When I put together my Friday YouTube videos, I’m often focussing on books in a particular category that I would recommend people read.
Books that don’t fit into a specific category, or those that I do not recommend, end up slipping through the cracks and never again see the light of day.
So, I created this small 6-part video series to give some air-time to the books I don’t talk about.
If you’ve not seen Part 1, you can check it out here.
Ready? Let’s crack on with Part 2.
1 – “Scale Up Millionaire” by Gordon McAlpine (How to sell your way to a fast growth, high-value enterprise)
I loved this book, and I scored it very highly when I originally reviewed it.
The reason I haven’t talked about this book is because it’s predominantly a sales book, and I haven’t done any Friday videos on sales books. (Although, I ready should!)
This book is designed for the sales teams. Ideally, those that have to manage their own sales pipeline; create leads, nurture them, present their company’s products and services, negotiate and close sales.
Back in the day, when I worked as a Business Development Manager in business-to-business sales, I really wish that I (or my Sales Manager) had read this book! Had I done so, I think I would have been much more successful.
Overall, this is a fantastic book that you must read if you have, or if you are part of, a sales team.
2 – “Creating Business Magic” by David Moray, Eugene Burger, and John E. McLoughlin (How the power of magic can inspire, innovate, and revolutionize your business)
This is an interesting book because it’s written by three professional magicians who are also three professional businessmen.
They have taken the skills and knowledge they have acquired from orchestrating a magic show, and transferred them to aiding success in business.
This book is a good read that slipped to the back of the bookshelf purely because it hasn’t really fit into any of the featured topics in my past Friday videos.
3 – “Faster Than Lightning – My Autobiography” by Usain Bolt
The reason I don’t talk about this book is simply that I didn’t like it! (Harsh, but true.)
Although I admire Usain Bolt as an athlete, the way this book has been written and put together leaves much to be desired.
The main problem that I had with this book is that it doesn’t sound like Bolt. Obviously, the book was ghostwritten, and unfortunately, whoever has written it makes the book sound like a piece of fiction.
It doesn’t feel as though Usain Bolt is telling you his life story and, therefore, it doesn’t come across as authentic.
4 – “What You See Is What You Get: My Autobiography” by Alan Sugar
This is a BIG book that actually took me several years to read! (I read it on and off)
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Alan Sugar is very direct and to-the-point in his opinions, and as the title of the book suggests, this is his own life story told in his own unapologetic words.
I haven’t mentioned this book much because I haven’t created any videos focusing on biographies, which is the only category that this book would fit in to.
5 – “Thrive” by Arianna Huffington (The third metric to redefining success and creating a happier life)
To sum this book up in a word, it’s all about “wellbeing”.
As entrepreneurs, we can all be guilty of burning the candle at both ends, and when we do, we brag about it! “If you have a full 8-hours of sleep, you’re being lazy!”
Thankfully, we are now realizing that we need to look after ourselves if we are to perform at our peak.
This book breaks down some of the old-fashioned “grind every minute of the day” mentality and uses various studies to demonstrate a better way of working and living.
The reason I don’t talk about the book is that its kind of boring! But if you do want to read something on this subject, I would instead recommend, “The Happiness Track” by Emma Seppala, which is a much more interesting and less boring read that I rated 10/10!
Your thoughts …
Have you read any of these books? If you have, please do share what you thought of them.
Also, if there are any books that I haven’t read and you think I should, then please let me know about them in the comments below.
P.S. Here’s the next post in this series – Books I Don’t Talk About – PART 3