Review in 3 words - "Pareto Principle on steroids".
The book falls under the category of 'self help' and most ideas written in the book are clichéd. IReview in 3 words - "Pareto Principle on steroids".
The book falls under the category of 'self help' and most ideas written in the book are clichéd. I promise everything you read in this book are already known to you. In that sense, it lacks novelty.
Where this book stands out is how the content is delivered. To begin with, it is an easy read and easier to digest. The author really drives his point deep and succeeds in keeping you engaged in some sort of reflection throughout the book. He poses many probing questions and makes you think. He has even used a highlighter to capture important aspects of every chapter.
In a nutshell, the book is very actionable, helps you reflect and drives the core idea deep into you....more
I am not sure whether this book can be tagged as 'entertaining' or 'informational'. Maybe both. Maybe neither of them.
The book drives the point thatI am not sure whether this book can be tagged as 'entertaining' or 'informational'. Maybe both. Maybe neither of them.
The book drives the point that our thoughts and decisions made from split-second impressions may actually be more relevant than inferences based on heaps data over long periods of time. This phenomenon is called 'thin-slicing' and is based on extensive research done by the expert behavioral psychologist Nalini Ambady.
The first part of the book goes a long way to explain why 'blink' inferences are relevant and useful to us.
The second part of the book goes a long way to explain why 'blink' decisions could backfire under certain circumstances and situations.
After the first two parts, I am really confused. So the third part of the book tries to explain when 'blink' could work for you and when it may not. Gladwell tries his best to make this distinction but left me more confused.
The best part of the book is that it does a very good job reminding us of how deeply entrenched we are in our unconscious biases. It explains why black people tend to be wrongly accused more often than white people, C-level executives in America are taller white males and women not selected to play the symphony and so on.
Overall its a fun read, but unsure of its application in the real world....more
I was introduced to the ideas in the book during casual(and superficial) coffee or beer conversations with people who are generally not into reading.I was introduced to the ideas in the book during casual(and superficial) coffee or beer conversations with people who are generally not into reading. That actually got me interested. “What is so interesting about this book” is the reason I bought this book.
This is the first history book I have read and may probably be the last but it is well worth my time and attention. Every page was enjoyable and enriching. Will any of the knowledge or ideas conveyed by Harari be valuable to me? Probably not, but it certainly expanded my thinking and created new appreciation for the evolution of human beings from apes to modern man(or woman). More importantly, it changed my perspective of the significance(or insignificance) of life in general. Harari succeeds with Sapiens at many levels. Firstly, he makes history of human beings very interesting, easy to understand and relatable. The book is fact driven(although superficial) but it doesn’t bore you with a tsunami of statistics and details waiting at your mercy to be interpreted. While some of his opinions are very strong, the book is extremely engaging and thought provoking.
If you can bear with the outlandish claims and watered down accounting of history, evolution and sociology, this is an outstanding read!...more
First, the bad things. The book is fully laden with ridicule, sarcasm and mockery of Wallstreet traders, media analysts and many others. If you can'tFirst, the bad things. The book is fully laden with ridicule, sarcasm and mockery of Wallstreet traders, media analysts and many others. If you can't handle an overdose of narcissism, this is not meant for you.
But to his credit, Taleb has succeeded in impressing on the reader his core idea of the role of randomness in our everyday lives. He has refrained from using any jargon(whether financial, economic, psychological) and succeeds in driving his point of view loud and clear.
While the book if full of statistics and probability simulations that make you question your grasp of high school mathematics, it is still easy to read and understand.
In today's world where every business relies on data to make decisions and make bets for the future, this book questions the very approach of relying on past performance and statistics. It gives 10s of examples of where statistics and numbers can easily go wrong as they are fooled by randomness. It also helps you understand how relevant is past performance in any trade. It tells you why a dentist with a decade of success should deserve more of your trust and respect than a trader with the same record. Finally, it may trigger ideas of insulating yourself from rare and random events that may impact you if you rely only on data of past performance.
An interesting read with lots to ponder on....more
Fantastic book. It chronicles and describes the early days of Amazon until 2013. Brad Stone does a great job narrating the holistic story of JeffFantastic book. It chronicles and describes the early days of Amazon until 2013. Brad Stone does a great job narrating the holistic story of Jeff Bezos and Amazon without being overly critical or idolizing Bezos.
To Brad's credit, he did sufficient homework of interviewing Amazon's employees(former and current including Bezos himself), its suppliers, the book publishers and other stakeholders. It is commendable that he tracked down Bezos' biological father Ted Jorgensen at an obscure bike stop in Arizona and broke the news that his son was one of the greatest businessmen on the planet.
This book is a must-read for anyone who is associated with Amazon in any capacity. It does a good job explaining some of the leadership principles at Amazon "customer obsession" and "disagree and commit". It gives plenty of examples and anecdotes to give the reader a taste of what it is like to work for Bezos and Amazon.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in business or anything remotely got to do with the Internet. Very well written book. Highly entertaining and informative....more