1,001 Free eBooks that You Must Read to Succeed (at Just About Anything!) (eBooks #11 to #20) — Part #2

KnowledgeNearly 7,000+ words later, and Julie and I are excited to share with you our next installment of what is quickly becoming a fairly massive resource of free eBooks that we highly recommend (and, have actually read ourselves!). After having spent quite a substantial amount of time seeking out the largest compilation or reservoir of free eBooks online, we would be continually greeted by “top 5″, “top 10″, or, if we were lucky, “top 20″ lists of free eBooks. Where such a large compilation of eBooks seemed nonexistent–at least in comparison to the oftentimes grandiose vision that spills over into other aspects of our lives together–we decided just to go ahead and actually create it.

We do appreciate the time you have spent with us so far. Rest assured, this list is nowhere near completion. With our description of each free eBook being comparable to a mini-blog post all on its own, we look forward to your continually revisiting us, over time, to witness this list grow. Noone said that creating an authoritative resource, of this nature, would be easy, however, it is something we want to do. As mentioned in the first and previous installment of this article series, we look forward to reading YOUR free eBook! If you would like for your free eBook to be included in this ever growing list, please be sure to contact us with the image graphic of your eBook cover (you can create your own highly quality eBook cover, for very inexpensively, at a place like MyEcoverMaker), as well as, the file of your free eBook.

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#11) the Authority Black Book — by Jack Humphrey — With several yearly editions of this free eBook, it has attracted quite a bit of attention and has become somewhat of an authority source for social media marketing. You’ll find the word “tactics” thrown around quite a bit, and you’ll be sure to find quite a few gold nugguts in this eBook as they pertain to driving traffic to your sites, and promoting your own brand. Jack Humphrey also includes an astounding amount of direct links to outside tools and resources. In the automated download email that you will receive if you sign up for this book, Jack calls the Authority Blackbook the “definitive guide for Web 2.0 tools, tactics, and resources”. I tend to agree.

loans-200#12) Student Loan Debt: Getting in Smart, Getting Out Painlessly! – By Robert Farrington – Few may know this (at least until now), but “A Warrior and A Nurse” could have just as easily been called “A Nurse and A Nurse”. The truth is, Julie and I actually met in nursing school. Courtesy of late evening care planning, and an occasional tag-team bed bath, we somehow managed to perfectly align our clinical rotation schedules to meet all our academic requirements while, of course, ensuring maximum time together. Despite my current occupation in a field other than nursing, I can still remember our days in nursing school very vividly.

While I was fortunate enough to have had all my schooling paid for, Julie wasn’t so fortunate.

Where we attended college together, we found a variety of students who had different arrangements set in place to pay for their schooling. Though some had parents who were able (and willing) to pay for a significant portion of their tuition, if not all of it, other students found that they received little to no outside help: having to oftentimes juggle an additional side job or two, on top of already rigorous academic demands, just to be able to go to school. For some, the culminating bestowing of a degree embodied years of dedication and hard work that extended way  beyond the classroom, while others were fortunate to not have to juggle quite the same demands just to pay for schooling.

Julie’s situation essentially bisected both arrangements. For a four year nursing degree, her parents were willing to help pay for 2 years (4 semesters), however, she was on her own to pay for the remainder. As a result, she came to shoulder the student loans necessary to fulfill her dream: to become a nurse. At the time that I found Robert Farrington’s free eBook, I can say, with confident relief, that Julie and I are no longer slaves to that student loan debt. Even still, the reason I included this free eBook into this list—even if it doesn’t exactly apply to YOU—I know that it does apply to many people. Casual discussion with even our close friends, while cautiously side-stepping real “numbers”, reveals just how extensive this burden has become, even to that tight circle of friends. If you do have student loan debt, have no fear! I would highly recommend your reading this free eBook! (Thanks, Robert!)

Semi-relevant personal vignette injected.

This is where Julie and I met:

In the first floor hallway.

Just outside the first classroom, right beyond those white doors.

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 (If you listen closely enough, you can hear the muffled screams of nursing students radiating through the walls of this building, which, conveniently enough, was segregated on the outskirts from the remainder of the campus.)

gblebook#13) Get a Life that Doesn’t Suck: Taking the First Step to Building a Life of Excitementby Benny Hsu (U \ X \ O)I’ve watched Benny grow, as an entrepreneur and as a blogger, for quite some time now. Though I was just familiar with him through his comments on other blogs that I had read, with his monumental success in the app development industry—as detailed in his free eBook, on pg. 9, he exceeded over $70,000 earned by January 2013—he began actually becoming featured on fairly authoritative and prominent blogs online. Benny’s free eBook manages to intimately intertwine his own personal story, within the restaurant industry, with his overwhelming desire to architect the lifestyle that he had always desired.

Tactical Takeaway #1: “I came home and typed a note telling myself. This is the exact note I wrote. I never thought anyone would see it but I want to be open with you. I’m surprised how calmed I remained when writing and didn’t fill it with expletives. However, my point was very clear.

This is it. This is when I start to make changes to the life I want. It starts now. Stop wasting time. It’s been more than five years since you’ve wanted to find a new career. You need to start doing it today. Today. Tomorrow and everyday until you reach your desired lifestyle. Life is too short to be unhappy when working. Start working hard everyday to find your passion and reach your goals. Focus, focus, focus. Open your mind and allow it to attract great ideas and answers to your questions.

I made two copies and taped it to one to my bathroom mirror and one on the wall behind my laptop. I knew I could not miss seeing it everyday…..” Pg. 7-8 (of 30)

Tactical Takeaway #2: “Bottom line is that your life is defined by the decisions you make. Choosing one thing shapes what happens next. Sometimes it’s as small as what to eat to deciding on a job offer.” Pg. 14 (of 30)

Tactical Takeaway #3: “You only have this one life to live. No matter your age, you still have the power to take your life in any direction you want.” Pg. 26 (of 30)

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#14) Unautomate Your Finances: A Simple, Passionate Approach to Money – by Adam Baker — Since we married in 2010, Julie and I have resolved to do whatever we can to continually automate our finances. Afterall, “financial automation” is touted so highly by men like David Bach, who authored The Automatic Millionaire, as he suggests using pre-tax retirement accounts (e.g. 401(k)s or IRAs) to set aside a fixed, monthly sum of money before considering what is left for living expenses. Since reading David’s book, in particular, Julie and I have essentially made our finances “automatic” by  using automated payroll deductions to avoid the temptation of using our money (take home pay from our day jobs) to pay today’s bills. While we likely will never change this arrangement, Adam’s title of this free eBook alone, at least on the surface, seems to imply giving a bit of a cold shoulder to the generic, over-conveyed, advice of many guru financial planners who have come before him.

In a way, he does.

Over a booming 84 page free eBook, Adam makes the case that our desire for automation, especially in an age that lends to it, has gone way too far.

Leo Babauta, who wrote the free eBook Focus: a Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction (which was featured as #3 in our first installment of this article series), was the perfect choice for Adam to write the forward of his eBook, namely because the minimalistic thinking/approach that Leo embraces on his blog seems to go hand in hand with the concept/principle of unautomation.

Originally sold as a $17 paid eBook, the realization of a heightened degree of success for his blog manvsdebt, led to Adam Baker taking this eBook “off-the-market” and offering as a free eBook as part of a much larger “Kickstart Your Money” FREE resource kit that he offers to every visitor that chooses to join his mailing list. That’s right, this free eBook is really a great complement to an already massive package that Adam offers. Other items that you will receive include:

  • Full Sample Lesson from You Vs. Debt
  • Debt-Payoff Tracker Spreadsheet
  • “Sell Your Crap” one-page Worksheet and Flowchart
  • 10 Tips for Writing Better Craigslist Headlines

Tactical Takeaway #1: “Unautomation is…
…the process of re-attaching and re-sensitizing ourselves to our financial lives.
…the art of peeling away the excess and attacking the underlying problem.
…the exercise of designing your financial life without the assumptions that feed our consumerist society.
…the realization that car payments may not be a fact of life and that mortgages don’t have to last 30 years.” Pg. 8 (of 84)

Tactical Takeaway #2: “….This small, but powerful distinction, has been tremendously valuable for Courtney and me. Being able to consciously realize the difference between our needs and wants has been one of the most empowering factors in our financial turn around.” Pg. 16 (of 84)

Tactical Takeaway #3: “Despite our best intentions, we all can agree that life…happens. On top of that fact, we all occasionally forget commitments and make bonehead mistakes. Sometimes it’s our fault, and sometimes it’s out of our control.

But, Christmas comes the same time every year. So does the start of school. And while the day your car breaks down may be a surprise, the fact that it will break down shouldn’t be!” Pg. 50 (of 84)

#15) 33 Questions for an Interview with Yourself – by Dragos Roua – The reason why I like this eBook so much is because it is really a simple, candid and intimate interview with the reader. That’s right, in this eBook, Dragos is essentially interviewing YOU. For purpose of this entry, Julie and I would like to publicly respond to Dragos’ interview questions. Composed of 33 thought provoking questions (err…34, to be exact, you’ll see), Dragos challenges all his readers to answer these question honestly to themselves, and on their own blogs. While you can certainly download this free eBook, all the questions are proposed on the same page where you can download the eBook.

What Do You Do For a Living?

Enter Julie: “I wear many hats in life. I am a mother and a Nurse. Both parts of my life have enormous challenges, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I love my patients, and I love my son.”

Enter Howie: “At the time of this writing, I am simultaneously a manufacturing supervisor at a company called Gemalto, as well as, a part-time military officer.”

Who Do You Love?

Enter Julie: “I absolutely love my family. My son and husband are two of the most important people in my life.”

Enter Howie: “Love is a powerful word. I don’t say it to just anyone. With that said, I echo Julie’s answer here.”

Do You Have Enough Money?

Enter Julie: “Throughout our dating, on into our marriage, those 5+ years have brought us many financial challenges and successes. When we first met, we were college students living on very little income, as well as, the typical college diet of ramen noodles/cup of noodles, pizza, and an occasional beer. We aren’t millionaires now, but, through hard work and gradual progression in our careers, we are definitely doing better than when we were then. I do think this is an entirely relative question, though. In some countries, those who would be be deemed “financially poor” may actually be in a better position than the “poor” in other countries.

Enter Howie: “I recall reading once about how happiness relates to annual income. In fact, there was a study conducted by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in which the researchers looked at how increases/decreases in income actually impacted happiness. In this study, the researchers “analyzed over 450,000 responses to a daily survey of 1,000 randomly selected U.S. residents” and “found that while life evaluation rose steadily with annual income, the quality of the respondents’ everyday experiences did not improve beyond approximately $75,000 a year.” They further go on to say “Beyond $75,000 in the contemporary United States, however, higher income is neither the road to experienced happiness nor the road to the relief of unhappiness or stress, although higher income continues to improve individuals’ life evaluations.”

While I believe that it’s great that people have ambition and drive to increase their self worth in life, it wasn’t until I read this study that my eyes really opened up to what was truly important in life. Instead of the final answer to anything, Julie and I have come to really see our financial state as a small piece to a much larger equation that is directly correlated to our happiness. To us, being financially wealthy means nothing if we neglect the balance of other aspects of our lives. Working much longer hours, just to earn a higher salary, can incur a serious trade-off in other areas of our lives, like health and fitness, that we just aren’t willing to do and accept. In the spirit of brevity though, it is Julie and my intent to continue to develop and expand “A Warrior and A Nurse” to the point where we will be sharing various reports from our life–everything from our fitness to our finances! As we continue to build this blog, we sincerely hope that you will stay with us to learn these things about us and our journey. Stay tuned!

Are You Healthy?

Enter Julie: ”Throughout this blog post, and our future blog posts, you can almost certainly guarantee that I’ll reference my 4 years spent in nursing school from time-to-time. While there were times of fun and enjoyment coupled with my attending a fairly notable party school, a majority of a nursing student’s tenure in college is generally filled with rigorous academia that make them long deeply for graduation day. During my time in nursing school, I learned about the holistic nature of health. “Health” and “healthy” can be viewed in just so many contexts, from financial health to spiritual health to emotional health and beyond. Since other facets of “health” are covered in other questions, I’ll assume that this question is related to strictly physical health. Like anything in life, I think you get what you put in. I’ve generally been pretty healthy throughout my life, and my husband and I had tried very hard to not only eat healthy, but to also be physically active. Throughout this blog, we are determined to share with you our experiences engaging in different workout programs together, while, also, detailing various workout routines and programs that we try separately. Overall, yes, I consider myself to be a healthy person.”

Enter Howie:

(Answers Coming Soon!)

In the spirit of brevity, we moved the remainder of these questions and answers to our blog FAQs section! If you are interested in learning more about us, you can read one (or all) of the following: Our About Us Page or Our Hobbies Page!

firefly-manifesto-cover1#16) The Fire Fly Manifesto — by Jonathan Fields (U \ X \ O) – Adorned with a plethora of very valuable guidance and insights, my first exposure to the works of this author was, interestingly enough, through his first book entitled Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love. Originally purchased way back in 2009, this book was one of my first additions to the ever-expanding collection of books within the humble WarriorNurse library.

Produced in 2009 as a clear marketing tool, while released just about simultaneously to his Career Renegade book, Jonathan’s free eBook The Fire Fly Manifesto still packs a solid punch in terms of content and value–even while topping off at 10 pages. Though this free eBook captures what appears to be the semblance of a long-form sales letter, Jonathan has ingeniously placed this content within the bindings of a free eBook with just enough savor to be shared amongst those who felt a deep-founded connection between the idea of spreading one’s wings and rising above circumstances like a “bad economy” or other issues. Instead of formulating excuses, the Fire Fly Manifesto advocates regaining focus, and accepting the fact that you have enough power to determine your own destiny (and, not let your life be dictated by someone else, like a master puppeteer would.) Within the context that it is meant to embrace, the “Fire Fly” is a perfectly suitable (and powerful) analogy for taking ownership of your life, removing shackles of restraint, spreading your wings, and soaring as high as you want to.

Tactical Takeaway #1: “Given equal qualifications and abilities, who do you think the job, the support or the funding goes to? The person who’s the most confident, calm, collected, resolute, overtly-passionate and likable. Want to be that person? Get your mindset act together. Commit to a set of simple daily mindset practices that will allow you to destress, refocus, cultivate lasting peace of mind and remain calm, cool and collected in nearly any situation or setting.” – Pg. 8 (of 10)

10_secrets_book#17) Blog Formatting: 10 Secrets to Make Your Blog Shine! – by Delia — Released to complement a blog entitled “Blog Formatting”, Delia’s blog tagline “Helping Women Bloggers Stay in the Genius Zone” could very well allude (intentionally or not) to her blog’s content being only beneficial to women bloggers. Forever a student of learning, rest assured, there are many valuable lessons that even guys can take away from Delia’s blog and free eBook. Introduced to this blog and free eBook by Julie, I just knew I had to include it in this list. Amidst all the content available in cyberspace regarding everything from blog promotion to blog monetization, many bloggers tend to neglect perhaps one of the most important aspects of blogging: ensuring that your site, itself, is formatted in a way and manner that is presentable to readers. Though bloggers may have highly effective promotional strategies that seamlessly drive thousands of visitors to their blog, it can be argued that all that work and effort is for naught if they can’t manage to captivate and engage their readers with, not only compelling high-quality content, but also with proper blog formatting.

Within Delia’s free eBook, she covers the following elements of blog formatting:

  • Headings
  • Paragraphs
  • Spacing
  • Bullets
  • Numbering
  • Bold Text
  • Italics
  • Block Quotes
  • Links
  • Images

As a proverbial case study in action, Julie and I have worked very hard to leverage Delia’s tips, advice, and guidance in her free eBook to actually guide the formatting of this blog post article series, as well as, our other blog posts on A Warrior and A Nurse. How have we been doing so far? Thusfar, have you noticed our integration of some of the blog formatting elements Delia had mentioned?

Tactical Takeaway #1: “Be consistent with headline capitalization. Either capitalize the first letter only of a heading, or the first letter of every word, but keep it the same.” – Pg. 2 (of 7)

business-mistakes-free-report#18) 10 Deadly Business Mistakes You Should Avoid — by an Anonymous Writer at OnlineProfits.com — In the spirit of collaboration, as mentioned here as #4 (of 12), this free eBook entry to this massive article series can be found on the blog aspect of the Collaboblogging.com website. You may find it odd or peculiar that we would take articles/content we have written and actually give it to other bloggers to publish on their respective website(s). As a bit of a spin on the traditional blogging strategy of guest posting, located here on our “About Us” page, Julie and I explain how we hope to creatively leverage very lengthy–seemingly unending–article series to collaborate with other bloggers to develop those articles in a way that elicits mutual benefit through the generation of numerous backlinks for all bloggers who participate.

Read this installment here:

1,001 Free eBooks that You Must Read to Succeed (at Just About Anything) — #18

NOTE: As we continue to build and expand this massive article series, we would love to have you contact us if you are interested in collaborating like this! Bear in mind, there are two ways that we can do this:

  • We can write an installment to this article series ourselves, highlighting a single (or multiple) free eBooks, to which you can contact us about publishing that post to your blog. When you publish it to your blog, we would provide a backlink to your website, and you would provide a backlink to our website.
  • Even better….If you would like to expedite how quickly this occurs, we invite you to pick your own free eBook(s), write a 500-1,000 word article that highlights those eBooks similar to how we have done, and then publish it on your blog as a stand-alone article. Just like above, we would then collaborate in providing backlinks to each other’s websites–essentially daisy-chaining this collaborative article effort across cyberspace in a manner that is mutually beneficial to all those involved.

40IcebreakersforSmallGroups#19) 40 Icebreakers for Small Groups — by Grahame Knox — Despite our love for writing online and blogging, admittedly, Julie and I both do have jobs. I work as a manufacturing supervisor. Julie works as a per diem registered nurse. When preparing to transition from the 2nd shift (3-11) position that I had worked for just about a year, to a 3rd shift position, I searched vigorously online for ideas for activities/icebreakers to do with my new team. The result of this search? This free eBook. As the title of this eBook conveys, this free eBook has 21 pages jam-packed with ideas for ice breakers to do with small groups. At the time of this article installment writing, I am still on my first week of transitioning with my team that is composed of a full-time work force, and a temporary (temp) workforce, accounting for 31 direct reports. On the second day of this week, I decided to use a slight variation in Grahame’s icebreaker entitled “The Question Web” (Pg. 5). Instead of using string, however, my son lent me one of his small playing balls, to be used as a prop to toss around to each other as questions were asked and answered. While I used many of the questions in Grahame’s free eBook, I also used this as an opportunity to integrate some additional very well-thought out questions that I had hoped to reveal more about them in context of their actual job.

The only rules I had for my employees–and, there were 6 of them–were the following:

  • Every one must touch the ball at least 3 times. (This rule ensured that they answered at least 3 questions about themselves….)
  • You can only throw the ball to the same person no more than 3 times.
  • NO revealing criminal offenses, drug usage, etc.
  • NO hurling the ball at anyone.
  • What is said in this room, stays in this room.
  • I am fair game.

Though time got away from me ever so slightly, it took roughly 45 minutes to do this activity with all my employees. During this session, not only did I learn alot about my employees, but they learned alot about me….not to mention, my employees had learned many things they had never actually known about the people they had worked with for years. Having received great feedback from several of my employees, doing this activity also represented something infinitely valuable and powerful: I was able to really listen, and learn about them as people. At the conclusion of this exercise, it was clear that they had valued the fact that I had valued them.

minimalistworkday#19) Minimalist Workday: 50 Strategies for Working Less – by Everett Bogue – Following along the same minimalist principle vein as the previously mentioned Focus: a Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction, as mentioned within Part #1 of this article series, this free eBook delves deeply into the idea of drastically reducing the length of your work day simply by applying minimalistic tactics to your life. To many, it may seem impossible that the 2-hour workday that the author proposes is even possible. Similary, to me, this notion seems to run along a similar line as what the 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris–a paid book mentioned here–initially proposed when it was published way back in 2007. While the sheer numbers involved alone would imply an actually longer workweek when Everett Boque’s 2-Hour Workday (i.e. 2 hours/day X 7 days/week = a 14-Hour Workweek) is pitted against Timothy Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek), the concepts and principles conveyed in both are similar and are structured to also incur a similar goal: a fundamental streamlining of daily workload by eliminating actions and tasks that incur little to no benefit.

Tactical Takeaway #1: “Working less isn’t lazy, in fact I’d like to argue that working MORE is lazy. Why? Because if you work for eight hours just out of habit, you aren’t making tough choices in order to maximize your business and get things done.” — Pg. 6 (of 30)

Tactical Takeaway #2: “No business exists without providing a valuable resource for people to invest money in. You need to offer something that gives people value, quality, and usefulness.” – Pg. 8 (of 30)

CIRY_Sidebar#20) Can I Retire Yet?: the Journey to Financial Independence (Save More. Invest Smarter. Retire Sooner.) – by Darrow Kirkpatrick — As the title of this free eBook alludes to, this eBook is essentially a comprehensive exploration into the fundamentals of retirement. While revisiting some of the core fundamental principles (i.e. reduce expenses/increase income) rehashed relentlessly throughout cyberspace, I not only appreciated the quality and depth of Darrow’s writing, but I also felt he had a profound handle on the material he presented. By injecting a bit of a historical context regarding the evolution of retirement itself, I do think that he successfully managed to elegantly establish a highly professional, expert-like, tone, through this material. As a 19-page free eBook, I do believe that this was a strong, commendable, effort to answer the question “Can I Retire Yet?”.

Tactical Takeaway #1: “Anybody who says you can retire on much less than a million is either assuming a pension and retiree health benefits that the majority of us baby boomers will not enjoy, or is advocating an “extreme frugality” lifestyle that many of us would not elect by choice, or is ignorant of the actual prospects for our U.S. economy and economic growth in general over the coming decades. And anybody who says you need many millions to retire, is probably assuming you’d rather work indefinitely than make some modest lifestyle adjustments, or is caving in to fears that the social safety net will evaporate completely.” – Pg. 2 (of 19)

Tactical Takeaway #2: “Retirement is a relatively new concept: until midway through the last century, there simply wasn’t enough accumulated wealth on our planet to support extended retirement for most human beings. Most recently we’ve experienced a “baby boom” of once younger workers and other favorable demographics allowing for longer and more carefree retirements for the previous generation. Now the pendulum is swinging back. For the baby boom generation of 79 million, “retirement” will probably have a very different character. It is likely to be longer, more active, roiled by changing economic and social conditions, and punctuated with some form of work.” – Pg. 3 (of 19)

Tactical Takeaway #3: “To get serious about retirement planning, you simply must have an accurate picture of the range of your monthly living expenses. You should understand your bare minimum or fixed expenses, your average expenses, and your ideal expenses — allowing for some luxuries.” – Pg. 5 (of 19)

While we continually add to this post, and ultimately to this series of blog posts, we encourage you to keep visiting! It is our intent to update these blog posts with a new entry at least daily. By all accounts, we really hope that you will consider the work-in-progress nature of this blog post to be akin to publishing new blog posts all together. There is much more we will be adding over the next days and weeks!

In the meantime, feel free to jump back to our first post in this article series!:

1,001 Free eBooks that You Must Read to Succeed (at Just About Anything!) (eBooks #1 to #10) — Part #1

 

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