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Reading is an important part of personal growth. There is a lot of knowledge in books you can’t find anywhere else. So, are you prioritizing reading in your life?

In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, I share four books that made a difference in my life in 2017.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:14 – My reading habits in 2017
  • 00:52 – The four impacting books I read in 2017
  • 00:59 – Do You Talk Funny? by David Nihill
  • 01:58 – I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
  • 03:17 – The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
  • 04:27 – Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker
  • 05:35 – Final thoughts

Transcription:

I didn’t get around to reading quite as much in 2017 as I had in the two years prior.

I’ve already shared about many of the events that sent me reeling last year and how that caused me to rethink my approach to life. My burnout and newfound social life both played a significant part in book reading taking a backseat in my life.

I don’t think I learned any less in 2017 compared to years prior. I believe I learned a lot of practical, real-life lessons that I could not have learned except through the experiences I lived.

In some ways, I felt like I was tossed right into the big leagues. My desire to grow as an individual has always been significant, but I had no idea I would be pushed this far this fast.

Anyway, there were still a few worthwhile books I read in 2017, and I wanted to share them with you. Here they are.

1. Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David Nihill

Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David NihillHow important is humor?

David Nihill points out that humor is one of the nine key elements of successful TED Talks. He shows why funny people tend to have better relationships and get more opportunities.

You may not consider yourself a comedian, and I don’t think of myself as one either. But if we can learn to inject humor into everyday conversation, we will be more memorable and stand out from the crowd.

In Do You Talk Funny?, Nihill explains how you can adopt a number of comedic habits, not just to enhance your speeches, but your everyday relationships.

As with any book, taking what you learn and applying it is the hard part, but I took a few valuable ideas from this book, some of which have served me well, such as The Rule of 3.

Taking what you learn and applying it is the hard part about reading. Click To Tweet

Pick up this book if you’re looking to take your public speeches beyond, or you just want to create a better rapport with people.

2. I Will Teach You To Be Rich: No Guilt. No Excuses. No B.S. Just a 6-Week Program That Works by Ramit Sethi

I Will Teach You To Be Rich: No Guilt. No Excuses. No B.S. Just a 6-Week Program That Works by Ramit SethiManaging your money isn’t easy. This is because there is a lot of misinformation out there, and in today’s instant gratification society, it is so easy to overspend and rack up a lot of debt.

Author Ramit Sethi brings it back to the basics and shows us how we can get our financial life on track. But he isn’t unrealistic either – he points out that you can’t have everything. You can drive an amazing car, you can live in a mansion, you can buy that bass boat you’ve always wanted. But you will likely need to pick and choose which of those things you truly want – it will prove difficult if not impossible to have it all.

When you hear the word “frugal”, you probably assume it means to spend cautiously. Sethi says it’s about choosing what to spend extravagantly on, and cutting back spending on what you don’t love.

In this book, you will also learn what to invest your money in. Many people are naïve, and assume they will never need investments to reach their desired goals. Even some business owners I know aren’t thinking about saving or investing in their future. This is a mistake.

Not thinking about saving or investing in your future is a mistake. Click To Tweet

So, if you’re looking for a simple plan you can follow to get your money under control, I recommend reading I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

3. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber

3. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. GerberThe E-Myth is not a step-by-step process on how to transform your small business. Rather, it illustrates, through story, how to think about your business differently and approach it in a way that allows you to regain your freedom and enjoy your work again.

Most successful small business owners reach a point in their career when they can’t take on more work. This can be exciting for a while, but eventually they become stressed out. That leaves them longing for earlier times when their business was their passion, and they loved going into work every day.

So, how do you build a business that can grow and scale? Author Michael E. Gerber suggests that you must think of your business as a franchise. You must systematize your processes, and delegate work to your employees.

I’ve talked to a lot of business owners about systems, so I’m quite familiar with the idea of systematizing a business. Still, this was a worthwhile read, and there are a lot of great insights into marketing and selling that go beyond just systematization.

Read The E-Myth Revisited if you’re stuck in your business and don’t know how to keep growing while achieving more freedom in your life.

4. Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business by Chris Ducker

Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business by Chris DuckerIf you’ve spent any time listening to business podcasts, then you’ve already heard about hiring Virtual Assistants and outsourcing your work.

In Virtual Freedom, author Chris Ducker demonstrates how this works in practice, and the steps you need to take to ensure your virtual team completes their work to your standards.

There can be some hiccups to setting up your virtual team if you don’t know what you’re doing, and Ducker explains how to navigate these challenges.

As I was reading this book, I wasn’t ready to hire anyone yet, though I did eventually hire a transcriptionist last year. This was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my business, because she delivers excellent quality work for an affordable rate.

The fact that I was willing to transcribe my own podcast episodes shows commitment and dedication on my part, but still not work I should be engaging in when I have content to create, books to write, and vision to think about.

This would be timely read for anyone overworked and stressed out. Don’t wait until you burn out to hire, because by then it might be too late.

Don’t wait until you burn out to hire, because by then it might be too late. Click To Tweet

Final Thoughts

I’ve started reading more in 2018 already, though I’m not certain I will make it to 52 books this year either.

The book I’m most excited about reading, and have already started on, is James Schramko’s Work Less Make More: The counter-intuitive approach to building a profitable business, and a life you actually love. I have a feeling I will be reading through it multiple times, because most of what I’ve built in the last year or two has been based on James’ methodologies.

Do you know what books you’ll be reading in 2018? What are you excited to read?

I look forward to seeing your comments.

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David Andrew Wiebe

David Andrew Wiebe

Founder & CEO at The Music Entrepreneur HQ
David Andrew Wiebe has built an extensive career in songwriting, live performance, recording, session playing, production work, investing, and music instruction. In addition to helping musicians unlock their full potential, he also continues to maintain a performance schedule with Long Jon Lev and Adrenalize. If you'd like to be notified whenever the blog is updated, click here to subscribe.
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