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Shortcut to Prosperity: 10 Entrepreneurial Habits and a Roadmap for an Exceptional Career Hardcover – January 1, 2013
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''Mark Hopkins' shortcuts are proven techniques to identify your strengths as you build your own competitive advantage--they are easy to read, comprehend, and DO. It is a wonderful compilation, describing how inspiration and perspiration can build success.'' --James Ellis, dean, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
''Mark Hopkins nails it by incorporating great stories of average people who have achieved prosperity. Each story underscores a key step on the path toward identifying and pursuing the career and life you envision. Don t miss this book!' --Jason Jennings, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of It's Not the Big That Eat the Small, It's the Fast That Eat the Slow and The Reinventors
''Mark Hopkins has captured the magic of great entrepreneurship and boiled it down in 10 practical 'shortcuts.' The power of his approach is masked by the clarity and simplicity with which he presents it. Shortcut to Prosperity is a masterful blueprint to a more effective and richer life. I wish I had read it as I launched my company!'' --Zack Neumeyer, chairman, Sage Hospitality
''Shortcut to Prosperity offers the reader a rare combination of original stories, challenging exercises, and useful chapter summaries. It is written in the authoritative and gritty voice of a successful leader who has made this journey himself.'' --Geoff Smart, PhD; CEO, ghSMART; and author of the New York Times bestsellers Who and Leadocracy
''Whether you want to move up the corporate ladder or make it on your own, Shortcut to Prosperity is your success bible.'' --Tommy Spaulding, author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller It s Not Just Who You Know
''I have spent my career preparing young people to succeed in an increasingly challenging global economy. Shortcut to Prosperity does a wonderful job compiling a timeless set of recommendations that will give readers a huge head start.'' ----John Box, PhD, senior vice president, education (retired), Junior Achievement Worldwide
''In the words of Seneca, the Roman philosopher, 'luck is when preparation meets opportunity.' Mark Hopkins shows in a powerful and practical way how you can make your own luck, and be happier, healthier, and more successful as a result.'' --Robert Halperin, executive director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
''Success in today's hyper-competitive world is all about differentiating yourself and adding value. Shortcut to Prosperity shows you how.'' --Keith McFarland, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Breakthrough Company and Bounce
''Mark Hopkins accomplishes a rare feat in Shortcut to Prosperity, meting out practical how-to wisdom right alongside earnest encouragement. Those looking to capitalize on their innate strengths and live a more energized life should read this book.'' --Aaron Kennedy, founder and former CEO, Noodles and Company
''For those unwilling to settle, Shortcut to Prosperity provides a game changing roadmap for personal and business success.'' --David Prokupek, chairman and CEO of Smashburger, voted #1 most promising company by Forbes Magazine
''I recommend this book to anyone at any point in their career trajectory. It is a wonderful tool for evaluating where you are, where you want to go, and how to get there.'' --Katherine Gold, president, Goldbug
'' 'How often is the status quo really what you want?' A challenging question from provocative author, Mark Hopkins. He presents a life-changing manifesto for navigating the path to prosperity. Whether you are early in your career or later in life, Mark's probing questions and insightful guidance will help you find your path.'' --Tom Joyce, executive vice president, Danaher Corporation
''After finishing Shortcut to Prosperity, you'll do things differently--and better. Make time to read this book.'' --Jimmy Calano, cofounder and retired CEO, CareerTrack
''Mark Hopkins reminds us how important it is to spend your time doing something you're passionate about, and how easy it can be to turn that passion into prosperity.'' --Mike Fries, president and CEO, Liberty Global
''Mark Hopkins clearly articulates core concepts I use every day that are the fundamental building blocks to a rich and rewarding life.'' --Tim Miller, CEO, Rally Software
''Shortcut to Prosperity takes years of successful entrepreneurship experience and condenses it into a very easy-to-read format with great actionable steps. I recommend it to all my students and clients.'' --John M. Torrens, PhD, professor of entrepreneurship, Syracuse University
''Shortcut to Prosperity provides young people clarity on the values to embrace and the habits to develop to excel in their careers and their personal lives. I highly recommended this book to my son and to anyone else who wishes to live a meaningful life.'' --Chris Crane, founder, president, and CEO, Edify
''Successful entrepreneurs aren't created by happenstance; they learn from others, look within, develop their raw potential, and create their own pathway to prosperity. Mark Hopkins shows the way.'' --Nathan Thompson, founder and CEO, Spectra Logic
''Entrepreneurs are different. We recognize that there isn't just the answer at the back of the textbook. We're all about finding the path of least resistance to help us grow our companies faster, easier, and more profitably. Mark's book will help give you a few more shortcuts to make this happen.'' ----Cameron Herold, former COO, 1-800-GOT-JUNK; serial entrepreneur; and author of Double Double
About the Author
Mark Hopkins earned engineering degrees from Cornell and Stanford then spent the next twenty-five years deciphering the factors that make some people prosperous, successful, and happy. In 1996, after building a leadership career with companies like Hewlett Packard and Emerson Electric, Mark founded Peak Industries, a medical device contract manufacturer, which he grew and later sold to Delphi. He then founded Crescendo Capital Partners, a private equity firm, and Catalyst, a private foundation focused on supporting Colorado-based nonprofits and microlending in the developing world.
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The book is divided into three sections. It begins by demanding that the reader clearly identify a personal vision. The second section identifies best practices for a path toward your personal vision. The final section reminds the reader that success is best enjoyed with the company of others.
The advice in this book parallels the wisdom that Napoleon Hill presented in his books. However, I prefer Shortcut to Prosperity for two primary reasons. First, Mr. Hopkins found success in his career prior to writing about success. Second, the book is written for today. This is my favorite book on finding success and I will recommend it to anyone interested in taking control of their path in life.
The book provides excellent exercises to aide you in the development of your personal roadmap. I found the personal values and vision exercises extremely helpful in identifying the scope and next steps in my career path. The concept of the prosperity cycle has acted as a flywheel to help me keep myself mentally strong and to keep momentum to stay on track during my journey. The shortcut to prosperity is not necessarily the time it takes to get where you want to go; rather, it is centered around learning from others and identifying the right opportunities that allow you to reach your prosperity goals more efficiently and directly.
The author, Mark Hopkins, does an excellent job of providing a structure to develop your 10 entrepreneurial habits. One of the best aspects of this book is that it is written by an author who used the fundamental principles to excel his career and obtain his prosperity goals. He did this while giving back to others in the process.
The structure of the book is organized very well. There are three sections that contain a chapter per principle. Each chapter contains a real-life experience that anchors the theme of the chapter. I found each story extremely motivating as each story comes from a different walk of life. In addition, the book references many great books that are geared to the personal development and business genres (I am going to go back through the book and make a reading list of the mentioned books).
Buy this book, it will help you put your frame of mind in the right position to start working towards your prosperity goals.