ResourcesResources for success in life and business.
Reading books exercises your imagination muscle, which promotes creativity. Its also the easiest way to learn from any mentor you want, past or present. Here are my top recommendations for you on amazon. If you want to watch a LIVE video of me explaining why I recommend the books below then go ahead and click here and if you want, comment down below what books you recommend in the comment section below on YouTube. By the way, if you don’t have time to read, or you like to listen to audio while on trips. Try audible for a month free by clicking here until the end of 2018, and get 2 free audio books as well.
The Magic Of Thinking Big by David Schwartz – This book was recommended to me by one of my mentors “Mario Dorizas” mentioned in two of my books. He lent it to me and I had a week to read it. I was half way through when he took it back, so I bought it from amazon. Amazing read.
Contagious by Jonah Berger – This book opened my mind in what makes things go viral and upped my marketing game. So good, I brought the book as well as the audio book to listen to in my car!
Tube Ritual Volume 1 by Brian G Johnson – If you want to succeed on YouTube then this book will open the door of video success! Brian talks about engagement, video strategy, the YouTube algorithm and how to use it, as well as s.e.o, mentality and much more. A must buy if you are serious on YouTube.
The Closers Part 3 by Ben Gay III & Paul Democritou – This book is the third edition the original sales bible, The most famous and powerful books on closing sales ever written by living legend ben Gay III. I am proud to have co-authored this book with Ben and call him my mentor.
Success I.A.O by Paul Democritou – My first book I wrote and published while I was fighting cancer, getting chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant. This book is all about how to succeed in life and business and the only book that features action plans for you to make money, even starting with zero capital.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie – If you want to succeed in life you need to learn how to sell and you need to learn how to talk to people. Here is a fun fact, most people do not! They thing they know! This is a book summary that should be a quick and pleasant read.
How to Fail at almost Everything & Still Win Big by Scott Adams – This is an amazing book that teaches you how to climb the ladder of success, even while failing. Scott failed his way to the top and it is a great example of mindset and persistence, even when all odds where against him. Including health. Written by the author of Dilbert. A very nice and funny read.
48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene – Power is something that you should seek or at the very least protect yourself from. This book teaches you how to use tactics proven by leaders in history to your advantage in business.
The Definitive Art of Body language by Allan & Barbara Pease – Body language is the key to sales. We communicate over 65% non verbally with other people. This book will teach you how to read people but also how to read yourself. A must if you are in sales. Which you should be!
Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss – This is a book I am currently reading while writing these books on success and I must say it blew my mind. Written by a top FBI negotiator it teaches you to negotiate using psychology and terminology that works even in the most difficult of situations. If you need to learn how to negotiate as if your life is depending on it. This is the book to read.
The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone – Here is a book that will shift your mindset, motivate you and get you to do what you need to do to succeed. This is one of my favorite books.
How to Sell a Pen by Paul Democritou – Surprise!
YouTube Home Studio
I get asked what I use to make my videos on YouTube all the time. Here is the exact hardware I use for making video, along with a more budget friendly alternative that I have used in the past. By the way, don’t forget to scroll down and check out the software I use for video production as this is vital, especially for YouTube.
Camera: There is a reason top YouTuber’s and myself use the Canon 80 D the reason is its fast auto tracking, face recognition and flip out screen. When you are recording yourself you cant worry about focus and all that stuff. Sure there are other cameras out there but they are better suited for other use cases.
An alternative to the Canon 80 D I used in the past was the Canon 750 D or The T6i in the US. As a desktop camera for live streams I now use the Logitech BRIO 4K, Webcam. But for a very long time I used the Logitech C930e and with the proper lighting it was more than enough. Still, the BRIO does bring much more quality.
Sound: The most important part of video is sound. Think about it! if you watch a bad video and the sound is good you can still watch it, but if you cant hear it or the sound is bad there is no hope. I use the Rhode NTG4 Plus as a shotgun mic, and the Zoom H5 to record my sound off camera (which you should be doing) but also as a USB microphone.
Lately I added the Zoom SGH-6 shotgun capsule, and use it as a shotgun mic as well, instead of the Rhode NTG4. That’s how good it is!
Lighting: With the right lighting you can film on your mobile device or any camera you have around and it will look 10 times better than a great camera with poor lighting. I personally use a couple of Yongnuo YN 900 led lights have both warm and white light output matched with a foldable diffuser I also use a Neewer photo ring light for traveling and for mobile video.
I also just recently ordered a Neewer super slim led light for lighting me up when I live stream on my desk, along with this Neewer Arm Swivel Clamp Clip Mount to hold it. A more affordable solution I would be this Neewer soft box kit which does the trick!
Run and Gun: You may have noticed many times, I am making videos from hotels, or various places around the world. I hate traveling heavy, so I tend to make these videos all on my iPhone 7. I use the Rhode Smart Lav Plus for sound, alternatively you can use the Shure MV88 Shotgun mic. I try to use natural light whenever available. But of not, this portable multi-function mini led light does the trick!
Sometimes I use the Zhiyung Q Handheld stabilizer instead of my trusty Arkon Mount, that eliminates shakiness completely, and you can get film quality shots with. This is also a stabilizer that can easily attach to your sound source, and no software updating and mind numbing calibration techniques are needed!
Home Studio: For my black white background scenes, I use this awesome Oval Pop Out Backdrop and I do not recommend you go cheap. This pops out, can be taken with you or put away, and I have fixed this Heavy Duty Metal Clamp Holder on my wall, so I can just hang it on my wall in front of my white board, and take it down when I am not using it. No wrinkles, no stands and heavy equipment, no stress! I also use these Neewer Quick Release on my light stands and my trusty Arkon Mounts.
Software: If you are not using TubeBuddy for YouTube then you are not going to reach the next level. This tool is used and recommended by the TOP YouTuber’s and it helps rank your videos and do various bulk tasks. Get it for free here.
As for editing software I use Premier Elements anything else is overkill and too confusing. For sound cleaning when needed, I use Audacity which is an amazing free program. Finally for live streaming I use another free program OBS.
Hosting & Email Marketing: Finally I use Inmotion-Hosting for my websites and Get-Response for my email marketing, landing pages, webinars etc. I do not find any reason to use anything else as these work and their service is amazing.
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