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- Print Length: 204 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H7JE3FK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Praise for The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth
"This book is pure Brogan. Helpful, excited, practical and willing to challenge both the status quo and our deepest fears."
―Seth Godin, author of We Are All Weird
"I wouldn't have called myself a freak, but I see where Chris is going with this. Freaks unite! I'm one of you."
―Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art
"Chris' madman enthusiasm for the newfangled art-life-business blur screams and punches right out of these pages, which read like a manifesto for a new class of weirdo makers."
―Amanda Palmer, Piano and Ukulele Slayer
"Chris's Freaks book is about being who you really are and the systems it takes to make that a success. If you're happy not fitting in but want a big future, this is your book."
―Anthony Robbins, entrepreneur, author, and Peak Performance Strategist
"Chris Brogan not only wrote the exact book I wanted to read, he wrote the book I wanted to write. But he did it better justice than I could've. Now, the freaks really will inherit the earth."
―James Altucher, author of Choose Yourself!
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Brogan gives valuable, actionable advice for seasoned and budding entrepreneurs alike, including soloproneurs, small business owners, as well as employeeproneurs. Check out the 6 steps for building discipline, 10 things to quit, garbage and gold questions, and lists of awesomeness (or helpfulness) to name a few. I also appreciated that the advice is in short chapters, with bite sized nuggets, and bolded headings which makes it so much easier to read a book without having to wade through reams of detail. "Brevity is [indeed] the gold standard in business" as Brogan says.
I loved the concept of Monchu, an Okinawan word meaning one family, "the family you choose." Brogan explains how this is better than just networking; this is a list of people you care about. Monchu is the extended network you nurture. The mind-set of Monchu is that you care more about some people than as merely customers or a part of your network. It's the idea that you're not just looking to make money and "sell and run" but that you might want to build a community beyond just selling. If this book inspires you to work from a Monchu mind-set, you will be richer for reading it. Not to mention all of the other useful advice.
Throughout the book I'd say the tone was one of a pragmatic cheerleader. He's encouraging in having you look at the possibilities before you in business, but it is tempered with some sensible caveats. As an entrepreneur I found it refreshing that he avoided the sometimes goofy platitudes which permeate some similar books. Instead of the "never quit" mantra, he explains (correctly) that sometimes it is a very good idea to quit.
He does his job in pointing out, as the title suggests, that fitting in isn't much of a strategy anymore. If people only got that from the book, it would be worth the read.
On the negative side, I thought it was a bit long. However, I think that my familiarity with many of the topics were the key drivers of that feeling. For the uninitiated, it would probably feel fine.
The tone is easy, conversational and approachable. Which considering the subject is pretty much dead on. You don't encourage someone into the idea of business with a dry textbook format. It was good work to keep it feeling light as many people have fears regarding trying something new.
For anyone thinking about starting a business or embarking on a more uncharted course in their existing job, I'd highly recommend the book. It's not a point by point guide, but rather outlines the higher level thinking of what makes going into business a viable idea.
As Brogan correctly points out, you don't need to know everything about business to run one. (that's why there are accountants and lawyers) But you can use his enthusiasm to really get thinking about your options. No matter what you decide, you'll get some insights from the book which should be helpful. Easily worth the price.
The whole book (including a ton of successful "freak" profiles) is sharp, well-written, and loaded with do-this-now business lessons.
Unlike most business books that portray these successful folks as infallible heroes, this book gets to the real heart of entrepreneurship - the uncertainty, the fears, the doubts, the surprises, the pivots and twists and turns.
The book demonstrates that above all, entrepreneurship is about tenacity and being willing to fail, stumble, learn, re-learn, and unlearn along the winding road to success.
This is a book you'll want to come back to over and over again as your own business adventures evolve and progress. It's like having an army of smart entrepreneurs in your back pocket giving you guidance and advice on demand - led by the Captain of the Freaks, Chris Brogan himself.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to start a business and any entrepreneur who wants to grow their business in a sustainable, smart, and sane way.
-- David Newman, author of Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits, and Crush Your Competition
Top international reviews
This book is another gem from Chris. It gives us permission and tools to be different, to stand out, to follow an untrodden path. I always find inspiration in Chris' work and this book is no exception. There's no bull either, he tells you to take ownership, get off your backside and get on with it without excuses ... or don't and achieve less than your potential.
The only problem with this book was that I had to regularly stop reading it to make notes about how I want to work hard at becoming the proud freak I want to be.