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11 Books to Read to Get Rich from Your Passion

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Adam Davidson

The brilliant creator of NPR’s Planet Money podcast and award-winning New Yorker staff writer explains our current economy: laying out its internal logic and revealing the transformative hope it offers for millions of people to thrive as they never have before.

Contrary to what you may have heard, the middle class is not dying and robots are not stealing our jobs. In fact, writes Adam Davidson — one of our leading public voices on economic issues — the 21st-century economic paradigm offers new ways of making money, fresh paths toward professional fulfillment, and unprecedented opportunities for curious, ambitious individuals to combine the things they love with their careers. Drawing on the stories of average people doing exactly this — an accountant overturning his industry, a sweatshop owner’s daughter fighting for better working conditions, an Amish craftsman meeting the technological needs of Amish farmers — as well as the latest academic research, Davidson shows us how the 20th-century economy of scale has given way in this century to an economy of passion. 

He makes clear, too, that though the adjustment has brought measures of dislocation, confusion, and even panic, these are most often the result of a lack of understanding. The Passion Economy delineates the ground rules of the new economy, and armed with these, we begin to see how we can succeed in it according to its own terms — intimacy, insight, attention, automation, and, of course, passion. An indispensable road map and a refreshingly optimistic take on our economic future.

Daniel Pink

Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That’s what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of “left-brain” dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers – creative and emphatic “right-brain” thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.

Drawing on research from around the advanced world, Daniel Pink outlines six fundamentally human abilities that are essential for professional success and personal fulfillment – and reveals how to master them.

From a laughter club in Bombay to an inner-city high school devoted to design, to a lesson on how to detect an insincere smile, A Whole New Mind takes listeners to a daring new place, and offers a provocative and urgent new way of thinking about a future that has already arrived.

La Tetra O.

There is something about “START WHERE YOU ARE” that seems to exclude people like me.

I couldn’t put my finger on it before, but It was easy for a person like me to feel…invisible. Talked over, talked around. Ignored. When I sought comfort from writers and speakers that claimed to be motivational mindset shifters capable of changing my life for good, I’d leave with nothing because they were not writing for or talking directly to me.

It wasn’t their fault. They didn’t know me and couldn’t possibly imagine my hardships. They could never know why it was so difficult for me to get out of my head and get started toward my big, scary desires.

So as soon as it clicked for me, I wrote the words that I needed to hear when I was stuck, slow to start, and recycling through my favorite self-sabotaging loop.

Start Ghetto is about embracing the unideal as a part of your success story.

Each page is a charge to meet yourself in honesty about the circumstances preventing you to do ‘the thing’. They address the real-life blockages you may be facing WITHOUT the well-meaning(?) abuse of toxic positivity you’re used to enduring in response to your real-life obstacles. In this book, you will begin to ask yourself the questions that will reveal the source of your inaction/slow action with relatable, digestible, applicable activities. You will build your own meaningfully soothing self-talk required to set goals and plan with your odds and stop working against them.

Start Ghetto is 200+ pages of pulling your own card and meeting yourself where you are…however ghetto.

Jonah Berger

Why do certain products and ideas go viral? Dynamic young Wharton professor Jonah Berger draws on his research to explain the six steps that make products or ideas contagious.

Why do some products get more word of mouth than others? Why does some online content go viral? Word of mouth makes products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. It’s more influential than advertising and far more effective.

Can you create word of mouth for your product or idea? According to Berger, you can. Whether you operate a neighborhood restaurant, a corporation with hundreds of employees, or are running for a local office for the first time, the steps that can help your product or idea become viral are the same.

Contagious is filled with fascinating information drawn from Berger’s research. You will be surprised to learn, for example, just how little word of mouth is generated online versus elsewhere. Already praised by Dan Ariely and Dan Gilbert, and sold in nine countries, this book is a must-listen for people who want their projects and ideas to succeed.

5. The Long Tail

Chris Anderson

Our world is being transformed by the Internet and the near limitless choice that it provides to consumers; tomorrow’s markets belong to those who can take advantage of this. The Long Tail is really about the economics of abundance, an entirely new model for business that is just starting to show its power as unlimited selection reveals new truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it. The record business has been transformed by iTunes and Rhapsody; a similar transformation is coming to just about every industry imaginable.
What happens when everything in the world becomes available to everyone? When the combined value of all the millions of items that may sell only a few copies equals or exceeds the value of the few items that sell millions each? When a bunch of kids with no profit motive can record a song or make a video and get the same electronic distribution for it as the most powerful corporation?

Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired magazine, first explored “The Long Tail” in an article that has become one of the most influential business essays of our time. Using the worlds of movies, books, and music, he showed how the Internet has made possible a new world in which the combined value of modest sellers and quirky titles equals the sales of the top hits. He coined the term “The Long Tail” to describe this phenomenon, a phrase that’s since appeared in boardrooms and media around the world.

“In short, though we still obsess over hits,” Anderson writes, “they are not quite the economic force they once were. Where are those fickle consumers going instead? No single place. They are scattered to the winds as markets fragment into a thousand niches.”

Gary Vaynerchuk

Do you have a hobby you wish you could do all day An obsession that keeps you up at night Now is the perfect time to take those passions and make a living doing what you love.

Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion. Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera. and by using the secrets revealed in this book. transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. By the end of this book. any reader will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step.

Alex Hormozi

Here’s exactly what this book will show you how to do:

  • How To Charge A Lot More Than You Currently Are…
    a. The Tiny Market Big Money Process we use to laser focus on niche markets overflowing with cash
    b. The “Unfair” Pricing formula….how we 100x’d our pricing (and got more people to say yes….for real)
    c. The Value Flip…so you never get price compared again (that’s a promise)
    d. The Virtuous Cycle of Price…use it to outspend your competition (for good) while using your product to attract the best talent 2.
  • How To Make Your Product So Good, Prospects Find A Way To Pay For It
    e. The Unbeatable Value Equation….to make what you sell worth more than your prospects have ever received
    f. The Delivery Cube….to make delivering your products and services cost less but provide more
    g. The Trim & Stack Hack….to maximize profit using the absolute best delivery methods. (This has never been shared publicly and was how we made $17M in profit on $28M in revenue in a year when I was 28 years old) 3.
  • How To Enhance Your Offer So Much, Prospects Buy Without Hesitating
    h. The Scarcity Stack….how to use the three different types of scarcity in every offer you make (without lying) to get people to buy the moment you ask
    i. The “Everyday” Urgency Blueprint… to get prospects to buy RIGHT NOW, using everyday life to create real, ethical time pressure
    j. Unbeatable Bonuses…and watch your prospects’ hesitations melt away as they begin reading their credit cards to you before you even finish!
    k. God-mode Guarantees…so good they make anyone say yes (even people who would never normally consider buying). I’ll show you how to stack and layer all 4 types of guarantees together. I even give you my 13 favorite guarantees word-for-word to swipe for yourself.
    l. Magic Naming Formula to get the absolute highest response rates and conversion rates from everything you do to get new clients

And so much more…

Robert Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.

George Clason

The Richest Man in Babylon, is a classic, insightful, financial, motivational guide that has lead many generations to monetary and personal success.

Be all that you are capable of, as you fill your conscious and subconscious mind, heart, and soul, with positive energy and life-enhancing ideas. Start your journey of self-discovery and be on your way to accumulating all of the riches that you desire.

As you welcome a new financial empowerment, learn:

• How to acquire money, keep it, and put it to work to make even more money • The secret to financial success
• Why “paying yourself first” will increase your savings
• How to save while you’re paying down debt • How to attract “good luck”
• The best investments for your future
• Why it’s easy to manage your own finances

It’s one of the bestselling financial books of all time, having sold millions of copies, and now you can put it to work for you!

During his eighty two years he was a soldier, businessman and writer. He served in the United States Army during the Spanish–American War.

Rob Kenner

For Nipsey Hussle, “The Marathon” was more than a mixtape title or the name of a clothing store; it was a way of life, a metaphor for the relentless pursuit of excellence and the willpower required to overcome adversity day after day. Hussle was determined to win the race to success on his own terms, and he wanted to see his whole community in the winner’s circle with him.

A moving and powerful exploration of an extraordinary artist, The Marathon Don’t Stop places Hussle in historical context and unpacks his complex legacy. Combining on-the-ground reporting and candid interviews, “Rob Kenner has given us the book the world – and hip-hop and pop culture – has been waiting for…one that should be celebrated alongside the best biographies ever about iconic figures we have loved – and lost” (Kevin Powell, author of When We Free the World).

Timothy Ferriss

For Nipsey Hussle, “The Marathon” was more than a mixtape title or the name of a clothing store; it was a way of life, a metaphor for the relentless pursuit of excellence and the willpower required to overcome adversity day after day. Hussle was determined to win the race to success on his own terms, and he wanted to see his whole community in the winner’s circle with him.

A moving and powerful exploration of an extraordinary artist, The Marathon Don’t Stop places Hussle in historical context and unpacks his complex legacy. Combining on-the-ground reporting and candid interviews, “Rob Kenner has given us the book the world – and hip-hop and pop culture – has been waiting for…one that should be celebrated alongside the best biographies ever about iconic figures we have loved – and lost” (Kevin Powell, author of When We Free the World).

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