Thursday, February 24, 2011

What I'm Reading: Scott Gerber's "Never Get a 'Real' Job"

Here’s a brief overview of What I’m Reading:

Currently, I’m reading “Never Get a "Real" Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke” by Scott Gerber.  The title in and of itself got my attention, because that’s really my mantra these days, and while I can appreciate the effort that the author makes, I don’t appreciate his tone throughout the book.

I get that he feels the need “slap” Generation Yers into "doing the right thing", and getting out of their alleged “entitlement funk”, but the book is filled with language I would consider to be “unnecessarily rough”.  If it weren’t for the overall curt tone of the book, this would be an otherwise great read.

After the first chapter, I grew tired of Gerber trying to be all “in your face and tell it like it is”.  Yes, I appreciate a frank, honest, and forthright “tell it like it is” take on just about anything, but something about this one just rubs me the wrong way.  I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about this author and the way he presents himself, just makes me think of him as a twerp as he makes these admonishing and chastising statements every other page.

If it weren’t for these underlying factors, the book itself might be very helpful.  Plus, I’m sure there are some people who won’t take issue with the way that he speaks, so they may find the book wholeheartedly useful.

For me, Scott Gerber seems to talk a lot about how “old business books” and “old business experts” do things the “old way” based on some “1985 conception of business”, but at the same time, he makes it seem as if the new way of doing things is to be rude and a jerk!

Even if he’s got some great message towards the latter end of the book, I probably won’t get to it.  After a while, something about what he was saying just got annoying.

Finally, I find it funny that I had not heard about this book before, and I just happened to come across it, judged a book by its cover, and found it to not be what I expected.  I couldn’t help but point out the irony of that, given how often I hear “you can’t judge a book by its cover”, and how faithfully I believe that usually isn’t true!

If you ever happen to read this book, let me know what you think.  

Have a Blessed Day!

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