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How to Be Remarkable by [Wright, Colin]
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About the Author

Colin Wright is the author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler behind the blog ExileLifestyle.com, where he writes for an audience of nearly 2 million readers, on topics ranging from philosophy to publishing, long-term travel to all-in entrepreneurship. He also speaks and teaches workshops internationally, generally on work/lifestyle-balance, the business of being a creative person, branding, modern publishing, and how to do what you love for for a living.

At 24, Colin was running a successful branding studio in Los Angeles and living the 'American Dream,' when he decided that dream wasn't all it was cracked up to be. After scaling down his business and getting rid of everything he owned that wouldn't fit into a carry-on bag, he hit the road and began a lifestyle focused on new experiences and novel perspectives. For over four years, he's moved to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers.

Colin has been featured in an interviewed by hundreds of TV shows, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, blogs, and other media around the world. He's written both fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, and is probably one of the biggest book geeks you'll ever meet.

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  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 31, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061ZPRWO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,028 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been a fairly big fan of some of the things that the author has said on the internet. I haven't been subscribed to him for very long, but I dig his attitude. My problem with the book is that it is more like a collection of blog posts than a book, maybe even more of a peal-away calender than a collection of blog posts - and, more than that, I found that it lacked the sometimes fiery intensity that some of his blog posts have. The majority of advice in this book would not be out of place on posters in a middle school hallway. And the comeback to that may be, "well, that's because it's really good advice," when in reality it's because it comes across as trite and as cheap as something you would read on a bumper sticker that's stuck to the back of a Prius on the Mass Pike. With all that "full time traveling" you would think that the book would contain a bit more depth.

The idea behind the "full time traveler" lifestyle and the attitude with which that sometimes comes out in his in-your-face writing style - sometimes -I think is worth people coming across. However, I would not pay money to read his work (free download, thanks Julien).

It's not just what you tell people, it's how you tell it to them. Advice goes in one ear and out the other. Passion and intensity are what linger for a person. Although a lot of what is said in this book is valid, quality, advice, it lacks a certain intensity and passion.

I guess it's kind of a jerk move to write a negative review of a book that the author gave out for free, but my main motivation for doing so was disappointment - because I have been very impressed with some of his posts that I have read and was expecting a similar sort of pay off from the book. He could probably do better.
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This author apparently took some very ho-hum blog entries and decided, "Hey, I can monetize this by publishing them as a book." Sample: he gets all excited about his business card.

The connection between the short entries and the title is usually not apparent.

I feel insulted at paying even 99 cents for this tripe.
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The author has a distilled, refined set of inputs on the topics being discussed.

The title is a misnomer - I would say the book is about how to be a better person, have a better balance in life. It is not about striving for excellence but about when to be quiet and to respect others' opinion. A simple guide to self improvement.
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To me, there are 3 types of people: the dumb ones who do not learn from their own mistakes, the smart ones who do learn from their trials and errors, and the wise ones who learns from other people's failures and successes. Colin definitely belongs in the last category and you would be wise too to buy his book in order to learn from him. The book is broken down into many small and easy to read advices (1-2 pages each) and/or reminders for what you may already know but, for whatever reason, is currently not implementing. Because in the end, that's what will separate the remarkable from the unremarkable, those who take action and those who do not.
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This book consists of many short articles on the "rules of the road" for navigating daily life that we all learned as youngsters, but perhaps have forgotten. You may not agree with all of Mr. Wright's prescriptions, or might find them to already be "intuitively obvious to the casual observer", but it's an inexpensive e-book, so why not check it out?
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Colin Wright is a remarkable person, having successfully launched several businesses in his 20s and traveling full-time. As an author, he nevertheless fails to live up to the promise of the title of this book. He mentions how some people have this "magical" quality of being remarkable and sets out to describe how you, too, can develop it. Then comes a laundry list of advice, including obvious ones such as "don't destroy" and "be healthy." I am sorry, but you could follow all this advice and still not come across as particularly "remarkable." I had hoped for a more thorough treatment of the topic. As a book, I feel that this one is not up to par with "How to Travel Full-Time" (his best one) or "My Exile Lifestyle." It is more of a teaser for other of his works.
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I wasn't sure what this book would be about or how it was laid out ahead of time. I've read a lot of the author's works, and knew he can cover quite a few topics.

This book is a collection of important rules and advice for living your life well. I don't necessarily agree with all of them, but they are mostly good lessons for getting through life.

It's laid out in quick page or two segments on each topic, and doesn't follow a beginning, middle, end kind of format. Pick a topic from the table of contents and go read a few paragraphs about the subject. Then email him if you disagree with him on something.

A good book to have around when you have a few minutes to kill, need some motivation about something, or just want to learn more (something he recommends constantly doing, of course). If I had to describe it, it is kind of like one of those advice quote books, only with more discussion than just a single powerful sentence.

It's worth the read, and worth checking out some of his other work, as well.
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