May 162013

The E-Myth Revisited.
Michael E. Gerber.

What does it take to be successful? According to Michael Gerber in The E-Myth Revisited, success is born from a determination to do what needs doing and if you don’t know what needs done, that determination is directed at learning what needs to be done.

Contrary to popular belief, my experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren’t so because of what they know but because of their insatiable need to know more.

The problem with most failing businesses I’ve encountered is not that their owners don’t know enough about finance, marketing, management, and operations—they don’t, but those things are easy enough to learn—but that they spend their time and energy defending what they think they know. The greatest business people I’ve met are determined to get it right no matter what the cost.

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Do you have the drive it takes to find out what needs to be done and then the ability to focus on getting that done?

Apr 022013 has a new class, Fundamentals of Business: The Personal MBA, starting tomorrow and it looks like it could be quite interesting. I have enjoyed the photography courses at CreativeLive — maybe I can even learn some business.

I have also put a reserve in at the Library for Josh’s book, The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, so expect a review of that soon as well. Josh Kaufman - Personal MBA Josh Kaufman – Personal MBA

Fundamentals of Business: The Personal MBA

Master the fundamentals, hone your business instincts, and save a fortune in tuition! MBA programs don’t have a monopoly on business knowledge – The Personal MBA will provide the foundation of knowledge that everyone needs to succeed in business. Join internationally best-selling author Josh Kaufman and creativeLIVE for a special LIVE 2-day workshop dedicated to guiding you through the tenets and teachings found in every MBA program in the country. Josh’s unique, multidisciplinary approach to business mastery has helped millions of people around the world learn essential business concepts on their own time.

Whether you’re debating starting a new business or wanting to improve your current one, this course will help you master the necessary fundamentals to lead you to success.

Class: Fundamentals of Business: The Personal MBA
Instructor: Josh Kaufman
Starts: Thu, 4/04/2013 at 9AM PST
Duration: 2 days from 9AM – 4PM PST then rebroadcast till 9AM next day
Cost: Free to watch on the recording days. $199 to buy but 1/2 price while the class is being broadcast.

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Mar 152013

Always a sucker for a Dilbert cartoon. I was glad to be able to get a review copy of this compilation of the Dilbert comic strip.

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Book Info

Your New Job Title Is "Accomplice": A Dilbert Book
by Scott Adams
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Published: 05/21/2013
ISBN-10: 1449427758
ISBN-13: 978-1449427757
Started: 03/15/2013
Finished: 04/27/2013
Source: NetGalley
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis

Dubbed “the cartoon hero of the workplace” by the San Francisco Examiner, Dilbert is the cubicle-bound star of the most photocopied, pinned-up, downloaded, faxed, and e-mailed comic strip in the world.

As fresh a look at the inanity of office life as it brought to the comics pages when it first appeared in 1989, this 40th AMP Dilbert collection comically confirms to the working public that we all really know what’s going on. Our devices might be more sophisticated, our software and apps might be more plentiful, but when it gets down to interactions between the worker bees and the clueless in-controls, discontent and sarcasm rule, as only Dilbert can proclaim.

Author Info
What started as a doodle has turned Scott Adams into a superstar of the cartoon world. Dilbert debuted on the comics page in 1989, while Adams was in the tech department at Pacific Bell. Adams continued to work at Pacific Bell until he was voluntarily downsized in 1995. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1979.

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Feb 092013

The E-Myth Revisited.
Michael E. Gerber.
Google Books

I have read this book before but it was a long time ago. Hoping to get some good ideas and motivate myself at the office.

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The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
by Michael E. Gerber
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: 03/03/1995
ISBN-10: 0887307280
ISBN-13: 978-0887307287
Started: 01/22/2013
Finished: 02/08/2013
Source: Mid-Columbia Library
Reason: Business Motivation
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis

In this first new and totally revised edition of the 150,000-copy underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He 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. He then shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.

Author Info

Michael E. Gerber is a true legend of entrepreneurship. Inc. Magazine called him "the World's #1 Small Business Guru." He started over 40 years ago addressing a significant need in the small business market: businesses owned primarily by people with technical skills but few business skills, and no place to go to get meaningful help. Over the years, Michael E. Gerber's companies have helped tens of thousands of small business owner-clients to successfully transform their businesses into world-class operations.

Mr. Gerber's latest books are The Most Successful Small Business in the World, Awakening the Entrepreneur Within, The E-Myth Enterprise, The E-Myth Mastery, The E-Myth Manager, along with co-authored E-Myth Vertical books The E-Myth Attorney, The E-Myth Accountant, The E-Myth Optometrist, The E-Myth Chiropractor, The E-Myth Financial Advisor and soon to be released The E-Myth Landscape Contractor and The E-Myth Architect.

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