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A prescriptive and timely guide to finding success and happiness without a college degree by Ken Rusk, the Ohio-based entrepreneur and "million-dollar ditch digger" who believes it is time to celebrate the possibilities and financial opportunities that a Blue-Collar life can bring. A BLUE-COLLAR APPROACH TO CREATING A LIFE YOU LOVE In a period of skyrocketing student loan debt without the promise of high-paying employment, and in an economy in desperate need of skilled tradespeople, many are seeking new paths. Ken Rusk, the "million-dollar ditch digger," is here to show you that blue-collar trades are a source of pride and that you can--and will--find your version of happiness by pursuing a good old-fashioned craft. In Blue Collar Cash, Ken shares his insights from over 30 years working in blue collar trades as an entrepreneur, mentor, and life coach. Ken knows from his own experience--first as a young kid digging ditches, and then as the owner of a successful concrete construction business--that working with your hands at a job that takes skill and practice can be monumentally rewarding and life-affirming. Since then, he has built a multi-million-dollar business and gone on to mentor hundreds of employees in how to manage their money and set achievable goals. Using the stories of those who have discovered lives of comfort, peace, and freedom, Ken creates a step-by-step, interactive guide--including financial planning and savings advice--to creating alternative and realistic routes to success and fulfillment. --Porchlight Books
Innovation is a systemic phenomenon in which institutions, such as firms, government entities and public policy incentives, interact in complex ways. Targeting specific sectors of an economy in order to improve the competitiveness and capabilities of domestic firms, interventionist innovation policies can result in the structural transformation of host economies. Numerous examples exist of such policies working successfully in emerging economies and they can be applied to any economic sector, although they are commonly associated with highly innovative industries such ICT, biotechnology and nanotechnology. Innovation Systems, Policy and Management describes how institutions and markets can best be structured in order to promote innovation in key economic sectors. Bringing together some of the leading figures in industrial policy and the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship, this book encourages the reader to think in terms of systems and business dynamics when analysing innovation behaviour, providing an approach useful to policy makers, business leaders and scholars of evolutionary economics.
From legendary author of multi million-copy seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill outlines his principles for life-changing success.
Napoleon Hill, the legendary author of the classic bestseller Think and Grow Rich, has been immortalized for his contribution to the self-help genre. In this never-before-published work he continues to share his wisdom that has changed the lives of millions. With straightforward, engaging language, Hill explains the fundamental rules that lead to a prosperous life. From the importance of having Definitiveness of Purpose to the inexorable influence of the Cosmic Habit Force, Hill's principles offer a new way of thinking about intention, self-discipline, and the way we lead our lives.
Originally delivered as a series of speeches, Success Habits is filled with personal anecdotes and stories to illustrate the Principles of Success. Hill's insights apply to every facet of life, inspiring readers to leverage his principles to achieve their own aspirations and create the successful lives they have always dreamed of.
Today, with thousands of TV hours to fill, there's room on television for virtually every product, service, and personality--and no one understands that better than producers Marta Tracy and Terence Noonan. Their one-of-a-kind handbook shows you how to make your dreams of on-screen success come true--whether that dream is to appear on reality television, to showcase your catering skills on "The Martha Stewart Show," to promote your flower shop on a local morning show, or to launch a thousand different TV-centered personal or professional goals. "Starring You!" outlines everything you need to market your business, product, point of view, or yourself, including: How to write the perfect pitch How to build and maintain relationships with producers How to become a regular guest . . . or even the host of your own show
Wall Street is a funny business. All you have is your reputation. Taint it and someone else will fill your shoes. Longevity comes from maintaining that reputation.
Ask Jack Grubman, the All-Star telecom analyst from Salomon Smith Barney; uber-banker Frank Quattrone at CS First Boston; Morgan Stanley's Mary "Queen of the Net" Meeker; or Merrill Lynch's Henry Blodget.
Well, they probably won't tell you anything. But have I got some great stories for you.
Successful hedge fund manager Andy Kessler looks back on his years as an analyst on Wall Street and offers this cautionary tale of the intoxicating forces loose in the world of finance that overwhelmed sober analysis.
Tourism entrepreneurs aims to provide students studying business management and tourism and emerging entrepreneurs, with the knowledge and skills to start and manage their own small business. It takes the reader through a process of understanding what tourism and the tourism industry is all about and where the entrepreneur fits into the industry, highlighting the importance of entrepreneurial activities within the tourism industry. The title allows readers to move from the conceptual stage to the writing of a business plan; this prepares the budding entrepreneur for - financing the venture; assessing the environment and market; identifying marketing opportunities; highlighting the risks involved and planning the financial management of the business; how a business should be managed to achieve success.
Throughout my life I have achieved many remarkable things. In Screw It, Let's Do It, I will share with you my ideas and the secrets of my success, but not simply because I hope they'll help you achieve your individual goals. Today we are increasingly aware of the effects of our actions on the environment, and I strongly believe that we each have a responsibility, as individuals and organisations, to do no harm. I will draw on Gaia Capitalism to explain why we need to take stock of how we may be damaging the environment, and why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in a more holistic approach to business. In Screw It, Let's Do It I'll be looking forwards to the future. A lot has changed since I founded Virgin in 1968, and I'll explain how I intend to take my business and my ideas to the next level and the new and exciting areas - such as launching Virgin Fuels - into which Virgin is currently moving. But I have also brought together all the important lessons, good advice and inspirational adages that have helped me along the road to success. Ironically, I have never been one to do things by the book, but I have been inspired and influenced by many remarkable people. I hope that you too might find a little inspiration between these pages.
Kevin Plank was relatively small for an American footballer, and when he weighed the cotton T-shirt he wore under his team uniform, he found it weighed three pounds because it was so drenched in sweat. Knowing he couldn't hinder himself in this way, he set about finding a material that wasn't so absorbent. Going to a local fabric shop, he soon learned that synthetic materials would not take in as much sweat, so he had a shirt made and found it added just four ounces over the course of a game. When he gave some team-mates samples to try, they also soon saw the advantages. He began to produce the shirts commercially, and now Under Armour is a $2 billion global brand used by people from every sport. Packed with fascinating and inspirational tales of success, Amy Wilkinson's brilliant book explains the six essential skills required by entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams. Based on in-depth interviews with the founders of numerous global brands, from eBay to Spanx, from LinkedIn to PayPal, she shows just what they did and what set them apart. For the key to being a successful entrepreneur isn't necessarily about being 'first', it is about being the 'only' one, and devising a new formula where none previously existed. Above all, these stories show how - if you follow the right steps - anyone can become a successful entrepreneur.
Resisting Your Soul - A Handbook for Inspired Entrepreneurs provides 101 powerful tips to free your inspiration. There is an invisible force stopping you from achieving all you want in your life. When you are inspired to express your higher self and pursue your calling, it fills your mind with dread and fear. If you don't learn to rise above this mental and emotional barrier, it will continue to hamper your efforts. In this ground-breaking book, Nick Williams identifies and lays bare the inner working of the force he calls 'resistance'. Having to face and conquer so much of his own procrastination and fear to become who he is today, Nick has a unique insight into resistance and its workings. What he has learned has already helped tens of thousands of others to liberate their potential and lead happier, more authentic successful lives. Inside you'll discover 101 ways you can overcome resistance and be the magnificent person you were born to be.
A powerful argument for how to succeed in any field: develop broad interests and skills while everyone around you is rushing to specialize.
From the ‘10,000 hours rule’ to the power of Tiger parenting, we have been taught that success in any field requires early specialization and many hours of deliberate practice. And, worse, that if you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up with those who got a head start.
This is completely wrong.
In this landmark book, David Epstein shows you that the way to succeed is by sampling widely, gaining a breadth of experiences, taking detours, experimenting relentlessly, juggling many interests - in other words, by developing range.
Studying the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors and scientists, Epstein demonstrates why in most fields - especially those that are complex and unpredictable - generalists, not specialists are primed to excel. No matter what you do, where you are in life, whether you are a teacher, student, scientist, business analyst, parent, job hunter, retiree, you will see the world differently after you've read Range. You'll understand better how we solve problems, how we learn and how we succeed. You'll see why failing a test is the best way to learn and why frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers.
As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, Range shows how people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive and why spreading your knowledge across multiple domains is the key to your success, and how to achieve it.
Discover the secrets that distinguish successful entrepreneurs from those who fail, and learn which rules to follow and which to break. This is not just another one of those books about 'rules'; this book may be the defining factor that will turn your dream into reality. Many have succeeded at being an entrepreneur, but many, many more have failed. Which side would you rather be on? Sure, entrepreneurship is often about breaking the rules. But there are also a number of them that you should follow if you want to survive long enough to see what happens when you do. A business should be more than just a venture - it should be an adventure! The difference between a successful journey, rather than a wasted one, is knowing when to do what. That is what this book is about. Not science, but experience. The rules of hustle. Marnus Broodryk, one of South Africa's best-known young entrepreneurs, shares the lessons he wishes he'd been taught before he started out.
Starting your own UK business is an exciting - and challenging - time. This updated edition of the startup classic shows you how to build a business agile enough to take advantage of emerging trends and opportunities, and sturdy enough to weather any storm. Packed with real-life examples and links to hundreds of valuable resources, Starting a Business For Dummies, 4th UK Edition gives you what you need to make the leap from employee to successful entrepreneur with confidence. All your favourite, trusted content has been updated including: * Laying the groundwork and testing the feasibility of your business idea * Writing a winning business plan and finding funding * How to operate effectively, including managing your finances and employing people * Growing your business and improving performance New content includes: * The latest funding schemes, including government funding and crowdfunding * Tendering for public sector work * Avoiding business cyber-crime * Franchising and pop ups * Exporting (the government has set a target of doubling the number of exporting companies by 2020) * Environmental impact (a recent survey found 77% of SMEs wanted to know how to measure and improve their environmental impact)
New York Times and International Bestseller
Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and Amazon
More than 1 Million Copies Sold
In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way.
Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
'In 1885 Thomas Mellon presented his engrossing autobiography to family members and selected friends with the instructions that it not be for widespread distribution. A delightfully well-written narrative, the book is now published in a second edition for all to read... and extraordinary treasure.'Choice
Many entrepreneurs starting up their own business have a great idea, but they fail because they haven’t spent enough time planning how to carry it out. In this book, a team of successful entrepreneurs, business advisors and subject specialists lay out the process of planning and starting your own enterprise, introducing you to the world of entrepreneurship and advising how to grow a business. Drawing on their personal experiences in the different phases of start-up and establishing their businesses they add valuable hands-on information.
Entrepreneurship – An African Perspective is a theoretical as well as practical guide on how to develop business ideas to establish a successful enterprise. In it you will find:
The authors use an accessible approach to guide readers to be positive yet critical, and creative yet practical in their research and analysis of a business idea, and ultimately to develop a business idea that will be profitable.
Feeling lonely on your journey as an entrepreneur? You just haven't found your mentor - and this book will show you how. Serial entrepreneur Mark Timm offers readers a glimpse behind the curtain by sharing intimate conversations with his mentor, the legendary businessman Kevin Harrington. Together, they delve into the power of mentorship and uncover strategies you can use to not only scale your business but also your relationships. You'll learn how to: * leverage your aggressive curiosity to find business opportunities... and build meaningful connections with your family * 'plan up to 80% of the way' rather than long-term strategizing for better success in executing business plans... and helping your children achieve their dreams * ditch elaborate plans, embrace spectacular failure and find the motivation and confidence to take action * multiply your business endeavours, your relationships and your time 'With the lessons I've learned from Kevin Harrington, every relationship in my life is so much deeper and stronger today than before, when I was compartmentalizing the entrepreneur in me.' - Mark Timm
With 10 simple rules, this book will help readers build confidence, shift their mindset and learn the tools to take control of their lives and begin on a path toward their own definition of freedom. Ray and Jessica Higdon have built their lives on a shared desire for freedom and balance. They started with almost nothing and achieved their dreams through network marketing - and now they share their success secrets in their book. Whether you define success as becoming your own boss full-time, taking an extended parental leave without worrying about how to pay the bills, or saving money for your children, you can follow these rules to make a positive change in your life and learn to: * make room for change in your life by banishing doubt and anxiety. * create a vision for your personal brand of freedom outside the corporate grind of the status quo. * research and prepare before you go into business with yourself or another company * talk about money without shame - the money you have and the money you want * wave 'goodbye' to your inner perfectionist * have a commitment strategy, not an exit strategy * always remember that money can't buy happiness!
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