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Shake the World: It's Not About Finding a Job, It's About Creating a Life Hardcover – December 29, 2011
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About the Author
James Marshall Reilly is an entrepreneur, a journalist, and the founder of The Guild Agency Speakers Bureau & Intellectual Talent Management. His expertise lies in the branding and marketing of cutting- edge thinkers and connecting them with audiences worldwide. He is twenty- nine years old and lives in New York City. Visit shaketheworldbook.com
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James Marshall Reilly
Read this book.
I received the book well before Christmas, thinking that I would have time over the holiday. While mildly annoyed that it wasn't on my Kindle or iPad, I dragged the book with me and started reading it on my trip. I never put it down. I couldn't stop reading. I didn't want to stop reading. I didn't want it to end.
Many of the comments, quotes, and praise for the book focused on a younger audience. I could not disagree more. This book is for anyone.
The book focuses on insights, experiences, successes, and fortunately, a few failures of some of the best and brightest leaders in the US today. This synopsis sounds boring. I promise you, the book is not. The stories are fabulous, told with interest, compassion, and energy that brings an excitement to the thoughts of what is possible.
As an HR professional, what I love most of the book, and the supporting stories, is how the author weaves together seemingly unrelated events in peoples' lives and ties the stories together. Good writers do this and Reilly is a really good writer. The stories are intermingled with explanations, personal narratives, and terrific insights.
The voice in my head sounded often like this: Oh how cool is that. Wow, that is so neat. Fabulous. Amazing. Terrific. And so on.
The best story, in my opinion, is the last story. I won't give it away but it could be any of us. Reilly does an incredible knitting together a rather haphazard chain of personal decisions that put the woman where she is now. Many of us have the ability to appreciate hindsight - knowing how what we did previously is connected to where we are now. But for those just starting out, or switching gears, this is a fabulous story.
In Reilly's acknowledgement's he writes this, "To anyone whose story did not make the final edit, I apologize and can assure you that it was only an issue of space and editing." Come on, are you kidding? You have more stories? I want to hear the rest of them! Really. It's that good.
Lastly, what I appreciate most in the book is the way Reilly tells the stories - the stories of people listening to that little voice inside - the prompting, nudging, sometimes cajoling, always-present poking - with no arrogance or bravado. Rather he shares his desire and delight in telling a great story, sharing wit and wisdom and wonder. Urging us to go do something. And that something might just shake the world.
Read this book.
*I received this book as a preview copy, courtesy of the publishing company.
The book is built on a vibe. It's tied to experience, education, and everything in between. It communicates an intangible commodity capable of mirroring a profound message through creative works. I have been thrown into a media medium mayhem; everything from what to wear, where to go, and what to think. We essentially "learn" so much about the world from others that we forget to experience it for ourselves.
An example of the centralized message: If you incorporate your passions with an inclination to be a disruptive force, it is very possible to open your own windows of opportunity. There is nothing I respect more than the value of experience and the power of knowledge. Shake The World reaffirms my belief that learning to cope with failure, appreciating life, and being persistent and determined are imperative for one's success. Time is relative, flexible, and unpredictable. It's ok to enjoy the stepping-stones toward progress, even if we don't know where they lead. They are the blessings in disguise that allow us all to continue on our journey of self-discovery.
If you do anything else this year, buy this book.
Let's wake up and shake the world because we can.
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