Founders at Work-Stories of Startups’ Early Days

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I read “Founders at Work” about a year ago and recently had the opportunity to read this book again. I posted my original book review on Goodreads. I wanted to share my opinion on this book and why I think you should read it. And, if you think you don’t have time to read another book, check out my earlier post on Time Management Tactics!

I think we all have a desire to “do our own thing.” I know that is especially true for me. This year marks the tenth anniversary of me being out on my own with Veracity Technologies. My company hasn’t grown  to the size of some mentioned in this book, but that was never my intention.

“Founders at Work” chronicles great interviews with founders like Steve Wozniak (Apple) and Max Levchin of PayPal. The author, Jessica Livingston, asks very probing questions that elicit some deep thoughts from her interviewees. It’s from their responses that I learned a great deal about the necessities I need in my own business.

Following your instincts is key to success. Will you make mistakes? Yes, I did and I still do. But, I learn from those mistakes! Reading this book will give you the confidence to take the next step with your entrepreneurial journey!

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The Genius Machine

[box] THE GENIUS MACHINE: The 11 Steps That Turn Raw Ideas Into Brilliance Gerald Sindell Published by New World Library ISBN: 9781577316503[/box]

Gerald Sindell, a former movie producer turned writer, explains in eleven exquisite steps how to turn your ideas into something tangible. The Genius Machine: The Eleven Steps That Turn Raw Ideas into Brilliance is a great book for every entrepreneur to read!

Some of his statements may seem trite and full of cliché. But, don’t put the book down! Keep reading!

It’s hard to teach creative thinking. So often our day-to-day prejudices get in the way. But to be successful, we need to learn to think creatively and not just in a problem solving manner.

The Greek philosopher Plato once said, “Necessity… the mother of invention.” Sindell writes that nearly all innovation begins with a “need.” We have to learn to discover that need and define the plan for achieving our goal.

Our creative thinking process must be tuned into making distinctions. What is it that we see or feel when in the discovery mode?

One of the most important points in this book to me was Sindell’s distinction between “seeing” and “looking”:

Seeing, as opposed to looking, is the beginning of thinking.

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The Rules of Work

[box] THE RULES OF WORK: A Definitive Code for Personal Success Expanded Edition Richard Templar Published by FT Press ISBN: 9780137072064[/box]

Every aspect of life has a set of rules and the workplace is no different. Instead of thinking that these “rules” set restrictive boundaries, the author wants you to learn how to get more out of your skills and talents. This book doesn’t really tell us anything we do not know, rather it explains how we should follow these guidelines to be more successful in life.

Having a plan and knowing the people who count in your workplace are key to your success. Richard Templar goes through ten rules and presents guidelines on how to execute. Some of these rules include:

  • ‘Learn to Ask Why’ – there is a right way and a wrong way!
  • ‘Never Stand Still’ – especially in this economy!
  • ‘Volunteer Carefully’ – ask “why” this person is asking for volunteers.
This was a rather quick read and present solid ideas on how to take what we already know and use it to our benefit. If you’re at the library or your favorite bookstore, pick up a copy of The Rules of Work, Expanded Edition: A Definitive Code for Personal Success (Richard Templar’s Rules) today.

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