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This post was prompted bc of another post- but wondering on the most influential and helpful books out there that you have read and wanted to share.

 

For me, it was

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Great book I think every entrepreneur should read. I want to try and read a book a week

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E-Myth by Gerber is essential.

 

 

My Current fav is Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone

Admittedly I own but never read the book the e-myth but then I bought it the audio book because of the hype. What a WASTE of time and money. Also the author contradicts himself form one chapter to the next.

 

Buy the e-myth, buy into the e-myth ONLY if you want to buy into a franchise. That is ALL the guy talks about.

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Admittedly I own but never read the book the e-myth but then I bought it the audio book because of the hype. What a WASTE of time and money. Also the author contradicts himself form one chapter to the next.

 

Buy the e-myth, buy into the e-myth ONLY if you want to buy into a franchise. That is ALL the guy talks about.

 

 

Its been a while since I've read the book but I don't believe he is telling the reader to buy into a franchise but rather suggesting the franchise model with its efficient systems and not having the owner apart of the daily operations is (in his opinion) the definition of a true entrepreneur / business owner.

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Two books for anyone considering higher education or on sending a son or daughter for higher education are "The Student Loan Scam" and "Worthless". I highly recommend reading these before proceeding.

I dont need to read the books to know, I have personal experience. My B .S. degree is bs

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On 2/24/2017 at 7:41 AM, xrac said:

In college they taught me as follows B.S. = Bull Sxxxx, M.S. = More of the Same, PhD = Piled Higher and Deeper. What is your B.S. in?

LOL. My BS has nothing to do with what I'm doing now. Textile supply chain management

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I normally listen to Audiobooks -constantly- but saw the recommendation for Six Tires No Plan on the other thread and picked up a used hardback copy via Amazon. I happened to be traveling to present to a repair 20 group in Houston last weekend. Started reading when I boarded the first flight, finished it as I was landing in Houston. Good read. Planning to go by the local Discount Tires to talk to the manager and see if that great corporate culture described in the book appears to be reality.

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6 hours ago, John Fabrega said:

I normally listen to Audiobooks -constantly- but saw the recommendation for Six Tires No Plan on the other thread and picked up a used hardback copy via Amazon. I happened to be traveling to present to a repair 20 group in Houston last weekend. Started reading when I boarded the first flight, finished it as I was landing in Houston. Good read. Planning to go by the local Discount Tires to talk to the manager and see if that great corporate culture described in the book appears to be reality.

I think that'll be my next read 

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On 2/13/2017 at 11:01 AM, mspecperformance said:

E-Myth by Gerber is essential.

 

 

My Current fav is Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone

I bought this 2 days ago and is on my list to read. Past 30 days I finished "Think and Grow Rich" Napolean Hill "Start with Why" by Simon Sinek (must read by the way!),  10x rule by Grant Cardone. Currently reading "Contagious" and "The Tipping Point" at the same time. E Myth will be next and already sitting on my desk.

Last night was the first night I took off from reading and played a game of CS Go. Been so long, I was completely unranked. You're asian so I have a feeling you play CS Go as well. If you don't know what that is then nvm lol

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4 hours ago, carbtech72 said:

has anyone read Slingshot by Dave Dickson or Internet marketing for auto shops by John Hemmingway?

I have not heard of either of those books. Slingshot sounds interesting but mixed reviews on Amazon. Only $10 though so might be on my read list

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Influence by Robert Cialindi.  It's about the psychology of why we do or buy certain things and not others, and the triggers that cause us to do it. Listened to it in January. About to do it again because there's just so much great stuff in there.

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My favorite story about me learning how the way you ask a question dramatically influences the outcome. I was a young Marine hanging out in bars on the weekend hoping to find a young lady who would like to spend a little time together.

What I tried many times with almost no success. Chat up a girl, and deliver this stunning line:
"Would you like to go out on a date with me sometime?"
She had to wash her hair or something equally urgent for the foreseeable future.

Then, without realizing it, I stumbled upon the difference between asking a yes question and a no question.
First, the setup.  Me: "You know, you're a lot of fun. I really like hanging out with you!"
Her: "Thanks!"
Me: "We should go out sometime, shouldn't we?"
Her: "Yeah, we should!"

100% of the time.
I was very fortunate to have recognized what I did differently to cause the outcome. It was then that I realized that everyone needs sales training in their life.

 

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1 hour ago, AndersonAuto said:

Influence by Robert Cialindi.  It's about the psychology of why we do or buy certain things and not others, and the triggers that cause us to do it. Listened to it in January. About to do it again because there's just so much great stuff in there.

I've read Influence and I can only imagine its more powerful as an audiobook. I have his latest book Pre-suasion is on my list. 

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On ‎4‎/‎6‎/‎2017 at 4:59 PM, carbtech72 said:

has anyone read Slingshot by Dave Dickson or Internet marketing for auto shops by John Hemmingway?

Just got 10x on audiobook and "Think and grow rich" on Kindle. Ive been listening to 10x for a few hours before and after I open and close. Been reading think and grow rich but it seems to be a slow read so far. Ordered Slingshot and Internet marketing on amazon.

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17 minutes ago, carbtech72 said:

Just got 10x on audiobook and "Think and grow rich" on Kindle. Ive been listening to 10x for a few hours before and after I open and close. Been reading think and grow rich but it seems to be a slow read so far. Ordered Slingshot and Internet marketing on amazon.

"Think and grow rich" is life changing. Buy the audio book and play it at 1.5x speed to get the overall picture. Chapter 7 is a must read. 

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leadership and self deception by the arbinger institute! I have my staff read it as well its a good wake up call especially with how everything works in today's society gives you perspective on thinking a different way which in turn helps leadership significantly. 

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Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business Paperback – January 29, 2008

by Danny Meyer  (Author)
 
not directly related to auto repair, but every idea in the book can be used in auto repair. 
 
Pour your heart in to it by Howard Schultz
 

Six Tires, No Plan: The Impossible Journey of the Most Inspirational Leader That (Almost) Nobody Knows Hardcover – March 1, 2012

by Michael Rosenbaum (Author)

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