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Let’s talk about books again

Dearest Savages,

There are a lot of posts about books in this forum.  My question today is a little different.  Please forgive me for gushing in advance..

When one of us asks about mindset, high-performance, negotiation, prospecting, wealth-creation, investing, etc... we all seem to have answers for them. There appears to be a common set of non-fiction books that appear repeatedly.  Attached is a screenshot of my audible library.  There are plenty of titles here I'm sure most of you have read, or at least recognize, and plenty more that wouldn't fit in the frame that are similar in nature.

But, I recently picked up Atlas Shrugged. Just a fictional novel, but I'm finding myself learning more from this book than anything I've ready in years.  This particular edition is something like 11 hours of audio on Audible. I'm hooked on this book like crack-cocaine. I can't get enough. I cannot stop listening.  I had a 7AM on Friday morning with one of our biggest clients and I was lying in bed listening on Thursday night until almost 1:30. I finally had to force myself to turn it off.  I'm on track to finish it in under 4 days - definitely before the end of today, and I'm already getting that feeling of dread that when it's over I won't have anything as good to read.

I plan on reading all of Ayn Rand's content, but that brings me to my question for all of you.  Fiction, or non-fiction I don't mind either. But can you recommend books that profoundly moved and inspired you?  Books that you 'got more out of' than anything that came before or after.

For those of you that haven't read it, I don't have the words to recommend this book enough. I don't mean to overhype it, I think media resonates differently with different people so YMMV, but this book has been life changing for me.  Its the best book I've read in at least 4 years, and I never want it to end.

I hope to hear your suggestions...




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CoorsKing
WR Officer
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King of the Coors Knights
“Can’t hurt me” is awesome. 

WHOS GONNA CARRY THE BOATS?!
Diablo
Politicker
+7
Sales
Good to great is awesome !
Ligy12
Opinionated
+2
Inside sales
You are correct 
LordBusiness
Politicker
+8
Chief Revenue Officer
I’ve moved off of “business books” the past year. And have move into Autobiographies and history. Funny enough, I listen to audio books as well and have chosen my books based on who’s voice I want to listen to most 😆 a couple of good reads. “The Way I heard it” - Mike Rowe “The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown”
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+12
Senior Account Executive
I love Mike Rowe's voice. 
TheNegotiator
Politicker
+7
VP of Sales
Will definitely look into them. I’m kind of fed up with business book at the moment too. Can’t deny how much I learn and get out of them, but they can be dry. Thanks!
Sa
Salty1
Good Citizen
Account Manager
A very entertaining autobiography to listen to is Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
da
davitdude
Good Citizen
Director of Operations & Marketing
Not business related, but the Teddy Roosevelt trilogy by Edmund Morris will gas up anyone who reads at least the first two books.
bamageorge
Celebrated Contributor
+9
International Sales Director
Can't hurt me is gold 
SADNES5
Politicker
+6
Hittin' Dingers
Atlas Shrugged... Ew.

“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
This is the best comment I’ve ever read 🏆
SADNES5
Politicker
+6
Hittin' Dingers
IKR? Take an economics class... Radical self interest works if you're a child, not if you're living in a society. 


Great video of the alt-right playbook and the mentality they share.

https://youtu.be/agzNANfNlTs
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jefe
Politicker
+8
Sales Director
@SADNES5 Thank you!! Was surprised not to see any of your points mentioned.

And Ayn Rand's philosophical bent is basically inextricable from her work.
SADNES5
Politicker
+6
Hittin' Dingers
I am glad there are people like you in the world @jefe 
 ♥️
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TheNegotiator
Politicker
+7
VP of Sales
Haha I think it’s an outstanding masterpiece. I don’t know where your quote comes form, but it doesn’t speak for me.
SADNES5
Politicker
+6
Hittin' Dingers
It's okay. To each their own. 
My opinion: The book is 500 pages too long. The rants... Oh god the rants... I mean monologues, absolute drivel. Just apply any critical thought to the book the regulations and laws applied to Hanks business... Are there for a reason.

If it was such a burden to carry on, they should have sold their essential business to the government (as all utilities should be)... 

Businesses are not people. Radical self interest is in no one's best interest. 
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mycoffeesgonecold
Good Citizen
Solutions Engineer
For anyone that does not use Audible, there are apps such as Libby and BorrowBox that allow you to 'rent' both ebooks and audio books for free => all you need is your library subscription / details and you're set to go. I assume the licencing allows them to only 'rent' out a few copies of certain titles at a time, so it's kind of like a blowback to the early Netflix days where you had to return a 'digital item'.

I blitzed through The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*** and Everything Is F***** in a week. The Mark Manson titles have been suggested here already, but thought I'd add to it that they are available on Libby and BorrowBox.

[BorrowBox: Has a lot of Young Adult content that you can filter out, depending what your taste is of course]
jefe
Politicker
+8
Sales Director
Libby is great!
FamilyTruckster
Politicker
+9
Exec Director, Major Accounts
Enders quarter. 
TheNegotiator
Politicker
+7
VP of Sales
Haha it’s in my top 3!
bu
butwhy
Opinionated
+2
Solutions Engineer
Mark Manson's "Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***" literally changed my life. I subscribe to his blogs as well, he just has a way of making me step back and look at things that is incredibly reassuring and beneficial. 

Also for work stuff, but not "business" - every single person in SaaS sales should be required to read The Phoenix Project. 
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
This does not surprise me in the least. 
TheNegotiator
Politicker
+7
VP of Sales
Who cares? 😏
SADNES5
Politicker
+6
Hittin' Dingers

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TheNegotiator
Politicker
+7
VP of Sales
Haha I’m not very political. That’s probably why I liked the book. I think politics are for the weak-minded. . I don’t know what Pinochet-right means, and I’m not going to take the effort to find out. But I do believe in meritocracy and survival of the fittest, so you’re probably right.
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ju
justatopproducer
Opinionated
+3
National Consultant
So what does the book discuss/teach? I assume feeling like you carry the world on your shoulders and how to shrug off the stress of doing so? But thats my guess based in the title and book cover lol
goose
Politicker
+12
Sales Executive
I read "A Time To Kill" before I knew who John Grisham was and I was instantly hooked.  That was nearly 30 years ago.
BeatCancer
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
I don't like things that cannot happen in real tee....

Is the David Goggins one any good?

I really recommend fanatical prospecting and also Grant going nuts in 10x! Grants sales techniques are not so good, however his work ethic and motivational speaking from 6-7am in the gym and on the way to the office is great.
I really recommend fanatical prospecting - jeb blount, warren greshes - 16 something , brian tracy - psych. of selling
TheNegotiator
Politicker
+7
VP of Sales
Opinion appears to be split on Goggins. I thought it was phenomenal. Most people think he’s a bit of a masochist, but I think the principles are sound. Very very powerful book. The first 2 chapters made me cry like a little bitch.
BeatCancer
Fire Starter
+2
Account Executive
Okay I am in! I have enuf points for dat der tissue box to go with it 
MinisterOfChaos
Politicker
+7
Commercial Account Executive
I'm sure they've been mentioned in other posts, but my recent "go tos" for "business" reading has been Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and "Start with Why" and "Leaders Eat Last" by Simon Sinek. I also very much enjoy any of Malcolm Gladwell's books.

For fiction, David Baldacci's The Camel Club series (5 books total I think) are quick and fun reads and the dude is a truly gifted storyteller.
GrizzleMcThornBody
Politicker
+10
EVP - RevOps
Impossible to inevitable | old mans war (series) | Enders game (series) | the sun also rises | Moscow rules
JustGonnaSendIt
Opinionated
+4
Burn Towns, Get Money
Lol... only 11 hours. That's a highly abridged version then. I think the full-length is like almost 60 hours on Audible.

Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are some great novels that explore where philosophy connects with reality. I too had a major 'ah ha!' moment reading Atlas Shrugged.

Regardless of if you agree with the author or outcomes in the books, they are good to have in your knowledge-base.
TheNegotiator
Politicker
+7
VP of Sales
Dude! I thought the 11 hour was the full book, nowhere on the description or audio did it mention it was abridged. I will buy the full version and thanks for the wake up call on this . And totally agree. The Fountainhead is next for me. It seems to take a larger mind than I previously thought to be able to consume content or listen to opinions without wholly agreeing or aligning yourself with them
cw95
Politicker
+6
Pricing Executive
A non-sales, fictional book that is rather popular and of which I have liked for years is any adult fiction by Matt Haig. He writes fiction but also a couple of insightful short, easy to read books relating to mental health and whatnot - when you read them you really understand why he created the fictional books. 

Notes on a nervous planet & 'reasons to stay alive' read them and then read his fictional ones. 
duckduckgos
Opinionated
+5
Business Development
Currently listening too "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama on Audible. It's narrated by him and very immersive, i've quite enjoyed listening to it so far! 
Sa
Salty1
Good Citizen
Account Manager
One absolutely great book was The Fish That Ate The Whale. It’s a true story about the life of the man behind the Banana Empire!
ADudeBeingAGuy
Opinionated
+3
Account Executive
Give 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson a a shot. I enjoyed his new book as well.
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