“We’re a planet of 7 billion – where most of the people are robots to authority. We’re living in a culture that was created by a few thousand amazingly-smart, authority-deviant Millionaires (+Billionaires). What are you going to do about it? – Wiz4.biz
Titles of Books: ReWork, Inbound Marketing, Lean Startup, Outliers, E-Myth, Good to Great, The Dip, 4 hr Week, Blue Ocean Strategy + +
Introduction: I’ve gone through over 80 interviews and come up with the most recommended 10+ Books. Have you read any of these yet? What did you think? Are there any on the list you haven’t heard of.? Are there any others you’d recommend?
#1. “Rework” – Jason Fried & David Hansson
You Will Learn: A better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you’ll know why Business Plans are sometimes distracting, why you don’t need outside investors, why you’re better off ignoring the competition & pleasing the Customer. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all often un-necessary luxuries.
Comment: “My favorite book is Rework. In the chapter, “Fire the Work-aholics” says if you’re working too hard, you’re not doing it right. That’s not to say not to work hard, but you need what I call “clear-the-mind” breaks. If you’re tired, don’t work anymore. Take a Nap or do something physical. If you’re frustrated, stop working. Give yourself, half a day or the next day to re-set. If you’re angry, don’t do anymore work, your work will always be affected by that. If your project is taking significantly longer than you had anticipated, take a hard look at it and see if it’s still worthy or have something else that higher priority.
#2. “Inbound Marketing” – Brian Halligan
You Will Learn: How to stop pushing your message out and start pulling your customers in. It’s a how-to guide to getting found via Google, the Blog-o-sphere, & Social Media sites.
Comment: This is a great book by, anybody who is thinking about starting a business should read this book by the guys at “Hub Spot”, because they’ve been there, done that.
#3. “The Lean Startup” – Eric Ries
You Will Learn: Inspired by lessons from Lean Manufacturing, this book relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, & learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.
Comment: This is one book that I would check out if you want to be an entrepreneur and figure out how to create a business online.”
#4. “Outliers” – Malcolm Gladwell
You Will Learn: That we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are coming from (their culture, family, generation, and the idiosyncrasies of their upbringing).
Comments: To become an expert at anything in life, you normally need to put in 10,000 hours at it. I was so astonished when I looked back and realized that this book gave me that experience in a fraction of the time.
#5. “E-Myth Revisited” – Michael Gerber
You Will Learn: The life of a business from birth, thru infancy, adolescent growing pains, to adult maturity. Their guiding light of all businesses that succeed are their mission, goals & vision.
Comments: if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, that you should definitely read “The E-Myth”. Now I wish I had implemented everything that he said in the book.”
#6. “Good to Great” – Jim Collins
You Will Learn: How good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness.
Comment: This book talks about how great leaders deal with “reality”. They don’t make fake it. They don’t pretend things are one way when they’re actually another way.”
7. “The Dip” – Seth Grodin
You Will Learn: If your goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you did Trip or you’re in a Dip—temporary setbacks that will get better if you persist. Maybe you’re back, in a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try. This book helps you determine which one you are in.
Comment: This book basically makes one big point. He says there’s this American idea that you never should quit anything you do. The person who doesn’t give up always wins. This is not necessarily the case. Sometimes quitters do win. That’s different. That’s not contradictory to the concept of the pursuit of mastery. It’s not about dabbling. It’s not about a little bit of this, little bit of that, little bit of this. It’s about having the fortitude to look at what you’re doing and identifying the Dip, then looking for the way out of it.
#8 “Blue Ocean Strategy”- Renee Mau Borgne
You Will Learn: Challenge everything you thought you knew about competing in today’s crowded market place. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves spanning more than a hundred years and thirty industries, it argues that lasting success comes from creating Blue Oceans (untapped new market spaces ripe from growth and skipping the bloody Red oceans of rivals).
Comments: rather than competing, what you want to do is create uncontested market space for your business. How can you basically become one of a kind in a sea of competitors? It talks about great examples of how that’s happened.
#9. “War of Art” – Steven Pressfield
You Will Learn: The resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of high ambition, then effectively how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as “tough love” . . . for yourself.
This book is an absolutely must read for entrepreneurs, I don’t know how many copies I’ve given away, but you need to read his whole discussion about “the Resistance”.
#10. “Four Hour Work Week” – Steven Pressfield
You Will Learn: Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with little management, or just living more & working less, this book is the blueprint.
Comments: I have to say, I love the book, although not everything obviously relates to a Founder. I love the idea of building a business that can run without you there working. You need to work “on” your business to make it so, not just “in” your business. If you build a business around everything being done without you there, than 1) you have more time to do other ideas and other ventures & 2) you just can enjoy life with family, friends, etc.
#11. “Rich Dad Poor Dad” – Robert Kiyosaki
You Will Learn: The principle that income-generating assets always provide healthier bottom-line results than even the best of traditional jobs.
Comment: I really appreciated the simplistic way that Rich Dad Poor Dad explained financial wealth. He talked about passive income and not exchanging time for money.”
#12. “Awaken the Giant Within” – Tony Robbins
You Will Learn: Practical guidelines for concentrating your thoughts and emotions on the attainment of your goals.
Comments: This book really gave it my full attention and I really dove in and read it not just once, but like 5 times over the next 5 years ingested it and put it’s principles into action.
from Eventual Millionaire.com 6/18 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4.biz
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