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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't give up the day job, 13 Jun 2009
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Work smarter, live smarter, start your own business. This book is about all these, but there are just too many things getting in the way.

There are too many rambling anecdotes. Real life stories (if true) about how people have applied the author's ideas in practice can be helpful, but they should be there to illustrate the content, not to pad it out.

Many of the suggestions about how to research the potential market for an idea or product are good - the principle being to tune your product to the market before you start selling. Unfortunately, Ferris has failed to take his own advice. This book is written for an American market with no concession to a UK or European readership. Most of the advice and information is explicitly American and is either irrelevant or seems designed to get you a starring role on "Watchdog" quicker than you could say "Advertising Standards Authority".

As with any book of this kind, most readers will find one or two useful tips, but, for my money, there are too few nuggets and too much dross. Don't give up the day job.
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Initial post: 17 Aug 2009 12:53:05 BDT
Cupid Stunt says:
I completely agree.

The author wrote this book in the same way that he claims to live his life and that has proven that his methods are not sound. I suspect he laughed up his sleeve while doing so though so the joke is on us.

Posted on 28 Jul 2010 19:02:04 BDT
X. F. says:
I agree too. I thought the way he told the anecdote about how he won the Chinese kickboxing championship by spotting two loopholes in the rules summed it up for me. The only interesting point in the book is fairly obvious - the world is changing fast and it is possible now to live in ways that were inconceivable when our teachers were growing up, so think before you just follow the way of life you were taught, there are better ways available. Unfortunately his way just isn't very interesting. In fact, it's even more empty than the lifestyles of the people he mocks for not seeing it his way.

Posted on 4 Jan 2011 13:00:19 GMT
Re. his chinese boxing crown. If you see his Youtube movies it is obvious he is a considerable martial arts expert. He is very misleading because he implies anyone could win that championship. That is nonsense. If he was honest he'd say: "I'm already a martial arts champion however to win this particular event I noted/exploited that by simply removing my opponent from the fight area I could win". However this is still misleading because in most bouts a combatant leaving the fight area would incur a penalty against them. And you can't just push them out without experience or you'd end up with broken bones.
The entire book is totally misleading. Check his youtube movie where he shows us how to crack an egg! JP.
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