Blog 09.02

E books Vs Printed books

How do you eat yours? Admittedly, that opening question doesn’t make much sense unless you’re crazy, a chocolate lover or a crazy chocolate lover. I’m definitely the latter.

For those of you who are still thinking “What is this guy talking about?!” let me explain. I’m referring to the Cadbury’s Creme Egg advertising that asks the question “How do you eat yours?” But what does this have to do with the title? Simple, which do you prefer E books or Printed books?

Ask any successful person how they became successful and they’ll list reading educational/self improvement books one of their top disciplines to do daily. But in what format should you be reading, printed or electronic?

Printed Books

It seems like printed books have been around since time began. Always there, giving us the opportunity to learn the wisdom of the world.

But with the development of E books should printed books still have a place on your shelf?

In my opinion, Yes absolutely! You can use printed books in a way that E books can’t be used. One of things I love about printed books is you can write your thoughts and ideas on them.  Jim Rohn beautiful explains the importance of new ideas with this quote;

Idea’s can be life changing. Sometimes, all you need to open the door is one more good idea.

You can write the good ideas you get from printed books next to the content. So when you look back through, straight away you’ll know which bit of text inspired you to write those words. Now you can make notes on an E reader but not with pen and ink, which is the most powerful way to make notes.

Another opportunity you have with printed books over it’s electronic brother, is you can share them. If you find a book that touches you, that gives you that one good idea, that brings you out of the darkness and into the light, you can give that book to someone with the hope that it at least does the same for them that it did for you. And if you don’t have anyone to give it to, you can give the book to a charity shop.

How would you like your books for free? The wisdom of the world is available for free at your local library. All you need is a library card and the desire to get there no matter what. It doesn’t get much easier than free!

E Books

E books and E readers have been around for a minuscule amount of time compared to its printed sister but that’s doesn’t take away from the value they can bring to your life.

The beauty of E books is you can store 100’s and 1000’s all in one E reader that is no bigger than your average book. You can have books on communication, history, art, leadership skills, financial accounting with you, where ever you go. All the skills you need, all the ideas you need all in one place.

If a friend recommends a book, how does having it in less than a minute sound? Sounds great to me too! With E readers waiting for book to be dispatched and delivered is a thing of the past. All it takes is a quick search, pay then download and you’re ready to read. Most E books can be sampled before you buy which means you can download the first chapter or so for FREE to see if the book is for you.

If you’re going to read your E books on the go you’ll need an E reader. There are some all singing all dancing E readers which allow you to play music and videos etc but I prefer a pure, just for books, E reader. This way when I pick up my E reader there are no distractions and I can fully focus on reading and studying my book. My E reader is a Kindle Paperwhite. It’s simple, it’s effective and it does everything I want.

What’s the verdict?

My belief is both E books and printed books should have a place in your library. They are both unique resources which you can use to become the person you need to become in order to achieve your goals.

I use my Kindle Paperwhite more than printed books. If a take a lot of value from an E book I’ll buy it’s printed version and reread it so I can write notes on the pages. Which is similar to what Snape does with his potions book in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

I hope you’ve at least taken 3 points of value from reading my post and you’ve journalled them. If you’re not sure on the importance of journalling or how I journal take a look here.

Thanks again for investing your time and I’ll be back soon!

Joe

We are asked in life to do one thing!

INSTA 310116 copy“Make measurable progress in reasonable time” – Jim Rohn. It’s one of my favourite quotes, and something I’ve lived by after reading Think and Grow Rich.

In this post I’ll explain how the book that has created more millionaires than any other book changed my life. But first if you haven’t already done so please read Think and Grow Rich, whether you read one word, one page, one chapter or the whole book you’re sure to get something of value. You may only need one more idea to totally transform your life.

Belief

The book reignited my belief. If this was the only thing of value I took from the 1937 classic I’ve have been more than happy, ecstatic in fact. How did it give me belief I hear you ask. At the time I felt like a failure, my business was going down hill and I believed there was nothing I could do to turn it around. I thought wrong and the book showed me examples of successful people from history, who struggled and then became successful. People like Henry Ford,… and Andrew Carnegie, who gave Napoleon Hill the idea for Think and Grow Rich.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit” – Napoleon Hill

It all started here…

My personal development journey started here. Without this book I may not have been inspired to invest more time and money in myself than in the business. As Jim Rohn says one of the keys to success is to “Work harder on yourself than you do your job”. It also sparked the turnaround in my business as I was able to bring in over 500 new customers in 2014. After reading Think and Grow Rich I have read over 150 self improvement books and listened to hours of audios!

I’d love to know if Think and Grow Rich had an impact on your life, please leave a comment with your story! Thanks again for reading and I’ll see you soon.

Joe

The book that changed my life

unsplash 270116 copy

It’s not the bible…I haven’t found religion and it hasn’t found me. You’re probably wondering ‘How can a book change your life?’. Hopefully I can help you understand.

It’s Sunday 17th November 2013, I’m 22, work in accounts and owned a hair salon for 1 year. I hated my job, mainly because there wasn’t enough work which caused the days to drag on and on and on and on….and because I felt my potential was greater, I wanted more. That’s when, at 21, I thought I’d found the answers to my prayers by buying a hair salon. I thought I’d be rich and be able to retire at 23. I thought wrong.

I invested £45,000 into a hair salon because I believed it would make me rich practically overnight. My salary at the time was £16,000 per year, £45,000 was nearly 3 years worth of wages. Within a month I realised the turnover was not as high as the books, what’s more it came to light that the previous owners had been in prison for dealing cannabis. The following month (2 months after taking over) the manager left and our turnover halved again. My £45,000 investment was probably worth £22,000 and that’s being optimistic!! To top it all off, after my first year we’d just about broke-even, no profit. Not even a penny.

I knew I needed more customers but I didn’t know how to get them. So I started searching Google, it’s what all adults do when we don’t know the answer, right? That’s when I came across a Mr Nigel Botterill who’s from Yorkshire and runs a business helping small business owners. To say I was sceptical would have been an understatement but he had a book on the Sunday Times Best Sellers List so I thought I’d read that and see what he’s all about. It’s a great down to earth book, definitely worth a read check it out here:- Botty’s Rules: 29 Success Secrets

Is that the book that changed my life I hear you cry. No sorry! But having read Botty’s Rules I took a closer look at Nigel’s website and found his recommended reading list. At the top was the book that changed my life, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Now, I don’t know what more I have to say to get you to read this book, I’ve already mentioned it changed my life.

In my next post I’ll explain why it changed my life. If there’s one thing you do today, please read Think and Grow Rich, hopefully it’ll do the same for you as it did for me. Thanks again for reading and I’ll see you soon.

Have a great day

Joe