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Just say Next!
Just say Next!

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  1. How to tell people about your business
  2. How to run a killer startup
  3. How to beat the competition

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While not a top-ten contender, Just say Next! is a solid book (with a funny title) that strives to find middle ground bewteen rantiing-and-raving self-promotional books and good advice about sticking to your goals.

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'a' for attitude, 'c' for execution

Let's face it -- not every book has to give you important technical details. Sometimes it's just enough for a book to give you the right motivation

This book does a wonderful job of getting you in the right frame of mind for running a startup -- get out there and execute! The biggest problems startups have is that they get discouraged when things initially don't go their way.

While I really wished the book had focused more on the space between rejection and trying again -- the time where you make needed changes -- I think this is a postive and necessary book to remind us to stay in the right frame of mind if we're going to make it


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What's The Most Powerful Thing You Can Say To Yourself, If...
A Prospect Says...
"No, I'm not interested. I don't want to do that"? - NEXT!
"I tried that once, and it didn't work"? - NEXT!
"I'll wait and see how you do"? - NEXT!
"Oh, I've seen that before and I'm not interested"? - NEXT!
"I'm satisfied with my life and doing okay"? - NEXT!
Someone laughs at you because you want a better life for you and your family? - NEXT!
You're tired and feeling like giving up, even though you haven't yet reached your goal? - NEXT!
Someone puts you down and tries to steal your dream? - NEXT!
Your family and friends say you're crazy, and that thing doesn't work? - NEXT!
Someone gives you an excuse why they "can't" do the business? - NEXT!
Whether you've experienced any of these situations or not, this book can help you develop the attitude to deal with them and build a bigger business.


What is this?

A while back I wrote an article on my blog listing all the books that hackers recommended to each other from the site HackerNews. The purpose was to provide a place to list book recommendations so that people didn't have to type in the same list over and over again. (HN gets several requests for book recommendations a week. I also get at least a couple each month). It was very well received, and many posters and commenters either asked that I make a site or sent me an email asking me to do so.

How is this any different from the list on the blog?

This list has more books. This list is sortable both by what question you have and your skill level. In addition, once you sort the list, you can save the link with your sort and send it to somebody else. So, for instance, when somebody wants a book for noobs learning to program, you can make a link for that and then reuse it

How did you collect these books?

Initially the list came from Googling "best book" and taking the books from the first few pages returned. Later, I added all the books that were mentioned "You left that out!" when Jacques posted the link. While adding those books, I came across a Stack Overflow link where programmers were asked to list their favorite tech books, so I included those too.

If I ask you to put a book on here, will you?

It depends.

These books were all gathered by finding places where hackers hang out and are suggesting books to other hackers and other hackers agree with them by voting up their suggestion. If I can find an example of this for your book, I'm happy to include it.

How are the books ranked?

I did the best I could with ranking. I am sure there are many things you do not agree with. It would be possible to add voting and personal ranking -- that would make the system much better. Heck, you could rank the books yourself and use it as a customized book list to show to people who want your advice. I'd like to do that, but if I've learned anything is to not let your featureset get ahead of the users. This first version will test the waters to see what kind of interest the community might have.