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Club 52 - Paul's (Short) Review Of Anything You Want (by Peter Walsh)

I first heard about this book from Merlin Mann on the show "Back To Work" on the +5by5 Network). If you know Merlin, or the show, you know they're very critical about what they review/recommend. I understand the need to declutter, and want to declutter, so I figured I'd give it a go.

Coming from Merlin, I expected a more "heady" book. The chapter on reasons why we allow clutter was fine, but didn't really shake me up the way they shook up Merlin.

However, the plan contained in this book to declutter is, simply, something I can follow and do. It's something my wife can follow and do. It's something we're going to do. It's something we need to do.

Peter puts everything out there step by step (and, don't worry the book isn't a big commercial for his workbook and home study course) and, from what I can tell/read, these are steps worth taking - steps I hope to be taking soon.

5 stars for being practical. As far as I'm concerned, nothing revolutionary in here, just all the steps you need to take - in the order you need to take them.

As a bonus, and I do hope to get there one day, he has a section on maintenance on your newly decluttered life. I hope to take that on as well.

Clutter is sucking many of our lives dry. It's not an issue (for us at least) of stacks of magazines, bags of ribbon, and a few hundred cats, but it is something we all need to take on. Be it the home, the desk, the mind, there is - for too many - too much.

And this appears to be a great guide to getting it under control. Haven't taken the task on yet - but I will be attempting it soon.


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Man, I owe you two book reviews. Coming soon. Here, however, is the book for next week. Yes, it's another Google Plus book, but this one is by +Guy Kawasaki, so I'm gonna give it a try.

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Club 52 - Paul's (Short) Review Of "We Are All Weird" (by +Seth Godin )

The first Seth Godin book I read was "The Idea Virus." I enjoyed it, but didn't feel it was as groundbreaking as others did. It could have been that I heard about the book from so many people that it never could have lead up to expectations, but that's another review all together. I "appreciated" the stuff he came up with next and, then, Linchpin hit me like a ton of bricks. Huge fan since.

This is not Linchpin. It's not even close. It's, in many ways, a examination of many of the forces that make Linchpin such an important book. It could almost be a chapter or Appendix of Linchpin (yes a long one).

Paul, make your comments about "We Are All Weird" please. O.k.

In short, mass media, mass marketing, mass everything (he just calls it "mass") is dying a quick death. You want to succeed and you need to cater to the niche - what he calls the "weird." We are all weird - we are all niche. Get it?

"Productive and useful work for and by and with the tribe that cares about you" is the recommendation of Seth for dealing with this reality. The commoditization of mass (Linchpin) requires that everyone who wants to see and do great things reach out, and cater to, the "weird." He warns us that it is more than "going after niche markets" - that it is an open door for "creativity, innovation and art."

I agree, but wish we had a bit more on how to accomplish the challenge be puts in front of us. Not a complaint, just an observation.

The book is part of Seth's "Domino Project" which is as much about getting people talking about the concepts in the books as it is getting them to take action. I'm ok with that - but wanted to warn accordingly.

I liked it, appreciated it, but won't be losing any sleep over it. Could be, like my first experience with Seth that the good stuff had all been leaked to me before I got a chance to consume.

Worth the read, yes. If you haven't read Linchpin - do that first.


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Club 52 - Paul's (Short) Review Of How I Sold 1 Million eBooks In 5 Months (by John Locke)

Sometimes you read a book that you don't want to share/tell others about because you want the content/info all for yourself. This is one of those books.

I've dipped my toes into the Kindle waters recently and have had some interesting results. I picked up Locke's book because, face it, ain't nobody who wouldn't want the same results. Will I see it? No. Locke is writing an entirely different kind of book with a different kind of audience but ... there is a ton in there for me.

Locke is a writer with a big imagination and a ton of books. I'll admit, I've never read any of his fiction stuff (but probably will at least try, and I assume that's part of the reason why he wrote this thing) but what intrigues me is the system and the methodology by which he sells so many stinking copies.

Is he Hemingway? No. Does it matter? No. That's not the kind of books he sells.

It's one part understanding your audience, one part understanding the economics of digital books, one part social media marketing, and one part pure tenacity. All four parts are covered. No flowcharts or checklists here, mind you, but a pen and paper and a few hours and you could flow the whole thing out. I have, and it's on my wall, and I'm not sharing ;-)

We're in a new age of publishing and this book does a better job of explaining it than anyone else. Yes, there are the Seth Godins of the world but they started in print and ended up eBook heroes. Funny thing is, John Locke started here, and they're now printing his stuff too.

My whole Kindle/eBooks strategy has changed as a result of this book. I've already done a few things very differently and will have the rest of this year to put his stuff to the test. I'm even considering getting some software written to help me do what I learned in this thing.

If you're ever considering playing the eBook game, you need to pick this thing up.


Non affiliate link to the book at Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/How-Sold-Million-eBooks-Months/dp/1935670913/

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Next week's Club 52 book is "We Are All Weird" - by +Seth Godin. I've been meaning to read this for awhile now - thrilled that this project is forcing me to.
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Club 52 - Paul's (Short) Review Of Anything You Want (by +Derek Sivers)

I'm proud to be from Portland and love the groove here. It was funny to realize years into being a fan that a company I respected so much, CD Baby, was also from the Rose City. Thinking about it now - I sometimes wonder if any other city could have birthed CD Baby. That's how we roll.

Derek Silvers founded CD Baby. His book tells the story of where it came from, how he built it, why he sold it, and why the money goes to charity.

I loved this thing. Deeply. Yes, he hard to work his butt off. Yes, there are some mistakes made but ...

No, he didn't have an MBA. No, he didn't need a board of people who "knew" what he should be doing. He went with his gut, did what was right, and did something pretty awesome in the process.

I heard someone call this a "manifesto." I wouldn't quite go there. It's simply the story, told as only Derek can, about what he did and why he did it.

To be honest, I'm sure the average business school professor would write this thing off in a heartbeat. If that matters to you, I wouldn't read this book.

For anyone else even remotely interested in how business REALLY works in this day and age, I'd recommend it highly.


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The book for the next week. Looks great. Recommended on +5by5 on the show Back to Work.
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BTW, this Challenge has been tremendous for me. I just might make this a habit before I even finish the task.
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Here's the book for next week.
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I've started a Pinterest board for all of the books in the Club 52 project. Is this of help/service or just a bright shiny object?
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Paul Colligan Reads 1 Book A Week In 2012 And Shares His Observations Online - Join Him?
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I promised myself I'd read a book a week in 2012.  Here's the journey.