- Paperback: 102 pages
- Publisher: Anthony Frasier (March 21, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692671870
- ISBN-13: 978-0692671870
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Dumb Down Your Greatness: A Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Thinking & Being Great Paperback – March 21, 2016
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My wife and I purchased Anthony Frasier's book "Don't Dumb Down Your Greatness" as soon as we heard about it. We just got it in the mail the other day and I'd already gotten about 1/2 way through it.
Last night, my wife wasn't feelin' well and asked me to read somethin' to her, so I had our son come in and we read together talkin' about this book starting back at the beginning again; sharing our own experiences in business and getting feedback from him. He's always been big into gaming, and he's entrepreneurial as well so we have some good conversations. So now, for the 2nd time, I'm at the 1/2 way point in "Don't Dumb Down Your Greatness". We're prob gonna finish that jawn by the end of the weekend.
I'm really appreciative of the author putting time and resources into doin' this work (inspiring the next generation of men and women entrepreneurs), I know it isn't easy. Being people of color involved so early in the modern tech revolution, we all may not have had as many of these examples and in such an accessible way, but as long as we all continue to share knowledge and support 'em, the generations coming up behind us are gonna be good. This book reinforces that to me.
As he talks about in the book, his goal is to influence 100k+ folks in 2016 - well, he can add us to his list.
Anthony and his biz partner James Lopez have been an inspiration of sorts for my wife and I for at least a few years now. Though my wife and I started our biz back in 2001, when we first caught wind of them, we watched their strategy closely for doin' business at The Phat Startup. We saw their level of success. And what he talks about in the book isn't just theory, these guys practiced the techniques he advocates on realness, honesty, boldness, and a whole lot more, but especially always be learning and never shrink back.
The book is designed to motivate you to do something. For me, it reaffirmed more clearly why we decided to start our biz in the first place and for whom, and encouraged us to continually hustle to do things on OUR terms. I think it's a lesson even old heads need - operate your business in a way that's true to your experiences, at a high level, and never forget the value of your own culture; never be ashamed of where you've come from or your missteps. Anthony's successes have proven the wisdom and savvy of approaching business differently and especially not dumbing down your greatness.
UPDATE: When I'd originally written this review it was posted on the website & blog for the Anthony Frasier podcast "Hustle & Luck". I hadn't completely finished the book yet either. Fast forward and I'm still as enthusiastic to encourage folks to read it as much now as I was then. I spoke with my son the other day, and jokingly made the request he read the book before the end of July "As long as you're under my roof you will read the books I say!" ;) ..after both of us had a good laugh, I talked to him about why I thought this book was an important read for him - He's also into video game development and gamer culture (he's doing online training in it now) so the book felt like an ideal fit for him. There's a few young people I'd wished had had this book back in the day cause I think it would've been a great resource for 'em. Many people of color from various backgrounds share some common experiences, and I think prevent among them is the push to tell folks "don't be yourself, hide who you are and pretend to be something different, because you're not enough - smart, educated, rich, whatever". In the book Anthony advocates some critical thinking about why the recommendations to hide who your true self may not be the wisest course of action and encourages something else. You can be independent, run your own biz and do all of these things successfully on your own terms - that's an important message for all of us, regardless of background. So, thank you Anthony again, for sharing so much of your background, especially for so many young people to benefit from.