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The Good -
The main concepts of the book are sound and time proven, and it has some interesting and novel ideas. Moreover, the book has good recommendations of must read works.
The Bad -
What was meant to be an entertaining fictional side plot, in the fashion of The Goal or The Max Strategy, doesn't work. It ends up being both corny and archaic. Basically, the main character of the book is a 20 something trying to save the large conglomerate which employs him. Give me a break. The vast majority of my peers including myself (in that age group) could care less about the slow and large, uncaring bureaucracies we work for. If anything we're dreaming up of escape plans to start our own businesses. Throughout the book I just kept wondering whether Steve was a complete moron or whether the story took place in my parents' time.
A related flaw is how the book's concepts are delivered. Hearing the mentor character, Zhiao, ?give lessons? is akin to listening to Bill Cosby's or Grandpa Simpson's random rambling for hours. It's very difficult to differentiate the useless/nonsensical crap from the great/important pieces of data, Zhiao keeps jumping from here and there. Sadly I could go on and on about how horrible the plot and side dialogue are... ex "What kind of fish do you think you are? I am a light fish." - enough said.
Unless you have spare money or time ? read Slywotsky's other books to get to the meat of his ideas. This is largely a waste of time.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Excellent Read. And worth listening to over (and over). I wonder if Slywotzky gets a cut of the incremental revenue on the additional books he recommends? Oh, he wrote a couple of them himself...
Worth while all the more since it looks like he definitely practices what he preaches. I will be looking for the 'homework' reading list titles on Audible.
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