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Influential Business Books That I Love

3 Key Points in this Episode:

  1. Learn about the most influential business books that have helped me.
  2. I will share the lessons I have learned applying what I learned from these books.
  3. I will share the impact these amazing books had on my career and life.

Show Notes:

Episode 130: During my 20+ year career I have read some books that really changed the trajectory of my career and life. I love these books and I love the ideas that these books represent, and I hope that they will help you as much as they have helped me.

In my early career, I was transitioning into sales for the first time and I had a mentor who took me under his wing. He saw something in me that I didn’t know existed and he took the time to teach me the fundamentals of sales.

Then he asked me if I knew who Brian Tracy was. I had never heard of him before and my sales mentor told me to read The Psychology of Selling.

He said, “Jamie I want you to read this book and do what it says, and I promise you that you will double your income in one year.”

I read the book twice and I did what it recommended, and I doubled my income in one year. It was like magic and I am so grateful to my sales mentor for recommending the book.

I read many of Brian Tracy’s books and they are all great, but I want to recommend two specifically. Eat That Frog! Will help you to stop procrastinating and get things done. Also, Brian wrote a book called Leadership that was great.

Brian emailed me one time, and this is what he had to say:

“Thank you, Jamie. Congratulations! I am delighted to have been able to contribute to your success. Of course, you have always been a winner. You just needed a couple of good ideas to release your potential. Good luck! Brian”

That was very cool to get an email of encouragement from this business legend. You can access Brian’s books with a link I’ve provided in the show notes.

In 2008 I mentioned to a friend of mine that I was planning on starting my own business. He was the CEO of a business that operated on the E-Myth paradigm but of course, at that time I knew nothing about that.

This business mentor asked me if I had ever heard of Michael E. Gerber and the E-Myth.

I said, “who is Michael E. Gerber and what is the E-Myth?”

He said, “Jamie, you have to read the E-Myth and I promise you that it will make you a better entrepreneur.”

So, I read the E-Myth Revisited and I fell in love. I have read the E-Myth Revisited over a dozen times and I have read Awaken the Entrepreneur Within and Beyond the E-Myth several times as well.

You can find the E-Myth Library (links are in the show notes) and listen to a replay of my interview with Michael in episode 120.

As I continued my journey, I fell in love with learning from the business books I was reading, and I have read dozens and dozens of books since.

After the break, I am going to tell you some of my other favorite books that I have read recently.

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We are back from our break, now before the break, I promised I would share with you some of the more recent books that I have read that I recommend.

Tony Robbins wrote a financial book called Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook where he interviewed 50 of the top financial minds in the world and distilled their advice into an easy to understand step-by-step handbook.

Jordan B. Peterson wrote a book called 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos which I found to be psychologically challenging and yet was filled with common sense.

Steven Hassan wrote a ground-breaking book many years ago called Combatting Cult Mind Control which has been released on audio and is now called Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults. You need to read this book because cults are everywhere, and they do pose a threat to you and your loved ones and the best antidote is education.

Daniel Goleman wrote a book that I just finished reading called FOCUS: The Hidden Driver for Excellence that will help you understand the neuroscience behind productivity and getting important things done.

Mel Robbins wrote a book called The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage that truly will help you change your life by crushing thoughts like “it’s cold outside I don’t want to run” or “I’m not good enough to be a podcast host” in 5-seconds or less.

Bob Burg has written a series of books but the original The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea was my first introduction to this thesis. Bob will be a guest on the podcast in episode 134. The idea of giving to others as a strategy for success is by no means a new strategy, I believe about 2000 years ago Jesus said “there is more happiness in giving than receiving” but Bob explains why this principle can be applied to business.

The reality is that I could go on and on with more recommendations, but I will leave you with this thought:

“To the writing of books there will be no end but since you can never learn too much, I recommend that you draw deeply from the well of knowledge that is available to you. Keep learning and be determined to build a better business.”

This brings episode 130 to a conclusion.

Next Episode:

Just before I tell you about what the next episode is going to be about, I wanted to let you know that this will be my last solo episode for a few weeks.

The podcast is now considered a top-rated podcast by many of the people who book guests on podcasts and I have been overwhelmed by the great people who want to be on the podcast.

To catch up on the interviews I am going to air two interviews a week, one on Tuesday and one on Friday for a few weeks. If most of you absolutely hate this idea and demand that I do a solo episode each week I would love to hear from you, and I will reconsider this decision.

If you are okay with it and want to learn from some great business minds, then I will air two interviews a week and get caught up.

Speaking of a great business mind on Tuesday, we are going to talk to Paul Chato, and he is going to share with us Google Best Practices for Your Website.

Talk to you on Tuesday.

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