Friday Book Review! Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole

Image result for hopping over the rabbit holeGrowing up on Long Island, young Anthony Scaramucci had only one dream: to own his own company. In his book, Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into Success, Scaramucci, a hedge fund manager and conservative TV personality, recalls his success in building up his Long Island Newsday paper route through hard work and creativity. He would, for example, get free newspapers from his managers and deliver them to houses that did not subscribe, then follow up with a visit the following day, asking the “nice ladies at the door” if they enjoyed the free paper and would like to subscribe. They often did.


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As Scaramucci explains, he enjoyed receiving the money from the paper route, but his pleasure in building up his route was about much more than money. “I felt proud,” he writes. “Proud of my accomplishment. Proud that I was doing something that served people. Proud that I made people happy.” Yes, he liked the money, he continues, “but more than anything, I loved the sense of pride I felt in building something. Of hustling day-in and day-out to earn my keep. Of being my own boss.”

An Entrepreneurial Blueprint

In Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole, Scaramucci combines colorful and well-described biographical details with how-to advice drawn from the stories that end each chapter. The result is a solid overview of attitudes and approaches that can help entrepreneurs succeed.

The chapter called “An Entrepreneurial Blueprint,” for example, ends with four valuable pieces of advice:

  1. Don’t spend money on the wrong things. Scaramucci describes visiting the offices of a new investment company at the request of a mutual friend. The founder of the company, a highly respected bond trader, leads Scaramucci on a 40-minute tour of the sumptuous offices, with long discussions about the furniture and art collection. When Scaramucci returns to his own offices, he warns his friend that the bond trader will be out of business in one year.

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Book Review: The Pumpkin Plan

by Mike Michalowicz

by Mike Michalowicz

Entrepreneurs are tasked with numerous decisions in the process of creating and building their businesses. As they undertake this task, they search numerous places for inspiration. Author, speaker and successful entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz found his eureka moment in the garden or, more specifically, the pumpkin patch. Michalowicz shares his method for extraordinary growth in The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any FieldThis book is now available in multiple digital formats as a Soundview Executive Book Summary.

Michalowicz was a model entrepreneur for all the wrong reasons after his first five years running his own company. He describes the round-the-clock work and exhausting stress level that created a business that wasn’t quite giving out what Michalowicz was putting into it. He had two fateful occurrences that put his life and his business on a different path. First, he hired a consultant who advised him that until he was able to “identify the problems, discover the opportunities and then build processes to allow other people and other things to do the work,” Michalowicz couldn’t call himself an entrepreneur.

The second life-changing event ties into the creation of the processes the consultant identified. Michalowicz read an article about the process agriculture enthusiasts use to cultivate record-setting giant pumpkins. Michalowicz made a connection between the radical growth of a business and a world record pumpkin. In that moment the seeds of The Pumpkin Plan were planted.

The Pumpkin Plan takes readers through all aspects of the process of extraordinary growth. Entrepreneurs will learn the reasons behind the common frustrations of overwork and slow growth. Michalowicz has mastered the art of entrepreneurship, having grown and sold several successful companies. This book is a straightforward, action-oriented method to make your business the pick of the patch.

New Soundview Summaries for Leaders, Managers and Entrepreneurs

There are three great new Soundview Executive Book Summaries now available at Summary.com. Whether you’re a leader, manager or an entrepreneur, there is a great title that can help you and your business achieve more. Check out the latest releases:

Stop Workplace Drama by Marlene Chism: Gossip. Power struggles. Poor team coordination. These are all symptoms of workplace drama. They’re the obstacles that can drain your company of its best talent, get in the way of true productivity and profit, and eat away at the effectiveness of your organization. In Stop Workplace Drama, Marlene Chism shows how to change the way you and your organization confront and work through problems, implement effective management strategies in a drama-filled organization, and find new solutions that create positive growth for every member of your company.

Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki: Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships, converts hostility into civility and changes skeptics into believers. This book explains all the tactics you need to prepare and launch an enchantment campaign; to get the most from both push and pull technologies; and to enchant your customers, your employees, and even your boss.

Fierce Leadership by Susan Scott: In Fierce Leadership, Susan Scott teaches us how to spot the worst “best” practices in our organizations using a technique she calls the “squid” eye. With fierce new approaches to everything from employee feedback to corporate diversity to customer relations, Scott offers fresh and surprising alternatives to six of the so-called best practices permeating today’s business.

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