Book Review: Career Rocket – 101 Tips to Launch Yourself to Success

Chris Connors is back with another review. He has been out and about, super busy with work but found some time to read and review a business book.

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101 Tips to Launch Yourself to Success: Turn the bumpy road of “beginning” into a fast lane to your greatest aspiration (referred to as “Tips” in this review).

Unfortunately, the version of Tips I received was a mangled Mobi so sentences from previous paragraphs were inserted into unrelated paragraphs. A foreword was found at the end along with the Document Outline and a Table of Contents, both of which were the same thing. The Forward also seems like it was written by a different person in a different language, run through a translation program without checking the output, and then mobi-mangled.  It made it difficult to tell at times if the fractured sentences were due to the glitch or the author’s lack of familiarity with the English language.

E.g. “If you received or purchased a copy of this eBook from sources other than [us or [other sources], then that copy The license will be terminated without notice upon breach is a pirated. ”, and “Authentic copies of you shall delete copies of the eBook from your electronic

the eBook can be bought from [www.amazon.com/books].

devices and destroy paper copies of the in your control”. 

And I’m still not sure what the copyright notice was trying to tell me (see below) or the Authentic copies of me. It also seems like it was pasted in from another book. [irony sobs quietly in the corner].

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However, the rest of the book is relatively free from this mangled English. Tips covers some very basic material for people who haven’t yet started on their careers. When I worked with street youth who were in trouble with the law we taught them things like how to do your laundry, how to use a library, how to set up a bank account, how to write a cheque, etc. Tips contains advice that they would also find useful, but that older people would—or should—already know. Send a note of gratitude to your interviewers, keep it brief, polite; always take notes, apply your skills, be a team player, be approachable, etc.

There are also tips that some people who are well into their career don’t apply like, have a bedtime ritual so you can stick with a set bedtime; turn off your phone and computer before bed.

Overall, there are certainly some good tips in there that are, as the author states at the beginning, culled from many other career books and now brought into one place. The weakness from this culling though is that there are sparse details on how to implement these tips as he doesn’t source the books from which he took his ideas.

Example 1:  35. Don’t Settle for One Income has this: SECRET INSIGHT: Freelancing is a great way of supplementing your income if you are strapped for cash and strapped for time. Freelancers set their own schedules and work from home or even over weekends. Be just as dedicated to your freelancing gigs as you are to your day job. Your clients will pay well and even offer you extra jobs in you are hardworking and reliable”. Wonderful idea, but how do I start? If this was sourced the reader could go find more information in that book.

Example 2: SECRET INSIGHT in 45 Friendly First Impressions is “Try to learn everyone’s name”.

It would have been relatively simple to suggest going to the library to pick up a book on remembering names and other items. In addition to sourcing this he could say, for example, Too many people go into a meeting thinking I won’t be able to remember all those new names. They’re right, they won’t, because they’ve already admitted defeat—it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. So go in thinking “I’m going to learn at least three names”. Be sure to use the names in conversation to reinforce it in your own mind. People like to hear their own name; check your local library for books that will help you remember faces and names.

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Like all generic advice some of it will not apply to your situation, as the author also states. For example tip 73 is have a one page resume. That will depend upon the job. I have to write a 5-6 page resume for some jobs.

I personally didn’t find the book helpful. I have concerns about the sourcing in this book–If you’re going to compile advice from other self-help then document your sources so people can go to the source to obtain more information. Plus, you avoid the charge of plagiarism, a charge which is strengthened considerably by the Copyright mess. I’m also confused as to how a book this badly formatted was sent out for review as the butchered format is evident at quick glance. These issues undermine the author’s credibility as he’s not taking his own advice: e.g. Tip 23: Build Your Online Credibility, Tip 72 Observe Everything, and 81 Proofread Your Resume.

Overall, the book concept is solid. The implementation of the concept is flawed.

Book Rating: 1/5

You can find this book on Amazon.

Disclaimer: This was sent to us in e-book format to read and give an honest review.


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Book review: The Mark of Wu – Hidden Paths

Another book completed and added to the library. Another review to be read 🙂

I finished The Mark of Wu: Hidden Paths by Stephen M. Gray. The book was actually pretty good. Picture Mulan but the male character from that movie and instead of being G rated, it’s more of an R rating.

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I will post the synopsis in case you didn’t read my book highlight post.

Synopsis: Yuan, a State of Chu warrior, stands front and center on his chariot, reins in hand, holding at bay a spirited team of horses. He is anxious for a chance to unleash his rage on the invading Wu barbarians in the battle before him. His eyes fix enviously on a fellow soldier, a halberdier who extends his hooked weapon over the shoulder of an enemy who desperately sprints away from the charging chariot. Yuan knows the result before it happens. The wicked blade rips through flesh and muscle, and sinks into the enemy’s collar bone as screams echo off the Dabie Shan Mountains.

Yuan glances toward Field Marshall Wei Yue, thirsting for the order to charge into the fray. He needs this fight to restore his family’s honor. But on the march to battle, Chu’s brilliant General Yang Gai dies, and the less capable Wei Yue snatches control. Can the newly anointed Field Marshall rise to the challenge?

The Emperor has lost his grip on the feudal States, and brutal rivalries, both new and old, now rule. Individual States constantly collide, and noblemen must rise in power to overcome the crushing will of warring factions. Only two outcomes are possible – prevail or perish.

Yuan finds himself catapulted into the throes of treacherous enemies, not only on the battlefield but also at home. This superior warrior will need all his skill and cunning to stay alive.

So this book was an adventure packed thrill ride. I normally am not the biggest fan of history but this book turned China history lessons into intense action war scenes that made you want to know more about how and why the different clans were fighting and how they became these badass armies. I will say that there are some parts that over explained instead of getting to the point but this book is still worth reading. The storyline and characters make up for the over descriptive parts.

Now the characters were all very well rounded and the author gave you just the right amount of background for each to be a relevant part of the story. Prince Kuang and Yuan were my two favorite characters. They are adversaries and both possess the talent and strategy for war tactics.

One thing I did notice it’s that this book is kind of like Game of Thrones in the sense that you can’t keep any characters near and dear to your heart. The reason being is because at any minute they could be killed off. I don’t know how many times when I was reading this book that I would say, “hmm I really like this character” and then the next chapter they would get murdered or killed in some other way. Personally, I think this adds to the book and makes it more cinematic 😛

I would recommend this book if you want an intense action book with really cool fight scenes and smart battle strategists.

You can find the book on Amazon.

Book Rating: 4/5

Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author’s publishing company for an honest review. 

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