The Better Business Book is a collection of 100 entrepreneurs each giving you the one nugget of advice or lesson learned that made a difference on their journey to becoming a mogul. Many books on business spend 12 chapters explaining their 3 concepts that could bring you success, but the neat thing about this one is that the contributors start giving you the advice that changed their lives from the first page.
One of the first chapters in this book discusses how overwhelming it can be to have big dreams and big ideas and really makes you think about the idea of taking that first step. We’ve all heard the adage that “every journey begins with a single step.” And it is definitely true. But when you’re dreaming about running a marathon, those 26 miles seem like forever when you’ve never even done a 5k. Megan wants you to start small, celebrate the small achievements, and all those small ones will lead to your big goals, and lead to success.
That chapter was Megan Lyons’s contribution to this massive collection of business advice from entrepreneurs in industries from sales to authors to insurance and more.
If someone asked you what the most valuable thing you’ve learned in your career is, how would you answer? Adam Fogelman, Owner of The Alchemy, touches on how the first thing he learned in his career was that no one owes you anything and success takes hard work.
The contributors to this book share their failures, too, which makes them all the more relatable. Kyle Musser, Founder of Digital Conversion Labs, talks about the famous “Failure Quotient,” and measuring your success by the lessons you learned every time you’ve failed. Kyle talks about experimentation and what it means and how you continually experiment to create your eventual success.
These stories and life lessons range from analytical to tugging at your heartstrings, including one of my favorites, by Phil Fischman, who is the owner of a store called Beads, Crystals, and More. He saw a bead shop at 15 years old near a beach in New Jersey and put it out in the world that maybe he could have that one day. His chapter about he and his wife made me smile, which is something books often strive to do.
While The Better Business Book gives practical advice and some specific anecdotes about the work it takes, some of its best moments are the stories of learning to appreciate the process. Katie Titi, of LaurelandWolf.com talks about demanding perfection from herself, her eventual breaking point, and then picking herself back up and learning what it really means to appreciate where she is in life.
I think the best business advice I would give someone is that it’s never too late to do what you love and that every job has paperwork. I wasn’t paid to write for a really long time, but I still wrote. I kept thinking I didn’t have the experience or the knowledge or the time to find clients and grow a writing business, but I was wrong. Once I actually started getting clients and building it into something, it became as natural as breathing. There’s still paperwork, or the occasional topic I know nothing about and have to do a ton of research, or I might get writer’s block, but in the end, I love what I do, and I love who I am now that I allowed myself to be a writer and an entrepreneur.
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