RESOURCES I RECOMMEND
I am sometimes asked about the products and services that I use and recommend. In an effort to provide you with tools, resources, and sources of information, I have created this resource page. I'll keep adding to it as time goes on and I will very likely mention this page during podcasts. I currently use or have used all of the resources on this page (unless stated otherwise) and I highly recommend them. I hope you find something helpful. Enjoy!
BOOKS FOR JOB SEEKERS:
- 48 Days To The Work You Love by Dan Miller - In Any Economy, It Pays to Discover Your Calling. According to financial expert Dave Ramsey, “Few categories of our lives define us and grow us spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and as people. Our work is one of those defining areas. Sadly, a ‘j-o-b’ is what most people settle for. But as Dan Miller so powerfully points out in 48 Days to the Work You Love, a calling lights up your life.”
- What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles - This 2016 edition features the latest studies and perspectives on today’s job-market, including proven strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none. Career expert Richard N. Bolles reveals surprising advice on what works—and what doesn’t—so you can focus your efforts on tactics that yield results.
- Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron, Kelly Tieger - The time-honored classic that has already helped more than a million people find truly satisfying work--is now updated to include jobs in today's hottest markets, including health services, education, and communications technology. This fifth edition is especially useful for millennials and for baby boomers experiencing midlife career switches. The book leads readers step-by-step through the process of determining and verifying Personality Type. Then it identifies occupations that are popular with each Type, provides helpful case studies, and offers a rundown of each Type's work-related strengths and weaknesses. Focusing on each Type's strengths, DO WHAT YOU ARE uses workbook exercises to help readers customize their job search, ensuring the best results in the shortest period of time.
- StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath - Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are, you don't. Loaded with hundreds of strategies for identifying and applying your strengths, this updated book will change the way you look at yourself--and the world around you--forever. I used this book several years ago to get me started on my new future.
- The One Thing by Gary Keller - The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results in every area of your life - work, personal, family, and spiritual. I just finished this book at the time I write this and already it has helped me focus on my priorities.
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter. By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy – instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.
- The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau - Reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future. This was the book that got me started thinking about creating this podcast and it is chock full of very interesting ideas. Your ideal business may not be in the book, but it will sure give you a lot of things to think about.
- Think and Grow Rich: by Napoleon Hill a classic and a best-selling book on motivation and positive mind set. Guest Rick Knight mentioned this book in episode 005
PRODUCTIVITY & BUSINESS:
- A2Hosting.com web hosting service - Are you starting a blog or website and do you need great website hosting and support? A2Hosting.com is the service that I use for some of my websites and that I recommend to you. They have a variety of hosting plans that will suit virtually any size website. I used to use another hosting service, but found that their telephone technical support level has kept going downhill. Being a technology guy myself, I expect a lot from technical support and A2Hosting.com has been meeting my needs very well. Give it a try. If you aren't sure of which plan, reach out to me using the contact form.
- Dropbox - I used the free option of this online electronic file cabinet to store lots of my files for years. My storage requirements have grown, so I now have a paid plan. Same great service. It also serves as a backup location for files so that I never lose anything important. I can access files stored in Dropbox from any computer connected to the internet, as well as my iPad and iPhone (yes, I am an Apple fan as well as a bowhunting fan)
- Evernote - I am using the premium version of this service now, but I used the free version for years. This great tool enables me to save web pages, pictures, and most any kind of information in a filing system that fits my needs. I may create a separate post where I can go into more details about Evernote.... someday.....
- Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i scanner - this scanner is great for all-purpose scanning and the really great news is that it is compatible with Evernote so that you can scan single sided or double sided documents directly into a new note.
- WordPress - If you are going to build a website, then this is a great system to get started with. In a previous life I built websites for clients using another popular system, but it was much more complex and it had a big learning curve. Stay tuned on this item, because I'll soon be adding a list of free resources where you can get started learning how to install and use WordPress.
- 1Password - This is password management software for both Mac and Windows computers. I use this to store ALL of my passwords and important information securely.
- Podcaster's Paradise - If you have any thoughts about creating your own podcast like I am doing, then this is a great, great place to begin. I am a member of this program and it contains everything you need to get a podcast up and running quickly. One of the benefits of Podcaster's Paradise is the super great community of other podcasters accessible within a private forum and a private Facebook page.
- Internet Business Mastery Academy - Please don't think that I am really smart to know how to do all that I'm doing with my website and podcast. I'm not that smart, but I am smart enough to know to turn to EXPERTS in their field to learn from. Jeremy and Jason are the two guys who started this training program about 5,000 students ago! Their IBMA training program continues to be a leader in the area of internet related businesses and I have them to thank for getting me focused and moving ahead. As I recall, one of the reasons I have used the word "Freedom" in Bowhunting Freedom is thanks to some of the early training sessions where you are led through a series of exercises to get to the core of what you want out of your life, what is important to you, and what do you really want to do? For me, the answer is simply to help other guys avoid making career decisions.
The following is a list of the equipment I use to produce the Bowhunting Freedom podcast:
- Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
- Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
- Logitech Clearchat Comfort/USB headset H390
- Mackie ProFX8v2 8-Channel Professional FX Mixer with USB
- Roland R-05 Studio WAVE/MP3 Recorder
- Griffin Technology iMic USB Stereo Input and Output Audio Adapter
- Neewer Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand with Shock Mount and Built-in XLR Male to Female Cable
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links. There is no additional cost to you and I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. I recommend these companies because I believe they are great products, that I use myself or have used and that will be beneficial to you. Please only purchase these products if you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.