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52 Books In 52 Weeks 2.0: Week # 2Book #2

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Richard Branson Like a Virgin By Richard Branson

 

I am regular reader of Richard Branson’s blog so I decided to pick up one of his books to try for the challenge. ***** WARNING THIS REVIEW MAY HURT SOME CEO’S FEELINGS ESPECIALLY IF YOUR IN THE NET WORTH OF 1MILLION TO 10 MILLION BRACKET****. Per Google search it states Richard Branson’s net worth is 4.8 Billion Dollars. So obviously I want to take advice on business from a billionaire and this book delivers that.

The information that is given to the readers is for the aspiring entrepreneurs. Branson takes you on an adventure through how his views on creating a multi-billion dollar business and how he went about it without even going to business school. He definitely shows that you can work hard and still have a good time as you built your empire.

One of my favorite chapters is the one where he definitely advised where the customer is not always right. The actual chapter is called THE CUSTOMER’S IS ALWAYS RIGHT EXCEPT WHEN HE’S WRONG.

I work for a corporation and this chapter I had to read it several times because here is a man who not only is successful and had lot entrepreneurship knowledge but is what I consider the renaissance man of the business word. Yet has not harping on the like most company that customer’s always right.

Richard Branson even states in his book that he once wrote,

“Since your employees are your brand ambassadors, their needs should come before your customer’s. that doesn’t mean that your customers’ opinions aren’t important, but simply that you should not build your customer service system on the premises that your organization will never questions the whims of your clients.

After reading that section of the book, (I read it several times this week) I could not put down the book. Richard Branson explanation on business is solid and easy to understand his philosophy’s are from what I gather on the book that there is no rules set in stone that starting a business will come with its trial and errors.

In another chapter called LAUNCHING A BUSINESS FOUR COMMON MISTAKES  In this chapter he talks about the mistakes you may encounter and try to avoid.

Step One: Stay on Target

Step Two: Be realistic about costs

Step Three: Hire the people you need, not the people you like

Step Four: Know when to step down as CEO

In this chapter he even go on to explaining that asking about the mistake and making them is part of the process of being entrepreneur.

Richard Branson continues by explaining how important it is in staying in shape in a chapter called WATCHING YOUR WAISTLINE WILL HELP THE BOTTOM LINE. This chapter Richard talks about how it’s a necessity to have a healthy work life balance and include some form of exercising regimen for your overall success. He states that too often we are too busy with the success of the business that this part of your life is neglected. He states that working out helps your business and your mind.

As you can tell from the writing I am a huge fan of Richard Branson after reading this book it gave me a huge understanding of what being a entrepreneur and the work that requires to having your on business. Since my focus for 2016 is getting my business of the ground I think this book is a great tool to have in your library. Richard Branson Like a Virgin By Richard Branson is available on Amazon.

52 Books In 52 Weeks 2.0: Week #1Book #1

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Communion by Whitley Strieber

When I picked up this book to start reading for the challenge I wanted to start with something paranormal. This book does  not disappoint I mean as I started reading I could not put the book down Whitley account of alien abduction is truly detailed and at the same time frightening. The writing is supereved given a a great detail of his experience & what transpire in 1985. On a couple of occasions I found my self reading with all my lights on, then just my reading lamp.

The true accounts of the abductions can best appreciated and understood when Whitley went through the hynotize. The encounter as he tries to remember his experiences with missing time, bizarre implants, and with the  Grey creatures who he calls through out the book The Visitors, leaves wanting more and what exactly are their intentions.

While I don’t want to give away a lot of the book I will say that if your into the paranormal, ufology  or even a skeptic. I would say to truly read this book and have an open mind. This book is a must have in your library Communion by Whitley Strieber is available on Amazon.

 

52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge 2.0 2016

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Why I chose to do the challenge again simple. I failed it in 2015 to complete it, but it was not due to lack of motivation or due to being lazy. My focus has shifted from my challenges to my health. I will discuss in another post about my health during 2015.

After speaking with Dylan from WAYOFTHEOLYMPIAN.COM and Seth from SETHROSELIFE.COM both told me to continue with the challenge again, one for the readers and two to get back into the routine of reading again.

As for this being the first official post for 2016 I want to thank those that have taken the time to email me and follow up with me as to why the sight had gone silent.

I am happy to start a reading challenge 52 books in52 weeks 2.0. This was a challenge I discovered on several sites that I like and want to give my thanks to. I will say that this is not my original idea so many thanks to the following sites:

The challenge was not part of my list however after reading about it in the blogs I decided to add it to the Life Manifesto. I have been slacking on my reading and what better way to get the ball rolling for the New Year then then taking on this challenge. Below I will list how I did for 2015 and the books I have read.

Inspired but the hard work of 52BOOKSIN52WEEKS I too will also read the books in a week a post a very a short summery of what I have read. To make sure that I am on track I created a spreadsheet with dates that you can also download and use if you decide to take on this endeavor.

In addition to my reading a book a week, I will be reading finance books in between since I want to crush all debts an increase my finances.

Books I have read in 2015:

  • PARANORMAL STATE: Ryan Bunel.
  • DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON BEYOND EXILE: By J.L. Bourne.
  • YOU’RE BROKE BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE: Larry Winget.
  • CHESS: FROME FIRST MOVE TO CHECKMATE: Daniel King

So only 4 books considering that I was sick. The challenge will not have specific books but I will read anything from fiction to nonfiction books. Any books you like to suggest I read please post in the comments.