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Get Things Done: What Stops Smart People Achieving More and How You Can Change Audio Download – Unabridged

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Common Sense.

The only person this book is likely to help is the author. Helping him to get richer.

It's an over-wordy rehash of the work pioneered by others with a bit of a spin on.

There are five (5) diagrams/illustrations/photos in this book - The photo is the author.

How does this book speak to the visual learner? It doesn't. Quoting others, putting his spin on the quote and its significance and speaking of his personal experiences is not the answer. 209 pages is too long.

I've been looking for a guide to help me focus on what I want for the future and this book does not have it.

If you want to be successful, there is no substitute for hard work. Seriously. I'm not talking about gruelling physical labour, I'm talking about good honest to goodness effort. The internet is a vast repository of knowledge that will help you in your research.

Set yourself realistic goals. Learn to take smaller steps to reach the greater heights. No one expects you to leap to the top of a tall building in one bound but there's no reason why you cannot take several trips in the lifts to get to the top.

The main problem I see in people is that they set goals that are too far outside their reach and time-scale. They are selfish for that promotion, that advancement and they forget their peers. They treat people with contempt. They want it now, with minimum effort and little cost. It's the celebrity culture.

If you want a better job, a brighter prospect, a rosier future, then you must be prepared to work for it. Only then will you appreciate the sacrifices you have made and the sacrifices others have made to put you where you end up.

If you start things and then lose interest, you need to take a look at your life.
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The book is split into 4 parts as follows:
1. The Unproductive Mind
2. Tools and Resources
3. Get Things Done
4. Other People
I enjoyed part one and found it interesting and helpful. The author speaks of his personal experiences in ways I could relate to and appreciate. He expressed himself and his own insights and ideas well based on his own experiences. The remaining 3 parts of the book however, felt as though they'd been written by a different person. The personal stories and insights disappeared and were replaced by vague summaries of a variety of self-help texts and 'guru' ideas pieced together in a complex and generally unhelpful way. By the end I felt as though I'd read very short summaries of fifteen or sixteen self-help books and would have been better off purchasing a couple of them and fully digesting their ideas.
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By Pardo VINE VOICE on 22 May 2014
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I'm sorry, I really wanted to like this book but I found it quite irritatingly predictable and light weight. Stories of the author's under achievement and success, a bit of passing psychology, you get the picture. It's not terrible, I've seen worse, but it didn't do much for me I'm afraid. The author is a bit too present for me.
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This book is clearly written, does not waste words, re-states the blindingly obvious to all of us who continue NOT to do the blindingly obvious in ways that made me want to GET THINGS DONE. So thank you Robert Kelsey for writing it - it's already making me infinitely more productive. Of course, it's easy to review such a book in terms of it being light weight or 'obvious' or 'uneven' which several other reviewers have done. I donl't notice any of them offering tips that aren't covered in the book! Sure Kelsey goes over old ground - but he does it wonderfully well and persuasively, he is pragmatic and realistic and he expects us to take three steps forward and then fall steps back, and is honest. So for me this is a really great and inspiring text deserving of the 5 stars I've given it.
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By Stephen Green TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 April 2014
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Plenty of authors have written about getting things done and most offer strategies and mind attitudes. Robert Kelsey however offers more of a philosophy than most, interweaved around his personal and seemingly as yet ongoing personal challenges and harsh self- criticism.
Kelsey is a devastatingly good writer. He doesn't ramble or fudge. He weighs and deploys words carefully and powerfully. The best example I found was his take on visualisation. Visualisation is a common subject in many self- help books and some books written from an evidence-based standpoint, see it as the comfort zone of dreamers and fantasists rather than doers. In a bracket within a sentence on page 195, he demonstrates how both viewpoints can be right.
This is a powerful and deep book which is outstandingly researched. As well as referencing important writers in the wider self- help genre, Kelsey deploys a great skill of embellishing and honing their strategies "with a few thoughts" of his own. He quotes original sources rather than adopties and popularisers of quotes. So he quotes the lesser known German originator, rather than the American General who popularised the concept that plans do not survive the very start of military engagement. Of course he is at pains to say that this does not mean that you don't make plans but that you adapt and remain flexible once in progress.
The book hugely rewards dipping in again once read as the book is so densely packed with powerful and concisely expressed content, that the first read doesn't reveal the overall depth.
So why have I only given the book a four, when on occasions I have given lesser books a five.
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