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5.0 out of 5 starsWell written
Reviewed in Canada on May 22, 2019
I enjoyed the read. Essentially this book is homage to leading an examined life. If you are doing work that aligns with your inner ethos you will be happier, healthier and more fulfilled.
I just finished reading Dark Horse and thoroughly endorse its insights and conclusions. I've been an innovative educator for close to 30 years, and during most of that time I have striven to personalize learning for my students. During this time I also co-founded two K-12 schools in BC, Canada, oriented to personalized learning - 'Virtual High' and 'SelfDesign Learning Community'. Both of these were/are (SelfDesign is still a certified, online independent school in BC serving ca. 2500 learners each year) robust, welcoming and exciting learning programs. Dark Horse focuses mainly on post-secondary institutions and the world of work but I can attest that everything Todd Rose writes about the 'Standardization Covenant' and 'fulfillment' applies to K-12 learning as well. Personalized learning is a beneficial enterprise no matter where it is supported and nurtured, and it is a rising tide in North American K-12 schooling (the US, especially). This book reads like a pretty seamless continuation of 'The End of Average' (Todd Rose, 2016) and I appreciated the extended insights and suggestions. I am completing my PhD in 'Personalized Learning' at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Canada) and I'll be adding these books to my bibliography. Of course, given the current news cycle profiling the corrupt gaming of US college and university entrance procedures, I couldn't help but nod in deep agreement at Rose's exposure in Dark Horse of how dubious the entrance 'Quotacracy' has become. Now he has another serious footnote to add to a revised edition! - Michael Maser, Gibsons BC Canada
5.0 out of 5 starsAll professionals should read this
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 20, 2020
Brilliant - it distresses me to think how many people attempting the linear path to success and fulfilment need to read this but never will. A rare book, properly evidenced, which shows you how to understand and pursue those things that match your individuality and ultimately will result in fulfilment. An essential guide to the pitfalls of conventional career thinking and actionable advice as to what to do next.
Anybody who reads self-help books knows that they've been changing over the past decade or so, becoming more focused on your individuality instead of offering generic prescriptions that everyone should follow (ex. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). But Dark Horse is the best of this new bunch. There are other books out there that offer empowering advice based on harnessing your individually, but Todd Rose is the only author who draws upon twenty-first century science, math and research. He shares just enough science to make it clear he knows what he is talking about but it is not boring or dry and he stays focused on how to use this knowledge to actually live a better life. I liked the table inside the book that compares the dark horse mindset to the traditional self-help/success mindset and how I know when I have reached it. That is when I realized how different the dark horse mindset really is. It's revolutionary! The book is well worth the read.