Help Me Choose The Best Book From This List

by Hamza
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Hi,

I've been reading around and gathering some book titles here and there, and i wanna buy a couple of books from my list, here it is :

the dream (Gurbaksh chahal)
crush it
rich dad poor dad
the power of now
think big and kick ass
The 4-Hour Workweek
Personal Development for Smart People
Built to Las
Starting From Scratch
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur
Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive
How to Win Friends & Influence People
The 50th Law
How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less
CA$HVERTISING
Psycho-Pictography
Silent Power
Maximum Strength
Work the System
The Millionaire Fastlane


I'm actually also looking for some entrepreneurial type of books, and not only motivational stuff if you know what i mean,


Thanks a lot and have a great day
Hamza
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  • Profile picture of the author NicolasSuccarieh
    From the above list, from the ones I read, I find :
    "4 Hour Workweek" inspiring
    "Rich Dad Poor Dad" entertaining, but more fiction than true stuff
    "The Power of Now" boring
    "How to win friends and influence people" very positive
    "How to make people like you in 90 seconds or less" very good
    and that's it...
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  • Profile picture of the author Oxbloom
    A few random thoughts...

    ...Cashvertising is excellent for what it is. No idea, however, how to compare it to a bunch of self help books. If you're looking for copywriting tips, hacks, and secrets, however, it's a terrific value.

    ...How to Win Friends is full of timeless info, but IMO, you can get as much out of a distilled one-paragraph summary as you can from spending the time reading it. It IS, however, worth your time to dig up such a one-paragraph summary.

    ...There's a pretty long and recent thread on Millionaire Fastlane in the main forum. Might want to check it out.

    ...I believe that "PD for Smart People" is probably the single most misleadingly named best seller of all time.

    ...Crush It and 4HWW are both practical and inspirational. And it's the inspiration part that makes both worthwhile, rather than the nuts and bolts stuff. But that's only IF the way the author writes and thinks resonates with you. Read the intro of each, and if you find yourself getting hooked on either, it's probably worth your while to buy it and read on.

    ...I read 50th Law, cover to cover...what, a couple years ago?...because I really enjoyed Greene's other books. Today, I have no recollection whatsoever of what 50th Law was about, whereas I remember a great deal from his other books. Take that for what it's worth.
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    • Profile picture of the author exite2010
      A few more thoughts to help you along:

      Rich Dad, Poor Dad is very inspirational IMO. I often have friends that ask me about my lifestyle and how it works out of real sincere interest. They can see the benefits but somehow it seems surreal to them. I always borrow them this book first to get them into the thinking and get them motivated. And it's usually hard work getting the book back - lots of them end up buying it for themselves.

      The 4-Hour Workweek: This is the next book I lend them. Its more practical than Rich Dad, Poor Dad but still very motivational as well. There are some real nuggets of practical info for everyone in there though, no matter if your just starting out or have been doing this for a long time.

      How to Win Friends & Influence People. I just started reading this and it's a great read. However as Oxbloom its not a guide packed with info you can go and directly apply. It's more about a mindset. But although as Oxbloom says you could just read about the mindset in one paragraph, I think the way the book is written will make it easier for you to adopt. At least I find so. It has in many ways the same writing style as Think and Grow Rich where the author will want you to make your own realizations along the way. However read this book for fun and then go ahead and pick up something useful while you're at it. Don't invest in it purely as a business book IMO.

      The other books I didn't read, but you did manage to hit my 2 favorite books with Rich Dad, Poor Dad and 4 Hour Workweek
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinP
    When you say you are looking for "entrepreneurial" books I am guessing you mean books written by/about business people with more practical guidance and examples.

    I'm a huge believer in the personal growth messages but the practical guidance is equally important.

    If you want to learn specific entrepreneurial skills like selling, speaking, management, etc... I recommend some of these:

    Bootstrapper's Bible by Seth Godin - direct PDF link here http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/docs/bootstrap.pdf

    The Get Altitude program by Eben Pagan

    Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes

    Good to Great - Jim Collins
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  • Profile picture of the author ngywng
    I had read rich dad poor dad, The 4-Hour Workweek. Both are very good books
    I recommended you read Think and Growth Rich and Masters of Sales
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Dean
    Gotta go with The Four Hour Work Week. It's great at teaching you how to get things done - which could mean applying what you learn in the other books.

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  • Profile picture of the author USGTMauthor
    cashvertising is great. For motivation I would go with Think and Grow Rich or Science of getting rich, both free
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaachun
    Read all of it and make your own judgements.
    As there is no such thing as I've read too much.

    I can only give you feedbacks on books I've read:

    rich dad poor dad - go for it. Can give a very good basic on the fundamental mindsets that differentiate the wealthy and the poor, if you're clueless like I am when I started reading it.

    the power of now - I liked it. Do read between the lines. The premise is sound and very powerful when applied for practical living. You can decide for yourself whether to omit all the spiritual/religious stuffs.

    The 4-Hour Workweek - MUST READ. For the simple reason to know what's possible. To break free of common beliefs about how we should or could live our lives. Do read his latest book 4-Hour Body as well.


    How to Win Friends & Influence People - I do agree with oxbloom. Although the principles are timeless, there are better articles that have more contemporary applications.

    Happy reading.

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    rich dad poor dad is great!
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  • Profile picture of the author Woody C
    Originally Posted by Hamza View Post

    I'm actually also looking for some entrepreneurial type of books, and not only motivational stuff if you know what i mean
    If this is the case then I would highly recommend reading Work the System first to change your mindset about how your life and business should work. It will be one of the best investments in yourself you can make.

    After that, read The Millionaire Fastlane. It is the best book on entrepreneurism I have ever read. MJ's philosophy is down-to-earth and refreshing in it's straight forward methods that always have and always will work to make money fast. Just notice I said, make money fast not make money easily.

    In my opinion, those are the only two books out of that list that you need to be reading right now. Keep it simple and take action. Don't clutter your brain with too much.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fred1
    Originally Posted by Hamza View Post

    Hi,

    I've been reading around and gathering some book titles here and there, and i wanna buy a couple of books from my list, here it is :

    the dream (Gurbaksh chahal)
    crush it
    rich dad poor dad
    the power of now
    think big and kick ass
    The 4-Hour Workweek
    I've highlighted the one's that I've read. Here is how I'd rate them in order.

    1st: Think Big (& Kick Ass) - by Donald Trump

    This book is now called "Think Big." (I think the "kick ass" part turned people off. LOL) This is a great book. I thought it would be worth buying but I honestly didn't expect it to be as great as it turned out to be. The ONLY thing I didn't embrace in the book was his viewpoint on getting revenge. Other than that, I loved the book.

    2nd: Rich Dad, Poor Dad

    3rd: The Dream - by Gurbaksh Chahal

    I read this book in 2 days. It was one of those books that was hard to put down. Chahal is a very sharp guy with vision and an incredible work ethic.

    4th: The Four Hour Work Week

    Listened to the audio book version. Not a fan of this book. It has some good points, but I just didn't connect with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author EliteIM
    Go for "The Dream" By G Chahal. I have this book and it shows you that big organizations need not necessarily be started by guys with huge marketing budget or even years of experience.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Armstrong
      Silent Power - If it's the version I have... don't bother. Very small book that just rehashes ideas that are presented better and in more detail elsewhere.

      The power of now - I really, really enjoyed this one. It's a great book that teaches you how utterly useless and negative dwelling on the past or focusing too much on the future can be. Lots of useful insights on staying in the moment and 'awakening'.

      The one thing I didn't like is towards the end it became a little too spiritual and a lot of the concepts were just too far out there for me to take anything out of. I'm sure there are some people that got a lot out of those parts, just not for me.

      For the most part though I found a lot of useful insights and my way of thinking and every day habits have changed for the better because of it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Paleruby
        Definitely The Millionaire Fastlane

        Paleruby
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Agency
    I will reccomend "rich dad poor dad" by Robert Kiyosaki if I'm not wrong. Really helpful if you really want to earn money.
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  • Profile picture of the author kin_lau
    Rich and poor dad is great. and for entrepreneurial type, read the "The business for 21st century", it's from the rich dad poor dad series as well. I read that book and really change the way I look at businesses. If you want to know more, private message me.

    Another book I recommand is "The Success Principle" by Jack Canfield.
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    • If I would start reading personal development stuff. I would start with these books and in this order:

      1. Rich dad poor dad
      2. 4-hour workweek
      3. Success Principles
      4. 7 habits of highly efficient people
      5. Think & grow rich
      6. Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
      7. Biology of belief
      8. Anatomy of the spirit
      9. Harmonic wealth
      10. How to Win Friends & Influence People

      Hmm...those would me my first 10 books. Just remember to always act upon what you have learned. You remember best in that way.

      -Markus
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      • Profile picture of the author eleary
        Hamza,
        This is a great post. I am a big believer in education and motivation...I read a while ago that people who are interested in being successful business people should read a book a week. I love to read; I cannot seem to find the time to read a book a week - but I do agree - maybe one a month.....
        Rich Dad Poor Dad is a very motivational book. However, I would promote the game Cash Flow over the book. It's super expensive - like $125 but if you can get a group of likeminded people to for a group - this is motivational and educational if you want to be an entrepreneur!
        The 4 Hour Work Week - was very motivational for me - it is actually what really made me start Internet Marketing....
        I haven't seen The Millionaire Mind on this list - it is a book about what millionaires are like - their spending habits, their education levels, people from all walks of life that have become millionaires - excellent book - the author is Thomas J. Stanley. He also wrote The Millionaire next door.
        A couple of people have mentioned - How to Win Friends and Influence People - a must read for sure.... and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - that is one of my favorite books of all time - for every aspect of life. I took a course on this and it is excellent.
        Thanks for starting the thread. I will read some of the books on the list that I haven't read yet!
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      • Profile picture of the author eleary
        Originally Posted by Markus Mustikkamaki View Post

        If I would start reading personal development stuff. I would start with these books and in this order:

        1. Rich dad poor dad
        2. 4-hour workweek
        3. Success Principles
        4. 7 habits of highly efficient people
        5. Think & grow rich
        6. Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
        7. Biology of belief
        8. Anatomy of the spirit
        9. Harmonic wealth
        10. How to Win Friends & Influence People

        Hmm...those would me my first 10 books. Just remember to always act upon what you have learned. You remember best in that way.

        -Markus
        Markus,
        I loved the book the Alchemist, I have read several Paolo Coelho books. For some reason, I find most of them to be very slow until about half way but the last half always leaves me feeling motivated!
        For those of you that have read The Secret - another book I really liked - the Alchemist is similar in message....
        I think that business and sales books are awesome, but I like to mix in pure motivation too. I think we need a mixture, especially in sales. The idea is to motivate yourself into action!! It works!
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    Where's "The Answer"? It should be on your list. Oh, and how could "Think and Grow Rich" not be there either?

    Mindset is more important than anything else, don't underestimate its power.
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    • Profile picture of the author Woody C
      Originally Posted by brettb View Post

      Where's "The Answer"? It should be on your list. Oh, and how could "Think and Grow Rich" not be there either?

      Mindset is more important than anything else, don't underestimate its power.
      1. Maybe he has read those. That is probably why he gave us a specific list of books he hasn't read to recommend so it wouldn't turn into another "best book of all time" thread.

      2. While I agree with you to an extent about mindset, I believe that taking clear, focused action may be a bit more important.
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      • Profile picture of the author Havasupai
        My favorites:

        The Millionaire Fastlane - A must read if you want to start a business. You must learn some principles of why some people are super wealthy in business and others doing the same amount of work struggle. Also talks alot about why people with jobs, even rich people with jobs often struggle. Also focuses on time > money principle.

        Rich Dad Poor Dad - Great for thinking about getting out of the rat race and creating passive income. This is the book that got me out of the employee path.

        Cashflow Quadrant - This book defines the ESBI quadrants, employee, self-employed, businessman and investor. See why Employees and Self-employed are the same whereas businessmem and investors don't trade time for money.

        4HWW - Another great book about why time is precious.
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    I've never read Personal Development for Smart People, but I really like Steve Pavlina's style when he happens to write about something interesting to me. It's very methodical and well thought out. Some of his stuff is kind of out there (which I just choose to ignore, or at least consider and then disregard), but he always approaches things very analytically.
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    4-hour workweek
    rich dad poor dad
    7 habits of highly efficient people
    How to Win Friends & Influence People

    Great list!!!
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    Hello, who is work the system by?
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    • Profile picture of the author Woody C
      Originally Posted by internetsweetie View Post

      Hello, who is work the system by?
      Hey Sweetie,

      Work the System is by Sam Carpenter.

      His blog is here: Work the System

      It is a terrific book about looking at everything in your life as a process or system, then how you can best organize that system to optimize it's use and get the most out of life (mainly time and money) by doing less.
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  • Profile picture of the author mypiapo
    I have never read any of these books, but i myself would choose " The Power of Now". The truth is, the past does not exist anymore, and neither does the future, for it has not come yet. At any minute of the day, all we have is NOW. But of course, we look to the future, because our goal is there, but we must live every minute in the NOW. If we live every moment in the NOW, and do our best to make it the most beautiful and productive, then we are growing at every minute of the day. This will make our future goal come to us quicker. Yes, give thought to the future goal, but dont stress to much about it, wondering how long it will take. Keep your goal in your eye, and move towards its, but live the best you can NOW. Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author mypiapo
    Also, by living in the Now, you shed all that negative emotion and fear that comes by worrying about you future goal. When you do the most you can do Now, you are the most productive and creative. You are able to breath, you are able to see that NOW never ends. And you are also able to see, that the goal you are reaching for, you are doing it NOW, even though you do not see it yet. The process is always Now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Harper
    I think it depends on what your areas of weakness are, but Think and Grow Rich is one I'd recommend to anyone.
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    +1 for 4HWW - lots of practical, actionable and how-to info.

    Am currently reading the Millionaire Fastlane, and halfway through, it's still just story-oriented without any really know-how.

    Lots of those titles tend to be more inspirational and motivational than anything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author JagSEO
    You can also try "Screw It Let's Do it" by Richard Bronson Nice motivational entrepreneurial thing.
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    Sorry I cant help you because before that I have to read that books.
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    rich dad poor dad the best ever books, and the best seller books
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    1. 4hww, 2.millionaire fastlane and 3. rich dad
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    Rich dad Poor dad is good one
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    Hi, I have recently gone through THE DREAM and it is a true master-piece according to me.
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    How To Win Friend And Influence People is a classic and should be read. One of the things that many folks lack these days, especially if we spend so much time on our computers, is the interpersonal people skills that are so crucial to any type of success. Sure this book can be updated but the theories are timeless.
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