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If you're looking for tips or ways to actually be more productive or do things smarter, faster or better you're going to be disappointed. Too little substance and too much superfluous stories. Seriously it should be condensed down into the eight main ideas and then just go from there. Stories that drag on and on...you could just find these stories in any blog on high achievers or in biographies. Wouldn't recommend this book. Especially for the inflated kindle price. All of this and more can be found for free on the Internet.
I found that the book had a lot of anecdotes, but not many practical tips on how to be smarter, faster, better. I liked Charles' book titled: The Power of Habit, but unfortunately this book lacks the practicality I was expecting.
Too verbose - you have to wade through a ton of stories to get to anything that's useful. The author does not write in a clear and direct manner and keeps trying to impress the reader with his journalistic abilities. Unfortunately, not all of of us may have the time to appreciate this kind of writing.
The effort required to swim through all of the "bovine and equine effluents" in order to find a few valuable tidbits of actionable insight does not seem to be worth it.
The book has a subtitle - "The Secrets of Being Productive" ... maybe the real secret is to avoid reading these kinds of books.
A well researched and written book, EXCEPT it is not a book about improving your productivity at all. The author sets the premise up by referring to the accomplishments of Atul Gawande and asking why some people accomplish so much more than others. The rest of the book then meanders through one anecdote after another without even attempting to tie the anecdotes to the main premise he begins with. What a waste of time and money!
I wanted to be more productive, smarter, better. BUT this book is filled with "filler", stories and wasteful anecdotes. The "productivity" principles that it is supposed to teach it is lost and hidden in lots of lots of words. I am doing my best to "extract" the hidden gems but it is really annoying that the author just hides it away and wastes our time and make us less productive in doing so.
I REALLY wanted to like this book A LOT but unfortunately, all it did was bore me to death with endless stories (potatoes) and not enough secrets (meat) though I did finish this book in TWO WEEKS. (Under normal circumstances, I usually read a book a week).
If you're the type that is not into learning through story telling, this is not the book for you. There are so many other books out there for people like you and I. Maybe my one star review is because of the type of reader I am and maybe it is because it really is a 1-star book. In either case, you decide once you read it. Honestly though, there are SO many other great books, why not just skip this one and find another worthy read?
In closing, I'd also like to point out that he could have done a much better job of adding a better "how to use this book" by adding more to that section than to the boring a/b stories he told. His appendix section was only a few pages but the complex stories he told were all forgotten towards the end of the book. How do I go back unless I highlight everything? For a book such as this one, he should have dedicated at least 20-25 additional pages combined for all the chapters so that it can sink in but towards the end, all he leaves you with are theories and opinions. Disappointed indeed.