- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Silver Lake Publishing; First Edition edition (February 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563437023
- ISBN-13: 978-1563437021
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,246,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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LEAP OF STRENGTH Paperback – February 25, 2015
From the Author
There is a well-hidden secret about people who start and grow businesses. You see, those of us who have been smitten by the entrepreneur's disease learn our craft by wondering around, trying stuff, repeatedly barking shins and cutting fingers - not by going to business school. Would you believe most successful entrepreneurs report their highest and best learning comes while making mistakes? It's true. So, in a way, this is a book about mistakes. It is all about pitfalls, trip wires, exploding pumpkins and the many devilish traps you will encounter while learning the job. We all have to go through the minefield. I wish I'd had this book as a companion at the beginning of my own career. It wold have made a big difference and saved me considerable pain.
From the Inside Flap
What does it take to start a successful business? So many good ideas fail within the first year; a few unlikely ones take off into quick success. Having the right capital structure is important. Concept and timing are critical. But the psychology of the person at the helm is what separates most winners from losers. This book explores that psychology. It is a gut check for anyone considering one of life's greatest adventures.
As an entrepreneur, you need to have the intensity and focus to see the business through its earl years. Leap of Strength guides readers through the interior journey that every entrepreneur and business founder experiences. And it connects these personal issues with practical matters like how to choose an industry and market segment, how to articulate a vision and mission and how to work intensely without losing balance in your life.
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Unlike other books on entrepreneurship, "Leap of Strength" takes you into the minefield and shows you how to avoid the most common traps. Walt Sutton provides practical advice on how to successfully identify and navigate many common risks.
As a founder, many of the people around you may be cheerleaders who are there only in case you win. Their advice will almost always be biased towards their own interests. If you fail (and odds are you will), these same people won't be around. To mitigate risks, founders need to be aware of potential pitfalls. They need to be knowledgable enough about the aspects of their key decisions to be confident in them. Founders will likely have to defend their decisions to fellow founders, employees, advisors, board members, investors, family and friends. Good decision-making requires preeminent awareness of all factors - usually without enough time for study and analysis.
Walt provides many specific techniques. Consider this a map to guide you safely through the minefield. Walt also makes it clear that being a founder, while risky, is also immensely enjoyable.
While reading "Leap of Strength," write down his recommendations - then stick to them. If you are one of the lucky 1-2% that make it, it will be because of your business management and people leadership skills - not your clever ideas, or sheer will-power.