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It's a Jungle in There: Inspiring Lessons, Hard-Won Insights, and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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Now the book. As an entrepreneur and a person who works with tons of self employed people this book is impossible not to recommend. It does what books in this genre should do. It entertains and gives you insights into what makes a person successful when they have vision, passion, and a dream.
More importantly it goes beyond that. Not only does the author share the ups and downs, little insights here and there but also gives a heavy dose of real world advice. I judge a great book by how many folded over pages or bookmarks are still in it when I'm done--this one has a ton. While not always earth shattering insights they sometimes play as subtle reminders that have yourself saying...
That is right, I have to focus on that a little more.
It is a great book and one thing that stands out for me is if you go to the back of the book to the section titled "No One Creates in a Vacuum". There are roughly 8 pages of thank you's that cover partners, people you may know and important people we rarely thank from the UPS deliver person and to the mail delivery folks.
The reason the book is solid is because it's personal. Steven has many crazy embarrassing stories about himself, some of which I think are outrageously bold. He admits his failures in the book and focuses on what he did wrong, which has influenced him to become the person he is today. The "you can do it!" attitude after reading this book comes from your personal connection with Steven. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I have failed many times, and personally connect with his experiences. I'm not at the stage he is at yet, but the book leaves you compelled to think bigger, try harder, and never stop.
Rarely do I recommend books to entrepreneurs to read, but this is one I'd personally vouch for.
"It's a Jungle..." is organized around Schussler's five Ps for entrepreneur success - personality (do you fit?), product (do have something people need and will buy?), persistence (can you embrace failure and continue?), people (do you care for those around you?), and philanthropy (are you willing to give back?). He digs into each with examples from his experience and provides the hard lessons learned along the way.
For example, in the section on personality, Schussler challenges the reader to reflect on the importance of passion. Will you have the level of passion required to overcome the failures, challenges, doubts, and uncertainties that will litter the path to success? Do you measure work not in terms of hours but in achievement and pleasure? Do you work work sixty to eighty hours a week because you love it? If yes, you really have what it takes, the passion, to make a difference in the world. "Most of all you have what it takes to make a difference in the lives you touch." But..."you will often find the place in which you exist is lonely."
I enjoyed the book and relished Schussler's freedom to create in a less regulated domain than mine, the life sciences. "It's a Jungle..." is entrepreneurial candy covering most, if not all, of the basics for success as an entrepreneur. He comes across as a good person and someone most people would like to be in the jungle with.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thanks for the great book Steven. I can appreciated your early struggles in getting your Jungle theme going, which probably made it that much more rewarding when things started... Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Allred
A very interesting read! This guy has taken some crazy risks to achieve his success and his tale is a pretty good one.Published 15 months ago by C. M. Punk Jazzpear
This book was really a lot easier to get through than I had originally expected. I am not a quick reader and the way Schussler wrote flowed so nicely. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mike McGue
I truthfully got bored after a few chapters so the book is left unread and it will be heading for the garage sale or thrift store some time soon !Published on January 21, 2014 by Joe Walmsley
What an excellent motivational book! Nothing happens in a vacuum for sure. This book has great stories and good humor. Spanky sends his best!Published on September 15, 2013 by Paul Lalewicz
It's easy to see why Steven Schussler's book, "It's a Jungle in There" landed on the #1 Best Seller List. Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by Lissie Anne
If you are an entrepreneur, one that puts your dreams, money, and pride on the line - you will love this book. This book has humor and filled with stories that you can learn from. Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by Philip Tirone
Although, gorilla face on the cover page was not my cup of tea, I presume it is related to how the author initiated his business ventures. Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by I'm a full-time mummy
This book is simply a series of stories from Mr. Schussler with regards to his endeavors. The stories are somewhat interesting... Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Jacob M. Coons