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The Pursuit of Wow!: Every Person's Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times
The Pursuit of Wow!: Every Person's Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times
by Tom Peters
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.68
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Peters' most useful books--and still one of his most contemporary, Jan. 1 2010
I continue to refer to this book for business ideas, at least a few times a year. Peters obviously is prolific, not just in print but online, in seminars, in his generous powerpoints he offers free of charge, etc., but this book remains one of my favorites.

If you can't find something in here you can make use of, that can really shake you up and make you look at something in a new light, I'd be quite surprised.

Find the wow! in what you're doing now, or shake off what you're doing now and find something new and full of wow! to do instead. Either way, this is one of Peters' best guides to getting to where you want to be.

The Magic Of Thinking Big
The Magic Of Thinking Big
by David Schwartz
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.15
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very special book., Jan. 1 2010
This book belongs in most every library. Quite an inspiring book -- both lofty in its sentiments and frank in its discussions. It is an older book, and as such some of the language is sexist, but the same can be said of course for most great literature (Don't get me wrong-- I'm not implying that "The Magic of Thinking Big" is "great literature") of earlier eras. There are other flaws as well, but wouldn't you prefer a useful and memorable book that is slightly flawed to a "perfect" but dull book? I would.

I personally found this book useful, and I have also been moved by the wide variety of people in different walks of life who have written that this book changed their lives. Try it yourself, see if it moves you. I am confident there is something in it for you as well.

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
by Michael E. Gerber
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.71
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the sole practitioner or small business owner, a must-buy., Dec 31 2009
You need to buy this book if you're a small business person or a sole practitioner or artist of any sort thinking of starting a small business. Gerber has a very important concept that is so often overlooked: to turn yourself from an artisan to a business person, you need to stop working IN your business and start working ON your business.

The best way, he says, to think of this is to imagine if you had to "franchise" your business. Is the way you're doing things systematic enough that it can be replicated all over the country? In reality, of course, the odds that you WILL franchise your business are negligible, but the same method of thinking will allow you to:

...expand your business to include more employees

...allow you to go on VACATION with a free and easy conscience

....allow someone else to pick up the slack if you fall ill.

There are some other good points in here (the value of consistency, etc.) A definite must read for the small business owner.

Having said all this, I am not really sure why Gerber "revisited" his original E-myth. If you can find a copy of the original, it was even better, lacking the superfluous "sarah" character who mars and confuses this revised edition slightly.

Eat the Rich
Eat the Rich
by P. J. O'Rourke
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, and informative, Dec 31 2009
This review is from: Eat the Rich (Hardcover)
This book could not be funnier. COULD NOT BE FUNNIER.

And, to top that off, you can (or at least, dear reader, I did) learn a ton between the tears of laughter.

I have tried previously in the course of my professional life to learn a little economics here and there, but more has stuck with me from this book than from all my prior efforts. I believe you will have the same response, whether you are liberal, conservative, or whatever -- (he really doesn't have that much of a prejudice one way or another in this book, or at least he loses it as the book progresses). Not to be missed.

Henry Reed, Inc.
Henry Reed, Inc.
by Keith Robertson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.42
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious way to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset early on., Dec 31 2009
This review is from: Henry Reed, Inc. (Paperback)
I am not sure why, considering the wild success of nearly all other Robert McCloskey-related books, this one seems to have nearly sunk under the waves. But as a kid, this is such an exciting concept: that you can start a business yourself and make it out of everything around you.

Highly recommended if you want your kids to get that all-american entrepreneurial "bug."

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