Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ $4.44 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators Hardcover – April 21, 2014
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
As business books go, it is hard to find anything that comes close to this in both style and feel-good factor, and it is well worth picking up. (Talk Business, August 2014) A good, practical introductory business book, with guidance for life in general as well (The Gateway, November 2014)
From the Author
Have you ever felt like you don't fit in? Have you had that feeling like "I really think business would work better if we treated it more like THIS?" Do you wish there was a better way to do what you think needs doing in the world?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Some of my favorite quotes:
"The number-one mistake I see most fledgling freaks make is that their business model is flawed. This happens quite often: misunderstanding who is the best possible buyer and setting up a business around a buying segment that isn't interested or able to buy your product or service."
"Let me be clear: You will not inherit the earth, nor you will be successful at most anything, if you can't figure out and master time. Not manage it. Managing is something miserable that people do when mastery isn't possible. Master it. Own it. Make time your big brother. You can do it."
"Curiosity. Superpower . Magic. Try new things. Learn new things. Learn what else you don't know. Learn tons more than the other person about whatever makes your senses tingle."
"If you intend to fall in love with not knowing, you're going to have to fall in love with failure— because failure is a huge part of that. So let's think about what we need for this “love” to happen."
"When people ask me how I was able to do everything I wanted to do in business, I tell them that a lot of it had to do with my mind-set— a common theme of the previous chapters. But truth be told, I think the other really big distinction that let me build a business of my own choosing and inherit the earth is that I created interesting media that people read and responded to, and that drove business to me. That's the secret sauce."
Chris tells you how to develop discipline, how to take care of your willpower, how to manage your time, and how to take action, among many other things.
The most important thing that Chris talks about, to me, is the type of community you want to build, and be part of. Where you belong, and who belongs with you. Business is like all of life; it's about relationships. And besides giving you great advice for setting yourself up for success, Chris explains how you can find the other "freaks" who resonate with you, and what you can offer each other.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to know how to set themselves up for success, whether in business, or just in life.
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.
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.