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Finding Success in Failure: True Confessions From 10 Years of Startup Mistakes (The Craftsman Founder's Guide Book 2) by [Carlson, Lucas]
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"When I grow up I want to be like Lucas, who not only knows the pitfalls of startups, but don't keep falling into them" ~David S. Rose, Legendary NY Angel Investor and TED Speaker 

"Lucas' perseverance makes him an unstoppable entrepreneur." ~Neil Patel, Serial Entrepreneur and Popular Blogger 

"Lucas is the real deal when it comes to entrepreneurs. His commitment to long-term vision makes him stand out amongst a sea of people just trying to make a quick buck." ~Rob Hayes, Venture Capitalist 

"Lucas is a passionate entrepreneur and totally dedicated to his craft -- I backed him once and I'd do it again in a heartbeat" ~Chris DeVore, Seed-Stage VC 

"Startup life is a bizarre, thrilling, exhausting, painful and occasionally amazing ride. But it's easy to feel alone on the trip. Let Lucas be your companion and remind you of what to do and, more importantly, what not to do." ~Dave Hersh, Founder of Jive Software 

"His hard-won entrepreneurial wisdom and a penchant for sharing his inspiring stories is why I chose to profile Lucas in The Lean Entrepreneur." ~Patrick Vlaskovits, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Lean Entrepreneur 

"Lucas has distilled years of painful startup lessons into one clear and actionable book. Don't waste your time and money learning these lessons the hard way!" ~Kurt Sussman, Serial Entrepreneur 

"Lucas writes with passion and provides rock solid advice based on personal experience. Building a startup is hard, but this book can make it a lot easier by showing you the essentials you need to focus on, and the pitfalls you should avoid." ~Justin Sumner, Founder 

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"Lucas is a passionate entrepreneur and totally dedicated to his craft -- I backed him once and I'd do it again in a heartbeat" ~Chris DeVore, Seed-Stage VC 

"Startup life is a bizarre, thrilling, exhausting, painful and occasionally amazing ride. But it's easy to feel alone on the trip. Let Lucas be your companion and remind you of what to do and, more importantly, what not to do." ~Dave Hersh, Founder of Jive Software 

"His hard-won entrepreneurial wisdom and a penchant for sharing his inspiring stories is why I chose to profile Lucas in The Lean Entrepreneur." ~Patrick Vlaskovits, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Lean Entrepreneur 

"Lucas has distilled years of painful startup lessons into one clear and actionable book. Don't waste your time and money learning these lessons the hard way!" ~Kurt Sussman, Serial Entrepreneur 

"Lucas writes with passion and provides rock solid advice based on personal experience. Building a startup is hard, but this book can make it a lot easier by showing you the essentials you need to focus on, and the pitfalls you should avoid." ~Justin Sumner, Founder 

Product Details

  • File Size: 954 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Craftsman Founder; 1 edition (March 3, 2015)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TACMNTU
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Reading this book was like sitting around a fire, having a relaxing, thoughtful conversation with Lucas about the lessons he's learned starting his own businesses and asking questions of other entrepreneurs. This lessons shared truly embody the familiar expression, "Entrepreneurs are made, not born". His experiences have helped him to become fearless - willing to dig deep within himself and ask tough questions most of us don't want to answer. This book touches on many concepts familiar to readers of startup literature, but from an intimate, personal voice that is much more readable and engaging. Every Entrepreneur should read this book before starting their first (or fourteenth) company.
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Clear and direct, easy to identify with. Lucas writes with a human voice and the result is like a good friend guiding you around the most common pitfalls. Also, I often complain that business books are full of useless fluff to make them thicker. This is not a fat fluffy book. It's all meat.
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This book is a raw, engaging view for someone interested in what it REALLY takes to become a successful, action oriented entrepreneur. You want that advice from someone who has experienced the failures for you, so you don't have to repeat most of the mistakes.

Highly recommended read.
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Great book.. If you want to learn Bout the life of an entrepreneur, it's struggles and problems, along with all the good things this is a good book to start with.

If you are a seasoned entrepreneur you might find it logical, even dull, but you most likely will find value in it either way.

If you are just in for the ride, you will learn too, the tricks applied for a business are usually applicable for life too.

Good job Lucas.
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Entrepreneurship sucks. No matter how much we mythologize storied founders like Steve Jobs, the day-to-day reality of building a business is a grueling exercise in trench warfare. The best founders are so relentless and resourceful that their success is inevitable. Lucas Carlson is one of those founders. And Finding Success in Failure is the kind of book that inspires through it's honesty about the process of entrepreneurship. Don't read this book if you want an a checklist or a cute poster with an inspirational quote. Read this book if you want a view inside the head and heart of an entrepreneur doing the real thing. Check your rose tinted glasses at the door and get ready for a roller coaster ride business tell-all.
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This book is a lot like talking to a good mentor about entrepreneurship. The author combines personal reminiscing along with specific advice . He flows back and forth between the two modes in much the same way a mentor would when you're just talking with him/her.
The "finding success in failure" concept is a pleasant change from a lot of books that just focus on the things that worked out. Or, if mistakes are mentioned, they seem rather abstract and easy to ignore. This author makes the mistakes (and lessons learned) seem much more personal.
Another theme that is fairly unique is that although this book is about startups, it's not about the quick score. ("Start up. Cash in. Sell out. Bro down." in the words of Eric Cartman.) Rather it's about the concept of the craftsman founder - someone out to build something right because that's what craftsmen (and women) do.
On top of everything else, it's a good, easy read. Check it out.
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Carlson shares some professional (and personal) insights into the world of being an entrepreneur. From how to navigate the process of finding (and selecting) a startup idea to hard business lessons he had to learn the hard way.

"You can set yourself up for success over the long term by learning to maintain and manage your mind."

He's gotten in touch with some of the psychological hurdles that entrepreneurs face and reflects on he's had to own those to find success.
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This is a lot more than an all-you-can-eat buffet of winning ideas for the budding entrepreneur. It's also a manual on how to be true to yourself and stay mentally and physically healthy while you bring your pet projects to fruition. Go ahead: Read this book. You might just find yourself living a better life and being a better person. Highly recommended.
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