Invest in Yourself – For (virtually) Free

The Internet is loaded with free resources – there’s really no excuse for not investing in yourself to make you more valuable to your boss or to your own business.  Here are some of our favorites!

Most of the podcast descriptions I took from the podcast site; they can summarize way better than I can!  On some I added my own little tidbit.

Podcasts:

Entrepreneurship Elevated (Mike Michalowicz)

A show for entrepreneurs who want to increase their profits. And since when did talking about money need to be boring?! The Profit First Podcast gets serious about money by having the most fun possible.  A variety of subjects of interest to business owners.  (I find Mike hilarious, but my friend Lee skips past the opening jibber jabber to the meat of the podcast.)

Building a Story Brand (Donald Miller)

f you’re frustrated because you struggle to get the word out about your product or service, the Building a StoryBrand podcast will help.  (They have really interesting guests that tell their stories of how they were able to tell their business stories.)

Business Done Differently (Jesse Cole)

Jesse Cole speaks with successful entrepreneurs who are standing out in business and in life by thinking differently. We believe that to stand out you have to take risks and challenge the status quo.  (The owner of the Savannah Bananas (google them, you won’t be disappointed) is the warrior of creative ideas – like Dolce and Banana underwear!)

Creative Warriors Podcast (Jeffrey Shaw)

Creative Warriors is a podcast and community for entrepreneurs, out-of-box thinkers, innovators and ambitious individuals that need creative solutions in business.  (He is entertaining, and a genuinely caring human.)

Darren Daily On Demand (Darren Hardy)

The podcast is designed to act as a companion to the DarrenDaily morning mentoring sessions. Your mobile resource to turn ideas into practice and practice into success mastery.  (I find Darren Hardy a little egocentric so I like the podcast better than the DarrenDaily email so I can pick and choose.)

Run Like Clockwork (Adrienne Dorison)

Giving you every tool you need to grow + scale your business with operational excellence, while also prioritizing your quality of life.  Great tips for everyone, not just business owners

RISE (Rachel Hollis)

Tangible and tactical tools for your life and business. (I know there are people that have issues with Rachel Hollis, but I just like podcasts that lift a person up.  This one does that.)

$100 MBA Show (Omar Zenhom)

A new kind of podcast where you simply get better at business with our practical business lessons for the real world. (This is new to me, but I like the variety of topics).

Books:

E-Myth (Michael Gerber)

Seriously, this is the ‘Dick and Jane’ of business books.  It’s a small (and kinda old) book packed with good ideas on how to be better at business.  It’s written for entrepreneurs, but I think there’s valuable information any employee can use to make herself more valuable in the workplace.

Toilet Paper Entrepreneur (Mike Michalowicz)

I think this was Mike’s first book, so it’s a little rougher than his newer books, but it (like all his books) is jammed with excellent information.  The best part of this book is the section on writing your Mission Statement.

The Go-Giver (Burg and Mann)

This appears to be corny, but it’s a book on how you can find success by giving.  For those of us with giving spirits, it’s amazing.

Never Eat Alone (Keith Ferrazzi)

Networking.  It’s a necessary evil wherever you work, at whatever level you work.  It’s not just hard, it’s impossible to do it alone.

The ONE Thing (Gary Keller)

Get this one right, and it’s life changing.

Getting Things Done (David Allen)

One of the best productivity books I’ve ever read.  Excellent handbook for project managers.

Girl, Stop Apologizing (Rachel Hollis)

There’s not a lot of groundbreaking, earth-shattering information in this book, but the section on goal setting is pretty great.  And it’s a fund porch read.  It’s not a waste of time!

Never Split the Difference (Chris Voss)

I found the author to be insufferably vain, but this is a great book if negotiating is a part of your life.  And really, whose life isn’t filled with negotiating?

 

Free (or almost free) Learning:
  • Score.org – find a mentor, take a workshop, or explore their library.  FREE
  • Khanacademy.org – this might be the coolest place on the interwebz.  Courses on math, science, economics and finance, arts and humanities, computing
  • MIT – YAH, MIT has free courses.  And not just “oh my god engineering” courses (they have those though), but art, business, and humanities.
  • Openculture.com – free books, movies, courses, and COLORING PAGES!
  • Alison.com – lots of courses and diploma programs (the diploma programs are not free, but inexpensive)
  • Udemy.com –  (not free, but like $12.99 and they have loads of promotions)
  • And of course YouTube where you can find a video on just about everything you want to learn.

The cost is minimal, all it takes is time.  If you think you’re not worth spending some time on, call me, and I’ll straighten you out!

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