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Book Review: "The Art of Being Unmistakable" by Srinivas Rao

Posted: 7 December 2013 at 19:03:55

The Art of Being UnmistakableI took my daughter to the hospital today so she could get an medicine infusion that she needs every eight weeks because of a chronic condition. These infusion sessions usually last about three hours of so, so I decided to read something while I waited. Looking the "recommended titles" the Kindle Store provided, I came across this book by Srinivas Rao. I had heard a little about it from the ravings of Glenn Beck on his radio show. Apparently, Glenn was so impressed with Rao's book (which Glenn just accidentally stumbled upon) he had him on his TV show. I'm sure Rao is enjoying lots of success as a result of this entirely unexpected publicity.

I found Rao's book to be insightful and inspiring. I hope his next book takes the concepts established in this small piece and explores them further so that it can be a more substantial piece. I read "The Art of Being Unmistakable" in less than two hours, so it's definitely a quick read.

Why not give a five star review? Because I'm stingy with my five-star accolades. And I felt Rao's book suffered from one flaw: He's single and, as far as I can tell, childless. I think his perspective on life would change somewhat if he was married and had spent some time in the role of a parent. There's a lot more pressure upon you when you're supporting a family to get into a position of relative success and then take what life gives you.

I think Rao's suggestions are still entirely relevant for those of us who live the family life. For reasons that should be obvious, I can't decide I dislike my job and go spend all my time fishing while I ponder what I really want to do with my life. While that's an overgeneralization of Rao's prescription, I think it just requires some tweaks to stay true to your responsibilities while still growing into a person that Rao would call "being unmistakable."