Books Glorious Books

In my first blog I made reference to the fact that I have been  teaching myself some skills required to enable me to become a good network marketer and business person.  Besides learning about social media and how I can leverage this to help me, I have been reading books.  Well, I say reading like I have been sat turning pages when in reality it has been more about audio books.  I spend lots of time in the car so have been utilising that time by listening to lots of books.  This is a great way of  being able to educate yourself if you are short on having time to yourself, like me.  I also love that often the author is the one narrating, so they often go off script and throw in extra helpful little tips.  It is almost like they are there, being your personal adviser.  It also feels like I get to know them a little bit.

Successful People Read

Do you read?  If not, why not?  The most successful people on the world read, it is the one thing they all have in common.  By reading I don’t mean trashy novels (although on holiday it is always a nice getaway) I mean books that will enhance your life in some way, to educate and help understanding.  It is said that Elon Musk the Tesla CEO read 10 hours per day before becoming successful, Bill Gates reads a new book every week, Oprah Winfrey is renown for her love of reading and books.  Of course it doesn’t have to be books it could be magazines or Blogs (like mine) as long as it is going to help you in some way, improve your life or well being.

My Top 5

So, I thought I would give a list of 5 books that I have really enjoyed reading and that have helped me.
  • Go Pro – 7 Steps To Becoming A Network Marketing Professional by Eric Worre
This has become almost like the bible of Network marketers.  I bought this on audio book and it came with the printed version. If you are new to Network Marketing, then this has to be the first book you read.  It starts with Eric’s story and how he learned the skills to be a great networker, with a step by step guide and an emphasis on being a professional. This book has sold over 1,500,000 copies.  
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
I bought this actual physical book and loved it.  This is NOT about network marketing, this is an education into finance and how the poor are not taught about finance and investing.  This is an eye opener, showing the differences between assets and liabilities, throwing what you have always been taught on it’s head.  If anyone wants to improve their financial well being and understanding, or if you are thinking of starting a business, or investing in property then read this gem first.  Get a real understanding on how rich people see the world of money and make it work for them.  
  • Crush It! Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion and Crushing It How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business And Influence And How You Can Too both by Gary Vaynerchuk
These are two audio books that I absolutely loved.  Now, Gary is one of those people you either love or hate and I love him.  This is not like a traditional book, it is written like Gary is talking and giving advice.  He goes mostly off script and speaks as if something has just sprung into his head, which I really liked.  It is honest and raw and I found it really funny.  He is an engaging guy with tips and advice on starting a business using social media as a platform. He is all about hard work and brand building using all types of social media.  The second book consists of stories and lessons from people who followed Gary’s advice in Crush It.  It is great to hear about what works and doesn’t work and the reality of business building, hard work over time. It is also a little more up to date as Crush it was written in 2009 and social media has moved on a little since then.  The message is still the same though, get out there and build your brand on social media.  
  • Go For No and Go For No for Network Marketing by Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton
The first book was published in 2008 and is still on the Amazon best seller list. I read Go for No first, loved it, so moved onto the book specifically for Network Marketing which has added input from Ray Higdon.  These books are not only for business they can be used for everyday life.  They examine specifically into the word No.  As children, we are happy to push for the word no, as we parents know on an hourly basis.  They do not feel any disappointment at hearing no and keep pushing on until eventually they get the yes they wanted.  As adults we become programmed to avoid disappointment, meaning we cannot handle the word no.   This impacts your life and career with many people not willing to change for fear of rejection.  It is fascinating what impact this little word can have psychologically and how you can change your life by accepting that people will say no to you.  How going for a no can improve productivity in your life and career.  
  • The 10X Rule – The only difference between success and failure by Grant Cardone
This is a great motivational book with examples of how thinking and acting ten times more will give you the success both in business and in life.  He touches on goal setting and how you should set massive goals, take massive action to achieve those goals and evade being mediocre. How you should ignore criticism and people who do not understand your vision.  How having problems is a good thing and as you become more successful the problems change. Again, this was an audio book and he regularly goes off script with real life examples which are both true and motivational.

Why These 5?

This is by no means an exhaustive list and I could add more to it, but these are the ones that I have particularly enjoyed and found useful.  As I say most of these have been audio books and I am really enjoying having it as an option in my life.  I rarely have time to sit and read but I do sit in the car a lot.  I have the books on as soon as I get in the car, even if I am only driving to the supermarket. I am of course implementing some of the tricks and hints. Listening to Crush It is mainly why I started this blog.  Why would I not take the advice and experience of these already successful people. Please do try these books, even if you are not in network marketing there are some fabulous ideas and motivational stories that could change your life for the better.