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Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Berkun
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This definitive best-of collection of one of the web’s best young writers is packed with provocations and entertainments, guaranteed to make you think and smile. You’ll learn to find passion, think free, manage time, pay attention and more. Fast paced, inspiring and memorable, you'll find new ideas and inspirations on every page.

Essays include:

- How to be a free thinker
- The Cult of busy
- Why smart people defend bad ideas
- Street smarts vs. Book smarts
- Hating vs. loving
- Why the world is a mess
- How to make a difference


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 387 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 196 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Berkun Media, LLC (21. Oktober 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0062F5QO2
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #182.593 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must read for non free thinker 25. Oktober 2013
Von Harmlezz
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
This book is all about looking at most things from a different standpoint, revealing some valuable truth. Even so most of the content was not totally new for me, it is still very good to read it in such a condensed way and to remember what I sometimes already forgot to care about.

If you love to reflect about common knowledge and question it, this book is for you, providing nice new insights. Grab a copy!
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First - The author
Scott Berkun is a smart former Microsoft employee. Being asked about his most treasured possession he says “My mind - it's the only thing that will always be only mine”. This answer isn’t surprising when you are aware that (before he participated on the development of the Internet Explorer at Microsoft) he studied Logic at the University of … . And his answer is quite credible; who would consider leaving the biggest software company in the world? A company which produced the most number of millionaires a company have ever had? Leaving this company in order to earn money as a freelance author and speaker in the future? So obviously he is not money centered but mind focused and that makes his books outstanding. There is a young writer who wants to contribute a remarkable bunch of recipes, brain hacks, or just thoughts mainly not to create revenue in publishing, not to evangelize anybody, not to publish the next uncountable guidebooks of life advices, but only with the origin intention of sharing. Sharing elaborate thoughts about questions coming up to the modern enlightened citizen day by day.

Second - The content
The book is a collection of loosely coupled essays structured in 3 “mindfire” parts called Gasoline (combustible material), Sparks (needed for Flammability), Fire (result of Gasoline which meets Sparks). In these essays he proves things like the very well-known secret “Why busy doesn’t mean important?” or he gives advices like “Why you must decide if you want to lead or to follow?” and even with a wink “How to convince anyone of anything?”.

In summary there are 30 essays like these. Some of them are original and were new to me, others are very well known but not less valuable to read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Worth reading 1. Januar 2012
Von Rommie
I bought this book as I have been reading Mr. Berkun's work online for quite some time. It is a collection of essays which you may also find on the web, but still in that traditional form it presents a better tool for you as you may (without much ado) get back to its better parts whenever you want. Ideas touched in those essays are, for some, obvious, for some groundbreaking. I find them refreshing and I am grateful for a list of further reading contained there. I liked it and I bet you will to - it is simply written and concise. I have finished it in a day, but I will think about ideas it touched for much longer.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen An OK book, but falls below expectations 16. September 2012
Von Wanderer - Veröffentlicht auf
Scott Berkun self-published this work rather than going through a publisher, claiming in his forward that he did this not out of dislike of his regular publishers, but rather because he planned to publish later works that "no sane publisher would touch." Unfortunately, Berkun failed to note that Mind Fire was in fact one of those books that no sane publisher would support.

I'll be upfront and state that I am a part-time fan of some of Scott's other works. I took a few gems from his disjoint and highly unorganized first edition of his project management book and I generally liked his second offering, his probably best recognized book on the Myths of Innovation. That said, not everything he writes is good, and some of it genuinely has the feel that it was written for the sake of writing something about a subject, rather to express truly new ideas or inspiring thought. You can find many of examples of this in Mind Fire, even though it is purportedly plucked from some of his best blog postings of recent years.

If you read his blog and check his site, you will see that he offers himself up with a paragraph stating, essentially, "You pick the topic and I give a high energy talk about it..." or some such. This is exactly the kind of thing I'm calling him out for in his writing, because I believe that's exactly what's going on, writing for the sake of it, not because of a passionate interest in the topic or having a genuinely new contribution to existing knowledge or understanding of it. This kind of writing looks and feels like what you expect when you assign an essay topic to students, rather than letting them write about what they wish, namely that you get people running up the page and word count, but not really saying anything new or meaningful. There's no real passion, no substance. It's a somewhat stark irony that in a book entitled "Mind Fire", you have a collection of essays in which a good share of them have a distinct lack of fire.

Is there some good stuff in here? You bet. Worth the cover price (or digital) price? Probably not, especially when all the content is available freely on his blog. Berkun claims heavier editing and polishing was done on these entries, but I found typos in several places, so I doubt it was scrutinized to the degree he claims, which is unfortunate. I also wish there had at least been some original content here, something exclusive to the book perhaps, but there's nothing of the sort.

In the interest of keeping this review brief, I'm going to close by saying that this book disappointed me, not just because of the quality of some of the content but also because of the ridiculous claims that this was self published as a trial run in self publishing, rather than the obvious fact that no real publisher would have touched it. The fact that Berkun is a published author and couldn't get his own people to push this one out should have been a huge red flag and I unfortunately ignored it. Yes, there are a few gems in here, but if you're a follower of his blog, you've already seen them. I don't see any reason to purchase the book if you're a long time fan, but new readers might get a smidgen of value from it, hence giving it 2 stars rather than 1.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Provocative and focused collection of essays 4. November 2011
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This is the most provocative book I've read in months. The ideas contained in the essays are persuasive and it's a fun, well focused read. Ideally, I'd like the book to be longer than 30 relatively short essays (hence 4 stars, not 5) but the quality bar is super-high and everything is well written in Scott's energetic and personal style, and a does a great job of making you take a step back and think/reflect. The essays are short enough that even if one of them isn't your thing, you're pretty quickly on to the next one.

To give examples of essays they include topics like "How to give and receive criticism", which describes how criticism isn't just about your own views and a perspective and a single correct answer, but also about thinking how different people will interpret the thing that's being criticized. Many of the essays tend to be motivational such as "The surprise inspiration of death" or "How to be passionate".

As the author discloses, the essays in this book can also be found on his blog, but either because of the editorial work that's gone into the book or because of simply reading it on my Kindle rather than a webpage I found it a much more engaging experience than hunting around on the web.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. If you're into the writing style of Malcom Gladwell or Michael Lewis then it's a reasonable bet that you'll enjoy this, and it's sufficiently short and focused that it's a very easy book to get through.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Un-put-downable!! 7. November 2011
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Just finished reading the free ebook (the author offered a free download from his site for a limited period). I haven't read any of his other titles, nor his blogs. But this book was so interesting that I read it in a single sitting. Many times during the book I found myself mentally agreeing with him, specifically when he talks about the role of effort in innovation, or the fact that innovation is really a combination of other innovations that preceded it, or the distinction between "work creative" and "personal creative". It also contains very useful gems such as how to offer criticism and how to take it, and many other things to improve the quality of one's life at both work and personal life. The writing is fast-paced, witty and from the heart. If you are in a field that requires innovation, this book has many useful insights that you can use right now.

Thank you, Scott Berkun, for compiling your essays into this great book, and offering it free (otherwise I would never have read it and never known what I was missing). I plan on reading your other books as well now.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Scott Berkun Can't Actually Say That, Can He? 25. Januar 2012
Von James Fruchterman - Veröffentlicht auf
What's unusual about this book is the incredible directness of the author's ideas. Reading most books, you need to work to translate the author's text into your internal voice. Scott Berkun in this book manages the art of speaking directly into my brain: no need to work hard to translate what he means: it's crystal clear.

Example: the opening line of "How to Detect Bull****" is: "Everyone lies: it's just a question of how, when, and why."

That's not to say these essays don't make your brain work. The author is mostly tackling tough issues, and rips away the veneer and the nice stories we tell ourselves to rapidly get to the core of the issue. These are ideas you can use, if you're willing to go along and break your normal patterns. And, these essays are short enough that you can go back and reread them. Yes, he really did say that. Hmmm, interesting!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Smart, Kind of Pretentious, Not Very Useful 22. August 2012
Von Aaron U. Bolin - Veröffentlicht auf
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Mindfire makes a big title promise - big ideas for curious minds. In my opinion, Scott Berkun falls far short of that promise. A better title would have been: Very Well-Written Essays by Someone Who is Smart and Pretentious.

In all fairness, Scott Berkun has talent. He writes very well and has a very good explanatory style. With a different subject, I imagine that he would be absolutely brilliant.

However, the only thing he explains in this volume is how he is smarter than everyone else. The first few essays are cute; the style is a little refreshing. The second few essays start to be irritating; this guy really thinks he is brilliant. By the 10th essay, I was bored - with only 20 more to read.

My biggest disappointment with this book was that it wasn't at all useful. The idea behind reading BIG IDEAS is that they will be useful. These ideas were not exactly big and were not at all useful. Well, not unless you wanted to worship at the altar of Berkun's intellect.

I'd recommend watching this author (he's a good writer), but I don't recommend this book.
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