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 the previous parts you can check them out using the links below.
But with that out of the way, let’s crack on with the final part of the books which I don’t really talk about.
1 – “Barking Up The Wrong Tree” by Eric Barker (The surprising science behind why everything you know about success is mostly wrong)
This book is a Wall Street Journal bestseller all about success.
Barking Up The Wrong Tree helps you to determine what success means to you, as well as showing you how to achieve that success through the use of research and illustrative stories.
Overall, this is a really good book, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I love the way that the author writes; the book was not only informative but also funny and entertaining.
In a rather silly way, I think that the only reason why this book hasn’t received more of my attention is because I purchased it in the mass-market paperback, therefore, it’s rather small and gets lost amongst all my other books on the shelf.
2 – “The Idea In You” by Martin Amor and Alex Pellew (How to find it, build it, and change your life)
Although I wouldn’t say that this is a great book, it is a good book.
The book is for anyone who wants to start a business, become an entrepreneur, and go out on their own, but they have no idea what to do or where to start.
The Idea in You first helps you to find a business idea by suggesting ways to help you discover inspiration and become more creative. It then goes on to guide you into what to do next after you’ve got a great idea, answering the most common questions along the way.
The book also busts the myths around overnight success and underlines the importance of hard work, persistence, and a huge learning curve.
The reason I’ve not mentioned this book before is that it sits in no-mans land. The topic that the book addresses is a difficult one since everyone’s business idea will be different, and therefore, their start-up path to success will also be different. Because of this, the book can only give you a broad overview of advice and is unable to provide you with specific actions.
That said, this is a good book to read as a starting point. Once you’ve got your idea, you can then read books that are more specific to the niche/business that you’re planning on working in.
After completing all the ‘forgotten about’ books on my bookshelf, I decided to have a quick scroll through my Amazon Audible app to see if there were any audiobooks that I had listened to but haven’t spoken much about.
Obviously, with the audiobooks being in digital format, they’re much easier for me to forget about since they hide in an app on my phone (rather than being on display in my bookcase) but here goes!
3 – “Money” by Rob Moore (Know more, make more, give more)
This is a very good audiobook that covers everything you could possibly wish to know about money, including the history of it, how it moves, how it flows, how it multiplies, literally, everything!
There are two reasons why I don’t mention this book very often on my channel. Firstly, the book is on my phone, so I tend to forget about it. Secondly, it’s 16.5 hours long!
Also, (okay, three reasons!) when the author talks about some of the history of money, although it is interesting, I didn’t think that all that information was necessary. When I recommended books about building wealth, I gravitate more towards the books that are shorter and to-the-point, with more practical and actionable content.
4 – “Digital Darwinism” by Tom Goodwin (The survival of the fittest in the age of business disruption)
I actually reviewed this book quite recently and I did like it. I gave it a good score, and I would recommend it.
However, the reason I don’t talk about it is that it’s very quickly going out of date. Essentially, anything related to digital or technology can very quickly become an antique, sometimes in just a matter of months or even weeks! It’s just the nature of the beast!
That said, I do still like the book, and I do think it’s an interesting read.
The following four audiobooks I have grouped together.
I don’t talk about these books because I either didn’t like them, I didn’t find them valuable, or I think that there are better books out there on the subject.
To find out why I think that, you can click on the link for my full review.
- “How To Be Fucking Awesome” by Dan Meredith
- “Mindset With Muscle” by Jamie Alderton
- “The Art Of War” by Sun Tzu
- “The Secret To Success” by Eric Thomas
And finally …
So (drumroll please…) now for the last book that I’m going to talk about in this series.
5 – “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (How U.S. Navy Seals lead and win)
Although this audiobook did take quite a while to get going, I found the content extremely valuable.
Both the authors are U.S. Navy Seals, and the book is all about leadership. The book uses military stories and extracts the leadership lessons from them. Those lessons are then applied to the boardroom.
The main reason I haven’t mentioned this book is that I haven’t done any specific ‘books on leadership’ videos (although I probably should) and, therefore, it’s just never really popped back up again.
However, I do highly recommend this book. It’s a very worthwhile read/listen.
Your thoughts …
Have you read any of these books? If you have, please do share what you thought of them. As always, the above is simply my own personal opinion.
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.