My Top Ten Business Books Can Be Yours This Weekend

BusinessBookGiveawayI’m doing a giveaway.

Here are my top ten business books.

In honor of Labor Day, which Wikipedia tells me is “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers” (as a Brit I had to look that up) I’m giving them away to enhance your own social and economic achievements.

One person will get all ten books delivered to their door. There’s also complimentary access to the School for Selling included in the bundle.

(If you win and you’re already enrolled in the School for Selling then you’ll get something else. Possibly something liquid. Definitely not a kitten.)

These ten books contain some of the most important lessons I’ve ever received. They are slanted towards the psychology of selling. I recommend you read every single one of them multiple times.

But you gotta be in it to win it.

It’s one of those fancy multi-entry things: the more you tell other people about it, the more chances you have of coming out victorious.

Click to enter

I hope I get to send you a big box of books in the next three weeks. I hope you have a great long weekend. I hope we get to hang out soon. I hope that one day my children will sleep for longer than 90-minute stretches at night.


PS from a “marketing” point of view (because that’s what I’m interested in) this exercise is designed to “build my list”. I hate that phrase, but it is what it is. I’ll report back on the results in the near future. If you know somebody who’d be interested in getting in it, please share it with them.

PPS here’s the list:

The books are Book Yourself Solid Illustrated by Michael Port, You Can’t Teach A Kid To Ride A Bike At A Seminar by David Sandler, How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis, The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, Life’s a Pitch by Philip Delves Broughton, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini, 80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall, Unstoppable Referrals by Steve Gordon, 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Ries and Trout, and How To Get A Grip by some dude called Matthew Kimberley.

13 Very Important Life Lessons From How To Get a Grip

The best book I have ever written read written about today is How To Get A Grip, a profane and shouty guide to personal development.

Here follow some of the most popular passages, according to Amazon popular highlights. Read and weep and save yourself some time on reading the whole thing.

When you’re done weeping and reading, and if you still want to read more, check out How To Get A Grip on or on

On positive reinforcement (you can do ANYTHING!):

SOMETIMES IN LIFE, things get a bit shit. You can’t avoid it. It’s how you deal with the shit that sets you apart and, while you may think you lack the resources to turn things around and make it all a little less shit, you don’t.

On mortality and the purpose of life:

Life is not a competition, it’s a game. There are no winners or losers. We all end up dead.

Ambition is perfectly healthy so long as it’s YOUR ambition.

On how ladies think:

She’s thinking ‘He seems like a really hot, intelligent guy. The kind of guy who I’d like to take home and suffocate with my thighs.’

On gardening:

Treat people well and you’ll find them more inclined to lend you their lawnmower.

If you find that the grass is often greener, it’s time to buy some fertilizer.

On book titles that are likely to be sure-fire best-sellers, if ever written:

Tug of War – a history of military masturbation

Trim Six Inches Off Your Flabby Thighs With Neuro Linguistic Programming

Set Your Child On The Route To A Fulfilling Career In The Medical Profession By Reading Him Bedtime Stories In Swahili

On the perils of progress:

Advancement and progress are what keeps civilization civilized. But they’re also what gave us nuclear weapons and daytime TV.

On the futility of being easily offended:

When you find other people’s behavior distasteful, you get upset, your blood pressure gets raised, you lose a lot of time worrying and you shave seven minutes off your own life. Nobody else gives a shit.

On appreciating what you’ve got:

Some have it worse than others. Some of us were born in the arse-end of the country to a family of inbred petty criminals with facial tattoos and Neolithic attitudes to women and literacy.

On therapy:

Talking about your problems helps resolve them. Incessantly blathering on about the shit you’re going through does the opposite.

How And Why To Send Interesting Emails

emails1Until I got sideswiped by that forced sabbatical at the end of last year, I had a pretty tight thing going with my emails.

For a long period in 2013, I was sending out a daily email to the handsome-as-all-hell folk who’d had the foresight to share their email addresses with me (hey! I’m looking at you!)

To this day, I still get tons of questions about that. Questions like “why?” and “didn’t people get pissed off?” So here goes:

Q1: Why do you send so many emails?

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[VIDEO] Kill The Elevator Pitch!

The darnedest thing happened today.

(I don’t think I’ve ever used that word before. Sufficiently liberated, I’ll use it again.)

I got a message from a stranger on LinkedIn that was concise, appealing and warranted a response.

Imma tellin’ ya, I almost dang near fell out o’ my chair!

You see, the general dross that I get over there comprises invitations to join self-serving LinkedIn groups, invitations to spend money on improving my LinkedIn profile, invitations to rank higher in Google, invitations to import promotional material from former Soviet-bloc countries, invitations to go into partnership with technology manufacturers from the Far East, invitations to connect on “the latest new social network that’s going to transform how you watch videos of cats falling off ladders” and other such nonsense.

A handful of tossers even use LinkedIn messaging as a sort of surrogate email list and blast me crap that I never signed up for and certainly don’t read.

But today, I got something different, for the first time in YEARS.

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