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Not for me 😔

This book is good for inspiration and interesting anecdotes. Perhaps too many metaphors and unfounded opinions.

This is a very short book, with a few scattered photographs and narrow pages. The author is engaging, and the plentiful anecdotes are fun to read. The book does not go into any technical detail about how to grow a successful business. Instead, it is filled with inspirational platitudes.


The first third of the book is centered on the author's business of establishing a boutique airline. The metaphor that permeates every paragraph is about taking off and flying. An occasional metaphor is nice, but when an author sticks the metaphors into just about every paragraph, it gets to be too much. The second third of the book is about the author's venture into agriculture. Again, the metaphors are shot in your face at every turn. It reminds me of Peter Seller's character Chauncey Gardiner in the movie "Being There", where his gardening metaphors are mistaken as deep thought. It's a bit much. The last third of the book is about politics where the author simply spouts out his opinions, without much in the way of justification.


Nevertheless, the author's platitudes and inspirational quotes are, indeed, inspiring. For example, when writing about starting a new business, there is a very cogent piece of advice about not feeling ready to undertake a new endeavor: "There will always be one more class you can take, one more book you can read, one more seminar you can go to." The book spends a great deal of energy on the subject of building a good team, and trusting them. The advice given here, is not to micro-manage your team. This seems to be good advice.


The author appears to be overly self-impressed by the advice he has to give, when he writes: "When you put this book down, you will have the power every single time to pick a global or national problem and be steps away from finding a better solution to it." Wow! This must be why the author is impressed by President Trump's narcissism.


Speaking of Trump, the author calls Donald Trump "a raw, honest businessman". There is even a photograph of Trump in the book. In what universe does the author live? Has he forgotten the scandals, the corruption, and the myriad ways that Trump cheated his employees, his contractors and customers? I guess the author covers his rear end by writing: "The world is way too large, there are way too many people, and time is way too short for you to take one person's opinion too seriously."

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Preface

About the author

Hunter Gaylor is a Businessman and graduate of Harvard University. He is a business leader in private aviation charter, sales and marketing. Hunter’s role on forging relations between the US and foreign countries concerning the importing of goods has been recognized by global state leaders. view profile

Published on October 14, 2019

Published by Tablo

40000 words

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Genre: Business & Management

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