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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Business (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079318018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793180189
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Barry] Moltz makes entrepreneurialism intoxicating. -- The Chicago Sun-Times, October 12, 2003

About the Author

Barry Moltz has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years.After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry hasbranched out into a number of entrepreneurship-related activities. Hefounded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a formeradvisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation.His first book, "You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business" describesthe ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. It is inits fourth reprint and has been translated into Chinese, Russian,Korean and Thai. His second book, "Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success", teaches how to gain true business confidence.Barry is an internationally recognized expert on entrepreneurshipwho has given over 100 speeches to audiences ranging from 20 to 20,000.He was appointed by the Illinois Governor in 2005 to serve on the boardof the Institute for Entrepreneurship Education (IIEE). As a member ofthe Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he also has taught entrepreneurshipas an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Barry Moltz gets small businesses unstuck. He has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 20 years.

After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry has branched out into a number of entrepreneurship-related activities. He founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation.

His first book, "You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business" describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. It is in its fourth reprint and has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Korean and Thai. His second book, "Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success", shows what it takes to comeback and develop true business confidence. His third book is called, "BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World" which shows how social media and self service makes customer service, the new marketing! His fourth book, "Small Town Rules", discusses how when every customer can talk to every other customer, it's like we all live in a small town. His fifth book,"How to Get Unstuck: 25 Ways to Get Your Business Growing Again" shows small business owners finally how to move their business forward to financial success.

Barry is a nationally recognized speaker on small business who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging from 20 to 20,000. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he also has taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as MSNBC's Your Business, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, NPR and The Tavis Smiley Show. He write regularly for American Express Open Forum.

Customer Reviews

The only thing better than reading Barry's book is hearing him speak.
Alejandro M. Paiuk
That's what Barry Moltz has you ponder as you read through his experiences and the real life stories of several other entrepreneurs.
Laura L. Siner
If you are considering starting your own business - you must read Barry's book.
Michael Silverman

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
It's weird. I notice that all the reviewers give this book a 5-star rating, and at the same time, all reviewers come from IL. The author, Barry Moltz, is from IL as well. I would conclude that Barry Moltz has a lot of good friends ready to write a review on Amazon.
Anyway...
I think the book is great for people who are thinking about creating their own business but haven't started yet. It gives a lot of food for thought. However, if you have already created your own business, you will be a little disappointed because you will not learn much.
This book is about the rollercoaster ride that is awaiting people who wants to start their own business. What you should expect to go through emotionally: everything that you should know and the problems you will go through with your family, your business partners, your health, etc.
Don't look for insightful comments and business recommendations. That's not what the book is about.
If you have already been through the trouble of creating your own business, you will probably already know what Barry Moltz is talking about.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. VONROTHKIRCH on April 22, 2005
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This is a guru book, mostly filled with 'emotional wisdom'. There isn't much solid info to be had, just entertaining stories and anecdotes. To paraphrase what I found useful: "You can read and study business til the end of time, but you just have to jump in and do it!" Consider this book an emotional primer, nothing more, nothing less.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By B. Gnoz on December 23, 2004
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After reading so many glowing reviews here an Amazon, I bought this book. I began reading and quickly found myself wondering when the introductory comments would end and the book itself would begin. Then it dawned on me... the entire book is written as a relatively loose collection of thoughts. Ugh!

I pressed on, hoping that some enlightenment might be found among all these scattered thoughts. On and on I went, far past the point of pain. I found myself reading with an oddly-placed determination that this book MUST have something more to it in order for it to have been so universally praised.

Well, I've made it through roughly half of the pages, and that is more than enough for me. Reading this book is like sitting down to lunch with your manic-depressive uncle during his manic phase. Worse, he's just had his second latte' and can't seem to focus on a single topic for more than a couple of sentences. There appears to be little thought given to structure or construct, and the result is a hyperactive jog through the author's mind. Unfortunately, you quickly start to recognize the scenery as you are led in various ways through the same small plot, and ultimately you are led nowhere.

To top it off, his experience actually seems quite narrow and brief. Thankfully, he relates the stories of a dozen other entrepreneurs, but these are too broad and anecdotal to provide much insight. The net result is a book of brief, common-sense admonishments.

I've rarely been so disappointed in a book. How it has received so many good reviews is beyond me.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Allen on December 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Most of the entrepreneurs I've met are looking for a magic bullet. They are searching for A "Top Ten List" for Business Success. Moltz is here to tell you that there isn't any such list and you just need to keep plugging away, slowly but surely. There are no short cuts and even a few hundred million in VC money is no guarantee of future riches.
I must admit, I was pretty depressed when I finished You Need to Be a Little Crazy. I seriously thought about going out and getting a job, because honestly, I was looking for a way to make some great money by running my own business. I did some long, hard soul searching about my life and my business because of this book. Now, several months later, I am really grateful to have such an honest, realistic guide, because I know I am on the right track. Turns out that my goal in life is to never have to work for anyone else again. I don't need that much money, I just need my freedom and I'm willing to take the emotional roller coaster ride that goes along with it.
What makes this a great book is Moltz's willingness to reveal the ugly dark side of business. You will get sick, your partners will throw you out of your own company, and you might even FAIL. Failure is such a dirty word that most of the books I read on this subject don't even MENTION it, unless it's to say, "Failure isn't an option." (Over 500,000 business closed in 2000, so it must be an option for quite a few people!)
One of my favorite chapters is called "Networking is Not a Verb; Take This Card and Shove It" and it's all about the importance of knowing how to network properly. I go to so many networking events where a stranger pushes their business card in my face and says, "Let me know if you hear of any business for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on January 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Author Barry J. Moltz is not a brilliant business strategist. He does not intend to propose a set of holy rules that, if followed, will ensure that your new enterprise is a roaring success. Indeed, one of his primary messages is that new businesses fail so routinely that only someone crazy would consider opening one. If that's you, think of Moltz as a revered mentor who has successfully negotiated several start-ups of his own, and has volunteered to talk to you about what opening your own business will entail. He discusses the character traits you need to make a successful go of things, how to deal with partners and employees, and the best ways to win customers and clients. While Moltz scatter-shots his concepts and points, we endorse his good-humored book, nevertheless, as a worthwhile guide. It offers numerous valuable lessons from a seasoned veteran on what starting a new business really entails. Consider yourself warned.
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