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7 Blogs I’m Thankful For (and 7 Posts You’ll Love)

Blogging around here has been a bit slow lately, with the holidays just around the corner and me focusing all my effort on getting a new site ready to launch.

With that said, I’m still reading a lot of good stuff.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and what better way to say “thanks” than by featuring everything I’m currently enjoying?

I think you’ll enjoy these too.

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5 Posts That Will Definitely Motivate You

Occasionally, I find that my motivation falls asleep or disappears, and sometimes needs a little spark to get going.  There’s only so much I can do to internally motivate myself – sometimes I need to read about someone else’s success or action to get myself pumped up.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done any kind of  compilation post, but here’s a collection of some things I’ve read lately that I found to be really motivating…Enjoy.

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November 2010 Reading List

November is almost here (my birthday month!), so it’s time for another reading list.  This month, I’m going to go with a couple suggestions that were in the comments of last month’s post.  Also, I’ve decided to add a short summary (taken from Amazon) for each book, in case you don’t feel like heading over to Amazon’s product page.

Here they are:

1) The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

  • “The best-selling author of The Big Switch returns with an explosive look at technology’s effect on the mind. “Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?

2) What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis

  • “In a book that’s one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google—the fastest-growing company in history—to discover forty clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by. At the same time, he illuminates the new worldview of the internet generation: how it challenges and destroys, but also opens up vast new opportunities. His findings are counterintuitive, imaginative, practical, and above all visionary, giving readers a glimpse of how everyone and everything—from corporations to governments, nations to individuals—must evolve in the Google era.”

If you’ve read or are currently reading any of the books listed here, please share your comments.  I’d love to see what everyone else thinks about these books, especially before I read them.  If you have suggestions for next month’s reading list, please share those too!  As always, you can check out my past reading lists by clicking the Reading link on the top menu.

Win A Free Book! Just Follow Me and Retweet This Post…

It’s been awhile since I last gave away a book, so I thought now would be a great time to give away a book that I actually have more than one copy of!  It’s a book you may be very familiar with (and it’s the inspiration of this blog):  The 4-Hour Workweek: Expanded and Updated.

Many of you have probably already read it, but for those who haven’t (or if you don’t own the book and you want it), I’m giving away a brand new copy!  All you need to do is follow me on Twitter and retweet this post using the button above.  Be sure your retweet includes “@My4HWW” so that I can see that you retweeted the post.

I’ll select a random winner on Monday and ship it out to that person (sorry, I can only ship to those who live in the U.S.).  I’ll tweet @ the winner, and then I’ll need you to direct message me your shipping address.  I’ll also update this post with the winner’s Twitter name.

Good luck!

UPDATE: The winner is @bobmantooth!  Congrats! Please send me your mailing address via the direct message feature on Twitter (so that I know it’s coming from you).

October 2010 Reading List

Another month is almost in the books (pun intended)!  With the weather getting colder (at least here in Chicago), I’m finding myself indoors a lot more, so hopefully that means I’ll have time to get through more books soon.  With that said, work is still busy, and unfortunately reading always takes a back seat to my work (both my “9 to 5″ work and my work that I discuss here on this blog).

Like September’s reading list, October’s is also fairly light.

Here are a couple books I hope to read this month:

1) Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan

2) The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up by Norm Brodsky

If you’ve read or are currently reading any of the books listed here, please share your comments.  I’d love to see what everyone else thinks about these books, especially before I read them.  If you have suggestions for next month’s reading list, please share those too!  As always, you can check out my past reading lists by clicking the Reading link on the top menu.

September 2010 Reading List

Wow, I can’t believe the end of August is around the corner with the summer quickly coming to an end.  Fortunately, fall and winter generally bring better reading conditions for me.  I don’t know about you, but when it’s sunny and warm outside, I try to limit how much time I spend indoors.  While it’s nice to read outside when the weather is nice, I find that I’m more likely to read indoors when it’s cold and rainy or snowy.

Enough about the weather.  September’s reading list is very light (this is the lightest reading list I’ve had so far on the blog) because I’ll be wrapped up in another tax season from now (it started a couple weeks ago) until October 15th.  Unfortunately, my reading time will suffer.

Here are a couple books I hope to read this month:

1) The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz (this was recommended to me by Maren Kate)

2) Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

If you’ve read or are currently reading any of the books listed here, please share your comments.  I’d love to see what everyone else thinks about these books, especially before I read them.  If you have suggestions for next month’s reading list, please share those too!  As always, you can check out my past reading lists by clicking the Reading link on the top menu.



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