Book Review & Giveaway: Artt of the Black Card by Anthony Ryan Sadana

Artt of the Black Card: No Bullsh*t Guide to Business by Anthony Ryan Sadana

Publisher:  Artt Press (January,  2020)
Category: Self-help, Motivational, Entrepreneurship, LBGTQ, Business, Memoir, & Non-Fiction

ISBN: 978-1734311006
Available in Print and ebook, 140 pages

“The Artt of the Black Card” is a fresh, concise, irreverent instruction manual on how to succeed as an entrepreneur based on the author’s own original insights and his risk-taking record as a businessman and innovator. This is not a cookie-cutter business book filled with tired advice and worn-out clichés. “The Artt of the Black Card” is a contrarian guidebook for a new generation of business owners and leaders — anyone with the smarts, guts and passion for making money. You don’t need an MBA to get rich, and “The Artt of the Black Card” proves it.

Employing nine vital work/life lessons using the exclusive and legendary American Express Black Card, aka the Centurion Card as a framework, author and serial entrepreneur Anthony Ryan Sadana explains how to make money while the world around you is going to hell  and emerge stronger than ever. It’s the perfect antidote to today’s extraordinary challenges.

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Guest Review by Sage Nor

‘The Artt of the Black Card: No Bullsh*t Guide to Business’ by Anthony Ryan Sadana is a financial guidebook like no other. Sadana’s straightforward talk and decisive writing style taught me more about business in the span of a couple of chapters than similar books that I have read managed to do overall.

Sadana is an entrepreneur who talks about getting his start in the business world by selling microwave dinners to his friends in boarding school as a kid. With such business savvy at such a young age, it’s no wonder that Sadana would later go on to experience the success that he has in life.

One of my favorite messages in the book comes pretty early on, in the first chapter when he talks about never brushing off anyone that you meet. Never assuming that someone is worthless to you as a contact just because they don’t seem to be connected on their own. There is a lot of great advice in this book and I really appreciated how Sadana made it relevant to today’s market. He gives advice about using things like Craigslist and Facebook in a way that a lot of older financial advice books obviously don’t.

Of course, like anyone, Sadana has made his fair share of bad deals and he devotes time in this book to talking about them, and what he learned from them in a candid way. He claims that he has learned more from losing money than by making money, a feeling I’m sure most of us can identify with.

Overall, this book was informative, witty and easy to understand. I read through it quickly and was left with a sense that I had really learned something from it, which I can always appreciate from a self-help book. Definitely not one to miss! I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I received the e-book for my honest opinion.

Other Praise for the book

“Irreverent, honest, and right on the money. Powerful business insights from a man who’s seen itall. If you want to make a lot of money on your own terms, this is the book for you.”– Robert F. Burris, Film/TV Producer

“Incredible book; every person looking to be successful in business needs to read this book. The story is engaging and educational. Not a long read, perfect for reading on a plane or train ride. You will ask yourself why you have not followed this advice before. Cannot say enough about this book; read it as soon as you can.”– Julio Garcia, MD

“Anthony Ryan Sadana has no difficulty speaking his mind in The Art of the Black Card. And he has no filter on his voice or words, which perhaps describes “the no-BS guide to business” that serves as subtitle.
His message is positive. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and fail. It happens to the best of us. When hardships occur, as they inevitably will, be prepared to lift yourself off the ground and get back in the game. No excuses allowed. Learn from the experience and work harder (and smarter) next time.
Sadana’s experiences bring to mind a couple of lines from the Van Halen song, Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love – “I been to the edge, an’ there I stood an’ looked down, you know I lost a lot of friends there, baby, I got no time to mess around.”
The author’s answer to everything is to outwork the competition, to pivot when necessary to find new sources of income. There is a confidence to his voice that some may mistake for arrogance. Whatever you call it, he has discovered ways to channel that trait and his own savvy to become a successful entrepreneur who has overcome multiple setbacks, one of which left him flat broke and millions in debt. Several of his lessons, his roller-coaster life and his willingness to lay it all on the line make this a fascinating and worthwhile read.”-Brian Rouff, Imagine Communications and Author

“Authentic, to-the-point, easy to read because of its anecdotal style. Sometimes funny, sometimes controversial, sometimes preachy, sometimes arrogant. Not for the easily offended. Has some very honest truths and good points about how the business world really works.”-Christina, Amazon

About the Author

At the tender age of 23, Anthony Ryan Sadana received an exclusive invitation to apply for the fabled no-limit American Express Black Card, which represented, in his mind, “the pinnacle of my financial success and the ultimate recognition for measuring any sort of achievement against your peers.”

A scant two years later, he found himself flat broke and millions of dollars in debt. Today, this entrepreneur, innovator, author and influencer enjoys a multi-faceted, successful career on a global scale in a wide range of businesses. He’s run retail operations, consults for large and small companies, owns his own real estate investment organization, and is involved in a series of high-ly profitable online ventures.

Sadana’s hard-won knowledge and insights, applied properly and with the right amount of motivation, will help budding entrepreneurs and seasoned business veterans alike create their own success stories.

Sadana currently lives in Las Vegas with his faithful sheltie, Lucky.

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Giveaway

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New Releases

Hugo and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures

This children’s bereavement book ties in pictures with simple heartfelt words from Hugo’s daddy, Ric. Written as a poem and linked by colourful illustrations to capture moments, memories and feelings around the loss of Hugo’s mummy, it is also for the future.  It might just provide some help with a little one’s loss.

When Hugo lost his mummy ‘Jade’ straight after birth, many beautiful things were made for him, including a special ‘mummy cushion’ and a lavender scented teddy, which was created from one of her dresses. Hugo’s mummy t-shirts, which are hanging as buntin in his room, have been worn in many charity 10K and half marathon runs in memory. A personalised travel belt for clipping on Hugo and daddy’s backpacks reflects all the adventures to come.  The heart symbols lay on mummy’s resting place – red representing Daddy, green for Mummy and blue for Hugo. There is also a shooting star included for mummy and as hope for Hugo and Daddy’s future, the H symbol also represents this as a sign of hope and for the initials for Hugo Hart.

About the Author:

Ric Hart is father to Hugo Jaden Hart who lost his mummy shortly after birth in July 2018.  Ric lost his best friend, wife and soulmate. He is two years into his journey as a single parent and widower and has found huge inspiration, peace and acceptance from the loss of his wife by keeping her memory alive through the creation of his books and finding new hobbies and projects that he knows will make Jade so very proud and keep the fire inside him alight. 

For more on the life and love of Jade, see:  http://www.jadehartpupylove.co.uk

Excerpt from the book:

 “Hugo’s and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures” by Ric Hart is available in paperback from the following retailers:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/hugo-and-daddys-night-time-adventures/ric-hart/jacqueline-tee/9781839752018

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Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
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A change of expectations is one of the keys. 

A change of intentions is another.

About the Book:

Throughout your life, what you think, say and do are determined by emotional undercurrents running beneath your conscious level. Those undercurrents have evolved through earlier experience, some that enhance your life with pride and happiness, others that impact on the decisions you take each day without your recognizing it. Keys to Your Life invites you to see how, by releasing the disappointments from the past, you open to an excellence and a higher level of consciousness that you did not previously know was in your nature. If you are someone that wants to manifest the most excellent aspects of your nature, this is a book through which you will derive much inspiration.

About the Author:

Leon Norell is not a psychologist. He is a businessman. His qualifications for writing “Keys to Your Life” are his 80+ years’ life experience; in particular, his emotional early years, two years in the R.A.F, 60 years in the business world and a series of personal development seminars in the 1980s that changed his life.

Through his many years of experience, Leon came to recognise how people sabotage themselves in subtle ways and penalise others for their own unhappiness. He also saw how people are the authors of much of their own misfortune, and that by realising and releasing grievances and your mistakes of the past, they can achieve so much more.

Based on his own life experience, Leon’s intention in writing this book is to guide anyone who genuinely wants to advance from his or her current level of existence to a more fulfilled, meaningful and purposeful life.

If you are someone who wants to manifest the finest aspects of your nature, “The Keys to Your Life” is a book through which you will derive some valuable inspiration.

Excerpt from the Book:

 

Contents

                       A Word from the Author   
                       Introduction   

Chapter 1 Your Brain Decides
Chapter 2 You Decide
Chapter 3 Undercurrents that Drive You
Chapter 4 Your Beliefs and the Truth
Chapter 5 The Excellence of Your Nature
Chapter 6 The Release Process
Chapter 6 Toward Neutrality and Peace
Chapter 7 The Non-physical Dimension
Review your Consciousness

“The Keys to Your Life” by Leon Norell is available in paperback from Amazon at:

This inspirational book about personal development can also be downloaded in e-book format from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Leon Norell’s Literary Agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

Book Review: Joining the Dots by Alex Mathers

Using our creative skills to make money and make an impact – while staying sane – can be hard as heck…

…If you don’t know what you’re doing.

A lot has been done to help creatives and artists find success, but much of it doesn’t apply to people with ‘arty’ skills. It can be hard to understand, and some of it is downright unhelpful.

With over a decade working for himself as an illustrator, writer and coach, Alex Mathers is intimately familiar with how we can hold ourselves back.

The common thread he’s discovered in his approach to success is the need to feel alive.

Every idea in this book addresses this very human need, distilled into a handy A-Z guide.

Though none of us is perfect, the way we think consistently will move us in the right direction.

Whether you’re an artist, a designer or a writer, working for yourself or with a team, the right mindset is the difference between giving up and thriving.

These 26 concepts will help you join the dots, seeing with greater clarity what it takes to be a successful creative.

Success is in your hands.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Starting any business can be daunting and Joining the Dots: The A-Z Handbook for Making a Success of Your Creative Skills is a resource that can help you stay focused. It’s presented in an entertaining and thoughtful way, helping the reader to consider the questions that are important to being successful. It also has a place for notes at the end of each chapter which is helpful.

I’ve always tried to emphasize to my boys the importance of making your passion your profession.  Joining the Dots: The A-Z Handbook for Making a Success of Your Creative Skills is designed to help you do just that.

Just for fun, the author has arranged the concepts from A to Z, and there are adorable illustrations throughout (think quirky fruit). Anyone starting their own business to market their creative skills would definitely find Joining the Dots: The A-Z Handbook for Making a Success of Your Creative Skills an excellent resource to go back to again and again.

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About the Author

I’m Alex Mathers, a nomadic writer and illustrator, currently based in Bangkok, Thailand.

I started out drawing pictures as a young man, before studying Geography and Real Estate in London. Eventually, realising that these degrees would not help me much, I turned to creating more pictures, writing, and helping others make the most of their creative skills by sharing with them what I’ve learned as a freelance illustrator, through making many mistakes.

I’ve worked with clients like Google, Sony, Mars and the BBC.

I have written several books on attracting clients, creativity, and standing out, and have written for 99u, Design Taxi, Computer Arts, Six Revisions, and Digital Arts.

I have spoken at ICON Conference in Texas, OFFF festival in Barcelona, Behance in Tokyo, Ilustratour in Spain, DXSaigon in Vietnam, and the AOI in London.

My personal site, where I share mostly illustrations and drawings is here.

Book Review: No More Magic Wands by George Finney, JD, CISO

Title: NO MORE MAGIC WANDS
Author: George Finney
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 130
Genre: Business/Leadership/Management/Cybersecurity/Technology

 

Once upon a time, there was a company that made magic wands, but when they were hacked all the magic in the world couldn’t prevent their data from being stolen. If that company had a chance for a clean start, what would they have done differently? The unlikely hero isn’t a security guy. She’s a business elf who makes it her mission to change the way her company does business from the top down.

Most books on Cybersecurity are written for highly technical professionals, focus on specific compliance regulations, or are intended for reference. No More Magic Wands is different…it takes complex security concepts and puts them into practice in easy to read, relatable stories.

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

For most of us, the subject of cybersecurity is boring and technical but George Finney has written this book for those of us who aren’t so technical. This isn’t a reference book on cybersecurity. This is a book that anyone can read and understand. It contains stories of a magic world with elves and fairies and a business of magic wands and relates it to the business world. It’s an entertaining way to learn!

At the end of each chapter, there are key points (takeaways) and questions to ponder or discuss. The most important thing to remember is that security is everyone’s job from the top down and it should begin from the startup of the company. To implement and keep security ongoing and up-to-date, communication within and outside the company is vital.

This is a book is directed at management but I think all employees would benefit from reading it and learning how important everyone’s role is in cybersecurity.

 

About the Author

George Finney, ESQ., has worked in Cybersecurity for over 15 years and is the author of No More Magic Wands: Transformative Cybersecurity Change for Everyone. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for Southern Methodist University where he has also taught on the subject of Corporate Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Mr. Finney is an attorney and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional as well as a Certified Information Security Systems Professional and has spoken on Cybersecurity topics across the country.

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Joyful Business Planner by Kate Martin

This business planner is special. It is for small business owners like you. People that need better organization, a clearer path to follow, and a little more joy in their lives.
Your busy schedule doesn’t have time for complicated systems. Expensive software won’t work in your budget. You can’t find things in your office and it’s holding you back from success.
This book will change all of that. It will help you:
Discover the honest ups and downs of your business by analyzing your own data all in one place.
Greatly improve your chances of getting a business loan when presented to your financial advisor.
Finally, keep your business ideas and procedures truly organized and easy to access.
Work towards productive goals when you use the evaluation sections for each month, quarter, and year.
Track the progress of your business in a familiar and trusted paper format – not online.
Train employees about what matters the most in your company.
Inspire yourself to remember why you started your business in the first place.

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Being a small business owner, I was hoping that this book would give me some ideas. In fact, I was able to print the forms off and we’re going to be working on them over the next couple of weeks. My husband isn’t much for using software so being able to do this on paper will really help.

One thing I really like is the section on the Business Plan. I’ve always felt intimidated by Business Plans but this worksheet is great! There are other sections that are just as helpful for small businesses and I definitely recommend The Joyful Business Planner for any small business owner, especially if you’d like a simple plan on paper to help grow your business.

 

About the Author

Kate Martin is a Certified Professional Organizer®, secretary for NAPO Austin (the National Association of Professional Organizers), a certified art teacher and proud owner of Organized Joy LLC.

Kate has been featured on Fox 7 Good Day. She writes the OJoy organizing blog and hosts a YouTube Organizing video series. She juggles the demands of being a small business owner, wife, and mom to 2 little boys with lots of help from decorating magazines and dark chocolate.

A native New Yorker, she has moved 10 times in the last 15 years. Many of her decorating and organizing challenges in her own home are documented in her blog and YouTube videos. Take a tour and see what she can do for you!

Book Review: Giving Candy to Strangers by Stan Holden

Giving Candy to StrangersDescription

Too many sales people are focused on the end result, the outcome—the close—and another notch on their gun! But, what if you approached “sales” from a heart-centered standpoint, with curiosity and playfulness, as though the world were your sandbox?

What if you created relationships for no other reason than to help others and make new friends? I know what you are saying, “How can it not be about results when it comes to business?”

The bottom line is important, but if you detach from this burden while you are creating relationships, you will find that the health of your bottomline will improve on its own!

 

Buy the book:   Amazon    Barnes & Noble    Book Depository    Chapters/Indigo

My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Giving Candy to Strangers is all about growing your business by being a people person. Instead of focusing on making a sale, Stan Holden says that making and keeping friends is the most important thing that you can do to make sales.

The author explains how to be more outgoing, keep relationships, and even have a good time while your bottom line improves. Anyone in sales may benefit from reading Giving Candy to Strangers, whether it’s a salesman or a business owner, there’s some good advice along with common sense.

 

Author’s Bio

Stan HoldenStan Holden, owner of The LooneyBin Creative Studio, has created work for many Fortune 100 companies. As a protégé, he was first published in a national magazine during the 5th grade. A graduate of California University Long Beach, his screenplay, Rebel Without A Claus, has received a “recommend” by Disney and optioned for filming. He resides in Irvine, CA, with his wife, Reneé, and their two teenagers, Sara and William.

Connect with the author:    Website   Twitter   Facebook

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: America is an Idea and the American Dream is for Everyone by Michael Cyrus Pousti

America is an IdeaAbout the Book

From a co-founder of empowr.com comes this “Why?” story behind the massive social platform, empowr, that’s been in the making for fifteen years.

Learn exactly what drove the participants (founders, advisors, success coaches and 1,000 employees plus 100,000 alpha test users) in their gigantic moonshot project.

After meticulously discussing the “Why?” the author then delves into how empowr has been designed to exploit the exponential characteristics of the web – via its tightly-integrated democratic, economic and educational platform – to deliver opportunity to people everywhere.

The book reads like a manifesto and a manual. One can’t help but come away with newfound or elevated inspiration to dream big, take on their own moonshot project and make a massive difference on the planet.

 

Buy the book:  Amazon

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

There is a lot of information in this book. Not only is it a good resource for people who are getting ready to start a business, but also for those who have been in business for a long time. What’s different about this book, though, is that it also explains the different economies and what has affected them over the years. It states that our government is broken (I think most of us believe that) and ways that could help fix it. I agree with Mike Pousti that poverty and lack of education are two important things that need to be fixed.

The second half of America is an Idea… is about empowr and how it works, as well as the author’s vision of how it could work in the future once there are millions, or billions, of users. He believes that it could ultimately redefine the American Dream using technology and helping educate people along the way. By educating them, they will bring themselves out of poverty. It’s a wonderful idea and a great dream and I hope that his vision works.

 

 

Author’s Bio

Michael PoustiMike Pousti is the co-founder of empowr, a partnership between academia and tech entrepreneurs that’s attempting to deliver a democratized social media experience where the company is governed by its citizens.

Mike began his entrepreneurial journey when he founded his first start-up during his senior year as a computer engineering student at UC San Diego (UCSD). Employing 200 people and generating millions of dollars in profits before the age of 22, his company, Higher Educational Resources Corporation, developed the first commercially successful search engine on the Internet, known as the Arpanet.

His next start-up, Productivity Solutions Corporation, was acquired when he was 24 and two years later, Mike started CollegeClub.com, the world’s leading website for the 18-23 year old demographic.

After the dot-com crash in 2000, CollegeClub.com was acquired, and less than a week later, Mike started Phase 1 of empowr. empowr’s highly patented suite of technologies generated over $150M U.S. and today, empowr’s proprietary technologies are used by all major social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Tumblr.

While Mike remains an integral part in the daily operations of empowr, he recently relinquished his CEO position and handed over control of the company to empowr’s citizens, who formally elected their leader (and new President of empowr) via a web-based election.

 

Connect with the author:   Website

 

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Book Review: Startup by Glenn Ogura

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4-8-2014 7-52-40 PMTitle: Startup
Author: Glenn Ogura
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 486
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle

About the Book: 

Set in California’s Silicon Valley, STARTUP follows a young idealist/entrepreneur, Zack Penny, as he strives to achieve his dream of creating a new company that will launch an international revolution in technology through the creation of wallpaper-thin displays that will completely surround a viewer. Zack works for a highly successful company called Display Technik, run by CEO Allen Henley, whose vision is based on a success-at-all-costs philosophy.  Zack sees Henley as a mentor, but Zack’s philosophy favors high morals and values over Henley’s ruthless, end-justifies-the-means model of doing business.

Zack’s dream takes root one morning when he discovers an important paper has been taken from his office. Someone has exposed Zack’s secret plan to break away from Display Technik and start his own company. Henley gives Zack another chance to pledge his loyalty to the firm, but Zack resigns instead, more determined than ever to realize his vision. Soon, the optimistic if naive Zack steps into his new facility with high hopes for success. Henley, however, has already launched a plan to destroy Zack, his company, and Zack’s relationship with Henley’s daughter, Mary Anne.

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. 

Startup is a business thriller that is full of suspense. It was a little slow in a couple spots but most of the time kept my interest. There were even times that I couldn’t put it down.

The characters are well developed and realistic for the most part. I’m not sure how many people are as naive as Zack but I’m sure they’re out there. I don’t know how many times I found myself shaking my head as I read, or wanting to knock some sense into one of the characters. They sure made things interesting!

This is a very good first novel and anyone who likes suspense will enjoy it. And what an ending! It was not what I expected.

Purchase on Amazon.

 

About the Author

4-8-2014 7-51-48 PMGlenn Ogura earned a degree in electrical engineering from Queen’s University in Canada. He is currently the executive vice-president for a New Hampshire-based laser micromachining company. Glenn lives with his wife in California.  In addition to his love of writing and talking technology and the study of business ethics, he plays tennis. Startup is his first novel.

 

Visit his website at www.glennogura.com.

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It’s Spring!

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It’s finally that time of year! The garage sales, yard sales, and church sales are starting up everywhere. Missouri’s biggest annual garage sale is this weekend in Neosho, Mo. I don’t go to it because there are wall to wall people and cars. I find that it’s much better to go to other sales in this area. I stopped at a church sale on the way to work this morning and felt like a kid in a candy shop! I found 34 books to buy. Now I have to get busy putting them online today before I leave. If anyone runs across any good book sales in the Southwest Missouri area, I’d appreciate a heads up.