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Let My People Go Surfing Audiobook

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman - Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual

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Publisher's Summary

In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard - legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc. - shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport's equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life - a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

With a preface to the second edition, introduction, and epilogue read by the author.

©2016 Yvon Chouinard (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    "An advocate for a simpler, healthier and more sustainable way of doing things"

    An inspirational manifesto for change in the way CEOs, investors, companies, and most importantly, people conduct themselves.

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    Big Rico Suave 05/01/2017
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    "The future of business"

    Thought provoking and insightful in equal measure, this is a rallying cry to business to challenge the convention of hierarchical, command and control consumer driven enterprise and pursue the creation of a new type of commercial organisation motivated by its purpose and it conscience rather than just money.

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  • Colin
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    03/10/16
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    "From the Heart"

    I have a lot of respect for Yvonne Chouinard. He lived an amazing life and was mindful the entire way. after listening I yearn to climb mountains, to work in such an amazing company as Patagonia, to start an organic farm, and to practice Civil Disobedience. To think about life and put your thoughts to action.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Colby
    04/11/16
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    "A great look at how business can be used for good"

    A great read that I would recommend to any and every business owner, or entrepreneur, that gives a damn about the world they operate in. It is both a good adventure in how Patagonia came to be and a insightful journey about the founder Yvon and his deep rooted values that shape the company. This book will force you to critically examine your business and the impacts that it has on the world as a whole. There are also some very insightful ideas that can be applied to any business that desires to operate in a more "sustainable" manner. Yvon is an inspiring figure whom makes no excuses when critically examining his own company and holding it accountable for any impact that it has, both positive and negative. Patagonia is a role model that all businesses should look to aspire to. Yvon and this book have definitely inspired me personally and I think it will for you as well if you give it a chance.

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  • Em
    02/11/16
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    "Must Read"

    A personal, yet totally relatable (and usable) manifesto on business, adventure, environment, and just being human. This book will help you see more clearly the right path forward in whatever it is you're doing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Lindberg
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    20/10/16
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    "Half and half not"

    The first half of this book was insightful, however the second half was too specific to clothing manufacturing or restatements of previous points.

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  • Michael
    16/10/16
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    "Excellent book!"

    Patagonia and Yvon Chouinard's stories are amazing. Unfortunately the narrator was a bit grating due to some small mispronunciation errors

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  • Logan Thomson-de Sa
    23/03/17
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    "50% business 50% rambling about the environment"

    There's a lot of really enlightening and inspiring information in this book about running both an environmentally and socially responsible business and how it can be beneficial to everybody in the long run, the business included.

    However, especially towards the end there is a whole lot of just ideas and thoughts about the importance of environmental sustainability and it starts to get repetitive and boring after a while especially if you bought the book expecting a crash course on socially responsible management.

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  • Steve
    22/03/17
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    "A must read"

    One of the most important books I've read. The next sports product I purchased was Patagonia.

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  • Ryan
    15/03/17
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    "One of the best audible books I've listened to. Inspiring and motivating"

    An incredibly educational and motivating book that is raw, straight to the point, and gets you to start seeing the world in a new and more meaningful way.

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  • Amazon Customer
    14/03/17
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    "inspirational story"

    truly well read, inspirational story about values, climbing and business. Enviromental issues have never been so important than here

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  • Photo Wiz
    09/03/17
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    "Loved It"

    This is such a great view on our consumption of just about anything and how we can understand the true cost of consuming.

    I highly recommend this book!
    MF

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