Here’s what happened…
I bought too many books….
Usually that’s a good thing. This time it wasn’t.
I bought over 1,000 copies of two of my favorite books ever written.
It was an accident, but now I want you to profit off of my mistake.
First I’m going to tell you what the two books are.
Second, I’m going to tell you how I’m going to give you these two books for cheaper than you can find them anywhere else (plus I’m going to throw in some extras).
In 2000 I read “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell like everyone else did and put it nice and neat on my bookshelf so anyone walking into my office could see it.
I didn’t understand it.
I kept asking myself: OK, he shows all of these ‘tipping points’ when a business suddenly breaks out and everyone is buying their products. But he doesn’t show us how a technique to get to a tipping point. He doesn’t show how to predict a tipping point, or any way at all to benefit from one. He did this all in “Blink” also. I just didn’t get it.
But finally in “Bold” I got it.
They basically tell you how to determine what industries are going to hit a tipping point and almost exactly the day it will happen. I don’t know if that was there intent but when they came on my podcast we discussed it.
They talk about industries that have exponential growth that can almost be explained by a formula. Like the famous “Moore’s Law” named after the former CEO of Intel in 1965 when he said that (more or less) that computing power would double every year.
This is sort of like the story of the history of chess.
A man in India taught the king a game he invented: chess.
The king was so happy he said, “Ask for anything you want and I will give it to you!
The man pointed to the chessboard and said, “I just want a piece of wheat on the first square, two pieces of wheat on the second square, four on the third, and double on each square until square 64. ”
The king thought the man was a fool. He put a single stalk of wheat on the first square. And then kept doubling.
By the time he was about halfway through the board, he had to put his entire kingdom on the square.
So what did he do?
He killed the man. Back then there were simple solutions to hard problems.
The authors of Bold define the “6 Ds” that help you if an industry is about to turn exponential (in other words, they are about to go from the tiny tiny sizes to exponentially large sizes) and they discuss which specific industries are on their radar.
They talk about 3D Printing, Robotics, Sensors, and so on….
The Essays of Warren Buffett
There are a lot of books out there about investor Warren Buffett (including one that I wrote in 2005) and I can tell you this: Almost all of them suck.
Most books go on and on about how Buffett is a value investor (he’s not) and what value investing means (almost all of the descriptions are wrong).
I don’t know what purpose these books serve, other than to maybe help the authors raise money for their own funds (“Oh, investing with him is like investing with Warren Buffett!” It’s not.) or sell more books (“Warren Buffett is always hot,” my then-editor told me before my book had practically no sales).
But, I do have to say, this is the one book I would buy about Warren Buffett (over my own).
Author Lawrence Cunningham delivers the real goods on Buffett and the work that has gone into his mind-blowing success.
Not in terms of a biography of the man (who cares) but in terms of his collected wisdom about corporate America. The book is a curated collection of the almost 50 letters that Warren Buffett has sent to shareholders of his company, Berkshire Hathaway.
These letters are rarely about investing. They are about business.
Many people ask, “What stock should I buy?” or “What stock is going to go up in the next two months so I can make some money?”
Warren Buffett doesn’t ask that.
He asks, “What business is likely to be here 20 years from now? Because if it will still be around then, it’s probably a good investment now.”
And then Buffett gives case study after case study on both his successes and his many failures and how he judges whether a business is good or not.
Warren Buffett has been working about 10 hours a day since the early 1950s, learning how to effectively value and understand businesses. That’s about 5,000 hours a year for 60 years.
Buffett has put in his 10,000 hours… times three!
What better person to learn from than someone who dedicated 60 years of his life to becoming the best businessman in the world?
Cunningham scoured all of Buffett’s writings and pulled the most salient pieces out to compile this book of essays. So we get an expert curation on the entirety Buffett’s business and investing philosophies.
It’s a great book if you want to be better at your own investments and your own approach to life.
And for the next few days I’ll give you something you can’t buy anywhere.
Even the best mentors can only take you so far…
You HAVE to become an “idea machine”. Here’s how I do it (and what I’ll give you to help you do it too).
- Come up with 10 ideas a day. Everyday. I carry a waiters pad with me everywhere I go. I make lists, I create new ideas. I can’t tell you if you should too, but I can tell you it’s saved my life over and over again. If you want to try I’ll send you the same kind of waiters pad I use as part of this “Quickstart” gift bundle.
- Write. I’ll also send you a “Choose Yourself” pen… I mean, you’ve got to write your ideas down with something.
- Listen. I spent a few weeks creating a CD with some of my best podcasts. This is a highlight reel that shares some of the toughest questions I’ve asked or answered. Plus in-depth interviews with people who will challenge your view on the world. These people helped me grow. They’ll help you too.
So here’s where you get to take advantage of my mistake.