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Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Vocation, October 13, 2013
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Wonderful read. Palmer's gentle, contemplative and vulnerable voice mixes with wisdom, questions and insights that help get you pointed in the right direction to figure out and build upon not just a career or a job, but a vocation.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.27
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: This Book May Change Your Life, January 26, 2012
Brilliant, illuminating, empowering!

Quiet gives not only a voice, but a path to homecoming for so many who've walked through the better part of their lives thinking the way they engage with the world is something in need of fixing.

With a remarkable ability to move between storytelling and a depth of research that, as a writer, left me in awe, Cain peels the introvert onion, exploring then debunking assumptions and myths along the way and opening up possibilities. We learn how so much of society, education and business are built around the extrovert ideal, from clustered tables in primary school classrooms to brainstorming sessions at work. All well and good, if the nature of the process works with who you are, but potentially disastrous if it doesn't.

We also learn that the words introvert and extrovert are not quite as buttoned down as the popular "love to party or terrified of people" definitions we so often throw around. It's much more about whether certain scenarios empty or fill our tanks. And there are endless situational variations.

I saw so much of myself in this book and loved that Cain went beyond just illuminating and laid out a set of actionable ideas, steps and strategies.

A third of the population has been waiting for this book to land for the better part of their lives.

If you've ever felt you didn't quite fit into the social ideal we're taught to aspire to, but that you also have wonderful gifts to offer the world, Quiet is a book that'll make you want to stand up and shout for joy...when nobody else is around, of course. ;-)

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
by Tony Hsieh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.65
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turning the Relationship Between Cash & Culture on Its Head, June 7, 2010
In his new book, Delivering Happiness, you get a deeper look into how Tony's curiosity and willingness to stand with rather than above those who'd eventually help build his empire formed what he views as the essence of success.

It's not about the product, systems, logistics, branding or positioning, but rather the culture.

Actually, it IS about all these things, but the culture and the mission define how each of these elements is brought to life. Delivering Happiness is chock full of business nuggets, but it's not a heavily tactical book. It's not a how-to book, full of checklists and strategies (there are some), but rather a look at the bigger picture core drivers.

You won't learn to write copy, set up a marketing funnel, design systems or persuade customers to buy. But, you will learn how to focus on the deeper stuff that lays the foundation for doing all those things on a level that drives cult-like loyalty, evangelism and eventually, success on a much larger scale.

And, to me, that's worth many times the price of the book.

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
by Gretchen Rubin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.44
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Happy On!, December 30, 2009
A ton of people are looking for practical, non-preachy information about how to get and stay happy. If that's you, this book just may be the perfect start to your new year.

The Happiness Project tracks the author's year-long journey into the wacky world of happiness research, tips and strategies. Rubin is not a researcher or professor, she's a real person living in Manhattan. So, rather than reporting on the science and sharing others' stories, she decided to round up all the major claims and theories that've been set out over the last few years, from positive psychology to the great philosophers, and test them in her own life.

Every month, Rubin focused on a different happiness strategy, doing what she could to bring it to life, then observed what happened. Did it work? Was it total bunk? How could she tweak it to get the biggest happiness bump possible? Her goal wasn't to push any agenda or strategy, but rather to "do, observe and report." So, there's no bias to prove anything right or wrong, just great information.

Three things make this book very different than the growing gaggle of happiness books out there.

One, it's written from the perspective of a real world person. I've read every book that's come out on happiness over the last 5 years. There've been many great ones, but they're pretty much all written from the prospective of researchers or aggregators of research. And, I LOVE research, but I've often been left wondering...does that really work? Rubin is living life and testing the theories laid out in the books and papers of most others in the field. There's no agenda beyond that.

Two, it's supported by a fantastic, established blog that I read regularly and an online happiness project toolbox that's got real value. Rubin's been writing The Happiness Project blog for almost 3 years now and somehow managed to write a book that builds upon, but is very different from the content in the blog. Together, they work magic. The book acts as an anchor and the blog turns the book into a constantly evolving and growing community, where Gretchen interacts with her readers every day.

Three...the woman can write. This isn't a one-off for Rubin. She's an author with a number of other books to her credit. And, she's not afraid to get personal and funny. The Happiness Project isn't written to make her look good, instead, it reveals through stories and insights a very real, engaging person and a process of discovery we can all connect with. And, in fact, as the book unfolds, that's exactly what she challenges us to do. Connect with and create our own Happiness Projects.

Thumbs? Totally up. Will we all walk away and do what Rubin's done? Doubtful. But, you don't have to buy into every strategy proffered or try everything she tried. You're not Gretchen and she's very aware of that fact. The idea is to personalize your journey, to try then adopt what works for you.

Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competit ion
Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competit ion
by Guy Kawasaki
Edition: Hardcover
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth, Wisdom and Humor - Guy Kawasaki's Best Book Yet, December 13, 2008
Rare is the time I pick up a nearly 500 page book on business that's keeps me up reading after everyone in the house has already gone to bed. But, with Reality Check, Guy's hit a home run.

Truth - I've read hundreds of books on entrepreneurship, marketing, careers, yadda, yadda, yadda. Heck, I've even written one of my own (Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love). And, you can pretty much tell within the first 20 pages the difference between books written by people who've "studied" entrepreneurship and those written by people who've "lived" it.

The first offer great advice...that works in a vacuum. The latter reveal what it's really all about. They speak the truth, based on what the writer has lived and breathed. As a lifetime entrepreneur and writer, that's the book I want to read. And, that's the book Guy has delivered.

Wisdom - 461 friggin' pages of it...and it's not 300 pages of juicy stuff and 161 pages of self-serving fluff. It's ALL juice! What do I mean by that? It's not about theory. Reality Check delivers you into the conversations, presentations, strategy sessions, critical decisions and actions that nearly every budding entrepreneur wrestles with.

Then, Guy serves up actionable, specific, aggressive do's, don'ts, tips, tasks, strategies and scripts based on real live experience sitting on both sides of the funding table, the boardroom table, the podium...and the plywood garage table.

I stopped taking notes and dog-earing pages when I realized I was doing it on every page!

Style & Humor - If you're looking for dry, professorial, textbook style writing...go away, that's not Guy's style. And thank God for that. Like all of Guy's books, this one is irreverent, edgy and engaging. And, Guy sense humor really comes through in this one, too. Enough to keep a 500 page tome fresh to the end. In fact, the Foreword 2.0, written by Dan Lyons a/k/a Fake Steve Jobs, had me laughing out loud and e-mailing people to strong-arm them into buying the book just to read the intro.

Look, you can keep reading reviews or you can just buy the darn book now. Which you choose will very likely determine whether you're a real entrepreneur...or you just like reading what people who write about them think.

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