Walking Away From Wall Street: From Corporate Bull to Building a Business Kindle Edition
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My name is Max Vishnev. I was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and grew up hearing the Soviet National Anthem every morning and wearing a uniform to school. I came to Brooklyn, NY, at the age of ten, with my family. My first American experience wasn't seeing the Statue of Liberty from New York's harbor like the millions of immigrants a century ago, but the loss of my talking parakeet, Gosha, at JFK International Airport (Gosha didn't have proper documentation and had to be surrendered to authorities).
During my early days in Brooklyn, I enjoyed chewing Wrigley's gum, learning English by watching Married With Children and Saved by the Bell sitcoms, and eating lots of bananas (a rarity back in Kiev). I viewed the weekly family activity of perusing the sidewalks of our neighborhood in search of decent discarded furniture as a sort of adventure.
A decade later, after college, I got a job at Morgan Stanley. I was ecstatic! I was on my way to fulfilling the American Dream. I wanted to work hard and climb the proverbial corporate ladder, and I tried my hand at that for six years. During my last three years at Morgan Stanley, I worked on a bond trading desk. This period proved very eventful and eye-opening, as I witnessed both the inflating and the subsequent bursting of the subprime housing bubble. It was around that time that I realized that I was on the wrong path and in the wrong industry. So I quit, climbed off the corporate ladder, and put on a backpack.
I backpacked around Europe then spent a semester living and studying in Barcelona. This five-month experience changed my life. I came back to New York a new man, with new a new perspective on life and new priorities. I wanted to start my own business, something travel related, because I enjoyed my time abroad so much, but also because I loathed the idea of returning to the corporate grind.
So I started a company called CityRover and began a new phase of my life. My first year as an entrepreneur was rough. I spent a lot of money, energy, and time on travel-related iPhone apps and email newsletters. Towards the end of that first year, I was close to calling it quits, but decided to roll the dice one more time. I pivoted to focus on walking tours.
A year later, CityRover walking tours (cityroverwalks.com) is one of the highest-rated attractions in one of the most competitive tour marketplaces in the world -- New York City. I finally found my true calling and have never been happier.
I completed my book, Walking Away From Wall Street, around the second anniversary of my company's founding, because I wanted to share my experience with countless others who, like me in my past life, may be miserable in their corporate jobs and are looking towards entrepreneurship as a way out. I also wrote this for first-time entrepreneurs, who may be struggling like I was a year ago.
I live in the city I love, in the borough where I first tasted capitalism with a Daily News delivery route. I look forward to starting my day each morning and being in control of my own destiny.
Thanks for reading and here is to chance encounters on the streets of New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book - it is rare that I pick up a book and cannot put it down, but it was definitely the case with 'Walking Away from Wall Street'. I related to some of Max's painful descriptions of life at Morgan Stanley, I laughed at the stories he told with such wit, I teared up at some of the challenges he had to face - it was a great read overall!
The best part, especially for someone who is ready to make the next step, is that Max doesn't simply tell his story of ups and downs, he gives RELEVANT examples of business challenges and how to solve them and shares SPECIFIC free or very affordable tools that will help you run your small business.
I highly recommend the book no matter what stage of your life or career you are in - it is a fun read and it definitely makes you stop and think about where you are in your life, what are your goals and what are you doing to get to where you want to be.
From studying abroad and backpacking through Europe, to going through his life savings faster than Kim Kardashian's wedding, most would tuck their tail between their legs and admit defeat, but the author went from project to project, until he found his true calling. He now runs a top-rated Tour business in New York City.
I congratulate the author in all that he's been through and all that he's accomplished. It didn't sound like an easy task, but one that provided great material for a book that will sure inspire many people.
The best part of the book is his description of the increasing dissatisfaction with his corporate financial job at a major investment bank, an employer that is more like a machine that treats its employees as 'resources', rather than people. This is a familiar story to anyone who has ever worked for a large corporation and has been dreaming of doing something else but hasn't had the drive or courage to just leave.
Max describes his travels across Europe, and a sort of re-birth, a new look and take on life and our relationship to our work and our families and friends. THe book is not only inspiring, its very fun to read and I think it shatters the illusion that many people have, of not being able to switch jobs that they hate.
Another key gem in the book is Max's description of the early failures of starting his own travel business, and the key missteps he made before hitting success with a New York guided tour business. If you are thinking of starting a business or creating a smartphone app in hopes of profits, read this book!
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Inspiring story of leaving Wall Street for all the right reasons and finding a career to be passionate and engaged. This is when we all do our best work. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Tracy Plowman
This book is a great read. I highly reccommend both the book and City Rover tours in NYC. Max's story is truly inspirational.Published on December 11, 2012 by Lori L Birchman
A truly inspiring story and a fun read from start to finish. Good read for someone starting out on a new venture or looking back on a life long career alike.Published on October 15, 2012 by Mike
I really enjoyed this book! Walking away from Wall Street engages you in the story of Max, an employee at a top tier Wall Street bank who decides to leave his job and goes on a... Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by Rosa
"Walking away from Wall Street" is a multi-dimensional story which starts with characters and details of the high end financial history unravelling in front of your eyes to... Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by olga
This was a great and easy read! I enjoyed it very much. It was inspirational and contained some useful resource information.Published on March 6, 2012 by Klara