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The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators Kindle Edition

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As business books go, it is hard to find anything that comes close to this in both style and feel-good factor, and it is well worth picking up. (Talk Business, August 2014) A good, practical introductory business book, with guidance for life in general as well (The Gateway, November 2014)

From the Author

Have you ever felt like you don't fit in? Have you had that feeling like "I really think business would work better if we treated it more like THIS?" Do you wish there was a better way to do what you think needs doing in the world? 

You're the freak I've been looking for. 

The premise is this: it's a book on how to do business for those of us who aren't built for the cubicle farms, who yearn to do things our own way, or at least do things in a much more human way. There are some basic business fundamentals in here, thrown alongside some novel ways to approach tasks and goals. I promise, this isn't your typical business book. 

If you're the online type, we use the hashtag #proudfreak to talk about this book and just to connect with each other (note: some people who aren't talking about the book use this hashtag and sometimes, it's a little ... interesting). 

This book explains in part what I think is coming next (heck, what I think is already here but people haven't yet fully realized), and it's also a guidebook for how you might do something with that information. I believe the factory/industrial mindset of the last 50+ years is about to swing towards something much more customized, much smaller, and where it'll matter a great deal more that you connect with the people who help you feel like you "belong." 

This is a "do" book, not a "think" book.  Be warned. 
Calling all freaks! Join us. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 957 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118800559
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H7JE3FK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Brogan provides simple plans for business success. He is CEO of Owner Media Group, a highly sought after professional speaker and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting, including a new one yet to be named.

Chris has spoken for or consulted with the biggest brands you know, including Disney, Coke, Google, GM, Microsoft, Coldwell Banker, Titleist, Scotts, Humana Health, Cisco, Sony USA, and many more. He's appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, interviewed Richard Branson for a cover story for Success magazine, and once even presented to a Princess. People like Paulo Coelho, Harvey Mackay, and Steven Pressfield enjoy sharing their projects and best ideas with Chris, because they know he'll share them with you. Tony Robbins had Chris on his Internet Money Masters series. Forbes listed Chris as one of the Must Follow Marketing Minds of 2014, plus listed his website as one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs.

Most importantly, Chris provides education and tools to help you make your life and your business thrive, showing you how to put more wins on your board. Swing by for more.

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Reading this book, you get the feeling that you are sitting with a friend, sipping a cup of coffee, and talking about your path to success--a friend who is knowledgeable and genuinely cares. I read the book in one sitting and took copious notes. Brogan makes an important point at the outset: most people tend to think that "freaks" (those who march to the beat of their own drum) are generally young, but as the author points out, as they age, a lot of people grow comfortable with who they are and are not interested in "fitting in." So why wait to be old to do what you want to do? Why indeed! This book may well be a kick in the pants to get you started.

Brogan gives valuable, actionable advice for seasoned and budding entrepreneurs alike, including soloproneurs, small business owners, as well as employeeproneurs. Check out the 6 steps for building discipline, 10 things to quit, garbage and gold questions, and lists of awesomeness (or helpfulness) to name a few. I also appreciated that the advice is in short chapters, with bite sized nuggets, and bolded headings which makes it so much easier to read a book without having to wade through reams of detail. "Brevity is [indeed] the gold standard in business" as Brogan says.

I loved the concept of Monchu, an Okinawan word meaning one family, "the family you choose." Brogan explains how this is better than just networking; this is a list of people you care about. Monchu is the extended network you nurture. The mind-set of Monchu is that you care more about some people than as merely customers or a part of your network. It's the idea that you're not just looking to make money and "sell and run" but that you might want to build a community beyond just selling. If this book inspires you to work from a Monchu mind-set, you will be richer for reading it. Not to mention all of the other useful advice.
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I am a Chris Brogan fan. His daily writing seems to talk directly to me. In his new book, "The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth", he writes a manifesto of entrepreneurship for the rest of us. It includes:

Admit you are a freak. Do business on your terms. Follow your passion.
Define success for yourself.For me, it's being able to support my family at something I love doing.
Learn a new skill. Take joy in improving your weaknesses.
Have a disciplined routine to be productive. This is necessary in always on, 24/7 culture.
Fall in love with not knowing. This is what having your own business is definitely all about.
Look forward to obstacles. There is satisfaction in overcoming them.

As I read through the book, I kept saying, yes and yes. Chris knows who you are and knows how to help!
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I've read my fair share of business books over the past few months, but this one stands out: it isn't the same old song-and-dance. It doesn't simply repeat the "just be authentic, be yourself" advice that can be fairly easily found many places now. Nor does it just give you the nuts-and-bolts to making a business happen and extol the benefits of, for example, choosing yourself or starting your own online business.

Brogan's key insight is to link the two discussions. Choosing to do business on your own terms is an integral part of being a "freak" and owning it. The two shift together, and choices made on one axis affect the other.

Brogan's second key insight--which I dearly wish more folks would talk about as systematically--is that "business is about belonging."

This insight has revolutionized the way I think about doing business. It used to be a slightly sordid thing that would need to exist as a necessary evil. But in making his statement and working through the implications, he persuaded me that there is much more to business than just the gross.

And that observation makes all the difference in the world. If larger corporations (I'm looking at you, U_____ Airlines and U_____ P_____ Service) actually paid attention and began to focus on their customer as the foundation, I don't think commerce (air travel, overnight delivery) would ever be the same. If smaller businesses began to pay attention to this principle, though, the world would be a manifestly better place.

And what better compliment can be paid to a book than to say that the world would be a better place if more people would read it and act on the thoughts in it?
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Freak, outsider, introvert, unconventional, different, odd-ball, misfit, unqualified/underqualified… many of us have felt some version of these labels. Traditional success either eluded us or sucked our souls dry. So we kept marching to the beat of our own drummer (or desperately wanted to).

Enter "The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth" - Chris Brogan's brilliant how-to guide to success (business and personal) on our own terms. He opens the book with this fundamental question: "how can I do business my way and be successful?" and then continues to share a roadmap filled with road-tested advice and real-life examples of what works and more importantly what it takes from us to make it work. He distills the subjects of discipline, mindset, progress, failing/learning, staying flexible and surrounding ourselves with helpful people and resources.

Business is about belonging and he makes us feel like we belong. In the pages of this book, I felt understood, inspired and challenged.

I immediately took Brogan up on two of his suggestions:
1. To "print it, write it down, tear it out of the book and post it in a place where you can see it!" Then pick a goal, and do the work! Simple but brilliant advice. Did it. Doing it. Daily.
2. To write to him (he gives his personal e-mail!). He didn't disappoint - wrote back with more wit and wisdom.

I'll end with my favorite quote from the book - "One of the biggest mistakes freaks and owners make when starting out is believing that they should have all the answers, and that asking questions is an admission of weakness. This couldn't be any further from the truth. Asking a smart question often saves you a lot of time, provided you are willing to run with the answer."

Running, Mr. Brogan. Running…

Thank you for this gem of a book. I'll be buying more copies as presents for my favorite freaks!
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