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Young Guns: The Fearless Entrepreneur's Guide to Chasing Your Dreams and Breaking Out on Your Own Hardcover – April 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814410707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814410707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A s a recent college graduate, there is no better time to take risks—especially when it comes to making career choices. Too often, young employees find themselves in unfulfilling jobs with little chance of advancement. But with the right advice, they can strike out on their own and chase their dreams. Author Robert Tuchman knows what it takes to break free of a frustrating job and build a career on your own terms.  In Young Guns, he shows readers how to start out on a business venture, how to gain a client base, how to keep those clients, and what they need to sacrifice along the way in order to succeed. Young entrepreneurs will learn how to: 

formulate their great idea

• identify their strengths

• develop a realistic business plan

• get out and meet the right people

• capitalize a venture

• make a business stand out in a crowded marketplace

• find and get along with a business partner

Filled with real-life examples of entrepreneurs under 35 who have made it to the top, this is the book that will show readers how to go for the gold and lead a passionate, daring, and successful life.

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When Robert Tuchman graduated from college, he had a burning desire to follow his passion and make a name for himself. He was quickly forced to abandon his dream of being a sports writer, eventually accepting a position as a stockbroker trainee. Like many graduates, he soon realized that he was completely unfulfilled in his new job. “There has to be something better than this,” he decided.

 

In Young Guns, Tuchman shows how you can pursue your own dreams of making it big and breaking free from the pack.  In addition to his own, he tells the incredible stories of other young guns who fulfilled their dreams, including three PayPal employees named Steven Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim, who started a little website called YouTube, where users could upload, view, and share video clips. Using their unparalleled marketing savvy, design skills, and a hunger to create something of their own, they turned the site into a phenomenon. Eventually, these three young guns sold their site to Google Inc., for $1.65 billion.

 

Entrepreneur Tuchman shows you that you can break out on your own and achieve your dreams. He explains how to start out on a business venture, and what you need to sacrifice along the way in order to succeed. As a young gun himself, Tuchman is an expert on taking risks and starting your own business. Tired of working at a job with little prospect of advancement, he formed his own company—Tuchman Sports Enterprises—out of a corner of his apartment with one phone and a fax machine. Within two years, his company was named to the annual Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies.

 

With his hard-won advice, you will discover how to:

·        Connect your work to what you love.

·        Start working your plan, whether you’re ready or not.

·        Find the right partner, and avoid the wrong one.

·        Set priorities for that all-important first year.

·        Court clients and keep them coming back.

·        Build a great team.

·        Overcome failure and learn from it.

·        Maintain good relationships with your vendors.

 

There is no better time to take a chance than when you’re young, bold, and have very little to lose. The young guns in this book prove that taking risks and breaking free from the pack really does pay off.

 

Robert Tuchman is the Founder of TSE Sports & Entertainment, a company he started out of his one-bedroom apart­ment in Manhattan at the age of 25. TSE has gone on to appear on Inc. 500’s list of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies. Tuchman now serves as President of Premiere Corporate Events, a division of Premiere Global Sports. He has appeared on “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” the CBS Morning News, CNN, NBC, BET, and has been the subject of features in USA Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur. He lives in New York City.


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I enjoyed reading this book, a lot of motivation and real life stories.
Joe
This gives me a unique perspective in the qualities and decisions that make a successful entrepreneur.
Nikki Leigh
Overall, a great read and an awe inspiring book for young people that are entering the business world.
J. Harris

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Kahan on April 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Not only was this book easy to read but it also provided realistic and concrete goals that helped motivate me to action. The real life examples also proved very helpful. I would strongly recommend Young Guns to anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on July 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Robert Tuchman believes you should fulfill your professional dreams. He should know. After graduating college, Tuchman, who had always wanted to be a sports writer, became a stockbroker trainee. When that quickly became an unfulfilling life pursuit, Tuchman broke out and reconfigured his plan to put himself back on track. Now, as a successful businessman in the world of sports and corporate events, Tuchman shares his insights as to how a young person (the ones who have `nothing to lose') can make their way creating their own business dream.

`Young Guns' is a well-balanced primer for newbies in the business world who want to learn things like how to identify big ideas, find valuable partners, nurturing important vendor relationships, the all-important first year and how to get started whether you're ready or not. Along the way, Tuchman cites examples of entrepreneurs who utilize the techniques outlined in the book and how those methods have benefitted their companies.

`Young Guns' is neither complex nor hard to follow and in that respect it is perhaps most useful to those who are truly just starting out on their personal business journey - even for those who may already have a job, but are yet to begin the journey to their dream career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ssingh on August 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've worked with dozens of entrepreneurs of all ages and levels of expertise. Young entrepreneurs have special opportunities and challenges. Rob's book addresses both of these in a way that is encouraging, reality-based and highly instructional. It is the best resource I've seen for young entrepreneurs written by someone who has been there. As a professor of entrepreneurship and sports business, I've used the book in my class and will continue to do so.
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Part of the American Dream is to own your own business. Millions of people have done this - but we also know that many people fail in business every year, many in the first years. So, is there a secret to succeeding as a new entrepreneur? There are a number of factors and Young Guns by Robert Tuchman is a very good place to get started.

Anyone who is in business for themselves knows that there are many things that make a difference in the success or failure of any business. I've managed businesses for over 20 years for a wide variety of business owners and usually I was hired to reorganize and fix struggling businesses. This gives me a unique perspective in the qualities and decisions that make a successful entrepreneur. So, I was very interested to read Young Guns and to see what Robert Tuchman had to say.

I cringe every time I hear someone say "All you need is a great idea and you'll be a success." I was participating in a writer's conference symposium for business authors and the man beside me said that and I had to chime in and disagree. It made for an awkward hour - but it had to be said. So, I opened this book and waited to see if the author would say that. I'm very glad to report that he did not.

I was very glad that the first chapter is titled "Why Not Me?" What a great way to start the book? It made me even happier when I looked at the table of contents and found "The Idea" was chapter 3.

Robert Tuchman tells the reader to be sure that it is really a big idea. Just being excited about an idea isn't enough and many times we hear that its only important to find something that the market needs. While these are all elements of a successful idea - Tuchman says that its also important to find something that you are truly interested in.
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By J. Harris on June 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Young Guns is a must read for anyone between the ages of 22-30. It teaches you valuable life lessons that aim to help the average person succeed. What I liked most about it, is that the book maintained a realistic mindset. It did not aim to achieve impossible goals. It talked a lot about the basics. While most people think they know how to organize their time, manage their money, they don't. Rob Tuchman teaches these valuable life lessons that can not be learned in a classroom, nor can they be learned out on the streets. The most important lessons come from someone who has gone through the experience of trying to achieve their goals at the highest level. It is no wonder that Tuchman has become so successful on his own.

Overall, a great read and an awe inspiring book for young people that are entering the business world.
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YOUNG GUNS: THE FEARLESS ENTREPRENEUR'S GUIDE TO CHASING YOUR DREAMS AND BREAKING OUT ON YOUR OWN shows professionals they can start and succeed in their own business even if they're young. The author abandoned his own dreams of being a sports writer to accept a position as a stockbroker trainee, and formed his own successful company out of his apartment which made the annual Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing privately held companies. His inspirational account of how he did so with no investors and no money is perfect for any business collection.
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By B. Pilchik on March 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I really liked this book. Not only do you see the author's passion for starting his own business, he shows other entrepreneurs and business owners talking about their own experiences. If you are already an entrepreneur looking for additional thoughts and ideas or something thinking about starting a business, this book should definitely be on your reading list.
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