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UNSCRIPTED: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship Paperback – May 23, 2017
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It's poorly written, repetitive, and not a lot of useful info here.
Author contradicts himself quite a lot in the book without realizing it. Oh - and guess what he is doing with his millions? The slowlane. Investing it safe and slow. So it's kinda hypocritical.
Overall - this is more INSPIRATIONAL then PRACTICAL, so instead of 400 pages of ramblings - it could've been all said and done in 20-30 pages on a high level, but the author has an ego that shines through the whole book.
I would not recommend this book to anyone, really. Watch a summary on youtube in 10 minutes and you'll be better off.
If you're a cozy, happily employed person who is deeply satisfied with your weekend lifestyle, then this book is absolutely not for you. In fact, run away! Its only going to cause you trouble. But if you find yourself among the discontented 70%, stuck in traffic and depressed, profoundly disillusioned with your own past choices; pay close attention. Whining about the traps of our modern society will get you nowhere, and the true cause of your ills is not really the common scapegoats: politics, racial or class issues (although they have their moments). It's your mental framework and a lack of understanding of and experience with entrepreneurship. The truth is that America can be a truly great country for anyone, but its rewards mercilessly and relentlessly go to those entrepreneurs who deliver relative value. Provide real value to others and whatever limits you presume exist in your life (sex, age, race, upbringing, education) will rapidly vanish. In that sense, its a real hopeful step forward and a useful tool for many of us.
Absolutely highly recommended, he's now among my favorite authors.
UPDATE: I've now completed the book 3 times, and it only gets better. Each time I go through it I realize there are some useful pearls of wisdom in there that I had grasped conceptually but not completely faced (about myself). Some people might regard the material in this book as shocking. But what's really shocking is that here in the 'Land of Opportunity' after years and years of college and real world experience, this is not common wisdom. You don't hear this material anywhere. It should be Business 101, or Prosperity 101, Life 101.
• The Careless Whispers from you Soul
• Action faking vs action taking
• Sunday evening is the ultimate test if you are leading a scripted life – how do you feel about going back to work Monday morning?
• Don’t be a “Time Prostitute” – time is scarce money is not!
• Don’t be part of the “herd” headed to slaughter!
• Hyperreality and observational bias (Jedi Mind Tricks)
• Being a producer vs consumer – “you can’t be owned by what you own”
• The “pain of discipline or the pain of regret”
• Micro-processes + macro-processes = success – no silver bullets just small habits focused
• There are no shortcuts!
• The “event” is the result of the “process”
• Have a growth mindset
• The Kaizen Principle
• Getting rich isn’t done by desiring wealth it is in providing “perceived value” to others
• “Perceived Value vs Actual Value”
• “Luck vs Probability” and the “Gumball Machine” Brilliant analogy!
• Investing and all the popular falsies/scams
• Cancer Corollary – “do I have something I want and what will it cost me”
• Autonomy (control) as the number one reason for our happiness! This is again worth the price of the book 10x over!
• “How to create a business that changes your life” this is the framework!
• The “CENTS” commandments again worth the price of admission!
• “Expected Value” – holy cow batman this is good stuff!
• From Process to Productocracy!
• Best (13) Execution practices!
• Lifetime Passive Income!
• “The last business ever – if you want”
Unscripted is a book that I read slowly because it is so jammed packed with valuable wisdom that you need to process. It is a book that I will re-read many times over taking more notes and putting actionable habits that move my life from the Scripted to the Unscripted! This is the one book I will give to all my kids and close friends!
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Still reading at this point? What if I tell you that you won't find a plan of action or specific recommendation to follow? Still going to stick it out? Good because I made around 150 highlights. MJ knows his stuff and explains it angrily, sarcastically, harshly but very very memorably.
Whilst he doesn't tell you the specifics of what you should be doing he provides insightful strategies performed by himself and others. His mission is to educate, warn of pitfalls and dead ends and prepare you for a worthwhile and lasting success. It was worth my time and I sincerely hope that you put in the necessary time for the value and values on offer.
This is absolutely not a how-to-get-rich-easy book, of which the author clearly hates. This is a book for people who want out of the rat race, are prepared to work really hard, take risks, expect failure, bounce back and find ways to win. It's not a step by step guide to how to set up a winning business, but there are tons of nuggets of wisdom in there, and more importantly for me gave me the mindset needed and started me dreaming.
I've read this and the author's other book, The Millionaire Fastlane. Both are excellent but largely cover the same ground and I wouldn't say it's essential to read both - there's probably 15% added value in reading both but you'll get the idea from either.
I've really come to like MJ Demarco and the way he writes, but honestly it took a few chapters before I was convinced. He writes in a casual and sweary style which can appear a bit arrogant at first - then you realise he actually is a multi-millionaire and can back up everything he says; he's talking from experience, has been hugely successful with his businesses and not just through luck or fortunate timing. That puts him in a position where he can afford to really not care what you think of him or his writing. He'll tell you things in a frank way that others trying to create a more favourable impression would shy away from. He's not saying his opinions to be popular or to sell more books - he really doesn't need to. This frankness and openness grew on me and I found it easy and very enjoyable to read.
Not everyone will like this book, many will read it and find a reason not to act on the contents, and even more will play the victim role of why it couldn't apply to them or why they couldn't have the dream life that it offers. Not for the closed-minded. For everyone else, it could well change your life.
There are so many things that I'll be implementing/thinking/starting straight away but looking forward to using it and referencing in the future, especially the 'money system'. Currently I run a successful but small company which I realise now, turned into a job rather than a business. Reading the book helped me to see what I need to do to get off the slowlane on to the fastlane!
I have been some so inspired, I've been sending the book to many of my family and friends and will be re-reading it again in the future!
Thank you, MJ for this life changing book and now I'm reading TMF again to see what I've missed!
Most books, be they business or self help etc, are just the same book written through the lens of each author, who has just rearranged the words.
Rarely does one read a book and have their mindset changed.
A huge chunk of this book is a frustrated rant at the way things are and the way we let them be.
There is gold in this book, and no feelgood platitudes or quotes. Just truth and facts.
I'm just reading into the section where it describes the unscripted life, so I am very much looking forward to that.
Other authors on business topics often want to get you into their sales funnels, MJ Demarco wants to get you into business.
I'll be referencing this book as I grow my business.