I’ve just finished reading (listening actually) the EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey. I would recommend it as a great motivational book. I can confirm that this book had a much more specific recommendations for growing successful business than most of the other similar books I read.
If I could put in a simple manner the things I took from this book, they would be:
- Start small and simple;
- Hiring is not frightening as long as you have the patience and perseverance to find like-minded people;
- Hire people that are like you;
- Build a team, not a crowd of workers;
- Treat your team members the way you would like to be treated;
- Delegating without control is a disaster;
- No victory comes fast or easy;
To say honestly, I was not a big believer in that “mission statement” thing. I often do hear the sentences: “Our mission statement is” such and such, “We have to have create a mission statement before we can be successful” and so on and so forth. I actually did not believe that such a “piece of paper with a bunch of gibberish in it” is of a significant importance to anyone. Dave Ramsey made me make up my mind. I still am not a huge believer but at least now I know what is its meaning and why it will come in handy at a certain moment.
I will recommend this book to anyone who is:
- A kind of entrepreneur
- Business owner
- working in a company but wants to change something for the better
As a conclusion: I became a fan of Dave’s and I will subscribe for his podcast on that topic: the EntreLeadership podcast.