This book came highly recommended by a few bloggers that I respect.
The Leap: How 3 Simple Changes Can Propel Your Career from Good to Great by Rick Smith is nothing new. I think this book has been written a hundred times before. A successful person reverse engineers how they made it and then hand picks a few conforming examples and then presents their findings as the path. Are there good lessons in the book? Sure. The book has quite a bit of good advice, but I never once had the feeling I was reading some new life changing wisdom. I felt like I’ve read this book before.
Just once I’d like to read a business book that doesn’t cite huge outliers like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Tiger Woods. This book mentions all three. Does anyone in the business genre understand the concept of survivorship bias? In fairness to the author, he does frame his advice in a way where the reader minimizes downside risk. I also liked his tip to focus on ideas that are big, selfless and simple.
If you are new to the pump-you-up-and-take-on-the-world genre, you may like this book. It said very little new to me.