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4.2 out of 5 stars

TOP 100 REVIEWERon 29 October 2013
Jocelyn Glei edited this volume to which she and 21 others contributed their "insights on making things happen," as did Scott Belsky, CEO of Behance, who also wrote the Foreword: "You're a Free Radical, Run with It." This is one of the first volumes in the 99U Box Series published by Amazon. Visit the 99U by Behance website and you will encounter this brief explanation: "For too long, the creative world has focused on idea generation at the expense of idea execution. As the legendary inventor Thomas Edison famously said, 'Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.' To truly make great ideas a reality, we must act, experiment, fail, adapt, and learn on a daily basis. 99U is Behance's effort to provide this "missing curriculum" for making ideas happen. Through our Webby Award-winning website, popular events, and bestselling books, we share pragmatic, action-oriented insights from leading researchers and visionary creatives. At 99U, we don't want to give you more ideas--we want to empower you to make good on the ones you've got." It was Edison who also said, "Vision without execution is hallucination." Darrell Royal's observation is even more volume to this book: "potential" means "you ain't done it yet."

The brief but insightful essays are divided within four sections: Creating Opportunities, Building Expertise, Cultivating Relationships, and Taking Risks. Each section also has a Q&A with a prominent knowledge leader:

o Robert Safian on Rediscovering Your Career, Constantly
o Joshua Foer on Learning to Live Outside Your Comfort Zone
o Sunny Bates on Networking in a Connection Economy
o Tina Seelig on Re-Engineering the Way We Think About Mistakes

These are among the dozens of explanations special interest and value to me, also listed to indicate the scope of the book's coverage. The prefix for each is "How to..."

Cultivate craft before passion, Cal Newport (Pages 27-32)
Make your own luck, Glei (53-58)
Find your own sweet spot, Belsky (63-67)
Focus on getting better, rather then being good, Heidi Grant Halvorson (75-81)
Develop mastery through deliberate practice, Tony Schwartz (85-90)
Note: Schwartz examines the breakthrough research of Anders Ericsson and associates at Florida State University
Reprogram daily habits, Scott Young (105-110)
Build resilient relationships, Michael Bungay Stanier (141-146)
Create a killer collaborative team, David Burkus (161-166)
Lead in a world of co-creation, Mark McGuinness (171-177)
Demystify the fear factor in failure, Michael Schwalbe (187-192)
Lean into uncertainty, Jonathan Fields (215-220)
Make purposeful bets in a random world, Frans Johansson (225-231)

As I hope these subject areas suggest, the shared objective of those who contributed the material provided in this volume is to help each reader understand -- insofar as unleashing and maximizing their potential are concerned -- what works, what doesn't...and why. They are determined to provide each reader with "insights on making ideas happen."

With regard to the term Free Radical, Belsky explains: "Free Radicals want to take their careers into their own hands and put the world to work for them. Free Radicals are resilient, self-reliant, and extremely potent. You'll find them working solo, in small teams, or within large companies. As the world changes [ever-faster and more disruptively], Free Radicals have re-imagined 'work' as we know it. No doubt we have lofty expectations."

For those who aspire to become a Free Radical, here is your manifesto and operations manual.
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on 10 June 2017
This is the second book from 99u I've bought. The previous one about managing your time was good and I got more out of it but I feel that this book and the points it makes need to go into much more detail to explain them fully and back it up with some more research. Each chapter is the length of a blog post and really this is all this book is, a collection of blog posts to try and make some money through a physical copy of them. I don't like how there's 16 empty pages and tons of pages with a single quote to make it seem bigger than it is. There's about 100 pages of real content, again emphasising that it would have been better suited to online posts.
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on 27 November 2014
This was a great book to read in a few 10-15m coffee breaks. It's really bite sized and easy to consume, and even if the content is somewhat common sense and stuff that has been said many times, it is still a great reminder and provides a couple of good nudges to those small things you need to keep reading and reminding yourself of.
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on 5 December 2013
I bought this after having read the first book in the series and have enjoyed this one just as much. Each essay is only two or three pages long so they can be crammed into a busy schedule when you have a couple of minutes downtime. As well as the essays there are also inspirational quotes throughout, and the design and presentation of the book is great too. Recommended.
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on 1 February 2018
OK but have seen most of these stories elsewhere, or similar, and not sure this format adds much.
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on 7 December 2014
Normally I loose interest half way through these type of books as they can become repetitive. I was very surprised, can only describe this book as brilliant. In fact I enjoyed reading every chapter and have started applying some principles to my every day. Thank you Jocelyn K. Glei for a excellent read.
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on 12 August 2016
Enjoyed the topics, themes and guidance in much of this book. It is certainly a valuable resource to anyone who is starting out, or thinking of starting out on their own.
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on 26 March 2016
Great advice from truly inspiring people. No matter if you're highly organised and focused or complete shambles when it comes to getting your work in order, they'll be something in this book for you.
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on 6 June 2016
Brand new. Very good quality. The book is highly motivational and helped me a lot with my everyday life
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on 3 September 2014
Overall a very interesting book, I definitely like the style and examples used. The Anders Eriksson section for me was the highlight...10,000 hours to become a master
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