Note: I don’t review substandard books. I read a lot, but I don’t have a lot of time to review books. What I share, I share because it’s the best of the best and I know it will help you in your quest to become an influencer.
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- My Goodreads Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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- The most immediately useful business book I’ve ever read.
- Tags: Growth, scaling, entrepreneurship, leadership, execution, finances, management.
How to know if this book can help you:
- You’re an entrepreneur or business executive.
- You want your business to grow.
Rarely do I give out five star ratings. Five stars means it can’t be improved upon. Five stars means it’s so important everyone should read it. Five stars means it’s on par with the Bible, or whatever religious text you subscribe to. To be clear, I’m sure this book can be improved on. Not sure how, but I don’t want to limit Verne. I’m not sure everyone should read this. I’m not sure what good it would do my 80 year old mother who isn’t looking to scale anything but her kale garden. And it’s not really on par with the Bible, of course. But I can’t give it a four star rating because too many people would look at that, people who should read it, and would think “Meh, I guess it’s not super important that I read this book.”
Let me be clear–if you are an entrepreneur or business executive then this may be the most important book you ever read. Good to Great? That’s a great book. So is the 4 Hour Work Week. The Lean Startup, 7 Habits, Innovator’s Dilemma, Blue Ocean Strategy, everything by Peter Drucker, Hard Thing About Hard Things, Start With Why, Art of War, Think and Grow Rich, Delivering Happiness, Who Moved My Cheese, Thank You Economy, Power of Habit, Checklist Manifesto, Ultimate Question, Getting More, Execution, Who, How Will You Measure Your Life, Go Giver, Profit First, etc.–these are all great books, I highly recommend them all, but Scaling Up has something these books don’t have–instant high value usability from cover to cover.
As an entrepreneur since 1999, this book, more than any other, is the book I wish I had read 10 times and internalized thoroughly before I started my business. It would have made a bigger difference than any other single book I could have read.
So what am I going to do now? I’ve already given a copy to each member of my inner circle at my company. I’ll be giving a copy to each member of our management team next. I’m giving it to a potential business partner. I’ve read it once on Audible, and I bought a Kindle version so I can go through it line by line and make notes and action plans based on what’s in it. This isn’t a book that will just inspire you, this is the book that gives you the specific tools you need to be successful in your business and grow it. I couldn’t be more excited about executing on it.
This book is especially important for you to read if you’re an entrepreneur because it’s entrepreneurs who will save the world. Pick any problem you like; war, global warming, racism, poverty, drunk driving, health care, government, banking–and somewhere, sometime, an entrepreneur will come up with the solution. But if he or she doesn’t know how to run a business, we may never know how that entrepreneur could have changed the world. This is the book that can make the difference between an entrepreneur giving it a good go, and then giving up, or that entrepreneur making more than just a dent in the universe.
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