Business Stripped Bare and The Weather Makers

Richard Branson – Business Stripped Bare

It’s been a while since I told you about the books I’ve been reading but I’m about to change that. A few months back I read Business Stripped Bare. It’s a business based book by Richard Branson. I’ve read all of Branson’s books and this one has to be my favourite, so far. It’s filled with useful information, motivation and inspiration for everyone, be you a business minded person or not. I had my notebook/iPhone handy at all points while reading this. I actually make sure I have a notebook handy to keep track of quotes and information I want to keep to hand.

This book is easy read, full of motivating quotes and useful business tips. It’s a book everyone should read because the tips can be applied to life as well as business.

“Don’t promise what you can’t deliver, and deliver everything you promise”

I was reading this book before I moved to manchester, so it was one of my morning reads on the train to work. I found I was getting off the train in Manchester full of ideas and determined to put them into actions. Example of action : The Plastic Garden. Edit – this company has now changed to People Staring and is run by my good friend Luca. 

So many people have ideas and plans but never put them into action. Sure it can be a little scary, but you have to get past that, you have to focus and if you’re determined I believe you can achieve whatever you want. This book helps to give you that belief and a little kick up the bum.

“Never do anything that means you can’t sleep at night”
“Money is only interesting for what it lets you do”

There is a big section on climate change in Business Stripped Bare, when I had finished reading the book I flicked over my notes and quotes and made the choice to move onto The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery.
“One of the biggest obstacles to making a start on climate change is that it has become a cliché before it has even been understood”

This is an enjoyable read and clearly explains what is actually going on within our world. The book shares explanations of the science behind everything that is happening within our world and the future of life on earth.
One thing that really stood out for me was Tim’s explanation of how the Golden Toad came to be extinct. In short, the changes that were only minor changes to us such as changes in rainfall (and more) means that the Golden Toad is no longer with us.
If you are even a little curious as to what climate change is all about, I suggest you do have a little read of this book.
I was very happy with the follow on I got from Richard Branson’s book to The Weather Makers.