Yeah that’s one of those sayings you’re going to hear quite a lot if you stay in MLM circles for any time at all. Most people just hear it and let it wash over them like water rolling off a ducks’ back.
If only they took it to heart and cracked open a book
What got me to thinking about books was a rare email from a guy I follow. His name is Andre Chaperon and he’s a professional copywriter of quite some fame in Internet Marketing circles. His email was talking about a blog post he just read by the very famous American author, Ryan Holiday.
Both Andre and Ryan (yeah like we’re on a first name basis) were talking about the value of buying books, reading and making notes when reading. We are all bombarded by a jet stream of information on a constant basis now and it’s only going to get worse. It’s never going to let up. So how do we know which things to retain in our brain?
Well both these guys take notes. Ryan has a whole paper system, with index cards and colored tabs. Andre uses an app called Gingko
Andre mentioned how many books he purchased in the last year and Ryan touched on buying books as a tax deduction. Both buy books as opposed to borrowing books. The idea is to build your own library. Something you can be proud of and go to anytime.
Leaders ARE Readers
It’s not just some stupid saying that someone said to you. It’s a real thing. Anyone who has ever made it to the top is a reader. If you’re not then you’re dooming yourself to failure. That’s not me being rude and unkind to you, it’s just a fact.
While I was reading Ryans post I happened to wonder how many books I purchased this year. I went to my Amazon Account and copied and pasted all the books. I didn’t go and bother with the many Audible and Kindle versions I also purchased.
Some of these books I’ve read before. I bought them again because I didn’t have them here in Cambodia. When I buy anything form Amazon, I have to get it sent to a repackaging, freight forwarding company in Florida. Then they ship it to me here in Phnom Penh. It really adds a lot to the cost but it’s really the only sure way I can count on getting what I ordered.
Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making MachineMichalowicz, Mike
The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any FieldMichalowicz, Mike
Legion of the DamnedHassel, Sven
Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your TeamSinek, Simon
Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will ListenMiller, Donald
Social Media Marketing – when you have NO CLUE!: Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, FacebookGabrielle, Gundi
As a Man ThinkethAllen, James
The Greatest Salesman in the World, Part 2: The End of the StoryMandino, Og
The Greatest Salesman in the WorldMandino, Og
The Richest Man in BabylonClason, George S.
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite SexGray, John
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market ProfitsGreenblatt, Joel
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!Kiyosaki, Robert T.
The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire (20th Anniversary Edition)Deida, David
No More Mr Nice GuyGlover, Robert A.
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st CenturyNapoleon Hill
The Little Book That Still Beats the MarketGreenblatt, Joel
Start Writing Your Book Today: A Step-by-Step Plan to Write Your Nonfiction Book, From First Draft to Finished ManuscriptMacDonald, Morgan Gist
The Rational MaleTomassi, Rollo
The Big Secret for the Small Investor: A New Route to Long-Term Investment Successby Greenblatt, Joel
Low Carb Easy Family Meals– How to be a low carb family.: 35 easy recipes you and your children will love.Jenkinson, Libby
Low carb starter pack – The complete beginners’ guide.: The easy way to learn how to start low carb living today.Jenkinson, Libby
The Wrong Side of Goodbye (A Harry Bosch Novel)Connelly, Michael
Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords: How to Access 100 Million People in 10 Minutes (Ultimate Series)Marshall, Perry
Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising: How to Access 1 Billion Potential Customers in 10 Minutes (Ultimate Series)Marshall, Perry
How to Write a Screenplay That Doesn’t Suck (and Will Actually Sell): Vol. 1 of the ScriptBully Screenwriting SeriesRogan, Michael
How to Write Your Own Life Story: The Classic Guide for the Nonprofessional WriterDaniel, Lois
The Screenwriter’s Bible, 6th Edition: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (Expanded & Updated)David Trottier
Nazi Gold: The Sensational Story of the World’s Greatest Robbery – and the Greatest Criminal Cover-UpSayer, Ian
As you can see it’s a list with some assorted genre’s, it’s certainly not all business or self development. The subjects you read about aren’t what is important. What is important is that we come to see reading as something essential to our well being, not a chore. I blame school for that.
It really is a very satisfying feeling when you are deep into a book that is really something you dig.
Tell me, did you buy more books than me this year?
Which books do you like best?
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