Last week, I told a friend that I read 32 books in 2019 and that I’m planning on tackling 50 in 2020. She rightfully asked “how are you able to read so much?” I thought the answer to that question could be helpful to you also.
I have a big goal of reading 50 books in 2020. How? Well you can click here to read my strategy. Here are the first seven I read and my recommendation on whether or not you should take the time to check them out.
This is a great motivational book to start the year off with energy and inspiration. I have been both reading and listening to this one. Cardone’s conversational style in the audiobook is really great. Read this one if you’re looking at taking your life to the next level with 10x effort and 10x results. I highly recommend but only if you are willing to work your face off.
After picking this book up at least 25 times, I finally finished it last night. I didn’t like this one at all and would not recommend it. I picked it up after the recommendation of a work colleague and lets be real… who doesn’t think Jordan Belfort, also known as The Wolf of Wall Street, was a total baller?
Now lets be even more real. If you saw the movie then you know that when the guy did have money he was a straight scum bag and he got all that money by scamming people. Then he lost it all and decided to hack his method through this book. Well, I can’t trust a method that was built on scamming people. Does his sales method really work for legit services and products? It’s tough to say but what’s not tough to say is that today he’s $100 Million in debt. Then, not only did he get busted and go to jail, but he lightened his prison sentence by ratting out all the people he employed and taught.
This guy is human garbage and I regret giving him even a few bucks by purchasing this book. Don’t read it.
I picked up this little toilet read in the airport a few months back and finally knocked it out yesterday. “Toilet read” is what I call little books that you can take down in a couple sittings. ?
This one is cute. It’s a mix of short writings and graphics to get across one point – just simplify your life. Simplify your belongings , your schedule and even your friends. Use the KISS model and Keep It Simple Stupid. I started implementing this, mostly with my belongings and my business ventures a few months back. As one close business confident told me last year “shed which does not serve you.” I’ve been trying to live that.
I liked this little toilet read. It has a great message.
Holy crap this book is awesome! The Mastermind is the true story of Paul La Roux, a geek computer programmer turned international drug kingpin. He founded, built and ran a digital pill mill, delivering illegal prescription pills around the world and helping to fuel America’s opioid epidemic. This is the story of how he did it, how he became a cruel murderer and how he was caught. It’s full of strange stories, like how he tried to create an army of children. He would knock up and pay prostitutes in different countries because most countries won’t extradite the father of citizens. ?
Sidenote: since this book was released there is now mounting evidence that La Roux is Satoshi Nakamoto, the made up name of the bitcoin creator.
I loved this book and couldn’t stop reading over four days.
I enjoyed this one enough to knock it out in two days. I needed this book after the last two years of dealing with what seems like nothing but hard things. Every time I fixed a hard thing another hard thing popped up. Client issues, financial issues, employee issues, other issues. It was just one thing after the other for twenty-four months. Finally I think we are back on track in every respect and the future looks brighter than ever for Push Digital. I just wish I would have read this one earlier.
Horowitz lays out some great advice for dealing with hard things. And lets be real for a minute… yes, I think we are back on track but the hard things will NEVER end. That’s just business. It’s not just at Push Digital. Every single business has the same drama. And really, that’s just life too. As the saying goes “if it were easy everyone would be doing it.” That’s why I pride myself in taking on hard things. I want to be known as the guy who can handle hard things. I can embrace the suck.
This book will not just be a one time read. It will be a daily reference for both big and small decisions. I’ll keep it on my desk at all times. Topics include:
- job titles
- performance reviews
- office politics
- the role of the CEO
- and much more.
I really liked this book a lot, but let me be clear – this is a business book. I would not suggest for those who aren’t in some sort of leadership role.
A lot of characters were fighting for power in Game of Thrones. Most of them did it through military strategy and brute strength. But one of them climbed the status ladder by being sneaky and playing conniving games. This book could be the foundation for the Little Finger character.
I finally finished The 48 Laws of Power today after nearly two years. I kept picking it up and putting it down for many reasons. First, it’s huge and dense. The author gets way too bogged down with stories and examples in an attempt to prove his points with historical references, most of which come from French history. He does, but it’s a bit too much. More importantly, I kept finding myself annoyed because the book could have been titled “How To Be An Asshole.” I just think there are better ways to gain power, like pure hustle and results. This book explains the easy way. And it’s the evil way in many cases. The strategies are great but the intentions are awful.
What I found is that I won’t use a lot of these strategies for myself but this book helped me see when others are using them on me or on the public. It also helped me understand politics even better.
At times I loved this book because it has phenomenal content. At times I hated it because it made me hate humanity and see a lot of conspiracies. I got paranoid, but as my friend and mentor Harvey Peeler says “you’re not paranoid if they really are out to get you.” I recommend but with caution. Don’t be this person.
This book should be required reading for entrepreneurs. I read it about five years ago but forgot much of it. A lot of early Push was based on this book and after reading it again I will be moving back toward this business philosophy. In fact, I may make myself read it quarterly just so that I don’t get off of it. That’s how much I believe in this book.
This is a business book and not worth the time for anyone not running a company. If you are a business owner looking to scale your company, you would be dumb not to read this book.
Stay tuned for the next round of book reviews as I continue my challenge to read 50 books in 2020.