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About the Author
- Publication date : September 1, 2015
- File size : 1745 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 239 pages
- Publisher : Choose Yourself Media, LLC (September 1, 2015)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0146PA720
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #268,677 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Broadly, the major choices of employment are to work for yourself, or to work for someone else. I've spent my entire adult life in a 40k+, public sector organization. And I want out. I want to work for myself, rely on myself, have only myself to fall back on to make sure I succeed. Yeah, I've led dozens of other members, plenty of teams and matrixed groups. But all of it--comes back to my own ability to manage and lead myself. Without constraint, restraint, or deception.
This book is the blueprint for the meta-choice--the choice for working for yourself first. It doesn't matter the form of the organization you hang your banner in; what matters is you being able to treat yourself like the best employee you've ever been. No one ever put the phrase "internal locus of control" in the perspective like this, but this perspective--is powerful.
I'm going to be a little bit critical, though, with 3 stars (not worthless, but short of greatness!) by saying that the book seems a bit rushed both technically (typos, rough phrasing) and content-wise, where it seems that James is pulling in a grab-bag of self-help thoughts and ideas, which in some cases are contradictory and inconsistent. For example, in one section, he says it's "easy to caught up in ego..." etc. as a caution and in another "Ego. A real belief that you can be the best..." as foundation of persistence.
James likes to say that he doesn't give advice, just talks about what works or worked for him. Then why drag in all sorts of random advice and examples which don't fill out the theme, in my opinion, and seem wholely derivative in their presentation.
Recently on a long-drive for work I listened to James and Claudia interview Michael Singer, which for me was one of the most inspiring podcasts he's done - I had never heard of Singer, but I've listened now to that podcast multiple times and read his books because of that. For me, the inner journey is what "choosing yourself" is all about. If you can get past the clutter of your mind and the crazy externals, answers come. But much of this book just recycles trite bromides and success tales in a narrative that is a bit incoherent.
Finally, James' branding of "Choose Yourself" as the basis for yet another ambitious self-help enterprise is a bit off-putting, and the cynical part of me sees him entering that mutually admiring, inner circle of "famed" millionaires and billionaires who for all their accomplishments are not that interesting. They all love to interview one another! "Choose Yourself (R)" has arrived, and as the last section of the book outlines, you can form a local group - and they have formed - to spread the gospel. I don't mean to sound snarky, but that was my reaction. It's probably all good!
Anyway, I hope James can maintain originality and fresh insights in his ongoing writing and interviews - I'll stay tuned. Peace!
Top reviews from other countries
Bosses everywhere should be lining up to shake the authors hand as the potential power of a rich employee is terrific for pretty much any business or organisation.
Just one little gripe, I read this book on Kindle and there are a fair few typo errors throughout the book which can give you pause as you are reading it as you wonder what you've missed or why a particular sentence doesn't read right, until you realise it's an error in the book. I know many of my reviews are probably littered with typos, but I would expect a published book that is on sale to have had a better proof read before publication.
Don't let this put you off however, still a great book to read.
In a time of low wages, huge disruption in "safe" jobs and pay that doesn't keep up with inflation, the idea of examining how you can earn your living in the uncertain future has to be worth examining.
This one got a strong 10. Mainly because of how applicable it is. To get there however you might need to adjust yourself to a unique anecdotal style James walks through his own life's shortcomings.
Highly recommended to read and gift.