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However, it will also remind those of us already in business why we started in the first place! You’ll be reconnected with your passion. It’s written as an 8-part mentoring session, so the language is very reassuring, but the harsh truth of running a business is laid out in plain language.
By the end of the book (or before) you’ll know if you’re cut out for this whole entrepreneurship thing or not. You’ll know if your idea is in line with your passion and aligns positively with all aspects of your life. Deep stuff, really. Important stuff. You’ll have access to free resources, tips and worksheets.
My favorite feature are the powerfully inspirational quotes found throughout the book.
You even get to help other entrepreneurs when you purchase a copy (quoted from the SYWTBAE website):
“I plan to donate the proceeds from the sale of this book to an organization that I feel is making a meaningful difference, the Grameen Foundation. Grameen Foundation is a US-based nonprofit that seeks to empower the world’s poorest people to lift themselves out of poverty with dignity through access to financial services and to information. Learn more at www.grameenfoundation.org”
Find out if you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur, or develop a sharper focus on the vision and future of your current business. Either way, you’ll come away thinking about yourself in ways you never have before.
“Many people say they want to own a business, be an entrepreneur, create
the next big start-up, but until you’ve really done it, you have no idea
what it’s like.
This book will force you to ask yourself the really hard questions about
what becoming an entrepreneur really means and whether it’s really for
Should be a great place to start before you start.” John Jantsch
excellent book about entrepreneurship
Even though I have many years of entrepreneurship experience in different
countries. Entrepreneurship requires a lot of work and efforts, and sometime
I think if I want to be an entrepreneur in ten years. This book helps
me to answer this question positively. I refer my co-founders and employees
to this book as well.
The real deal, 10 Aug 2008
A key part of being an entreprenuer is having the right attitude. This
book helps you work out whether you’ve got it, whether you want it, and
how to go about getting it!
practical advice for the budding entrepreneur, 12 Aug 2008
B. Cooper(London, UK)
A super book for any budding entrepreneurs; clear, concise and easy to
read with lots of valuable advice.
So you want to be an Entrepreneur?, 10 Jun 2008
A. M. Powell “Personal Trainer” (cheltenham, Gloucestershire,
Interesting and also motivating. Filled with positive quotes and useful exercises/sessions
that will help you turn your business and personal dreams into reality.
Well written and easy to read.
a clever book this is!, 26 Jun 2008
What a clever book this is! Most other books I have read give lots of advice
– too much to comprehend. This book helps the reader to look within oneself.
It will help you to learn whether being an entrepreneur is for you. I am
in business and it has given me confidence to know that I am already doing
the right thing.
Well written and easy to read. The exercises are simple and very effective.
A must read for every `would be entrepreneur’!
great insight in this motivating book & do some good in the world,
30 Jun 2008
Entrepreneurship is a very risky business – literally – and this book pulls
no punches in laying out the challenges of starting your own business. But
it also gives every would-be entrepreneur what they really need to mitigate
that risk (beyond a sound plan or adequate investment): real insight into
their motivation, skills & talents and direction on how to fill the critical
gaps,delivered clearly & concisely. I came out much wiser about about
what it takes to succeed. I hope many more benefit from this book & by
doing so generate more donations for the Grameen Foundation(supporting the
world’s poorest people via microfinance)which receives the profits from sales
of this book.
inspiring, 27 Jun 2008
As a ‘beginner’ in business this book has really opened my eyes. It is very
well written, easy to follow and presents many real-life business cases that
one can relate to.
It encourages the reader to do various self-analysis exercises so you can
ensure you’ve got the right mind-set and tools when starting up a company.
Finally, it is very inspirational and motivating.
I’m recommending this to other budding entrepreneurs.
Great Info; For a Great Cause, August 7, 2008
Mr. Gillespie-Brown’s book is very informative for prospective entrepreneurs. He accurately details the ups and downs to be expected on the path to establishing a business and the traits required to succeed. I recommend this book for those considering starting a business and I also recommend it as a reminder to current entrepreneurs of why we started in the first place. As icing on the cake, proceeds for the book go to an organization that fosters entrepreneurs abroad.
Great Insight, July 20, 2008
Great insight into the ups and downs of starting a company. The advice is presented as a series of mentoring sessions with the author and is enlivened by providing fictional (I assume) answers from an entrepreneur considering starting a catering business. I think a great deal of the advice is relevant for any endeavor, but if you’re looking to start your own business I’d definitely pick this book up.
As an additional incentive all of the proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Grameen Foundation. This means that whatever you get out of the book and no matter what you decide personally you’ll have helped an underprivileged entrepreneur somewhere get up and running.
Great help for those questioning their work future or planning on taking the leap., July 20, 2008
This is a great book for anyone who is trying to develop a sharper focus on their work future. If you are an entrepreneur or are tempted to become one, this book is definitely as helpful, if not more than the others. Why is it possibly more helpful? Because the proceeds go to a great non-profit organization. Even if you never become an entrepreneur, you are helping to launch others. This book is also helpful for the career employee, as it helps to define you. You may discover that taking the leap is not for you, but at least you will have eliminated the doubt. Also, by applying the book, even a career worker can find an improved work scenario and hopefully be more satisfied. Basically a win-win. 5 stars.