Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Review: The Start-up of You

The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your CareerThe Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I will divide my review for this book into two parts. One to project what the author conveys and two- to show how this book is different from others.

In our part of the world, we are starting to move from the get a job mentality to start a company and thankfully so. The way we look at the entrepreneurs and people employed by the bigger organizations is completely different. Obviously, not everyone can start a company. Then does it mean that the entrepreneur mentality should be borne by only those few people starting a company? This is where this book fits in.

The author goes on to essay that there is no clear line of distinction between the two sides. The author suggests that entrepreneurship is something pretty central to whatever one does. The author shows how the concepts of entrepreneurship apply to regular jobs.

Moving to the second point of how this book is different- the first thing that I try to find when I come across a book is if it will impact my thinking in some way. Frankly, not many do that. This book, if you follow the exercises definitely does that. Go ahead, read the chapters one by one and follow the exercises. You will see the point behind linkedin and other social networks. You will know how to use first, second and other degrees of connection. Your network will grow and you will learn to use your network in the right way and much more. A must read for everyone!

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