Alan Donegan: PopUp Business School Co-Founder, Entrepreneur, Financially Independent Pizza Lover, Marvel Movie fan and soon to be Script Writer
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The purpose of this post is to share with you the books that have had the biggest impact on my life, helped my business and changed the way I think so they can help you as well. Most of my mentors I have never met but I have read and lived their words. A book can truly change your life for ever if you read it, do the exercises and live it.
What would Tim do?
My wife and I discuss the books we read together and then ask each other the question "What would (the author) do in our situation?" We feel like we know them on a first name basis after reading their books so we are constantly asking "What would Tim do?" What would Tony do?"
My suggestion for you is to soak up some of these books or go back to the books that had the biggest impact on your life and ask "What would the Author do in my situation?" It is amazing the ideas and answers I have got out of this approach.
Maybe create a book club with a few friends and do this together. A book is as only as good as what you do differently afterwards.
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The title of the article might have drawn you in? Now I have to deliver you a free book! Audible (which is owned by Amazon) at the moment are offering a free trial membership. You can sign up for free and then get 1 free book and 30 days free! The book is yours to keep no matter what.
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The books that changed my life
I was 21 years old, my parents were getting divorced, I worked in the family business and eventually quit because I couldn't be in that toxic environment, our family home was under threat of repossesion and I didn't know what to do.
I went to my girlfriend at the time and asked her to come to Brazil with me. I had always wanted to play football on the beach, see Copacabana and Christo and more. I knew she didn't have money so I offered to pay for everything.
She told me she didn't love me and wanted to break up with me.
I was at one of my lowest points in life ever and co-worker Matt changed the course of my life. He handed me a book on the way to Brazil and said "read this, it helped me".
He changed my life. He changed the course of my entire future with that one action. I hope that I can do that for you with these reccomendations and help you to continue on your path to wherever you are going...…
Here are the list of books that changed my life. Sign up to audible to get one for free or use the links below to order from Amazon.
1. Tony Robbins - Notes from a Friend
Tim Ferriss - The Four Hour Work Week
My business partner Simon and I have been talking about avoiding becoming the fat man in the BMW for years! Don't become the fat balding man in the red BMW. Read the book.
Jen Scincero - You are a badass
Working on your mindset and beliefs is just as important as working on the business tactics and strategies of success
Gary Vaynerchuk - Crushing It
Gary's energy on video is infectious and the book gives him a opportunity to expand on his strategies. If you use social to build your business or don't understand it read this book!
Tim Ferriss - The Four Hour Body
Between the books and his excellent podcast Tim has had a HUGE impact on my life and direction. If weight loss is something you want to achieve then this book can help you with that!
Robert Kiyosaki - Rich Dad, Poor Dad
We have since seen him live and were put off by his attitude but his first book is excellent. Read the book but don't go on the courses or buy anything else.
JL Collins - The Simple Path to Wealth
If you are going to read one book on investing let it be this one. The simple strategy and principles laid out in this book are what my wife and I follow in our own lives right now!
Stephen Covey - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Begin with the end in mind, sharpen the saw and being inter-dependent really did change everything for me. This classic is well worth a read and soaking up the principles. This would be a good one to start your book club with and discuss with friends as you read each habit.
Garr Reynolds - Presentation Zen
I love presenting and learning about the skills of communication. This book taught me a huge amount and was part of the foundation for my training companies success.
Chip & Dan Heath - The Power of Moments
I loved this book and think there are practical things you can do whether you run your own business or work for someone else. Thought provoking and inspiring.
James Clear - Atomic Habits
James is an excellent writer and I would highly recommend this book and taking action on the principles he talks about. They are the same principles I have used to build my businesses and life over the years.
Kristy Shen - Quite Like a Millionnaire
Kristy and Bryce have had a hugely positive impact on Katie and my life and I highly reccomend their book and ideas!
What are you going to do about it?
A book on it's own can't change your life. It is an inanimate object. It is what you do with it that is going to change your world. Pick a book, sign up for a free audible account and get one for free or download it from Amazon and read it.
But remember reading it isn't even enough. I have met so many people that have read the books but don't actually live or do what is recommended in them. You have to read the book, learn the content, work on the principles, develop the daily habits they reccomend and implement with a ferocious energy!
The book isn't going to change your life. You are. The only person that can do this is you. Take the ideas and concepts that these authors have put into their books and implement it.
You can sign up for a free audible trial here. Just remember to either cancel the account before the 30 days are up (set a calendar reminder) or use the account to listen to more books!
I am always looking for new book reccomendations so if there is a book you think I should read then I would LOVE to hear from you. Please leave your reccomendations in the comments below.
Happy reading and enjoy the inspiration!