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The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything ... Fast
The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything ... Fast
by Josh Kaufman
Edition: Paperback

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The difficult second album, 10 July 2013
Similar to other reviewers I am a big fan of Josh ,his website and first book 'The personal MBA' are first class. This is a much tougher topic and on balance I think he's done a great job. As has been pointed out by others, the actual method is not new and takes little explanation - I think they are missing the point though. Knowing and doing are miles apart. Recognising this Josh has concentrated the core message up front for skimmers (a tactic recommended in PMBA, which comes with a hefty recommended reading list), focusing the rest of the book on testimonials which inspire both action and dedication. In short, the book is structured to suit the kind of people who will actually put this technique into action, rather than as a page turner for self help junkies who never actually apply their knowledge. It's a rapid skill acquisition text book and a very good one at that. Don't just buy it to read - buy it to do.


Living the 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More
Living the 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mehhh!, 10 July 2013
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Koch overstates by some margin what wasn't much of a case to start with. I get it I just don't think it is nearly as life changing as the author would have you believe. Worth buying if you lack the ability to apply knowledge but a waste of money for most people.


I Will Teach You To Be Rich: No guilt, no excuses - just a 6-week programme that works
I Will Teach You To Be Rich: No guilt, no excuses - just a 6-week programme that works
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You need this book - yeah you, 10 July 2013
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Just buy this book, follow Ramit's advice and get smarter with money. You might also mange to avoid the rather curious retributions he might otherwise decide to inflict on you. Ramit Sethi sent me about a hundred emails before I finally bought his book. I wish I'd bought it after the first one. Practical steps, easily explained by a quirky and engaging author. Will improve your life.


Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
Price: £5.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rational and sober explanation of events which might otherwise seem miraculous, 10 July 2013
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Provides accessible insight and great clarity without the need for grandiose language or overly complex analogies. Gladwell states his case with style and grace. Both informative and entertaining - worth the money.


The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Mind Manual, 10 Jun. 2012
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Dr Steve Peters is the psychiatrist who works with Great Britain's track cycling stars, Sky Procycling and the reigning snooker world champion - Ronnie O'Sullivan. He previously worked with patients in a high security mental hospital. He is a renowned expert on the function and malfunction of the human brain.

In this very accessible manual he explains, in easy to grasp language, how our brains work and how this manifests itself in attitudes and behaviors. The central structure relies on the dichotomy between the 'human' or rational brain and the 'chimp' brain. The workings and wanderings of each are laid out within the framework of a mental solar system. The reader takes a guided tour of this system while Dr Peters outlines the contrasting human and chimp approaches to each planet and it's circling moons. The purpose is to learn how to exercise then manage the chimp, ensuring the human retains control of both thoughts and actions. Forget brain training for the nintendo - this is chimp boxing for the homo sapiens 1.0.

While the planetary theme feels a bit new age at times, it is impossible to fault the knowledge Dr Peters hopes to impart. Like all the classics of the much maligned 'self help' genre, the book takes a common sense approach to improving common practice. Every chapter provides a well written overview of often complex issues - written for an educated layman and backed up by common sense suggestions. It's a book you'll want on kindle so you can take it everywhere you go. The skimmers among you will really appreciate the key points picked out at the end of each section. You should be able to confidently pretend you've read the whole thing - unless questioned by someone who has.

In my opinion The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, by Dr Stephen R Covey is the most comprehensive and implementable self help manual ever committed to print. I like it so much I went to the European headquarters of Franklin Covey to gain accreditation to teach the habits. The highest praise I can give Dr Peters' book is that it is as implementable as Dr Covey's but much easier to read.

If you want to know why you think and act the way you do and use that knowledge to inform your actions -buy, read, understand and use this wonderful book.


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