“Entrepreneur Revolution” by Daniel Priestley Book Review
Greetings all and welcome back for another book summary and review. Remember, we read the books and give you a summary as well as a quick recommendation on whether you should read it or not. This week hitting the spotlight is “Entrepreneur Revolution” by Daniel Priestley.
“Entrepreneur Revolution” quite literally fell into my hands right after I quit my job, as a present from my mother who picked it up at a conference (yay for free books). Before I even start this review, let me tell you that this book is worth buying in hard copy and not the e-version as I usually suggest. This is because you will want to keep this book for a long, long time and highlight every good idea in it.
To kick off, here are the top 5 things to take away from Entrepreneur Revolution:
- The certain road to success has been travelled before.
Almost, if not every successful person got there the same way as the others. If you wish to achieve similar success, follow in the footsteps of those who have do it before. Get to know the people who you admire, who you look up to and find out how they did it. Chances are they were exactly like you when they started out. Figure out a way to apply their methods, ideas and actions to your own path.“Smart people surround themselves with smarter people.”
- Influence is everything.
Your reputation as a business and as a business owner is everything. Every action and reaction you take has the potential to make or break you. Think carefully how you want to portray yourself and your business to others as once your reputation has been established, it is difficult to change. If you want to be smart, surround yourself with smarter people. If you want to be rich, learn how to be rich. If you want to be successful, learn how to handle success first.“The most prized asset must be your reputation. It’s an asset that will pay you well for life. Guard it, nurture it, make decisions with your reputation in mind because great entrepreneurs believe money comes and goes but your reputation is permanent.”
- The system is designed to keep you in the rat race.
Entrepreneurs don’t partake in the rat race, they jump off the band wagon. At school, we are taught how to be great workers. Even a ‘business’ degree teaches you how to solve someone else’s problems except your own. We grow up to go to school, work hard, get a good job, work hard, keep our head down and work hard. The system constantly feeds us that we are meant to work hard for someone else for the rest of our life, whether or not we like it.
Thinking like an entrepreneur requires you to think outside the box. Most of all, thinking like an entrepreneur requires you to believe. Believe that there is something better out there for you. Believe that you don’t have to be stuck in the same 9-5 soul-sucking job for the rest of your life. Believe that there are others ways out there, the only person standing in the way is you.“We need to start thinking differently. We must stop thinking like workers and start thinking like entrepreneurs. When you think about what you do for a living you start to think about your passion, your purpose and your vision. Don’t think about your job, your income and your pension plan.”
- Lean in.
Humans are irrational beings. We let our emotions and our fears dictate our actions when really we should be letting our brain do the work. To truly achieve the entrepreneurial mindset, you need to lean in. You need to let go of the fear that’s holding you back, ignore those who tell you what you can and can’t do and just do it. True entrepreneurs aren’t afraid of failure, they embrace it and accept it as a normal part of life. You need to take responsibility for your life into your own hands and dictate your destiny, not the other way around.“True entrepreneurs lean in. Leaning in means working with the best people, it means showing up with your game face on and leaving the doubts at the door.”
- Know what to ask for and how to ask for it.
Every day of your life, your actions and your words dictate the outcome. If you are poor and wish to be rich, know the true definition of wealth. What does wealth mean for you? Is it fancy cars, hanging out with Kim Kardashian and having a million dollars in the bank? Is it not having to work for the rest of your life or spending more time with your loved ones? Is it owing your first home or going on a world trip? Only you can answer these questions. What works for others does not necessarily have to work for you. Life goals are not a one-size fit all.
The second hurdle is figuring out how to ask for it. Get good at asking. I wanted to quit my shitty job and focus on growing my website and following. I quit my job, figured out how to keep my income the same and have more time to spend on the things that matter to me, all because I asked. It did take me 3 months of being completely miserable but I finally figured it out when I knew how to ask. Then, within a month of me being good at asking, money started to come in, my job was history and my following grew by 100. The universe really picks up, you just have to learn how to call.“A pitch will bring followers, believers, supporters, research and reinforcement no matter what you are pitching for. If you pitch ‘the world is miserable’, more misery will come. If you pitch ‘life is good and I’m very lucky’, you will get more of that too.”
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely.
The thing I love the most about Priestley is that he promotes critical thinking and doesn’t sugar-coat things. He tells it like it is. Even better, he tells you how to do it. More often than not self-help books are very general and vague in their advice. I don’t know about you but I can’t stand any of this “Follow your dreams and they will come” BS. I need actual, real-life advice by someone that knows what they’re talking about, and Priestley’s book is defiantly that.
Entrepreneur Revolution breaks down the “majority mindset” that we all have to die at a desk job. It encourages people to think outside the box and become their own leaders. Not only that, it contains advice about how to build not only a profitable business but a successful one long term. He even breaks it down for you step by step.