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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (Austin, TX: Bard Press, 2013)

Ever feel overwhelmed by having too much to do? In The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, Gary Keller chairman of the board and cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., and New York Times bestselling author, starts off by dispelling five lies people believe about productivity. He then explains how to focus on the one that that if done, makes everything else easier or unnecessary.

His approach reduces overwhelm while increasing productivity. This book would be a great addition to your summer reading list!

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Book Yourself Solid Illustrated (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2013)

I read Michael Port’s original book, Book Yourself Solid, and loved it. The subtitle says it well, “The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling.”

Now Michael has published the illustrated version. It’s a totally different experience. It makes the book more useful, more scannable, and more compelling. I literally couldn’t put it down. The bite-sized tips are pure gold, one after another.

If you need to attract more clients—the right kind of clients—and generate more business, this book is for you. I highly recommend it.

The MacSparky Markdown Field Guide

The MacSparky Markdown Field Guide (David Sparks, 2013)

One of the biggest problems writers face is distraction. It is especially frustrating when the very tools designed to help you become a distraction.

That’s why I am now writing eveything in a simple text editor, using a method called markdown. It enables me to remove the clutter of technology and just write.

If you have an interest in learning markdown, I recommend The MacSparky Markdown Field Guide by David Sparks and Eddie Smith. I read the whole thing last week in one sitting.

It is an iBook, so you will either need an iPad to read it, or if you don’t have an iPad, you can purchase the PDF version. The book includes 137 pages, 27 screencasts, and an additional hour of audio interviews.

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The Ultimate Sales Machine (New York City: Portfolio Trade, 2006)

This is by far the best business book I have ever read. I know that is a big claim, but I found the book enormously compelling. It is full of real-world examples, brilliant strategies, and proven tactics. And make no mistake: this book is not just about sales. It is about life and an approach to running a business that is different than anything I have ever read. I can see why Tony Robbins partnered with him. (Sadly, Chet died of leukemia in 2012.)

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The Power of a Positive No (New York, NY: Bantam, 2007)

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The 4-Hour Workweek (New York, NY: Harmony, 2009)

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You Are the Message (New York, NY: Crown Business, 1989)

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The War of Art (New York, NY: Black Irish Entertainment, 2012)

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Essentialism (New York, NY: Crown Business, 2014)

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Focus (New York, NY: HarperBusiness, 2005)

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Switch (New York, NY: Crown Business, 2010)

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