Shake the World: It's Not About Finding a Job, It's About Creating a Life

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?Reilly?s profound message will lead you and me and everyone to richer lives.?
?Geoff Colvin, author of Talent Is Overrated
 
James Marshall Reilly set out to capture the insights of today?s brightest business and nonprofit leaders. He conducted in-depth interviews with Tony Hsieh (Zappos), Blake Mycoskie (TOMS), Shawn Fanning (Napster, Rupture, Path), and Jessica ...

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Overview

“Reilly’s profound message will lead you and me and everyone to richer lives.”
—Geoff Colvin, author of Talent Is Overrated
 
James Marshall Reilly set out to capture the insights of today’s brightest business and nonprofit leaders. He conducted in-depth interviews with Tony Hsieh (Zappos), Blake Mycoskie (TOMS), Shawn Fanning (Napster, Rupture, Path), and Jessica Jackley (Kiva, ProFounder), among many others. And he learned that despite their different fields, they’re all using similar tools to seize opportunities and redefine success.
 
The role models in Shake the World define themselves not by money and title but by fulfillment and happiness. This book will light your path to greatness if you too want to shake the world.

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“A powerful blend of inspiration and action, Shake the World offers a life-and-career plan handcrafted for the new millennium. Read this book, then head out to set the world on fire.”
—Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty

"At Zappos, one of our core values is to 'Embrace and Drive Change.' This book is for anyone interested in inspiring their own life to change for the better, both personally and professionally!"

— Tony Hsieh, NY Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness

"A new generation wants work to be about far more than making money - they want their jobs to make a positive difference to the world. James Marshall Reilly has written a compelling and optimistic first-hand account of what it means to put this excellent goal into practice."

— Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief of The Economist and co-author, Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World

"Reilly is part of a cohort of young entrepreneurial leaders who will change this country over the next few years. Their fascinating stories and his insights will inspire and guide you as you invent your career and life while making a BIG difference."

— Peter Sims, author of Little Bets and cofounder and director of FUSEcor

"Charity: water was founded out of a desire to inspire a new generation of givers to solve the water crisis. In this book, Reilly introduces you to many of our friends who had the fearlessness to break the mold, and think incredibly big. Prepare to be inspired, and then to act!"

— Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of Charity: Water

"In this ever complex, dynamic and demanding world everyone needs to design their lives and James Marshall Reilly shows how. If you want a principled, consequential and successful life, read this book."

— Don Tapscott author of Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World

"This book shifts the mindset for anyone who reads it. Define your own success and then do what the best have already done to achieve it. Reilly has uncovered the secrets of the most hyper successful people of this generation. If you internalize their lessons you will accelerate the rate at which you achieve the success goals you have for yourself."

— Cameron Herold author, Double Double and Former COO 1800GOT JUNK?

"Forget triple bottom line companies, James Marshall Reilly documents triple-bottom line individuals-a cadre of brilliant business adventurers devoted to building a better world and-just as importantly- finding a better way to live in that world. With great storytelling and penetrating insight, Shake the World adds an entrepreneurial twist to the quest for the meaning of life."

— Steven Kotler, author of Abundance, A Small, Furry Prayer and West of Jesus

Kirkus Reviews
A mixture of job-search recommendations, self-help advice, anyone-can-succeed-in-business inspiration and mini-biographies of young entrepreneurs. Reilly is president of The Guild Agency Speakers Bureau and Intellectual Talent Management, where he brands and markets individuals with reputations as cutting-edge thinkers. While reflecting on his own youthful success, the author decided to interview other young outside-the-box entrepreneurs, most of whom have found a way to combine philanthropy with for-profit capitalism. Interview subjects include Blake Mycoskie of TOMS, Jessica Jackley of ProFounder, Chad Troutwine of Veritas Prep, and Tony Hsieh of Zappos. The insights are mingled in chapters whose themes are sometimes difficult to discern. While Reilly touches on the occasional early-in-life failures of his interview subjects as a demonstration of how failure can build character, he is primarily uncritical of those subjects and sometimes seems starry-eyed as he chronicles their generosities. The author makes the obvious but worthwhile point that none of the subjects was born to greatness, and he posits that their humility in the wake of success might have been a lifelong quality that contributed greatly to individual success. The book is especially relevant because, as Reilly notes, economic recessions can accelerate entrepreneurial ventures as those out of work seek fresh paths into the capitalistic culture. The pursuit of graduate and law degrees often makes sense during economic downturns. However, those credentials are not an automatic ticket to success--sometimes what has been conveyed in classroom settings stifles innovative thinking. Abstract, sometimes cryptic platitudes studded with inspirational gems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591846550
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 380,266
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James Marshall Reilly is an entrepreneur, journalist, and founder of The Guild Agency Speakers Bureau and Intellectual Talent Management. He lives in New York.
 
Visit www.shaketheworld.com

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Landing in a New Place

The Experience MBA, a Knowledge-Based GPS, and a Lifetime of Extraordinary Responses 9

2 Playing Risk

Naked Shorts, High-Beta Decisions, and Generation "Why Not?" 34

3 Finding The Right Company to Work For

New-School Capitalism, Containment Booms, Symbolic Superheroes, and Very Important Carrots 53

4 tRunning The Table

Shoot from an Angle, Lose the Training Wheels, and Focus on the Process 77

5 Sourcing The Crowd

Curate Connections, Engage Community, and Breathe Your Fire 99

6 Becoming A Disrupter

Subvert Power Structures, Raze Barriers, and Sit at the Wrong Table 128

7 Cultivating The Twenty-First-Century Polymath

Accelerate Possibilities, Incubate Ideas, and Embrace the Landscape of a Renaissance 152

8 Channeling Passion

Fly High, Live Strong, and Respond to Extraordinary Circumstances 181

9 Harnessing Capitalism For Good

Why Companies That Generate Direct Philanthropic Dividends Will Be the Trademark of This Generation 202

10 Leveraging Failure

The Ultimate Drop Test and Finding the Shoe That Fits 225

Conclusion 247

Acknowledgments 257

Index 259

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Get insight on the new generation of business owners...check it out!

    This is intriguing book about how the young generation is doing business. As I have read each chapter I was amazed to read about organizations that I have been following such at Invisible Children and Girl Up. This new generation of entrepreneurs are not driven by profit, but rather what is best for people and often the environment.

    Also, they have raised the standards of what is a positive corporate culture, so if you are looking for a way out of your toxic environment then start following businesses started by these innovative and socially conscious young entrepreneurs.

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    Posted May 20, 2013

    This book changed my life. It made me rethink everything. 

    This book changed my life. It made me rethink everything. 

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    Sha it up chicago studio

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