Mr. A. Oliver

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Really interesting and much better towards the end

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Reviewed: 06-05-19

I had heard David Goggins on a few podcasts, but I found them a bit boring to be honest. The same old 'push yourself never give up' military stuff. I thought I'd give the audiobook a go just because it had decent reviews. The first chapter introduces a kind of podcast/interview/book hybrid idea, which turned me off a bit. I wasn't massively enjoying the story until around an hour in, it started to pick up. Then it started to get better and better. David's human side comes out and his story becomes amazing. The reader and interviewer (Adam I think his name is) does a decent job of steering the conversation, too.

The end is really good as well. It isn't a book that just repeats what you've heard before. It's very motivating and inspiring. I'm a fan of the big DG after this :)

Useful but repetitive and light on substance

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Reviewed: 09-10-18

I really wanted to love this book and so went into it with an open heart. But I found the information quite minimal, repetitious and a little scattered in it's organisation. It's like collated research around several main points, of which there are sub-points that the author has found interesting. But you cannot get away from the academic nature of the author and therefore the slight feeling of drawing on his academic authority as a means of asserting his ideas. There is not enough real world application for me.

I felt like this could easily be boiled down into a long blog post on these main areas. This would make sense in the broader scope of the book, as it is about not wasting time and being focused on quality work. So I'd rather read a concise, well researched blog post than listen to hours and hours of repetition of similar topics.

If you have read a few things and done some of your own research on or around 'deep work' you do not need to read this book, but it may be interesting to you. I would say knowing that the human brain has a limit to daily focus until it needs a recharge and a break is the most useful point I took away from this, and now try to make sure I work on 3 hours of focused work first thing, then do the 'shallow work' later on in the day. If this helps me then my free credit was worth it! But not quite as much of a bombshell as I expected...just common sense.

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