Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Use What You Have to Get What You Want: 100 Basic Ideas That Mean Business

Use What You Have to Get What You Want: 100 Basic Ideas That Mean BusinessUse What You Have to Get What You Want: 100 Basic Ideas That Mean Business by Jack Nadel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jack Nadel is a business man. Now, he wants to be everyone's mentor by way of book. He has sought to put into paper his business knowledge into some simple, yet, easy to read format. In his opinion, these are true and tried ideas that have aided him in business. There are 100 in total. Mr Nadel, the author, writes each of his simple ideas, expounds on the idea and then provides an example or anecdote. The format is very accessible and easy to read. The information provided is clear and easy to internalize.

The best way to read this book is over time. Take each day to absorb a few nudgets of information per day. That is the way I read this book over the period of one month. Each day, I would read 2-3 of the ideas and think about them.

A lot of the basic ideas in this book are rather obvious yet, they need some repeating for some people's sake. Some may argue that this book is overly simple. Yet, sometimes we need to get back to the basics.

My one beef with the book is that some explanations were contrary to the basic idea. For example, idea number 2, "Self Motivation is the key to success and will achieve powerful results." Well, this is simple enough. The issue is that his explanation expands on the idea of self-sufficiency and achieving power from within. He rebuffs depending on outside forces to gives us a better standard of living. Yet, his example is about how his therapist obtain another degree and was more helpful to him. That is, and external force, on which he depended on by his own admission). This seems contrary to the basic idea.

The book is a good and easy ready that I recommend reading over time.

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