What are some good books I should be reading? Recommendations?

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Hey Warriors,

I want to start reading some books on the side when I
have time or just want to take a load off.

I have not read many of the books out there so pretty
much anything goes.

I know there is a ton of good oldies I should read, but I
am also interested in seeing if there are some really powerful
newer books.

These can be self help/success books or marketing books.
Basically any book that has helped you and you think I
should read as well.

Point me towards some books I simply cannot live without
#books #good #reading #recommendations
  • Profile picture of the author jsherloc
    I recently finished "The Power of Persuasion" by Robert Levine. It is an AWESOME book that will amaze you if you are into any type of marketing.

    Also, the classic, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie.

    I have been looking for some new books to read as well.


    Jim
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Anything by Seth Godin.

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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Johnson
    Well, some absolutely great ones (which do happen to be "oldies") are:
    How to Write a Good Advertisement by Victor Schwab
    Tested Advertising Methods by John Caples

    This one is a bit newer (but still very good):
    Web Copy that Sells by Maria Veloso

    And I plan on reading The Copywriter's Handbook by Robert Bly next. I have really good things about it too.

    ~Mrs. Johnson
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  • Profile picture of the author ltomacruise
    any suggestions for a new real estate invseting business which needs to start a buyer and seller list?
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    The E Myth, by Michael Gerber
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    • Profile picture of the author Easy Cash
      Originally Posted by Matthew Maiden View Post

      The E Myth, by Michael Gerber

      Yes - and his Master book as well.
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      • Profile picture of the author K. Rondo
        Read books that the American author Robert Greene has published.

        The books that I am advising you to read will elevate you to an
        entirely new playing field.

        When you allow your mind to absorb the concepts, strategies, and tactics
        of his books: you will slowly find yourself becoming the puppet master instead
        of the puppet.
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        • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Eddy
          Looks like I will be reading for a long time, great list so far
          warriors. Thanks for the replies.

          Ah, listening to them on audio would be nice, I will send you a PM.
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          • Profile picture of the author Ruth Hendrickson
            Another really good book by Dale Carnegie is "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living."

            Another good oldie is Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. It's powerful and changed my entire way of thinking about 30 years go.

            The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is good to read after you see the video.
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          • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Eddy
            With all these books and all of this information to take in,
            do you guys believe you ever take much from it? I mean
            it's so much great information, but in the end do you think
            it actually has an effect on you?

            I mean I guess you just find little pieces in each which
            slowly shape you and help you, but I always wondered if
            it just went in and then went right back out.

            I guess it's all about the little golden nuggets you find
            every once in awhile.

            What do you guys think?
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            • Profile picture of the author Ruth Hendrickson
              Reading books can have a definite positive effect that you take with you. It's true that many are alike and few really stand out, but keep reading and every now and then you'll find that special nugget that inspires you.
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            • Profile picture of the author K. Rondo
              Originally Posted by Benjamin Eddy View Post

              With all these books and all of this information to take in,
              do you guys believe you ever take much from it? I mean
              it's so much great information, but in the end do you think
              it actually has an effect on you?

              I mean I guess you just find little pieces in each which
              slowly shape you and help you, but I always wondered if
              it just went in and then went right back out.

              I guess it's all about the little golden nuggets you find
              every once in awhile.

              What do you guys think?
              Ben this exerpt is from one of Robert Greene's books.
              It is a partial explanation to what you want answered.

              "For centuries people have searched for the magic formula that would give them the power
              to influence others through words. This search has been mostly elusive. Words have strange, paradoxical qualities: offer people advice, for instance, no matter how sound, and you imply
              that you know more than they do. To the extent that this strikes at their insecurities, your wise words may merely have the effect of entrenching them in the very habits you want to change."

              There is a very powerful marketing message within that paragrah.

              Cont.
              "...This does not mean that the search for power through language is futile, only that it must be much more strategic and based on knowledge of fundamental psychology. What really changes us and our behavior is not the actual words uttered by someone else but our own experience, something that comes not from without but from within. An event occurs that shakes us up emotionally, breaks up our usual patterns of looking at the world, and has a lasting impact on us. Something we read or hear from a great teacher makes us question what we know, causes us to meditate on the issue at hand, and in THE PROCESS CHANGES HOW WE THINK. The ideas are internalized and felt as personal experience...Only what stirs deep within us, taking root in our minds as thought and experience, has the power to change what we do in a lasting way."

              He goes a lot deeper than this; later giving historical and sociological examples, and psychological explanations.

              There is much more intereting content to quote but my fingers are getting tired
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              • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Eddy
                Originally Posted by K. Rondo View Post

                Ben this exerpt is from one of Robert Greene's books. It is a partial explanation to what you want answered......
                Thanks for posting this Rondo. I definitely agree with
                what he is saying. Interesting stuff.

                It's not the books per say, it's how you read them and
                interpret their meanings into your own life.
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            • Profile picture of the author curt
              Originally Posted by Benjamin Eddy View Post

              With all these books and all of this information to take in,
              do you guys believe you ever take much from it? I mean
              it's so much great information, but in the end do you think
              it actually has an effect on you?

              I mean I guess you just find little pieces in each which
              slowly shape you and help you, but I always wondered if
              it just went in and then went right back out.

              I guess it's all about the little golden nuggets you find
              every once in awhile.

              What do you guys think?
              Hi Benjamin,

              It depends on what you're reading. I always enjoyed this quote by Joseph Campbell:

              When you find a writer who really is saying something to you, read everything that writer has written and you will get more education and depth of understanding out of that than reading a scrap here and a scrap there and elsewhere. Then go to people who influenced that writer, or those who were related to him, and your world builds together in an organic way that is really marvelous.
              That's what I do. I've found some people who really speak to me, and I read everything by them.

              Of course, you have to act on their information if anything's going to happen for you. Maybe block out time to read and study... and then block out time to act on your new knowledge.

              I'm currently reading a biography of Warren Buffet--The "Oracle Of Omaha". His partner, Charlie Munger, said that Buffet's a success because he's a "learning machine". He's always reading and asking questions and thinking. He never stops.

              Of course, after he's digested this info, he uses it to build his companies and buy new ones. That's why he's one of the richest men in the world.

              Curt.
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              • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Eddy
                Originally Posted by curt View Post

                Hi Benjamin,

                It depends on what you're reading. I always enjoyed this quote by Joseph Campbell:



                That's what I do. I've found some people who really speak to me, and I read everything by them.

                Of course, you have to act on their information if anything's going to happen for you. Maybe block out time to read and study... and then block out time to act on your new knowledge.

                I'm currently reading a biography of Warren Buffet--The "Oracle Of Omaha". His partner, Charlie Munger, said that Buffet's a success because he's a "learning machine". He's always reading and asking questions and thinking. He never stops.

                Of course, after he's digested this info, he uses it to build his companies and buy new ones. That's why he's one of the richest men in the world.

                Curt.
                Hmmm thanks for sharing this Curt. I like it, makes a lot of sense.

                Good stuff guys, thanks
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            • Profile picture of the author carmene
              For me the vast reading is awesome! It allows me to pretty much write my 400 word articles write out of my head!

              Carmen




              Originally Posted by Benjamin Eddy View Post

              With all these books and all of this information to take in,
              do you guys believe you ever take much from it? I mean
              it's so much great information, but in the end do you think
              it actually has an effect on you?

              I mean I guess you just find little pieces in each which
              slowly shape you and help you, but I always wondered if
              it just went in and then went right back out.

              I guess it's all about the little golden nuggets you find
              every once in awhile.

              What do you guys think?
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  • Profile picture of the author Pat Ordenes
    "Would Google Do?" by Jeff Jarvis...
    I dont think its release yet, but will be out this month Through Amazon. I've read great reviews on it, and should be a good read!
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    • Profile picture of the author digimix
      I would suggest to start with the classics
      Think and grow rich
      The Richest Manin Babylon
      All books by Jim Rohn

      then move to the contemporaries.
      all books by Robert Kiyosaki
      The one miniute millionaire Robert Allen & Victor Hansen
      4 hour work week by Tim Ferris
      Multiple streams of internet income Robert Allen
      Rich Jerk
      E-Myth Revisited by Bob Proctor

      The best thing is that you can now hear them as audiobooks.
      This cuts your learning time by 90%
      Pm me if you want to know where you can get these and more for free
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    Permission Marketing, Seth Godin.
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    How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis (Founder of Maxim Magazine)

    The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

    The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump

    Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

    Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl

    Do You! by Russell Simmons
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  • Profile picture of the author kaden
    I just bought the SEO Bible. Very good so far. I'm new to this so it is helping me tremendously. I also got a book on html writing and reading, it's helped a ton also.
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    • Profile picture of the author marcanthony
      The Fountainhead by Aye Rand

      I learned a lot from Howard Roark(the main character)

      It's not a marketing or self help book but, there are many subtle lessons to be learned that can be translated and used to help you in business.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kenneth L
        Originally Posted by marcanthony View Post

        The Fountainhead by Aye Rand

        I learned a lot from Howard Roark(the main character)

        It's not a marketing or self help book but, there are many subtle lessons to be learned that can be translated and used to help you in business.
        It's an amazing book! Love it but....

        I can think of one even better....

        Any guesses?

        Okay, then...

        (This is John Galt speaking!)

        Atlas Shrugged

        Best book ever!
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        • Profile picture of the author marcanthony
          Originally Posted by Kenneth Rearden View Post

          It's an amazing book! Love it but....

          I can think of one even better....

          Any guesses?

          Okay, then...

          (This is John Galt speaking!)

          Atlas Shrugged

          Best book ever!
          Whoa! That's a bold statement!

          I've been planning on reading Atlas Shrugged and the rest of her books.

          If Atlas Shrugged is better than The Fountainhead... I'd find that to be absolutely amazing.

          Take care!

          Marc
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    • Profile picture of the author Adam Kenzington
      Originally Posted by kaden View Post

      I just bought the SEO Bible. Very good so far. I'm new to this so it is helping me tremendously. I also got a book on html writing and reading, it's helped a ton also.
      Hey Kaden,

      Which HTMl book did you read? I am looking for a good book on the subject.

      Thanks
      Adam
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      • Profile picture of the author kaden
        it is called html, xhtml, &css sixth edition. by elizabeth castro
        I bought it at borders. It has been very helpfull.

        Originally Posted by Adam Kenzington View Post

        Hey Kaden,

        Which HTMl book did you read? I am looking for a good book on the subject.

        Thanks
        Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author KatieWilliams
    The books that have made the biggest difference to my life are:

    The Success Principles - Jack Canfield
    The Game of Life - Florence Scovel Schinn

    They don't get mentioned in these lists very often, but I've read a lot of the other books already mentioned and these two made a bigger impact on my mindset than any of the others.

    I think with any books it depends when you read them, if you're ready to really see the golden nuggets in them, and if you're then ready to act on what you read. Just reading alone doesn't do anyone much good.

    Katie
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  • Profile picture of the author nick1123
    The E-myth
    Psychology of Persuasion
    All books by Seth Godin...just finished tribes and it was good
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    I just finished reading Joel Comm's book "Click Here To Order" and really enjoyed it. It provides a history and insight into Internet Marketing and profiles some of the big names in our industry.
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    PhotoReading: Paul R. Scheele.
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    The Four Hour Work Week
    Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good (great book on web 2.0 start up stories)
    Founders At Work (another great start up stories)
    eMillions
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  • Profile picture of the author glennpcarver
    Here is a great Ebook I just found by internet marketing Guru Brad Fallon:
    Creating Customers Out of Thin Air (Secrets of online Marketing)

    Google Brad Fallon for the link.
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    Persuasion is one of the areas that can reallyu put
    monmey in your pocket - how to get people to do
    what you want while thinking it was their idea,
    basically.

    I'm a fan of Kevin Hogan's stuff. You can get some
    really amazing information on his website. The
    guy really delivers.

    Also Roger Dawson's book "Secrets of Power Persuasion"
    is much under-appreciated. It's first rate.
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    • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Eddy
      Originally Posted by KatieWilliams View Post

      The books that have made the biggest difference to my life are:

      The Success Principles - Jack Canfield
      The Game of Life - Florence Scovel Schinn

      They don't get mentioned in these lists very often, but I've read a lot of the other books already mentioned and these two made a bigger impact on my mindset than any of the others.

      I think with any books it depends when you read them, if you're ready to really see the golden nuggets in them, and if you're then ready to act on what you read. Just reading alone doesn't do anyone much good.

      Katie
      Yes, I guess it comes down to knowledge is nothing without
      the action to go with it.

      Originally Posted by Loren Woirhaye View Post

      Persuasion is one of the areas that can reallyu put
      monmey in your pocket - how to get people to do
      what you want while thinking it was their idea,
      basically.

      I'm a fan of Kevin Hogan's stuff. You can get some
      really amazing information on his website. The
      guy really delivers.

      Also Roger Dawson's book "Secrets of Power Persuasion"
      is much under-appreciated. It's first rate.
      So true... Thanks for these authors.
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      • Profile picture of the author jmidas
        Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

        Anything by Dan Kennedy

        Influence - The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

        All Marketers Are Liars - Seth Godin

        Marketing Outrageously - Jon Spoelstra

        Start with Atlas Shrugged.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kenneth L
          Originally Posted by jmidas View Post

          Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

          Anything by Dan Kennedy

          Influence - The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

          All Marketers Are Liars - Seth Godin

          Marketing Outrageously - Jon Spoelstra

          Start with Atlas Shrugged.
          Absolutely.

          It still blows my mind that anyone could write something so amazing...

          Reading Atlas was right up there with the very best experiences of my life.
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          • Profile picture of the author jmidas
            Kenneth, I agree. It never get's old.
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            • Profile picture of the author Bryan Toder
              Maybe I missed is, but did someone recommend "Book Yourself Solid"? Great business book on many levels.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShelbyC
    I second Jim Rohn, Ayn Rand, Dan Kennedy, Dr. Maxwell Maltz, and Napolean Hill. These guys are all great.

    As for if books benefit you and how much impact they really have just look back through history and take a look at every great man, almost all of them were extensive readers at a time when information was very costly.

    To me a good book signifies a way to connect with a person's cumulative life experience. It allows you to counterbalance much of the negativity the world offers by filling your head with positive messages.
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    • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Eddy
      Originally Posted by jmidas View Post

      Kenneth, I agree. It never get's old.
      Originally Posted by Kenneth Rearden View Post

      It's an amazing book! Love it but....

      I can think of one even better....

      Any guesses?

      Okay, then...

      (This is John Galt speaking!)

      Atlas Shrugged

      Best book ever!
      Originally Posted by jmidas View Post

      Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

      Anything by Dan Kennedy

      Influence - The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

      All Marketers Are Liars - Seth Godin

      Marketing Outrageously - Jon Spoelstra

      Start with Atlas Shrugged.
      Hmmm guess I will have to check out Atlas Shrugged.

      Thanks for all the recommendations guys. A great list. I could be reading for a very long time with this
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    Conversations With God ~ Neale Donald Walsch
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  • Profile picture of the author TracyNeedham
    Anything by Dan Kennedy
    Tuned In
    Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive
    The Science of Getting Rich
    Psycho-Cybernetics
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  • Profile picture of the author Monetize
    In addition to the business books mentioned above, be sure to read
    Catherine Ponder's prosperity series starting with my favorite -
    The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rachel Incoll
    Here's my list in no particular order.

    The One-Minute Millionaire - Hansen & Allen (I take it out for a re-read every couple of months it's so good)
    Over the Top - Zig Ziglar (in fact any of Zig's books)
    The E-Myth Revisited - Gerber
    If You Want to be Rich & Happy Don't Go to School - Kiyosaki (all his books are really good, but after you've read a couple, many of them tend to be pretty much the same thing, just re-written).
    You Call the Shots - Cameron Johnson

    Cheers

    Rachel
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  • Profile picture of the author theinfomaven
    MindOS by Dr. Paul (Google it).

    If you can't manage yourself and run a business with that info, or turn yourself around, you need to pack up and get a construction job.

    It's top notch.
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