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Ethan Willis is the CEO of Prosper and has been recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young in 2005 and as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs by Vspring. His work in the field of entrepreneurship has been featured in such media as BusinessWeek, USA Today, and CNBC. He is coauthor of the #1 New York Times Business bestselling book The One Minute Entrepreneur with his friend and mentor Ken Blanchard. He is an Alumni of BYU and Harvard Business School.

Randy Garn is one of the founding members of Prosper and serves as the organization’s Chief Relations Officer. He previously served as the company's president for more than seven years, overseeing the business during the beginning phases of the company's growth. He was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young in 2005. He is an Alumni of BYU and Harvard Business School.
 

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Product Details

  • Series: BK Life
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609940709
  • ASIN: B006TQV4SQ
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,201,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Chris on April 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Not only are there far better self help books than this, but the authors also ask you to fill out an online questionnaire to accompany the exercises. After doing this, their company contacts you and tries to sell their cookie cutter coaching service for anywhere between $2000 - $16,000. When you decline their offer they get very personal, pushy and manipulative. A quick search on the net also shows that a lot of people feel they have been conned by these guys and have not received what they were promised. My advice would be to steer well clear of them, they're not accredited by the International Coach Federation and they're the sort of operation that give coaches a bad name!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By reality on October 16, 2012
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I think it is important for readers to understand what this book is and how it came about from the bare bones history of how they got their start and what their core business really is. These two got their start as door to door sales people selling pest control (Orkin I believe) in California in the late 1990's. Their business model was simple: when they and their contracted sales team (like many sales outfits they never actually were Orkin employees only had the name on their shirt) sold a monthly service on a yr contract they were paid a significant portion of the year if not all of it as a commission. Orkin would do that because they had statistics that showed that if they got that first year they would keep a significant amount of their clients the following years. This was a common model for sales companies originating from the college culture of Utah and Idaho.

Many other companies have grown out of this culture. Recently one of the companies that used to sell pest control and moved to door to door alarm system and home automation sales sold their business for $3 Billion. Randy and Ethan recognized that they had a good thing in their ability to recruit motivated young people who had served Mormon missions and have them sell in more ways than door to door. They moved into a different arena and connected with the seminar driven "success & self help" arena. Randy & Ethan began to pitch a no risk win-win sales relationship to self help gurus such as Tony Robbins who would fill arenas with people who had hopes and dreams looking for inspiration. You see each of these seminar sales self help gurus would largely make their money on books and tapes with low production costs and high margins.

The high margins were justified to a buyer with the hope that the guru inspired.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gary Spirer on October 3, 2011
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I did not know what to expect. A book on prosperity is what Randy Garn had told me he had written.

I had come to know Randy as a co-founder of Prosper Inc., a coaching group, and I knew Randy's company had achieved a lot of success and that Randy had graduated from Harvard Business School. But, when it comes to writing books, smart people running very successful companies can write some very dull, boring books.

As someone who has read literally thousands of books on numerous subjects, I must admit, I possessed a lot of skepticism. Was this going to be another rah, rah book on "you can be wealthy too"?

When I received Randy's book called Prosper: Create the Life You Really Want, I noticed that his co-author was CEO and co-founder of Prosper Inc., Ethan Willis. I turned to read about Ethan and discovered he had co-written a #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Time's bestseller called "The One Minute Entrepreneur." Ethan also had been recognized as "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young.

O.K. Two smart guys.

When I started reading Prosper, I was immediately intrigued when I came to the fact that Randy and Ethan had founded Prosper in 1999 and had coached over 75,000 people of all ages in 80 countries to become more successful. 75,000 people is a lot of people!

As I kept reading, the book reminded me of a great European film that starts out with no rush to wow you; then, suddenly you find yourself hooked by its genius.

That's what the book Prosper does.

In today's crazy, frantic age with so many unknowns and great uncertainty, Prosper becomes the comforting voice that lays out a compelling blueprint for living a fulfilled life.
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27 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michael Drips on October 6, 2011
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The other "reviewers" on this page must be shills working for the authors.

This is yet another boring useless rehash of blah blah blah crap that basically says do what you love, make millions (too bad if doing what you love has little income) and with your happy work and money, you are now prosperous.

There. I just saved you $10.

I can handle it if a book has one thought in it that conveys something of value, but this book is just a vacuum. There's nothing there.

Seriously. Avoid this book. It is truly worthless.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Paper on October 3, 2011
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But balance can be really tough to find as you grow your business and go after your goals. Randy and Ethan have written a book that shows you how to create the life you really want and be able to maintain it for the long haul. It's not just about those external drivers, but it's about what you really want in your heart. More time with your family. More money for adventure. Or more success from the things you know you're really capable of doing well.

I've read it once and I'm reading it again.
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