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Forget 20--This is the kind of stuff I wish I knew now... Tina is doing us all a big favor by giving us a roadmap to life! --Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Alltop and author of Reality Check

Seelig . . . presents a thoughtful, concise set of observations for those making the unsteady transition to adulthood. While the majority of her advice is intended for would-be entrepreneurs, her accessible lessons should come in handy for those in any field, as well as those still trying to decide on a field. Culled from her personal experience as an entrepreneur and teacher, as well as the stories of entrepreneurs and students she knows, Seelig avoids (and at times dissects) cliché and provides informative discussion throughout. --Publishers Weekly

It's almost impossible to read the first line of Tina Seelig s book What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World and not grab pen and paper to jot down a river of pent-up ideas and possibilities . . . Filled with ideas to stimulate entrepreneurship and help individuals and groups achieve goals, the book is partly a teacher/student manual of ideas and partly a collection of inspirational anecdotes by those who've struggled -- and achieved -- great things in the business world . A galvanizing document, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 gives us -- more than anything else -- permission to develop our dreams. --Santa Cruz Sentinel

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Major life transitions such as leaving the protected environment of school or starting a new career can be daunting. It is scary to face a wall of choices, knowing that no one is going to tell us if we make the right decision. There is no clearly delineated path or recipe for success. Even figuring out how and where to start can be a challenge.
As head of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Tina Seelig s job is to guide her students as they make the difficult transition from the academic environment to the professional world-providing tangible skills and insights that will last a lifetime. Seelig is an entrepreneur, neuroscientist, and wildly popular professor and in What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 she shares with us what she offers her students -provocative stories, inspiring advice, and a big dose of humility and humor.

These pages are filled with incredible examples, from the classroom to the boardroom, of individuals defying expectations, challenging assumptions, and achieving unprecedented success. Seelig throws out the old rules and provides a new model for reaching our potential. We discover how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible; that we don t have to be right all the time; and that most problems are remarkable opportunities in disguise.

Part Maria Shriver s Just Who Will You Be and part Randy Pausch s The Last Lecture, this book is for everyone looking to make their mark in the world.

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  • Broché: 208 pages
  • Editeur : HarperOne; Édition : International (19 octobre 2010)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0062047418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062047410
  • Dimensions du produit: 14 x 1,3 x 21 cm
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Ce livre très positif explique comment profiter des opportunités qui s'offrent à nous quotidiennement et comment ne pas traverser la vie avec des oeillères... Les principes sont simples mais efficaces. Exemples pas toujours pertinents mais le message reste clair et encourageant pour ceux qui rêvent de changer de vie mais pensent que c est impossible.... Lecture utile et rafraichissante.
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Can't Wait to Innovate! 17 avril 2009
Par Jai Won Rhi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Reorient your brain and body to creativity and innovation!
This book will make you want to become an innovator so bad.

I'm a 20-year-old Stanford sophomore who learned what Tina wished she had known when she was 20.

As a freshman, I took her class "Creativity & Innovation," mainly offered for graduate students. When, on the first day, Tina said "Creativity can be learned," I was skeptical. I simply thought her class would be no different from typical college classes with competitive individuals, problem sets, and grade curves.

The class was given the first assignment to come up with the best and the worst business ideas. My teammates and I were enthusiastic about developing fantastic ideas and scribbled total nonsense for the bad ideas when the time was running out.

I was baffled, however, when Tina ripped up all sheets of paper with the good ideas and gave us the bad idea submitted by another team. The idea was "selling used hypodermic needles." We laughed out loud at how terrible it was until three seconds later when we all turned silent and questioned, "Wait, is this really the worst idea?" We ended up coming up with a really clever plan that involved selling used needles to doctors who need small tissue and blood samples for their experiments. We even felt as if we could start selling used needles right away! Besides learning that it is always worthwhile to question our assumptions, my classmates and I were no longer competitors but awesome business partners!

Tina taught us that there are no bad ideas and how to redefine problems in different ways. In following assignments we got to redesign the cover for a large national magazine (and they even used our idea!); I got to try on a 3-carat diamond ring in a private salon at Tiffany's as part of a study on consumer experiences; and we set up the entire frozen yogurt shop into the classroom as part a class project on innovative companies.

Unlike other books of the sort, Tina's book avoids ambiguous principles embellished with fancy words but rather suggests ready-to-go strategies that you can implement in your daily life right away. Furthermore, she gives you good examples, that stimulate you and give you the nerve for action. You will end up being an active "doer" after reading this book. (For instance, I employed her methods to reinvent my messy closet!)

I'm truly happy that now the whole world can share her insights on creativity and innovation. Her book is a "crash" course, yet a very thorough, inspirational guide on how to change yourself and the world! I hope you all share the special excitement that I had while learning from her. Although I love the title, as you read this book you will see that it is never too late and there's no time to hesitate to become innovative.
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Needs to be shrunk to a 20-page brochure 14 juin 2013
Par Ghost(Ghost(M)) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
- Watery book, especially the first seven chapters.

- Signal-to-noise ratio low.

- Good pointers in chapter 8, though somewhat loosely written, unclear.

- The remaining two chapters of the book not w/o substance but very diluted with verbiage.

- Many touching PC examples of amazing do-gooderism, suitably "diversified" and multi-culti. Feels legendary, fairy-tale-like (e.g., graduating w/ a PhD from Yale, dropping everything, buying one-way ticket to Afghanistan (yep), decamping there with no specific plans or anyone waiting for you, all of it with the goal to help poor Afghan people. Well... in reality that would end up with being blown up on IED and having one's head cut off by local mujahideen there, preceded by a gang rape in case of a female. But hey, that's an advice book, right? So, OK, another do-gooder s'en va-t-en guerre, or at least such is the tale -- fine, PC content requirement satisfied; moving on. Btw, this brings to mind Emerson's "thy love abroad is spite at home" -- why not save on plane tickets and commit all do-gooderisms in your favourite friendly neighborhood trailer park located but a stone throw away from your posh and tony gated community of care-filled do-gooders so concerned about "disenfranchised" and so excellently "progressive"? S'pose doesn't sound as majical and good overall. Maybe something else. Who knows. Annoying histrionics and probably not true.

- Written OK, though obviously with the goal in mind of fattening an article into a book.

- Many references to BS "advice" books by dudes like Randy Commissaire or this lifelong Californian hack with an over-inflated Apple past whose name I forget (kinda like motorcycle). Resting one's argument on known BS mongers' oeuvre doesn't inspire confidence -- and indeed, in most cases it's rather gratuitous and inconvincing.

- No typos.

- Usage errors present but not overwhelming. Still strange for a highly educated person (PhD in neuroscience and a Stanford professor) from a comfortable family background to write: "... Steve Jobs. As the founder of Apple and Pixar, his success stories are legendary" (p. 87), or "As a job candidate, your goal is to find out if the job your are exploring is right for you." (p.154) . No major harm but grates on the ear; irksome. The book's published by Harper, btw., which is a major publisher. Where's editing? Well, all right, we know these days all they do is hire a few fake reviews of five-star denomination in lieu of working on the book so as to produce a clean product.

- Final thought (not a criticism): there's a bit of conflict in this book's intent: the information there would be most effective if known at a young age (title is good), but a young person will probably miss most of the advice because of the lack of life experience. It's a paradox: the target reader will probably be deaf to the advice herein, while a grizzled old veteran will be able to appreciate the ideas but doesn't need to learn them 'cause once you're past thirty you'll probably have figured it out yourself. Still, who knows, worth trying: worst case, it'll be in one ear and out the other -- so what, no harm's done. Maybe something will stick? Who's to say. Once again, this is not a criticism; more like realisation of one of the absurd aspects of the human condition (we live forward but understand life backward... can't remember who said that (wasn't me, I'm quoting) but this is what I'm talking about).

Bottomline: would pull four stars if stripped of babbling and shrunk to 20 pages. Writing acceptable though editorial intervention would sharpen and focus the text (and clean up the usage). Not a must read, but OK -- not a must-avoid either. Main defect -- too much verbiage to wade through to get a few nuggets. But there _is_ some value there. Three stars seems fair.
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Practical Passion 31 octobre 2009
Par Jill Daniel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
How many times have we heard the expression, "Follow your Bliss" (at least you hear it alot in LA where I live!!) but where is the practicality in that, especially in today's economy?? I thoroughly enjoyed Tina Seelig's wisdom and realistic inspiration throughout "What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20" but especially on this topic. Tina says, "It's important to know whether you're putting energy into something that has the potential to pay off. This is one of life's biggest challenges...it's always a mammoth challenge to separate your desire to make something work from the reality of the probability that it will work." I have seen that with many career twists and turns before I found the job that utilizes my skills best and is something the world wants and will pay nicely for. Tina's book helps you to look at what isn't working in your career and turn it around to your benefit.
I enjoyed Tina's viewpoint about being practical with risk-taking too while not letting risk restrain your potential.
She says that if you are going to take the high-risk/high reward road, only do so if you're willing to live with all the potential consequences. You should fully prepare for the downside and have a backup plan in place. Tina writes, "Experts in risk management believe you should make decisions based upon the probability of all outcomes.including the best and worst-case scenarios, and be willing to take big risks when you are fully prepared for all eventualities."
If you want a roadmap to a great career looking at the big picture vision without losing sight of necessary practical details and passion along the way, I highly recommend Tina's book.
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Nothing exciting in this book 24 mai 2009
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
As a student at Stanford, I was required to read this book for a class immediately upon its release. While the book contains many interesting anecdotes, that's all the book really is. There's nothing in the book that you can use to transform your life, career, or business, and thus I give the book only two stars. There are enough books out there that simply tell you what is important, but very few that actually teach you how to implement it.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Most relevant for wealthy/ privileged young folks or those who are already successful 25 décembre 2013
Par K. Wolfenden - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Part of the information presented in this book is useful and relevant to all who seek to innovate or to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Nothing earthshaking, but generally good information. I do agree with an earlier reviewer, though, that the book treads into vile territory in the congratulatory approach it takes toward some less-than-noble ways to make money. Shame on Seelig for this.

The main problem I have with this book, however, is that the author seems quite oblivious to (or unconcerned with) the impact she might have on readers who come from less privileged and pristine backgrounds. Her examples of students who have--in her view--overcome tremendous difficulties are not very convincing. Not to discount the experiences of these students or their strength in effectively dealing with their difficulties, but really? Being three feet tall is THAT bad? This is clearly a bright young woman (she got into Stanford) who comes from a successful and supportive background--her family ensured she grew up with no unusual treatment based on her height and had the financial resources to seek medical treatment for her from the U.S. Growing up with these messages of support and success would make dealing with being three feet tall relatively simple, and by the author's own admission, this is the way the young woman experienced her height. It is the author's absolute amazement that the young woman is not more severely hindered in life by her height that makes this woman an example worth considering. The example itself speaks more about the limited viewpoint of the author than it does about overcoming true adversity. The other multicultural examples are similar--successful or previously successful people experience a setback, then use their ingenuity to overcome obstacles and become successful again or to enhance their already-successful lives.

What we know from the book about Tina Seelig's background makes it clear that she (1) knew exactly what she wanted to be from age 14; (2) grew up with the privileged background that made her success in pursuing her planned career path mostly an eventuality, not a dream (i.e., loving parents who were highly successful and developed and encouraged the habits of success in her from an early age, plenty of financial means, intelligence sufficient to receive a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford, etc.); and (3) has never experienced real adversity and she quite likely can't imagine what real adversity would be like. Perhaps she just didn't mention the multitudes of social, financial and physical/ mental/medical difficulties she waded through BEFORE her life of nonstop success. And she certainly doesn't consider that others might face any such issues when she goes on her "excuses are irrelevant" tirade in Chapter 9.

At 20, Ms. Seelig was clearly more highly-prepared for success than nearly all of us at any age. Certainly she would have few excuses if she had not become successful. It's sad to me that a woman of her brilliance and accomplishment, with a world of opportunity at her beckoning, appears to have such a small capacity for sympathy toward others with different backgrounds than hers, for understanding the role that her privileged background had in her own life of success, or for a desire to open her mind enough to encourage intelligent, creative folks from a TRUE variety of backgrounds to develop the habits and mindset that encourage success. Privilege, I guess, is its own prison at times.

For those of us in the real world, I would recommend reading the useful portions of the book and skipping the Chapter 9 rant, which applies mainly to those without any real-life challenges. Real life is not an excuse--it's just something you have to keep navigating while you pursue success if you don't come from a life of privilege.
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