- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio; Illustrated edition (April 12 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591848091
- ISBN-13: 978-1591848097
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 717 g
- Customer Reviews: 86 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job Hardcover – Illustrated, April 12 2016
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-Jon Acuff, author of Do Over
"Entrepreneurship is not one size fits all. It can take many shapes and forms. There's immense value to testing ideas or weaving entrepreneurial qualities into your life before taking the plunge. The 10% Entrepreneur will tell you how."
- Christine Tsai, Founding Partner at 500 Startups
“We think of entrepreneurship as a big, scary thing, involving blind leaps of faith and sweeping acts of disruption, not for the faint of heart. Yet in today’s ever-changing world, everyone needs to act more like an entrepreneur and take risks -- or risk being left behind. In his debut book, McGinnis delivers a winning game-plan for assuming 10% more risk, more creativity and more (ad)venture in your everyday life for 100% more satisfaction. Entrepreneurship is a smart choice for everyone--and so is reading this book. “
- Linda Rottenberg, co-founder & CEO of Endeavor and author of Crazy is a Compliment
“In a shifting corporate landscape, entrepreneurship no longer has to mean all-or-nothing endeavors. Patrick McGinnis uses his own expertise as a "part-time entrepreneur" to illustrate a proven solution for you to become one, too.
- Keith Ferrazzi, author of the Who's Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone
“This book should be read by anyone who has ever dreamed of starting an entrepreneurial venture.”
- Nir Eyal, author of Hooked
“Clear, concise and forward-thinking, The 10% Entrepreneur dives deeper into the future of today’s business world.”
- Tony Hsieh, author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.
About the Author
PATRICK J. McGINNIS is a venture capitalist and private equity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors, after a decade on Wall Street, to provide strategic advice to investors, entrepreneurs, and fast-growing businesses. As a 10% Entrepreneur, he has built a diverse portfolio of investments in new ventures in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Georgetown University, he writes for Business Insider, Huffington Post, Boston Magazine, and Forbes. He lives in New York City.
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It is in this aspect where ‘The 10% Entrepreneur’ becomes an extraordinary resource to tackle professional meaningless from a realistic perspective. The book’s main idea is that your day job and your entrepreneurial ventures are compatible: your day jobs allows you to pay for the bills and your side ventures allow you to bring meaning into your professional life. ‘The 10% Entrepreneur’ is a rare book because of it comprehensive nature. It does not only develop the main idea but offers a series of working principles – referred to as entrepreneurial ‘mind-set’ – and practical strategies to become an entrepreneur. It also includes a detailed explanation of the different ways in which you may become a 10% entrepreneur, how to give your first steps, how to do a due diligence analysis and some interesting reflections on personal marketing.
Throughout, the book is full of examples of several entrepreneurs in different industries and various geographical areas. This was my favourite part of the book, since it displays an unusual epistemological honesty by not only focusing in positive evidence, i.e.: successful ventures, but also in failed ventures. In these cases there is always a lesson behind the story.
In connexion with the previous point, another relevant feature of this work is that it offers a sincere approach to risk assessment. It is not a ‘go-and-do-it’ kind of book. On the contrary, the author makes a point of the causal necessity between your day job and your side ventures. The idea that the security of your day job is what allows you to take risks in your 10% is of paramount importance in the logical structure of this book. In this same line, the author offers throughout the chapters a series of exercises of introspection to better understand your talents and your capacities in order to create synergy between your ambitions and your circumstances.
In summary ‘The 10% Entrepreneur’ offers an intelligent approach to the modern trends surrounding entrepreneurship that is based in prudence, feasibility and self-knowledge.
I have always found these statements a little unrealistic and insensitive to the circumstances of most readers, ie. those who have spent years of their life honing their skills at their careers and with obligations (family, mortgage, lifestyle, etc) - where "taking the jump into the unknown" is not only risky but can also be irresponsible. While living in a dorm room on nothing but instant noodles to build a billion dollar app sounds like a romantic notion, this is not a reality that many of us will happily trade for.
On that note, this book is the best i have ever read that bridges the gap between a career veteran and an entrepreneur. It shows the reader that it does not have to be a choice of one or the other, and gives ideas and guides on how to traverse the common ground between the two - to utilise all the skills (and money) that the reader has accumulated in his career to feed his entrepreneurial hunger. And keeping the day job he is already so good at.
I love this book as it is aimed at a more mature audience with a respectable career and/or saved capital and shows them how to leverage these in the world of startups, without having to start from scratch.
Top read for anyone wanting more to life than their careers without sacrificing the benefits their careers provide.
Un livre utile pour tous ceux qui voudraient se lancer dans une aventure entrepreneuriale, tout en conservant (au moins au début) leur job actuel.
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I recommend every working professional to read this book.