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My take-aways: Set aside a bit of money for going out for coffee, lunch, or flying to Boston for a meeting with interesting people. It's an investment in yourself. Talking about negativity bias "To keep our ancestors alive, Mother Nature evolved a brain tha My take-aways: Talking about negativity bias "To keep our ancestors alive, Mother Nature evolved a brain that routinely tricked them into making three mistakes: The result is that we are programmed to overestimate the risk in any given situation.
Excellent book to think about thinking. In any given situation, just ask yourself "is the worst-case scenario of this decision tolerable or intolerable? Don't conflate uncertainty with risk. Rank the projects you're involved in by risk, from most to least risky. Then think about the downside and upside possibilities. Where there is uncertainty are you mistakenly ascribing risk?
My goal is forever to be a work in progress, and to always be starting. View all 4 comments. Feb 10, Bojan Tunguz rated it it was ok. The basic premise of thesis book is the following: Thinking like an entrepreneur is not any more reserved just for the ultra-ambitious, well-funded Silicon Valley types; in order to succeed in today's job market everyone has to adopt many of the practices that successful entrepreneurs have been employing for decades.
This, in and of itself, seems like a great piece of advice.
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Unfortunately, this book f The basic premise of thesis book is the following: Unfortunately, this book falls far short of delivering on how to implement such an approach in most ordinarily career paths. I have for years in fact been adopting the kind of attitude that this book promotes: I've networked like crazy, created substantial online presence, tried to be in tune with the latest technological and professional trends, etc. However, in order to have a career, or even get a job, a lot more is required.
It is these other much more crucial steps that I was hoping to learn more about from reading this book. Its authors, Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, seemed to have exactly the kinds of credentials that would lend itself to revealing interesting and fact-based insights that are otherwise hard to find.
My expectations were particularly high since Hoffman is one of the cofounders of LinkedIn. I was hoping that we'd find out some interesting data culled from millions of LinkedIn job searches and professional connections. Unfortunately, all my expectations have fallen way short, and "The Start-up of You" is just another indistinguishable, fluffy career "advice" book, of which there are already way too many on the market.
The book is filled with motivational-speak, with an incessant deluge of phrases that sound meaningful and profound at least to some people , but are in fact quite vacuous "Once you catch curiosity, it is luckily hard to shake.
It is hard to figure out how these pieces of "advice" can in fact contribute to advancing anyone's career.
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Granted, the book is written with the greatest possible audience in mind, but even so it could have used a lot more concrete actionable advice. The only examples that are used in this book are those of people who have been very successful entrepreneurs. These kinds of examples are good motivational stories, but are almost useless to the millions of job seekers out there hoping to get their own career off the ground.
In the entire book there are virtually no attempts to show how the insights from the career paths of top-dog entrepreneurs translate into the concrete, actionable advice for the rest of us.
Furthermore, almost all of the examples and insights in this book are in one way or another linked with Silicon Valley. That is indeed a wonderful and exciting place, and I have been fortunate enough that I had spent many years working and studying over there. However, Silicon Valley is exceptional in many ways, and the insights gained there do not translate well to the rest of the country, and you are even worse off if you live overseas. Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial spirit has tricked down to the lower professional and social circles.
This, however, has not been the case with the rest of the world, and it's unlikely that it will happen any time soon. I still think that the entrepreneurial attitude is worthwhile having; just don't expect any dramatic impact on your career any time soon.
If you are in a tight situation right now when it comes to your career, then reading this book will be a near total waste of time. As already mentioned, it contains almost no concrete, actionable information. If you are relatively secure in your job and just want to gain a better perspective on managing your career, then this book might hold some overall value.
Even under such circumstances, though, the information you get will almost certainly be very abstract and not readily applicable to your career path. View 2 comments. Feb 27, Abeer Alamri rated it it was amazing. Feb 28, Kara rated it liked it. I make it a point not to take career advice from people who make money off of giving me career advice; however, I am thinking of living by example and making money off of people for giving them career advice.
But I wasn't looking for career advice from this book. Someone recommended it to me and thought it was something I'd like to read. I didn't get it at first.
I care little about advancing in my career, and I only need to make enough money to live my life. You know, just enough money to do th I make it a point not to take career advice from people who make money off of giving me career advice; however, I am thinking of living by example and making money off of people for giving them career advice. You know, just enough money to do the things I really want to do, such as traveling aimlessly around the country in a beat-up convertible; broadening my mind by learning new and exciting things; and creating a great civilization for my grandchildren to inherit.
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In other words, all the things I'm not doing while I'm writing technical documentation for a company that still codes in VB6. I don't do any these things because I am crippled by a fear of failure I developed whilst growing up in a depressed Rust Belt city, where failure surrounded all of us, squeezing us until we were suffocated of hope that things would work themselves out in the end. That fear has stuck to - perhaps even developed - my psyche, and it clings to me just like the stench of years of industrialization has clung to my hometown.
I am the old GM plant Hoffman discusses in this book, unwilling to take chances because I'm getting by well enough, and so ensconced in the idea that I'll be okay as long as I work hard and keep my head down that I've failed to notice that everything I've ever wanted out of my life is waving goodbye from the backseat of a convertible. Was some of the advice in this book generic and too idealistic? Not everyone has the same resources that Hoffman had; not everyone has parents who'll let them take up residence in their basement while they execute Big Plan A, B, and C, and some people begin their adult lives with no networking contacts other than drug abusers and alcoholics.
This is not a good book for people who are coming from nothing. They need support and aid that this book cannot offer them. But while reading this book, I realized that I do have a bigger network of people than I thought I did. Not a fail-safe net, but a bunch of people whom I've met through jobs or through social networking that may toss down a rope should I take a risk and fall into a pit - or even people who, if they don't have a rope available, can find someone else who has a rope to extend to me.
At the very least, there are people who'll let me crash on their couches for a couple of days while I seek out the unknown. I'm a social person, but it never occurred to me to ask anyone in my web of online and business contacts for advice or for a favor. I may not be as alone as I thought I was - what a comforting thought! I currently have no plan to use this book for, but I've had the good luck or was it foresight? And perhaps a midnight breakfast at Perkins with some of them for a night of banter and life talk will give me some ideas to start a plan.
View all 3 comments. Clare Herbert rated it really liked it May 08, What a waste of time this is. There is really no information that cannot be found in ? This is an extended commercial for LinkedIn which I use and really like for the record, but I don't need to read the infomercial. Also, some of the message seems to be "its who you know. By way of confession I will say I don't really like many business self-help books. I read t What a waste of time this is.
I read them because it is my business to help people grow their businesses. To be good at my job I need to share what I know, and what other successful professionals have learned.
I am always grateful for any new insights I can get from others. It is rare, no matter how little I like a book, that I feel I came away with nothing new. This is the case here though.
That said, if you like these sorts of books and read to get pumped up and inspired, you might like this. Mar 31, Robert rated it really liked it. Another great book on the power of networking. It is co-authored by the creator of Linkedin, which has surprisingly to many, been around for a lot longer that new comers like Facebook.
The book is primarily aimed at those people on the career treadmill looking to make a change, however the information provided is certainly applicable to anyone. This book addresses 'networking' as something you give before you receive.
It demonstrates how cultivating a wide and diverse network is what will not onl Another great book on the power of networking. It demonstrates how cultivating a wide and diverse network is what will not only support you through all phases of your career but also provide you that elusive opportunity that you never though would be attainable. The books shows you how to go about building and utilizing a network in an intelligent manner rather than merely collecting 'friends'.
Most importantly, it demonstrates that you need to not only nurture and build this network but you also need to contribute back to it if you plan to benefit.
Too many people and businesses scoff at the concept of 'effective' networking. They view it the old world thinking of 'schmoozing'. Nothing could be further from the truth in today's terms. Tools such as Linkedin and Facebook make the whole networking process so much easier but to be effective you still need to create a system to gain the most advantage. That is what this book will show you. The book is easy to read and very enjoyable.
It provides practical examples of effective networking as well as action point for you to take away and implement. There is little doubt that if you take this book to heart and implement even some of the suggestions it contains your chances or networking success are far greater. Take a leaf from the book of these authors who really know their subject and start implementing one of the most powerful success opportunities you have available today - business networking.
View 1 comment. I stopped writing reviews but this one is a life changer, either you're an employee, young entrepreneur or a business man, you should definetly read it, it's a lifetime experience in a capsule. By one of the most successful people in our generation.
An easy read with lots of good nuggets on self-development, properly using your network, and giving back. Probably my favourite book on career advice. Sep 23, Suzanne rated it really liked it. Other reviews provide a good summary of what's in the book so I'm just sharing some disparate things that stood out for me: It's about giving you a mindset that you need to adapt to the future.
In his true fashion of always thinking about how he can make an impact on the world, he says "More broadly, society flourishes when people think entrepreneurially.
More world problems would be solved - and solved faster - if people pract Other reviews provide a good summary of what's in the book so I'm just sharing some disparate things that stood out for me: More world problems would be solved - and solved faster - if people practice the values laid out in the pages ahead. This is a book about you, and it's also about improving the society around you.
That starts with each individual. They invested in Friendster together back in In , they bought the Six Degrees patent.
When Peter Thiel and Hoffman were set to put the first money into Facebook in , Hoffman suggested that Mark take half of his investment allocation! So, I loved it when the book revealed how it was created. The princes come upon some problems; at one point they are accused of thievery. Yet they exercise such impeccable judgment and insight In a letter to a friend, Walpole says "serendipitous" is how he refers to the accidental good fortune of the Serendip princes; they got lucky, to be sure, but they also acted sagely and wisely in turning unexpected setbacks into opportunities.
Winning the lottery is blind luck. Serendipity involves being alert to potential opportunity and acting on it. It's also helpful for people who need help shifting their mindset for how to deal with the realities of today's job market. As you would expect, there are a lot of references to LinkedIn, but they make sense in the context. What is particularly handy is the list of To Do items at the end of each chapter, divided into what to do in the next day, the next week and the next month.
There is a ton of excellent advice in this book. As it's a quick read, it's worth checking out as you're likely to come away with several actionable ideas or reminders of things you've been thinking about doing that are worth implementing immediately.
Jan 17, Juanmi rated it really liked it Shelves: Unfortunately cannot remember much after some months of reading it. Should write down my notes earlier: Today's environment is extremely dynamic and we should be adaptable and ready to change jobs multiple times. The solution for the authors is to think one's life and career a start-up, or more simply put, be pro-active, create an identity that goes beyond your current employer, Unfortunately cannot remember much after some months of reading it.
The solution for the authors is to think one's life and career a start-up, or more simply put, be pro-active, create an identity that goes beyond your current employer, and seek to fit the malleable markets.
The authors stress: Flexibility to change pivot! Key to create an identity is to build a a strong network, for new career opportunities and knowledge tapping. Within this, I found 3 ideas to be the most compelling ones: That is, sharpen your skills as an individual, and then expand your reach exponentially with your network.
You can heavily rely on them. On the other side, weak ties, though weaker in reliability, are the ones that can offer you many more opportunities, for example when you are thinking to change jobs. Weak ties are many and can bring you to different environments. Finally, the book ends each chapter with proposed practical exercises to improving your network. I haven't done these; will do soon and that's why I want to skim-read again the book. It's a book that is read very fast.
The ideas are simple yet to the point and with practical advice. When the former Executive VP of PayPal and co-founder of LinkedIn writes a book on networking and entrepreneurship, it's a good bet he knows what he's talking about and your time would be well spent reading it. His analogies and concrete examples of networking done well bring the strategic advice to life for the reader. The personal perspective on how networking between the former founders of PayPal influenced further career moves between the one time co-workers vividly painted a picture of mutua When the former Executive VP of PayPal and co-founder of LinkedIn writes a book on networking and entrepreneurship, it's a good bet he knows what he's talking about and your time would be well spent reading it.
The personal perspective on how networking between the former founders of PayPal influenced further career moves between the one time co-workers vividly painted a picture of mutual benefit and how to maintain connections. As a Ben Franklin enthusiast, I also enjoyed the reflection back to Benjamin Franklin's Junto, and how this early American networking group created benefits that reached far beyond personal gain to individual members.
Fortunately the repetitive section was not long and it soon resumed forward momentum. The online executive summary is a great way to review the main points and refresh one's memory after reading the book, while in now way does the summary convey the spirit of the full book. It is not a difficult read and it is well worth reading in its entirety. Jan 04, Kit Pang rated it it was amazing. This will be the book that I will be dedicating my time to in to 'invest in myself'. I found the knowledge in this book to be extremely useful, especially about entrepreneurship, relationship building and self-improvement.
My core takeaway: Permanent Beta: To always be starting 2. To forever be a work in progress.
Aug 20, Ichinkhorloo Khosbayar rated it liked it. Read the book in Mongolian language. Worth reading for those who start their career or in an ambiguous situation. One of the messages clearly delivered was 'get to network'. Possibly made a lot of sense and was way more useful when it was written.
It looks dated and some of the advice is table stakes these days. However, it still has interesting insights. Primary ones: Set aside money for coffee, lunch, or travel to meet interesting people. Do more things, new things. And inspect and adapt. Sep 11, Muhammad Arrabi rated it liked it. I thought I'd share few comments about it. The book is great for those who want to enter the "Business World": The book has some interesting stories about birth of "Web 2. For example: Mark created Zynga. Reid created LinkedIn.
This makes you feel that Silicon Valley is just so small. But it is very good for people about to enter this "business career" phase.
Mar 16, Maria Guzman rated it really liked it Shelves: This is "what" it is all about. The "how" is what makes this book a good reading material for career people who are clueless on why it is hard to get a dream job nowadays In the olden days, the only requirement to have a job security is to show up at work on time, work efficiently, go with the flow, be loyal, stay with the company for so many years and retire at