Books

Confessions of an entrepreneur

I have published one book so far. It’s a business book called Confessions of an entrepreneur, published with Pearson.

Confessions Entrepreneur revised

I wrote it, because no-one actually tells you what it really feels like to be an entrepreneur. What you actually have to go through when you chase ambitions and fortunes.

In my book, Confessions of an Entrepreneur, I do.

It’s not a book about business plans and choosing the right business ideas. Those books already exist. This doesn’t.

This is a book about the emotional issues that other business books ignore – the sacrifices you make, the struggle to choose and work with the right partner(s), the strain of uncertainty and potential failure, the dizzying and addictive highs of success, the challenge of building and motivating a team – everything that you will experience when you start a new business. It’s about the journey every single entrepreneur has to take – and it’s this journey, not just the destination, that you have to learn to love if you’re going to be a great entrepreneur.

To help you understand and feel what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. I wanted to tell it as is, no frills, so I’ve written this book ‘live’, whilst battling through my own start-up journey. And you don’t just hear from me alone, you can read the raw, honest stories from some of the most talented entrepreneurs on this planet, including Bill Gross of Idealab, Roland Rudd of Finsbury Communications, Jo Fairley of Green & Black’s, Nick Wheeler of Charles Tyrwhitt, William Reeve of LoveFilm and many others.

It has sold very well. I  was hugely excited when I saw it in WHSmith in their top selling books list!

WHSmith photo of Confessions

I have been amazed and truely touched by the feedback that I have had. Some of the comments are very humbling. Here’s just tow to give you a flavour

Quote 1 – Mr.J Fulton

“Absolutely compelling book , its the swiss army knife that contains a tent , no other book i have read to date touches upon the emotions , fears , success , personal failures and sacrifices involved in starting , running and sometimes walking away from a business or idea , It helps to stimulate your decision making processes , its full of insights from the author and countless other business peoples experience but its not guru dogmatic advice being rammed down your throat from inflated oh hark at me ego’s , there is a human vunerable touch evident. The real beauty of this book is its so well written with great clarity making it memorable , the more you read the more well informed you feel and become , highly recommend.”

Quote 2: Andy D

If you’re sick of all those boring egotistical tales of endless entrepreneurial success, this book is the perfect antidote.

The author has focused on how it *feels* to succeed – and fail – in business, and so has IMHO created an invaluable record of what being an entrepreneur is really like. Many dream of amassing a Gates-like fortune, but that isn’t the result that most entrepreneurs end up with. If you’ve ever tried to start your own business, you’ll wince with recognition at the problems the author faces as he goes through his attempts to find the magic formula. If you’re considering starting something up now, you’ll get a feel for the emotional rollercoaster you’re about to embark upon.

One of the things I enjoyed about the book is the way it covers so many different attempts at starting businesses – not only by the author himself, but also by his numerous interviewees. As a result, you are inducted into a fellowship of real entrepreneurs – not necessarily people you’ve heard of, but in some ways I think that may be the point. The reality is that *real* entrepreneurialism is always a rough ride – the emotional toll that this can take not only on the entrepreneur himself, but also on his business/personal relationships, his family and his friends, is huge and dealt with well in the book. It was a great relief to find a book that recognises how easily the entrepreneurial dream can turn into a groundhog-day type nightmare.

The style is unusual for a business book, combining a raw, confessional tone for the stories and anecdotes with measured, practical advice on how to deal with the many challenges that he outlines.

In the end though, the book manages to combine this warning note of realism with an underlying message of determined hope. At the heart of the book is this message: It’s better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all. I found myself reminded of the dogged attitude that every entrepreneur needs and filled with optimism about the future.”

The real beauty of this book is its so well written with great clarity making it memorable , the more you read the more well informed you feel and become , highly recommend.”

 

Read all the reviews on Amazon

And see a few other comments on these links

http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/bookshop/article.asp?item=1789 

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Stanford University

http://portalcontent.london.edu/news/alumni/AN124.pdf