Genius. This is one of the best impulse buys I've made in months. I actually bought this book last fall. I carry it around with me most days and indulge in it whenever I have a few minutes to spare. I last picked it up at the nail salon while getting a pedicure. It made for a delightful afternoon read.
I most appreciate Biz Stone's honest truth approach to writing this book. In a time when it can seem like everyone else's life is perfect except your own, it's refreshing to read honest stories about how someone really followed their gut, stumbled along the way, learned from their mistakes and grew enough to make it to a place that really makes them feel proud of their journey.
The road to success isn't instant. A lot of times the glimpses we get into the lives of others are the edited snapshots of their best times. I believe the moments we'll really find encouraging are the outtakes. The bits we don't think are great for sharing. Those are the gems. Those are the ones that build character. As I've been reading this book, I've been challenging myself to remain true to my journey. No matter how ugly it can be, it's still a part of the awesome journey I'm on.
In this book, Biz shares some great stories and advice about success, creativity, failure and corporate culture. Yep, he's dropping some major knowledge.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
" In order to succeed spectacularly, you must be ready to fail spectacularly."
"Just because someone has authority it doesn't mean they know better."
"If I could better accomplish the mutually agreed-upon goal through my own approach, wasn't it worth a shot?"
"Trust your instincts, know what you want and believe in your ability to achieve it."
This book gets two thumbs up and a venti vanilla latte from me. The personal stories are well worth reading even without the wise words that complete this book.