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  • Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money

  • By: Pat Flynn
  • Narrated by: Pat Flynn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

Stop rushing into businesses born from half-baked ideas, misguided theories, and other forms of self-delusion. A lack of proper validation kills more businesses than anything else. As Joel Barker says, "Speed is only useful if you're running in the right direction." Will It Fly? will help you make sure you are clear for takeoff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's an amazing book

  • By Otto on 03-26-16

Must read if you are starting a business

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Reviewed: 10-17-18

A step by step approach to refine and validate your idea before spending lots of money. Lots of good bonus material from the author throughout the book and free supplemental material online. Entertaining with relevant, interesting real life examples.

  • Hello, My Name Is Awesome

  • How to Create Brand Names That Stick
  • By: Alexandra Watkins
  • Narrated by: Gina Sorell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Every year, six million companies and more than 100,000 products are launched. They all need an awesome name, but many (such as Xobni, Svbtle, and Doostang) look like the results of a drunken Scrabble game. In this entertaining and engaging book, ace naming consultant Alexandra Watkins explains how anyone - even noncreative types - can create memorable and buzz-worthy brand names. No degree in linguistics required.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book But

  • By rappody on 05-27-17

Absolute must if you are naming a business

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Reviewed: 09-15-18

Great step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow and visualize. Lots of good examples to help drive home the point she is trying to make.

  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,097

Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent message but poor solution

  • By Troyus on 09-03-14

If only...

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Reviewed: 07-24-18

This is one of those very few books that, if everyone would apply them, offers a paradigm shift that would change the world. The world won't change unless I change me first.

  • Running & Being

  • The Total Experience
  • By: George Sheehan, Kenny Moore
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Written by the late, beloved Dr. George Sheehan, Running and Being tells of the author's midlife return to the world of exercise, play, and competition, in which he found "a world beyond sweat" that proved to be a source of great revelation and personal growth. But Running and Being focuses more on life than it does, specifically, on running. It provides an outline for a lifetime program of fitness and joy, showing how the body helps determine our mental and spiritual energies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book of introspection

  • By Charles West on 07-03-18

Great book of introspection

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Reviewed: 07-03-18

Great view on life and body and the importance of play. I would disagree with absolutism he grants somatisism, but spot on in all other areas.

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  • Rich Dad Advisors: Start Your Own Corporation

  • Why the Rich Own Their Own Companies and Everyone Else Works for Them
  • By: Garrett Sutton
  • Narrated by: Steve Stratton, Garrett Sutton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

We live in a highly litigious world. As you live your life you must keep your guard up. As you grow your wealth you must protect it. For those who don't, predators await, and their attorneys will use every trick in the toolbox to get at your unprotected assets. Start Your Own Corporation educates you on an action plan to protect your life's gains. Corporate attorney and best-selling author Garrett Sutton clearly explains the all-too-common risks of failing to protect yourself and the strategies for limiting your liability going forward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading for all inspiring entrepreneurs!

  • By Andrae Williams on 08-06-16

Must read if you plan on starting a business or have significant assets

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Reviewed: 05-25-18

A lot of great information. Presented in a very straightforward manner which is easy to understand. It gives specific steps to follow and questions to ask of the professionals you should be working with to protect your self and your business or assets.

  • 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 32,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,948

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
  • This book will re shape your finance mind

  • By Kevin P. on 08-29-17

Please read this book

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Reviewed: 05-08-18

This is a must read. It is the beginning of a change in mindset that will open you up to learn how to manage money. Great story that is easy to listen to.

  • The Matheny Manifesto

  • A Young Manager's Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life
  • By: Mike Matheny, Jerry B. Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 534

Mike Matheny was just 41, without professional managerial experience and looking for a next step after a successful career as a Major League catcher, when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. While Matheny has enjoyed immediate success, leading the Cards to the postseason three times in his first three years, people have noticed something else about his life, something not measured in day-to-day results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If your a youth coach, get this book

  • By Brady on 12-11-15

Good book on coaching and leadership

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Reviewed: 03-22-18

Solid book on leadership principals and adhering to them. Great view on coaching today's youth. Must read for parents and coaches of our young athletes.

  • Do Hard Things

  • A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations
  • By: Brett Harris, Alex Harris
  • Narrated by: Lincoln Hoppe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectations of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God. And Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge. Do Hard Things is the Harris twins' revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank God for these Young Men!

  • By Timothy E. Peak on 09-02-16

Great for anyone who thinks there is more out there and those that don't

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Reviewed: 03-01-18

Great concepts presented in an encouraging manner with specific direction. Must read for teens and parents of teens.

  • Stan Musial

  • An American Life
  • By: George Vecsey
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

When baseball fans voted on the top 25 players of the twentieth century in 1999, Stan Musial didn’t make the cut. This glaring omission - later rectified by a panel of experts - aised an important question: How could a first-ballot Hall of Famer, widely considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, still rank as the most underrated athlete of all time? In Stan Musial, veteran sports journalist George Vecsey finally gives this 20-time All-Star and St. Louis Cardinals icon the kind of prestigious biographical treatment previously afforded to his more celebrated contemporaries....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vecsey is great... narrator, not so much

  • By Daniel Stromme on 04-11-13

Good story about a great man

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Reviewed: 02-06-18

The tone and pace of the author at first seem a little slow. As you get into the story you recognize that it matches perfectly. A thorough history of Stan Musial.

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,473
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,482

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read This if You're Very Sick and/or Thinking About Ending Your Life

  • By Derek on 07-21-15

Will make you evaluate how you make a choice

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Reviewed: 12-29-17

I was concerned about how much detail the author would go into in regard to his time in the concentration camps as I don't particularly care for gruesome media. Frankl does a great job of portraying the horrifying conditions while sparing the reader the gruesome detailed minutia. This book will make you see how every action you take is from a choice you make. Terrific read as it is extremely mentally stimulating.