Book: The E Myth
Author: Michael E. Gerber
The E Myth book review:
What is the E Myth?
1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work. Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. When I first read The E Myth it really made me pause and think. It made me realize that in order to have a successful business, I need to constantly grow and improve myself – to literally change my way of thinking and mindset. I needed to take the necessary actions to grow, as my business is merely an extension of myself. Michael Gerber explains it more thoroughly below:
– If your thinking is sloppy, your business will be sloppy.
– If you are disorganized, your business will be disorganized.
– If you are greedy, your employees will be greedy, giving you less and less of themselves and always asking for more.
– If your information about what needs to be done in your business is limited, your business will reflect that limitation.
– So if your business is to change — as it must continuously to thrive — you must change first. If you are unwilling to change, your business will never be capable of giving you what you want.
My favorite quote: “If your business depends on you, you don’t own a business — you have a job.”
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The last two books of the year discuss corporate relationships, leadership, and management in the workplace.
Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People
Author: Elizabeth B. Brown
We are surrounded by people who we may not get along with or just don’t like. However, should that be something that stops you from accomplishing your goals? “Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People” teaches us that following:
1) Take back the power from the difficult people in your life
2) Respond productively when confronted
3) Remain poised and in control when everyone around you loses it
4) Win fairly in unfair battles
5) Let go of the past and live triumphantly now
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Transformational Management and Leadership
Author: Richard A Hardy
Now, how do we manage those same people?
Transformational Management and Leadership teach us the do’s and don’ts of managing people with different backgrounds, different learning structure, and different personalities. It also teaches us how we behave and how we treat others affects how we lead and manage.
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The Glass Castle Book and Movie Review:
Author: Jeannette Walls
Movie date: August 11th, 2017
I personally loved both the book and movie. Jeannette Walls’s childhood story is the epitome of a nothing to something story. Having unreliable parents can damage a child. Some recover and become highly successful and some don’t. “The Glass Castle” is the transparent palace that Walls’s father often promised to build for his children functions as a metaphor for another fanciful construct, the carefree facade with which two people who were (to say the least) unsuited to raise children camouflaged their struggle to survive in a world for which they were likewise ill-equipped. Her father, Rex, is an alcoholic, and her mother, Rose Mary, a painter and artist. they live at the house for years as it falls further into disarray and Rex refuses to repair it. Their only money comes from the odd jobs Rex finds, and the infrequent checks Rose Mary receives from an oil company leasing a piece of property she owns. The children resort to dumpster diving to survive. Jeannette begs her mother to leave her father so they can go on welfare, but her mother refuses. Eventually Rose Mary takes a teaching job after a man from child protective services pays them a visit. The children believe their lives will change after their mother has work, but their money continues to evaporate and their mother suffers nervous breakdowns from the stresses of teaching.
The summer Jeanette is thirteen, her mother leaves to take teaching classes and her sister is away on scholarship. Jeanette gives her father some of the money her mother has left her to run the household. She ends up unwittingly working with her father in a pool hustling scam where she is groped and nearly raped by a much older man, then refuses to participate in any more of her father’s schemes. In an effort to find money, she lands her first real job, working at a jewelry store. After graduating from college in New York, Jeannette gets an internship at a newspaper. She encourages Brian to join her and Lori in New York, and he agrees. When her youngest sister Maureen is twelve, Lori asks her to move in with them as the house in Welch is on the verge of being condemned; Maureen readily agrees. A short while later, Jeannette gets a call from Rose Mary who tells her that she and Rex have moved to the city to be with their children. Though Lori and Brian try to help their parents, they must eventually ban them from their apartments. The parents become homeless and end up living in abandoned buildings. When Maureen enters her twenties, she moves back in with them. A fight eventually breaks out between Maureen and Rose Mary, and Maureen tries to stab Rose Mary. She is arrested and forced to spend a year in a mental institution. When she is released, she decides to move to California. A few years later, Rex calls Jeannette and tells her that he is dying. He dies a few weeks later. Years later, the family gathers on Thanksgiving where they toast Rex.
Their childhood wasn’t easy. Yet, they seem to overcome enough of the struggle to become great adults. I loved the book more than the movie, but the story was a great one.
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Our next book for month 9 is “A Piece of Cake” by Cupcake Brown
Cupcake Brown was not born into a life of privilege, intellectual stimulation, or professional dynamics. Her younger years were not a model for achieving success; her youth interrupted by violence and emotional turbulence. At 11, she regularly engaged in prostitution, drugs, and alcohol. By age 13, she had graduated to gang activities and street crime. Unfortunately, life would get much worse before it got better as Cupcake spiraled into a life that hovered somewhere above state prison, at best, and death on the mean streets, at worst.
Cupcake’s story is about system failure, societal ignorance, and a little girl who, as a result, resigned to degradation, depression, deprivation, and defeat. To purchase this book click on links below.
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