Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Last Arrow by Erwin Raphael McManus



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The best way for me to describe this book is to quote a line within the book.  “This book has one intention: that whether you win or lose, succeed or fail, live a life of celebrity or anonymity, that when you take your last breath, you will know without reservation that you have given everything you have, everything you are, to the life you have been entrusted with.”  What does all this mean?  The author dives deep into the subject of leaving your past where it belongs, far behind you.  His explains that moving forward and taking the chances and risks is what makes our lives worthwhile.  He provides examples from his own life and family, from the bible and provides other peoples personal experiences for comparison.  While at times the book appears to be rather redundant, it is done on purpose.  To learn many of us need to have the lessons repeated several times.  The authors method of doing this provides a positive method of grasping his overall lessons.  An interesting quick read.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.       

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business by Elaine Pofeldt



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This book contains many great stories and examples of success, the reader must take into consideration several things.  Funding of a business of any size can be a very difficult when you are just starting off.  The must concern what your tolerance for risk is.  Keeping mind new business failure rates are high.  What the books brings up many times is the key idea or the unique product that makes you stand out.  This is the most challenging topic the book talks about.  Being able to create a business you are passionate about yet there must be a demand for it otherwise it will not generate enough revenue to pay the bills.  One of the key points the book explains well is as you grow you need continue to learn and be a smarter business person.  This points to leverage consultants, sub-contractors or even shipping companies that can support an increase in volume without out you trying to do it all.  Diversification with a one-person business is critical to survival.  What I found the most useful part of the book was in a chapter called “Useful Resources”.  This chapter contained all the accounting, communication, community, co-working, customer relationships, marketing, funding, legal, shipping/delivery and website builder information you would needed to research and/or start a business.



I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Why We Don't Suck by Denis Leary



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Political humor is not lacking these days but most of what we get is censored.  Not any more, not being politically correct and swearing are all part of this book and if you have seen Denis Leary’s standup act you would understand the book would be half the size without it.  As excepted he goes after most of our political figures and inserts just enough logic to make us think after we stop laughing.  He tells several stories about being mistaken for someone else like Kevin Bacon, Willem Dafoe, Bryan Adams just to mention a few.  Mistaken not just by fans but other famous people.  He tells a few tales about being behind the scenes with some famous rock legends like the Rolling Stones, Rod Steward and David Bowie again just to name a few.  What’s left? Well him making fun of himself.  The stories are funny, touching and they show a sensitive side behind the funny man.  If you are looking for a good laugh, knowing that is hard to come by these days, then pick up this book and enjoy not being censored or politically correct for a while…even if it is only in your mind.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.