Monthly Book Review — April 2020

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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

This book was jam-packed with practical advice on building and breaking habits.

  • Make it obvious.
  • Make it attractive.
  • Make it easy.
  • Make it satisfying.
  • Make it invisible.
  • Make it unattractive.
  • Make it difficult.
  • Make it unsatisfying.
  • With the same habits, you’ll end up with the same results. But with better habits, anything is possible.
  • …if you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty- seven times better.
  • You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.
  • Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results.
  • Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.
  • Becoming the best version of yourself requires you to continuously edit your beliefs, and to upgrade and expand your identity.

The Money Tree: A Story About Finding the Fortune in Your Own Backyard by Chris Guillebeau

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was that even though this is a non-fiction book, the author wrote it in story form. Right from the beginning, I was invested in the story and wondered how things would turn out for Jake, the main character. Putting this in story form increases the believability of the content and makes it feel more relatable.

  • …learn how to make money while also helping people in a meaningful way.
  • Focus on the ultimate promise [you want to make with your offer]
  • A good offer is always designed to appeal to its ideal customer.
  • The hardest part is starting.

How to Build Your Online Teaching Business by Vladimir Raykov

This book was short and to the point and had some great information about creating online courses. Unlike many other non-fiction books, this book did not spend a lot of time talking about what you shouldn’t do. The author got right to the point about what you should do as a new online course creator.

  • Start with a simple course, with only a presentation, no physical demonstrations.
  • Your first course should be a one-hour course.
  • Pick a particular niche (market) for your course.
  • Remember that you are teaching help someone with a problem they have.
  • Be sure to express the benefit of your course in your course’s description.



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Brenda Keller

Brenda Keller

Software coach showing others that software is easy to learn.