Be Obsessed or Be Average Review: “Obsession Is Good.”

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Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone (Amazon) (Goodreads)

 

  • Title: Be Obsessed or Be Average
  • Author: Grant Cardone
  • Publication: Portfolio (October 11, 2016)
  • Genre: General, Business/Finances
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 5/5

Grant Cardone’s notion of obsession as a good quality impressed me. He transmutes the common negative imagery surrounding the term into something positive. For example:

Obsession with drugs? Not cool.

Obsession with positive career goals? Very cool.

Be Obsessed or Be Average is a fast-paced 200+ page read. There were a few repetitive passages in the book but I took them as friendly reminders to stick with your “positive obsessions” or else. Remaining average is like wandering around in the circles in the middle of nowhere. You don’t want to be doing that until you die.

Here are ten tips from Cardone for staying in the “obsessed zone”:

1. “Network”

You’re obsessed with a certain interest? Your next mission is to find people who are just as obsessed as you are. You can find them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and more.

Now, don’t network exclusively online. Go out and meet actual living, breathing people. Find local clubs and attend conventions related to your interests too.

2. “Focus on Increasing Income”

How can you use your obsession to increase your income? Discover ways you can get that done asap! You want to do what you love and get paid for it.

3. “Complete Every Task From Start to Finish”

You wouldn’t stop a multi-million dollar movie production only because of one iffy scene (that’s expensive).  Finish it! There will be some days you don’t want to do it but you’ll thank yourself once it’s done.

4. “Never Settle”

Congrats, you’ve accomplished a goal! Now, create a new one and finish that one.

Plan. Achieve. Repeat. Don’t stop.

5. “Always Raise and Refuel Your Obsession”

You love food. You love taking food photography. You attend dozens of cooking classes.

You do all sorts of cool hobbies related to food until one day, you’re not in the “foodie mood”. The thought of food makes you want to puke.

The remedy: the cooking channel. All of those inspiring cooking shows refuel your passion for food. Now you’ve set up an Instagram account for your foodie photos, sell your higher quality food photography, and blog about your favorite foods at your local restaurants. You even have risen to Youtube stardom thanks to the Youtube cooking channel you’ve filmed from the comfort of your own home.

That’s what raising and refueling your passion is all about.

6. “Stick and Stay, It’s Bound to Pay”

You love to play video games so you started an affiliate marketing aside from working full-time at a boring corporation. Problem: you’re only making three dollars a month from your site.

Don’t freak out!

Find out what you’re doing wrong, sort out possible solutions, and get back to work. Months later, after a couple of tweaks with your site, you make enough money to quit your corporate job and deal with video games 24/7.

Persistence is key!

7. “Make Time for Your Obsessions”

If you don’t start out with an hour with your obsession due to your super busy lifestyle, why not start out with fifteen or thirty minutes? That’s still time. Don’t starve your obsessions.

8. “Be Charitable”

It’s good to make loads of money but it’s better to share some of it too.

9. “Avoid Those Who Don’t Talk about Money”

I found this to be a little mean at first but I understood later the context Cardone was pulling. If you’re serious about bringing in more financial success in your life, you have to surround yourself with people who are the same boat.

Stay clear of those who complain about money 24/7 and don’t do anything about it. You’re not about that life.

10. “Don’t Worry about Haters”

Haters hate while you continue to create. It only reveals you’re doing something right. Haters will do anything to slow you down. Don’t let them waste your time.

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There are definitely more tips Cardone provided in Be Obsessed or Be Average. I recommend reading this book along with The 10x Review.

Obsession can lead you to amazing abundance. However, the kind of obsession when you’re snorting pounds of cocaine every day or stalking one of the Kardashian sisters is not okay.

Don’t do it. That’s not cool.

Comment below if you’ve read this book or you have any book-related recommendations! 😉

BOOK REVIEW: “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles

 

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The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (Amazon) (Goodreads)

There’s nothing crazy or difficult to understand The Science of Getting Rich. There is no overdrawn, absurd formula, no nonsense. Wallace D. Wattles’ simple core concepts to massive abundance are imagination and action. When I think about it, creative people who consistently execute their creations are the most successful.

Wattles desires readers to dump their poor beliefs about wealth including competition and and limited resources. Competition only leads to creative misdirection. To Wattles, the thought of “limited” resources is invalid because the physical is the reflection of the spiritual and the spiritual is infinite:

Never look at the visible supply, always look at the limitless riches in the formless substance and know that they are coming to you as fast as you can receive and use them.” – Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich

Imagination is also infinite. Therefore, everybody has a never-ending gold mine in their minds; they just need to learn how to use it more often.

I loved Wattles’ rich teachings in this book! The Science of Getting Rich is fairly short, straight to the point. Like I said before, no nonsense! This is one of those books I purchased immediately after reading the library copy. It’s amazing how something so simple is overlooked.

 

BOOK REVIEW: “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: The Power of Habit
  • Author: Charles Duhigg
  • Publication: Random House (Feb. 28. 2012)
  • Pages: 371
  • Genre: Business, Self-Help
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I thoroughly understand the basic cycle of habits and how I can modify them thanks to Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit. Duhigg explains how habits run over very lives. When we have a desire, we proceed through a repeatable routine until we obtain it. An employee goes through a series a challenging assignments and promotions until the desired top position is fulfilled. A drug addict wants to get high so he takes LSD to achieve it. A bit extreme but it’s another example of a habit.

Duhigg presents real-life narratives and neat visuals how habits work and the changes made for better results. Life is made up of many habits.

 

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A “Habit” Visual (via Goodreads)

 

The Power of Habit is a highly applicable book. I recommend it for anybody who has any habits to change from”bad” to “ok” to “good” to “better”. Some days, I tend to play video games the first thing in the morning when I could be doing more productive tasks. I could be reading a new book, exercising, or cleaning my room. Nope, I must build a new house and tend to my wheat farm in Minecraft! That counter-productive routine has changed since Duhigg’s book. Now, I reward myself with Minecraft after doing my important duties first.

Thanks Charles Duhigg!

Have you read this book?

BOOK REVIEW: “The One Thing” by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

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The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results 
  • Authors: Gary Keller & Jay Papasan
  • Publication: Bard Press (April 1, 2013)
  • Pages: 240
  • Genre: Non-Fiction, Business
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

The work/life balance isn’t real. Multi-tasking is a joke. Gary Keller and Jay Papasan makes it clear to readers focusing on one simple goal is the path to utmost success. The One Thing presents the high value of simplicity. The book lays out tips to become more productive in life with focus on health, work, relationships, and life in general. Important passages readers can take from are even underlined throughout this book (how thoughtful).

Become a focus master and the rewards will certainly follow!

The One Thing has automatically become my “must buy” book as I was reading it. I’ve already put the book’s method into practice. For instance, one chapter mentions dedicating four hours a day to an important goal. Of course, I’ve chose reading, and I felt ten times more accomplished than I ever had before.

Why successful people are so successful? The answer lies within this very book: The One Thing. This book is a keeper!

Have you read The One Thing?

BOOK REVIEW: “The 80/20 Manager” by Richard Koch

The 80/20 Manager by Richard Koch (pic via Success) (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: The 80/20 Manager
  • Author: Richard Koch
  • Publication: Little, Brown and Company (Oct. 1, 2013)
  • Pages: 288
  • Genre: Non-Fiction, Business
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

The 80/20 Manager is an excellent guide for those who want to receive more by doing less. The 80/20 Principle is a productivity method of achieving great outcomes with little effort by accomplishing the most important projects first. This principle is also called the “Pareto Principle” after Italian economist and philosopher Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923). He wrote Course d’Economie Politique, an academic paper about the elite 20% who controlled 80% of Italy during his time. A small group can produce big results.

Author Richard Koch presents many examples in his book how the 80/20 principle worked for him as an entrepreneur and a managing consultant. He outlines ten ways the 80/20 principle can be used like time-rich management and simplification. Apple’s iPhone was Koch’s core example of simplification. The iPhone is one product (20% work) with many functions: internet, GPS, video recording, and more (80% effort). Therefore, Apple has become wildly successful and prolific with the iPhone as opposed to many products with limiting operations (still, Apple make more than just phones).

The 80/20 Manager is aimed for those in business but it can be used for anybody in any career for anything! Since I’ve read this book, my productivity habits have sharply upgraded. This is a life-changing book! Every chapter was filled with rich, useful information.  Instead of racing to get everything done by nightfall, knock out the work with the greatest impact and a huge chunk of the day is already done while the sun is still up.

Have you read this book or anything else by Richard Koch? Did the 80/20 principle work for you at all?

 

 

Ten Influential Books to Kickstart Your 2016

Ready to start your 2016 with strong focus, action, and pure determination? Here are the ten influential books I’ve read last year that may help you this brand new year.

1. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Studying the successful people of his era like Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon Hill summarizes success into four basic steps: desire, belief, action, and persistence. With these four steps, you can achieve anything.

2. “Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success” by Napoleon Hill

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Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Napoleon Hill is awesome! He takes on an imaginary conversation with the devil. The devil is revealed to be our procrastination, our fears, and the roadblock of our daily goals. This book was published years after its originally planned publication in 1938 because it was deemed “too controversial” at its time.

3. “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (Amazon) (Goodreads)

This book has changed the way I think about money and how I spend it. Robert Kiyosaki provides tips about money you wished you learned way back in high school.  He certainly surprised me and angry (in a good way) because I learned more about the Pythagoras theorem back in high school than investing in myself! You can find my review about this book here.

4. “The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Everywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferris

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The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Timothy Ferris has certainly taken advantage of what life offers him and  shown me how I can do the same. After reading this book, I’ve gained valuable information to work more for myself instead of dedicating my entire soul to a limiting employer.  I’ve become more comfortable with traveling around the world after learning it’s not an unreachable luxury exclusively reserved for the super rich.

5. “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason

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The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason (Amazon) (Goodreads)

In this book, you will follow simple Babylonian teachings about money, giving back, financial planning, and savings. Where was this book earlier in my life?

6. “Goals!” by Brian Tracy

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Goals! by Brian Tracy (Amazon) (Goodreads)

You thought of an incredible idea only to forget about it a minute later. If only if you’ve written it down, you certainly would be more chill instead of pulling your hair out about it. Goals! will help you keep track of your ideas and goals with one simple trick: writing it down.

7. “Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Show Your Creativity and Get Discovered” by Austin Kleon

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Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Creativity is one of the greatest gifts you can have as a human being. This book holds ten simple ways you can use your unlimited creativity for your greatest goals. This is a great book for artists of all types!

8. “Act Like A Success, Think Like a Success” by Steve Harvey

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Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success by Steve Harvey (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Steve Harvey was a homeless man living in his car before he became the renowned entertainer of today. I honestly had no idea he lived in poverty. His story reminds me of this quote from Buddha: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

9. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Amazon) (Goodreads)

A shepherd travels to Egypt to retrieve treasure only to discover there’s more to it than meets the eye.  The Alchemist  has shown me how much power in creating the reality I desire. This book is a permanent resident of my bookshelf.

10. “Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life” by Wayne W. Dyer w/ Kristin Tracy

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Unstoppable Me! by Wayne Dyer w/ Kristina Tracy (Amazon) (Goodreads)

What’s this? A children’s book?!

You can gain insight from a children’s book. Don’t hold yourself back because you think you’re too “adult” for it. This little treasure reminded me  about unlimited thinking. If you have a dream, there’s no stopping to making it come true except for yourself!

“Surprise Book”

11.”Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories” by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman

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Tales from the Script by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I highly recommended this one for screenwriters who are currently stuck in writers’ blocks. There’s more than one approach to screenwriting. You can succeed with your own  style if you’re persistent enough. Reading inspiring stories from successful screenwriters like Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally), Shane Black (Die Hard), and Antwone Fisher (Antwone Fisher) will make you write so much more next year.

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These are the books that have influenced me to do more in 2015. I hope they do the same for you in 2016. Have a happy new year!

 

BOOK REVIEW: “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  • Author: Robert Kiyosaki
  • Publication: Plata Publishing (August 16, 2011)
  • Pages: 243
  • Genre: Non-Fiction, Business, Finances
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Library
  • Purchase from Amazon
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I felt like I won the lottery reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Robert Kiyosaki laid out a plethora of valuable financial information I wished I learned from high school! In this book, Robert reveals the financial lessons he learned from his educated father and his wealthy father. His biological father (the educated) believed saving money and getting a good job were the stepping stones to financial freedom while his wealthy father (his best friend’s father) believed they were investments and owning businesses.

You think your employer is the one who controls how you live through your finances? Reading this book will make you think again.

This book will inspire you to take charge of your life. It’s great for those who are done with working five days a week from nine to five for a small hourly wage. From Rich Dad, Poor Dad, I’ve learned how to make my money grow, the differences between assets and liabilities, and being fully in charge of my finances. Seriously, learning about investing money in high school could’ve been very helpful. But no, learning about isoceles triangles were more important. Oh well, at least I know better than I did before!

Have you read any of Robert Kiyosaki’s books?

What are some of your favorite books on businesses and finances?