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Would you keep reading these books based on only the first sentence?

First Lines from 10 of my favorite business self-help books - by Richie Norton

 

I love good business books. I love good self-help books. I own hundreds of them. I spend a lot of time and money on these beauties and each has impacted my business and life in it’s own way. Often, I’ll get into a book and stop after just reading a few sentences because it gets my mind going and I immediately have to start jotting down ideas for implementation.

I thought it would be fun to share the first sentences of some of my favorite business / self-help books (listed below in no particular order). It’s an interesting study because as an author myself, I know that an absurd and disproportionate amount of time goes into the first sentence. I have fun trying to think what the author was thinking when the first sentence was crafted and the impact they hoped it would have on the reader.

Would you keep reading these books based on only the first sentence?

Enjoy!

FIRST LINES FROM 10 OF MY FAVORITE BUSINESS / SELF-HELP BOOKS

1. As a Man Thinketh

“The aphorism, ‘As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,’ not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life.” – James Allen (First published 1902)

2. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be

“Nearly all rich and powerful people are not notably talented, educated, charming or good looking.” – Paul Arden (First published 2003)

3. Banker to the Poor

“In the year 1974 Bangladesh fell into the grip of famine.” – Muhammad Yunas (First published 1999)

4. Linchpin

“The world has changed (again) and the stakes are higher than ever.” – Seth Godin (First published 2010)

5. Outliers

“Roseto Valfortore lies one hundred miles southeast of Rome in the Apennine foothills of the Italian province of Foggia.” – Malcolm Gladwell (First published 2008)

6. Good to Great

“Good is the enemy of great.” – Jim Collins (First published 2001)

7. The Speed of Trust

“There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy, and civilization throughout the world–one thing which, if removed, will destroy the most powerful government, the most successful business, the most thriving economy, the most influential leadership, the greatest friendship, the strongest character, the deepest love.” – Stephen M. R. Covey (First published 2006)

8. Rework

“We have something new to say about building, running, and growing (or not growing) a business.” – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson (First published 2010)

9. Egonomics

“Ego is the invisible line item on every company’s profit and loss statement.” – David Marcum & Steven Smith

10. The Art of the Start

“There are many ways to describe the ebb and flow, yin and yang, bubble-blowing and bubble-bursting phases of business cycles.” – Guy Kawasaki (First published 2004)

Hat tip to my editor Lisa Mangum for the idea.

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10 Simple Ways to Start Making Your Idea Happen Today

After the idea, comes a flood of resistance.

Ever noticed how immediately after you have a fresh idea comes a flood of reasons why you shouldn’t do it? Steven Pressfield calls this the “resistance.” There’s a very real battle that rages on in our minds between thought and action.

Those who fulfill dreams, contribute to the world and live without regret are those who push through the resistance.

Here’s 10 ways to overcome the resistance and make stuff happen.

1.  Start by picturing yourself succeeding.

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” —DR. JOYCE BROTHERS

2. Relax and work with what you have already.

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” —JOHN WOODEN

3. Commit at least 15 minutes a day to working on your idea.

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”—JIM ROHN

4. Set a date to reach a specific milestone.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” —STEPHEN COVEY 

5. Ask someone to hold you accountable.

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” —ELBERT HUBBARD

6. Pay attention to what you’re doing.

“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.” —JIM ROHN

7. Don’t worry about fitting a certain mold.

“Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you’re born to stand out.” —OLIVER JAMES

8. Get a mentor so you can jump the learning curve.

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” —ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

9. Do the work the mentor tells you to do.

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” —JERRY RICE

10. Remember this: You’re good enough. You deserve it. The world needs your contribution. You got this.

Never think that you’re not good enough. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning.” —ANTHONY TROLLOPE

 

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  1. Nate Mar 19th 6:55 pm

    Thanks for the great reminders Richie! I’ve been reading about resistance a lot lately in an online life planning course I’m taking. These tips hit the nail right on the head – reminds me of the quote “whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right”

    now to implement the tips! Thanks again!

HOW TO GET “REPPED” IN 30 DAYS – WITH ANDY BEAL

Repped - By Andy Beal

 

REPPED: 30 DAYS TO A BETTER ONLINE REPUTATION

Andy Beal is globally recognized as one of the top thought leaders in online reputation management. He also happens to be a friend (and an insane ukulele player). We first met years ago at a conference I helped out with in Hawaii. Andy, Sheila (his wife), Natalie (my wife) and I all had breakfast at Hukilau Cafe and the rest is history. Andy and Sheila are the kind of people you just want to always be around. They’ve been an incredible inspiration to Natalie and I.

I’m honored to share with you Andy’s latest book, Repped: 30 Days to a Better Online Reputation (a follow up to his book Radically Transparent). I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy. Let me just tell you this: this book will set you up for life. Go google your name. What happens? Do you like what you see? Do online searches represent the authentic you? I’ve talked about the importance of a personal brand before. It’s important to your career and can affect both your professional and personal life. A solid online reputation will serve you everyday of your life.

You and your business already have an online reputation (whether you like it or not). Many of us feel like we have no control over our online reputation. That’s simply not true. Why passively leave it up to the search engines to tell your story? Andy Beal’s book is an incredible, 30-day action plan that can help you build a better online reputation for yourself, your business, brand and/or organization.

Every page seems to have practical advice that keeps me jumping back and forth between the book and my computer to put the principles into practice. This book covers everything from “what is online reputation management” to “finding your centers of influence” to “earning trusted reviews” and even “cleaning up the Google mess.” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Here’s a little video to help explain more about the book and online reputation management. Go get the Repped and polish up your online reputation in 30 days.

 

P.S. 30% of profits in the first week of sales go to these three charities: The Jimmy V Foundation, The Wounded Warrior Project, and The Raleigh Rescue Mission.

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  1. Andy beal Feb 04th 4:28 am

    Mahalo for sharing my new book with your readers Richie!

  2. Tad D. Butt Mar 26th 2:15 pm

    Last week my 32 year old son (Jason) found out he has brain cancer. He had a large tumor removed on Friday. He and his wife and three little girls are facing some scary times.
    Jason and I love to play in the big waves of the North Shore. That is where I met Richie (at Byu-h). My mind went there as I sat in the hospital.
    When Jason and I started to go to Hawaii to play in the big waves at Wiamae beach, we both got hurt by being pounded on the sand by the breaking waves. Eventually by watching and talking to our Hawaiian friends we learned a few things.
    1. Always face the waves, never turn your back on them.
    2. Watch the horizon and the rhythm, so you can estimate what is coming.
    3. If you get scared because the wave looks too big- run at it and dive into it as hard as you can. The Hawaiians say “when in doubt, paddle out”.
    4. You cannot outrun the waves , and if you try it will eat you!
    Surfing the big waves is a lot like life. Our first instinct when facing something scary or unknown is to run, hide or shut down, but that often is the wrong path. We need to face the ocean, understand its power and our inability to control it. That it can destroy us , unless we face it. And then run toward it and dive through the wave, paddle hard and sail over the crest of the breaker or drop in and ride it. Once you learn to understand your place in the waves, it is not longer scary- but magical and wonderful!
    All my love to those in the waves,
    Tad

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    [...] even big brands “will all find solace and strategy inside the pages of Repped.” Blogger Richie Norton said, “Every page seems to have practical advice that keeps me jumping back and forth between [...]

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