Motivational & Inspirational Books for Web Marketers

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In this blog Effective Offline Marketing the discussion started off about ways to promote your website but several of the posts contained recommendations for good books about sales and marketing.

I thought it would be nice to discuss here what books and quotes people find inspiring. Working in this industry we are at the cutting-edge of technology. Beings geeks we try to automate everything. The Internet permeates our whole lives. Yet, however, high-tech the rest of my life I still believe there is no substitute for a good book. This industry probably has more ups and downs the most. You need to stay positive throughout. A good, inspirational book is as much a part of my kit as my laptop. It would be good to hear what book and quotes keep you guys going when Google kills all your sites!!


  • Dot.con - John Cassidy (what NOT to do)
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
  • The Perfect Store: Inside eBay - Adam Cohen (some good ideas for business growth)
  • Awaken the Giant Within - Anthony Robbins
  • Unlimited Power - Anthony Robbins
  • How to Win Frieds and Influence People - Dale Carnegie (still relevant today)
  • The Beermat Entrepreneur - Mike Southon
  • Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time - Howard Schultz

Favourite motivational book:

Think and Grow Rich - Napolean Hill (the old ones are the best. This book is as relevant today as when it was first published in the 1930's)


Few Good Quotes

Galileo: “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself”

Chinese proverb – “A man without a smiling face must not open a shop”

Neitzsche - "That which does not kill you makes you stronger"

Albert Einstein - "Anyone who has never made a mistake
has never tried anything new"

Emerson - "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"


I also strongly recommend a book called the "E-Myth Revisited" by Michael E. Gerber if you own your own business or are thinking about it.

Almost scary how accurate his description of how technical people start up their own businesses, get overloaded, mess up how to fix it, and eventually either give up or lead extremely stressed lives. (sound familiar to anyone?)

A client of mine recommended it to me, and now I'm passing to recommendation on...


Getting Things Done

E-Myth is good. I just finished reading "Getting Things Done" (GTD), by David Allen, and I'm finding it has really good nitty gritty ways to implement systems that will tie in with what I learned from E-Myth.
Another good one by David Allen is "Ready for Anything". Lots of food for thought.

I agree, Gerber's description of technical people is scary, and spot on. You think, OMG, that's me/us! The E-Myth book gives you a lot of things you need to do/create, but when you're faced with overload, you see this mountain of things, don't know where to start, and freeze. (or you're just so busy you can't get to it)

For me the Allen book gave me the specific 'how to' to organize my stuff (stuff = projects, tasks, things you want to do, have to do, etc.) and set up a system that will work for me. It's making it much easier to address all those things that E-Myth suggests about setting up systems and "the way we do it here" - at least that's what I'm finding. In a nutshell: Get yourself together first.

Hope that helps someone else.


Thanks Lisa! :)....I

Thanks Lisa! :)

{goes off to Amazon to buy "Ready for Anything"}....

I can also recommend the 7 Habits book by Covey.

BTW, for the research-impaired (or lazy, take your pick) here are some links to the above mentioned books, etc (Amazon, non-affiliate links):


I'll add

Slack - Tom DeMarco

"This is not just a book that will confirm your suspicions, and reassure you that you are not the one who is going mad. It's a simple, easily-understood message that everyone in business needs to hear."

Permission Marketing

Seth Godin

Build relationships with customers with quality marketing and communication.

I'll give another vote for E-myth and the Dale Carnegie book too. Very good stuff.

Michael Gerber

Thanks for the recommendation guys. I've not read any Michael Gerber but a friend recommended him after going to one of his seminars. I think I will definitely get some of books now judging by comments above. I'm off to do some shopping!!

Why is I can never go to Amazon and just buy a few things? I always end up buying about 25 books...and some games...and some other things...etc...etc!!

another good book

Success through a positive mental attitude also by Napolean Hill

an old book but very good reading

another book and some quotes


Great discussion!

I have to agree Anthony Robbins is a great motivation writer. I read one of his books when I was 15 and in the process of reading it again (over a decade later…seems I have forgotten some of his lessons lol )

Another book I would recommend (more on business or life strategy, but inspirational) "The Art of War" By Sun Tzu. The title is misleading. While it was written by a warrior-philosopher over 2,000 years ago, the philosopher believes war is the absolute last resort. It is considered one of the top 50 business books of all times.

A great essay I always turn to is Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay on Self-Reliance

I have a small collection of quotes I travel with. Here is a small sampling…..

"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts."
--- Winston Churchill

"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom."
--- General George S. Patton

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him."
-- Sidney Greenberg

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
-- Thomas Edison


Welcome to Threadwatch Soren! Do introduce yourself here...

I really do need to read up - trouble is, anything other than pure fantasy just bores the crap out of me, my eyes start glazing over just reading the jacket blurb...

I did read most of Jay Abraham's Getting everything you can out of all that you've got though and i found that more than useful - we modeled my mums shop on many of the concepts and the ones we made real points out of, like offering 100% money back garuntees without quibble or question. That one really paid off.

and yeah, fanstastic topic Keir!


Thanks for the continued shopping list just gets bigger!

Although I read lots of motivational books I've never been to any seminars. Apparently people walk over hot coals at Tony Robbins' seminars. Is this right? Sounds pretty cool. Anyone have any experience of this or other good seminars?

This can be sorted for you

Not had any experience walking over hot coal myself but if this is what you would like to do I am sure at Stanstead meeting in May we could get a fire going on the car park and have you walking through hot embers in no time at all :) hehe


Ha Ha, nice one Mick, but I think you need to be in just the right mental state to do that....having said that, after a few beers you never know...

The Art of War

As somebody mentioned (naturally) the Art of War earlier, i thought you might like to know that you can now read it online for free

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