This is Gordon Ramsay's autobiography. The audio version is narrated by Gordon himself, which makes the book even more insightful and personal. What stood out to me the most was this. There were so many times that he left a good position at, or near, the top spot in a restaurant to go somewhere else to learn and develop his skills as a chef. He kept giving up his title, comfort, and pay in order to start at the bottom working under a new chef. He constantly pursued opportunities to work with the best chefs and at the best restaurants in the world.
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ou may know Joe Bastianich from watching him on television as a judge on Masterchef or as an investor on Restaurant Startup. His biography is both entertaining and interesting. If you like watching cooking shows, eating at fine dining restaurants, or have an interest in wine, I think you will enjoy this book.
Managing Oneself is succinct and packed with useful advice. My favorite insight is from chapter 4 which illustrates the differences between readers and listeners. Knowing whether you are a reader or a listener is a key to performing at your best. It also helps you interact with others by identifying if they are readers or listeners. It can be read in under an hour and I encourage you to buy a copy and read it for yourself.
My favorite part of the book is the Van Halen "no brown M&Ms" contract clause discussed in chapter 4. If you don't read anything else on the summary, I suggest reading my notes on chapter 4.
"If you’re ok with looking like everyone else, then the essence of this book will be lost on you." - Paul Akers
In 2019 I listened to Getting Things Done and it helped improve my productivity so much that I read it again in 2020. David Allen says "The implicit purpose of this book is urging you to operate from a higher level. To assist you in making your total life expression more fulfilling and better aligned with the big picture."
Greenlights is the biography of the first 50 years of Matthew McConaughey's life. He is a great storyteller and narrates the audio version himself, which makes it even better. Listening to the book feels like sitting in his home while he tells you his life story. There are many pearls of wisdom in his stories.
This is the second Malcolm Gladwell book I've read, the first was Talking to Strangers, and his writing style is one of my favorites.
This is an encouraging book about parenting. It has a lot of sound advice and is worth reading multiple times. My wife and I got to hear Dr. Meg Meeker speak in person at a Dave Ramsey SMART conference in 2019 and we've learned a lot from her. If you enjoy this, you may want to check out some of her other books on parenting.
A Mind for Numbers explores new ways of thinking about how you learn. It is written primarily for students. It has a lot of specific advice related to studying for homework, projects, and working with classmates.