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I am in a unique position to comment on this book as I was the copyeditor on it. Previous to this I could not reveal my opinions, but I am no longer employed by the company I worked for at that time, and ever since I read this piece of puke, I’ve wanted to tell somebody–anybody!–how horrific it is. Thom Weisel is a royal b**tard with an equally king-sized ego, and about 99% of the book is him bragging on himself.
Don’t think Brandt is the author–Thommy boy had his hands firmly on the reins the whole way through, BELIEVE ME BECAUSE HE MADE FIFTY THOUSAND CHANGES AT EVERY STAGE OF THE PUBLICATION PROCESS!!! Note also that almost every one of these changes was to make the book even more self-aggrandizing than it started out. If you love reading the inflated-headed ramblings of a narcissistic egotist, this one is for you, but if bloated self-smooching turns you off the least bit, prepare to never stop throwing up.
And now, for my final question: Why doesn’t he just sleep with Lance Armstrong and get it over with?
I feel so much better now!
Author(s): Richard Brandt, Thomas Weisel, Lance Armstrong.
Publisher: Wiley, Year: 2003.
Confessions of a Real Estate Entrepreneur: What It Takes to Win in High-Stakes Commercial Real Estate.
A front row seat into the world of high-stakes commercial real estate investing.
“A must-read book” one of the best real estate investment books I have ever read. On my scale of 1 to 10, this unique book rates an off-the-charts 12.” —Robert Bruss
Confessions of a Real Estate Entrepreneur is for the individual who is ready to get serious about investing. Not a rah-rah or get-rich-quick book, this book is for someone who is prepared to think about what he or she wants to accomplish. James Randel provides the how and why.
James Randel has been a successful investor and educator for 25 years. He teaches investing through stories and anecdotes “ bringing to the limelight not just his successes (and there are some amazing stories of these) but also his mistakes. His candor is instructive and entertaining. It is said that “those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach.” James Randel is a rare exception as he is both a highly successful investor as well as an excellent teacher. As said by Jeff Dunne, Vice Chairman of the largest real estate company in the world, CB Richard Ellis: “I’ve tracked Jimmy’s incredible run of successful real estate investments for 20 years and more recently invested very profitably with him. His new book is a must read for anyone interested in real estate investing.”
If you are tired of the “same old, same old” and prepared to play in the big leagues, this book is calling your name. (20061208).
Author(s): James A. Randel.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Year: 2005.
Part confession and part business guide, DANCING WITH THE BEAR chronicles Roger Shashoua’s unique and extraordinary journey as he encounters and challenges the business and political Establishments – both at home and in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Russia. Throughout, Shashoua provides street-smart advice on how a new generation might succeed in overcoming the daunting obstacles that he encountered, and make MEGA-MILLIONS in the regions of Russia, China and India.
The book outlines how those with an entrepreneurial spirit, prepared to spend up to two years in a new country, can expect $50 million – $500 million as a modest return. And for those who favour quiet domesticity, DANCING WITH THE BEAR provides revealing insight into the mind of a serial entrepreneur during a unique period of business history… when the `free market’ began its dance with the Russian bear.
Author(s): Roger Shashoua
Publisher: GMB Publishing Ltd, Year: 2007
Straightforward guide to building marketing programs.
This no-nonsense, hands-on guide is the entrepreneurial marketers’ battle plan for a successful marketing program. Marketing for Small Business Made Easy contains specific action steps and to-do lists for every step of the marketing process. Real-world anecdotes and specific examples from well-known start-ups demonstrate the book’s practical skills. Author Kevin Epstein cuts through the buzzwords and marketing jargon to offer you cutting-edge advice on a variety of traditional and high-tech tools, from billboards to blogs.
Author(s): Kevin Epstein.
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press, Year: 2006.
Brian Tracy’s first dream was of a journey-not a leisurely drive to the beach or a weekend campout, but an unscripted adventure that would take him 17,000 miles from his home on Canada’s Pacific Coast all the way to South Africa. After a harrowing series of false starts and narrow escapes, he finally completed the odyssey that would change his life, and his way of thinking about life and business. The road to business success, he realized, is just as exciting and dangerous and rewarding as a trek across the Sahara.
In both business and life, succeeding-sometimes even surviving-requires vision, courage, persistence and the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own actions.
Using his story as a metaphor for success in life and in business, Tracy shows how you can learn from similar life lessons the simple yet essential steps you can take for realizing the greatness within you and the full potential of your business.
Author(s): Brian Tracy, Hrvey Mackay.
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press, Year: 2003.
Take charge of your business – every step of the way. Are you so busy putting out fires in your business that you don’t have time to build your dreams? Put down the fire extinguisher for as long as it takes to read this book, and you’ll emerge with a feeling of control you haven’t experienced since you started your business. Project management helps you plan for and react to every challenge, opportunity and problem facing your business – tasks as diverse as opening a new location, developing an ad campaign, hiring new staff and more. Project-management strategies will: Allow you to seize opportunities and solve problems.
Teach you to prioritize projects for the best results. Reduce errors and improve your bottom line. Implementing these project-management strategies will help you get the small hassles under control, leaving you free to focus on building the business of your dreams. Sid Kemp, P.M.P. , former director of the Alamo chapter of the Project Management Institute, is the author of Ultimate Guide to Project Management for Small Business. He is a project management teacher and consultant to Fortune 500 and federal government clients.
Author(s): Sid Kemp
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press, Year: 2006
Negotiate anything with these can’t-miss tactics: * The most important—and most overlooked—step in the negotiating process * How to counteract pressure tactics such as intimidation, manipulations and bluffing * The number one reason negotiations break down—and how to avoid it * Which strategy will always put you in the strongest bargaining position * Six proven ways to break an impasse * How to read your opponent and adjust your approach.
Author(s): John Patrick Dolan
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press, Year: 2006
Starting a business is one of the most exciting and fulfilling things one can do – and it can make the entrepreneur extremely rich. Unfortunately it can also be very unpredictable, and statistically it is far more likely to end in failure than success. So how does one shift the odds in their favor? The answer is to learn from the people who have already succeeded.
You Can Do It Too brings together the collective knowledge and wisdom of successful British entrepreneurs in the form of 20 essential elements to focus on when starting a business. Each lesson in this valuable blueprint is illustrated by a real entrepreneurial story which looks at why it is important and how to incorporate it into one’s own business venture.
You Can Do It Too is the first step to a successful business and an inspirational masterclass for all budding entrepreneurs.
Author(s): Rachel Bridge
Publisher: Kogan Page, Year: 2008.