A genial business guru redefines success.

TWELVE AND A HALF

LEVERAGING THE EMOTIONAL INGREDIENTS NECESSARY FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS

A successful entrepreneur shows us how to be better at business and life.

Vaynerchuk draws on his experiences, successes, and mistakes to offer uplifting advice about leadership and happiness. “Leaning into your humanity,” he writes, “is the actual strength that will help you survive and flourish.” He identifies 12 traits that feed into that strength: “gratitude, self-awareness, accountability, optimism, empathy, kindness, tenacity, curiosity, patience, conviction, humility, and ambition.” For him—and, he suspects, for most people—there is likely to be a trait that still needs to be developed: in his case, “kind candor,” which makes up the “one-half” in the book’s title. Vaynerchuk divides his guide into three parts. In the first, he expounds on each of the 12 traits, defining them and showing how they are connected to one another; the second part describes how the traits work together in real-life scenarios; and the third part offers exercises to put the ideas into practice. The author underscores the need for self-awareness, which, he writes, “has a close relationship with self-love and self-acceptance,” including recognition of one’s shortcomings. Although he acknowledges the importance of trying to strengthen weaknesses, he also suggests “navigating around them” when necessary. Cultivating optimism, he advises, is “wildly practical,” as well as being a “teammate” of gratitude and tenacity. Among the scenarios the author presents are dealing with negative feedback from a supervisor, facing the possible failure of a venture, weighing parenting responsibilities against starting up a business, admitting to mental health concerns and need for self-care, and being thrust into a management position unexpectedly. Exercises encourage readers to reflect personally on the traits; for example, talking with optimistic people to find out what keeps them feeling that way; doing random acts of kindness; and setting out on a “curiosity mission” to learn something new. This book presents little that Vaynerchuk devotees won’t already know, but it’s an amiable trek for fellow strivers.

A genial business guru redefines success.

Pub Date: Nov. 16, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-06-267468-5

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Harper Business

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2021

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A satisfyingly heartfelt tribute to a thoroughly remarkable man.

A WILD IDEA

Investigative reporter Franklin recounts the life of the free-spirited millionaire entrepreneur who used his fabulous wealth in the fight to save nature.

One constant in the epic life of North Face founder Doug Tompkins (1943-2015) was his enduring love of the outdoors. The son of a successful antiques dealer, he grew up in the countryside of Millbrook, New York (Timothy Leary was a neighbor), where he cultivated his love of the natural world. His contrarian ways eventually led to his expulsion from high school just weeks before graduation. Tompkins headed West, where he baled hay in Montana, raced Olympic skiers in the Rockies, and took up rock climbing in California. He also “hitchhiked by airplane throughout South America.” Tompkins ended up in San Francisco, where, by the mid-1960s, the skiing and climbing supplies business he started with the help of Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard suddenly began to boom. He was a charismatic businessman, and every one of his ventures after that—from his wife’s Plain Jane dress company to his own Esprit clothing brand—was successful. But his Midas touch never changed his passion for travel and adventure—e.g., flying his Cessna, sometimes with his family, but often, to the detriment of his marriage, solo. In the early 1990s, Tompkins bought property in southern Chile and fell in love with its pristine beauty. His outrage over the resource extraction–based nature of the Chilean government’s policies fueled his desire to protect the land. In the years that followed, he became an outspoken, sometimes reviled conservationist dedicated to using his fortune to transform thousands of acres of Patagonia into national parks. The great strengths of this timely, well-researched book lie not just in the author’s detailed characterization of Tompkins’ complex personality, but also in the celebration of his singularly dynamic crusade to save the environment.

A satisfyingly heartfelt tribute to a thoroughly remarkable man.

Pub Date: Aug. 10, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-06-296412-0

Page Count: 336

Publisher: HarperOne

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2021

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BEATING THE STREET

More uncommonly sensible investment guidance from a master of the game. Drawing on his experience at Fidelity's Magellan Fund, a high- profile vehicle he quit at age 46 in 1990 after a spectacularly successful 13-year tenure as managing director, Lynch (One Up on Wall Street, 1988) makes a strong case for common stocks over bonds, CDs, or other forms of debt. In breezy, anecdotal fashion, the author also encourages individuals to go it alone in the market rather than to bank on money managers whose performance seldom justifies their generous compensation. With the caveat that there's as much art as science to picking issues with upside potential, Lynch commends legwork and observation. ``Spending more time at the mall,'' he argues, invariably is a better way to unearth appreciation candidates than relying on technical, timing, or other costly divining services prized by professionals. The author provides detailed briefings on how he researches industries, special situations, and mutual funds. Particularly instructive are his candid discussions of where he went wrong as well as right in his search for undervalued securities. Throughout the genial text, Lynch offers wry, on-target advisories under the rubric of ``Peter's Principles.'' Commenting on the profits that have accrued to those acquiring shares in enterprises privatized by the British government, he notes: ``Whatever the Queen is selling, buy it.'' In praise of corporate parsimony, the author suggests that, ``all else being equal, invest in the company with the fewest photos in the annual report.'' Another bull's-eye for a consummate pro, with appeal for market veterans and rookies alike. (Charts and tabular material— not seen.)

Pub Date: March 1, 1993

ISBN: 0-671-75915-9

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1993

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