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Reading Viktor Frankl - Man’s Search for Meaning

Whenever I’m driving, I’m listening to Unscripted (basically on repeat)

Just finished Rise and Grind by Daymond John...thought it was so-so.
Victor Frankls short book is so moving and proof of the power of the mind. Absolutely a book that can change your life. Bloody read it if you haven't already.
 

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I am heading to Petth city for my daughters graduation and buying 2 copies of Ray Dalios Principles, one for her and one for me so this arvo I am reading this.
 
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Crushing It! - Gary Vaynerchuk (audio): Trying to be open-minded on this one, but actually trying to become a "social media influencer" still strikes me as a shallow goal and an unpleasant life. I don't want to tell a bunch of people on the Internet what I am doing every day...but I'm pretty sure the key is just making it based around something you really WANT to share constantly with other people.
I’ve met him. He’s a dick, imo.



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Reading Viktor Frankl - Man’s Search for Meaning

Whenever I’m driving, I’m listening to Unscripted (basically on repeat)

Just finished Rise and Grind by Daymond John...thought it was so-so.
Good choices. Unscripted is the type of book you just keep on repeat. It’s like it’s to
Soup, A-Z entrepreneurial success.

Do you use Goodreads? If so send me your URL.


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I mean he’s not a dick dick.. he’s alright. Gave me his email.

This was a while ago...

When I met him he said he just got back from Italy.

This was a little after his fame with Wine Library TV and when he had just started writing books.

At this point he didn’t realize I knew who he was

So I said ‘did you try any new wines there?’

I think he said no, but I quickly hinted at him ‘did you try any wines... you know.. maybe make some YouTube videos?’ and he laughed when he realized i knew who he was.

So him and I spoke. I basically told him ‘you know it’s funny, i don’t drink wines myself, but I actually watch some of your videos... even though I don’t like wines, I like your approach. I like that you tell people to find their own palette and don’t let and trends or gurus decide which wines you should like... if you like a wine you should like it” and I think he appreciated that...

This was yearssssss ago but he was talking about building his new site and he was like “Yea, I’m kicking myself... one of my friends came to me with this brand new startup he wanted me to invest in called Uber that’s an app that helps you find taxi alternatives and I didn’t inverst and now they’re getting kinda popular in some cities.. i really should have.”

In retrospect... i, um... agree with him lol.

And we spoke a little about the Self Help industry and how the whole Positive Thinking movement is bullshit.

So actually he was pretty cool. I don’t remember what but there was something I saw him do that was a little dickish.
 

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I got this, but put it down as soon as he said "im not actually a millionaire". I thought, how are you going to teach me to become a millionaire, if you're not one...

How is it?

The guy is just an author from what I remember
I actually like it because the author has interviewed many successful like Eben Pagan (Someone who does $100k/day) in the book.

Not only that, he talks about his journey about how he found mentors, what skills are required to be successful, and much more.
 

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Sell or Be Sold - Grant Cardone

Fantastic book!

I've actually written my own workbook (Attached) based on my experience in selling.

It's amazing to see so many dedicated people in this thread.

I can only imagine the collective impact, each of us has made on this planet, with everything we've learned and applied.

Cheers,
Steve
 

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Stephen key one simple idea.
I’ve read this.. liked it. I wonder if anyone in this forum has had success with his approach.


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Just finished Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance.

1) Brilliant ambitious guy who is a man on a mission to save the planet. Ancestry of explorers.
2) Had a childhood of awkwardness.(And getting bullied)

3) Likes to do everything himself so he has a problem with giving up control.


4) He's more of a modern day Thomas Edison/Nikola Tesla in they'll experiment and fail over and over again but they always eventually figure stuff out.

absolutely

1) masterminds are not on earth to be sheep in a controled society . i can't say too much because of political correctness since political correctness is more important than truth in our world


masterminds are on earth to think about the big picture . not to watch TV an insult intelligence


2) yes the stupidity of the masses is very annoying for masterminds

very very annoying

this is why a lot of masterminds have contempt fot the masses

because of the stupidity of the crowd , living like idiots instead of thinking about truth


3) yes because masterminds are above the crowd

you can't tell a private to do the work of a general !

people are not equal


4) absolutely

look at this picture and the quotations


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so the book i read are masterminds related because money is not the goal of life but a means

once you get the money, you have to get serious and live the right way above the crowd

you have 80 or 100 years on earth to honour human dignity and intelligence

not to be energy in a system for unknow masterminds above you


for example :




flight.jpg




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"Liferay in Action - The Official Guide to Liferay Portal Development"

Published in 2011 ... guess I am late to the Party :-/ ... but this is something that I am planning to apply.
Plus, they have been confirmed as Leaders in the Gartner Magic Quadrant recently.

Next on my reading list is "Modern Java In Action - Lambda, streams, functional and reactive programming".

Both should be relevant for my new job AND my side projects.
 

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I'm currently reading "The 10 X Rule" by Grant Cardone. Very motivational.
At the moment I'm reading "A House for Mr Biswas" by VS Naipaul - he died recently and I wanted to read this book for a while so it reminded me. It's fiction obviously and I'm starting to appreciate the role fiction has in creative thinking/stress management (ironically) because non-fiction especially before bed-time tends to make my mind whirr.

I haven't read The 10 X Rule but I was thinking over the weekend about this video by Tim Ferriss
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kD_NperbrE
(don't know if he's revered or loathed in equal measure on this Forum).

I understand how he says you need to ask "why?" a lot to break down what you are doing right/wrong/get metrics in place but what if you've done everything you can think of and your results are barely 1.5x never mind 10?! Have I missed something in what he's saying? I don't understand it. Also is the 10 X Rule book essentially the same thing - if so, I might read that in case it expands more on Ferriss's theory.
 

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Started "Atlas Shrugged" from Ayn Rand a few days ago ... I've been told it is a must but I must say I will take some time to get to the end :)
Isn’t that the book that the first Bioshock game is based on?
 
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Started "Atlas Shrugged" from Ayn Rand a few days ago ... I've been told it is a must but I must say I will take some time to get to the end :)
Isn’t that the book that the first Bioshock game is based on?
There’s a lot to be learned about business from Ayn Rand. She’s a big time libertarian which is roughly in line with the views of this forum.

(Some people might deny that, but that’s definitely true)

And from what I understand Bioshock was a critique of Atlas Shrugged. More so painting a caricature of it rather than something the original author would agree with.
 

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Straight Line Leadership by Dusan Djukich. Incredible book with powerful distinctions for you to have a straight-line life.
 

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Recently read Essentialism - all about cutting out the clutter and focusing only on those things that fit your vision and move the needle.

I'll be coming back to this book regularly. Highly recommend.

 

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Sounds interesting. What was your takeaway?
Learned a lot, but one stays top of mind:

-Get comfortable saying no by default to things that do not advance your mission, regardless of social norms/discomfort. Add different ways of gracefully saying no to your repertoire to help with this.
 

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absolutely

1) masterminds are not on earth to be sheep in a controled society . i can't say too much because of political correctness since political correctness is more important than truth in our world


masterminds are on earth to think about the big picture . not to watch TV an insult intelligence


2) yes the stupidity of the masses is very annoying for masterminds

very very annoying

this is why a lot of masterminds have contempt fot the masses

because of the stupidity of the crowd , living like idiots instead of thinking about truth


3) yes because masterminds are above the crowd

you can't tell a private to do the work of a general !

people are not equal


4) absolutely

look at this picture and the quotations


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so the book i read are masterminds related because money is not the goal of life but a means

once you get the money, you have to get serious and live the right way above the crowd

you have 80 or 100 years on earth to honour human dignity and intelligence

not to be energy in a system for unknow masterminds above you


for example :




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THANK YOU for the excellent review. Sold! I've been meaning to pick that Musk book up, but I'm not into biography types of books as much as the practical how to business analysis books. I particularly liked your quote about TV, as I don't watch TV, and most of the people I know think that's strange.

Thanks to your extensive review, I am sure I will enjoy this book cover to cover!
 

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Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.

I feel like I am listening to parts of TMF when listening to Dave on Audible.
I just gave that book away to a friend that has no clue to finances. It will be solid gold for him.

Although Ramsey has some great advice, I disagree with many of his approaches. One glaring example is his insistence on a 15 year mortgage. Of course you will save money in the long run. But at what cost? Most people buy as much home as they can afford. Who wants to live below their means and do something productive with their money? My advice runs counter to his. I say get the longest mortgage possible, to pay the least amount of money you can. 4-5% money is cheap. Who wants to pay that off early? Most people move in 7 years or less. Look at the big picture! Although Ramsey is very practical, he has no entrepreneurial spirit in him. His advice is tailored to the 8-5 slowlaners.

I buy books 4-5 at a time. One of these from my current group is "The Art of Wholesaling Properties" by Aram Shah and Alex Virelles. I lean towards books that can make me money or save me money now. I spent a good decade with the classics of moving my cheese, successful habits, having a rich dad, and the strangest secret. It's now time to focus and execute.
 

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"Unscripted" by some dude named MJ Demarco
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Nike’s online sales actually grew 31% from the Sunday of Labor Day weekend through Tuesday, as compared with a 17% gain recorded for the same period of 2017
This don't mean jack, and serves only to advance a narrative.

Of course sales where up. There was only a billion dollars in FREE PR (notwithstanding the type of PR) ongoing at that moment.

The real test is how sales trend over time. And I'm guessing it will be very poor.

The disingenuous of this article is like me advertising my sales were up 40% this week over the same week last year (but I neglect to confess that I emailed my entire membership list an enticement to buy on that day).

Duh, of course sales went up.
 

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Brilliant Persuasion, by Stephen Young.

Not quite finished it yet, but I have mixed feelings about it so far. It's a collection of techniques supposed to enhance your persuasion abilities, mainly for sales purposes.

Some of the techniques are pretty cool. Others seem like bullshit taken from the world of NLP, which I can only imagine would make you come across as a weirdo if used in a real conversation. Trouble is, all are presented with the same excitement and guarantee that this will make your prospect 'irresistible to your technique' and just 'plant the desire to buy right into his head'.

Mainly the thing that bothers me about it though is that it seems designed to trick people into buying or agreeing with you, by techniques such as embedding secret commands into your sales pitch, generating fake rapport, and other insidious psychology. I don't have any experience in sales, so maybe I'm being naive, but I'd rather build genuine rapport with someone and have them genuinely excited to buy the product/service, rather than trick them with mind games or clever word play.

On the positive side though, there are some useful techniques for reframing objections and getting back on track if people try and derail your sales pitch.

There are probably better sales books, and certainly less disingenuous ones, out there.
 
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Just finished Pre-Suasion by Cialdini.
I read this one a few weeks ago. Loved the author's sense of humor, and there are so many practical things to do with this knowledge. Helped a friend get her four kids organized for church without the usual tears, just by suggesting getting them all marching around to music before she sent them off to get dressed to the same music. Worked like a charm, and it came directly from one of these examples. Very useful insights. Next up, his previous book, when I'm done with my current read (later in the thread).
 

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The books I've read recently that have blown my mind (and have ACTUALLY HELPED me level up):

1. The Great Libertarian Offer (by Harry Browne) - never heard of dude before and wish I had, earlier. Would vote for him in a heartbeat. Simply read the description here and let me know if it doesn't, at least make you curious what he's storing up for you inside.

Click here to read the description of the book

I never knew what a Libertarian was, what their values were or why I should even consider their party. That's all changed. I'm a fan. Love Harry Browne.

2. The Secret of Selling Anything (by Harry Browne) - This was the first book I bought from dude. He got it. He was a master sales guy, a master at sales psychology and knew how to write copy. I'd recommend incorporating this book into whatever your sales training if nothing more than filling in basic blanks that so many other trainings just plain miss.

It's gold and coupled with the next book on my list, you will be a unstoppable and very dangerous sale force to compete against.

Click Here to check out the description

3. No: The Only Negotiation System You Need For Work and Home (by Jim Camp) - Frequently referred to as one of the world's most feared negotiators (he passed in 2015), I MUST admit, this book has become my negotiating bible and I use principles to help me craft my own high ticket proposals that RARELY fail (usually if they do it's because I got impatient and tried to cut corners somewhere).

This is MUST read reading that I would recommend to someone who's paid me to coach them and, sadly, not enough people know about this amaze balls book.

The other thing to note about this book is it's NOT available on Kindle, which takes it's value up a notch due to it's exclusivity and, quite possibly, it's rarity.

If you can find it...get it.

Worth 1000X whatever the current price tag is.

4. Tools of Titans (by Tim Ferriss) - The book is basically a compendium and summary of past folks Tim has had on his podcasts and the wonderful lessons they've had to impart.

You can skip the book and just listen to the podcast and read his blog to get the same content, but the book is more of a convenience than anything and the wonderful insights you get from each of the contributors (who've all made amazing accomplishments throughout their lives) is well worth the read.

Inspirational, insightful and counter-intuitively thought provoking.

Recommend.

5. The 365 Stoic (by Ryan Holiday) - If you've never read anything about stoic philosophy, this is an excellent intro into the subject matter.

It's all about how to live an even keel life and how to maintain your emotional levels no matter the situation.

Dealing with life as it happens and keeping your emotions in check.

The way it's written is brilliant...read one chapter (about 2 pages long) each day. Get a little lesson, a little perspective and maybe a helpful lesson that could actually help you deal with your own personal adversity, no matter how big or small.

It's helped me deal with my own feelings a great deal.

6. Value Based Fees (by Alan Weiss) - Good lord...why does anyone charge for anything any other way?

Charging by the hour is actually a conflict of interest (if you ask me). If the service provider is good and can do a job quickly, they penalize themselves. If they suck, the client gets penalized and pays more for something that someone else could have handled sooner?

It's just not smart.

It also helps folks get a handle on how to evaluate and anchor value in the world of your prospect so that you can comfortably and confidently ask whatever you think you're worth for whatever it is you offer.

Must have for service providers, coaches, consultants, and anyone that is trying to understand how to reframe or at least better articulate value (MJ talks about skews, etc).

Game changer.

7. Building A Story Brand

---Oops...I gotta run so will finish this later.

Hope you dig so far and would love to know your thoughts about these recommendations, even if you dislike.
 

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Just finishing up a review copy of Danny Iny's upcoming release Leveraged Learning. I'm developing a business around online courses and coaching, using one of Danny's courses to understand best practices for developing the online course part. Brilliant guy. I recommend the book to anyone who has children to educate or any influence on public education, which IMO has been broken for decades. And of course for online course developers.

On deck, Eben Pagan's Opportunity.
 

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