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On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power Hardcover – November 14, 2017
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You deserve to have power. It is yours for the taking. Gene simmons is here to unlock the doors to the temple .
Gene Simmons, KISS frontman, multihyphenate entrepreneur, and master of self-invention, shares his philosophy on power—how to attain it, how to keep it, and how to harness it as a driving force in business and in life. As cofounder of KISS, America’s #1 gold-record-awardwinning group of all time, Simmons knows the thrill and seduction of power firsthand. But gold records alone don’t equal power. The decisions you make once you attain a certain level of success are what separate the pretenders from the pantheon.
Inspired by Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince, Simmons offers his unique take on the dynamics of power in every realm of life, from the bedroom to the boardroom, to the world of rock, celebrity, and social media, to politics. With one-of-akind anecdotes from his life and career, as well as stories from historical and contemporary masters of power, including Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, Warren Buffett, Michael Jordon, Oprah, and Elon Musk, Simmons crafts a persuasive and provocative theory on how the pursuit of power drives civilization and defines our lives.
The rules of power are changing in today’s fast-paced, hyperconnected world in a way that Machiavelli never could have imagined, and we all need to learn to adapt. Simmons tells readers: Ignore the negatives. Be unrelenting. Rise above the rest. You are the architect of your success.
About the Author
Known as rock's ultimate showmen, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons founded the hard rock supergroup KISS in the early 1970s. Since then, KISS has sold more than eighty million albums and performed more than two thousand shows around the world, and is still touring today.
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Simmons walks the reader through his core philosophies of hard work and confidence while presenting unique social and political points of view, all while giving you calls to action.
You don't need to be a KISS fan to enjoy and benefit from this book, in fact, Simmons only uses KISS stories to demonstrate his philosophies in action.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to light a bit of a fire under themselves and get their life moving in a higher gear.
Most interestingly, Gene looks into what drives power in the modern era. Everything from the power of celebrity and new media, to money, to connections. Its a bit unconventional but that makes it interesting. A fun read to get some insight into the new power dynamic.
I also bought this book because I listened to the recorded introduction by Simmons himself and loved his execution and the retelling of his beloved mother escaping the Nazis, moving to Israel and the story of her arriving in the US and her feelings for America. This and the chapter on David Grohl is written with true sincerity. The rest of the book is the authors short justification for selling "grotesque" to teen age American youth.
He concludes with the message, "Be a psychopath with a conscience." Which would give me the opportunity to explain what a contradiction of therms is to my son and how they would cancel each other out resulting in either gibberish or meaninglessness.
I would love this author, with this much talent, to write an anthology of musicians stories. He has a brilliant perspective. I would buy a clean version of this kind of anthology from Gene Simmons.
As for this book. I'm going to wait another year or so before I give it to my son. Perhaps around 16.
Like advise from a loving but stern father, Gene speaks truth on what the world expects from us, and how our reaction to those expectations can accelerate or exclude us towards becoming more useful, and more powerful people. Power takes commitment of course, but so many more ingredients, listed here, are absolutely essential to rise and wield effective power and authority. Without judgement, he explains how our choices predispose likely outcomes, giving entertaining examples and more of his personal brand of advice. Lots of advice. Good advice.
Making personal decisions amongst the many 'grey' areas of culture, workplace, political and social situations can lead us to becoming strongly biased against our own success. Hearing how powerful people make decisions in these scenarios, and how tactics and strategy in choosing how to live is an excellent reference without going thru the pain ourselves. This book is not PC. It's an honest assessment of power structures within many aspects of life, and a guide to help us understand cause and effect along our journey from any point to any destination. I bought copies for my friends and family, but wouldn't necessarily want children under 16 to read it entirely, it's just too honest!