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Shake the World: It's Not About Finding a Job, It's About Creating a Life Hardcover – December 29, 2011
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His book, Shake the World: It's Not About Finding a Job, It's About Creating a Life (Penguin/Portfolio, December, 2011), features in-depth interviews with Tony Hsieh (Zappos), Doug Ulman (CEO and President of LIVESTRONG), Bobby Chang (Founder of Incase, the largest supplier/designer of Apple cases in the world), Elizabeth Gore (Executive Director of Global Partnerships at the United Nations Foundation), and Blake Mycoskie (Founder of TOMS), along with many of the other top entrepreneurs, business leaders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, and humanitarians on the planet. What he learned was that despite their different fields of interest, they're all using similar tools to seize opportunities and redefine success. But perhaps more importantly, he concluded that the rest of us can model the behaviors of these highly successful individuals as a means to achieve and sustain success of our own, however we may individually define the term.
How is it that some people are able to convert small, seemingly ordinary life experiences into power, money, happiness and global change of unprecedented magnitude? What does microlending in Tanzania have to do with the Industrial Revolution? What can Napster and Netflix teach us about getting a job? How does acting as a disruptive force within industry relate to riding a bike or our own career trajectories? How can taking a series of small, mitigated risks result in a world-changing initiative that saves the lives of millions? How can approaching problems and challenges from unique angles lead to the development of a multimillion-dollar company? And, most importantly, how do these stories relate to us? What can we do to create the lives, careers, and opportunities that will leave us feeling well balanced and happy?
Taking the practical advice given by each of his interview subjects, and falling back on a decade of experience in branding and marketing while working with some of the most celebrated individuals in the world, Reilly hopes to outline a new, actionable blueprint from which we can all craft extraordinary success on our own terms.
Top Customer Reviews
At it's essence the book is about the fundamental need to continually to learn and reinvent oneself to add value and be economically relevant. Reilly acts as a cheerleader or perhaps workout buddy, encouraging us to push a little harder to get where we want to be. I'd encourage James to write book #2 based on interviews with successful 45+ somethings who've made the switch to the new economy. Until he does I'll ask my generation to take a big deep cleansing breath and then sit down and read this book.
James Marshall Reilly
Read this book.
I received the book well before Christmas, thinking that I would have time over the holiday. While mildly annoyed that it wasn't on my Kindle or iPad, I dragged the book with me and started reading it on my trip. I never put it down. I couldn't stop reading. I didn't want to stop reading. I didn't want it to end.
Many of the comments, quotes, and praise for the book focused on a younger audience. I could not disagree more. This book is for anyone.
The book focuses on insights, experiences, successes, and fortunately, a few failures of some of the best and brightest leaders in the US today. This synopsis sounds boring. I promise you, the book is not. The stories are fabulous, told with interest, compassion, and energy that brings an excitement to the thoughts of what is possible.
As an HR professional, what I love most of the book, and the supporting stories, is how the author weaves together seemingly unrelated events in peoples' lives and ties the stories together. Good writers do this and Reilly is a really good writer. The stories are intermingled with explanations, personal narratives, and terrific insights.
The voice in my head sounded often like this: Oh how cool is that. Wow, that is so neat. Fabulous. Amazing. Terrific. And so on.
The best story, in my opinion, is the last story. I won't give it away but it could be any of us. Reilly does an incredible knitting together a rather haphazard chain of personal decisions that put the woman where she is now. Many of us have the ability to appreciate hindsight - knowing how what we did previously is connected to where we are now.Read more ›
The book is built on a vibe. It's tied to experience, education, and everything in between. It communicates an intangible commodity capable of mirroring a profound message through creative works. I have been thrown into a media medium mayhem; everything from what to wear, where to go, and what to think. We essentially "learn" so much about the world from others that we forget to experience it for ourselves.
An example of the centralized message: If you incorporate your passions with an inclination to be a disruptive force, it is very possible to open your own windows of opportunity. There is nothing I respect more than the value of experience and the power of knowledge. Shake The World reaffirms my belief that learning to cope with failure, appreciating life, and being persistent and determined are imperative for one's success. Time is relative, flexible, and unpredictable. It's ok to enjoy the stepping-stones toward progress, even if we don't know where they lead. They are the blessings in disguise that allow us all to continue on our journey of self-discovery.
If you do anything else this year, buy this book.
From a college student perspective, this book is just what I needed to really understand what it takes to make a difference in the world. SHAKE THE WORLD shows case-study after case-study of some of the most successful people who have built their dream lives from scratch. Their jobs aren't just 9-5s, they are fulfilling activities that really make an impact on the world. Featuring interviews with superstars such as Blake Mycoskie (TOMS) and Tony Hsieh (Zappos), Reilly gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how they got to where they are.
If you've ever considered starting a business or a not-for-profit, and you want to learn how people are building lifestyles around their passions, SHAKE THE WORLD is for you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
daughter needed this for school project. Was good book and really helped her with her assignments.Published 10 months ago by Leann Walker
Inspirational and well written. It is good to focus on what works instead of what doesn't! I am motivated to act on my dreams!Published 23 months ago by Anna Conradson
James Marshall Reilly's passion to actually shake the world shows others a deeper understanding of how we all can reach out and not only inspire change but become part of the... Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Joan
The book is a must read for everyone aspiring to do great things. In today's economic climate, it is all about creating your own 'job' and James Reilly has done a marvelous job to... Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Amir Dossal
This is no ordinary self-help business or life changing book. This book is plush with insightful commentary, fascinating stories, vibrant energy, and a passion will ignite you,... Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Amazon Customer
After reading the first few pages of this book I was tempted to set it aside and pretend I'd never started it. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Word Nerd