Book notes: The Willpower Instinct

The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal book summary.

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The Willpower Instinct byย Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.


Synopsis: “Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal’s wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

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Book notes: YouTube Marketing

YouTube Marketing by Jerry Kershen book summary, by Marlo Yonocruz.

YouTube Marketing by Jerry Kershen

Synopsis: “YouTube has now become so popular that millions of visitors come and go every day and it’s widely used by normal people like you and me. A few years back, YouTube wasn’t as popular of a way to make money, but today there is an incredible opportunity to make money on YouTube.

In this book, you’ll get a step-by-step roadmap to setting up your YouTube channel, building your audience, monetizing your channel, and making a lot of money in the process. You will be walked through all the way to your success as a YouTube marketer.” -Audible

Opening thoughts:

Recently, I’ve been thinking more about seriously starting a YouTube channel to create content consistently and build a following. There wasn’t much in terms of audiobooks on the subject, but this seemed to be the most promising relative to the other handful of books. I wasn’t really expecting much from this aside from a simple starting point.

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Book notes: The Startup Checklist

The Startup Checklist David S. Rose book summary by Marlo Yonocruz

The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business by David S. Rose


Synopsis: “The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur’s essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start. You’ll learn the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, and practical processes throughout the launch and growth phases and how to avoid the critical missteps that threaten the foundation of your business. If you’re ready to do big things, this book has you covered from the first business card to the eventual exit.

The typical American startup costs over $30,000 and requires working with over two dozen professionals and service providers before it even opens for business – and the process is so complex that few founders do it correctly. Their startups’ errors often go unnoticed until the founder tries to seek outside capital, at which point they can cost thousands of dollars to fix…or even completely derail an investment. The Startup Checklist helps you avoid these problems and lay a strong foundation, so you can focus on building your business.” -Amazon

Opening Thoughts:

I picked up this book mostly to help give me an idea of how to start my own startup, which is currently in the works. I was looking to have this book balance out the others I had selected for the month because it seemed more tactical and step-by-step compared to Born a Crime and Linchpin.

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Book notes: The Conversion Code

The Conversion Code Chris Smith book summary by Marlo Yonocruz

The Conversion Code by Chris Smith


Synopsis: “The Conversion Code provides a step-by-step blueprint for increasing sales in the modern, Internet-driven era. Today’s consumers are savvy, and they have more options than ever before. Capturing their attention and turning it into revenue requires a whole new approach to marketing and sales. This book provides clear guidance toward conquering the new paradigm shift toward online lead generation and inside sales. You’ll learn how to capture those invaluable Internet leads, convert them into appointments, and close more deals. Regardless of product or industry, this proven process will increase both the quantity and quality of leads and put your sales figures on the rise.

The business world is moving away from “belly-to-belly” interactions and traditional advertising. Companies are forced to engage with prospective customers first online – the vast majority through social media, mobile apps, blogs, and live chat – before ever meeting in person. Yesterday’s marketing advice no longer applies to today’s tech savvy, mobile-first, social media-addicted consumer, and the new sales environment demands that you meet consumers where they are and close them – quickly. The Conversion Code gives you an actionable blueprint for capturing Internet leads and turning them into customers. ” -Audible

Opening Thoughts:

One of my focuses for this year is to learn as much as I can about marketing and online business. Because of that, I decided to put this book on the list after browsing through the Audible library of books. It seemed like a good book and had pretty decent ratings, so I figured it would be of some value.

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Book notes: The E-Myth Revisited

The E Myth book summary by Marlo Yonocruz

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber


Synopsis: “In this first new and totally revised edition of the 150,000-copy underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. He then shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.” -Amazon

Opening thoughts:

I believeย I heard this book recommended on the Tim Ferriss Show podcast a couple times so it has been on my list for a while now. I just finished reading 40 Rules for Internet Business Success in January and thought this would be a great follow up. I am in the process of starting my own online business so this book seemed like a great book to add to this month’s queue.

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Book notes: 40 Rules for Internet Business Success

40 Rules for Internet Business Success book summary by Marlo Yonocruz

40 Rules for Internet Business Success by Matthew Paulson

Synopsis: “Matthew Paulson, Founder of Analyst Ratings Network, Lightning Releases, and GoGo Photo Contest, has weathered the failures and triumphs of being an entrepreneur for nearly a decade. 40 Rules for Internet Business Success is his collection of core principles and strategies he used to grow his business.

By listening to this audiobook, you will learn to:

  • Throw away your business plan! Create a scalable business model that actually works.
  • Identify a target market that is desperate for your company’s products and services.
  • Launch your first product or service faster by building a minimum viable business.
  • Create a reliable and repeatable marketing strategy to keep new customers coming.
  • Build systems that make your business run like a well-oiled machine.
  • Maximize your company’s earnings potential with the three keys of revenue growth.” -Amazon

Opening thoughts: I’ve been meaning to pick up a book pertaining to online marketing or business for a while. I stumbled upon this while browsing similar books on online business. It had good reviews and seemed like a solid book with hard tactics so I was sold. I think one of the best venues to start a side project to create additional income streams would be an online, mobile business. I’m sure I would learn some solid nuggets from this one.

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Book notes: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

The Hard Thing About Hard Things book summary by Marlo Yonocruz

The Hard Things About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz


Synopsis: Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup – practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.

While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.

Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

Opening thoughts:

Again, I found this book through listening to Tim Ferriss’s podcast when he interviewed Mark Andreessen and this book came up. The reviews looked good and so far all of the books I’ve read from the podcast were great. It definitely had a weird title, but I really wasn’t sure what to expect.

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