Book Reviews

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons For A New Kind Of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers is mostly know for being the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians. He's a super successful dude with a really interesting perspective on entrepreneurship.

Top 3 Takeaways:

  1. Only "hell yeah!" If it ain't a "hell yeah!" it's a "no." Most of our stresses in business (and life for that matter) come from saying "yes" to things that don't excite us. Or people we aren't excited to be around. Start saying "no" to things that don't excite you.
  2. If it's not a hit, switch. Staying the course is always great advice. Don't force it. If people aren't excited about your product or service offering, keep improving and reinventing. Go until you find something your customers are dying to pay you for.
  3. Trust, but verify. Ronald Reagan said this many times throughout his presidency. Delegating is a must for scaling a business, but make sure to build in a system of checks and balances. You should have an eye on everymajor financial move in your business.

You can grab the book on Amazon by clicking here (affiliate link).


Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port (Illustrated Version)

Top 3 Takeaways:

  1. Create a red velvet rope policy. Who are you unwilling to do business with in any circumstance? 80% of your headaches typically come from a small portion of your customers. Stop doing business with those customers.
  2. Kill the elevator speech. If you don't need to pitch investors on a regular basis, come up with a short 'do what' statement: "I help ___(insert group of people)___ with ___(insert how you help + the benefits)___. This is applicable in sales calls, networking events, and while prospecting. Here's mine as an example: I help small business owners create sustainable revenue growth in their service-based company.
  3. Focus on ROI. People aren’t buying what you do, but instead the results you create and the benefits of those results. Keep this in mind when selling your services. Focus on the results you create for your customers. Sell that.

You can grab the book on Amazon by clicking here.


The ONE Thing

The ONE Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

Top 3 Takeaways:

  1. Thing big, act small. Setting big goals is great, but make sure to narrow the focus. Find the biggest driver in your business by asking, "What’s the ONE Thing I can do this week such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?" Force yourself to prioritize your ONE Thing over everything else in your day.
  2. Don’t get trapped in the “check off” game. Don't mistake being busy for being productive. Say "no" to anything that does not align with your goals. A request of your time must be connected to your ONE Thing in order to accept it.
  3. Block off time for your ONE Thing. Ideally, you'd be spending half of your work day chipping away at your ONE Thing. That isn't feasible for most of us. Get started by blocking off 30 minutes each day of protected time to work on the most important thing in your business. Then move up incrementally as you are able to delegate more.

You can grab the book on Amazon by clicking here.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

Top 3 Takeaways:

  1. The subtlety of not giving a fuck. "Not giving a fuck does not mean being indifferent; it means being comfortable with being different. The point isn't to get away from the shit. The point is to find the shit you enjoy dealing with." Nothing to add anything here.
  2. There's value in suffering. Staying positive is important, but sometimes you just have to admit that something sucks and then work your ass off to change it. Constant positivity is a form of avoidance, and not a valid solution to life’s problems.
  3. Failure is the way forward. "Action isn’t just the effect of motivation, it’s the cause of it." We rarely take action because of motivation; we are motivated because we take action. The next time you don't feeling like doing something you know you should be doing, JUST DO IT. The motivation will come afterwards.

You can grab the book on Amazon by clicking here.

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