Success Made Simple and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $24.95
  • Save: $7.88 (32%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it tomorrow, April 25? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Missing Dust Jacket - Qualifies for Super Saver Shipping. May not include accompanying supplemental materials, CD/DVD or access codes
Add to Cart
Trade in your item
Get a $3.07
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive Hardcover


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$17.07
$10.67 $10.44

Frequently Bought Together

Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive + Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving + Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World
Price for all three: $39.24

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

100 M&T
100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime
Looking for something good to read? Browse our picks for 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime, brought to you by the Amazon Book Editors.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470442379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470442371
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"I loved Wesner's comment that the Amish ‘don't need an M.B.A. to run an effective business....There's life in commerce for those more dedicated to the Golden Rule than the Golden calf.’ Nonprofit managers and employees would do well to take the lessons of personal responsibility, hard work, and a cheerful attitude to heart. After all, they really do engage in work that matters."

About.com, April 11, 2010

"Erik Wesner's new book, "Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive," might have been titled "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Being Amish." This fascinating and engagingly written book spells out the principles that guide Amish business owners, based on interviews with 60 Amish CEOs employing about 400 people in various enterprises."

LancasterOnline.com, April 10, 2010

"How can a people whose preferred mode of transportation is a horse and buggy do so well in the modern marketplace? That question intrigued Erik Wesner, a former sales manager. His exploration of the Amish approach to business can be found in his fascinating book Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive. Despite the group's insular nature, Wesner was able to live and work among its members for three years. ‘We're not going to become Amish,’ he says, ‘but I think some of the cultural values that the Amish display consistently are things that non-Amish people can adopt and incorporate.’"
Time magazine, April 8, 2010


Articles, excerpts, slideshows, and mentions with the author also from:
MSNBC Live with David Shuster, April 2, 2010
—Slideshow, FastCompany.com, April 1, 2010
Michael Dresser, Business Talk Radio, March 23, 2010
—Q&A, The New York Post, March 22, 2010

From the Inside Flap

The keys to better business from Amish business owners

Business can be discouraging. According to United States Small Business Administration figures, only half of newly opened companies will last five years. That is, unless you're Amish; then there's a ninety-five percent chance your business will still be open. And in many cases, doing remarkably well, as noted scholar Donald Kraybill writes: "The phrase 'Amish millionaire' is no longer an oxymoron."

Success Made Simple is the first practical book of Amish business success principles for the non-Amish reader. Written by Erik Wesner, a noted expert on the Amish, the book includes a wealth of transferable principles that are as straightforward to apply as they are universal in scope.

Based on in-depth access gained while working, living, and researching in Amish communities across the nation, as well as on interviews with more than fifty Amish business owners, the book offers a fascinating look at reasons for the remarkable success of Amish businesspeople.

Success Made Simple reveals how, with only an eighth-grade education, these thriving businesspeople choose and manage employees, acquire skills and know-how, get and keep customers, and lead their organizations to lasting success. The common threads woven throughout their experiences stress the vital importance of cultivating strong relationships (with employees, customers, other business owners), creating long-term goals, taking the welfare of others into account, and maintaining personal integrity. Wesner makes the lessons of Amish business easy to absorb by distilling essential take-away ideas in a ten-point summary at the end of each chapter.

With a focus on relationship building and the big picture, Success Made Simple offers business owners everywhere the time-tested tools for better, smarter, and more successful enterprises.


More About the Author

My name is Erik Wesner. I have visited 20 Amish communities in five states, and have met roughly 5,000 Amish families.

Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive is based on 60 interviews with Amish business owners as well as experiences living and working in Amish communities from Pennsylvania to Iowa.

I have contributed to Amish-themed articles for Time Magazine, CNNMoney.com, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Washington Post, and numerous other media.

I researched Amish business as Snowden Fellow at the Young Center at Elizabethtown College in 2008. I have also served as a consultant for authors of Amish fiction and non-fiction.

In my previous nine-year career with a Nashville publisher, I worked in management and set an international record as a salesperson.

I speak frequently on radio, television, and to live audiences, and am happy to speak to the media.

Feel free to email me about speaking engagements, media inquiries, or just to say hello at ewesner@gmail.com!

Related Media


Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
13
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 16 customer reviews
The Amish success in my opinion is built on their great work ethic.
Jim Estill
Very interesting about the Amish businesses, but it also has little tidbit information about the Amish throughout the book.
Mary Poppins
It's a delight to read an excellent book about the Amish by someone who really knows his stuff.
Martha Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Crews on April 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Things about business I learned from this book

1. Low personal expenses. It's easy to bootstrap a business without debt when your life is simple; you have few gadgets; and your entertainment is family, games and visiting friends.

2. A fear of God. This persuades away from idleness, and into productivity and investing in the good of others.

3. A commitment to excellent craftsmanship. It glorifies God to make a thing well. That alone motivates quality and a reputation for quality and service that can command premium prices.

4. God, family, community before business. Business is used to fulfill your calling to God, to family and to community. The American mantra assumes that business success is THE goal. The Amish don't see it that way.

The book is well written because Erik gets out of the way and let's the Amish speak for themselves.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Drea Knufken on June 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Author Erik Wesner, who writes the excellent AmishAmerica blog, spent two years researching Amish businesses in Pennsylvania and Ohio. His new book, "Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive" is the result.

By weaving together the Amish experience, common business knowledge, and ideas from mainstream business gurus, Wesner derives business lessons for the rest of us. As the title suggests, the Amish remind us that business doesn't have to be a complicated venture.

Here's a general summary of what's in each chapter:

Chapters 1 & 2: You learn about how the Amish use vision and faith to build successful firms. Next, Wesner explores how Amish people become successful with only an eighth-grade education, standard in the culture.

Chapter 3 describes the Amish approach to sales and marketing, which emphasizes relationship-building and customer service.

Chapter 4 dives more deeply into relationships and customer service. You also learn how the Amish tend their reputations and difficult clients.

Chapter 5 & 6 cover Amish approach to team-building, managing, and hiring. Many Amish people have to keep community interests at heart when hiring, firing, and motivating employees.

In Chapter 7, you learn how the Amish stay competitive. This includes how to compete in a friendly, sustainable way with others in your community--not something that's standard in so-called English (American) culture.

Wesner wraps up the book with the Amish definition of business and success, leading readers to ponder what community, success, and their overall goals mean to them.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Reeve on April 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great read. I would recommend this book. Who knew there were so many successful Amish people? In a time after Enron, Lehman Bros., bank bailouts, etc. it is refreshing to be reminded that business can be both ethical and successful. This a great read for business people and entrepreneurs looking for strategies of success. It is also relevant to anyone looking for simplicity in their day to day lives. I even enjoyed learning about the Amish, a group I never really had an interest in. I have started keeping up with them through the author's blog [...]
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martha Johnson on April 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's a delight to read an excellent book about the Amish by someone who really knows his stuff. Erik Wesner, the go-to guy for all things Amish and author of the popular AmishAmerica blog, has done a terrific job of explaining the phenomenal success record of Amish-run business enterprises in SUCCESS MADE SIMPLE: AN INSIDE LOOK AT WHY AMISH BUSINESSES THRIVE. Whether you are interested in Amish culture or in entrepreneurship, you'll find this book simply fascinating. With his easy, engaging style and wealth of knowledge about all things Amish, Erik has created a book that deserves a spot in your library. From Marta Perry, Amish fiction author.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ülane Vilumets on April 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Erik does a great job opening up a world which is unknown to many and inaccessible to the majority of people. There's many things to admire about the Amish and great lessons to be learned, but the most important one is that leading by example has once again proven to be not the best way to lead, but the only way. Definitely a must-read for anyone working with or through people!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William S. Campbell III on April 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The author has presented a number of successful habits and principles as to why Amish businesses are so successful in a simple, easy-to-understand manner that can be duplicated. The intermittently dispersed facts and his personal experiences with them provide even the most curious reader with tidbits about Amish culture. From their reliance on "doing the right thing" to their reliance on their faith, the Amish have figured out a proven formula to success and balance. This book is a great read for anyone in business or is in need of some leadership and life principles. Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dan Miller on April 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Recent high profile business disasters have reminded us that intellect and even competence are not the essential ingredients for business success. Success Made Simple captures the soul of Amish business and reveals how character, faithful relationships and a commitment to the greater good of community lead to "uncommon" success.

Dan Miller, author of 48 Days to the Work You Love
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0xa17a09cc)