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Ollie Chapman

Malvern UK
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  • Black Box Thinking

  • The Surprising Truth About Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,068
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,614
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,595

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about learning from mistakes

  • By Kenny Marshall on 09-10-16

Thought provoking

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Reviewed: 12-10-18

Extremely interesting book with brilliant takeaways on how to learn from failure to develop better results in everything you do.

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  • Ego Is the Enemy

  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For the self-critical reader, this is a gem.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-16

Tough if you have an ego

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Reviewed: 31-08-16

This book is great. I know my ego can run me and push me into working for the wrong things in life that ultimately give me little to no satisfaction, I think Ryan highlights how aware of our eye we must be to avoid it becoming our downfall.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Power of Now

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was sceptical

  • By Mr. Jm Bird on 25-05-11

Potentially life changing

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Reviewed: 07-05-16

Although I am not religious and found some of the referring to religious texts somewhat awkward. I cannot argue with the overall teachings and philosophy contained within this book.

As Eckhart says we really do have nothing except the now and if we can embrace that everything in life changes and only gets better.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Entrepreneur Revolution

  • How to Develop Your Enterpreneurial Mindset and Start a Business That Works
  • By: Daniel Priestley
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

The world is embarking on a new age: the age of the entrepreneur, the agile small business owner, the flexible innovator. The days of the industrial age are over. It’s time to break free from the industrial revolution mind-set, quit working so hard, follow your dream and make a fortune along the way. The slow dinosaurs of the industrial age are being outpaced by fast-moving start-ups, ambitious small businesses, and technological innovators. Entrepreneur Revolution is a master-class in gaining an entrepreneurial mind-set, showing you how to change the way you think, the way you network, and the way you make a living.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Kev Partner on 25-07-14
  • Entrepreneur Revolution
  • How to Develop Your Enterpreneurial Mindset and Start a Business That Works
  • By: Daniel Priestley
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready

The next level

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Reviewed: 07-04-16

I own a small business and it is developing, but this book has some incredible gold nuggets that will help me push the business to the next level such as learning to share my philosophy, which I think really is one of the keys to developing a successful business.

I'll certainly be listening to this book again.

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  • The Antidote

  • Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
  • By: Oliver Burkeman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Burkeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

In this fascinating new book which he narrates himself, Oliver Burkeman argues that "positive thinking" and relentless optimism aren't the solution to the happiness dilemma, but part of the problem. And that there is, in fact, an alternative path to contentment and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid - uncertainty, insecurity, pessimism, and failure. Thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is a celebration of the power of negative thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Antidote just another path to the truth

  • By Mark on 11-01-13

Thought provoking

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Reviewed: 11-03-16

A very interesting book with a lot to offer. I've read quite a few books on positive psychology and goal setting and I've always found they promise a lot, yet never deliver it.

This book really challenges a lot of self help guru information and doesn't pretend to be the holy grail of success, instead it actually helps you question that notion altogether and opens up the idea that uncertainty and not knowing the future and if something will work is a huge and important part of life.

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  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,326
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,943
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,903

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Ollie Chapman on 22-09-15

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 22-09-15

I haven't enjoyed this book, I've loved it. I highly recommend it, Brene Brown is brilliant and possibly my new favourite Author, researcher on living life to the fullest. I've laughed endless times and been teary eyed from how close to home much of this information has been for me.

The book finishes with a quote by Theodore Roosevelt called "the man in the arena" it is my favourite of all time and this book epitomises it. Show up, put yourself out there, dare greatly, and know win or lose at least you tried and lived with authenticity, rather than sat on the fence of life and played it safe never experiencing what life truly has to offer.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful