“You’ll learn more about the art of starting and running a company from the stories of the entrepreneurs you’ll meet here than from all the charts, questionnaires, and checklists that you’ve seen in those how-to tomes no one e “You’ll learn more about the art of starting and running a company from the stories of the entrepreneurs you’ll meet here than from all the charts, questionnaires, and checklists that you’ve seen in those how-to tomes no one ever seems able to finish reading. More to the point, you’ll be able to answer that all-important question: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
… If you do have what it takes, if you recognize yourself in these pages, then that revelation ought to be enough to dislodge you from the office cubicle where you have been languishing – how many years has it been now? – and propel you into a life of independence, adventure, and quite possibly riches.”
-From If at First You Don’t Succeed… At age 7, Cameron Johnson sold tomatoes door-to-door from his family’s farm.
Pete Amico quit his job on his first day because he didn’t feel like taking orders from his boss.
Greg Herro built a successful business selling diamonds made from the carbon extracted from ashes.
If any of these people remind you of yourself, you just might have the kind of personality to take the small business world by storm.
In IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED…, Brent Bowers, the small-business editor for the New York Times reveals the eight patterns that highly successful entrepreneurs share – and what we can learn from them.
Brent Bowers, in covering small business for decades at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, has chronicled the rise and fall of hundreds of start-ups. In If at First You Don’t Suceed…, he analyzes the common characteristics shared by dozens of successful small-business owners and their companies. Drawing on extensive interviews and research, as well as on the experiences and expertise of business consultants, venture capitalists, academia, and the entrepreneurs themselves, he describes the key traits that successful entrepreneurs have in common. Among them: The ability to spot and seize opportunities An overwhelming urge to be in charge coupled with a gift for leadership The flexibility to come up with creative, out-of the-box solutions to problems or obstacles Incredible energy and tenacity in the pursuit of their goals Unwavering faith in their business The ability to take smart risks The ability to bounce back from setbacks and see failure as just one step on the path to ultimate success
For anyone thinking about starting a business, or attempting a start-up a second or third time, this book offers invaluable lessons and insights. ...Continua Nascondi