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Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money Paperback – February 1, 2016
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Losing your job can be the best thing that ever happens to you. In a short period of time, former employee-turned-entrepreneur Pat Flynn has unlocked the keys to recurring, sustainable income. His new book is inspiring, but that isn't the point--instead of just cheering you on, it will take you by the hand and show you exactly what you need to do before launching your business idea. --Chris Guillebeau, NYT bestselling author of The $100 Startup
Being an entrepreneur is scary. Especially in the beginning when you feel lonely, lost, and wondering: What if my idea fails? In Will it Fly?, Pat Flynn shows you step-by-step how to figure out if your new idea will be successful before you go all in. This book is an absolute must-read for any entrepreneur looking to start a new business, enter a new market, or launch a new product. I 100% recommend reading, and re-reading this book. --Ryan Levesque, #1 National Best-Selling Author, Ask
This is the book I wish I'd read when I began my entrepreneurial journey. Its simple, practical, real-world advice would have saved me tons of time, money, and grief on the road to success. It's now my #1 recommendation for anyone who wants to launch a new product or business. --Michael Hyatt, New York Times Bestselling Author
People love to dream, imagine and hope. But even great ideas without action and execution never get off the ground they don t change the world or your bank account. This book will help identify your ONE sentence, your unfair advantage, and a plan of action to make your idea fly. Spectator or pilot you get to choose. - --Dan Miller, New York Times bestselling author, 48 Days to the Work You Love
Pat has done the perfect job of inspiring, teaching, motivating and guiding new entrepreneurs through the most important part of the business building process... the fundamentals. However, he goes further, taking us on a journey of discovery, confidence building and support - all with a healthy slice of reality! If you want to get started in online business the smart way, you need to read this book. - --Chris Ducker, Bestselling Author of Virtual Freedom
It's tempting to create random products and services then HOPE your customers will buy it. However, Hope is NOT a Strategy. In "Will It Fly," Governor Pat Flynn gives you a process to run your ideas through to gain the proof you need to confidently take your idea to market or shelf it before it costs you years, tears, and dollar bills. This is Paperback Business School. --Josh Shipp, Inc. Magazine 30 under 30 Entrepreneur
About the Author
Pat Flynn is a thought leader in the areas of online entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and lifestyle businesses. He is routinely celebrated for his transparent leadership style and authentic principles. Pat overcame career adversity at an early age by finding his own path and true passion. Despite his success in business, Pat's greatest joys are spending time with his family and friends as well as helping inspire and educate others on how to succeed with their own entrepreneurial careers.
Pat has been featured in The New York Times and Forbes Magazine for his accomplishments, and has recently been enjoying talking about his story and business strategies in front of large crowds at various conferences and events all around the world. His top-ranked business podcast, The Smart Passive Income Podcast, has earned over 25 million downloads and continues to inspire people as they work through their online business journey today.
Pat is also an advisor to Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building schools in the developing world, as well as companies such as LeadPages and ConvertKit.
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Although Pat had explained, in his book launch strategy podcasts, how he was planning to get many positive reviews using the community he created to help him with the book (a promotion strategy I find a bit questionable but one that obviously has worked) and he had also said many times that it's ok to reuse material because "people will pay for convenience," I still believed that the book would deliver something new, but when I finally read it I was disappointed. Most of the content was recycled from his podcasts. The book's bottom line is "hey make sure you test your idea and that the people you tested with vote with their dollars", that's pretty much it.
Something that bothered me were the links in the book and even in the online exercises to promote it in social media, it felt like one of those e-books loaded with affiliate marketing links, but there is also an innovative marketing tactic to learn from here and is not in the book, it is about the book. Pat is really using the book to launch and to entice subscribers to his new venture, his new online course venue (Pat explained it in his podcast). This whole "Will it Fly" book is about testing and/or promoting/building his new business idea. Nothing wrong with that but it feels a touch deceiving. Sorry Pat, just trying to be honest here. Most of Pat's income comes from affiliate marketing and sponsorships and his next logical step was to create his own products, courses in this case. Pat's marketing genius at work. I learned more from this innovative marketing strategy than anything else in the book.
To be fair if you never listened to Pat's podcasts or read his blog or have no clue about online business this book will inspire you and take you in the right direction but if you have been following Pat for a while, like I have, you'll be disappointed.
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The kid anecdotes were kind of too "squishy-warm" for me. They almost alienated me. They may touch base with others who are motivated by wanting to spend more time watching their kids grow and develop or being at home with the wife and family more, but they made me, a non-father, non-family man, feeling kind of left out. My motivations for doing what Pat suggests are quite different. If you have kids or want to spend more time with the family, then you may connect with the anecdotes. I did not, found most of them over-explained and in need of editing.
On the other hand, some of what he relates concerning his experience in the "office" world, as well as some of his experience with his own growing business were somewhat "inspiring". Funny how the one that best stuck in my mind came from a rather unpleasant-sounding boss he had had-- funny because, in the end, those of us who would want to read this kind of book would be doing so to get away from just that type of boss.
When the book finally gets to the exercises, these are pretty basic pedagogy. I found a couple of them kind of 1980s "new age", others were almost infantile, all of them are valid and can be valuable to those new to getting themselves organized (especially useful will be the material on using spread sheets to keep track of research done); however, for those who already know how to organize themselves, how to set attainable objectives and program those objectives into the larger goals they wish to achieve, you will find yourself skipping over activities suggested in the book and perhaps wondering if it was worth the $15 it cost you.
The language is easy to read, sounds like Internet "8th grade level" content writing, the bane of blogs, left me feeling I was being talked down to, as if I could not possibly understand a word with more than three syllables. Unfortunately, this is the expected these days and I am not blaming the author for "keeping it simple", just pointing out that if you're looking for sophisticated information, this book is not going to be the source. It's meant to walk general readers through a process, with an easily understood metaphor (that paper airplane) backed up by the cute, heart-warming story of being a good father to a small boy. Again, squishy-warm.
I haven't seen the "linked" version, but if it is true what other critiques have mentioned, well, uggh. The exercises are hands-on and over-linking is becoming another Internet "sin" (along with that 8th grade level lore content writers not only believe but practice). Another aspect mentioned by other critiques is the feeling that the book needed a "cooling off" period.... I believe it should have been set aside for a couple of months and then thoroughly edited to shave off some of the chaff, tighten up the narrative and add a bit of sophistication that, for me, it lacks.
I've followed Mr Flynn for about a year, have used some of his ideas myself and found them valid. This book, though, is not the best of Pat Flynn. I was disappointed by the pre-launch activity, way too much use of the word "great", suggestions of buying a book I'd already read twice, suggestions of buying several copies of it, feeling, once more, alienated when offering criticism instead of oozing excitement and praise in an almost blind, following way. That so many have given this book five stars kind of shows that same. This is not a five-star book. It's okay, it can be useful, even inspirational (if you've got kids!), but it's not the cat's meow.