TMBA 281: An Episode For Those Who Like to Read

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I love books. I love to read and I know that many of you do too. This week we’re going to have a simple, fun episode where we talk about our favorite books. I will be sharing five books that I think people might enjoy reading for inspiration or pleasure and our good friend Taylor Pearson will be sharing five timeless business books that he believes are worth reading more than once. If you are looking for new stuff to read, this is the episode for you.

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • A huge list of unique and surprising books that we believe anyone could learn from.
  • One of our favorite books about how to manage your own psychology.
  • The three core components of business and some great authors that are writing about them.
  • The best books to read if you are developing individual and team-based sales strategies.
  • Some of our very favorite books to re-visit year after year.
  • What we are both reading right now.

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Dan & Ian

Published on 02.12.15
  • Appreciate the feedback Sam. Freudian analysis would probably conclude it has something to do with my mother, but probably just an old bad habit which Dan has pointed out to me as well. I’ve gotten a lot more deliberate about avoiding it since.

  • Epic! Haven’t read East of Eden, The Awakening of Intelligence or The Little Big Things, just put em on my GoodReads.

  • 1) I read slow as molasses. If you were to clock my wpm, it would be 4th grade level I expect so no help there.

    2) First thing in the morning, after lunch to deocompress from morning work session and when travelling are my big 3. Sunday afternoons after lunch at Barton Springs are a bonus.

    +! to How I Found Freedom In an Unfree World

  • Roughly the same for me ~1-2 hours/day between kindle and audiobooks.

  • Ha! Don’t tempt me :)

  • “The Non-Asshole’s Guide to…” would be a brilliant brand to build out. Kinda like “XXX For Dummies” series, but on more intelligent matters. I have yet to make it through a Taleb book without putting it down for months in between readings, due to the “popping” Taylor notes.

  • Was forced to read L’Étranger for French class in school, hated it. Reread it later outside of school and loved it. Funny how that happens.

  • Do you take many notes on what you read? How do you handle it with audiobooks?

    I’m a HUGE note-taker and that’s one of the main reasons that I’ve never gotten into audiobooks – I don’t see a way around the difficulty and inconvenience of note-taking. Am I missing something?

  • Loved this episode! So many books, so little time.

    Since you mentioned The War of Art I’ll throw in a related recommendation – Pressfield’s new book The Lion’s Gate. A book about Israeli soldiers in the Six-Day War, non-fiction and based on interviews with real people but told from a first-person perspective like a novel. I’m about halfway through it and it’s stunning. (It’s also surprisingly apolitical for a book about Israel – it’s less about the wider politics of the situation and more about the individual perspectives of soldiers who are fighting with everything they have to prevent the literal extermination of their country and people.) Great read.

    Oh, and Pressfield’s “Gates of Fire” is a masterpiece too. I’m sure his other novels are equally great but I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet!

  • like the idea of a series popularizing stuff that should be popularized!

  • thanks George appreciate that! I’ve heard a ton about Gates of Fire in particular but havne’t taken the leap yet.

  • Jonathan Rollins

    I saw a post on Hugh Howey’s blog recently that reminded me of this episode (, so I’ll toss out a question: How many authors do you all run into overseas?
    I know that a few have used that to gain location independence (Jake Needham, more famously Peter Mayle who used his books to pay for a move to the south of France, then to NYC and then back to France, Christine Kling, etc.). Many of the newer Amazon ebook focused authors are working their publicity and publishing like a business- no reason they can’t pack things up and head out if they wanted to do so.
    By the way, I love Jake Needham’s books- set in your neck of the woods and written in a hard boiled style.

  • Glad you found some jewels Taylor.

  • Interesting. I read Gates of Fire and it was good, but honestly sort of underwhelming for me after reading War of Art. Kind of a tough situation for Pressfield from my POV, War of Art is SO GOOD that it frames everything else of in that like.

  • Coming Soon: The Translated Anti-Fragile: A Layman’s, No Bullshit, Clear And Direct Application Of Taleb’s Work To The Real World (No Mental Masturbation Allowed!))

  • pwlsax

    A series of Non-Asshole’s Guides might be a harder sell than you think. People want to succeed more than they want to avoid being assholes, and true or not, there is an unexamined preconception that success often means being an asshole. You don’t want to challenge unexamined preconceptions right in the sales pitch – save it for chapter one or two after the sale.

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