February 9, 2005

News & Opinion: BOOK REVIEW: Rules of the red rubber ball

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 12:54 AM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Title: Rules of the red rubber ball
Author: Kevin Carroll
Tag-line: Find and sustain your life's work
Pages: 95
Dog-ear score: 1:95 (1.05%)

Disclaimer: I hate it when a person who is not a fan of punk rock music reviews a punk rock CD unfavorably - they lack context. As such it should be noted that I'm not a fan of the touchy-feely, fist-in-the-air motivational stuff at the best of times, so I feel a bit like that reviewer here.

I got nothing from this book, I believe that the unique way that it was designed far out-weighed the content - which offered nothing new. It's a how-to book with platitude filled pages about fulfilling your dreams.

To me the single dog-eared page was a quote at the beginning of the book by James Michener that said:

"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and play, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both."

That's my good deed for the day, I just saved you $22.95, and about an hour of your time.

Last word: Arb...!

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.