...moreEven after reading, I can not get a good read on this guy. I am just never sure when he is being genuine and when he is in fight promotion mode. This theme carries over from those that know him from TV via as a Fighter, Coach, or Analyst. Chael is clearly a smart guy when it comes to the topic of wrestling, and fighting, and even comedy. I even tend to agree with him when it comes to most of his ideas and his politics, but sometimes I think he goes too far for a laugh. But, that is the downside of his shtick.
The last chapter of the book about what goes through his mind as he walks out to a fight is amazing. So much truth flows from the words he wrote here it is certainly a 5/5. Some of the other chapters are a 1/5. It was almost like they had this 5/5 chapter then tried to put some of his opinions on various topics to stitch together this voice of reason theme, and just didn't quite pull it off.
Funny and entertaining as always the chaos and lack of a clear theme of the book pull it down to a 3/5. (less)
Mezrich delivers on his typical formula. While this book has been called a work of "faction", the story he wrote is an engaging one. Mezrich follows h...moreMezrich delivers on his typical formula. While this book has been called a work of "faction", the story he wrote is an engaging one. Mezrich follows his formula from previous books pretty closely here. Get a bunch of smart college kids (usually ivy league) to go off into a new frontier. Have them gain huge amounts of success in a very short amount of time. Follow that success up by mixing in, money, drugs, women, and possible legal action, across various parts of the globe. Next see it unravel was tension and stress mount between the former friends. Just when things are about to fall apart, watch as they try and pull it all back together and save the day, get the girl, get clean, and reconcile with the authorities.
That's pretty much the formula for all Mezrich books. They read like one extended party for lucky twenty-somethings. That is not necessarily a bad thing. It was interesting to learn that Party Poker got their start in 1-900 numbers on page 72. Then Poker celebrity Chris Moneymaker shows up on page 165, when they talk about how important TV was to the online poker growth of the mid 2000's. UIGEA's passage was really a tough blow and hearing the fallout was sort of sad. One complaint I did have was that many of the "Frat Brothers" seemed to blend together, and didn't really have enough of their own identities or character development.
While this is a great story on it's own when you stack it up next to Mezrich's two previous casino/blackjack books it really does seem to get the bronze medal. Some have said Mezrich mailed this one in, and I disagree (except for the title, which is very unoriginal). So those that read "Bringing Down the House" will probably be ever so slightly disappointed, but for those that like poker more than blackjack this one probably does get the gold. (less)
I don't normally read fiction but when I do I read Jack Reacher. I got pulled into the Reacher universe after watching the movie, and I am certainly a...moreI don't normally read fiction but when I do I read Jack Reacher. I got pulled into the Reacher universe after watching the movie, and I am certainly a fan who plans to read more Lee Child in the future. I decided to start with #6 in the series because I live in Philadelphia and it was set in Atlantic City (at least in the first few chapters). I had no problem jumping into the middle of the series, as the book held up well on its own. The pacing was great as it moved quickly and kept me wanting to turn the page. The book also had some unique perspectives that made me actually learn some things.
I now have this morphed view of Jack Reacher after seeing how Tom Cruise played him in the movie, but in the books he is a much bigger person than Cruise. I really liked how Child wrapped up this book, there was an "a-ha" moment at the end that you just don't get in most business books I tend to read. This was a great story by a great writer and I am looking forward to reading more in the future. (less)