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Becoming an Entrepreneur: How to Find Freedom and Fulfillment as a Business Owner Paperback – July 16, 2014
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About the Author
Jake Desyllas founded Intelligent Space, an award-winning consultancy that led innovation in the field of pedestrian movement simulation and analysis. In 2010, he sold his business, quit the rat race, and retired early at the age of thirty-eight.
He is the host of The Voluntary Life, a popular podcast about entrepreneurship, financial independence, and freedom.
He has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate. He is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship both as an effective personal liberation program that is available to everyone and as a peaceful method of solving social problems. He is a perpetual traveler, a minimalist, a Getting Things Done (GTD) enthusiast, an avid reader of philosophy and psychology, and a marathon inline skater.
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Inevitably, most books about business do not strike at the root of what holds most people back from succeeding in business, or even starting in business in the first place - the psychological barriers of employee conditioning, fear of selling/failing/starting, and resistance to receiving and incorporating feedback about the business. Learning how to overcome these barriers is paramount in business, and should be included in any entrepreneurship book, but most of them fall short in the psychological realm. Becoming an Entrepreneur sets a new standard by explicitly unpacking these topics in a way that is easy to hear and relate to.
Jake Desyllas has produced a truly unique book, because it serves you the most important basic information about entrepreneurship in a concise, value-rich, matter-of-fact way. You don't need an MBA to understand this book, it is written for those who have never started a business. But even if you are already a business owner, you may find yourself saying, "I wish I had known this earlier!" as you read (I did). This book will not bog you down with details about how to run analytics on your business or how to increase sales (although these topics are covered), it will just give you an executive summary of the essential things you must know before you get started. There is no jargon, but there are lots of examples and anecdotes from the author about mistakes that he made when he was starting his business, and how he learned from them. (Contrast this to most entrepreneurship books, where the authors gloss over or deny ever having made any mistakes in business.)
The process of becoming an entrepreneur is described in the book as "staging a prison break" from a life of being an employee. This is accurate. The book will set you free from the walls of your cubicle and help you access a world of other possibilities. Read it! You'll be impressed.
As a seasoned entrepreneur I LOVED reading Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas. From funding your business to embracing selling... to scaling your business to how to stay profitable and sustainable... to just do it... Jake serves the best advice through every stage of the entrepreneurial journey.
Jake's insights and wisdom stem from his own 10 year adventure of launching a business and making plenty of mistakes until he figured out what worked. And of course, he's the best of role models given he sold his business and retired at the age of 38. I just love happy endings!
I highly recommend downloading a copy of Becoming an Entrepreneur - whatever stage you're in with your small business... this book will gift you just the advice you need to create a delicious outcome for you and your business.
If you'd like to watch my video interview with Jake, please visit andelyons dot com/TV.
Happy Trails - MUAH!
Jake's experience was that "Entrepreneurship gave me the freedom to live every day as I choose." It's his conviction that entrepreneurship is the only path to financial freedom that is available to anyone, regardless of their background, and that it provides the best opportunity for anyone to experience the three most fulfilling intrinsic motivations in life: purpose, mastery, and autonomy.
The inspiration in the book is valuable. But it's especially valuable that that it's backed up with practical tools and strategies for overcoming the fear and hangups along the journey.
-How to break free from living under the bondage of other people's goals for your life (as an employee) and experience the thrill of expressing purpose, mastery, and autonomy.
-How entrepreneurship really is a viable opportunity for everyone and that the world would be better if all people embraced entrepreneurship as a career path.
-The fears and conditioning that hold us back and keep us as employees and useful strategies for recognizing these tendencies and acting in spite of them.
-The basis of all successful entrepreneurial endeavors (making something people want).
-How to build on your personal advantages to identify your target market to develop.
-Why entrepreneurship is the best tool for societal change and improvement (entrepreneurs are exclusively focused on making the world a better place).
-Why the skill of selling is honorable, ethical, and valuable and why it's the fundamental skillset for successful ventures of any kind.
-The value of tracking the right data and the difference between planning and tracking.
-Various methods of funding a startup venture and their advantages and disadvantages.
-The steps needed to make yourself redundant in your business (so you have a business and not another job).
-How to get past the fear of starting by giving yourself permission to fail, permission to be imperfect, permission to make waves in your community, and permission to succeed.
-I really, really enjoyed this book and it's now on my list of "Recommended Reading" as a practical resource for people to build their base of knowledge and understanding for how to cross the chasm from where they are to where they want to be.
p.s., for an audio version of this book review and to hear a few of my favorite passages listen to my review at http://RadicalPersonalFinance.com/BecomingAnEntrepreneur
Joshua J. Sheats, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, CAP®, RHU®, REBC®
Host of the Radical Personal Finance Podcast, an in-depth, daily discussion of the strategies needed to take goal achievement from the ethereal to the practical and a discussion of what actually works in financial planning: www.RadicalPersonalFinance.com