All tagged May 2016

Book Review: Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

I've been wanting to read one of Seth Godin's books for a while now. Since I didn't quite know where to start, I just checked Overdrive from my library. Linchpin was available, so I snagged it.

Let me start with two criticisms.

Consistently, I've read reviews that knock Godin's book for being repetitive. I would have to agree here. He browbeats every one of his main points.

That being said, I'm not certain if criticizing Godin exclusively for this repetition is entirely fair. The more non-fiction "self-help entrepreneurial productivity" books I read, the more I wonder if repetition is a curse of the genre rather than individual authors. As a teacher, I understand that restating the information in multiple ways helps students grasp concepts and internalize them. I'm going to err on Godin's side and make the assumption that his echoey writing style is merely meant to help a larger audience latch on to his ideas and make sense of them.

Book Review: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

While this book is a quick and fun read, my review will be spotty to remain spoiler-free.

The Plumb siblings have spent years watching their trust-fund grow into a small fortune available to each of them when they turn 40. Two brothers and two sisters have all spent beyond their means assuming that "The Nest" will solve their financial difficulties.

And then a drunken and high Leo, the oldest brother, gets into a car accident that changes the life of his passenger forever. Mother Plumb decides to rescue her boy and "The Nest" is almost completely obliterated.

Considering a Move to San Francisco? My Reflections One Year Later on Why I Fled the City of App...athy

While many people love living and working in San Francisco, I could not count myself amongst them. Sure, the city offers great cultural events to attend, phenomenal food to enjoy, and stunning architecture to appreciate.  

For me, though, the drawbacks of living there outweighed those urban perks. After about six months in San Francisco, I realized I had to get out. Luckily, after almost three years of living there, My Person felt the same way. 

There are numerous folks who will extoll the virtues of this city. This post is my perspective on why I had to leave the city of app...athy.  If you're unsure about whether or not San Francisco may be the city of your dreams, I hope you find the information here useful.