If at First You Don't Succeed...: The Eight Patterns of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

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At age nine, Cameron Johnson started an Internet company.

Pete Amico quit his job on his first day because he didn’t feel like taking orders from his boss.

Greg Herro built a successful business selling diamonds made from the carbon extracted from ashes.

If any of these people remind you of yourself, you just might have the kind of personality to take the small business world by storm.

In If at First You Don't Succeed..., Brent Bowers, the small-business editor for the New York Times reveals the eight patterns that highly successful entrepreneurs share – and what we can learn from them.

Brent Bowers, in covering small business for decades at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, has chronicled the rise and fall of hundreds of start-ups. In If at First You Don’t Suceed…, he analyzes the common characteristics shared by dozens of successful small-business owners and their companies. Drawing on extensive interviews and research, as well as on the experiences and expertise of business consultants, venture capitalists, academics, and the entrepreneurs themselves, he describes the key traits that successful entrepreneurs have in common.

Among them:

• The ability to spot and seize opportunities
• An overwhelming urge to be in charge coupled with a gift for leadership
• The flexibility to come up with creative, out-of the-box solutions to problems or obstacles
• Incredible energy and tenacity in the pursuit of their goals
• Unwavering faith in their business
• The ability to take smart risks
• The ability to bounce back from setbacks and see failure as just one step on the path to ultimate success

For anyone thinking about starting a business, or attempting a start-up a second or third time, this book offers invaluable lessons and insights.
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About the author

BRENT BOWERS has been a business editor for The New York Times for the past ten years. He was formerly a reporter and editor for The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Brewster, Massachusetts.
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Currency
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Apr 18, 2006
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240
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9780385517614
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English
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Business & Economics / Entrepreneurship
Business & Economics / Strategic Planning
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Success
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Do you want to be rich? Do you want to be successful creating something on your own? Become boss of a company with many employees? In one word, do you dream of becoming a great entrepreneur? Here, this is the book for you.

 

Written by a true entrepreneur, this book will give you an emotional jolt in motivational terms, baring you to make you understand who you are and what you really want. After he has get you going and motivated as a true coach, the author will explain in detail tricks and secrets to create a successful business from scratch. Then, after he revealed all the secrets of the greatest entrepreneurs of the last generation, to ensure that you will get inspiration, he will give you a number of entrepreneurial potentially millionaire ideas that you'll have only to start.

 

Ultimately, if you are a person with positive and optimistic nature, if you have a dream and want to achieve it, in this book you'll find a guide and a beacon to keep always by your side.

 

Learn:

 

. how to realize your millionaire dreams

. what are the essential qualities of a successful entrepreneurs

. how to become a visionary entrepreneur as Steve Jobs

. how to think big without letting others limit you

. how to design a winning business project

. how to make your start up to take off

. how to maximize your marketing resources

. where you can find funds for starting your business

. how to interpret the future creating new people's needs.

. all the secrets of new millionaire entrepreneurs

. how to become millionaire with the Internet

. how to become a famous entrepreneur

. the secret of the sun in the pocket

. what kind of entrepreneur you are

 

 

In conclusion: if a book to become rich, wishful thinker, resourceful exists... it's this one.

 

It starts out as a simple idea by someone liberated from conventional thinking and the beaten path. With perseverance and dedication, it gains momentum and rapidly becomes a viable concept. As it evolves, it grows into an adventure and becomes the mission. The entrepreneur in charge is now poised to turn the original idea into a phenomenal commercial achievement. And this is where the epic story of success begins.

As is demonstrated in this book, the exceptional entrepreneur need not have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Or to have been a graduate from an Ivy League school. Or to have been equippped with an outsize cerebrum. Far simpler and primal qualities will aid him in his pursuit and attaining a position in the pantheon of the super-successful. To succeed on the treacherous path of business, the model entrepreneur embarks on a journey of self-discovery and never stops. He also composes and perfects a strategy that is essential to accomplishing his mission.

Based on firsthand knowledge and practical experience, in this book, we follow the model entrepreneur from his youth all the way to his twilight years. Along the way, we witness a remarkable journey as we watch the making of an exceptional individual and an extraordinary accomplishment. We observe that, while still in his twenties, he impresses the onlookers with his prolific ideas and practical solutions. In his thirties, he dazzles his investors and benefactors with his strategic genius and business savvy. He reaches his forties only to astound his rivals and admirers alike by devising and executing brilliant expansionary plans and showcasing organizational and managerial expertise. He reaches his fifties and demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities, in addition to an exemplary vision reborn and a strategy refined. He is still breaking molds, but now he also has become an icon. We are still with him as he moves into the next phases of his illustrious life, passes the torch, and shares the wealth and power he has accumulated.

This book is a chronicle of the model entrepreneur at his best. It is also an inspiration to those who want to follow in his footsteps and become the next business titan.
For those who believe there is more...

More. Isn't that what we all want? More money, more time, more energy. Common sense tells us that to get more of any of these things we need to invest what we have now for a return in the future, yet we continue to pour our resources down the drain day after day, year after year, in a blaze of self-gratifying consumption. 

The self-investment mentality is about realising the potential for self-improvement in the most mundane and seemingly insignificant of life's occurrences, actions and events, like eating a particular food, meeting a new person, buying a new pair of jeans or reading a book.  It is the realisation that all these things are deeply but subtly linked into a virtuous circle of personal growth which, if harnessed correctly, can eventually lead to increased resources of time, energy and money.  It is not always about changing behaviour; more often it is concerned with changing mindset to allow growth and resources to flow freely.

More energy, more time, more money...

The principles of self-investment are about treating expenditure of your resources (including, but not limited to, money) in a different way, particularly in relation to investment of those same resources. The philosophy that I'm going to describe is about achieving your own goals and objectives, happiness and fulfilment even, through a mentality of self-investment. That means dedicating significant, if not the overwhelming majority, of your resources to your growth as an individual. Of course, your own programme of self-investments is going to be totally individual - I'm not going to encourage you to spend time, money or effort on any one thing in particular. What I am going to try to convince you to do is to deeply reconsider what you class as an investment and what you class as consumption, or perhaps even waste, in light of a new understanding of how different expenditures can impact your life in very subtle, but profound ways.

Part 1:  Redefining Investment and Consumption

First, we'll throw out old, preconceived ideas of what constitutes 'frivolous' consumption as opposed to 'sensible' self-investment, always and only with reference to you, the individual. We'll learn to recategorise consumption and investment as they truly manifest themselves. More importantly, we'll learn that almost anything can be a self-investment given the right mentality and life situation. It all depends on you.

Part 2:  The Enabling Resources

Next, well take a detailed look at the specific ways in which self-investment gets us one step closer to our goals by increasing our arsenal of potent tools and personal traits, like knowledge, health, motivation, self-esteem, contacts and belief. These are the intermediate resources that eventually lead back to time, life-energy and money.

Part 3:  The Infrastructure of Self-Investment

Finally, we'll seek to understand the silent, almost invisible mechanisms by which personal growth and success emerge once you accept the power of self-investment. This means a change in mindset. We'll also examine the more practical elements of living the self-investment philosophy and how to adapt your life-setup..

“As unique as it is valuable, [8 Patterns of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs] achieves where so many business books fail. It provides practical advice for individuals . . . [I]t delivers what few business books ever aspire to achieve—wisdom regarding business and decision making, within a special context: start-up firms.”
—From the Foreword by Carl Schramm, president and CEO, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

At age seven, Cameron Johnson sold tomatoes door-to-door from his family’s farm. Pete Amico quit his job on his first day because he didn’t feel like taking orders from his boss.Greg Herro built a successful business selling diamonds made from the carbon extracted from ashes. If any of these people remind you of yourself, you just might have the kind of personality to take the small business world by storm. In 8 Patterns of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs, Brent Bowers reveals the eight patterns that highly successful entrepreneurs share—and what we can learn from them. In covering small business for decades at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Bowers has chronicled the rise and fall of hundreds of start-ups. In this book, he draws on extensive interviews and research, as well as on the experiences and expertise of business consultants, venture capitalists, academia, and the entrepreneurs themselves, to describe the key characteristics shared by dozens of successful small-business owners and their companies. Among them:

The ability to spot and seize opportunities
An overwhelming urge to be in charge coupled with a gift for leadership
The flexibility to come up with creative, out-of-the-box solutions to problems or obstacles
Incredible energy and tenacity in the pursuit of their goals
Unwavering faith in their business
The ability to take smart risks
The ability to bounce back from setbacks and see failure as just one step on the path to ultimate success

This book offers invaluable lessons and insights for anyone thinking about starting a business or attempting a start-up a second or third time.
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