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Inspiring books

Hi guys,

Please share your books that have inspired you below:

Mine are:

Duncan Bannatyne
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anyone-Can-D...9752311&sr=1-1

Richard Branson
http://www.virgin.com/richard-branso...it-lets-do-it/

The Beermat Entrepreneur
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beermat-Entr...9752423&sr=1-3

Enjoy and lets share

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my fav one for all is:

Teach Yourself Set Up a Successful Small Business
http://www.waterstones.com/waterston...iness/7141686/
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Alan Sugar
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0...G047GMDDMXR70V

Duncan Banatyne (Above)

Also odly (you may laugh) but another absolutely fantastic book is Robert Greene and 50cent - the 50th Law - It discusses fear being a downfall for business and thinking right etc - Seriously I defy anyone to get it and not say its good.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/50th-Law-Rob...9758982&sr=1-1

Having read 50th law and seeing his outlook on business I then baught - 50cent From pieces to weight - Its very very cheap - If your interested in reading about how someone can come from literally nothing to having in excess of over 400million and counting then this books for you - There is a lot of business ideas/strategic thinking ideas in 50cents books - I know its difficult but you need to look past his image of being a ganster rapper! and look at his businesses/business mind - he owns a hole stack of different businesses including a Platinum Mine!!!!!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pieces-Weigh...9759134&sr=1-3
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I will second Ducan Bannatyne as mentioned above, I am currently in the process of reading Alan Sugar so far seems to be a good interesting read.

I am interested to see what other peoples opinions are for some new reading material.
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I agree on the 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene, one of the best business books I have read. I don't think you can get any better than that, from being broke in prison to worth half a billion.
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On another note, I thought the original book post from last year should have been made a sticky as we get quite a few new posts about books when they could all be in the one post and easy to reference. Here is my reply to the one last year anyways:-

Lately I have read The 50th Law by Robert Greene and 50 cent (its a very good book about business and fearlessness).

Lifestyle Millionaire by Michael Anthony - This UK guy earns millions a year and works a few hours a day, with the internet he has created the ultimate lifestyle. (you can't buy time with any amount of money).

Tricks of the mind - Derren Brown & On Deception - Derren Brown & Harry Houdini.
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A bit out of leftfield, but I'm currently reading the Tony Blair autobiography. I appreciate that people have differing views on him, but it's an intersting read in terms of learning about the importance of making decisions, balancing the outcomes, when to delegate and when not to, researching your subjects, how to present things to the public etc - many of these are very applicable to business!
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My top few would be

Duncan Banatyne
Alan Sugar
James Caan

James Caan's book is well worth a read and sometimes is left out of these kinda things!

P.S. Just to say it is James Caan's original book and not the silly one about getting a job.
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Recommended books

Here's couple of books worth a read

Customer focused - Flip it

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flip-How-Get...0978094&sr=8-1

Sales and Marketing - How to be Brilliant
http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Brillian...0978162&sr=8-2

Inspirational if you're in product development or marketing - Against All odds
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Against-Odds...0978281&sr=1-1

For growing a brand/ members- Eddie Stobart Story
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eddie-Stobar...ef=pd_sim_b_41

How to plant small seeds and grow rainforests - The Coco cola story - POP
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pop-Truth-Po...0978520&sr=1-5

All worth dipping into for that light bulb moment I suppose!
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Nice to see some interesting titles as well as the usual suspects. Marc, I'm definitely going to check out Derren Brown's books. Went to see him live years ago and I've never been quite the same since!

My favourite inspirational books have nowt to do with business but they are fantastic reads and illustrate perfectly what we could be capable of. I dip into them now and them when I need a mental kick up the bottom.

Born to Run by Chris McDougall
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Born-Run-Hid...1046808&sr=1-1

Survival of the Fittest by Mike Stroud
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Survival-Fit...1046898&sr=1-1
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My Amazon Recommended Reading List

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Thursday, Feb 17



From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor
by Jerry Della Femina
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Comment: "Awesome book from advertising legend Jerry Della Femina in the 1970s. Inspiration for the show Mad Men which Della Femina worked as a consultant / adviser on in series one."



Poke the Box by Seth Godin
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Comment: "Seth Godin is on a mission to change the face of publishing with 'The Domino Project' and I think he's onto a winner. Find out more at: http://www.shell-livewire.org/network/lordlancaster/blog/52251/"


The Start Up Kit: Everything you need to start and run a business
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Comment: "Another fantastic resource from one of my favourite business start-up authors Emma Jones.

Not only does this include a 200 page book full of bang up to date advice and resources, but also £400 of offers from leading brands including Google, Barclays, BlackBerry and MOO.com. Well worth a look."

Tuesday, Nov 23 2010


Working 5 to 9: How to start a successful business in your spare time by Emma Jones
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Comment: "I've just finished reading Emma Jones' (Enterprise Nation) book 'Working 5 to 9' which is easily one of the best guides to starting a business from home that I've come across so far!

Written in a fun and informal style, I think this is essential reading for anyone thinking of, or already running a business in their spare time whilst still holding down a day job - something that lots of people do, but few other books or enterprise schemes seem to acknowledge.

The first part of the book is devoted to inspiring case studies of real life '5 to 9ers' whilst the rest is full of useful and up-to-date tools, tips and resources.

Highly recommended!"




Engage: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web by Brian Solis, Ashton Kutcher
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Tuesday, Aug 31 2010


Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson
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Friday, Aug 13 2010


Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
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Marketing to the Social Web: How Digital Customer Communities Build Your Business by Larry Weber
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50 Ways to Make Google Love Your Website by Johnston Steve, McGee Liam
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Comment: "Essential reading for anyone building or managing a website. The best I've seen so far. Awesome stuff!"


Friday, Sep 4 2009


The 80 Minute MBA: Everything You'll Never Learn at Business School by Richard Reeves, John Knell
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Thanks to this thread, I've recently ordered Duncan Bannatyne's 'Anyone can do it', and also 50 Cents 'The 50th Law'... looking forward to reading those over the next few weeks.

I have recently read Peter Jones- Tycoon, Theo Pathitis- Enter the Dragon, and Lord Sugar's - What you see is what you get. All very good books, and if I were to choose a favourite from them all (and this is difficult!), I would say it has to be Peter Jones's book- very inspirational indeed!
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