Book Reviews

I love reading. You’ll find here reviews and notes of some of the books I’ve read. (Check here for a complete list of books.)

The One Thing: The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results, by Gary Keller

Buy from Amazon Gary Keller proposes a framework for achieving extraordinary results in work and in life in general. The author’s premise is that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus, or more precisely, by focusing on the One Thing. [Achievers] have an eye for the essential. They pause just long enough to decide what matters and then allow what matters to drive their day. Read more...
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Turning Pro, by Steven Pressfield

Buy from Amazon Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield is a book about the passage from the amateur life to a professional practice, written from the point of view of the author’s personal experiences and struggles. It centers around concepts like self-doubt, fear, resistance, how the amateur faces them, and how she must face them to become a professional. From the book: “The difference lies in the way the professional acts in the face of fear. Read more...
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Book review: Influencing Virtual Teams by Hassan Osman

Buy from Amazon Hassan Osman has been managing virtual teams for a living for over ten years. In Influencing Virtual Teams, he shares his experience in the form of 17 tactics. The value of these tactics lies not on their novelty, but in that they have been successfully applied over the years to real projects. Although the book is titled “Influencing Virtual Teams”, the tactics on this book can be also applied successfuly to local teams. Read more...
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Book: The 7 Day Startup. You Don’t Learn Until You Launch by Dan Norris

Buy from Amazon Dan Norris is a entrepreneur with an obsession for content marketing. He spent fourteen years launching several businesses and trying to make them profitable. But none of his startups survived. He failed every time. His current company, WP Curve, is profitable and growing over 10% month after month. It is one of the world’s fastest growing WordPress support company. What changed? What did he do different? Read more...
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The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, by Daniel H. Pink

Buy from Amazon The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need, by Daniel H. Pink and illustrator Rob Ten Pas. This manga-style novel offers concrete, no-nonsense career advice for young professionals. Johnny Bunko is doing what everybody –parents, teachers, counselors– told him to do. He got good grades at college. He found a promising job at a corporation, where he now works long hours. He tries to do his best. Read more...