- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Johnson Media Inc. (January 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988479702
- ISBN-13: 978-0988479708
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 441 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs Paperback – January 22, 2013
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"This book is where every 'wannabe' entrepreneur should start...these potentially controversial mindsets ring true. Enjoy."
-Martin Zwilling, contributor, Forbes
"In our current time, it's essential to share any type of business knowledge that we attain, and Kevin Johnson is definitely playing a pivotal role in contributing to our entrepreneurship age."
-Vivian Giang, reporter, Business Insider
"Kevin has done a remarkable job synthesizing the key points about successful entrepreneurship. In valuable detail, he discusses his own enlightening experiences and those of well-known entrepreneurs to help readers get it right the first time. This book is an important resource for current and aspiring entrepreneurs."
-Eric Overby, Ph.D., assistant professor, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
"In this commendable work, Kevin has emboldened a movement very dear to my heart: making entrepreneurship accessible and a viable option for millions of young people around the world."
-Scott Gerber, founder, Young Entrepreneur Council; author, Never Get a "Real" Job
"Kevin Johnson has written a phenomenal book that will inspire readers to become high-achieving entrepreneurs. Cleverly interweaving the lessons from his rich experience with those of business moguls who we all admire, Kevin exemplifies and articulates the great opportunity, fulfillment, and value that pursuing entrepreneurship brings. Well done."
-Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta, U.S. congressman, and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
"Kevin stitches together actual life scenarios and outcomes that every entrepreneur needs to understand. This book doesn't live in the clouds like some others do. Real life for real business builders... read it!"
-Devon Wijesinghe, serial entrepreneur; chairman, Insightpool; director, Atlanta Technology Angels
"Kevin has just given us the next best how-to handbook on starting, building, and sustaining your own business. It is written with such clarity and with commonsense lessons that truly hit the mark, turning complex concepts into simple applications."
-Kent Matlock, CEO, Matlock Advertising and Public Relations
"The Entrepreneur Mind provides an easy-to-understand blueprint for success. It can be used by anyone wanting to make their dream a reality or aiming to take their business to the next level. In this book, Kevin gives key step-by-step principles for building a strong business foundation from idea to execution, and it is truly a must read for everyone ready to step out on faith to start their own enterprise."
-Samuel T. Jackson, founder, chairman, and CEO, Economic Empowerment Initiative Inc., and member, U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability
"Wow! Within minutes of reading this book, the business strategies and secrets that Kevin shared more than paid for the price. I highly recommend this book to entrepreneurial newbies, seasoned pros, and everybody in between. Buy it, use it, and watch your business grow!"
-Shaun King, founder, HopeMob
"Kevin's book is thought-provoking and insightful. Readers will be challenged on their own beliefs and characteristics regarding entrepreneurship. It is full of rich ideas on how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and how to build a business the right way, avoiding the issues that have caused others to stumble."
-Christopher Hanks, director of Entrepreneurship Program, University of Georgia
About the Author
Kevin D. Johnson, president of Johnson Media Inc. and a serial entrepreneur, has several years of experience leading his multimillion-dollar marketing and communications company that now serves many of the most notable Fortune 100 businesses. As an innovative leader, he has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS, Oprah Radio, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Moreover, he has appeared on CNN frequently.
Before founding his company in 2000, he engineered web applications and produced computer software for leading companies. He was a software programmer for IBM and a webmaster for CNN Interactive. He also worked for Arthur Andersen Worldwide as a business consultant and software developer.
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Kevin attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied computer science as a NASA scholar and Spanish, graduating with honors. While in college, he started Johnson Media Inc., which in 2000 created one of the first online content management systems, called OmniPublisher. He later sold it to a publishing company, earning the distinction as a social media pioneer. Realizing the tremendous opportunity in applying Internet technologies to media and marketing, he decided to focus his business on this growing market.
Recently, Kevin was the director of economic gardening for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), one of the nation’s largest nonprofit trade organizations for technology. In this role, he was responsible for leading an innovative approach to economic development that focused on providing resources to high-tech businesses located in Georgia’s coastal region.
In his spare time, Kevin enjoys listening to salsa and jazz, playing piano in his Latin band, reading, golfing, traveling, and running half marathons. He is a member of the Apex Society, the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), and a former board member of the Atlanta Business League (ABL). He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and son.
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I liked his comment that going into business to make money is like getting married to get sex. To succeed, one needs more admirable motives. He's not big on "follow your passion" nor "become your own boss," either. Rather, become an entrepreneur if you want to provide goods and services that others value and if you get real pleasure out of doing so. The money will likely follow.
He writes well-clearly, interestingly, with many supporting quotes and examples. Neither overly modest nor unwilling to share his failures, Johnson presents some hard truths, including that the entrepreneur has got to be willing to put his business ahead of his family. Talk about not being politically correct!
Fortunately, he married a woman in synch with his goals and lifestyle. Surprisingly to me, they have a mortgage. Though it is a form of financial diversification, when you owe money, you are less secure than when you do not. You have to be willing to take risks, Johnson notes, and he has been rich and nearly broke within the last decade or so. It will be interesting to see whether he continues his well-earned winning streak or runs into circumstances that even diligence and talent cannot overcome.
Johnson's success is at a scale that puts him within reach of many potential readers. He has multi-million-dollar success rather than mega-million-dollar triumphs, much less the billion-dollar riches of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg or of the founders of Microsoft, Apple, Netflix, Amazon, etc. If his level is hard for us to reach, it is not out of sight. His advice is relevant to the would-be captain of industry during those early years when such captaincy is just a distant goal.
Sub-titled "100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs," his book delivers as promised. The 100 topics are categorized within seven chapters: Strategy, Education, People, Finance, Marketing & Sales, Leadership, and Motivation.
Some of my favorites from the 100 are: Think Big; Create New Markets; Build a Company That Is Systems-Dependent, Not People-Dependent; Ask for Help; Business Comes First, Family Second; Hire a Good Lawyer; The Business Plan is Overrated; Fire Your Worst Customers; Technology is an Opportunity, Not a Threat; Always Follow Up; Failure Doesn't Kill You; An Idea's Execution, Not Its Uniqueness, Yields Success; Don't Underestimate Your Competition; School Is Not Necessarily Education; Spend the Majority of Your Time with People Smarter than You; People Don't Only Work for Money; Get the Right Mentor; A Check in Hand Means Nothing; The Biggest Investment in Your Company Is Yours; Your Customer Is Your Boss; Networking Isn't All About You; Act in Spite of How You Feel; Make Difficult Sacrifices; You Are Excited When Monday Morning Arrives; You Are Disappointed When Friday Arrives; You Feel Unequaled Joy When Your Idea Becomes Reality.
The book ends with some valuable contact information for Kevin D. Johnson: at Twitter, he is @BizWizKevin; his email is email@example.com; not surprisingly, his web site is TheEntrepreneurMind.com.
Mr. Johnson knew he wanted to be a businessman from early on, once he found he was too vertically challenged to make it into the National Basketball Association, even as a point guard. He now has the NBA as one of his premier accounts. He convinced me, however, that his is a route I was glad I had not taken: too much work, too many trivial issues, more stress than I would want. Still, he has hobnobbed with interesting people and seems to have enjoyed his choices.
The audience for this book should be those who want to understand successful businessmen and those who are entrepreneurs or are thinking of running their own businesses.
Achieving success starts with the right mindset. Before pursuing a life as an entrepreneur you need to first think like one. You need to understand what habits they practice, what morals they follow, and what systems they use. This book provides all of that for you. This book is way underpriced. It could potentially be worth millions to you, if you follow the proven steps that this great book has to offer. The only reason I gave it 5 stars was, because they didn't have 6 stars as an option. Long story short, buy this book today and start your year right.
My only issues were with rules 38) Spend the Majority of Your Time with People Smarter Than You and
48) Get the Right Mentor.
I read this advice all the time, however, hundreds of small business owners will probably concur that the "right mentors" don't grow on trees, thus may not be available. In connection with 38) and 48) I missed a mentioning of the Internet as a resource. Pete Cashmore, the founder of Mashable, thought up his business concept alone, using only the world wide web as a resource.
The author's very best advice: "Don't waste your Time on People Who Can't Say Yes".
Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger