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    Hey Steve, if you had to choose a couple of books that you have for sale, or some other educational, or non-educational material for our types of businesses, what would be your recomendation?

    Lets say your top 3 ?
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    I am a huge fan of business books, I guess my answer would kind of depend on what areas you are trying to learn more about?
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    • #3
      I think a few books everyone should read are
      Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kyosaki
      The E-myth Revisited,
      Guerrilla Marketing, Levinson??
      Black Belt Negotiating, I cant remember
      How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
      101 Secrets to Closing the Sale, Zig Ziggler

      You can find the all on amazon, for less than the shipping I bet.

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      • #4
        Not really looking for a specific area of our business. I guess thats what i was looking for from you Steve. What would be the top 3 things that can make a business succesfull, besides just plain hard work. Did you read some books to influence yours?

        I am going to pick up a couple of books to read over the winter ( slow season ), and probably take your lawn care business course.

        Maybe this is all wierd, just thought i would put it on here, i have been in business for many years, i don't think you can ever learn enough, and there are so many new people starting out in this business that are part of this great forum that may be helped from this info also.
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        • #5
          I think a few books everyone should read are
          Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kyosaki
          The E-myth Revisited,
          Guerrilla Marketing, Levinson??
          Black Belt Negotiating, I cant remember
          How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
          101 Secrets to Closing the Sale, Zig Ziggler

          You can find the all on amazon, for less than the shipping I bet.
          I have heard of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and How to Win Friends books, i will try to look those up, thanks.
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          • #6
            Here is my list of previous books of the month.

            http://gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=208

            Not really looking for a specific area of our business. I guess thats what i was looking for from you Steve. What would be the top 3 things that can make a business succesfull, besides just plain hard work. Did you read some books to influence yours?
            I think each book whether it's mine or others can offer pieces of advise you can take and grow with.

            Ideally they give you pieces you can take and insert into your own puzzle.

            Maybe this is all wierd, just thought i would put it on here, i have been in business for many years, i don't think you can ever learn enough, and there are so many new people starting out in this business that are part of this great forum that may be helped from this info also.
            When you sit there and think about it, what would you like to change about your business? What would you like to improve on? Where would you like to be now compared to where you are?
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              When you sit there and think about it, what would you like to change about your business? What would you like to improve on? Where would you like to be now compared to where you are?
              Thers nothing i would change about my business as it is, besides a little larger company. I have a wide range of services that i can offer. What i would like to improve on is my knowledge of the little details, i would like to get licensed for spraying lakefronts, possibly take the courses to be certified to spray turf and ornamentals, i like to be able to offer everything, customers love a one stop company.

              It is actually harder than i thought to put my business ideas into words, i have in my head waht i want to do, but explaining it is odd. HAhA
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              • #8
                It is actually harder than i thought to put my business ideas into words, i have in my head waht i want to do, but explaining it is odd. HAhA
                That is a very good point. A lot of times we think we want something but what holds us back is the inability to explain it because we might really not know what it is we want or not have thought too much about it.

                Sometimes it just comes down to we want to make more money. That may be the case here but there may be more too it. The more we think about it and talk about it, the more the idea starts to congeal and become solid. A solid thought is a lot easier to make happen.
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                • #9
                  That is a very good point. A lot of times we think we want something but what holds us back is the inability to explain it because we might really not know what it is we want or not have thought too much about it.

                  Sometimes it just comes down to we want to make more money. That may be the case here but there may be more too it. The more we think about it and talk about it, the more the idea starts to congeal and become solid. A solid thought is a lot easier to make happen.
                  Yes indeed, i think one of my biggest problems is , i know where i want to go, its just a matter of what order, and having to tke it in strides due to money.
                  I don't want to go get a loan, so what i do is every exta job i get, that money goes to directly funding advancement, so mainly its just time and money for me, unfortunatly i am impatiant, haha.
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                  • #10
                    Yes indeed, i think one of my biggest problems is , i know where i want to go, its just a matter of what order, and having to tke it in strides due to money.
                    I don't want to go get a loan, so what i do is every exta job i get, that money goes to directly funding advancement, so mainly its just time and money for me, unfortunatly i am impatiant, haha.
                    Florida, that is the way to go. Where are you in FL? I do business plans for people, if you dont have one yet, you need one.

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                    • #11
                      i know where i want to go,
                      Where would you like to go with it all?
                      so mainly its just time and money for me, unfortunatly i am impatiant, haha.
                      I think we all tend to be impatient.

                      I do wonder at times though what are we in such a rush for? Where is it we want to be or need to be? Will we grow over time if we take it step by step? Do we need to force it? What happens if we don't and we let it take a natural path?
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                      • #12
                        Where would you like to go with it all?


                        I think we all tend to be impatient.

                        I do wonder at times though what are we in such a rush for? Where is it we want to be or need to be? Will we grow over time if we take it step by step? Do we need to force it? What happens if we don't and we let it take a natural path?
                        Where i want the business to go actually may not be that big of an issue.
                        I think we get in a rush to do or achieve things in business or life to satisfy our own ego.
                        This country as hole, i think, has turned into a they have i want, or they got, so i have to get bigger.

                        For me, my business growing, is % 50 my own EGO, haha, i don't need the money, i pay my bills, have a decent life , don't lack for anything.
                        But, if i feel good, life around me, my family, friends, feel good.
                        We are all products of our environment, hang around good. positive people, what do you think your attitude or life will be like?......Positive!

                        Natural path, ....i think that is the easy way out, an excuse to not advance, or improve your lifestyle. I have been stuck there before, and used excuses to justify that existence.
                        Damn, i think i am getting a little out there, to much psychology there.
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                        • #13
                          Oh, and back to my original question of the thread.
                          I went today a purchased Rich Dad, Poor Dad. by Robert Kiyosaki
                          and Guerilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson.

                          Looking forward to reading both of these books.

                          Thanks for the input, everyone.
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                          • #14
                            I went today a purchased Rich Dad, Poor Dad. by Robert Kiyosaki
                            and Guerilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson.
                            I liked the Guerrilla Marketing book. It's a great book that makes you think about how to get your marketing message out for cheap. It's a lot alike much of what we do here and talk about.

                            The Rich Dad, Poor Dad book was not that great, to me at least. It talks about how you should invest in real estate. Well that's great and fine but it seems to tell the average reader with no cash, they should be able to go out there and buy real estate and then make big money off it.

                            I don't think it's that easy. I think you need cash when you are buying real estate and there are plenty of investment situations where you will still need to pay an additional monthly fee on top of a renters income to cover the mortgage payment.

                            Let me know when you read it if you find that it was helpful or not.
                            Natural path, ....i think that is the easy way out, an excuse to not advance, or improve your lifestyle. I have been stuck there before, and used excuses to justify that existence.
                            Damn, i think i am getting a little out there, to much psychology there.
                            I think this is fascinating because a lot of people ride the fence. They feel they want to grow, but are unsure why. They just feel like they should but many times we all seem to find a comfortable spot and tend to stay there.

                            A lot of what allows us to grow our businesses is the ability to create a plan and an infrastructure that makes it easier for others to work with us than work for themselves.
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                              The Rich Dad, Poor Dad book was not that great, to me at least. It talks about how you should invest in real estate. Well that's great and fine but it seems to tell the average reader with no cash, they should be able to go out there and buy real estate and then make big money off it.

                              I don't think it's that easy. I think you need cash when you are buying real estate and there are plenty of investment situations where you will still need to pay an additional monthly fee on top of a renters income to cover the mortgage payment.

                              .
                              To me Rich Dad was more about making you change one's way of thinking, his vehicle is real estate. As far as paying in additional you either did not put enough down, or you are paying to much for your property.
                              I manage some property for a Doctor, they financed the whole bit and are not having very much cash flow, I take most of it in a management fee.
                              Think depending where you are in the country one can now find some REALLY good deals on property.

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