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What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful Hardcover – January 9, 2007
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As a corollary, I also felt the author perceived the world with a "cop's fallacy". Police officers sometimes assume everyone in a certain neighborhood or of a certain demographic is scum, because they are only called in to deal with crime, so most people they deal with in that neighborhood or demographic are criminals. Much in the same way, Goldsmith seems to believe that all successful people are arrogant and overconfident, when the truth is more likely that successful people who are not hugely arrogant do not lead their employers to hire a consultant like Goldsmith to fix their behavioral issues, so he doesn't interact with them.
1. IT'S A COMIC BOOK/GRAPHIC NOVEL. Sorry for the caps, but a lot of the reviews seems shocked that it's an abridged comic/graphic novel format of the book. It's a comic. More pictures than words. A comic. That makes it a super quick read, and pretty fun. The description says it's an 80-page comic. This should come as no surprise!
2. There are some annoying editing/continuity problems in the book. There seem to be some problems with keeping numbering consistent with transactional flaws 5-10, and some of the other text seems to have proofing errors that shouldn't be too hard to catch in such a short work. Ultimately, this is not a condemnation of the book, but the sloppiness of the editing and proofreading process is disappointing, especially if one of the goals here is to make graphic novel format more widely accepted and not just for superheroes.
As others have noted, after reading this condensed overview, I will almost certainly be buying the original to get the full picture and context of the "20 flaws". If the message resonates with you, you will want to look at the unabridged original as well. If this quick read doesn't float your boat or ring your bell, it's probably and hour or less of your time, and there are some useful bits in here even if you're not a fan.
With that being said, I am quite happy I read the comics and not full blown book, because I might have not finished the latter.
The tips are good and straight forward. They follow common sense, and for the same reason the couple of comics pages per tip was more than sufficient.
The book is an eye opener to the obvious behaviours that are being neglected in our day to day life. I do pay more attention to how I interact with co-workers after reading it, and really believe that if followed and implemented, the rules can turn anyone into a better version of themselves (not only at work but also outside of the office).
I’m often asked what my favorite book is and this one always comes to mind. Give it a read and see for yourself.
Having picked it up recently for a thorough re-read (and being in a very different place in my career, business, and life!) I can tell you that this book is a profound piece of self-improvement.
For successful people who can't see their own obstacles (ie ALL of us!), this video review will show you exactly WHY Marshall's book deserves a place in YOUR executive library and why you'll dog-ear, post-it-note, and mark it up like a madman like I did.
-- David Newman, author of Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits, and Crush Your Competition