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Everything I Know About Business I Learned from my Mama: A Down-Home Approach to Business and Personal Success Hardcover – June 22, 2007

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Some business books make success seem like a mystery that can only be unraveled by smooth-talking Harvard MBAs. The fact is, you can learn pretty much everything you need to know about business from your mama . . . or Tim Knox's mama.

If you could combine the business acumen of Steven Covey with the down-home humor of Jeff Foxworthy, you'd have millionaire entrepreneur and former comedian Tim Knox. In Everything I Know About Business I Learned from My Mama, Knox offers a refreshingly funny account of his rise from backwoods poverty to wealth and success. Along the way, he presents commonsense lessons on the basics of business—lessons learned from owning and operating businesses in the real world, not in some business school fantasyland.

Knox might be funny, but his message is pretty serious—you're responsible for your own happiness, not the world, not those around you. Just you. If you believe in yourself and your abilities, and you accept responsibility for your own life, achievement and fulfillment is right around the corner. If you're waiting for success to find you, you'll need a much longer book to keep you busy while you wait. Instead, follow the ancient advice of mamas the world over: If you work hard, treat people right, and use your common sense, you can be anything, do anything, accomplish anything.

To succeed in life and in business, all you really need to do is listen to your mama. Tim Knox did, and in this book is what he learned. Part memoir, part self-help, and part business how-to manual, Everything I Know About Business I Learned from My Mama serves up world-class, Southern-fried business advice—with a side order of common sense. Dig in and see how far Tim's mama's advice can take you.

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Everything I Know About Business I Learned from My Mama

"Not your typical success book by any means. It's laugh-out-loud funny, full of great stories and outstanding business ideas, and has real heart. This is one I would spend my money on!"
—Larry Winget, New York Times bestselling author of It's Called Work for a Reason! and star of the A&E hit reality series Big Spender

"Every now and then I find a book that is so inspiring I immediately start making a list of all the people I know who must have a copy. Everything I Know About Business I Learned from My Mama is one of those books."
—Dan Miller, author of 48 Days to the Work You Love

"This book is a great combination: both entertaining and educational. You'll get some terrific ideas and insights and have so much fun in the process, you might not even realize you're learning. I recommend it."
—Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor

"This is one of those rare books that works on every level. Knox is an absolute pleasure to read, his stories are joyfully engaging, and there's a business lesson on every page. I enthusiastically recommend that you get this book immediately. Like me, you won't put it down until you've reached the last page. Hey, Tim, write another one soon!"
—Joe Calloway, author of Work Like You're Showing Off!

"Think of this book as Jeff Foxworthy meets Donald Trump. You get all of The Donald's wisdom dished up in some of the most hilarious business adventures ever described. Only Tim would learn a major business lesson from having his daddy try to electrocute him. If it ain't fun, don't do it. By that advice, you should read this book. It's an entrepreneur's gold mine nestled in a silly foam container."
—Jerry Newman, author of My Secret Life on the McJob

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470127562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470127568
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,917,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tim Knox is an accomplished fiction and non-fiction author, speaker, talk radio host, television commentator, and entrepreneur.

For over two decades he has shared his experience and advice with readers across the country as a regular newspaper columnist and contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc., Small Business Success, and dozens of others.

His weekly podcast "Interviewing Authors" is available on iTunes, Spreaker, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio.

Http://timknox.com
http://interviewingauthor.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Cummins on July 29, 2007
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I purchased Tim Knox's book during the height of the media blitz surrounding its release. I guess I got caught up in the hype, even though I already receive Tim's email newsletter and am aware of the lack of substance in that.

The book is an easy read. It is full of humorous anecdotes and down-home wisdom. However, it is rather lacking in actual substance. Each chapter (usually 2-5 pages in length) is devoted to making a single, one-line point. Those points are usually nothing earth-shaking, but rather common-sense.

At the cost, I do not feel cheated or ripped off by this book. For $15 it was good for some laughs, but if you are looking for something with content that will truly help you as you prepare to create your own business, you may wish to look elsewhere.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Scarpero on July 1, 2007
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I bought this book sight unseen from an email from the marketers like a lot of others did. It's pretty basic stuff. I do wish there was more actual wisdom from Tim's mama, who somehow seems missing except from the title.

The chapters to me seem like he just pasted 20 unrelated columns together and made it into a book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Tim Knox is a comedian, and he relishes his southern roots. He prides himself on his tell-it-like-it-is attitude. He also has achieved monumental success through his hard work and savvy decisions. This means that this book does have many wise tips - and a wise-guy attitude.

The book starts on a not-great note. You have to go through a long, almost diary-like section. You're told that anybody who doesn't love this book must enjoy "wallowing in their own depression". The book plays up the fun of saying nasty things about people who are overweight or not beautiful.

Plow past that and you do get some helpful advice. Failing is fine as long as you learn from it. Everyone fails a few times before finding their groove. Network at every possible opportunity you can. You never know which chance meeting will lead to a great result.

Tim doesn't pull any punches. If people are choosing not to buy your product, then you didn't make a great product at a great price. The responsibility falls on your shoulders. You have to do what you love, and love what you do. He explains that about half of all businesses fail in the first four years - and that the majority fail due to bad management, bad financial planning and bad marketing. Proper preparation can really help to ensure long term success.

Tim's book isn't just for young men. He explains that 55% of new startups are now created by women, and that there are over 10 million women-owned businesses in the US alone, creating $2.32 trillion in sales annually. Also, the most dramatic increase in new businesses is with those over the age of 65, as retirees finally have their chance to do what they've always wanted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Werner on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Burned again,all hype some humor,but please find a better source for your business education this is a bank account filler (his)in that regard if he can do it anyone can.
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By beingthere on January 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I purchased Tim Knox's book, I guess expecting too much. I was looking for a funny take on starting a business, which is how the book is pitched and what some of the other Amazon reviewers say here, and what I got was an unintelligent good ol' boy approach, filled with dime-store advice, from a guy who clearly thinks he's funnier than he is.

What it comes down to is there's not much insight here, nor in my opinion, comedy. And that Tim Knox has been building his business and reputation on ripping the rest of us off.

I read some of the other more negative reviews on here that said it was good for a couple of laughs, but even that's kind.

My guess is most of the positive Amazon reviews were written by Knox's friends, looking to help him boost sales. I also should've known better than to trust a book that didn't have comments from reputable reviewers on the jacket, but rather from other authors, who are probably also Knox's friends.

Amateurish, full of "common sense advice" (a sense so common, mind you, that you don't need to purchase this book to have it), disorganized, with many sad and somewhat mean-spirited attempts at humor. The mama in the title eludes to the common sense approach of the book, but "mama" doesn't appear again--disappointing, as she might've actually had some more to offer, and been funnier.

The truth: My seven-year-old daughter gives better advice. And makes me laugh harder.

This is what I walked away with: More sound advice can easily be found on the Internet for free. There, I just saved you $23.

If you insist on getting it, spend a penny for the used copy. Though trust me, it's not even worth that. Sadly, even the "Dummies" books are funnier than this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Lee on July 25, 2007
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This was recommended by several newsletters I receive. It was funny but I was hoping for something more. Something seemed to be missing.
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I bought this book as a $[...] sacrifice to help Dan Miller (48days.com and you can get his free newsletter) prove a point about a self starter going to the top of the Amazon charts. The writer, Tim Knox, is hilarious, but the book is a little short on original hard content. About starting and running your own business, the main value of this book is in the emphatic delivery of the message: "What are you afraid of? Get out there, get started, be aware of the pitfalls, overcome obstacles, if you screw it up - try again." After reading it through, I will deliver my copy to Half Price Books, so someone else can enjoy the humor and Tim's writing style.
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