After starting the lengthy-titled book "How to Be a Complete and Utter Failure in Life, Work & Everything: 44 1/2 Steps to Lasting Underachievement", I had to comment...
So far, I have failed to finish your book this morning due to pressing interruptions in business that are causing me great succstress.
I had the need to make a suggestion: "Whether neh accepts the advice, is completely up to ner."
The words "neh" and "ner" refer to he/she and him/her respectively. I started the words with the letter "n" to refer to "nobody in particular".
I saw that you Trademarked "self-unimprovement guide". In the same respect of unwillingness to share great ideas, I now trademark "neh" and "ner" and "succstress" and grant you the right to use these words if they refer to me as the author in respective context. ;D
Raymond Chen's book titled "The Old New Thing" is the realization of a web blog in print. Parts of the book can be enjoyed by anyone who has dealt with the evolution of the Microsoft Windows operating system and inevitably asked the question "Why?" Why does Windows look like it does? Why are those seemingly quirky things about Windows the way they are?
I finished three books on CD in January; Good to Great, Managing the Dynamics of Change, and Built to Change. I listened to the "Change" CDs first only to hear the author in "Good to Great" scold companies for focusing so much on change management. It was a refreshing reminder how we all get caught up in a single method of management and fail to swim upstream or even question why we're swimming in the stream we're in. However, dealing with change effectively in a business is vital to success. Quite honestly, the books all cover common sense topics, but most of us don't take the time to sit and actually think through some common sense. So, once again, I am recommending that at least read "Good to Great" to take some personal time and get some thinking in the realm of "back to basics".
|I bought this book with a Barnes & Noble bookstore gift card after my birthday almost three weeks ago and couldn't be happier. I have been on the 12-week program for 15 days now and I am loving it! I sprinted between the covers trying to get started before the New Year simply because I didn't want it to be just another resolution. Hah! Well, it worked.|
|I started on the beginner's workouts, despite having been in-and-out of the gym all of my life to make certain that I build a foundation before shocking my muscles into a possible injury that would kill my plan immediately. I have been logging each workout (three workouts a week on the beginner plan). I am walking for about 30 minutes during my afternoons every day at work to increase my energy and burn a few extra calories. I am keeping my metabolism roaring by eating proper portions of healthy foods every 2.5-3 hours. Most of all, I am really liking the variety in the workouts and the fun I am having. There is a lot of truth in being mentally ready to really give your fitness plan a solid comittment and my mind is there! I have been celebrating tiny "workout anniversaries" and yesterday was my 2-week party; NO PARTY FOOD INVOLVED! Today's log has the word "YEAH!" next to each set, since I felt particularly satisfied with the weight and repetitions I accomplished. My enthusiasm has increased so much that I am signing up for a 5K run in February. (*I have avoided competition since my major accident at collegiate nationals and the major follow-up rollerblading accident almost 8 years ago! SO PATHETICALLY SAD!!!) Regardless, I'm not exactly doing triathlons again, but running is a "step" in the right direction. I'll be hard-pressed to pull a 7:15 minute mile average, but that is looking like my goal. I have a lot of fitness books and, if your struggling and want to lose weight, tone-up, and/or build muscle mass, I recommend you buy this one!|
|Outstanding! In 2002, I had attempted to read the original "Gang of Four" design patterns book and found myself quickly confused. To my shagrin, I proceeded to ignore the topic since, until I ran into Microsoft's .NET Enterprise Library, which talked about "patterns and practices". I knew the advancement of my career in computing largely depended on my understanding of this topic as well as fundamental computing algorithms (which I never took in college). So, I picked this design patterns book written for C# programmers up in my local Barnes & Noble bookstore. Wow! Crystal clear! Certainly, I had to re-read a few sections to make them stick, but I quickly bought the eBook version of it and began pouring over the content. After finishing the book, I knew I had to make the topic stick to my brain, so I jotted some notes, summarizing the patterns as best served my memory. If you want to learn design patterns, this may be the book for you! I suppose now I'll have to get back in the bookstore and try out the original "GoF" book again...|
|I cheated a little on this one... My work offers a free lending library of resources, including this audio CD set. Now that I have to commute to work, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity! I quickly realized that I retain much less from an audio book than paper. The same holds true with eBooks. I definately appreciate saving the trees, but the benefits of highlighting and in-context note-taking are valuable. Obviously it is difficult to take notes while driving and listening, so I simply used my rewind button whenever I had difficulty understanding a statement or found myself distracted from the points.|
Much like the The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the concepts here should be basic to you. But, the excellent use of role-play examples were invaluable in explaining them. The authors reiterated their basic lessons throughout, which really helped solidify my understanding of how to approach, execute, and follow-up on confrontations in my life. Again, planning, listening, being open and flexible and honest, etc. are all fundamental to the author's approach on this topic. What really helped me were the reviews of particularly difficult confrontations; for example confronting your own boss or working through an issue with your spouse or children. Learning how to truly put effort into understanding the other person's perspective and making the only assumption that the other person could have a perfectly rational, reasonable perspective behind their side. In fact, the 7 Habits covered this through the example of the Young Woman/Old Woman illusion, by explaining that two people can see something completely differently and still be right. This is important in many aspects of our life, including crucial confrontations.
|I had finished 80% of this book nearly 4 years ago and it has vexed me ever since. Well, I finally made it my one-and-only book to read for nearly a week and made it through. For those fast readers out there, do not fear, I am a technical reader and I take my time and am a paragraph philosopher, reviewing every declaration in my mind. For the slower readers, the book is a smooth read and you shouldn't have any problem; just keep at it! There is already a great deal of content surrounding this book's success, so I will not bore you with something you can read elsewhere. My main point in reviewing the book is this: plan, prioritize, be open and flexible, and constantly learn new things. Yes, most of us know these principles by heart and they lay festering in every bad decision we make or event we encounter. But, they are a reality that doesn't dissappear! No, you don't need to read a book to know you need to do them. But, why are they a problem? For most of us, we struggle with motivation behind these principles. Reading the book helps you take time to tell your brain "this is important" and help redirect your current life's patterns toward a better path; as do most meditations on value-based strategies for life. Put the time aside to read the book and, more important than the solutions that Mr. Covey provides, think through how you can stream-line your life to be more effective toward your own personal mission in life. This single, all-encompassing purpose will be a life-long struggle to define, but it's ultimately the only guiding factor we have, so write it down, review it, and stick to the plan as best you can!|
|An oldy, but a goody. This book was originally published as two separate volumes; "How to Make a Habit of Succeeding" in 1966 and "How to Win With High Self-Esteem" in 1994. In the volumes, the author, Mack Douglas, pulls the reader back to traditional values. Although the book holds strong connections with "Christian values" and even quotes the Bible, the lessons taught are invaluable to everyone, regardless of their religion. You should always read critically anyways... The time spent reading this book was incredibly valuable and I highly recommend a trip back to "traditional success". Barnes & Noble Books republished the 400 page beast.|
|Incredible! Excel has a lot of quirks and you can crash it pretty easily and quickly. The combination of this book and places like Mr. Excel were invaluable. Though, I still ended up learning things that didn't seem to be documented... anywhere.|
|Started out great and then it started puking out worthless code for pages and pages and pages. I wanted a book with content! The book started sucking right at Chapter 5 "Basics of Web Architecture" (out of 15 chapters!). Once I had downloaded the source code and saw what the author was discussing in Chapters 1-4, I was good to go. Thanks for wasting page-flipping time.|
Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson teamed up back in the 80's to bring us a timeless management classic, "The One Minute Manager". This is an incredibly simple book that compresses some important management techniques into less than 100 pages of large-print content. My suggestion: Definately read the book, but read it at the bookstore (it will take about a minute) and then consider buying it for someone else.
I finished the book Foundations of AJAX by Apress today at lunch and I am at a loss. I thought I had an AJAX book in my hands and with respect to the authors, they did float around the topic through the entire book. Now, to be completely fair, I am very "worn out" by technology advancements in the past couple of years, so I am probably quick on the trigger...
|This book was tedious!!! Although the book's insight into data modeling and design, including system configuration and performance optimizations rounded out my personal profile as a SQL Server DBA, the ~550 pages of content were like trudging through mud to find something of value. You shouldn't walk away from this review thinking "oh, the book sucked then", because it did not. However, I am certain there are others out there that will suit your needs better. Besides, SQL Server 2005 is out and will soon be the database of choice, especially with regard to the Express versions that will be shipped with applications. I had not read an official SQL Server book other than strictly programming in SQL and ADO, so this book was an excellent tutor. Now, what next?|
|Great for beginners or old codger pros, though the pros might want to simply read it at the bookstore like I did. This book got me quickly acquainted with new features in the 2.0 and allowed me to skim over older features. Theming/skinning, personalization, new providers, built-in site navigation controls, new authorization controls, etc.|