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Hello Everyone!

I happened to come by a great book list compiled by Business Insider – books that Warren Buffet himself has said are worth reading!

Warren Buffet of course is the legendary investor from Omaha, USA. He has influenced my style of thinking about investments and business heavily. His book suggestions have directed my way at the library and books stores before as well. The Intelligent Investor that is the first book on the list made by the Business Insider is something I read already back in the university.

Besides that I have not actually read any of the books on the list, so I have something to do during the cold and rainy Autumn evenings. :)

Have fun reading!



Looking back at the year 2013

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Hello Everyone!

It is again a time for the once a year check at my book diary (For some odd reason it has become a tradition to do it around April and not at the end of the year).

As some of my old readers know, I have kept track of all the books I have read since December 2008. It is a fun way of getting more out of the reading experience by organizing your thoughts on paper afterwards. These old notes are also quite amusing to read afterwards.

In 2012 read 18 books. This felt low, so I set out to read more in the next year. Sadly I did not really succeed in this.

My end of the year total was only 15 books, eight of them business books. Some books were giant 1000+ pages long bricks and some just took a looong time to finish. Still, I cannot help but to think that it would be better for me to read more. Luckily I am already on a good track for this year with 4 books finished and one on the go.

Here is the list of the business books I had a chance to read in 2013:

1. This is Lean: Resolving the Efficiency paradox – Niklas Modig & Pär Åhlström

I had heard of the Lean concept before at the university courses and later at work, but never really understood it. Read this book if you want to get an idea of what the Lean concept is and what it can help to achieve.

2. Kokousten seitsemän kuolemansyntiä – Reetta Koski & Katleena Kortesuo

Short and easy to read book about arranging successful meetings co-authored by one of my favorite Finnish authors. This book is especially great for people new to this subject and a good review of the subject for people already familiar with the concepts.

3. Mikä tekee yrittäjästä menestyvän – Eero Lehti; Timo Rope; Manne Pyykkö

A book about the differences between “successful” and merely “ok” entrepreneurs. The core idea of the book is very interesting but I would actually question the quality of the research that the authors made. Regardless the book had few very interesting ideas.

4. Lean Startup – Eric Ries –> My review

This book is considered to be one of the books every current and future entrepreneur should have read. While I think the core idea is strong the book is difficult to follow.

5. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie –> My review

This book is one of the most famous self-help books of all time, a classic that is focusing on communication, people skills and networking. I am ready to argue that the advice is still valid to this day.

6. Neuvotteluvalta: Miten tulen huippuneuvottelijaksi – Sami Miettinen, Juhana Torkki

In 2013 I focused on learning more about sales and negotiations. This book about how to become a great negotiator caught my eyes. It is a great overview of the subject and now on my list of “books that I need to re-read”. Especially the lessons about the meticulous target setting for a negotiation situation caught my eyes. I have used that successfully at my own daily work ever since.

7. Managing Oneself – Peter F. Drucker

I had heard that Peter Drucker’s books are worth reading, so I got this one for myself from Amazon. As it turns out it is not really a book, rather an essay or short article. It is encouraging you to find out who you are, what are your goals and where do your strengths lie. Very basic advice but that is where the self development starts.

8. Getting Things Done – David Allen –> My review

Getting Things Done is a methodology to… well, get things done. It helps you to build habit of efficiently going through, filing and processing all incoming requests, data and information, without overloading your brain in the process.


Pivot or not to pivot, that is the question


The Lean Startup – Eric Ries, Crown The Business

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

In short

According to Steve Blank, a former serial entrepreneur and a professor of entrepreneurship, this is one of the top three books about entrepreneurship. While I consider this book and the concepts to be difficult to understand, I tend to agree that it is an important book for everyone interested in entrepreneurship.

What is the book all about

There are two generic methods to building a business. One of them is the “no planning” – way. If you manage to build a sustainable business, it happened with a some guesswork, accidental discoveries and/or a lot of luck. I have seen this happening especially in small startups that have literally stumbled upon a working business idea.

The second method is the “lets do a project” – way. You research the market, make analyses and define an idea. Then you develop a product and hone it to perfection. When you are ready, you launch the product to the market, cross you fingers and hope it works. If it does, you have a working business. If it doesn’t, the game is over. This is often seen especially in big companies, where failed projects are shut down and hidden from sight.

Eric Ries suggests that there is also a third, more rigorous way. It is a mix between the “no planning” and “lets do a project” methods, with best parts of them both. It combines the guesswork and sudden discoveries with more scientific approach. This method is called “the Lean Startup”.

The Lean Startup method is based on five principles:

  1. Entrepreneurs are everywhere – Eric Ries defines “a startup” very broadly as “a human institution designed to create new products and services under conditions of extreme uncertainty”. This of course means that you can be an entrepreneur wether you work for a small startup or a large corporation.
  2. Entrepreneurship is management – As the startup is an institution and not just a specific product, it needs to be managed to make the best out of it
  3. Validated learning – Traditional companies exist to produce goods or services and can be measured by the money they make out of it. Startups exists to learn how to build a sustainable business. Their progress cannot be measured the traditional way. They can prove they are making progress through the validated learnings they have gained throughout their existence.
  4. Build-Measure-Learn – The core activity of a startup is to build a product, measure how customers respond to it and learn if it makes sense to continue the build-measure-learn-loop (perserve) or to drastically change plans (pivot). All the startup processes should focus on accelerating this loop, in order to reach a working business model as fast as possible.
  5. Innovation accounting – The problem in startups is that traditional accounting is not sufficient due to their unpredictable nature. Innovation accounting is a way to hold the entrepreneurs accountable. Basically it consists of setting a baseline and the ideal state as soon as possible. Then the startup should focus on adjustments to move the company towards the ideal. If the progress is good it makes sense to continue and if not, a serious change of plans is needed.

You can learn more about the principles here.

What I love about the book

The book takes a very fresh approach to the definition of a startup and to why they exist. It brings clarity and order to the chaos that is often associated with startups. You have an actual useful model to follow in setting up and building a successful business. This is not an easy feat to accomplish.

The focus on finding the way to build sustainable business through validated learning makes much sense. As an entrepreneur you have only limited resources to reach that target. Your company’s very survival depends of finding a way to do profitable business. Therefore aiming to run through the “build-measure-learn”-loop as fast as possible makes a lot of sense. Each time you run through the loop you learn something new and are closer to reaching the sustainability.

As a bonus the long list of additional reading at the end of the book warms the heart of people who love to read and are always on the lookout for good suggestions.

What could be better

I have rarely met a book that is harder to read than this one. It is full of difficult concepts and terms like “validated learning” and “innovation accounting”. While author tries to cover them in the book, I feel they were left undefined. In fact it has taken me months to make the concept clear enough for me to write this review. Many chapters could have also used stricter editing to make the flow better and to make the message to stick.

This book is probably at its best when coupled together with some lectures about the subject or a workshop. I believe it would help to make the hazy ideas in the book more concrete.

Who is responsible of it all – Eric Ries

Eric Ries is 34 year old serial entrepreneur with experience from both unsuccessful and successful startups. His learnings from these companies are distilled into the Lean Startup book.

He currently serves on multiple companies advisory boards and is also an influential blogger, speaker and a lecturer. You can read more about him and his work from wikipedia.

Taking it all together

I think that the core idea of the Lean Startup method is sound and exiting. The method will no doubt be useful for both entre- and intrapreneurs. However this concept is not easy to understand. Be prepared to seek others for advice and support.

As a side note, I admire Eric. He is just four years older than I am and has already done incredible things. Makes you feel humble but at the same time exited. I need to set my own targets just as high (or even higher). =)

The book “The Lean Startup” is available for example from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.


30 sound principles for networking and relationships


How to Win Friends and Influence People (Finnish ed.) – Dale Carnegie, Werner Söderström Osakeyhtiö

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

In short

This book is one of the most famous self-help books of all time, a classic that is focusing on communication, people skills and networking. It was written already in 1936. Is the advice still valid after 77 years?

As it turns out, very much so.

What is the book all about

The book was originally written to be a study book for Dale Carnegie’s public speaking and interpersonal skills lectures. In essence it’s a collection of principles important both in work and personal life when engaging in communication with others. The thirty principles found in the book are divided loosely under four different themes:

  1. Basic methods of handling people
  2. Six ways to make people like you
  3. Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking
  4. Be a leader: How to change people without giving offense or arousing resentment

What I love about the book

I read the original 1936 edition version of this book back when I was in high school. I remember it made quite an impact to the 16 year old me. I always thought that I should read it again, but never did. By accident I stumbled upon a new paperback edition of the book in a bookstore in Helsinki this Spring and decided it was time.

I am happy I did. I notice that I still hold dear some learnings I got from it 14 years ago. However there were many things that I really needed to be reminded of once again.

In my current situation especially the part three of the book reminding me of ways how to win people to my way of thinking hit the spot hard. I have a tendency to get into arguments (mostly about small and silly things). Someone says something incorrect and I instantly want to prove him or her wrong. This rarely leads to anything more than bittersweet and shallow victories. As Dale Carnegie reminds us, “The only way to win an argument is to avoid it”.

Reading the book made me realize there are work situations this book will prove a valuable help to solve. As an example from some weeks ago I was handed a plan for actions that I find to be incorrect. My first thought was to rush to the responsible people, ask what they were thinking and to argue that the plan is bad. Now I realize that I need to choose much more delicate way to bring this issue forward. Otherwise I will not change their opinion, which is really the only thing that really matters.

Following the advice from Dale Carnegie, I will focus instead on making them realize where the problems lie in the plan themselves. We will have to try to work together for a better solution, so they feel the idea was theirs as well.

What could be better

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I learned recently that some consider the advice in the “How to Win Friends and Influence People” book to be somewhat calculative or even manipulative. In my opinion this is not really true. Interacting with others leads inevitably to situations when someone is trying to influence the other. To me this book is more about doing this like a nice and decent human being. It stresses the importance of being genuine and honest in all your interactions.

The book I read is the updated edition from 1981 (in Finnish). It omits some of the subjects in the original edition. I believe the changes were made to make the book more to the point and focused. While I understand the reasoning, the original book felt somehow special. I would have preferred to keep the book as it was.

Who is responsible of it all – Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie is one of the pioneers of personal development and author of several self help books. He was born in 1888 in USA and managed to rise from poor backgrounds to a world renown teacher and author of several books about self improvement, salesmanship, corporate training public speaking and interpersonal skills. Read more about him on wikipedia.

He also responsible of establishing a company called Dale Carnegie Training that continues his work to educate people to this day. The company offers courses both in real life and online, they seem to be worth checking out. You can have a look at their courses on their website.

Taking it all together

I believe communication and interaction with others is one of the major skills needed to be successful. This book is a good starting point for mastering that. Even if this book is old, the principles it is based on are sound even today. Some of these principles you might already know, some you might have heard of. However there should be something to think about for everyone.

The book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is available for example from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.


How to take control of your life and to be successful


Getting Things Done – David Allen, Piatkus

Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity – David Allen

In short

Getting Things Done is a methodology to… well, get things done. It helps you to build habit of efficiently going through, filing and processing all incoming requests, data and information, without overloading your brain in the process.

What is the book all about

The “Getting Things Done” book explains David Allen’s time management and productivity method of the same name, GTD in short. The whole book is dedicated for this method, each chapter focusing on different angle.

In my opinion the most import an concept in this methodology is the “INBOX”. Everything, and I mean everything in your life should flow through these real or virtual inboxes. The key is to understand that you never store anything in the inbox. It should be empty at the end of the day.

You will go through these inboxes daily, check what is there and ask a question “Is it actionable” with each item. There are two answers A) YES and B) NO.

In the case of A) YES you will then figure out what is the next action you need to do. If it takes only 2 minutes or less, DO IT. If it takes longer you either DEFER it or DELEGATE it. Deferring means you place it into your NEXT ACTIONS list to wait for the moment you do them or mark it down into your CALENDAR. Delegating means you give the task to someone else and mark down the action to a list of WAITING (for someone to do something).

In the case of B) NO you will file the item either into 1) TRASH, 2) SOMEDAY/MAYBE file that has all the things you might work with one day and 3) REFERENCE file for things that need no actions but you might want to refer one day.

What I love about the book


A picture of my own GTD setup at my workplace

I confess, I am a big geek when it comes to best practices at work. To get most of my days, I want to be as efficient as possible. I have tinkered with different productivity methods to try and make the most out of my time.

The GTD method fits me perfectly. I already kept my inbox empty and filed things at the same instant they would be ready. Getting Things Done added a way for me to track delegated work and to store possible future projects somewhere.

I have set up my own system based on four identical inboxes and four ACTION, MAYBE SOMEDAY, WAITING, and reference folders. Two of these systems are physical ones and two virtual ones for both home and work.

According to the GTD method, there is no reason to think something more than once. When something pops up, you put it into one of your inbox’s and then you can forget about it. You will sleep better when you know everything is under control.

What could be better

The effect of the productivity methods like GTD are always relying on the people using them. It is not easy to change your old ways to completely different ones.

Even though this method is great, it requires a lot of time to set it up. This is where most of the people trying this method will fail. You need to fully set up the GTD system as fast as possible. If you fail to do so, the system will not work.

The author himself suggests dedicating a whole weekend for the setup phase. You need to set up the copy of the systems both at work and at home. Then you will have to collect everything that is laying around either physically or in your head and place them into the inboxes. Lastly you will go through all the inboxes and decide the actions on all of them.

Most of the remaining ones left will fail when they will start using the system and realize that running and maintaining the system requires time in itself. They make a mistake thinking that this is a waste of time and eventually the system will fail due to neglect.

For the selected few who make it past all the issues this method can be a key to huge amount of possibilities and success in life.

Who is responsible of it all – David Allen

David Allen is an experienced productivity consultant and the father of the Getting Things Done method. He is also the founder of the David Allen Company, focused on productivity, action management and executive coaching. If you are interested in learning more about the GTD methodology, their website is a good place to start.

David has also written a followup to Getting Things Done, called Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. I have not read it yet, but I will have a look at it in the future for sure.

Taking it all together


Another picture of the GTD setup at my workplace

This book has increased my effectivenes times ten while reducing my stress levels over work and other personal matters. I believe this book is best 10 euros I have ever invested into something.

However implementing Getting Things Done methodology requires backbone to completely implement it to your life. You also need to spend additional time into managing the system. When I explained the GTD method to my already very organized girlfriend, her comment was: “Way too complicated”. For someone non-organized GTD system might feel excessive or even time totally wasted.

This book is worth checking out, but remember that you will benefit from it only by fully embracing the system.

The book “Getting Things Done” is available for example from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.


Looking back at the year 2012

Big pile of booksHello everyone!

It has been approximately 3 years since the start of this blog. I think it is appropriate to look at the past year and all the books filled my free time in 2012.

During the years I have developed a habit of keeping a book diary. This is a useful little thing to have. You keep track of what you read and can easily recap old thoughts. Most bookstores sell little booklets dedicated to that purpose. I have opted to keep mine in a textfile.

According to my records I read 18 books last year, 13 of them were business books.

Even though 18 books is an okay pace, it is far from my old records of over 50 books per year. In 2013 I am aiming higher – my target is to read at least 25 books.

Following you will find more concrete list of the books from 2012. It is really hard to pick the best one, but books number 1, 6 and 8 are in my opinion essential for everyone interested in self development and living a rich life.

1. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office – Lois P. Franked –> My review
This book is like a personal coach, helping you to identify your weak spots that hold you back. After doing so it gives you suggestions how to develop.

2. Pölli tästä – Jari Parantainen
My favorite Finnish business book author’s collection of ideas about business free to be used as you wish. For those proficient in Finnish language this is awesome nightstand reading.

3. Rework – Jason Freed, David Heinemeier Hanson
Similar to the previous “Pölli tästä”-book, but in plain english. Not a bad book, but I prefer the Finnish one.

4. Tekstiä Ruudulla – Katleena Kortesuo
I believe one of the keys to the success in life and business is Communication. Katleena’s “Tekstiä ruudulla”, is a compact guide to well flowing and correct business communication. Sadly this one is only available in Finnish.

5. The Art of Sale – Philip Delves Broughton
Suggested to me by a colleague of mine, this book is a best study of sales I have ever seen. It was written by the author of “What They Teach You At Harvard Business School” after he realized how undervalued sales skill is even at the HBS.

6. The First 90 Days – Michael Watkins –> My review

This book will give you a framework to follow when you are changing jobs. Highly useful guide for new leaders (and leaders to be) to “hit the ground running”.

7. The 100$ Startup – Chris Guillebeau–> My review
A book about how to do things instead of talking about things. Something that most of us (myself included) should learn more about.

8. The Pyramid Principle – Barbara Minto
Given to me by my ex-boss when I worked in Denmark. He wanted everyone in the team to read this one. It is all about structuring your communication the way it makes sense to others as well. Very theoretical and tough to read but the effort pays itself back manyfold in practice.

9. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter–> My review
A book that can chance your attitude and way of thinking about money. Should not be read as exact advice.

10. The Truth About Managing People – Stephen P. Robbins
A collection of “truths” about managing people unfolded in few page short explanations. Mostly useful as a collection of references to articles and books about management.

Bob_about the 201211. Tee itsestäsi brändi – Katleena Kortesuo –> My review
A book about personal branding in Finnish. Good basic introduction and advice. I was missing hands-on advice on how to start building my own brand. To me that is the most difficult thing with personal branding.

12. Made to Stick – Chip & Dan Heath –> My review
A deep dive to the ingredients of memorable (“sticky”) message. Extremely useful book to anyone interested in more effective communication.

13. The McKinsey Way – Ethan M. Rasiel –> My review
An inside look into the consulting business and best practices in McKinsey.


A Personal Coach in Pocket Size

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office 101 – Lois P. Frankel, Hachette Book Group

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office 101: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers 

In short

The book analyses the typical mistakes women make in business and advices your how to improve your behavior. Most of the advice is usable for men as well. I see this book as a tool to analyze my own behavior and to direct my personal development.

What is the book all about

The book starts with a short introduction and a chapter that aims to help you to get the most out of it. Rest of the book dedicated to the different mistakes made by women, 2-4 pages each. They include the description of the problem and a collection of tips about the ways to assess and improve your behavior.

These mistakes have been grouped into 7 different categories. These are:

  1. How you play the game – Knowing what the rules are is a key to success
  2. How you act – Learn ways to act in a more consistent and professional manner
  3. How you think – Our past way of thinking might not be appropriate anymore
  4. How you brand and market yourself – Visibility, visibility, visibility
  5. How you sound – Make yourself sound like a professional
  6. How you look – Make yourself look like a professional
  7. How you respond – Unlearn behavioral models from your past

What I love about the book

One quote from the book is “Combined with how you look, how you sound comprises more than 90 percent of the perception of your credibility”. 

The book is filled with quotes like above. Some are familiar, some new and some surprising. But how often after hearing such a quote you really stop and think what does this mean to me? Should I do something about it?

You can use the book as a tool to analyze your own behavioral models. However it does not stop there. It also gives you actionable advice on how to improve.

As an example, I read the book through and marked down the issues I should work with and overview of corrective actions. Afterwards I combined all of them into one master document for quick overview. Now I am using it creating a step-by-step improvement plan for myself.

What could be better

The main and only complaint I have is that some of the texts feel very similar to each other. When they are placed right after each other, you feel like the book is repeating itself.

Who is responsible of it all – Lois P. Frankel, PhD

Dr. Lois P. Frankel’s background seems to be in executive coaching and she also claims to be an expert in the field of leadership development for women. http://www.drloisfrankel.com/

She has written five books assessing female behavior in their career and with money. They might be worth checking out. So many as three of them have been on the New York Times bestselling books lists.

Taking it all together

This book is like a personal coach to me. It is compact and easy to read. However with dedication and work you can access its full potential.

Some people (mainly guys) might be repelled by the title. They should not. If you are interested in behavioral models and personal development, this book is for you whether you are a woman or a man.

The book “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office 101” is available for example from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

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A Toolbox for All the New Leaders

The First 90 Days – Michael Watkins, Harvard Business School Press

The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels – Michael Watkins

In short

This book gives you a framework to follow when changing into a new management position. It helps you to survive the transition process and to speed it up to gain quick wins. Based on my own experience, you will find most of the content useful in lower levels of management as well.

What is the book all about

The Book is a collection of “Critical Success Strategies” for everyone facing a new leadership/management position. These are my favorite strategies from the book:

  1. Create yourself a learning agenda and a learning plan – In order to get quickly up to speed; you need to gather as much relevant knowledge of the situation as you can.
  2. STaRS model – You learn to quickly identify the situation you are in and the specific requirements that match the circumstances. This will be done using the STaRS model provided in the book (your work is in either Startup, Turnaround, Realignment or Sustaining success situation).
  3. Have targets both short and long term – It is important to secure early wins and to establish long-term goals. Short wins help to establish you in your position and create a winning helix that helps to reach higher.
  4. The 90-day plan – Create a plan for your first 90 days – split it into 3 thirty-day chunks with each of their own goals. You ensure the focus on the right things at the right time in the beginning of your new position or job.

What I love about the book

The book is very concrete with advice that works in a real world (I have tested many of these tips myself). You are left with a feeling of knowing how to do better at your next job or a project.

What could be better

The chapters and the tips are loosely connected. It is hard to get the whole picture. You tend to focus only one few tactics, instead of a comprehensive approach. There should be one chapter that focuses on building you an image of the whole model.

Who is responsible of it all – Michael Watkins

Dr. Michael D. Watkins is a former professor from IMD, INSEAD, Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. I had not heard of him before, but he seems to be an expert in accelerating transitions. Read more about Michael Watkins in his own website.

Taking it all together

My former boss suggested this book to me. I keep seeing it on different professionals’s tables or bookshelves. To me that is a quality stamp. I believe this book belongs to compulsory reading list of every professional working on a project management level and beyond. You will need to work to get the most out of it. If you do, it will pay off.

The book “The First 90 Days” is available for example fromAmazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

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How to build your own business with only a $100

The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau, Macmillan

The 100 Dollar Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love And Work Better To Live More – Chris Guillebeau

In short

This book aims to show that you can indeed do what you want in your life and that it really is not that hard. While it is a book about entrepreneurship, it focuses on it from a (currently very hip) lifestyle angle. According to the author the most important lesson in the whole book is “to stop wasting your time living someone else’s life”.

What is the book all about

The book is divided into three major parts:

  1. Unexpected entrepreneurs – This part of the book acts as your personal coach. It inspires you by showing case studies of other people who succeeded. Also knowing that the single biggest reason the people fail to take action is that they have no idea for a business, the book helps you to find one.
  2. Taking it to the streets – This part works as your personal business incubator. You will learn how to turn your idea into a real business. Quick and dirty is the name of the game. You will learn how to finance your plans and how to do planning, marketing and sales the startup way.
  3. Leverage and next steps –This part of the book is your personal management consultant. As you now should have a thriving new business, you will learn how to develop it further. You will also get a glimpse to franchising your business and get into a discussion about going for growth versus staying small.

What I love about the book

I really enjoyed reading through this book. It was easy to read with full of useful ideas and suggestions. My top favorites:

  • Awesome stories of successful entrepreneurs made me all exited and ready to try creating a microbusiness of my own.
  • The focus on cutting the crap and getting to work. Too many people focus on wrong things like creating a business plan that no-one ever reads. Planning is good for entrepreneurs, but it should be done quick and dirty. As an example of this, the book is full of one-pagers – one-page business plan, one page promotion plan and one-page business audit. They help you to concentrate on the thing that really matters, finding your first customer.
  • The chapter “Show me the Money. You will learn how to make more money with your products through three different strategies – 1) You should price your products/services based on the value it provides; 2) You should offer your customers a limited range of prices; 3) You should aim to get paid more than once for the same thing.

What could be be better

Due to the wide range of subjects, each subject gets only few pages. I would have loved to see a list of “books to read” after each subject. That way I could have gotten deeper into things that I found especially interesting.

However as the whole book is about ”less talking and more doing”, I can understand that the author has chosen not to have such lists there. For many that could be one more excuse to delay taking action.

Who is responsible of it all – @chrisguillebeau

The author of the book is a formidable man. He lives the life he preaches. Chris is a writer, traveler and in short – a person who likes to do things different.

He has written another book called Art of Non Conformity (I have not read it myself, but I have heard that it is a lot like The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris) and a series of “Unconventional Guides”.

He is also a passionate traveler who has a goal of visiting all the countries in the world until 2013 and responsible of creating the World Domination Summit in Portland – convention that gathers together the “People Who Make Things Happen” from all around the world.

I have followed his blog for years; it is worth checking out at chrisguillebeau.com.

Taking it all together

The book is interesting, it is easy to read and you can learn a lot. It has definitely potential to make you richer; I expect to read it again in the future just to remind me of all that I learned.

If you are into earning more money by building your own microbusiness, this is definitely “the go-to” book for you alongside Ramit Sethi’s (much more expensive) Earn1K course.

Even if entrepreneurship is not for you, you might get some good ideas. Especially the quick and dirty methods aiming for less talk and more action can be useful to everyone.

The book “The $100 Startup” is available for example fromAmazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

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Summer draws to an end

Hello Everyone!

As the summer draws to an end, it is time to get blogging again.

Summer is always a great time to read a lot of books. When you are laying on a sunny beach somewhere around the Mediterranean sea, what could be better than to have a pile of books next to you just waiting to be read. I managed to go through four business related ones from various different fields:

All of them were interesting reads. Expect to hear about some of them in this blog during the next few months.

If any of you visitors happened to read interesting business related books during the Summer, feel free to share it with others in the comments section!

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