The Entrepreneur Forum | Startups | Entrepreneurship | Starting a Business | Motivation | Success

NOTABLE! What book are you reading? Right now. Post up!

Remove ads while supporting the Unscripted philosophy...become an INSIDER.

The Abundant Man

Gold Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Speedway Pass
Jul 3, 2018
1,431
2,051
555
The Penguin History of Canada.

I needed a break from reading entrepreneurial or business books. And, besides, I'm a history graduate living in Canada for the year, so it's good reading for me. Did you know camels are native to North America?
How did the association of camels and Egypt come to be?

Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
 

Don't like ads? Remove them while supporting the forum. Subscribe.

ZF Lee

Platinum Contributor
FASTLANE INSIDER
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Speedway Pass
Jul 27, 2016
2,215
3,873
906
21
Malaysia
If you don’t mind I’d like to know why you were extra concerned and what action reading this book prompted you to make?
Here's a few things that put me to work.

I still had a lot of 'guilt' from not participating in the Bitcoin rush, TBH.

Needed a thourough analysis of what crypto is, and how does it matter or not to me.

Basically put, the better gains in crypto, be it whether you are an investor or actually doing active stuff, come in the version 2.0 of crypto. That is the same way with the Internet. The best stuff came later, what with Google, YouTube and whatnot. And with quantum computing advances, it should come sooner than expected.

So that is done with the crypto guilt that plagued me for a bit.

Next, the author talks about how commodities generally have been overlooked as a great field, compared to tech.

We have lots of tech to produce the commodities at low cost in huge bulk, but in the future, the author predicts a great global conflict that would sap resources such as commodities, returning it back to the glory days. Doesn't have to be a full-blown war.

A lot of my country's industries are still reliant on producing commodities. I will need to begin to learn about them, as it may well be that i might meet some of their players later in the future. My country is a small place after all.

Yes, I know the book has an anarcho-capitalism theme to it, but at least it is a lot better than pure anarchy and communism lol. And somehow I could begin to understand where Globalwealth was coming from, in many of his emails discussing tax and government in general.
 

Plank

That's not sawdust.. it's Man Glitter
FASTLANE INSIDER
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Jul 20, 2016
30
121
134
38
Tennesse
The rational male, if you're a man and haven't read it, do so now!! Jesus I wish I had that book back when I was 15 or younger..
It's the "millionaire fastlane" of its genre, "self realization/awakening/relationship advice/people skills, etc. Really hard to put that book in a box..
 

Olimac21

Silver Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Speedway Pass
Dec 3, 2015
443
579
260
27
Belo Horizonte, Brasil
The rational male, if you're a man and haven't read it, do so now!! Jesus I wish I had that book back when I was 15 or younger..
It's the "millionaire fastlane" of its genre, "self realization/awakening/relationship advice/people skills, etc. Really hard to put that book in a box..
I 100% agree, very eye opening book.
 

Zcott

Silver Contributor
FASTLANE INSIDER
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Speedway Pass
Jul 24, 2018
293
585
245
How did the association of camels and Egypt come to be?

Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
They crossed the Bering land bridge into Asia, just as humans went the other way crossing into North America. Once the bridge became submerged the remaining camel in North America were hunted to extinction by humans.
 

Ganglion

Contributor
Nov 21, 2018
27
49
19
United Kingdom
The Secret of Selling Anything by Harry Browne.

Recommended by Ken McCarthy. Excellent book on selling, much of the same advice MJ gives - to focus on what the customer wants, rather than what you want to create. I've read it once before, and I'm reading it again.
 

scott.legendre

Bronze Contributor
Speedway Pass
Aug 5, 2013
82
182
148
34
Is it good compared to Influence: Psychology of Persuasion?
So far I would say yes. It has many examples of how people are influenced by the environment around them in subtle ways. It's more about persuasion over time and the subtleties of influence.

I'm enjoying it. Similar to the other book, it's filled with different examples and studies on how the concepts work and the results of different tests.

I'm going to have to listen to it more than once for sure to understand it all.
 

ericaung

Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Oct 6, 2018
43
42
55
Currently reading: The lean startup
No more Mr Nice guy!
how to sh*t happened
 

Don't like ads? Remove them while supporting the forum. Subscribe.

Pavlos

New Contributor
FASTLANE INSIDER
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
May 2, 2018
23
16
26
Germany
The 4 hour work week by "You know him". Was in the library so I am going through it...
 

Fastlane Liam

Silver Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
Speedway Pass
Feb 10, 2018
376
542
249
23
United Kingdom
Just finished yesterday "10 pillars of wealth", actually they are 11, by Alex Becker

Waiting for my amazon order of 10 books (my bday present!!!) :)
I really enjoyed that book. A nice little book with some great tips and life advice from Becker. Hes also very honest and doesn't hold back on things
 

MJ DeMarco

Administrator
Staff member
EPIC CONTRIBUTOR
FASTLANE INSIDER
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Summit Attendee
Speedway Pass
Jul 23, 2007
30,248
109,146
3,751
Fountain Hills, AZ

Tommo

Silver Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Speedway Pass
Jan 21, 2018
406
663
273
66
Perth Australia

Olimac21

Silver Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Speedway Pass
Dec 3, 2015
443
579
260
27
Belo Horizonte, Brasil
Listening to on Audible:

Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins.

It's all about the mind.
If you don't know about him, read his wikipedia cover. He shares most of us are only using 40% of our mind. Incredible story.
I was thinking about reading/ listening to this one. Which are your major takeaways so far?
 

FinTech

Contributor
Nov 14, 2018
18
22
17
FYI: Fooled by Randomness by Taleb is on sale via Kindle.



Will be my next non-fiction read.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001FA0W5W/?tag=tff-amazonparser-20
Reading AntiFragile now, but honestly probably boring to most people. MJ you would probably love how he crushes academics as "fragilistas" and clueless compared to practitioners. Makes the historical case that doing is greater than theorizing. Taleb can also do that because he has credentials to run in the super intellectual circles. Dynamic Hedging is one of the best books I've ever read. Not like guy in who is always like "well I'm street smart you are just book smart", but is actually just dumb. Taleb is both street smart and book smart and rails on academics the entire book. Haha I love it.

I wouldn't ever recommend Antifragile even though I really like it.

Fooled by randomness should be read by every human.
 

Don't like ads? Remove them while supporting the forum. Subscribe.

DakonSG

New Contributor
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
May 17, 2018
23
18
22
Woodbury, Minnesota
I'm currently reading several books at once.

I think books can be a lot like music: sometimes I'm in the mood for one genre, and sometimes I'm in the mood for another.

My List
The Unfair Advantage by Duane Lakin
Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port
The Outward Mindset by The Arbinger Institute
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
Get the Truth by Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero
Manifesting Change by Mike Dooley
Go Put Your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham
The Creative Curve by Allen Gannett
Sell Anything To Anybody by George Hutton
The Science of Interpersonal Relations by Ian Tuhovsky
Infectious: How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within by Achim Nowak
Pre-Framing by George Hutton
 

DakonSG

New Contributor
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
May 17, 2018
23
18
22
Woodbury, Minnesota
Also, if someone has any recommendations that aren't too "main-streamy" about human psychology, interpersonal communication, metaphysics and the human side of business, would you please post your list and tag me in your reply?
 

million$$$smile

Platinum Contributor
FASTLANE INSIDER
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Summit Attendee
Speedway Pass
Dec 25, 2012
680
4,606
1,004
Midwest
I was thinking about reading/ listening to this one. Which are your major takeaways so far?
First, of all he doesn't sugar coat what it takes to succeed in any endeavor. He explains it in a raw, unscripted way. If you want to be uncommon, you have to step out of being common.
And it isn't about competing with others or keeping up with the status quo. It is only about competing with YOURSELF. Blowing through your own self doubts, personal limitations and self beliefs. It isn't about overcoming self doubt-it is about destroying it by destroying what you think your capable of.

Recommend the audio version as he basically does a question & answer after each chapter that is unfound in the hard copy version. Highly recommended.
 

maikooo

Contributor
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Dec 7, 2018
121
88
70
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

Quick notes
  • "smaller plates" theory
  • sales - profit = expenses instead of sales - expenses = profit
  • Target Allocation Percentages
  • 10/25 day rule
  • You, the business owner, are the most valuable employee
  • Quarterly profit distribution
TBC
 

Kristie

New Contributor
Dec 8, 2018
21
11
17
Alabama
How this thread works... when you start reading a new book, you update it here. It’s nice to have a log of what everyone on the forum is reading and i’m sure it will spark discussions and recommendations.

I’m also creating the Fastlane Bookclub on Goodreads where you can share what you’re reading, add your favorites, and talk about books. I haven’t explored all the features, but I’m sure there’s a bunch of stuff we’ll benefit from. Join the group!

So, Currently I’m reading

View attachment 21438

Persuasive Advertising: Evidence-based Principles by J. Scott Armstrong

This book translates knowledge about persuasion into evidence-based principles. Useful knowledge about persuasion has been obtained over the last 100 years from the experience of advertising experts and from empirical studies in advertising and other fields including psychology, consumer behavior, law, mass communication, politics, and propaganda.

The principles in Persuasive Advertising provide understandable and easy-to-access guidance for all types of advertising. Including still media such as print and Internet, and motion media such as TV, streaming video, Internet, and radio. They also apply to other types of persuasive communications such as management reports, speeches, and press releases.

Wharton School Professor J. Scott Armstrong spent over 16 years on this book. In recent years, he was assisted by Gerry Lukeman, Chairman Emeritus of Ipsos-ASI and Sandeep Patnaik, Research Director at Gallup and Robinson. Altogether, more than 80 people contributed to Persuasive Advertising by obtaining relevant studies, analyzing data, editing and reviewing, and surveying researchers to ensure that the book correctly summarizes their findings.


Persuasive Advertising summarizes findings from about 3,000 empirical studies and 50 books. It also presents new findings from previously unpublished studies. .

Along with the AdPrin Audit software on AdPrin.com, Persuasive Advertising enables advertisers as well as agencies to quickly and inexpensively identify ways to improve ads – or to determine which of a set of ads will be most effective. For example, it typically requires about an hour for an experienced user to obtain a persuasiveness index for a print ad along with a list of ways to improve the ad.,

By using these principles, advertisers can improve their creativity and effectiveness.​


And

View attachment 21439

Hack Your Motivation: Over 50 Science-Based Strategies to Improve Performance by Bobby Hoffman

Finally!!!! Evidence-based research on motivation that's written in an engaging, humorous, easy-to-read style!"--Karen, Performance & Leadership Consultant

Bobby masterfully bridges the gap between research and practice by applying high quality motivational research to everyday life."--David, Master Educator **"This book is not easy to put down. You will find yourself often referring back to its pages. The a-ha moments will cascade in."--Glenn, Team Leader & Operations Manager

Hack Your Motivation gives you the latest and most reliable performance tools and tips to help you reach your personal or profession goals. Written by motivational scientist and leadership consultant Dr. Bobby Hoffman, this book converts hard-core research from psychology, business, athletics, neuroscience, and education into easy-to-read and simple-to-master strategies. Hoffman includes unorthodox examples from his own life and the lives of others to enlighten, inspire, and amuse ---so anyone can learn to maximize their untapped potential. If achieving glory, feeling good about your accomplishments, or understanding why you do what you do (or don't do) is important to you, then look no further.
What are you reading?
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

Quick notes
  • "smaller plates" theory
  • sales - profit = expenses instead of sales - expenses = profit
  • Target Allocation Percentages
  • 10/25 day rule
  • You, the business owner, are the most valuable employee
  • Quarterly profit distribution
TBC
Ok...I am feeling very, very inferior right about now. I am currently reading a 10 hour federal course to prepare for the upcoming tax season. I haven't read any of these books...yet, but I did browse the Profit First book just last night. I can see how this system can help business owners who are not bookkeeping-minded (for lack of a better term and no offense intended), as it can really help someone visually see how the 'cash flows' since financial reports are like Greek to most business owners because, heck, they didn't start their business to do bookkeeping and most don't run out and take a class in it, which is totally fine. I went as far as to schedule a call, but decided once I got the gist that this wasn't for me and I can't foresee advising my current bookkeeping clients to open up a minimum of 5 bank accounts; however, I can see how this system could benefit many people, so I definitely don't knock it. I am typically a visual person in every other sense and this system would definitely help visual entrepreneurs.
 

Andrew W

Be a Provider.
FASTLANE INSIDER
Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Apr 12, 2018
32
124
126
I'm currently reading the "War of Art". It's pretty good and talks about a concept known as "resistance".
It is about all the distractions that keep you from working on your art/business. It's definitely worth a read if any of you have trouble with procrastination. Also it's a short read, almost finished.
 

DStark

New Contributor
Mar 3, 2017
14
8
17
37
Maryland
I am reading/listening to Jordan Peterson's Maps of Meaning and 12 Rules for Life. I recommend both these as they are absolutely fascinating and 12 rules for life is a great book to help orient yourself in your life. Dr. Peterson has fantastic viewpoints on life and they have helped me and I think would give great perspective to anyone who reads it.
 

Sanj Modha

Platinum Contributor
Speedway Pass
Feb 16, 2016
921
2,767
655
38
Is this a joke?
Not at all. Robbins has written the book with Peter Mallouk and sought advice from billionaire investors like Ray Dalio, Paul Tudor etc.

I can't think of a better place to start. Also, all profits from his book goes to Feeding America.
 

maikooo

Contributor
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Dec 7, 2018
121
88
70
Ok...I am feeling very, very inferior right about now. I am currently reading a 10-hour federal course to prepare for the upcoming tax season. I haven't read any of these books...yet, but I did browse the Profit First book just last night. I can see how this system can help business owners who are not bookkeeping-minded (for lack of a better term and no offense intended), as it can really help someone visually see how the 'cash flows' since financial reports are like Greek to most business owners because, heck, they didn't start their business to do bookkeeping and most don't run out and take a class in it, which is totally fine. I went as far as to schedule a call, but decided once I got the gist that this wasn't for me and I can't foresee advising my current bookkeeping clients to open up a minimum of 5 bank accounts; however, I can see how this system could benefit many people, so I definitely don't knock it. I am typically a visual person in every other sense and this system would definitely help visual entrepreneurs.
Hey @Kristie, no need to feel inferior ... we all have priorities. I usually read first thing when I wake up, for min. 10 min. If I travel with public transport I leave it for that. It feels so good to use the time in the tram or train in a more productive way.

Re. the Profit First book, yeah the 5 accounts could be an overkill. Especially if banks ask ridiculous fees for every account, but otherwise, the concept is solid. Some people don't have the willpower to do the mental separation only and thus Mike recommends those 5 accounts and two different banks :) Well, there is no one "bulletproof" way so I like to say, "learn - get inspired - reflect - adjust to your circumstances" ... cheers
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Sponsored Offers

  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE Fox's Web Design Guide: Earn $100K this year (Yes, 2020!) and Go Fastlane
I have zero coding skills whatsoever. Are coding skills needed? Will the be learned in the...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE How To Create A 100K-1M+ Sales Funnel
@LynX You know, this is a "Marketplace" Thread. Completely appropriate to offer goods and...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE You Are One Call Away From Living Your Dream Life - LightHouse’s Accountability Program ⚡
Dropping a quick note in here to say... if you are on TFL, you are part of an elite group of...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE KAK’s “Kill Bigger” Incubation Program- With DAILY personal attention.
I joined @Kak's business incubator in the first week of May. During our daily chats we uncovered...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE Lex DeVille's - Advanced Freelance Udemy Courses!
This is your May reminder that you can do this. I'll keep it short. These are the May promos...
  • Sticky
MARKETPLACE Grow Your Business With a Book (An Unorthodox Marketing Strategy That Built One of the Largest...
Thanks! This is a cool idea, actually. I would like to use your experience as I heard that these...
  • Sticky
FEATURED! Introducing... WEALTH EXPO$ED, A Short Story By MJ DeMarco
would this be available in paper version? I know it's short, but most of my family is...


Visit A Forum Sponsor
sponsor

New Topics

Fastlane Insiders

View the forum AD FREE.
Private, unindexed content
Detailed process/execution threads
Monthly conference calls with doers
Ideas needing execution, more!

Join Fastlane Insiders.

Top Bottom
AdBlock Detected - Please Disable

Yes, ads can be annoying. But please...

...to support the Unscripted/Fastlane mission (and to respect the immense amount of time needed to manage this forum) please DISABLE your ad-block. Thank you.

I've Disabled AdBlock