Noah Kagan
Noah Kagan is an American Internet entrepreneur and the founder of AppSumo.
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Martin Blank: (on a headset, talking with his secretary from his hotel room, trying to cut short an awkward conversation) I have to go.

Marcella: Well we all have to go sometime, sir, but we can choose when.

Martin Blank: (Standing up to disconnect the call) Nobody chooses when.

– John Cusack, Grosse Pointe Blank

Imagine: You’re a 53-year-old CEO of a well-respected international consultancy that spans the industrialized world. As a matter of profession, you socialize with and advise chieftains of multi-billion-dollar firms, and your life is scheduled out eighteen months in advance, optimized to the nth degree from dawn to midnight, juggling the obligations of a family and the demands of a job where your thoughts and insights are constantly sought by colleagues, subordinates, clients and compatriots. Retirement to a golf resort is still over a decade away – until then, every moment brings new challenges, new opportunities and you are primed to handle them with the same energy and focused attention that got you where you are.

Life is good.

Now imagine: a doctor’s visit. You’ve been in excellent health your whole life and expect your recent headaches to be a minor annoyance to be chased away by time or the right handful of pills.

“I have bad news. You have inoperable brain cancer. You have three to six months. I’m sorry.”

Like a rain of lit kerosene on a well-manicured garden, Gene O’Kelly’s meticulously-planned, ordered life was torched in an instant, and he now has to compress the balance of his life into 100 days.

What would you do?

What would you do?

On Ben Casnocha’s strong recommendation, I picked up a copy of Gene O’Kelly’s haunting memoir, Chasing Daylight, which chronicled his final journey into oblivion, beginning with his diagnosis, and ending with his wife writing the last chapter of a book he was unable to finish.

In one measure, he was fortunate – the cancer that afflicted O’Kelly would not compromise his mental facilities; he would have the presence of mind to be himself right up until the end – and in this, he considered himself blessed, as he wrote in the opening lines of his book.

In his final 100 days, O’Kelly brought the methodical, organized ethos that made him an effective executive into the realm of settling his interpersonal affairs: drafting a plan of how he wanted to say goodbye to friends, colleagues, family – in the right order, and in a manner that preserves the best parts of their memories without maudlin moments of regret or anguish.

Every decision was weighed with an eye toward making the best of each of his remaining days (refusing chemotherapy, for instance, since the putative benefits of extending his life by weeks came at the expense of wracking him in distracting pain), chasing the remnants of daylight left in the accelerated sunset of his life in pursuit of “Perfect Moments” where he and the person he was saying goodbye to had full presence of mind in the now, with no room for useless ‘what-if’ dwelling in the past or idle speculation of a future that he can no longer be a part of.

Everybody draws different things from such a powerfully personal story – what took my breath away about the entire account was its supporting character who made sporadic appearances, Corinne O’Kelly … Gene’s wife, upon whom the burden of his decline and demise must fall the heaviest. Right at his side the whole time, faithfully transcribing his notes for the book chronicling his final days to share his journey with others, all the while channeling her own grief, her sadness and her love into this, their final project together.

If I am allowed a criticism of the book, it is this: O’Kelly did not give his wife nearly the space she deserved, her quiet devotion and running interference on the background that gave him license to fully explore what it meant to die well and on his own terms. But perhaps this, too, was intentional and as it should have been, a long-winded tribute to a beloved wife is something more fitting for private reading – and the book, like Gene O’Kelly’s business life, is the public man than he chose to share.

Thank you, Gene – for a thoughtful and soul-stirring read. I hope to raise a toast to you one day in Valhalla, but if it’s all the same to you, I hope that day is far off. And thank you, Ben, for the recommendation.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/05/09/book-review-of-chasing-daylight-by-gene-okelly/

Noah Kagan's Review:

The fear of being rejected becomes the fear of not being good enough. Eventually we become someone that we are not.

 

We keep searching and searching, when everything is already within us.

We have learned to live our lives trying to satisfy other people’s demands. We create an image of how we should be in order to be accepted by everybody. (Click to Tweet!)

Make agreement with yourself to be impeccable with your word, that truth will manifest and clean all the emotional poison within you. Be impeccable with your word.

How much you love yourself and how you feel about yourself are directly proportionate to the quality and integrity of your word. You’ll feel happy and at peace.

When someone gives you an opinion, “hey you look fat” don’t take it personally, because the truth is that this person is dealing with their own shit. Don’t take things so personal.

People will lie to you to help you with the suffering you want. You have to trust yourself and choose to believe or not to believe what someone says to you.

Before others have a chance to reject us, we have already rejected ourselves.

Find someone whom you don’t have to change at all. Love you just the way you are.

People get drunk (at times) because they don’t like themselves.

Taking action just for sake of doing, without expecting a reward, you will find you enjoy every action. The journey > end. Do your best.

Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Be a warrior.

Develop awareness of all the self-limiting / fears that make you un-happy.

Repetition makes the master. (Click to Tweet!)

Forgive yourself and the self-rejection in your mind is over. Then self-love will grow stronger. Forgive others. You will know you’ve forgiven when you have no emotional reaction to them. Truth is like a scalpel.

You have the power to create hell, an you have the power to create heaven. Your dream is your perception of reality that you can change at any time.

The only reason you suffer is because you choose to suffer. Happiness is a choice.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2013/07/18/the-four-agreements-by-don-miguel-ruiz/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Last week in Los Angeles I was crashing at my friend Grant’s studio and I saw this bible-looking book on the ground. I read the title “The Game: Penetrating the secret society of pickup artists” and it sounded interesting. I started reading the book and couldn’t stop. It is the Da Vinci code of dating books. Here is a Game Book review.

The Game is about how Neil Strauss went from a regular writer who is shy of women to the best pickup artist in the world. I am not sure if it is true but it seems so real and includes so many great stories. Highlights include:

 

  • How his friend got Paris Hilton’s # in a taco shop
  • Real strategies and methods in use to pickup women.
  • Interviews with Tom Cruise and Courtney Love.

Neil Strauss aka “Style” turned picking up women into a science that he perfected over 2 years. For example, he talks about how to approach a woman from the side if she is with a friend at a bar. There are so many interesting tips and ways to talk with people from this book.

Bottomline: Whether you are a lonely guy looking to improve your game or want to just improve your social interaction, this is the book. Noah’s rating: Read it!

Read my other book reviews about Mindless Eating and Teaching as a Subversive ActivityHere are the 18 Books that Changed My Life.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/09/25/book-review-the-game/

Noah Kagan's Review:

'Queue the top selling book Power of Habit. I read Willpower as well, which in my opinion is more data / research driven. Both are great.'..

Here are the key takeaways from The Power of Habit including my thoughts regarding improving your life through habits:

You want to fall asleep fast and wake up feeling good? Pay attention to your nighttime patterns and what you automatically do when you get up. You want to make running easy? Create triggers to make it a routine.Shoes by the bed, wear your running clothes to sleep, etc..

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/11/09/the-power-of-habit/

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength
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by Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney

Noah Kagan's Review:

Queue the top selling book Power of Habit. I read Willpower as well, which in my opinion is more data / research driven. Both are great.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/11/09/the-power-of-habit/

The 48 Laws of Power
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by Robert Greene

Noah Kagan's Review:

If there’s a legitimate reason why this book isn’t required reading in business schools, I’d really love to hear it.  My undergrad work was in Sport and Leisure studies, so learning about business was something I did on my own through trial and error and book reading. I was never into reading until about two years ago. I had the mentality of a high school hard ass who thought reading was just something dorks did. Looking back now, it makes me chuckle at how stubborn and close minded I was when it came to new business and self improvement ideas.

After reading a few business books, I remember surfing through Amazon and checking out some other readers recommended lists. One reader highly recommended The 48 Laws of Power. Being the slight narcissist that I am, my attention was peaked and I had the book shipped right away. In my first reading, I remember going through it in about three or four days, and having a general feeling of confusion when I was done. The next time I sat down to read it, I made sure I had my Post it notes and highlighter on hand, so I could mark up the pages and make some notes. This made all the difference in the world. This book has literally become a guide for which I lead my life.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/04/11/book-review-the-48-laws-of-power-by-robert-greene/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Are you on MySpace? Are you old school and have a Friendster account? Do you remember the website Six Degrees? My friend Noah Brier lent me this book in New York and I was surprised I never heard about it before. I would say this book laid the foundation for all research on social networks.

 

This book really is the foundation for tipping point and all social networks today. However, the book is a bit repetitive and overly technical in some places. Some highlights from the book include:

  • The real history of how the theory of 6 degrees of separation began.
  • How the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon game started.
  • How computer viruses spread and how Mafiaboy used networks to take down Yahoo!, eBay and Amazon.
  • The success of hubs and nodes and how people like Vernon Jordan became ‘networked’.
  • Power laws, Metcalfe’s law and other ways to track growth of networks.

Noah’s Recommendation: Don’t buy it. Read the reviews at Amazonto get a sense of the book. If you really want to know the history behind 6 degrees of separation and networks in general then you should read it.

Ref:http://okdork.com/2006/11/09/book-review-linked-by-albert-laszlo-barabasi/

Noah Kagan's Review:

After I graduated Berkeley I wanted to meet some new interesting people. A friend said I should meet this Ramit guy. We agreed on a time and right when he came up to me and told me a joke about his name and women. I was hooked.

Fast Forward, 5 years later and he is now a top selling author similar to a few other writing friends I’ve met/helped over the years, Ferriss & Ori

Ramit’s personal finance talk is simple and to the point. No fluff, no excuses and just a whole lot of goodness. you can read some excerpts here.

Buy the book here, I highly recommend it. And if you want personal finance stuff more regularly, check out his blog.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2009/03/24/congrats-to-ramit-sethi-i-will-teach-you-to-be-rich-is-1-book-on-amazon/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Recently, I crossed something off of my bucket list…

I tried the Dorito Locos Taco at Taco Bell.

As a taco aficionado, I gotta say it was amazing. In fact, it was really hard to stop eating! When I was talking to Adam (my health coach) about this he was telling me how food like this is engineered to be addicting. The combo of salt, sugar and fat can override our brains ability to regulate itself. See science article about it here.

Have you ever noticed how you can stop eating a bowl of veggies but it’s much harder to stop eating chips or cookies?

Adam recommended the book The End of Overeating to me – because I couldn’t get over how hard it was to stop eating the Dorito Locos Taco. The book is all about why food is so hard to resist. It’s also a fascinating look into how restaurant chains (like Taco Bell) create food that is as tasty and as addictive as possible.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2013/12/06/end-overeating-book-review/

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Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

  • Great hacks on ways to reduce calories instead of just trying new diet fads
  • Hide the food you don’t want to eat
  • Put out the portions of food you want instead of just eating from the bag
  • Using science / data to make decisions / impacts on our eating habits instead of 

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Call to Action: Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results
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by Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffrey Eisenberg, Lisa T. Davis

Noah Kagan's Review:

There was a point after working at Facebook that I figured I am the web business god. I could create any web business and all my judgments were spot on. Damn, I was so wrong. I lacked a key thing that I am sure so many people over look. Measuring and testing! I recently started getting heavily interested in this field and my whole perspective on things have changed.

I started reading Call to Action and realized it was a great muse for inspiring me to think more about testing in web development. I have learned no matter what I think, nothing is stronger than facts.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/03/14/book-review-call-to-action-by-bryan-eisenberg/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Invest in people, setup processes, continual improvement and think in flow.

When I was in Bali, Mark from wooden-ships.com took me to see the company’s factory which was amazing. They had been running the business for over 10 years and now had nearly 300 employees.

The idea of a business creating that many jobs to me is amazing. His wife and partner Paola told me that Mark was really into “Lean.” I knew about the Lean startup but didn’t realize it was derived from others in the manufacturing world.

I right away started telling Mark about how all his operations should be online, less people and more technology. He laughed. I thought he was silly. Mark suggested I read the Toyota Way to understand things.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2010/07/05/process-investment-and-flow-a-review-of-the-toyota-way/

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The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr

  • It’s not about how much time you have in your day but how you allocate you energy
  • You need to allocate time for yourself to recharge
  • Spend time with people that give you more energy

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

My friend Nir Eyal released a new, fantastic book about customer behavior and products that hook customers right away.  Nir is a fellow start-up founder who has been through it all–and he puts that experience into the book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.

I read the whole thing in a few days and found that it’s a perfect fit for the type of content I love: Hands-on, actionable advice that anyone can start implementing right away. If you’re looking for a new read that will shape how you look at marketing, products, design and behavior check out the book here and read my notes below.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/11/04/hooked-how-to-build-habit-forming-products-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Bottom Line: Luke warm. There are a few case studies and a few principles of creating Buzz but not the magic secret. I think that happens through 1/2 hard-work, 1/2 luck & 1/2 randomness. Yea, 150%. Skimming this book in a library/book-store may do you good. All the key take-aways are below…

I got BuzzMarketing by Mark Hughes on recommendation from Ramitwho said it was a must read. The most interesting part of the book was how the author (former VP Marketing Half.com) got the town of Half Way, Oregon to change their name to half.com.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/04/25/book-review-buzzmarketing-by-mark-hughes/

Noah Kagan's Review:

The Score Will Take Care of Itself by Bill Walsh

  • Focusing on doing the right processes and the outcome will take care of itself
  • Keep your lockers / desks clean and it’ll reflect in other parts of your life

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Paradox of Choice – Barry Schwartz

  • At restaurants, close the menu after you find the 1 dish that you like
  • Choices can be evil. Being satisfied with things will make you so much happier than always going for the 

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Setting the Table – Danny Meyer

  • Create an experience that is like nothing else
  • Be authentic to yourself
  • Treating the customers exceptionally is the differentiator in business

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida

  • Be conscious / present when you are interacting in life
  • Spend time with the people that are honest and make your life better

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

  • No one wants your annoying ass marketing. Get their permission and deliver more than what they expect.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

  • Nothing is coincidence
  • Fate is what you make of it. ie. go create your own luck

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes

  • This book has so many frigging tips I can’t even start. Get it.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Your Brain at Work by David Rock

  • Different ways to organize and prioritize your day to maximize productivity

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois Frankel

  • Don’t let men shorten your name at the office
  • Don’t mother people at the office or you’ll be treated like a mother

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Influence by Robert Cialdini

  • People can be influenced in their behaviors by many different tactics

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan

  • Jealousy is a societal creation and great ways to be aware of why it happens

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Women who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood

  • Love yourself first and you can be loved

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

The Fountainhead
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by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

  • Healthy selfishness is a great thing.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

  • Only the unique get remembered

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

With so much discussion about my education post last week on education I thought many people would enjoy reading my summary of Teaching as a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman. I got this book from Jared and must say it’s one of my favorite books of all-time. I included a lot of details because there was so much juicy stuff from this. If you make it all the way through I promise you it’ll be worth it.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2008/04/15/book-report-teaching-as-a-subversive-activity-by-neil-postman/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

7 habits of highly successful people- Stephen Covey

  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Relationships are like a bank account, you make deposits and withdrawals
  • Sharpening the saw, keep learning and improving your

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

For my latest read, I’ve went ahead an picked up Zig Ziglar’s book Secrets of Closing the Sale (audiobook available). Zig covers how to persuade people into saying “Yes!” when you ask them to, which is much-needed information to anyone doing sales or anything near sales. There’s a lot of great stuff in there. Very much worth the read. Here’s some of the inspirations I pulled from his book.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2016/07/07/secrets-of-closing-the-sale-by-zig-ziglar-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

How many of you use PayPal? How many of you like PayPal? Personally, I was ripped off more than $1,500 using PayPal and it has taken time to heal that wound. Regardless, someone recommended the PayPal Wars to me and I loved every page of it. A very quick read about the very tough times they had to gain “world domination.”

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/10/02/book-review-the-paypal-wars-by-eric-jackson/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Bottomline: Skim this book in the library or at Borders. After randomly grabbing Focus by Al Ries from the library and loving it I wanted to get other books by him. This book has some high level ideas/concepts but they are a tad outdated. I guess being immutable laws they should last forever…

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/05/02/book-review-the-22-immutable-laws-of-marketing-by-al-ries-jack-trout/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Buy My Startup Life if you want to read a fun tale about a young person (12) start their own business and what they had to deal with. I think younger people will get more general knowledge about VCs, forming a company and overall business experiences. An older person would get the fun enjoyment of a tale of entrepreneurship.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/05/21/book-review-my-startup-life-by-ben-canoscha/

Think and Grow Rich
book
by Napoleon Hill, Ben Holden-Crowther

Noah Kagan's Review:

I just read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

  1. A really powerful book on setting your intention and the power of your subconscious.

The key things from this book for me:

  1. When you really know what you want, set a plan to accomplish. Let nothing stop you and you will be successful.
  2. Pick a mentor group of your favorite people and if you are ever confused, imagine what they’d advise you to do.
  3. A positive mental attitude can solve all problems

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/11/21/think-and-grow-rich/

Noah Kagan's Review:

I was walking around the business section of my library last week and saw something about virginity and picked it up. Luckily it was a fantastic read by Richard Branson. I read this in a week and loved it. Richard Branson does not preach the ways to be successful or the right ways to run a company but demonstrates how he did it.

If you are a conservative person working corporate or running your own business this influential book shows how Branson took risks every day and had fun while doing it.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/14/book-review-losing-my-virginity-by-richard-branson/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Since I got to Argentina I have been spending a fair amount of time reading about health, nutrition and dieting. I make smoothies almost every day, try to eat relatively healthy and run 3 times a week. I want to know more and be able to optimize my machine (aka my body). I heard about Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink and it sounded like a cool idea, help me reduce times that I am eating pointlessly.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2008/02/29/book-review-mindless-eating-by-brian-wansink/

Noah Kagan's Review:

As part of my reading push, I’ve picked up Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Her book helps to guide you to keeping your home clean and simplified. Good for those whom want to fit more t-shirts into their dresser. Here’s some of the tips I’ve pulled out which helped me to better organize my spaces.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2016/03/23/spark-joy-by-marie-kondo-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. This is a tale about a Princeton student taking an uncertain Japanese job over a traditional NYC banking gig. It chronicles his experience with one of the biggest trades ever, Geisha houses and dealing with the Yakuza.

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Undisputed Truth
book
by Mike Tyson, Larry Sloman

Noah Kagan's Review:

Lately, I’ve been reading Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson (yes, the boxer). It’s mostly a self-reflection on his life, all the way from his best moments in the ring, to when he hit rock bottom, to where he is now. I pulled some quotes while reading it, and here’s the best that I’ve found that relate to building yourself up to succeed, even when you’ve fallen.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2016/02/24/undisputed-truth-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

I’ve been reading more this year and so far my favorite has been Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. It’s so good I bought it for the team at AppSumo so they could all read it.

I often talk about having one goal and prioritizing based that goal as a key to marketing. Essentialism is an in depth look at what happens when we put more energy into ONE thing instead of EVERYthing in life and work

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/11/15/essentialism-the-disciplined-pursuit-of-less-book-review/

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Gary Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat—and the good science that has been ignored. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid?

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/05/24/why-we-get-fat-and-what-to-do-about-it-book-review/?hvid=40OK1B

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A few months ago, I picked up the book Small Giants by Bo Burlingham. The book is the best I’ve read this year and is a fascinating read for anyone with a side business, a start-up, or a small business.

Ref:http://okdork.com/2014/04/28/small-giants-by-bo-burlingham-book-review/

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Recently I finished reading Adam Grant’s bestselling book Give & Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. Although it took me a few months to read it, but I highly recommend it to anyone serious about structuring their relationships, work and business to be more generous and, in turn, more successful.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2013/11/01/how-to-give-more-give-and-take/

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You’ll probably see the new book Smartcuts everywhere over the next couple of weeks. When you see it, pick up a copy. It’s an extremely solid book and one of the best I’ve read in awhile. The book “analyzes the lives of people and companies that do incredible things in implausibly short time"

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/09/13/smartcuts-book-review/

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I recently picked up Yehuda Berg’s new book If You Don’t Like Your Life, Change It! Instead of writing up a summary or a regular review, I want to share some of the insights I picked up as I read it. Enjoy!

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/06/28/if-you-dont-like-your-life-change-it-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

I read this book about 2 weeks ago and bought it right away for 2 close friends. This was a great book by an active person in “The Valley” and knows what it takes to make a successful company. Randy Komisar wrote a captive read that highlights how the right passion with a successful team can make something succeed.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/11/27/book-review-the-monk-and-the-riddle-by-randy-komisar/

The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything
book
by Stephen M.R. Covey, Stephen R. Covey, Rebecca R. Merrill

Noah Kagan's Review:

My friend Liz from Gather.com sent me this book and I was supposed to do a review on November 30th that goes here. I didn’t have the time to read it but here are some notes:

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/04/paid-announcement-speed-of-trust-by-stephen-covey/

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Today is my birthday and a gift for myself is letting you know about my good friend Charlie Hoehn’s new book, Play It Away.

This is marketing month on OkDork and we’ve already featured these posts:

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/02/17/hit-1-amazons-bestseller-list/

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
book
by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen, Roger Fisher

Noah Kagan's Review:

I read it so you don’t have to.

Background: Do you have a problem confronting your boss? Not sure how to break up with your boyfriend? Unsure of how to talk about something tough. This book talks about difficult conversations (surprise!) and how to handle them (yay!).

Ref: http://okdork.com/2008/01/17/book-report-difficult-conversations/

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Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Straight Flush
book
by Ben Mezrich

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Seven Wonders
book
by Ben Mezrich

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

The Accidental Billionaires: Sex, Money, Betrayal and the Founding of Facebook
book
by Ben Mezrich, Mike Chamberlain, Random House AudioBooks

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Bringing Down the Mouse
book
by Ben Mezrich

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Skin (X-Files, Book 6)
book
by Ben Mezrich

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Noah – ever read Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger?

I’m finding it epic for decision making / think clearly. Recommended by Tim Ferris and Derek Sivers and many others.

-Matt

Thanks for the recommendation.

Added it to the wishlist.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

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@noahkagan 2 people found your book recommendation for 'Superhuman Social Skills' to be helpful this week. thanks! - @parrotread

Ref: https://twitter.com/parrotread/status/720684306339917824

This Is Earl Nightingale
book
by Earl Nightingale

Noah Kagan's Review:

For my first book of 2016, I decided to pick up This is Earl Nightingale by Earl Nightingale. He used to be a huge radio personality back in the 1950s, and this book is filled with some of his best advice on building character and personal development.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2016/02/12/this-is-earl-nightingale-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Alchemist and Siddartha are both short and solid books. Definitely recommend.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Siddhartha (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
book
by Hermann Hesse, Joachim Neugroschel, Ralph Freedman

Noah Kagan's Review:

Alchemist and Siddartha are both short and solid books. Definitely recommend.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

This book is great but I’m finding it hard to get through…

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Read the book already. Not super meaty but definitely some solid nuggets in there. What was your big takeaway?

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/11/17/my-2013-goals/

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What's one tip to become better at sales?

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3 Ways We Increased Weekly Podcast Downloads by 109% in Two Months

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The interview process I’ve used on 10,000 people: 6 steps to hire right the first time

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Recorded a new podcast for you. 14 business lessons from my favorite book EVER:

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Scaling Teachable: Our Journey to $500k+ in MRR

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17 Timeless Reads That Will Make You A Better Digital Marketer - Eytan Buchman

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Growth Study: How @SlackHQ generates 100,000,000 website visitors per month.

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How Instagram Changed—Before It Had To | Fast Company

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What I learned growing an 8-figure business from the ground up (P.S. there are lessons for your biz too):

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Living an Aligned Life - Tynan

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How to dominate SEO with the guru of SEO @Backlinko

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Allen & Alinea: One Man’s Odyssey Through an Iconic Cookbook https://t.co/PH4Yp7aNma

The 5 am Challenge
podcast_episode
by @noahkagan

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How to use @SlackHQ like a PRO in Under < 5 minutes: https://t.co/JaW9OQ5AoB

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Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban https://t.co/cVQY9w5GV0

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The 45 tools @Promoter_io uses to run their company.

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I literally watch this over and over https://t.co/IxxGAiSzzj

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How the inventor of Mario designs a game https://t.co/oFHoLQ5Z1W

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Noah Kagan Presents podcast has LAUNCHED (includes Rad contest) https://t.co/kF9AITsRbq

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I interviewed @MikePosner and it was EPIC: We talked about his path to success, how he fights jealousy, and more:…

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VERY cool insights on #sales. @processstreet analyzed 281 full sales cycles, including 1,183 emails and voicemails…

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How to make friends with famous people (and not be annoying):

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What I Learned Spending $3 Million on Facebook Ads

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Automate Google Analytics reporting in Google Sheets

Noah Kagan's Review:

Listen to my interview with @markelruste

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The State of Email in 2017: Email Marketing Stats Across Each Industry

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How to Trigger Product Usage that Sticks

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B2B SEO: Content That Ranks

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Most people NEVER forward email to friends. I want to show you a simple and effective technique to change that.

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7 Lessons From a Failed Tech Startup

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The STUPIDLY Simple Truth to getting what YOU want

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How to bootstrap your idea into a multimillion-dollar business with @Fiverr CEO + founder @michakaufman.…

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Lessons From the World’s Best Restaurant

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4 Questions To Start Any Business

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8 persuasive words that help you sell more — proven data by @SumoMe

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51 Headline Formulas to Skyrocket Conversions (And Where to Use Them)

Noah Kagan's Review:

The 4-question framework you can use to start an 8-figure business.

Noah Kagan's Review:

You Don’t Have to Be an Entrepreneur: The 4 P’s of a Great Job

Noah Kagan's Review:

8 Google Sheets Tips to Grow & Automate Your Business

Noah Kagan's Review:

What I learned growing an 8 figure business with @SumoMe and @AppSumo.

Noah Kagan's Review:

How to Use @facebook retargeting ads to gain a 200% ROI

Noah Kagan's Review:

Sumo Growth Study: 13 Marketing Tips From HubSpot’s 21.5 Million Website Traffic Growth

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What Data Says About Your Blog Post Ideas (& Whether They’ll Work)

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How @waitingtoberead used cold email to grow her freelancing business 1400%. Includes exact templates.…

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7 BIGGEST marketing strategies for 2017

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We did these 7 things to a SaaS onboarding email sequence, and it tripled paid conversions

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3 email marketing best practices, selling a company for $42 million, and more with Gary Levitt:…

Noah Kagan's Review:

3 email marketing tips from the founder of @madmimi.

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How to use unconventional thinking for massive success in your business.

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UN-CUT: The Secrets to Success from 7 Figure Business Owner with Noah Kagan

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106 business tools for freelancers, consultants, and side hustlers (thanks to @intuit).

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How to Sell Products without Spending Cash with Noah Kagan -

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If your job sucks, I have advice for you. Here are 3 steps to find enjoyment in your job:

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How the World's Heaviest Man Lost it All

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I've Spent 10 Years Helping People Lose Weight… Here Are My Best Tips

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Completely updated for 2017 — here's what I learned spending $3 MILLION on Facebook ads:

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I Just Deleted Your Outreach Email Without Reading. And NO, I Don’t Feel Sorry

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The Cocaine Kings of the Pittsburgh Pirates

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These Hackathon Hustlers Make Their Living From Corporate Coding Contests

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Take A Workcation! - Kopywriting Kourse

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Friday fun: Why buying a business is BETTER than starting a business. Entrepreneurs take note. 💸☝️🏢…

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5 Tips to Optimize Your iPhone

The 5 am Challenge
podcast_episode
by @noahkagan

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The 5 am Challenge

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Why you SHOULD NOT be an Entrepreneur

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Check this out: 🐳 @justinkan 🗯 "What KPis are you looking at for Whale?"

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I legitimately just watched this:

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How do you stay organized as your business grows? I wrote a new Medium post for you guys:

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My email marketing best practices for 2017:

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My Launch Lessons from 37 Minutes in an Amazon War Room

Getting Rich vs. Staying Rich
article
by @Morgan Housel

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Getting Rich vs. Staying Rich

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Why We Spent $1.5 Million To Change Our Name

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How SaaS Sales Teams Can Reduce Churn - Mattermark

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Instead of a summary of Yehuda Berg’s "If You Don’t Like Your Life, Change It!," here are some insights I picked up:

The 5 am Challenge
podcast_episode
by @noahkagan

Noah Kagan's Review:

Wake up at 5 am and get your afternoons back. What would you get done if you had a few hours to work in silence?

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“PR” can be terribly boring, but it doesn't have to be. Here's 6 steps to get free press for your startup:

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eBooks have taken over the world, so how do you get yours noticed on such a crowded platform as Amazon?

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Been thinking constantly about repetition and mastery. Amazing conversations with @kadavy

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BP Podcast 213: Investing in Real Estate Without Being a Landlord with Noah Kagan

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Turning a Blog Post into a 6-Figure Business

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The Contestant Who Outsmarted 'The Price Is Right'

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I sat down with my musician and mathematician cousin Gabe Freund to hear his deep wisdom on life and music.

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Getting your content to stand out is HARD. Thank @Backlinko for an in-depth guide to generate targeted visitors.

Noah Kagan's Review:

Ever notice how much advice about SEO is wasted? You can learn a great deal from KISSmetrics’ SEO strategy.

Noah Kagan's Review:

The life of Tim Ferriss has been filled with excitement, so why not ask him how to get out of a Mexican jail?

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My business was bringing in 7 figures — here's how I grew it to 8

My organization system
article
by @noahkagan

Noah Kagan's Review:

Everyone has their own way of staying organized, and it speaks volumes on how a person lives their life.

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Behind the Scenes of a 6-Figure Online Business

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Full transcript: Venture Capitalist Jeremy Liew on Recode Decode

the expert curse
article
by @noahkagan

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The more we expect of ourselves, the more others expect of us. Avoiding failure is why we need to have fun at work.

Noah Kagan's Review:

To answer "What makes one headline more shareable than another?", @garrett_moon analyzed millions of headlines.

Noah Kagan's Review:

If you want to see how far you can go before really needing to eat, and want a challenge, try fasting for 60 hours.

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I’ve picked up Marie Kondo’s "Spark Joy," and her book helps to guide you to keeping your home clean and simplified.

When did I stop learning?
article
by @noahkagan

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Growing up, I loved learning. Gone are the days of teachers and tests, so now I force myself to be a student.

Where’s my money?
article
by @noahkagan

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There are infinite articles about how to make money but a complete absence about what you do once you get it.

Noah Kagan's Review:

The whole Facebook ads world can be very confusing, but there's an easy way to start once you're ready.

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There is a sustainable way for books to stay at #1 on Amazon, something most authors don't know how to do for long.

When did I stop learning?
article
by @noahkagan

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Growing up, I loved learning. Gone are the days of teachers and tests, so now I force myself to be a student.

My Home Automation Setup
article
by @noahkagan

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Automation makes my life so much more convenient and fun, especially so when I didn't have any furniture.

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Because of watching my brother's baby over four days, here are nine things I learned about business.

My Home Automation Setup
article
by @noahkagan

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Automation makes my life so much more convenient and fun, especially so when I didn't have any furniture.

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Zig Ziglar’s book "Secrets of Closing the Sale" covers how to persuade people into saying “Yes!” when you ask.

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An excellent article by @JohnCorcoran covers how to send emails that get attention from VIPs in your industry.

how was your 2016?
article
by @noahkagan

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how was your 2016?

how was your 2016?
article
by @noahkagan

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Overall, I’d say the year was a 8 out of 10 for me. How was yours?

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Marketing BEYOND your list. How to reach new eyeballs every week with @clairepells

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How to use @SlackHQ like a PRO in Under < 5 minutes:

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The Secret Sauce to Hiring Our 61 Superstars

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App Builders Before They Were Famous: Uber’s Travis Kalanick

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You Don't Have to Be an Entrepreneur: The 4 P's of a Great Job | The Art of Manliness

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The Economics of Airline Class

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How to email anyone you want (including VIPs, famous entrepreneurs, and celebrities) — and get a response:…

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The Best Time to Send Emails: Your Data-Driven Cheatsheet

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8 Great Examples of Using Chatbots for Growth - Web Profits Blog

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For everyone with a slow start to the week, here are 10 ways to make your life better starting today:…

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An excellent article by @JohnCorcoran covers how to send emails that get attention from VIPs in your industry.

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14 Business Lessons from America’s Greatest Sales and Marketing Executive

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How to Build a Personal Brand with Podcasts and Webinars

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Literally Everything You’ve Ever Needed to Know About Psychographic Marketing

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Thanks, @TimSchmoyer: 4 ways to grow your YouTube channel from an expert.

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Really excited about this. My latest podcast and mega-post shows you 14 business lessons from my favorite book EVER…

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12 Key Levers of SaaS Success

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After several cheap pizzas and late nights of reliving the past, here are 10 tips for marketing to college students.

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5 Exciting Social Media and Marketing Trends to Know in 2017 – Noah Kagan [SSM055]

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42 Pricing Tricks Based on Psychology & Neuroscience

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How to create a startup which gets acquired.

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Martin Blank: (on a headset, talking with his secretary from his hotel room, trying to cut short an awkward conversation) I have to go.

Marcella: Well we all have to go sometime, sir, but we can choose when.

Martin Blank: (Standing up to disconnect the call) Nobody chooses when.

– John Cusack, Grosse Pointe Blank

Imagine: You’re a 53-year-old CEO of a well-respected international consultancy that spans the industrialized world. As a matter of profession, you socialize with and advise chieftains of multi-billion-dollar firms, and your life is scheduled out eighteen months in advance, optimized to the nth degree from dawn to midnight, juggling the obligations of a family and the demands of a job where your thoughts and insights are constantly sought by colleagues, subordinates, clients and compatriots. Retirement to a golf resort is still over a decade away – until then, every moment brings new challenges, new opportunities and you are primed to handle them with the same energy and focused attention that got you where you are.

Life is good.

Now imagine: a doctor’s visit. You’ve been in excellent health your whole life and expect your recent headaches to be a minor annoyance to be chased away by time or the right handful of pills.

“I have bad news. You have inoperable brain cancer. You have three to six months. I’m sorry.”

Like a rain of lit kerosene on a well-manicured garden, Gene O’Kelly’s meticulously-planned, ordered life was torched in an instant, and he now has to compress the balance of his life into 100 days.

What would you do?

What would you do?

On Ben Casnocha’s strong recommendation, I picked up a copy of Gene O’Kelly’s haunting memoir, Chasing Daylight, which chronicled his final journey into oblivion, beginning with his diagnosis, and ending with his wife writing the last chapter of a book he was unable to finish.

In one measure, he was fortunate – the cancer that afflicted O’Kelly would not compromise his mental facilities; he would have the presence of mind to be himself right up until the end – and in this, he considered himself blessed, as he wrote in the opening lines of his book.

In his final 100 days, O’Kelly brought the methodical, organized ethos that made him an effective executive into the realm of settling his interpersonal affairs: drafting a plan of how he wanted to say goodbye to friends, colleagues, family – in the right order, and in a manner that preserves the best parts of their memories without maudlin moments of regret or anguish.

Every decision was weighed with an eye toward making the best of each of his remaining days (refusing chemotherapy, for instance, since the putative benefits of extending his life by weeks came at the expense of wracking him in distracting pain), chasing the remnants of daylight left in the accelerated sunset of his life in pursuit of “Perfect Moments” where he and the person he was saying goodbye to had full presence of mind in the now, with no room for useless ‘what-if’ dwelling in the past or idle speculation of a future that he can no longer be a part of.

Everybody draws different things from such a powerfully personal story – what took my breath away about the entire account was its supporting character who made sporadic appearances, Corinne O’Kelly … Gene’s wife, upon whom the burden of his decline and demise must fall the heaviest. Right at his side the whole time, faithfully transcribing his notes for the book chronicling his final days to share his journey with others, all the while channeling her own grief, her sadness and her love into this, their final project together.

If I am allowed a criticism of the book, it is this: O’Kelly did not give his wife nearly the space she deserved, her quiet devotion and running interference on the background that gave him license to fully explore what it meant to die well and on his own terms. But perhaps this, too, was intentional and as it should have been, a long-winded tribute to a beloved wife is something more fitting for private reading – and the book, like Gene O’Kelly’s business life, is the public man than he chose to share.

Thank you, Gene – for a thoughtful and soul-stirring read. I hope to raise a toast to you one day in Valhalla, but if it’s all the same to you, I hope that day is far off. And thank you, Ben, for the recommendation.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/05/09/book-review-of-chasing-daylight-by-gene-okelly/

Noah Kagan's Review:

The fear of being rejected becomes the fear of not being good enough. Eventually we become someone that we are not.

 

We keep searching and searching, when everything is already within us.

We have learned to live our lives trying to satisfy other people’s demands. We create an image of how we should be in order to be accepted by everybody. (Click to Tweet!)

Make agreement with yourself to be impeccable with your word, that truth will manifest and clean all the emotional poison within you. Be impeccable with your word.

How much you love yourself and how you feel about yourself are directly proportionate to the quality and integrity of your word. You’ll feel happy and at peace.

When someone gives you an opinion, “hey you look fat” don’t take it personally, because the truth is that this person is dealing with their own shit. Don’t take things so personal.

People will lie to you to help you with the suffering you want. You have to trust yourself and choose to believe or not to believe what someone says to you.

Before others have a chance to reject us, we have already rejected ourselves.

Find someone whom you don’t have to change at all. Love you just the way you are.

People get drunk (at times) because they don’t like themselves.

Taking action just for sake of doing, without expecting a reward, you will find you enjoy every action. The journey > end. Do your best.

Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Be a warrior.

Develop awareness of all the self-limiting / fears that make you un-happy.

Repetition makes the master. (Click to Tweet!)

Forgive yourself and the self-rejection in your mind is over. Then self-love will grow stronger. Forgive others. You will know you’ve forgiven when you have no emotional reaction to them. Truth is like a scalpel.

You have the power to create hell, an you have the power to create heaven. Your dream is your perception of reality that you can change at any time.

The only reason you suffer is because you choose to suffer. Happiness is a choice.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2013/07/18/the-four-agreements-by-don-miguel-ruiz/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Last week in Los Angeles I was crashing at my friend Grant’s studio and I saw this bible-looking book on the ground. I read the title “The Game: Penetrating the secret society of pickup artists” and it sounded interesting. I started reading the book and couldn’t stop. It is the Da Vinci code of dating books. Here is a Game Book review.

The Game is about how Neil Strauss went from a regular writer who is shy of women to the best pickup artist in the world. I am not sure if it is true but it seems so real and includes so many great stories. Highlights include:

 

  • How his friend got Paris Hilton’s # in a taco shop
  • Real strategies and methods in use to pickup women.
  • Interviews with Tom Cruise and Courtney Love.

Neil Strauss aka “Style” turned picking up women into a science that he perfected over 2 years. For example, he talks about how to approach a woman from the side if she is with a friend at a bar. There are so many interesting tips and ways to talk with people from this book.

Bottomline: Whether you are a lonely guy looking to improve your game or want to just improve your social interaction, this is the book. Noah’s rating: Read it!

Read my other book reviews about Mindless Eating and Teaching as a Subversive ActivityHere are the 18 Books that Changed My Life.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/09/25/book-review-the-game/

Noah Kagan's Review:

'Queue the top selling book Power of Habit. I read Willpower as well, which in my opinion is more data / research driven. Both are great.'..

Here are the key takeaways from The Power of Habit including my thoughts regarding improving your life through habits:

You want to fall asleep fast and wake up feeling good? Pay attention to your nighttime patterns and what you automatically do when you get up. You want to make running easy? Create triggers to make it a routine.Shoes by the bed, wear your running clothes to sleep, etc..

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/11/09/the-power-of-habit/

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength
book
by Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney

Noah Kagan's Review:

Queue the top selling book Power of Habit. I read Willpower as well, which in my opinion is more data / research driven. Both are great.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/11/09/the-power-of-habit/

The 48 Laws of Power
book
by Robert Greene

Noah Kagan's Review:

If there’s a legitimate reason why this book isn’t required reading in business schools, I’d really love to hear it.  My undergrad work was in Sport and Leisure studies, so learning about business was something I did on my own through trial and error and book reading. I was never into reading until about two years ago. I had the mentality of a high school hard ass who thought reading was just something dorks did. Looking back now, it makes me chuckle at how stubborn and close minded I was when it came to new business and self improvement ideas.

After reading a few business books, I remember surfing through Amazon and checking out some other readers recommended lists. One reader highly recommended The 48 Laws of Power. Being the slight narcissist that I am, my attention was peaked and I had the book shipped right away. In my first reading, I remember going through it in about three or four days, and having a general feeling of confusion when I was done. The next time I sat down to read it, I made sure I had my Post it notes and highlighter on hand, so I could mark up the pages and make some notes. This made all the difference in the world. This book has literally become a guide for which I lead my life.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/04/11/book-review-the-48-laws-of-power-by-robert-greene/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Are you on MySpace? Are you old school and have a Friendster account? Do you remember the website Six Degrees? My friend Noah Brier lent me this book in New York and I was surprised I never heard about it before. I would say this book laid the foundation for all research on social networks.

 

This book really is the foundation for tipping point and all social networks today. However, the book is a bit repetitive and overly technical in some places. Some highlights from the book include:

  • The real history of how the theory of 6 degrees of separation began.
  • How the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon game started.
  • How computer viruses spread and how Mafiaboy used networks to take down Yahoo!, eBay and Amazon.
  • The success of hubs and nodes and how people like Vernon Jordan became ‘networked’.
  • Power laws, Metcalfe’s law and other ways to track growth of networks.

Noah’s Recommendation: Don’t buy it. Read the reviews at Amazonto get a sense of the book. If you really want to know the history behind 6 degrees of separation and networks in general then you should read it.

Ref:http://okdork.com/2006/11/09/book-review-linked-by-albert-laszlo-barabasi/

Noah Kagan's Review:

After I graduated Berkeley I wanted to meet some new interesting people. A friend said I should meet this Ramit guy. We agreed on a time and right when he came up to me and told me a joke about his name and women. I was hooked.

Fast Forward, 5 years later and he is now a top selling author similar to a few other writing friends I’ve met/helped over the years, Ferriss & Ori

Ramit’s personal finance talk is simple and to the point. No fluff, no excuses and just a whole lot of goodness. you can read some excerpts here.

Buy the book here, I highly recommend it. And if you want personal finance stuff more regularly, check out his blog.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2009/03/24/congrats-to-ramit-sethi-i-will-teach-you-to-be-rich-is-1-book-on-amazon/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Recently, I crossed something off of my bucket list…

I tried the Dorito Locos Taco at Taco Bell.

As a taco aficionado, I gotta say it was amazing. In fact, it was really hard to stop eating! When I was talking to Adam (my health coach) about this he was telling me how food like this is engineered to be addicting. The combo of salt, sugar and fat can override our brains ability to regulate itself. See science article about it here.

Have you ever noticed how you can stop eating a bowl of veggies but it’s much harder to stop eating chips or cookies?

Adam recommended the book The End of Overeating to me – because I couldn’t get over how hard it was to stop eating the Dorito Locos Taco. The book is all about why food is so hard to resist. It’s also a fascinating look into how restaurant chains (like Taco Bell) create food that is as tasty and as addictive as possible.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2013/12/06/end-overeating-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

  • Great hacks on ways to reduce calories instead of just trying new diet fads
  • Hide the food you don’t want to eat
  • Put out the portions of food you want instead of just eating from the bag
  • Using science / data to make decisions / impacts on our eating habits instead of 

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Call to Action: Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results
book
by Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffrey Eisenberg, Lisa T. Davis

Noah Kagan's Review:

There was a point after working at Facebook that I figured I am the web business god. I could create any web business and all my judgments were spot on. Damn, I was so wrong. I lacked a key thing that I am sure so many people over look. Measuring and testing! I recently started getting heavily interested in this field and my whole perspective on things have changed.

I started reading Call to Action and realized it was a great muse for inspiring me to think more about testing in web development. I have learned no matter what I think, nothing is stronger than facts.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/03/14/book-review-call-to-action-by-bryan-eisenberg/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Invest in people, setup processes, continual improvement and think in flow.

When I was in Bali, Mark from wooden-ships.com took me to see the company’s factory which was amazing. They had been running the business for over 10 years and now had nearly 300 employees.

The idea of a business creating that many jobs to me is amazing. His wife and partner Paola told me that Mark was really into “Lean.” I knew about the Lean startup but didn’t realize it was derived from others in the manufacturing world.

I right away started telling Mark about how all his operations should be online, less people and more technology. He laughed. I thought he was silly. Mark suggested I read the Toyota Way to understand things.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2010/07/05/process-investment-and-flow-a-review-of-the-toyota-way/

Noah Kagan's Review:

The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr

  • It’s not about how much time you have in your day but how you allocate you energy
  • You need to allocate time for yourself to recharge
  • Spend time with people that give you more energy

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

My friend Nir Eyal released a new, fantastic book about customer behavior and products that hook customers right away.  Nir is a fellow start-up founder who has been through it all–and he puts that experience into the book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.

I read the whole thing in a few days and found that it’s a perfect fit for the type of content I love: Hands-on, actionable advice that anyone can start implementing right away. If you’re looking for a new read that will shape how you look at marketing, products, design and behavior check out the book here and read my notes below.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/11/04/hooked-how-to-build-habit-forming-products-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Bottom Line: Luke warm. There are a few case studies and a few principles of creating Buzz but not the magic secret. I think that happens through 1/2 hard-work, 1/2 luck & 1/2 randomness. Yea, 150%. Skimming this book in a library/book-store may do you good. All the key take-aways are below…

I got BuzzMarketing by Mark Hughes on recommendation from Ramitwho said it was a must read. The most interesting part of the book was how the author (former VP Marketing Half.com) got the town of Half Way, Oregon to change their name to half.com.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/04/25/book-review-buzzmarketing-by-mark-hughes/

Noah Kagan's Review:

The Score Will Take Care of Itself by Bill Walsh

  • Focusing on doing the right processes and the outcome will take care of itself
  • Keep your lockers / desks clean and it’ll reflect in other parts of your life

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Paradox of Choice – Barry Schwartz

  • At restaurants, close the menu after you find the 1 dish that you like
  • Choices can be evil. Being satisfied with things will make you so much happier than always going for the 

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Setting the Table – Danny Meyer

  • Create an experience that is like nothing else
  • Be authentic to yourself
  • Treating the customers exceptionally is the differentiator in business

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida

  • Be conscious / present when you are interacting in life
  • Spend time with the people that are honest and make your life better

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

  • No one wants your annoying ass marketing. Get their permission and deliver more than what they expect.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

  • Nothing is coincidence
  • Fate is what you make of it. ie. go create your own luck

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes

  • This book has so many frigging tips I can’t even start. Get it.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Your Brain at Work by David Rock

  • Different ways to organize and prioritize your day to maximize productivity

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois Frankel

  • Don’t let men shorten your name at the office
  • Don’t mother people at the office or you’ll be treated like a mother

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Influence by Robert Cialdini

  • People can be influenced in their behaviors by many different tactics

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan

  • Jealousy is a societal creation and great ways to be aware of why it happens

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Women who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood

  • Love yourself first and you can be loved

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

The Fountainhead
book
by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

  • Healthy selfishness is a great thing.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

  • Only the unique get remembered

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

With so much discussion about my education post last week on education I thought many people would enjoy reading my summary of Teaching as a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman. I got this book from Jared and must say it’s one of my favorite books of all-time. I included a lot of details because there was so much juicy stuff from this. If you make it all the way through I promise you it’ll be worth it.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2008/04/15/book-report-teaching-as-a-subversive-activity-by-neil-postman/

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I was drinking a Noah’s Mill whiskey (cute) with my good buddy Brian Balfour and talking about life….

During the conversation we got on the topic of books that changed our lives.

I want to share them with you. 

I judge a book’s success if a year later I am still using at least 1 thing from the book.

My takeaways are what I still remember from the books, you may get even more out of these!

7 habits of highly successful people- Stephen Covey

  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Relationships are like a bank account, you make deposits and withdrawals
  • Sharpening the saw, keep learning and improving your

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

For my latest read, I’ve went ahead an picked up Zig Ziglar’s book Secrets of Closing the Sale (audiobook available). Zig covers how to persuade people into saying “Yes!” when you ask them to, which is much-needed information to anyone doing sales or anything near sales. There’s a lot of great stuff in there. Very much worth the read. Here’s some of the inspirations I pulled from his book.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2016/07/07/secrets-of-closing-the-sale-by-zig-ziglar-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

How many of you use PayPal? How many of you like PayPal? Personally, I was ripped off more than $1,500 using PayPal and it has taken time to heal that wound. Regardless, someone recommended the PayPal Wars to me and I loved every page of it. A very quick read about the very tough times they had to gain “world domination.”

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/10/02/book-review-the-paypal-wars-by-eric-jackson/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Bottomline: Skim this book in the library or at Borders. After randomly grabbing Focus by Al Ries from the library and loving it I wanted to get other books by him. This book has some high level ideas/concepts but they are a tad outdated. I guess being immutable laws they should last forever…

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/05/02/book-review-the-22-immutable-laws-of-marketing-by-al-ries-jack-trout/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Buy My Startup Life if you want to read a fun tale about a young person (12) start their own business and what they had to deal with. I think younger people will get more general knowledge about VCs, forming a company and overall business experiences. An older person would get the fun enjoyment of a tale of entrepreneurship.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2007/05/21/book-review-my-startup-life-by-ben-canoscha/

Think and Grow Rich
book
by Napoleon Hill, Ben Holden-Crowther

Noah Kagan's Review:

I just read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

  1. A really powerful book on setting your intention and the power of your subconscious.

The key things from this book for me:

  1. When you really know what you want, set a plan to accomplish. Let nothing stop you and you will be successful.
  2. Pick a mentor group of your favorite people and if you are ever confused, imagine what they’d advise you to do.
  3. A positive mental attitude can solve all problems

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/11/21/think-and-grow-rich/

Noah Kagan's Review:

I was walking around the business section of my library last week and saw something about virginity and picked it up. Luckily it was a fantastic read by Richard Branson. I read this in a week and loved it. Richard Branson does not preach the ways to be successful or the right ways to run a company but demonstrates how he did it.

If you are a conservative person working corporate or running your own business this influential book shows how Branson took risks every day and had fun while doing it.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/14/book-review-losing-my-virginity-by-richard-branson/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Since I got to Argentina I have been spending a fair amount of time reading about health, nutrition and dieting. I make smoothies almost every day, try to eat relatively healthy and run 3 times a week. I want to know more and be able to optimize my machine (aka my body). I heard about Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink and it sounded like a cool idea, help me reduce times that I am eating pointlessly.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2008/02/29/book-review-mindless-eating-by-brian-wansink/

Noah Kagan's Review:

As part of my reading push, I’ve picked up Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Her book helps to guide you to keeping your home clean and simplified. Good for those whom want to fit more t-shirts into their dresser. Here’s some of the tips I’ve pulled out which helped me to better organize my spaces.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2016/03/23/spark-joy-by-marie-kondo-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. This is a tale about a Princeton student taking an uncertain Japanese job over a traditional NYC banking gig. It chronicles his experience with one of the biggest trades ever, Geisha houses and dealing with the Yakuza.

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Undisputed Truth
book
by Mike Tyson, Larry Sloman

Noah Kagan's Review:

Lately, I’ve been reading Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson (yes, the boxer). It’s mostly a self-reflection on his life, all the way from his best moments in the ring, to when he hit rock bottom, to where he is now. I pulled some quotes while reading it, and here’s the best that I’ve found that relate to building yourself up to succeed, even when you’ve fallen.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2016/02/24/undisputed-truth-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

I’ve been reading more this year and so far my favorite has been Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. It’s so good I bought it for the team at AppSumo so they could all read it.

I often talk about having one goal and prioritizing based that goal as a key to marketing. Essentialism is an in depth look at what happens when we put more energy into ONE thing instead of EVERYthing in life and work

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/11/15/essentialism-the-disciplined-pursuit-of-less-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Gary Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat—and the good science that has been ignored. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid?

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/05/24/why-we-get-fat-and-what-to-do-about-it-book-review/?hvid=40OK1B

Noah Kagan's Review:

A few months ago, I picked up the book Small Giants by Bo Burlingham. The book is the best I’ve read this year and is a fascinating read for anyone with a side business, a start-up, or a small business.

Ref:http://okdork.com/2014/04/28/small-giants-by-bo-burlingham-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Recently I finished reading Adam Grant’s bestselling book Give & Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. Although it took me a few months to read it, but I highly recommend it to anyone serious about structuring their relationships, work and business to be more generous and, in turn, more successful.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2013/11/01/how-to-give-more-give-and-take/

Noah Kagan's Review:

You’ll probably see the new book Smartcuts everywhere over the next couple of weeks. When you see it, pick up a copy. It’s an extremely solid book and one of the best I’ve read in awhile. The book “analyzes the lives of people and companies that do incredible things in implausibly short time"

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/09/13/smartcuts-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

I recently picked up Yehuda Berg’s new book If You Don’t Like Your Life, Change It! Instead of writing up a summary or a regular review, I want to share some of the insights I picked up as I read it. Enjoy!

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/06/28/if-you-dont-like-your-life-change-it-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

I read this book about 2 weeks ago and bought it right away for 2 close friends. This was a great book by an active person in “The Valley” and knows what it takes to make a successful company. Randy Komisar wrote a captive read that highlights how the right passion with a successful team can make something succeed.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/11/27/book-review-the-monk-and-the-riddle-by-randy-komisar/

The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything
book
by Stephen M.R. Covey, Stephen R. Covey, Rebecca R. Merrill

Noah Kagan's Review:

My friend Liz from Gather.com sent me this book and I was supposed to do a review on November 30th that goes here. I didn’t have the time to read it but here are some notes:

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/04/paid-announcement-speed-of-trust-by-stephen-covey/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Today is my birthday and a gift for myself is letting you know about my good friend Charlie Hoehn’s new book, Play It Away.

This is marketing month on OkDork and we’ve already featured these posts:

Ref: http://okdork.com/2014/02/17/hit-1-amazons-bestseller-list/

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
book
by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen, Roger Fisher

Noah Kagan's Review:

I read it so you don’t have to.

Background: Do you have a problem confronting your boss? Not sure how to break up with your boyfriend? Unsure of how to talk about something tough. This book talks about difficult conversations (surprise!) and how to handle them (yay!).

Ref: http://okdork.com/2008/01/17/book-report-difficult-conversations/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Straight Flush
book
by Ben Mezrich

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Seven Wonders
book
by Ben Mezrich

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

The Accidental Billionaires: Sex, Money, Betrayal and the Founding of Facebook
book
by Ben Mezrich, Mike Chamberlain, Random House AudioBooks

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Bringing Down the Mouse
book
by Ben Mezrich

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Skin (X-Files, Book 6)
book
by Ben Mezrich

Noah Kagan's Review:

Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. 

Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2006/12/27/book-review-ugly-americans-by-ben-mezrich/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Noah – ever read Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger?

I’m finding it epic for decision making / think clearly. Recommended by Tim Ferris and Derek Sivers and many others.

-Matt

Thanks for the recommendation.

Added it to the wishlist.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

@noahkagan 2 people found your book recommendation for 'Superhuman Social Skills' to be helpful this week. thanks! - @parrotread

Ref: https://twitter.com/parrotread/status/720684306339917824

This Is Earl Nightingale
book
by Earl Nightingale

Noah Kagan's Review:

For my first book of 2016, I decided to pick up This is Earl Nightingale by Earl Nightingale. He used to be a huge radio personality back in the 1950s, and this book is filled with some of his best advice on building character and personal development.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2016/02/12/this-is-earl-nightingale-book-review/

Noah Kagan's Review:

Alchemist and Siddartha are both short and solid books. Definitely recommend.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Siddhartha (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
book
by Hermann Hesse, Joachim Neugroschel, Ralph Freedman

Noah Kagan's Review:

Alchemist and Siddartha are both short and solid books. Definitely recommend.

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/

Noah Kagan's Review:

This book is great but I’m finding it hard to get through…

Ref: http://okdork.com/2012/09/20/the-18-books-that-changed-my-life/