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Audiobook Review: Earl Nightingale’s The Essence of Success

I am an avid audiobook listener, who is in love with Audible.com. I use their site to browse non-fiction titles, including business books, motivational and self-development titles.

I recently came upon a compilation of audio books by Earl Nightingale called The Essence of Success on Audible. He is a master motivator who has inspired thousands, probably millions of business leaders and wealthy people in this country. He is the co-founder of the famed Nightingale-Conant corporation.

This audiobook is just what I have been looking for — straight to the point, no-nonsense motivation with clearly outlined tips and advice for how to get ahead in life. I highly recommend this audiobook for anyone who is looking to make a big move in a new direction.

Keep in mind that if you’ve never tried Audible before, The Essence of Success audiobook (valued at about $59 as of this posting, and worth every penny) will be free when you start a new account using your Amazon login. Just click here to download Mr. Nightingale’s audiobook with a free credit.

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Louise Gaillard is a prolific writer, social media marketing consultant and small biz owner.





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Audiobook Review: No Boundaries by Les Brown

This is a quick review of Les Brown’s audiobook “No Boundaries” — now available at Audible.com .

About the author: Les Brown is a motivational speaker known the world over. He hits home with listeners with his honest, no-nonsense and often humorous message about personal success and achievement.

My favorite highlights from this audiobook are as follows:

– Les makes a very real joke about how it’s best to be nice to your kids and tell them you love them when they’re young, because you never know if the time might come when you can’t get up from bed and they have to take care of you… “Remember that time when you beat me!” I laughed so loud at this that it got my neighbor’s attention.

– Les talks about his early influences that helped him become a success after being called “the dumb twin” by his peers and deemed “educable mentally retarded” by his teachers.

– I could relate to the part when when said that we often have a lot of stuff going on in our heads that even we don’t know it’s there, and that this “stuff” could be holding us back from achieving our dreams. This “stuff” makes it so easy for us to give up.

Dream Blocks, Removing YoursI highly recommend the audiobook No Boundaries by Les Brown and his series of other audio titles if you’re looking for motivation and inspiration to keep moving forward as a new small business owner. Stuff happens along the way, but that doesn’t mean you should stop and give up. You might just need to make a few adjustments to your plan.

 

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How to Win Friends and Influence People Book Review

One of the books that has really made a lasting effect on me and how I conduct business is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I’m ashamed to say that I waited until my 30s to finally experience this amazing book. If I had read it earlier I might not have struggled so much in my 20s with business and interpersonal relationships.


That’s why I highly recommend this book for young entrepreneurs and recent college grads who are heading out into the business world.

The Lumber Inspection Story

One of the “moments” that really stood out for me in How to Win Friends and Influence People was the story about how a consultant dealt with an unsatisfied lumber client. The lumber company apparently inspected the lumber and decided that it wasn’t up to par. They complained and demanded their money back.

The consultant went to the lumber yard not ready to fight, but ready to listen. As time went on and the lumber inspector realized that the consultant wasn’t there to fight with him, and was just listening to his concerns, he began to change his mind about the shipment. Eventually he decided that the wood was fine after all. If the consultant would have come there making excuses and fighting with the inspector, it would have gone a lot differently.

At the time that I read this book, I was working at a small company under a manager who I would say was “less than stellar.” The manager was difficult to deal with and I was pretty much biding my time until I could make my escape. Six months after reading this book and implementing a lot of advice in my day to day interactions, I was offered a supervisory position at the business.

Needless to say, I give How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie 5 stars and recommend it to any entrepreneur or small business owner. It’s also available as an audiobook at Audible.com .

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Louise Gaillard is a social media manager, prolific writer and author.



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