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The author knew Steve Jobs personally over many years, being a close confidante to Steve. This book details Jobs’ working style, and offers practical methods to implement his style into your own career or organization. Always imbuing an extreme sense of passion into a product, focusing on seemingly unimportant details, and creating a group of pirates instead of corporate stooges, is a recipe for success directly stemming from Jobs’ personality.
“Steve is in a class by himself.”
People capable of overcoming unexpected change and difficult situations do not do so simply out of luck. Something unique about their mental attitude helps them remain resilient in the face of turbulent situations. The psychological makeup of these people is analyzed, offering a manual detailing how those who already possess a baseline of strong mental health can use their innate traits to reach even higher levels of resiliency.
“Resilient people are those who consciously decide that somehow, some way, they will do the very best they can to survive, cope, and make things turn out well.”
With technology, we can do things faster than ever before and we can now multitask effortlessly. But have you considered how multitasking affects your brainpower? Have you considered how seeking shortcuts can make your life easier and more enjoyable? This book analyzes the power of speed and how it can be actively and effectively wielded to improve your life. Instead of denying it, speed can be made to work for, not against, you, opening you up to countless possibilities which had previously remained disguised.
“We are willing to make dramatic sacrifices to achieve greater speed because today our society pulses with new priorities and new demands.”
General Douglas MacArthur is one of the most honored commanders in American history. Though his career is primarily defined by his military service during World War II, his ability to lead the US Army can be applied to leaders of all types. No Substitute for Victory discusses the different roles MacArthur held in the military and his leadership skills and techniques. This summary will reiterate 3 fundamental components of long-term leadership: (1) values, (2) vision, and (3) proficiency. It will also provide techniques to hone these components. Achieving the leadership excellence exemplified by MacArthur will lead to organizational triumphs.
This book describes very specific methodologies to declutter your life, resulting in a streamlined, organized workspace both physically and mentally. It lays out precisely how to handle clutter by organizing things into lists such as “Someday Items” or “Action Reminders”. The systems described here are meant to clear up all the “open loops” in your mind that are weighing you down. Closing these open loops will allow you to be free to focus on what truly matters.
“Can we really use this information in ways that allow us to produce what we want to happen with less effort? The answer is a resounding yes.”