A self-help book that concisely addresses the personal qualities one needs for success.




A tech-related guide to approaching change with an open mind.

In this debut self-help book, Kenyeres, an entrepreneur and “digital lifestyle coach,” doesn’t focus on technology itself but on his readers’ relationships to new devices as they adapt them to their lives. Instead of offering specific advice regarding hardware and software, he guides readers through a series of exercises designed to increase their confidence, self-awareness, and senses of purpose—broad concepts that can also be applied to their use of technology. Early on, he lays out his theory of “mind-sets”: “I believe that each person is born with a programmable global positioning system (GPS). While some people learn to program theirs to take them directly to Successville, others inadvertently choose a more roundabout route, which may or may not get them there at all.” He then details seven specific adjustments that readers can undertake in order to change those attitudes; the first, for example, is “to think of failure as different degrees of success.” Overcoming fear and uncertainty, while maintaining a positive attitude toward different types of change, is at the core of the book’s approach. Each chapter features exercises that lead readers through the process, such as, “Identify the gaps between the ‘what is’ and the ‘what will be’ in your life.” Although the book is short, its brevity is a strength, as Kenyeres largely avoids the types of anecdotes and platitudes that fill other books in the genre. This isn’t a work that will teach readers the tricks of the iPhone 6 or how to install WordPress, but it will provide them with a more holistic approach to ongoing learning and self-improvement. Even without the technical details, Kenyeres makes good use of his years of experience as a corporate trainer, as he presents a framework for advancement on a broad scale. Some readers may want to look elsewhere for more technology-specific advice, but others will find value in this guide to understanding purpose and embracing change.

A self-help book that concisely addresses the personal qualities one needs for success.

Pub Date: Sept. 30, 2014

ISBN: 978-1483418889

Page Count: 80

Publisher: Lulu

Review Posted Online: March 13, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2015

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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