Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Legend by Eric Blehm

We read, watch movies and pretend to be super heroes, but we are looking for heroes in the wrong place.  Legend is a novel about a real person, fact based story and the moral and ethics we all hope our children learn.  I have read several of the author’s books and I am pleased to see he did a masterful job at capturing the real Roy Benavidez story.  The book provides Roy’s childhood, losing both parents and being raised by other family members.  A t a very early age he learns about helping others and the family values that would guide him the rest of his life.   While his career in the military had, many difficulties he would always strive to fulfill his dream about being in the Special Forces.  After a serious injury that would have left most people mentally and physically disabled Roy kept going.  He overcame many physically limitations and is accepted as a Green Beret.   After being station in Vietnam he finds out a mission has gone bad and they need help extracting the men. Roy volunteers to help.  His efforts are inspiring and altruistic.  This proves we have real heroes around us.  We need to read more about this type of hero and less about a guy in a cape wearing leotards.   If you enjoy history, this book will captivate you.
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review of the book.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Better and Faster by Jeremy Gutsche

 While the overall concept of the book is interesting, the reality is few of us are in the position to
make these kinds of business decisions. Many of us might work for a big brands or large corporations but the bottom line is if you are not at a senior management level, no one cares what your ideas are. On the other side if you own your own business or are looking to do a startup company then this book has a lot to offer. While the book is full of stories of success and failure, I lost interest quickly and skimmed the book to find out that at the back of each chapter contains the majority of what you might be looking for. The author covers business topics like convergence, divergence, cyclicality, redirections, reduction and acceleration. Toward the end of the book, the author does an overview of several industries like fashion, technology, retail, broadcast and media, food, etc. The overall theme is change is inevitable, unless you embrace change, your success in business will be limited or nonexistent.
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review of the book.