The Life Of An Entrepreneur In 90 Pages

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This new book started with a viral video.

Viral videos are like tornadoes. They are not planned as much as they simply happen with colossal and exciting effect when the conditions are right.  In mid-October 2015 Patrick Bet-David wanted to communicate a message about entrepreneurs and decided to create a video titled “The Life of an Entrepreneur in 90 Seconds” You can see that video here.
The original intent was to share a compelling and emotional glimpse into the story behind the average entrepreneur. Many people see the end product and have no idea what it takes to get there. These people have not been exposed to the process and it’s a life that some people probably don’t want to see because it’s messy – yet also very rewarding.
Roughly an hour after posting the video on Facebook, it had gone over 50,000 views.  The next morning, it had crossed over 2,000,000 views, and just hours later it was deep into the millions, and everyone knew it was viral. By the end of the weekend it had hit 15,000,000 and today, in mid-2016, it has amassed over 27,000,000 views and it is still viewed thousands of times each day.

Why did such a simple video receive such an overwhelming response?

There are many reasons – but the best answer seems to be that the video captured the simple truth and wrapped it in an emotional story in which everyone can relate. We all know failure. We all understand challenges. We all have experienced some little victories in life here-n-there even if our life has had its share of tragedies and isn’t much to talk about at the moment. Everyone seemed to’get’ the video in some way from some angle even if it was an deep yearning covered in tears from inside themselves that merely cried out, “Someday…”

Along the way, thousands of people (maybe you) asked if the story and concepts in the video could be captured in a book that people could use to build their own personal plan – a compass of what it takes to become an entrepreneur.

Patrick thought that was a good idea… and I was privileged to co-author it with him.  Patrick and I are proud to announce that its launch today at Amazon.com.  You can buy it here.

9 Things Successful People Do Differently

Book CoverSimple truths tend to ring loudest.  Such is the case with Heidi Grant Halvorson’s simple book 9 Things Successful People Do Differently.  It’s not an exhaustive tome by any means but it is a very accessible and applicable read in the same lane occupied by the timeless One Minute Manager.

It’s not often my daughter encourages ME to write about a business topic.  Particularly because she is in 4th grade.  Nonetheless, she did.  The journey started exactly a year ago when I gave her a copy of Halvorson’s little red book to read on a flight from LAX to DFW.  It looked like an interesting title on the habits of successful people and it appeared accessible for my 8-year old who sits in a 3rd grade classroom M-F while reading and engaging on a 7th grade level.  (She’s still a bit young for Blue Ocean, but I have a copy on stand-by – ha, ha)  Also, the author being a woman gave me the opportunity to reinforce the vision I have consistently shared with my daughter: You are among a new generation of women that will make an even greater impact in life and business as the male dominated world evolves.  So I handed her the book and off we flew.

I was and I wasn’t prepared for the response.  At the end of each chapter she talked to me a bit about the core point and I asked her a couple questions which led to more discussion followed by me encouraging her to make a note or two in the book itself at the end of each chapter.   The surprising angle, which should not be so surprising, was that she related each chapter’s core point to the context in which she lives.  In chapter 5 Halvorson describes getting better rather than being good.  My daughter related this to reading.  She measures the number of words she reads and set a goal to read 2 million words in 3rd grade, which she achieved.  Without my prompting she explained how she can ONLY get better at reading.  She noted that CAN’T merely get good at it because her school won’t let her.  How?  Well, upon achieving a new reading level, the instructors praise the student appropriately and promptly move the finish line to the next level which has a new list of interesting books.  There you go, she experiences “getting Better rather than being Good” in real life.

This chapter-by-chapter dialogue continued until she finished the book.  Then came the question “Do you tell people about books like this?”  followed by “Are you going to tell them about this one?”  So, here I am.

So, a bit of a spoiler alert – here’s Halvorson’s list:

  1. Get Specific
  2. Sieze the Moment to Act on Your Goals
  3. Know Exactly How Far You Have Left to Go
  4. Be a Realistic Optimist
  5. Focus on Getting Better, Rather Than Being Good
  6. Have Grit
  7. Build Your Willpower Muscle
  8. Don’t Tempt Fate
  9. Focus on What You Will Do, Not What You Won’t Dot

For the very good commentary that accompanies each chapter, go pickup 2 copies – one for you and one for a son/daughter or niece/nephew.  You may be surprised at the outcome.