How to make big money in your small business: Review

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“Although not as good as Rainmaker, this is a easy to read book…”

Jeffrey J Fox is the bestselling author of “How to become a Rainmaker” and “How to become CEO”. Fox has won numerous awards from the business community and is highly rated as one the top 100 marketing gurus in the world today.

In his latest book, Fox writes a concise and practical guide to the elements for success for every small business owner.

The book, which is 150 pages long has a title that doesn’t really reflect what the book is about — in fact, it doesn’t actually give you any new ideas on how to actually go around to make big money from your small business.

Rather, this book is about the *responsibility* each business owner must fulfill – and describes what the rewards for sacrificing time, money, assets and resources will bring.

The concise nature of this book may upset many because it is little on detail and can be described as simplistic. If you’re starting a business you’ll find this book is more of a “pick-me-up” – it drills down business into two/three small pages.

Personally, I like this concept – and its almost unique to Fox’s books. Personally, for me – this book gets to the heart of the matter, quickly, effectively and promptly.

Fox does provides quirky insights and ideas on how to be successful, for example – he explains why you should “hire an ex-paperboy” instead of a University graduate – and how “picking up paperclips ” can save you money.

Unlike Rainmaker, I don’t believe this is ‘essential reading’, but it can help in defining what your responsibilities as a small business manager is – and how to bring new customers to your business.

Bottom line – The book is no “rainmaker”, but is an easy book to read that offers good insights and reminders about the responsibility that business people have – which is, to make money, bring in sales and delight customers.

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Think and Grow Rich Review

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“The daddy of all self-help, motivational books…”

Napoleon Hill is widely recognized as the founder of the modern genre of personal success literature. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling books of all time.

After interviewing over 500 of the most affluent men and women of his time, he uncovered many secrets to obtaining great wealth. These secrets are based on the notion that if we can learn to think like the rich, we can achieve it.

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UK election – do we care?

So, who’s going to win the UK election, and do we really care? I think we do, we care about issues – not about politics, I think we care about how we’re going to pay the bills, save enough money for a pension, a holiday – I think we care, as a nation, how well our children eat and the sense of entrepreneurship.

Political blogging is big business in the US, in fact it took off during the last election – but the UK is catching up, there’s reports of parties buying up domain names left, right and center to be used for their own ends, and I’ve found the Guardian’s UK Election Blog really good reading – I don’t really watch TV reports on the news, because they are skewed or cut, or edited or done in a certain way to suggest one thing.

Another thing is, I keep hearing how its about “having a say”, I don’t want to have a say – I want to make a difference, and I want the person I elect to make a difference, to lead, to take charge and be fully accountable.

Who I’m I electing for? I dunno, it really depends on who stands in my local area, and what they stand for – I probably won’t vote, but I haven’t made my mind up yet.

Do we care? The issues matter. Politicians don’t. Its as simple as that.

Can enterprenuerisim be taught?

An age old question, cliche or cynicsim I always hear from people I meet is that “enterprenuerisim cannot be taught, you are born with it”.

Personally, I don’t believe that. Passion, motivation, desire, willpower can be trained, it can be mustered from people with the help of other people.

Naturally – you’ve got to want to do it, be it to stay longer at work, to help out on a weekend, or bring more business to your company. This is where I fundamentally believe that enterprenuerisim is being taught, because you are learning it first hand – you see it first hand – you reap what you sow and you adapt to the situation because the situation demands it.

Can you learn enterprenuerisim at school? Well it depends, there are lots of schools out there, you can learn it at University, or at schools like Nesta which is offering a fantastic 10-month programme. There is also CMI Enterprisers, which I had the pleasure of attending, and the Cambridge MIT Institute (note: there are lots more too).

So, what’s the answer to the age old question of whether enterprenuerisim be taught, or is it something you’ve got to be born with? The answer really lies with you. If you don’t feel confident in yourself, your skills, your abilities, your self worth, your career or your future, then find out more about these schools, find out if they will help, then take action.

If you’re worried about the cost, don’t be – try to qualify the benefits of the school, the courses, like you would do for a car – really delve deep into what you personally want to achieve, want you want to do – then pursuit it.

Find confidence in these schools, contact the main tutor and try to explore this – if the school is good, and I mean really, really good – you can learn not just how to be enterprenuerial, but how to be yourself.

Brewster’s Millions

In the 1985 movie Brewster’s Millions Montgomery Brewster, played by Richard Pryor learns of an inheritance of $300 million. In order to get this inheritance, he has to spend $30 million in 30 days.

What’s more he’s not allowed to have any assets to show for the $30m or waste the money in any way. In addition, he’s not inform anybody of the reasons why he has to spend the money.

Throughout the film, many people claim that Brewster breaks the terms and conditions of the will on many occasions – for example, some people cite the using of the stamp breaks the “You must not destroy what is inherently valuable” clause.

Ideas on how to spend $30 million in 30 days;

  1. 30 days of 24-hour partying, with the best food, champagne, wine and beer. Hire top-rate singers, dancers and performers. Pay 10 top bands, rent out a stadium and hire equipment and workers all paid extra for short notice.
  2. Use the “Donate 5% to charity, 5% on betting” clause
  3. Spend millions on an advertising campaign for a product that doesn’t exist – or better yet, pull the product a day before its launch and claim there was a fault with it
  4. Hire out penthouse suites in top 50 richest hotels of the world for 30 days at double the usual rate
  5. Run for a political seat, then resign
  6. Invest the money into Internet shares
  7. Rent out 30 cars, 30 chaffeuers and tell them to drive around the city for 30 days

It does lead to the question – how would you spend $30 million in 30 days, but without purchasing assets? I guess you have to rent everything, and pay thrice the price, if you pardon the pun.

April Fools Day

As it’s April Fool’s Day, here’s a quick yonder at some of the stuff that was reported by the press, and so forth…

I don’t know why, but everybody thinks that the famous Swiss Spaghetti Harvest was one of the best pranks ever done, I personally don’t think it was *that* good.

The story goes that in 1957 the respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees.

Huge numbers of viewers were taken in, and many called up wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti trees. To this question, the BBC diplomatically replied that they should “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”

An April Fool’s Day for me is never complete without Arnold Schwarznegger prank calls or other celebrity prank calls.