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Make Your Mark: The Creative's Guide to Building a Business with Impact (The 99U Book Series) Paperback – November 18, 2014
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“This is not a book. It’s a sledgehammer. Now, go make a dent in the universe.” —James Victore, Designer
“At the end of our lives we will look back and ask ourselves, 'was it worth it?' The answer will be a resounding YES! if we commit now to make a mark in the world. This book is the perfect guide to help us on that journey.” —Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last
“Make Your Mark has managed to distill the essential wisdom of some of the best creative entrepreneurial minds of our time into an easy-to-read, but hard-to-forget guide. A must-read for anyone who cares about building great things.” —Susan Gregg Koger, Co-Founder and CCO, ModCloth
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I appreciate these authors' stance on the importance of recognizing daily, that without customers there IS no business. I also applaud the focus of keeping purpose as the guidance for the starting of a business, rather than income alone. Recently I've had the misfortune of working for several business owners who purchased businesses they knew little about and had absolutely no passion to run. It was just sad!
I recently read 'The Rise of the Creative Class' written in 2002. The trend of the world is definitely following the info given in that book. 'Make Your Mark' is a product of the changes that book predicted. Good Read - would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of starting a business (creative or not)
Whether you’re about to launch a new company or are considering how to retool an existing business, my hope is that this collection will offer you fresh thinking, practical advice, and the moxie to get out there and make something that matters.”
~ Jocelyn K. Glei from Make Your Mark
This is the third installment in 99U’s book series on the “missing curriculum” for creative leaders.
I enjoyed the first two—Manage Your Day-to-Day + Maximize Your Potential (check out those Notes)—so I decided to go for the hat trick and here we are. :)
Whereas the first book was about, as the title suggests, managing your days and getting stuff done while the second book was about actualizing your personal potential, this book is about how to build a business with impact.
Like the other two, it’s a collection of short essays by great leaders + creators + writers. The content is organized in four domains: 1) Defining your purpose + 2) Building your product + 3) Serving your customers + 4) Leading your team.
I’m excited to explore a handful of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. Purpose - That’s where it all starts.
2. Let’s Define Yours - Some helpful questions.
3. Make Something - YOU are excited to use.
4. Are You Ready to Serve? - Is the real question.
5. Character - = Your most valuable asset.
Let’s do that as we optimize, actualize and make our mark building a life + a business that makes a difference!
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These are small handy almost pocket size books (which make it easy to carry around) and all of the suggestions are short, concise and to the point. If you're already developed good skill sets in a specific area then you can quickly move on. I keep these books laying around the house in various locations because when I want a huge hit to transform my life I merely need to read just 2-3 paragraphs of these extremely well synthesized thoughts and almost every time something will strike a much needed chord. From how to be more efficient with your time and staying less distracted to creating a game plan for marketing yourself these books are spot on target. I absolutely hit a grand slam when I found this collection of books online and they've become my best surrogate adviser.
Being part of a management team for a non profit NGO this book has given me inspiration to endure and applicable material that will surely breathe new life to our organization.