“Luck is not a magical ability or a gift from the gods. Instead,
it is a state of mind―a way of thinking and behaving.”
The Luck Factor, page 165
We all know someone whose card is always drawn in the raffle, who gets tickets to the hot show, whose car never breaks down and whose marriage is bliss.
And we know their opposites, too.
Whether superstitious or not, most folks believe that luck is a mysterious force of the universe. Either mostly good things happen to you as you go through life, or mostly bad things happen. That’s true, as far as it goes.
But most of us believe there’s nothing we can do about it. And Dr. Richard Wiseman is here to tell you that’s wrong.
Luck, it turns out, can be changed. It can be controlled. Luck is a skill you can learn and a tool you can apply in business, in life.
Here’s what you’ll learn: … more … “Practical Advice from ‘The Luck Factor’ by Dr. Richard Wiseman (An Actionable Books summary)”
“The first step to making better decisions is to . . . honestly assess our flaws and talents, our strengths and shortcomings.”
How We Decide, page 259
We’d all love to think that logic and reason are the foundation of our choices. Gotta keep those emotions in check when we’re making life’s big choices. After all, when we’re buying a house or car, choosing a life partner, deciding what to eat or whether or not to have children, we want to make the best choice possible. Pure logic, we assume, leads to the best choices.
How We Decide uses the latest scientific research to explain brand new understanding about how our brain works. This information is vital to better decision making.
Here’s what you’ll learn: … more … “Practical Advice from ‘How We Decide’ by Jonah Lehrer (An Actionable Books summary)”
“How can any person, organization, or idea become more trusted and more believable?”
Likeonomics, page xxiii
You don’t need to be told there’s a believability crisis. Whether you’re stuck buying a used car or listening to political ads, you know you have a hard time believing what these folks are saying. And you know why: for far too long, businesses of all kinds have focused on profit over good behavior. Rohit Bhargava, author of Likeonomics: The Unexpected Truth Behind Earning Trust, Influencing Behavior, and Inspiring Action, would probably love it if everyone were altruistic enough to be likeable just because it’s the right thing to do. He’s sharp enough to know that we’ll take more notice if he points out one of the inevitable side-benefits of likeability: a more profitable, less stressful business. Here’s what you’ll learn: … more … “Practical Advice from ‘Likeonomics’ by Rohit Bhargava (An Actionable Books summary)”
Join me as we tour blogs with guest posts, a summary of the book, a video interview, and an internet radio show through the month of August promoting my newest book, “You Don’t Want a Job“. Each post is unique, and I’ll be responding to every single comment on every single blog.
Here are all the stops, newest on top:
- Late entry: September 15 — Marcos Gaser’s No More Boss for Me. Marcos has made a very nice life for himself doing precisely what he wants. His respect for me is one of the greatest gifts an author can receive.
- August 17 — Tom Berarducci’s What Not to Do in Business: What To Do While You’re Not Doing What Not To Do. I stopped beating around the bush and said what I meant with this one.
- August 16th — Tom Bentley’s Write Word: The Rhythm Method (Or, Why Self-Employment is Better Than, Um, Chocolate) — Tom inspires me to lunacy. I like it.
- John O’Leary’s Business Lessons from Rock — My guest post, Dick Dale Rages, Music Goes Indie, and Why You Don’t Want a Job, talks about the lessons entrepreneurs can learn from what indie musicians have been doing for a decade.
- August 10th — Caitlyn James’ Imagining Better: I titled it In a Financial Utopia There Are No Jobs but Caitlyn gave it her own title: Guest Joel is Wrong. You should weigh in on the brouhaha. You should.
- August 9th — At the blog of author James Ashman: Bread and Circuses: Toto, We’re Not in the 30s Anymore
- August 7th — At Rex Williams’ blog, Why Aren’t You Fascinated Any More? Rex is fascinated by curiosity. He’s writing an entire book about it. This post connects curiosity with the choices we make.
- August 6th — Why the Entrepreneur’s Life Makes Psychological Sense at Shanna Mann’s Change Catalyst. It’s a pat on the back for those already converted.
- August 3rd — Chief Virtual Officer, You Don’t Want a Job and I’d Like to Tell You a Few Reasons Why
- August 2nd — Stephanie Chandler’s Business Info Guide: 3 Reasons a Job is Unsatisfying & 4 Ways You Can Avoid Them (If you can come up with a better title I’d love to hear it. This one’s descriptive, but a little unwieldy.)
- July 31, 2012 — Guest post at Mark McGuinness’ Lateral Action titled “4 Ways Self-Employment Is Less Risky than Getting a Job” There’s also an article about my Lateral Action column written by Marissa Brassfield at PayScale: Is Self-Employment Less Risky Than Getting a Job? Marissa gets the point that artists are ahead of others as far as how to do business in the new age. She says “Canfield’s final point is perhaps the most salient: self-employment places a greater value on your time and effort.” I say “Amen to that.”
- July 31, 2012 — Video Interview with Nathan Agin of Nonstop Awesomeness discussing “You Don’t Want a Job – and Here’s Why…”
- July 30, 2012 — Internet Radio Show interview with Brian K Wright at Success Profiles Radio. You can download the transcript as a PDF here: [download id=”1″].
- July 27, 2012 — Summary by Chris Taylor at Actionable Books
There’s over 15,000 words explaining and supporting my 12,000-word book. Go. Read. Comment. Support these fine folks. (And don’t forget to order your own copy, eh?)