FT11 - Awakening Your Entrepreneur Within With Michael Gerber

Posted by Mitch Joel on August 12, 2008

Welcome to episode #11 of Foreword Thinking – The Business and Motivational Book Review Podcast presented by HarperCollins Canada. Very few people have influenced me as much as Michael Gerber. His best-selling book, The E-Myth, made me rethink everything (from a business and a motivational perspective). Originally published in 1995, and now available in fifteen languages, The E-Myth Revisited has become the indispensable handbook for millions of small business owners, franchisors, and entrepreneurs alike. His latest venture is The Dreaming Room, a business that helps entrepreneurs practice a new approach to creative and strategic thinking. In addition to The Dreaming Room and speaking events, he continues to write prolifically about how to achieve business success in his highly-acclaimed books. His latest is Awakening The Entrepreneur Within. Enjoy the conversation...

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Awakening The Entrepreneur Within by Michael Gerber

Awakening The Entrepreneur Within

By Michael Gerber

FT10 – Understanding Why People Are Predictably Irrational With Dan Ariely

Posted by Mitch Joel on June 9, 2008

Welcome to episode #10 of Foreword Thinking – The Business and Motivational Book Review Podcast presented by HarperCollins Canada. Dan Ariely’s first book is the now best-selling, Predictably Irrational - The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decision. We had this conversation a couple of months before the book came out and took the world by storm. The book is fascinating and the conversation is amazing. Did you know that we repeatedly and predictably make the wrong decisions in many aspects of our lives and that research could help change some of these patterns? As a behavioral economist, Dan Ariely studies how people actually act in the marketplace, as opposed to how they should or would perform if they were completely rational. His interests span a wide range of daily behaviors such as buying (or not), saving (or not), ordering food in restaurants, pain management, procrastination, dishonesty, and decision making under different emotional states. His experiments are consistently interesting, amusing, and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom. Enjoy the conversation…

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Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Predictably Irrational

The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decision
By Dan Ariely

FT09 - Helping You Help Yourself With Beth Lisick

Posted by Mitch Joel on March 17, 2008

Welcome to episode #9 of Foreword Thinking – The Business and Motivational Book Review Podcast presented by HarperCollins Canada. Beth Lisick has published poems, essays, a short fiction collection, and also wrote a weekly nightlife column for SF Gate for eight years. Her stage and screen collaborations with writer/performer Tara Jepsen have yielded some uncomfortable moments, the most recent being a short film called Diving for Pearls which played the international film festival circuit. She also co-organizes the Porchlight Storytelling Series, a monthly show for amateur storytellers in San Francisco. Her book Everybody Into the Pool, was a New York Times bestseller and made Entertainment Weekly's list of Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2005. Her latest book about her adventures in the self-help biz is called Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, 10 Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone. Let’s dive into the world of self-help with Beth. Enjoy the conversation…

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Helping Me Help Myself by Beth Lisick

Helping Me Help Myself

One Skeptic, 10 Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone
By Beth Lisick

FT08 - Work–Life Balance With Deepak Chopra

Posted by Mitch Joel on December 20, 2007

Welcome to episode #8 of Foreword Thinking - The Business and Motivational Book Review Podcast presented by HarperCollins Canada. There is no doubt that Deepak Chopra is one of the most influential and powerful thinkers of our times. He is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind, body medicine and he continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Deepak has sold over 20 million copies of his books worldwide - with dozens of them having been on The New York Times Bestseller List. He's been on every TV show from the Oprah Winfrey Show to CNN. His latest book is Buddha – A Story of Enlightenment. We talk about business, emotions and health in the workplace. This is the real work life balance you were looking for. Enjoy the conversation.

Update: A big thank you to John Wall of The M Show and Marketing Over Coffee for fixing the audio and sending me a new copy of this conversation.

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Buddha by Deepak Chopra

Buddha

A Story of Enlightenment
By Deepak Chopra

FT07 - Getting Crazy With Ben Mezrich

Posted by Mitch Joel on October 31, 2007

Welcome to episode #7 of Foreword Thinking – The Business and Motivational Book Review Podcast presented by HarperCollins Canada. Ben Mezrich leads a pretty amazing life, and we can all live vicariously through him. As the author of Rigged and Bringing Down The House, Ben brings a very unique style to his nonfiction work. The facts are intermingled with messages of ethics, morals and how the young (with too much money) see the world. Either way, your brain will shake with amazement. Enjoy the conversation…

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  • This episode we are in conversation with Ben Mezrich
    • Author of Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai.
    • Bringing Down the House: The True Story of Six M.I.T. Kids Who Took Vegas for Millions.
    • Named People Magazine's "Sexiest Author."
    • Kevin Spacey is producing and starring in a Sony production of Bringing Down the House.
    • Court TV series titled, High Stakes with Ben Mezrich.
  • The interview runs about 17 minutes.

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Rigged by Ben Mezrich

Rigged

The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai
By Ben Mezrich
Busting Vegas by Ben Mezrich

Busting Vegas

A True Story of Monumental Excess, Sex, Love, Violence, and Beating the Odds
By Ben Mezrich