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The Most Successful Small Business in The World: The Ten Principles Hardcover – January 7, 2010
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'Gerber's books never disappoint. These Ten Principles help you dig in to create newer, bigger ideas during our deeply troubled times, ultimately producing a great renewal of mind, of body, of spirit, and leading to a new operating system where anything is possible and growth is built into the culture.'
Stephen M. R. Covey, author of the New York Times and#1 Wall Street Journal bestseller The Speed of Trust
'This book doesn't just describe great business principles, it MAKESbusiness history. Your economic survival hinges on you reading this book!'
Jack Canfield, coauthor of the New York Times #1 bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul® series and author of The Success Principles
'Gerber is the master in giving us the essence. Every business begins small, then grows and endures in accordance with its founding principles. His new book scores a perfect 10!'
Denis Waitley, author of The Psychology of Winning
'New books recycle old ideas. This one is brand-new thinking for our deeply troubled times. Gerber takes on the tough issues of the day, and provides liberating insight and compelling principles on creating small business success in any economic or political environment.'
Dr. Ivan Misner, New York Times bestselling author and founder of BNI
'Entrepreneurship has been the high road to success and satisfaction for 200 years. In this book, Michael shows you how to start and build your own business better and more meaningfully than you ever thought possible. Good Luck!'
Brian Tracy, bestselling author of The Psychology of Achievement --. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Before you launch your start-up, begin with Gerber
All too often, entrepreneurs begin a small business to create a sense of security. They become sole proprietors or perhaps employ only one or two people. The business becomes a perpetual existence, like a mechanic, a doctor, a therapist, or a retailer who does the same thing over and over again to generate a stream of income. The small businessperson fails to grow, marking time by repeating the same service in a perpetual cycle throughout the life of the business.
Gerber's ten principles will help you to break out of this vicious cycle before it starts in your new business. He'll help you to embrace the energy of exploration with a road map for taking your vision beyond the obvious. Only then can you build a company that provides continuous fulfillment and personal growth, and can expand its income, services, and positive contributions to your employees and community.
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Gerber's ten principles will help you to:
- Identify your company's essential "system"its highly differentiated way of doing business that will be the cornerstone of your success
- Build a business of great imagination; a self-reliant "reach" that will create economic certainty in any climate
- Create a center of growth and learning for your employees, that will in turn develop your business beyond any standard that formerly existed
- Instill a higher purpose that can move yourself, your business, and your customers to greater levels of fulfillment and growth
From identifying opportunities to viable business design to field-testing your ideas, Gerber offers a dynamic message for creating the most successful small business in the worldnot only providing you with economic certainty, for which he believes all persons are capable, but empowering you to achieve your fullest potential.
Top Customer Reviews
The book started out ho-hum and by about four or five chapters in, I was thinking that it was just basically a refresher of the same ideas he had already presented (Sarah the pie maker becomes Joseph the auto mechanic) with a little ranting about the financial crisis, A LOT of advertising of himself and his services, and what seemed to be just basic information on how to prepare a business plan. Ok, not great stuff, but not awful either.
Then comes a rapid descent into a ridiculous philosophical, theological, political gibberish that's just his own opinion, although he states multiple times that what he says he KNOWS to be true. Don't ask HOW he knows, just know that he KNOWS. Then he finally says that he knows it to be true because he's experienced it himself - as if that fact alone makes it true for everyone. His hubris is obvious and annoying at many points in the book, not least of which where, at one of the beginning-of-the-chapter quotations, he actually quotes HIMSELF.
Then towards the end of the book you get to the REAL point he wants to make, which is a strictly POLITICAL point.
I read the book "The Knack" by Norm Brodsky, which I thought was even better than The e-myth. One of the best points I got from that book was not to let your lawyer (or accountant) give you business advice because you're paying him or her to give you legal advice because he/she has legal expertise.Read more ›
I read the E-Myth when it first came out years ago. Since then, I've read five of his books, and I just finished reading this new one. I come away from this new book with a deep appreciation for how much courage this man has to reveal his own convictions about how deeply in trouble our country is, and how desperately other countries need to see a renewal of the American business mindset.
Mr. Gerber is trying to get Americans BACK to the vision of Free Enterprise that our Founding Fathers gifted to us. Those founders clearly had a profound faith in God. And so does Mr. Gerber. So what? Doesn't Mr. Toad believe in any higher power than himself? I'm afraid that jumping on his toadstool is only about as high a viewpoint Mr. Toad has of the absolutely necessary subject Mr. Gerber is dealing with in his book.
As to Mr. Gerber's style, I must say that his most recent books are not as "textbookish" as his earlier ones. His newer books have more flair, more personality, more self-revelation. But isn't that what we want of a massively successful business leader after 30 some-odd years? Of course! Over 70,000 people who have been personally helped by Mr. Gerber can't call be wrong.
We WANT to know what makes him tick. We WANT to know how he sees the world, life, God, the angels, the planets, the stars. Mr. Toad is clearly out of touch with where people are moving to nowdays in their thinking.Read more ›
But what happened here???
Unfortunately, I will have to agree with other "1-star" reviewers that this book is way below-par. There is a lot of philosophical rambling that really doesn't make much sense. I mean in this day and age, which small business owner wants to find answer to the question "Do we need a Government?" and how does that help his/her small business?
I really hope that Michael comes out with better books in future. I will still give him another chance since his advice in E-Myth really helped me a lot but this book should come with a refund coupon in it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed the the first part of the book. I found the last section difficult to follow and a little tedious. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tim Keys
I love Michael and the work he have made available. It's not easy starting a business and his work is so supportive. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nancy
In his book, Michael Gerber talks about the 10 Principles needed to grow and scale your business. He goes over the mindset and the practical tools you need to grow your business... Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by Clay Clark
I am a small business owner and this book is at the top of my list when it comes to running you business with the correct mind. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Kevin
Rambling nonsense interjected with overt preaching and political-soap-box screeds. A waste of money and time. Feels like a really bad sequel knocked out to get more cash.Published on September 9, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Michael Gerber has clearly been reading too many spiritual and new-age books in his spare time of late and absorbed ideas from them that he has transplanted into a book supposedly... Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by P. W. Robinson
This was a good follow on to the earlier books written in Gerber's easy sytle, and builds on the eMyth concepts. Read morePublished on May 11, 2011 by Jerry Sheets
Very average book i wish i hadn't wasted my time with. Most of it is pointless drivel and what few good points that are made are mostly common sense. Read morePublished on March 27, 2011 by Shane Ferguson