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Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life's Work Hardcover – September 7, 2005
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"If I were running a 25,000-person company today, Id surely buy Rules for all of my employees!" -- Tom Peters, management consultant
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Besides that, it's a small book, so there's really only mostly positive information in it. There is no help section for if things go wrong, and there is no section on friends/family/people you love helping you succeed either. I would advise taking this book in the same way you regard those little calendars with inspirational sayings; acknowledge it, work toward it, but realize that constant happiness with what you're doing in life isn't always feasible. Instead, focus on being content.
As is often said, don't judge a book by it's cover. I thought the book was going to be cute and perhaps contain a few nuggets of wisdom, but what I found instead was my new manifesto for life and living. Kevin does a great job providing background information (from whence he came) to frame his ideas and suggestions, but where many authors leave off, he takes it to the next level.
If I had to encapsulate the entire book into a few words they would be "planning, passion, perseverance, play and perspective". It was obvious that he had a plan (not a rigid, fully-detailed roadmap, but rather a general idea of what he wanted to do and who he wanted to be, he was passionate in his pursuit of his goals, he persevered when the times got tough or circumstances changed, he made sure his life's work was fun and not just a job, and he always viewed what was happening as an opportunity to learn, grow and develop rather than an insurmountable challenge or roadblock.
This book doesn't offer a new or wildly revolutionary plan for success, rather it keeps it simple and offers some common sense ideas on how anyone cna lead a richer and more fulfilling life. It is simple, well written, fun to read, and something that I will not only read again and again, but will offer to my friends and colleagues to help remind them why they are doing what they are.
As someone who lives and works just outside of Philadelphia, his stories of growing up and working in the area added some additional relevance to the story for me.
I think this book is destined to be a classic in subject area, it's simple elegance should allow it to stand the test of time.
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I've given several of these away over the years - can't say enough good things about this little book! Thanks so much, Kevin - you let your life speak through the fancy pages!Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Kevin Carroll is amazing and inspirational - an absolute mustPublished 3 months ago by Noreen Naroo
Terrific little manual for anyone. Used it as Christmas gift for daughter and sonPublished 7 months ago by sheryl smith