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Books I Recommend

Books!

I have read many many books in my day.  The few that I recommend are below.

For Business Improvement:

  1. Moneyball – A book about how statheads turned the business of baseball upside down!
  2. Uncommon Service – This is the best purely business book I have ever read.
  3. Four Hour Workweek –  This treatise to effectiveness changed my whole outlook on life in profound ways – business, marriage, parenting, etc.
  4. The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Businessy & tactical? Sure. But if you suck at marketing like I do, I can’t think of a better place to start.

For Fun & Mind-Blowing Adventure:

  1. The Lord of the Rings – This is, hands-down, the best book ever written.
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey – A better companion than the movie (which is also great)!  The book takes us to places that are physically within reach, yet…so far away…
  3. Gods Behaving Badly – Did you ever wonder what life would be like if the Greek Gods (Zeus, Hera, etc.) were the real religion?  And what if they lived in a run-down flat in London?  Wonder no more!  Funniest book I ever read.  Cleverly-written.  Etc. etc. etc.
  4. Winnie-the-Pooh – The original snark.  Joyful & simply amazing.
  5. The Agenda – The inside story of Bill Clinton’s first budget.  Dry?  Absolutely.  Fascinating?  Holy shit!
  6. Peter & The Starcatchers – If you dig Wicked, you’ll love this prequel to Peter Pan.

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Movies I Love!

What book club would be complete without a listing of companion movies?!  Here it goes…the only movies you should ever feel compelled to see:

  1. Spaceballs – Best movie ever.
  2. Dumb & Dumber – Okay…maybe this is the best movie ever…
  3. Star Wars Episodes IV, V, VI – These never get old.
  4. The Matrix – Brilliantly-creative, genre-busting, goosebumps-inducing!
  5. The Fog of War – Bean counters, politicians, morals, and the urgency of war.  I’ve never seen a more revealing look behind the curtains of the human condition.

Listen

Comedy:

  1. George Carlin‘s Back In Town
  2. Steve Martin‘s Wild & Crazy Guy
  3. Rodney Dangerfield‘s No Respect

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WordPress Plugins

  • Organic SEO: Yoast SEO for basic organic SEO tech (Get the premium version if you’re a blogger).
  • WordPress Forms, Quizzes, Surveys, Etc.: Gravity Forms for anything form-related.  I use it for my contact form, Website Cost Calculator, and for my payment pages.  Add the Zapier add-on to connect to everything!  BONUS: Set up your Gravity Form to send to your cell phone via sms!
  • Credit Card Processing: Stripe.com + Gravity Forms/WooCommerce.
  • WordPress Hosting: WP Engine for the best WordPress hosting + automatic nightly backups.
  • Cloning Landing Pages: Duplicate Post for cloning your home page to a new landing page.
  • Quick Landing Page Builder: Divi for quickly designing beautiful landing pages.
  • Email Pop-ups & Opt-ins: Bloom for email popups.  Someone in the group mentioned copy-and-paste Mailchimp embeds, which work great, too.
  • Website Calendars: The Events Calendar Pro was mentioned as buggy/bulky, and that’s been my experience with it, too.  I recommend Calendly.com for 1-on-1’s and Eventbrite for everything else (the are both cloud-based apps that you can embed in your emails and website).
  • WordPress Backups: Jetpack Backups for cloud website backups, and Backup Buddy for local/amazon/etc. backups.

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