Betsy J Baker – Consultant

Betsy J Baker teaches and consults online businesses how to “Monetize Their Message to the Masses” – these are her good things.

Good things to read.

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. Growing up in the rural South, I especially appreciate the poignancy of this short story and can see exactly in my mind’s eye what’s taking place. I also named one of my dogs Queenie after Buddy’s dog.

EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey – Dave has a no-nonsense style that I’ve always appreciated and his take on running your own business isn’t to be missed.

See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar – Don’t wait to read or listen to Zig for a “pick me up.” Keep him nearby on your nightstand or on audio to keep motivated even when the going gets tough.

Good things to watch.

Joyce Meyer’s Everyday Living – Again, I appreciate a no-nonsense approach and Joyce lays out there on the line when it comes to enjoying your everyday life.

Breaking Bad. Quick, if you’ve never watched this series, tune up your Netflix and get going. One of the best.series.ever.

Any of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies – I’m mom to an almost 7 year old boy and these are ones that the whole family enjoys. Silly but endearing.

Good things to use.

A timer. As an online entrepreneur with only me, myself and I for accountability, I rely on a timer to help me focus and get projects done in a timely manner.

PicMonkey. Yay! Photoshop is no longer a requirement to create quality, fun graphics.

Candles. Keeps your room smelling fresh and they’re soothing to look at.

Connect with Betsy on Twitter, @BetsyJayBaker.

Tyson Reuer – writer, entrepreneur, and lover of good coffee

These are Tyson Reuer’s good things.

Good things to read.

Quitter-Jon Acuff. I read Quitter towards the beginning of last year and it really inspired me to pursue writing again. I had a passion for writing as a kid and self published two books before the age of 12 but that passion slowly died with time. Acuff brought out a fantastic truth in this book about how ‘finding our passion’ is really an act of rediscovery. What I liked most about Quitter is that it kills excuses we make that hold us back from our dreams. It challenged me to pursue writing while also giving myself with excellence to my day job. Acuff also has a christian humor/satire blog called Stuff Christians Like that I enjoy. In Quitter Jon delivers a powerful message to pursue our dreams without quitting our day job. He also delivers just enough off the wall humor to make it a fun read.

Entreleadership-Dave Ramsey. I am actually thinking of rereading this book this year because it is very applicable to me this year. I am trying to launch my own business this year and this is a great book for every entrepreneur. Dave Ramsey is a no-nonsense type guy. You either love him or hate him. I love his straightforward style and found this book full of powerful business principles. Great read if you have been in business for a long time or are just starting your first venture (like me).

Do the Work-Steven Pressfield. Reading Steven Pressfield is an experience. If you can read this book and not feel motivated to increase your hustle and productivity then I think you might want to check your pulse. Every creative person: writer, musician, artist and entrepreneur should read this book.

Good things to watch.

Once Upon a Time. My wife and I can’t get enough of this show. Don’t come in the middle of this season though. It’s worth it to go out and rent past seasons to catch yourself up. Fantastic characters and lots of unexpected moments to keep you interested.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.I am an unashamed nerd and a huge Tolkien buff so I was very excited about this movie. It did not disappoint me. I saw it in 3D Imax and even though it expensive I think it’s worth the extra cash to see it in 3D if you can.

Tangled. This is a random movie suggestion but I thought there might be some readers who (like me) are parents of young kids. I don’t know about you but it’s always good to have as many kids movies as possible. My daughter loves this one and you know what, I’ll admit it. I kind of like it too.

Good things to use.

Evernote saved my life. I feel like this app was designed just for me. I have always been a big believer in writing everything down; ideas, goals, to do lists, etc… but unfortunately this created thousands of annoying little pieces of paper. I would always lose them or just be so overwhelmed and disorganized that keeping them was really pointless. Evernote changed all of that. Now I can keep all of my little notes in one place where they are well-organized and searchable. I also love that it is web based and can sync with basically any device. I do not always have access to internet and it is nice that you can use the app offline and sync later.

Kindle Fire. I received a Kindle Fire for Christmas last year and this year I unfortunately cracked the screen on Christmas morning. I almost cried (don’t tell anyone) because I use my Kindle for everything. Not only is it great for reading Ebooks, I also use it for all of my notes when I preach or give any presentation. I have used it for everything imaginable, from email, music and blogging, to using it as a distraction tool for my toddler (a very important function).

Mail Chimp. I heard a lot of other bloggers talking about this one so I hopped on board. I was impressed. Very clean and easy to us with lots of really incredible features even on free accounts. A must have for building a great email list for your blog or business.