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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2008
If you have tried and failed (like me) so many times, if you cant find your place at your current job, if you want to do more than selling your time for a paycheck, if you wanted to ask somebody: what's wrong with me? then this book will provide you with invaluable hands on mentoring sessions.

Whether you are just entering college or failing your 5th business or simply finding yourself jumping from one idea to another, pick up this book and pull out a pen and a sheet of paper. It is a hands on reading. It will guide you through discovering yourself, your passions your strengths, your weaknesses. It is a great eye opener, imagine you being X-Rayed to identify what you are meant to be.

The book will go through what it takes to be an entrepreneur, it's not a "weekend reading", you will be hands on involved, so have your pen and paper ready. The book is about YOU. Don't just read through it, take the time to reflect on it and yourself.

It will also provide a great moral support when you lose your hopes and keep asking yourself: Am I doing the wrong thing? Am I the wrong person? Do I have the wrong traits?

Overall it is a must read for anybody looking at taking the plunge from the warm corp paycheck and creating simply a "lifestyle business" or the next Google.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2008
This is essential reading for budding entrepreneurs. This doesn't just tell you about being an entrepreneur, it encourages the reader to evaluate themselves and their personality in order that they can make more informed decisions when setting up businesses.

The book also makes easy reading and with determination you could probably finish in a weekend. The real value however is that it opens your mind and encourages you to think outside the box.

5 stars from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2008
This is a great book for anyone who is trying to develop a sharper focus on their work future. If you are an entrepreneur or are tempted to become one, this book is definitely as helpful, if not more than the others. Why is it possibly more helpful? Because the proceeds go to a great non-profit organization. Even if you never become an entrepreneur, you are helping to launch others. This book is also helpful for the career employee, as it helps to define you. You may discover that taking the leap is not for you, but at least you will have eliminated the doubt. Also, by applying the book, even a career worker can find an improved work scenario and hopefully be more satisfied. Basically a win-win. 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2008
Great insight into the ups and downs of starting a company. The advice is presented as a series of mentoring sessions with the author and is enlivened by providing fictional (I assume) answers from an entrepreneur considering starting a catering business. I think a great deal of the advice is relevant for any endeavor, but if you're looking to start your own business I'd definitely pick this book up.

As an additional incentive all of the proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Grameen Foundation. This means that whatever you get out of the book and no matter what you decide personally you'll have helped an underprivileged entrepreneur somewhere get up and running.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2008
It is pouring outside and I don't know any more what is up or if we are down. The challenges in starting and building your own company are immense. It is good to know that others have been here before, the lessons learned and practical tips that this well and succinct written book presents to us are so valuable. I definitely recommend this book to any one who wants to start a business and the one's that are running a business, because everyday the question is "What decision do I make" Best one is get the right advice first and this book provides some of those answers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2008
Mr. Gillespie-Brown's book is very informative for prospective entrepreneurs. He accurately details the ups and downs to be expected on the path to establishing a business and the traits required to succeed. I recommend this book for those considering starting a business and I also recommend it as a reminder to current entrepreneurs of why we started in the first place. As icing on the cake, proceeds for the book go to an organization that fosters entrepreneurs abroad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2008
Even though I have many years of entrepreneurship experience in different countries. Entrepreneurship requires a lot of work and efforts, and sometime I think if I want to be an entrepreneur in ten years. This book helps me to answer this question positively. I refer my co-founders and employees to this book as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2008
This is a concise easy to read book which gives you a good set of rules to help you understand what type of person you need to be to become an entrepreneur. I think it is a very valuable guide and worth reading
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on November 5, 2008
being in silicon valley's charged environment gets you all hyped up, and high on steroids.. this book gives you good basic grounding and lets you think things through more systematically.

It helped me channel my thinking on not only what but when, also this probably is the only book ( in a host of books that I have read on entrepreneurship as part of course material at London Business School and otherwise in last few years) that does not put you in the background, instead it makes puts you in the focus, and helps you understand yourself and your environment better, and make a good judgment on why and how to approach entrepreneurship. I feel the approach of this book is refreshing, and really good.

i highly recommend reading it...
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on October 22, 2014
The beginning 60 pages will probably answer your qn if you really want to be an entrepreneur
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