Are you having trouble getting motivated in 2015? Looking for inspiration? These 3 authors will get you back to the top of your game in no time.
I thought after I graduated that I was done learning. It was time to hit the grindstone and start a career. What I failed to realize was the learning was just getting started. The more I worked, the more I needed to learn and the more I learned the better I became at my work. As I perfected my craft as a marketer I started to look outside the typical “business books” for inspiration.
I am still a massive fan of your traditional business guru’s like Napoleon Hill, John C Maxwell, Malcolm Gladwell, however I attribute my passion for life-learning to the following 3 authors; Tim Ferriss, Ramit Sethi and Lewis Howes. These are not your traditional business, or marketing authors, but rather a unique set of individuals who study, interview, dissect, and dig deep into such a broad spectrum of topics and people that forces you to expand your way of thinking.
Below is a brief summary of the value I received from each of these authors. There are NO AFFILIATE links, nor do I receive any compensation from these authors. These are individuals who have genuinely inspired my personal and career growth.
I can honestly say this is one of my favorite authors, interviewers and, albeit a stretch, comedians. I have read each of his three books; 4 Hour Work Week, 4 Hour Body and 4 Hour Chef. Tim Ferriss is literally the world’s biggest experiment. He puts his mind and body on the line to disprove myths and constantly seeks perfection and efficiency.
I have to give Tim credit for fueling my fire for learning, which came from The 4 Hour Chef. This book is more about learning, than it is about cooking although I do have to say my skills in the kitchen are much better after reading the book.
He is a talented author, but his best skill has to be his ability to interview. He has one of the highest rated podcasts on iTunes and there are numerous episodes I will listen to again, and again when I need to be inspired. There is one in particular with Tony Robbins and Peter Diamandis that discusses how important it is to think big. In the podcast Tony shares how he will feed 100 million families, how Peter started the X-prize (a $10 Million dollar prize for the first private space flight) without even having the $10 million, and finally how Tony, Peter and Tim are working together to help tackle some of the biggest issues in the world, specifically literacy. It is by far one of the most impactful interviews I have ever listened to, and it will inspire anyone to accomplish anything, both personally and in business.
Connect with Tim Ferriss:
Facebook: Tim Ferriss
The 4 Hour Work Week
The 4 Hour Body
The 4 Hour Chef
Blog/Website: The Blog of Tim Ferriss
Best Links: If you want to 10x or 100x your results and impact, this interview with Tony Robbins and Peter Diamandis is a must listen.
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When you see “NO BS”, this guy means it. From his money back guarantees to his email newsletter; Ramit tells you like it is, and in my experience he is right. His emails will make you laugh, and for some you might cry if you don’t have thick skin. The content is bang on and will challenge you to push the envelope to live a truly “Rich life,” which by his definition is totally up to you. For some it is material wealth, for others it might mean “picking up the tab at the bar for friends.” Regardless, whatever you set out to do he has built a multi-million dollar business of training people how to stand out.
I was introduced to Ramit in a webinar he hosted with Tim Ferriss about self-publishing. I rarely sign up for email newsletters, and it is even more rare that I recommend anyone else signup, but this is one you cannot miss. He, like Tim Ferriss, is bold enough to tell you “if you can’t handle the truth in this email than the unsubscribe button is below…no seriously, get out…” I have personally used Ramit’s free material to completely change my career path, and I am a recent grad of his Zero to Launch program, which teaches you how to create an online business. Whether you need a laugh, are looking to change or advance your career, earn an extra part-time income, or start a multi-million dollar online empire this is the guy to get you there.
Connect with Ramit Sethi:
Podcast: Guest on Tim Ferriss’ show; Persuasion and Turning a Blog into a Multi-Million Dollar Business
Facebook: Ramit Sethi
Books: I Will Teach You To Be Rich
Courses: Dream Job, Earn1K, Zero To Launch (see the full list here)
A collection of Ramit’s best free tools. You must sign up, but I can tell you personally it is better than 99% of the courses you will pay for. Click here to access the tools:
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“The School of Greatness” is the vehicle Lewis Howes created to help serve over a million people. If that mission alone doesn’t get your attention, maybe his story will?
Lewis has a much different story than the two Ivy League authors above. He has found a way to use his hustle to delivers amazing value. After suffering from a career-ending football injury, Lewis found himself sleeping on his sister’s couch, broke and without a purpose. He, like Tony Robbins, read…and read some more and found that he too could have a positive impact on the people around him and created the “School of Greatness.”
His podcast is filled with interesting guests from all walks of life, each carrying a story of how to find your inner greatness. What amazed me most about Lewis’ podcast was watching his growth over the last year as he passed his 100th episode. That milestone alone (100 podcasts) is a testament to his commitment to helping serve people. The commitment to “service” inspired me to reevaluate how I approached my personal and business relationships. That change in focus has yielded exponential results.
Connect with Lewis Howes:
Podcast/Blog: The School of Greatness
Facebook: Lewis Howes
Books: LinkedIn Influence
Interview with Chalene Johnson (who is also an amazing person to follow):