American Dream: Interviews with Industry Leading Professionals by Jason Navallo

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Title: American Dream: Interviews with Industry Leading Professionals
Jason Navallo
Genre: Business/Biography
How I got the book: I got a free digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary (modified from Goodreads):

Let’s face it: Nobody becomes successful on his or her own. If you want to maximize your career potential, you have to find ways to stay inspired and motivated.

This book includes six in-depth interviews with leading professionals, Peter Mallouk, Ben Caballero, B.J. Armstrong, Shelly Sun, Scott Gerber, and Liz Elting, from a variety of industries to provide you with the advice, inspiration, and motivation you need to achieve your goals.

Whether you are looking to climb the corporate ladder, become a record-breaking professional athlete, or grow your own business from the ground up, you will find the inspiration you need within the pages of this book.

My Review:

American Dream is a book filled with six interviews of successful leading professionals. Take this review with a grain of salt as this isn’t something I typically read. However, the author came to me with a request and I thought this book sounded like a wonderful idea so I decided to give it a shot.

The book is a quick read at 79 pages so I was able to get through it in one sitting.

The book was filled with great information. However, if you have no business background and don’t understand it (like me), most of the information will go right over your head. So there were definitely some parts that I didn’t get, but there were certain questions like “What does success mean to you?” and “What does it take to be a good leader?” were easy enough to understand.

The questions for each professional were varied so the interviews didn’t get monotonous after a while. Certain questions, such as the one I just stated, were great seeing for every interview. It was interesting to see the varied answers.

Each interview was inspirational as they each started from a different point in their lives and became who they are today.

One of my problems with the book was that there was no conclusion. There was an introduction at the beginning of the interviews, and there was a quick biography of each professional before their interview, which was good. But after the sixth interview was over, that was it. The book just ended abruptly.

Overall, the interviews were informative and interesting to read. Though some of the information was missed as I didn’t understand it and I thought that I, as a reader and a learner of this book, should have gotten some sort of conclusion.

American Dream: Interviews with Industry Leading Professionals by Jason Navallo gets 3 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“You have to enjoy life along the way. You can’t just be focused on the destination.” –Jason Navallo, American Dream

Author’s Bio (from Goodreads):

Jason Navallo is a career advisor, executive recruiter, and author. He has a B.B.A. in Finance from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business and lives in New York City.

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Book Review: Walt Disney

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Summary (from Goodreads):

Walt Disney is an American hero–the creator of Mickey Mouse, and a man who changed the face of American culture. After years of research, with the full cooperation of the Disney family and access to private papers and letters, Bob Thomas produced the definitive biography of the man behind the legend–the unschooled cartoonist from Kansas City who went bankrupt on his first movie venture but became the genius who produced unmatched works of animation. Complete with a rare collection of photographs, Bob Thomas’ biography is a fascinating and inspirational work that captures the spirit of Walt Disney.

I bought this book when l found a cute store called The Writers Stop at Disney. I discovered a lot of brand new things about Walt Disney down there so l decided to buy his biography to learn some more.

Recently, l watched the movie “Saving Mr. Banks” with my sister and parents and that got me in the mood to finally read the biography.

The book is 360 pages and it’s very detailed. Bob Thomas, the author, did a great job explaining Walt Disney’s life. Apparently the author has written many other biographies. So even if Walt Disney isn’t your kind of guy, l would look up who else Bob Thomas wrote about.

Favorite Quote:

“Imagination is an intuitive thing; I think it’s something you’re born with. But it has to be developed.” –Walt Disney, from “Walt Disney: An American Original”