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Outrageous Optimism: Wisdom for the Entepreneurial Journey Paperback – March, 2004

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"Nothing in the literature more vividly conveys the entrepreneurial journey and the wisdom gained along the way." -- S. Thomas Emerson, Ph.D., Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University

"Outrageous Optimism is just like Jack Roseman – wise, shrewd, candid and funny. It’s business from the head and heart…" -- Douglas Heuck, Business Editor, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"Possibly 1,000 business books come out every year. Outrageous Optimism may just be one as the year’s best. -- Jack Markowitz, columnist and former Business Editor, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

About the Author

Jack Roseman was formerly the John R. Thorne Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University where he taught for 13 years. Prior to that, he was the founder of three companies and CEO of On-Line Systems, an American Stock Exchange company eventually sold to Sprint. A serial entrepreneur and award-winning educator, Jack is a wise, warm, insightful and often amusing guide to the realities of owning your own business.

Steven N. Czetli is the former Business Editor of The Pittsburgh Press. Prior to that he was Editor of the Pittsburgh Business Times, and Executive Editor for T.E.Q. Magazine, the monthly publication of the Pittsburgh Technology Council. He is the co-author of a book, Silent Witness, which was published by St. Martins Press and President of Editor's Aide, Inc. a media consulting firm. Currently he publishes TechyVent/Pittsburgh, an online newsletter for Western Pennsylvania businesses. His support for small business contributed to his being selected as the 2003 Journalist of the Year for Region III of the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Corbett Publishing; First Edition edition (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974513512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974513515
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,556,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Manu Kumar on September 15, 2004
First, in the interest of full disclosure: I have known Jack Roseman for several years. He served as a mentor to me when I was running my own startups in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and I also graduated from his Entrepreneurial Management Program at Carnegie Mellon. Jack's advice has been invaluable to me throughout my life -- both professionally and personally. I have the utmost respect for Jack and his uncanny ability to always ask the most pointed questions that make you think and help you to reach your own decision on what is the right thing to do in any particular business or personal situation.

In Outrageous Optimism, Jack Roseman and Steve Czetli have captured the "essential Jack Roseman". It's a book full of quality advice for the entrpreneur wrapped in an easy to digest anecdotes form in Jack's signature humorous style.

I would recommend this book to any entrepreneur as required reading. If you haven't had the good fortune to interact with Jack in person, at least don't deprive yourself of the opportunity to share and learn from his experiences by readng this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Mosher on August 8, 2005
Simple, brilliant - you couldn't find a better book to keep handy for those 5-10 minute gaps in your schedule. Brief little snippets that make you smile, nod your head and wonder why you weren't conscious of that bit of knowledge before. I'm passing this one along to all the entrepreneurs in my life.
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