This is probably the most important book you can read. I don't feel moved to put most of what I read up on GoodReads because writing a review is tedioThis is probably the most important book you can read. I don't feel moved to put most of what I read up on GoodReads because writing a review is tedious work, and it lends itself to being a pompous douchebag. This isn't something I need help with.
Here are 10 reasons that you should buy this book:
1. Because life is short, and this book respects that. Every one of the 130+/- pages matters and is there for a reason. This isn't a bloated business book that should be just a tweet or two.
2. Because you need to learn client service.
3. Because you need to know that your job isn't just your job, it's defending, selling your work.
4. Because I told you to, and I'm rarely wrong.
5. Because when you do, you'll learn a ton, have a bunch of quotable things, and you'll be in a better spot.
6. Because you'll learn DESIGN better. You'll become process driven.
7. Because you'll like your clients more because you'll ignore the 90% of designers that suck.
8. Because you'll wind up spending just $30 and you'll benefit 100x in the first 3 months.
9. Because it'll finally put to bed DECADES worth of self-loathing, crippling doubt, and ennui.
10. You will - finally - become a good speller....more
This is a very good primer on being "old school," and launching a product or service in today's world.
It's not flashy, it's not "whiz bang," but insteThis is a very good primer on being "old school," and launching a product or service in today's world.
It's not flashy, it's not "whiz bang," but instead it's methodical, plodding and doable. I have successfully done - then abandoned - so many of these techniques that I looked to get motivated to rebuild that platform.
I'm so glad I picked this book up. I read a glowing review of this book from Ryan Holiday's reading list (google *that* and subscribe).
I am a lifelonI'm so glad I picked this book up. I read a glowing review of this book from Ryan Holiday's reading list (google *that* and subscribe).
I am a lifelong pirate. And so is Phil Knight. I'm willing to endure more risk than most people will because I believe that everything will work out, that the day will be saved.
But Phil is more of a pirate. He had bet his life, his reputation, his fortune, and maybe even his marriage on an impossible journey, one where we see a great company (NIKE) have problems so substantial that:
-they get kicked out of 2 banks. -they bounce payroll checks (And every check). -they get investigated by the FBI. -their premiere athlete (Prefontaine) tragically dies in a car accident. -one of their early employees had their parents invest their life savings in an emergency loan that kept Nike from folding.
This book was remarkable in a number of ways: specifically, that it talked about the pre-IPO days of NIKE. The real stuff that vividly burns in memories. I remember - very well - my early startup days and how everything felt with my partner. Things broke differently and we didn't get where I thought we'd go, but that feeling, that rush is right in in this book.
You have to go read it because when you do, you'll learn so much. Everything was true and familiar and wonderful and I was bummed when it ended.
[a note about my review policy: I don't generally post reviews of the books that I dislike.]...more
This is the fifth book that Myke Cole has written. And it's got some of his best thoughts, concepts, writing and sentenThe world isn't a pretty place.
This is the fifth book that Myke Cole has written. And it's got some of his best thoughts, concepts, writing and sentences. Things that made me think.
Characters that were truer to life. A magic world that exists in my head, and so it must have existed more richly still in Myke's head.
IS it the BEST book? I don't know. Which Bob Dylan song is the best?
JAVELIN RAIN is more of a "battle" than an "adventure." A book where all of the characters are in peril, the danger is real and evil exists in many forms. Good guys are hunted, and the bad guys do real damage to real heroes.
There are conflicted characters, imperfect people that we are sympathetic to. Bad guys that aren't just that.
Unless I'm off my mark, we'll be talking about Myke's world in the same way that we talk about the Hunger Games. "I read it when." Because the material is that strong....more
Deep Work by Cal Newport is an amazing book that will certainly change my life. The process is going, and I'm excited about where it will take me. It'Deep Work by Cal Newport is an amazing book that will certainly change my life. The process is going, and I'm excited about where it will take me. It's a book that I can't really criticize because it's so good.
As something of a workaholic, I've had spurts where additional hours not only no longer produce value, but undo work I've done. A case in point is the current state of the Simplifilm website. I have done, undone, and redone it dozens of times and I'm not substantively closer to being OK. It's consumed hours and yielded little extra benefit.
That's because I've worked while distracted, while unfocused, and this means that the work suffers. A little focus - at the expense of other things - is the way to go.
But Deep Work truly is at the expense of other things. If we are to make an amazing contribution we have to "drain the shallows."
The book is divided into two parts: one "the case for Deep Work," and two "How to Work Deeply (which also spends about half its time reinforcing the case for Deep Work).
The first part is for motivation. We learn why this matters, we learn how peer-reviewed academic journals have treated topics like concentration, performance and mental throughput. (Beginners can practice a musical instrument for about an hour a day. Masters can rarely go past 4 hours.)
The main gist is that Deep Work is rare.
In Part II, we're given more specifics. We're given definitions and exhortations.
-work deeply (create habits that support it)
-quit social media
-drain the shallows
-have a quitting time (so you can go back)
-embrace boredom (which means that you can't scratch the itch all the time to do things.
This book has started a curriculum for me of things that I've meant to catch up on. I finished Scott Adam's new book : How To Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. That book compliments this one. In that it provides an example/case study of a person who has optimized his life to work deeply.
The case for deep work is compelling. It's our chance to in fact make a contribution that lasts longer than we do. It's done through deep work, not merely getting better at "cranking widgets," which has diminishing returns.
I've optimized my life to be able to be more productive. I'm working from home again, and I've got my things about me. It's time to make a big contribution. ...more
**spoiler alert** I was playing basketball in a friend's driveway when we got the news: some rando had knocked out Mike Tyson. This was the most shock**spoiler alert** I was playing basketball in a friend's driveway when we got the news: some rando had knocked out Mike Tyson. This was the most shocking sports news I'd ever heard. Tyson was boxing in Japan and BAM! Knocked out. By some nobody.
I followed Mike Tyson's Career starting with a NINTENDO POWER article for his famous Mike Tyson's Punch Out Game. Kid Dynamite, Nintendo had branded him. I was 12 or so when I beat that game, and I followed him.
I remember "watching" the first peter McNeely Fight through the distortion of unbought pay-per-view with my friend Matt, and then years later the Lennox Lewis Fight.
When he was accused of rape, I followed the case with such great interest. I was convinced that he may have been a jerk, but also that he got a raw deal. I became more convinced as time went on. I'm still convinced that he's not a rapist.
This book is genius. And it's full of both truth and lies. It's an accurate portrait of who Mike Tyson thinks he is. Equal parts defiant, sociopathic, and honest. He - and Michael Jordan - were the sports icons of my childhood and adolescence.
He's a con man, and I don't believe most of the book. It's not the truth. It's a good book, and it's sincere, but it's got lies in it.