Sage Parklub was created as a response to my years of interest in entrepreneurism and technology. Even before beginning the process of earning my master’s degree in business communication, with an emphasis in entrepreneurship, my reading habits included heavy doses of “you can do it, too!” books by the authors listed below. The more I read and the more I listened to podcasts with any number of these “gurus,” the more I realized there are legitimate authorities on the subject, one-in-million oddities, and outright frauds.
In an effort to help shed some light on many of them, here are my opinions. I’ve divided them into legitimate Inspirations and Parklub-spelled-backward, a category that includes both the exceptions to the rules as well as the snake-oil salespeople because in either case, following them is unlikely to spawn success.
– Jason Hackett, creator of SageOffstage
This book is the real deal. If you want to supercharge your motivation, hone in on your purpose and pursue personal excellence, this may be the only book you need.
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson
Free: How Today’s Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing by Chris Anderson
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
33 Million People in the Room: How to Create, Influence, and Run a Successful Business with Social Networking by Juliette Powell
The 4-Hour Workweek: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content. by Timothy Ferriss
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future – by Dan Schawbel