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Default 08-09-2017, 12:43 AM

I read Richard Branson's Like a Virgin. I had read about 15 chapters before yesterday (it's written in 3/4 page chapters) and then when I found out yesterday was international #ReadABookDay a decided to sit down and finish the whole book.

I have no major comprehensive book review or anything like that. Just that it was a decent read in regards to how business is done. Or rather, how he and Virgin group done/does business.

Which, as I'd kinda known but it didn't really register, was that they have always did things better by spotting competitors faults and building an entire business that was ultimately superior than competitors from the offset such as Virgin airlines - their super friendly cabin crew went above and beyond for their passengers and with a smile, something others didn't - air trips were mundane and unpleasant.

There was also things that were a little more risqué than usual. Like the Kate Moss cocaine "shock story" which Virgin jumped on immediately and hired Kate to star in one of their adverts about "contracts" referring to Virgin mobile, after having lost her modelling "contract". It was quite funny and pretty genius too if we're honest. Someone's loss is another's gain - just like another more recent example when the BBC sacked Clarkson and then Amazon picked him and the other 2 up.

(The Kate Moss thing wasn't in the book that's just me further reminding of Virgins willingness to shock)

Branson's book was definitely worth the read because it gave me a broad understanding of how to think alternatively and creatively. He is a legit entrepreneur yet he prides his success (not solely) on his willingness and ability to do what others aren't doing, even if it means twisting the rules a little bit.

I can't explain it properly how cool of a businessman he is, you'd need to read the book. I'm a big fan now.

I've got 2 more of his books and can't wait to read them. Especially the one called "Screw it, lets do it"


NOTE: Just as I was about to post this there was a news bulletin on my local radio station saying there was a hurricane or something on the British Virgin Islands, where Richard and his Missus lives.


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Default 09-09-2017, 07:30 PM

Also helps that he was brought up in a family of wealthy business owners and was a mozart of business e.g. as soon as he could talk, he could think business.

Obviously is good to get knowledge from all these successful people but at the end of the day any top tier people are genetic freaks with the right upbringing and a stupid amount of luck.


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Default 12-09-2017, 08:26 PM

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Also helps that he was brought up in a family of wealthy business owners and was a mozart of business e.g. as soon as he could talk, he could think business.

Obviously is good to get knowledge from all these successful people but at the end of the day any top tier people are genetic freaks with the right upbringing and a stupid amount of luck.
I wasn't aware that he was a silver spoon kid. Lucky cunt. Rags to riches stories are way better.

I like Peter Jones from dragons den. He had millions, lost it, found himself on a mates sofa, clawed his way back and was a millionaire again within 2 years.

Of course, after having already been a millionaire once, I imagine it would have been easier to do the second time around.

Haven't read his story yet but it's one I'm looking forward to.


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Default 03-10-2017, 10:34 PM

Just finished..

The Art of People - The 11 simple people skills that will get you everything you want

There are 12 weeks left of the year. I'm gunna try and read 10 books by the end of the year.

Yes I know that sounds easy but I'll be doing it alongside intensive study work as well as the gym and all the other life shit.

If I get 10 books read in that time I should have built a good habit leading up to the new year in which I'll be attempting to read up to 100 books in the year.... But 52 will be the primary goal; at least 1 book a week.

The book I've just finished counts, so I have 9 more to read before the end of December. I've probably read 20/25 books and eBooks so far this year. Not as many as I'd hoped but much more than most people these days.

I'll likely be reading quite fast, but slow enough to understand everything. Some people here have suggested to me that reading all these books is pointless, but I'd like to quote Warren Buffett on getting smarter by reading..

"Read 500 pages every week. That's how knowledge builds up, like compound interest"

I certainly prefer to read than watch game of thrones or eastenders. Fuck me, the soaps I'd rather cut myself.

Now to go choose another unread book from the 100 or so in my home library.


Ps. In work lately there has been a lot of downtime. So I've been able to use some of that time to spend reading, rather than talking shit to those around me. Which, I'm astounded I hadn't thought of before. Nonetheless, I might actually be able to squeeze my book a week into my working days, which would be awesome.


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Default 04-10-2017, 01:34 AM

I read every day. I make a point of reading 50 pages a day. 25 pages earlier and 25 pages later. That way I can get through a novel in a week.
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Default 04-10-2017, 09:27 AM

That's cool man I read every day too. It can be anything from 10 pages to half a book (on a very good day). I don't read fiction though, only self-development, educational and psychology stuff.

I do keep some lighter reading by my bed though to help me drift off to sleep. Like right now I'm reading a true story about a guy who escaped from the Bangkok Hilton; the toughest prison in Thailand.


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Default 05-10-2017, 11:43 PM

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That's cool man I read every day too. It can be anything from 10 pages to half a book (on a very good day). I don't read fiction though, only self-development, educational and psychology stuff.

I do keep some lighter reading by my bed though to help me drift off to sleep. Like right now I'm reading a true story about a guy who escaped from the Bangkok Hilton; the toughest prison in Thailand.
Reading non-fiction is a habit of the successful!

History and science books I find pretty good. Books on language as well.

You should compile a list, maybe in OP showing what books you recommend. Maybe made a new thread.
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Default 06-10-2017, 12:52 AM

I had to laugh when people have told me that I'd LOVE the likes of the Harry Potter series. I'm like no I wouldn't, because I know I wouldn't.

It's a similar thing like this game of thrones shite. Everyone's telling me "Dan you HAVE to watch it!" No, I don't, and thanks for trying to tell me I have to, because now there's even less chance of me watching it than the zero chance that there was before.

I love history although I haven't got into it. It's one of them things I plan to do at some point that I never do. In fact one thing I have always wanted to do is trace my family tree back as far as I possibly can. As far as I'm aware, the furthest back anyone ever gets is like the early 1800s. There was an episode of Who do you think you are featuring Danny Dyer. They told him he was a descendant of Henry the 8th, which I think is quite possibly bullshit. It's nearly 500 years ago. Although if true, kinda cool.



Anyway, this thread here is for me to track and keep a note of all the books I read and I'm not interested in starting another thread to talk about books I'm going to be mentioning on this thread. But I'll consider what you suggested and perhaps give a short review or recommendation on certain books rather than me simply saying, Ok I've read this book, now I'm gunna read another one" which like I said is only useful for me keeping track and not in any way helpful for anyone else either considering reading the same book, or who has read the same book.

I do open the floor to questions, criticisms or chats about any of the books I post about.

I'm also open to discreet, homosexual acts.


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Default 06-10-2017, 01:37 AM

I only just started watching gameof thrones. 4 episodes in and its pretty good, don't knock it till you've tried it.

Plus Emilia Clarke gets her tits out and gets fucked quite a lot, shes pretty fit.
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Default 06-10-2017, 09:13 PM

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4 episodes in and its pretty good, don't knock it till you've tried it
No this is the kind of thing that makes me not wanna watch it. I've been told exactly this about Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings for example... "No Dan you will definitely love it!" Actually trying to tell me that I will like it and that that's a fact.

No, I won't. I know that I won't. I'm not into any of that fantasy shit.

In fact I'm too stubborn to try and like anything I've been "told" I will like.


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