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Elena Williams

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Drag out the story, why don't you

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-2020

Stopping at the criticial point in every case study (before the end) and then going off in a different direction was frustrating. I learned from the content of this book, but this technique seemed completely self-indulgent or like the author is "playing" the reader. I hated it.

It doesn't lend itself to the audio book experience.

I've listened to both the Duhigg books here, and the content is fine but will be hesitant to do it to myself again. This book has left me feeling irritated.

Out of date and too much hype

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-2019

What a mistake to get this book in the late tweens. This ship has totally sailed and this book is out of date. I really regret getting it.

Further his agressive "ra-ra" hyped over-enthusiasm makes me feel a bit sick in this modern climate where there is overload of agro hype and his argument, while winning in SMEs has fundamentally lost among the tech behemoths (FAGA) who fundamentally don't care about their customers outside of numbers and really have no incentive to care anywhere near the level he expounds here.

I tend to get books that have 4.5+, this system has been letting me down lately which is why I'm giving it such a bad rating as there were no other low ratings that would have helped me understand that this is a waste of my time. I didn't realise this book was so old, I should have checked the year. Mistakes learned.

Not a mature work, definitely for young people

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-2019

First up, genuinely interested in the version of this book he writes once he's had children. Clearly this man has a lot of spare time, which none of the real adults I know has.

This book is slow and patronising if you already participate in productivity literature.

Heard a lot of positive things about Chris Bailey, but while this book wasn't necessarily a waste of time, it was twice as long as it needed to be for me. Some of his advice is nice but belabours a point and he talks about himself and his environment and what is on his desk, what he's looking at etc, to the point where it actually makes me angry, it's comes across as narcissistic which is an aspect of this genre that is unattractive, and actually kind of contradictory. Definitely comes across as being an arrogant young person himself.

If he keeps over-using the word "dots" I'm taking away some stars. Also I'm shocked he's referred to 10K hours but not the actual thesis of Eric Anderson, the actual researcher behind the concept.

The author annoyed me a lot, but actually OK

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-2019

The author's constant self-promotion and look-at-me-I'm-so-awesome that is interspersed throughout this book actually made me angry.

Around that though, I actually liked the material. The way he breaks things down is good and helpful and I'd actually recommend it with the above disclaimer.

Like so many books in the genre: I wish the author would resist the temptation to go on about themselves. Sure, you can write it to make yourself feel good, but then *edit it out* before print. I'm going to keep giving books that fall in to this trap bad reviews.

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I got nothing from this book

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-2019

I don't know why I bought it and wasted my time. I participate in many "networks" in a technical setting and am connected to many people throughout many networks and events, and maybe I was thinking I needed more structure in this loose but pleasant set of connections.

This book is about some activity I don't understand. It would feel insane for me to ask another technical professional who I consider in my network to be my "butt-kicker" or "cheerleader". I'd feel more comfortable asking them for cold, hard cash than "to be one of my special key 12 people of influence". I think they would also think I was insane. I would be embarrassed to discuss this material with anyone who I respect. Further, that this situation might exist isn't acknowledged in this book.

Lots of hype and super hero/villain names but I retained nothing, I learned nothing. Nothing here applies even vaguely to my social experience. I don't interact with people in a way that has any relation to whatever it is she's talking about.

All the very best to Janine, but I'm disappointed mainly in myself for wasting the time. Not the worst book I've been through, just irrelevant and for me personally tantamount to fiction. This just shouldn't be anywhere near technical non-fiction, that's for sure. I wanted to write this review because I was fooled by the positive ratings/reviews and wanted to spare others (in hindsight I should have ignored 12 of the top reviews as being biased).

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Beauty and Truth

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-2018

Most powerful man on earth in the proper literal sense. Actually killed people with his own hands, surrounded by extremes we can't imagine and as genuine an understanding of having meaningful power as anyone in history, yet so wise, so generous, so deep, so humble, so magnanimous. So great it's difficult to comprehend. A many repeat listen for anyone of substance.

What a douche

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-2018

Any additional comments?

This guy says in the book he gets people at his seminars to up-rate his books. Feel like I got conned in to buying and listening to this book. This guy's a total classic SALE!SALE!SALE! guy, if you want any kind of depth, avoid him.

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