Frans Johansson [WYWL podcast]

We got the opportunity to speak to Frans Johansson, the author of The Medici Effect and The Click Moment.

We spoke about both of these books, and I discussion spanned uncertainty, purposeful bets, click moments, doubling down, innovation, and a whole lot more. Frans is an absolute weapon of a bloke and drops some serious gems of wisdom.

Check him out at www.fransjohansson.com

The Click Moment – by Frans Johansson [WYWL podcast]

The Click Moment by Frans Johansson

‘Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World’

 

This is a great business book. The world is random and there are forces out there that make success impossible to predict, so we need to be doing everything we can to harness randomness and use it to our advantage. The famed ‘10,000 hours rule’ works in many cases, but it’s essentially irrelevant in the business world. Instead, we need to focus on three things: click moments, placing purposeful bets, and allowing complex forces to work for us.

 

Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Click-Moment-Frans-Johansson/9781591846833/?a_aid=adamsbooks

The Greatest Salesman in the World – by Og Mandino (WYWL podcast)

‘You can change your life with the priceless wisdom of ten ancient scrolls handed down for thousands of years’

This parable tells the story of a man who rose from poverty to become the greatest salesman in the world. The book teaches us that we too can become great salesmen if we take the time and effort and apply ourselves to learn and practice. We are presented ten scrolls that will guide us on our journey to becoming masters of sales. In all honesty, whilst these principles can be effectively applied to becoming great at sales, they advice is also broadly applicable and could be (and should be) implemented in all areas of life. The advice covers things like avoiding procrastination, mastering your own emotions and not taking yourself too seriously.

Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Greatest-Salesman-World-Og-Mandino/9780553277579/?a_aid=adamsbooks

So What’s The Difference? – by Fritz Ridenour

‘A look at 20 world views, faiths and religions’

 

We didn’t really know anything about religion, so we decided to try and find out. This book gives a bit of an overview of the world’s major religions and describes their beliefs. Unfortunately, the book isn’t an unbiased account of the world as it’s written by a devout Christian and thus is seen through the lens of a particular belief. Nevertheless, it gave some good insight into what people believe and why.

 

Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/So-Whats-the-Difference-Fritz-Ridenour/9780764215643/?a_aid=adamsbooks

 

Pale Blue Dot – by Carl Sagan [WYWL podcast]

Pale Blue Dot – by Carl Sagan

‘A vision of the human future in space’

 

This offering from Carl Sagan, an astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and astrobiologist who popularised science takes us on a journey of space exploration. It seriously puts our Earth into perspective and shows us that really, in the grand scheme of things, we’re not that important.

 

Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Pale-Blue-Dot-Carl-Sagan/9780679438410/?a_aid=adamsbooks

To Sell Is Human – by Dan Pink

To Sell Is Human – by Dan Pink

‘The surprising truth about persuading, convincing and influencing others’

 

Dan Pink has opened our ours to show us that we’re ALL in sales. Sales isn’t just about exchanging a product for money, it’s also about getting people to want to do things for you, and encouraging people to take action, and helping people change their behaviour. We learn ‘How to be’ when selling (atonement, buoyancy and clarity) and we learn ‘What to do’ (pitch, improvise, serve).

 

If you realise that you’re in traditional sales or ‘non-sales selling’ (we all are), then grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Sell-is-Human-Daniel-H-Pink/9780857867209/?a_aid=adamsbooks

Good to Great – by Jim Collins (WYWL podcast)

Good to Great – by Jim Collins

‘Why some companies make the leap… and why others don’t’

Good to Great‘ is highly regarded as one of the greatest business books and recommended by many of the authors we’ve interviewed. It’s very well structured and analyses companies that went through a prolonged period of being just ‘good’, then went through a transition phase, then became ‘great’ and outperformed other businesses in their industry for more than 15 years. This book highlights 6 key factors, based around Disciplined People, Disciplined Thought, and Disciplined Action.

Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Good-Great-James-Collins/9780066620992/?a_aid=adamsbooks

Chris Guillebeau (WYWL podcast)

Chris Guillebeau is the author of ‘The $100 Startup’, ‘Born For This’, ‘The Happiness of Pursuit’, ‘The Art of Non-Comformity’, and is about to release his brand new book ‘Side Hustle’. He hosts the daily podcast ‘Side Hustle School’ which you can find wherever you’re listening to this podcast.

In this conversation, we talk about some of Chris’s previous books and then dive into side hustles. We talk about why you should have one, how you get started, and what to do next.

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The $100 Startup – by Chris Guillebeau (WYWL podcast)

The $100 Startup – by Chris Guillebeau

‘Fire your boss, do what you love and work better to live more’

This book gives insight into a whole bunch of businesses that started with very little capital, made a better-than-average income and required no specialised skills or knowledge. It provides a roadmap to how we can do it too.

Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-100-Startup-Chris-Guillebeau/9781447286318/?a_aid=adamsbooks

Andy Molinsky (WYWL podcast)

Our interview with Andy Molinsky, the author of ‘Reach’ and ‘Global Dexterity’.

We delve deeper into the ideas of getting outside your comfort zone as we discussed on our previous episode, our review of the best bits of Andy’s book Reach. We also talk about Andy’s experience of moving to a new country and adjusting to a new culture, as he details in hit book Global Dexterity.

You can check out more from Andy at: www.andymolinsky.com