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From Dust to Diamonds: How Small Entrepreneurs can Grow and Prosper in any Economy by [Oreck, David]
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  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: TAG Publishing, LLC (May 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQCXXYA
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In this book Mr. Oreck covers sound business practices that could be applied to ANY business. If you want to start a business or already run one and want more than general guidance with good down-to-earth no nonsense advice from numerous perspectives, look no further, all from a guy (David Oreck) that's been there and done it and looks down upon what some of the college courses preach.

I highly recommend this book!
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There's a lack of common sense in Corporate America today. The grit and raw intelligence that made America great is being pushed aside by over-educated MBAs who believe they know how to do things better. This is not a hit against education, but a hit against those that abandon common sense for lines and figures on a spreadsheet. There was a time when leadership came from the bottom. It came from those who worked their way up from the "mail room." Now leadership is selected from those who are the loudest and most educated. If you don't believe this is an issue simply look at what many of the biggest corporations in America have done in the last decade.

Oreck founded a solid company and used common sense as well as experience to build a great company. Then he sold the company to a group that resembled what I described above. That group later bankrupted the company and sent it spiraling downward. Now Mr. Oreck wants to buy back the company he founded and make it great again. He wants to do this to preserve what he built and to save the jobs of hard working people.

This book is worth reading, especially now. Corporate America is hurting and this book has the answers as to why.
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Probably the most common sense book I have read this year. Mr.Oreck in describing his 70+ years in business fills the pages with information that anyone starting out on their own should read. The main takeaway is building value,own your distribution and never lead with price. Also when he talks about knowing your customer,take notes. An enjoyable and knowing read I wish had been available a long time ago. Now that it is here,own it,read it and implement the great wisdom he imparts.
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This was a lovely and insightful afternoon to read. The language David uses is clear and direct and his guidance is based purely on his own first hand experience living and prospering since the Second World War. He doesn't paint himself as a genius. Just an average guy with some sharp ideas about getting a business launched and keeping it on it's feet.

The elements and questions David raises may not be, in-an-of-themselves "sufficient" for running a successful business. In other words, you could do everything he talks about and still fail. Luck, inspiration, hard work -- all do play a part. However, David's observations are spot-on NECESSARY elements for success, meaning that if you DON'T pay attention to these details, your business is not likely to get off the ground. It's like saying there are prizes on top of some very tricky-to-climb mountains. If you have your gear, supplies, agreement with your team, weather reports, mad -- and if you're lucky and have a great guide or mentor -- you at least those have a chance of reaching the prize. More more planning and a bit of luck will definitely make the journey easier, but without those essentials, you would be unlikely make it more than a very short way up that mountain -- or you may just never try at all.

Personally, I am a big fan of mentors. Especially if they tell realistic stories of problems they have confronted in real life and can warn you away from boobey-traps! Mine has often told me that everybody learns from the school of hard knocks-but if you're lucky- you can learn from knocks which have or are hammering away at someone else!

Whether you are just starting out (or thinking about it) or a seasoned CEO of a Fortune 500 -- this book is well worth the time. Maybe if the CEO of Borders had internalized David's wisdom a couple of years ago, they might still be around!

Elyce Picciotti, March 9 2014
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