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A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and its Moment in Human Progress Paperback – October 1, 2009

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"A Deliberate Pause is an eye-opening read. It offers keen insight for veteran and rookie entrepreneurs alike. It's the kind of resource you'll return to time and again, for it offers a smart and useful guide for anyone who wants to think different and turn those thoughts into action." - Daniel H. Pink, Author of DRIVE and A Whole New Mind

"If as a country we want to lead in the 21st century and beyond, we're going to need entrepreneurs. If as a species (humans) we want to resolve the global challenges we face, then all of us, not just a few, need to think entrepreneurially. Larry Robertson's A Deliberate Pause not only awakens us to these truths, it shows how each of us can actively engage, not just in economic, social, or environmental progress, but in human progress." - JJ Ramberg, Host MSNBC's Your Business

"Most of us seek a quick fix formula, when what we need is a primer in how positive change really occurs. A Deliberate Pause fills that need. This book isn't a business book (though business could benefit enormously from it's lessons). It isn't academic (though its research is broad, rigorous, and compelling). And it doesn't offer up the typical canned 'recipe' or '10 steps' to the perfect answer. If you want that, go elsewhere and good luck. That said, if you want the truth about what allows the world to progress, if you want to know how to have lasting impact, and if you want a smart, relevant book that moves you - no matter who you are, look no further." - Gene Kahn, Founder Cascadian Farms and Small Planet Foods

"It is quite rare to see such a quality, highly-professional, heartfelt book that explores the conscience of an entrepreneur. The author's mind, heart, soul, talent, and insights are on parade - and will motivate readers to take 'a deliberate pause' to ask themselves if they are leading their best life. Read it and reap." - Sam Horn, Author of POP! and Got Your Attention?

"It's difficult to strike a balance between a well-researched book, a groundbreaking view of the world, and a highly readable and accessible style - A Deliberate Pause does this masterfully." - Harry Weller, Partner, NEA (New Enterprise Associates)

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Of everything to which we could apply entrepreneurial thinking, why haven't we applied it to entrepreneurship itself? Instead of deliberately pausing to take a fresh look, we regularly make these errors:
  • We seek a formulaic answer, a recipe, for how to make an entrepreneurial undertaking succeed. There isn't one.
  • We believe that the story of the individual entrepreneur tells us the story of entrepreneurship. It doesn't even come close.
  • Narrower still, we look to only one source, one time, or one form of entrepreneurship in our search for its secrets. Why?
Ironically, approaching entrepreneurship this way is the opposite of what entrepreneurs do when seeking to understand something and find its value. True entrepreneurs pause - deliberately, habitually.
As they do, they look for and see patterns others miss - patterns they can act on, draw others to, and extract value from as never before. Even more compelling (and revealing), the best do so not for a personal reward but for the advancement of humanity.
A Deliberate Pause takes an entrepreneurial look at entrepreneurship, learning from those who know best what really makes it work. Larry Robertson combines his vast experience with the sage insights of more than 200 individuals living in the entrepreneurial universe. In doing so, he shows us the value of a deliberate pause and the truth about entrepreneurship as we've never known it before. More, he places the power directly in our hands and invites each of us to change our lives and our world.

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