Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review of SHAKE THE WORLD by James Marshall Reilly

The world of business is changing as more and more people are starting their own businesses instead of relying on merely a resume to try to get a job in a broken economy. A generation of young people are becoming intentional about creating a life they can feel truly makes a difference in our world. Writer James Marshall Reilly records many of the stories of this new generation in his new book SHAKE THE WORLD. Reilly conducts in-depth interviews with some of the leading professionals in this area such as Black Mycoskie of TOMS shoes and Jessica Jackley of Kiva. What Reilly discovers about the people he focuses on in the book is a drive that all of them share to not just make money, but to generate global change through the things that they do.

The book looks at several characteristics that these leaders share so that readers can learn from their examples. One of the core characteristics of these leaders is that they approach solving ordinary problems in extraordinary ways. They take calculated risks. They make sure they search out what is they were designed to do with their lives. As the back of the book says, they’re not out simply to find a job, but to create a life.

People want to do something meaningful with their lives, and Reilly’s book provides the encouragement and insights on how to approach creating a life of meaning and purpose that effects change in the world. SHAKE THE WORLD is a great resource for anyone struggling with employment in today’s economy, and it will be an especially helpful book to graduates.

I received this book for free for review from Portfolio, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own

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