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Nicholas E. Ledesma

Lockport, IL
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  • How to Win at the Sport of Business

  • If I Can Do It, You Can Do It
  • By: Mark Cuban
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,083

Using the greatest material from his popular Blog Maverick, Cuban has collected and updated his postings on business and life to provide a catalog of insider knowledge on what it takes to become a thriving entrepreneur. He tells his own rags-to-riches story of how he went from selling powdered milk and sleeping on friends' couches to owning his own company and becoming a multibillion-dollar success story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definetly worth 2 hours of your life

  • By Jamison on 04-28-15

Great book but very short

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Reviewed: 03-05-19

Very inspirational. A good amount of backstory about Mark and the last 1/3 of the book is loaded with great tips for entrepreneurs.

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,973

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book but....

  • By Mathew Copeland on 11-28-17

Great Book on Assets and Liabilities

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Reviewed: 02-14-19

If you want to learn the basics of how to grow and keep wealth, this book is for you. As many reviews have pointed out, Rich Dad Poor Dad is short on details but loaded with fundamentals. I personally think this is a good thing rather than a caveat. There are a million ways to go about accomplishing the ideas that are offered and Kiyosaki has left it wide open so that you can think for yourself. Success in life is about learning fundamentals but keeping an open mind for improvising and fresh ideas. If you can't handle thinking for yourself, there are plenty of jobs out there that will offer you security without having to make your own decisions. This book isn't for perpetual employees, though; it's for people who want to make their own decisions and take control of their financial future without falling into the trap of the rat race for the next 40+ years. If you want to learn the real fundamentals that will get you there, listen to this book now!

  • Six-Figure Musician: How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business

  • Music Marketing [dot] com Presents
  • By: David Hooper
  • Narrated by: Chris Caldwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

You're in a career where it's considered "normal" to be broke. If you were doing anything else for a living, you'd have given up by now.

And I'm sure there are people in your life who wish you'd do just that... They want you to settle down, get a "real" job, and make music a hobby. Screw 'em. The truth is, if you know what to do, you can make a lot of money as a musician. This book shows you what to do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cool Guide for Cool Musicians

  • By Nikita on 06-11-15

Full of Great Marketing Ideas

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Reviewed: 02-14-19

This book takes it's sweet time getting to the goods, but around 1/3 of the way through I started taking notes and wound up with 5 whole pages of marketing ideas and fundamentals. Considering this book is from 2013, the author did a great job of writing in such a way that it doesn't really contain any information that is out of date. I like the way this book breaks down marketing into a simple set of goals that are definitely achievable. Make 1000 big fans who spend $100 a year by making them feel special and appreciated, and you will be making $100K/year gross income. Broken down in this way, making a living as a musician seems like a possible goal rather than the vaporous dream of fame and fortune that most people make it out to be. Excellent book,

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000

With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his 14 years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for hardcore alcohol & drug addicts...

  • By Magen on 10-06-17

Makes 12 Step Make Sense

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Reviewed: 02-14-19

I do not personally struggle with substance abuse, but I found this book to be full of enough insight and entertainment that I bought it for a relative who does struggle with substances. He's been reading it and I've already seen some positive changes in his thinking. I think this would be a great book to give to someone who is resistant to 12 step programs for one reason or another, as it demystifies the whole process and focuses on the practical applications and finding reasons for making positive changes. Very inspiring book!

  • The Little Red Book of Selling

  • 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness
  • By: Jeffrey Gitomer
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751

Sharing strategies and answers from a lifetime of selling, Jeffrey has packed The Little Red Book of Selling with the information you've been searching for. You'll learn a philosophy of success - long term, relationship-driven, and referral-oriented - that has nothing to do with manipulation or other old-world sales tactics, and has everything to do with understanding buying motives and taking ethical, relationship-building actions.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Questionable Advice

  • By Fernando on 10-16-09

Excellent Book on Sales Fundamentals

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Reviewed: 02-14-19

This is a great book if you're looking to learn how to make sales without having to sell to people. In other words, there are great fundamentals here that will help you to have the right attitude for making sales without turning off your potential customers by being pushy. It's all about figuring out how to serve your customer's needs, and giving the impression that you are a valuable and friendly expert that can help them solve their problems. This would also be a great book for the salesperson who wants to make more money but has hit a plateau and needs some fresh ideas. Considering the topic, I was genuinely surprised by how thoroughly enjoyable this book is. I'll definitely read it again.

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,956

Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people's futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma, and people clamor for him to solve their problems. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Listen!

  • By karinzart on 04-29-17

One of King’s Best

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Reviewed: 04-04-18

As with most King books, this one has moments of brilliance and some spots that drag a bit. Franco’s performance makes even the slow parts engaging, and the ending is excellent, especially for a King book. Great audiobook overall.