Deep Work – Cal Newport

DeepWork
This a summary of the main sections of Deep Work by Cal Newport. It is a lengthy book summary, but it pulls the main points from each chapter to bring the whole book together. And there are a lot of great points since Cal has really broken down the processes and accounted for ways to improve our work.

In a nutshell, Cal explains to us that we can get into a state of “deep work” up to four hours per day and then shows us our options to do that. Deep work is defined as mind-stretching work that creates value and helps your own personal growth. I don’t need much convincing about the benefits and impact of deep, focused work, but I very much enjoyed learning how to do it better.

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Give and Take – Adam Grant

Give and TakeThis was a great book that I think covers something that people usually completely overlook. Giving to others. The book breaks down people into three groups: Givers, takers, and matchers. Givers end up being the least successful people in the work place with matchers and takers above them. But givers are also at the top of the success spectrum if you really look. Many people mistake successful people as being takers because the are more easily recognized and they promote themselves. Continue reading

The EMyth – Michael Gerber

The EMyth
“What every successful entrepreneur knows” graces the top of this book and it certainly has some great lessons about being scalable and running a business. This book has clear operations and ways to get our of the hamster wheel that entrepreneurs get into and shows you how to work on your business, not in it. As I try and become more and more efficient at what I do, I realize I need to eliminate and delegate tasks to others. This can be a tough step, but once you have clearly outlined responsibilities, trimmed unnecessary tasks, you can be confident you are only assigning important tasks. Because the last thing an employee wants to feel, is that what they are doing is meaningless.

The EMyth was recommended to me by someone who joined Broadcast.com when the number of employees was still in the single digits. He stayed with them all the way until after they were acquired. I would say he knows a thing or two about knowing how to create and implement processes for a company to grow and be scalable. Continue reading

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EntreLeadership – Dave Ramsey

EntreLeadershipDave Ramsey is a financial self-help guru who has a radio show and multiple books. He has been doing this for years and his book is packed with lessons about running and growing a business and is a good reference book. A friend of mine lent this to me and I may buy a copy to keep, but I have pulled some of the most important lessons from the book Continue reading

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Last Man Standing – Duff McDonald

LastManStanding
This book was referred to me from a friend. He is in finance, so that explains the pick, but he is one of the smartest and hardest working people I know. He has also well read so he has some great book recommendations.

This book covers Jamie Dimon’s growth from his high school and college years, but it is more about his growth from a cocky fresh face in the finance industry, to a industry titan. There’s lots of great information in here. Even if you do not enjoy finance, you may enjoy this book. It shows how business at the highest levels operates. Also, there is countless lessons about leadership in here as well. Here is the rundown… Continue reading

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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie

This book has stood the test of time. My mother took the Carnegie Course in 1971 and this is one of the books she read, the other one being How to Win Friends and Influence People. By the picture, it’s easy to tell that it has been read time and again.

The book is straight forward and is more than just ways to curb your worry. It has advice that been true since Jesus started teaching and, the part I love, is that Carnegie brings in teachings from all different faiths as well and even atheists. He shows how similar they think when it comes to worry. It is not a tough read by any means, but the reader must look at themselves honestly. Furthermore, it has lessons on being productive, organized, and seeing projects through which are some of the seeds of problems and worry. Continue reading

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Step 1 – Fear

I found a short article today that will help me start this part of my blog. The first step in getting anything done requires getting over the initial fear. As I have no fear of blogging, this is easy. Small steps now will lead to bigger steps tomorrow.

Although short, this article gives me inspiration. I know that if Dave Shapiro can start many businesses before the age of 30, then I have no excuse not to either. It’s the reality that inspires me.

I have driven by Mark Cuban’s house a couple times and both times it reminds me of how real this is. The opportunity, the success. There is a billionaire entrepreneur, just sitting there, and he was in the same spot I am now. This realization makes everything attainable.

BUDDING ENTREPRENEUR OR JUST UNEMPLOYED?

As I still misspell ‘entrepreneur’ from time to time, I label myself as one. At least, in the near future anyway. I moved out to Dallas, Texas with hopes and dreams to become the next Mark Cuban. My parents had their apprehensions, but ultimately it is my decision.

So here I am, unemployed, scouring the web for a job that looks good enough for the time being, and what have I accomplished? Well, for starters, I have done a lot of soul searching, not just Google searching. It allowed me to think critically about the ideas that I have come up with as well as if my college degree limited me in any way. I have decided that the only thing that could hold me back is myself, which, ultimately, Continue reading

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