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I've been thinking about the Bible, Quran and other religious books out there that are used to teach people and make them as the "holy books" say... coming back here, I've heard a couple of notable individuals say you have to read a lot of business books just to be where you want or even close - don't get me wrong this is not like changing your oil but business books in the sense of having one or two books that one can use to help and guide you through your business ventures, say a business bible.

What do others say about it do we or do we not need to read a ton of books just to be wealthy?
 

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You need to learn how to be good at whatever it is you want to be good at, right? That includes business, investing and/or entrepreneurship.

There are lots of ways to learn -- videos, mentorship, formal education, books, courses, etc. -- and you need to pick the one(s) that work best for you. For many people, books are the most efficient and cost-effective medium for learning the things you need to learn.

So, do you need books? Nope, but you do need to learn. If not books, what are you going to use?
 

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There are no shortcuts. You haven't even started and you are looking for them.

Education is important. How you are educated is less consequential than the fact that you are.

This is a journey, not an event.
 

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You need to learn how to be good at whatever it is you want to be good at, right? That includes business, investing and/or entrepreneurship.

There are lots of ways to learn -- videos, mentorship, formal education, books, courses, etc. -- and you need to pick the one(s) that work best for you. For many people, books are the most efficient and cost-effective medium for learning the things you need to learn.

So, do you need books? Nope, but you do need to learn. If not books, what are you going to use?
ok, so books is a check
 

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ok, so books is a check

Education is the requirement. Books are simply one vehicle to achieve that education.

Personally, I don't read a lot of books (compared to the numbers that other people claim to read). But, I certainly focus on education in other ways.
 

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Most business book are not that good. I have a crap ton of books sitting on some book shelves and very few books do I actually come back and re-read or reference.

But the ultimate goal is be able to think in a way where you don’t need anything outside yourself. If presented with a problem can you think without having someone else think for you?
 

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There are no shortcuts. You haven't even started and you are looking for them.

Education is important. How you are educated is less consequential than the fact that you are.

This is a journey

Most business book are not that good. I have a crap ton of books sitting on some book shelves and very few books do I actually come back and re-read or reference.

But the ultimate goal is be able to think in a way where you don’t need anything outside yourself. If presented with a problem can you think without having someone else think for you?
ok... say getting a book on marketing is a good idea to help supplement the TMF isn't a bad idea?
 

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I've read 1M + 1 and still aint wealthy... Maybe because I believe that wealth attracts to those who think of it.
I'm actually serious o.o
 

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It's not about taking action or execution or putting in effort. It's about think and attracting wealth. You just don't get it bro :)
thinking and attracting wealth? attracting wealth by providing needs or otherwise?
 

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Most business book are not that good. I have a crap ton of books sitting on some book shelves and very few books do I actually come back and re-read or reference.

I rarely re-read a book.

Most books give me one idea that I chew on for months/years, and it permanently alters/improves my thinking on a subject in some way.

These ideas give me more perspective on problems I'm trying to solve. I try to read books that focus on the things I am struggling with at that moment, allowing me to immediately implement new ideas, making the learning stick.
 

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I've been thinking about the Bible, Quran and other religious books out there that are used to teach people and make them as the "holy books" say... coming back here, I've heard a couple of notable individuals say you have to read a lot of business books just to be where you want or even close - don't get me wrong this is not like changing your oil but business books in the sense of having one or two books that one can use to help and guide you through your business ventures, say a business bible.

What do others say about it do we or do we not need to read a ton of books just to be wealthy?
I've read your posts in this thread. Your thinking is interesting. It sounds like you are looking for a fail-safe, step-by-step, magic formula to success written up in a business book. Is that your message? If it is, then let me know when you find it. In all of these years, I've never found a short cut.
 

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I've read your posts in this thread. Your thinking is interesting. It sounds like you are looking for a fail-safe, step-by-step, magic formula to success written up in a business book. Is that your message? If it is, then let me know when you find it. In all of these years, I've never found a short cut.
Not really a shortcut... But just thought since there's one religious book that people use so i thought a certain business book can classified as one, of course with help from other relevant books
 

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You want to be wealthy? or you want the best business advice? It can be the same thing, and it can be different.
you just want a lot of money? Rob a bank! (not the best business advice, btw)

If you want to know the best business advice, here it is, one rule to rule the day: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (the golden rule)
At the end of the day, your business is dealing with many people, if you treat them right and fair, they will (most times) return the favor.

There are way too many business types out there, and that is why you won't find any "one-size-fits-all" book out there.
You want to run an international travel agency? That would take one type of manual.
You want to sell Airplanes? Completely different manual.
You want to print books for every publisher out there? yet another manual.

If I would give you a list of books, Unscripted, MFL, and then check my signature for the other two.
 

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I consume articles/blogs/videos about business. (other than MJ's books).

I consume books on philosophy.

Philosophy books are for my mind, business blogs/articles/videos are tools.

I don't really need a whole book on tools.

It is quicker for me to quickly learn a tool, implement it, iterate it, then find a new tool to solve my next roadblock.

But training my mind is the larger encapsulating goal for me.

I learnt this when reading books of the great entrepreneurs, their autobiographies are generally philosophy books.
 

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ok, so books is a check
I think you missed the point. Education is the check - not books per say. For some people books are among the right tools. I like to read, study then practice what I've learned. Others like to dive right in - see if they can put it together without reading the instructions. Some want a mentor or other guiding hand. We all learn differently.
 

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Not really a shortcut... But just thought since there's one religious book that people use so i thought a certain business book can classified as one, of course with help from other relevant books
At the risk of getting overly philosophical and with no intention of taking a position on religion...there is no one religious book. As you stated in your initial post, there are several iterations of the same theme, "the word of God." Yet each religion claims their book is "the one". I contend that the same is true in business, albeit with a little less fire and brimstone for those who don't follow the same book. Again please understand that I am NOT challenging anyone's belief in God or how they believe in God, simply observing that there are many books claiming to be the word of God.
 

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I've been thinking about the Bible, Quran and other religious books out there that are used to teach people and make them as the "holy books" say... coming back here, I've heard a couple of notable individuals say you have to read a lot of business books just to be where you want or even close - don't get me wrong this is not like changing your oil but business books in the sense of having one or two books that one can use to help and guide you through your business ventures, say a business bible.

What do others say about it do we or do we not need to read a ton of books just to be wealthy?
I think whatever books, knowledge or information are tools for you to connect the dots when the chance come. And yes the more you read the more tools you have.

Everyone’s own circumstances are highly unique and there is no one book that can tell you exactly what to do now and how to make choices.
 

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Others like to dive right in - see if they can put it together without reading the instructions.
This is me and this is the way I learn to use Photoshop.

I wanted to remove the background of a picture. Downloaded Photoshop, took several hours to figure out the controls, UI, etc (without reference or manuals). After familiarizing myself with the basics, I opened YouTube, watched and skipped more than 10 tutorials of how to remove a background, return back to Photoshop. Then repeat the same cycle. Is it a waste of time? No. Because, the next time I wanted to use Photoshop, I didn't have to watch several tutorials anymore.

Others might simply watch one video first then proceeds in downloading Photoshop.
 

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Not really a shortcut... But just thought since there's one religious book that people use so i thought a certain business book can classified as one, of course with help from other relevant books
Dreamer, dreamer... there is no short cut that I have found, BUT...

I thought about your post as I fell asleep last night. What's the best business book I ever read? When I was young I read a book on how to train my dog. Don't laugh. I quickly had a well-trained dog. I learned it was all dependent on me -- my actions toward the dog -- and how I then reacted to the dog's behavior. Over the years, I used the same techniques on my husband, my kids (now all 4 are grown, independent adults), my family, my staff, and my friends. I studied the subject in great depth by reading many books and taking some classes. I learned how to teach others what behavior I would accept from them. They learned how to treat me and how I would react in different situations. I was amazed at how powerful behavior modification techniques can be. And I learned to simply walk away from bad situations.
 

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Dreamer, dreamer... there is no short cut that I have found, BUT...

I thought about your post as I fell asleep last night. What's the best business book I ever read? When I was young I read a book on how to train my dog. Don't laugh. I quickly had a well-trained dog. I learned it was all dependent on me -- my actions toward the dog -- and how I then reacted to the dog's behavior. Over the years, I used the same techniques on my husband, my kids (now all 4 are grown, independent adults), my family, my staff, and my friends. I studied the subject in great depth by reading many books and taking some classes. I learned how to teach others what behavior I would accept from them. They learned how to treat me and how I would react in different situations. I was amazed at how powerful behavior modification techniques can be. And I learned to simply walk away from bad situations.
thank you... I get the point
 

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Dreamer, dreamer... there is no short cut that I have found, BUT...

I thought about your post as I fell asleep last night. What's the best business book I ever read? When I was young I read a book on how to train my dog. Don't laugh. I quickly had a well-trained dog. I learned it was all dependent on me -- my actions toward the dog -- and how I then reacted to the dog's behavior. Over the years, I used the same techniques on my husband, my kids (now all 4 are grown, independent adults), my family, my staff, and my friends. I studied the subject in great depth by reading many books and taking some classes. I learned how to teach others what behavior I would accept from them. They learned how to treat me and how I would react in different situations. I was amazed at how powerful behavior modification techniques can be. And I learned to simply walk away from bad situations.
What was the book? Don't Shoot The Dog?
 

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What was the book? Don't Shoot The Dog?
I don't remember the name. That was thousands of books, classes, podcasts, and articles ago. It set me on a lifelong quest to figure out why people do what they do. Selling real estate was one of my "Petri dishes" to try out different things that I was learning. I was so young and so shy when I started. I cried for the first 3 months because people were mean to me. I didn't know what to say or do. But, I learned how to meet, deal with, and get along with, other people in general.
 

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Now I know why my wife gives me a treat when I do something right
You have a smart woman. My grandmother taught me that the way to man's heart is through his stomach. My husband would rather eat at home than to go out. He says that the food and the company are better at our dinner table.
 

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What's the best business book I ever read?
Yeah, if I had to name ONE book to read that can make you wealthy, I wouldn't be able to say. I don't know what that book would be. Would probably have to pick something more universally applicable... maybe Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People (or mine: How to Win Enemies & Influence People :rofl:) - those skills would do you well regardless of what you end up doing in life.

Not really a shortcut... But just thought since there's one religious book that people use so i thought a certain business book can classified as one, of course with help from other relevant books
I have yet to find someone who studied business and truly tried to identify what makes for repeatable success. That is one thing I want to do with my life. I haven't found anyone yet. Everyone is very much concerned with how THEY can be successful, and less so with the general principles of success in business. Of course the trite answers of mindset, attitude, and so on will always be the easily available ones. But you have to dig deeper.

It's very hard to say how you can engineer success in any repeatable way. If you look at it successful people come from all sorts of backgrounds. Some are lazy, some are hardworking, some are smart, lthers quite dumb, and so on. It doesn’t seem that success discriminates.
 

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The books you read are really a reflection of who you are and where you are in life.

But nothing screams “wantrapreneur” to me more than a dude with a bunch of business books in his Amazon library.

The real wealthy people are reading things more technical or precise on a subject matter; not business fluff.
 

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