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Although this sounds like a book about business, it's more about life. Guy Raz presents personal stories. The themes that unite them are getting inspired, and then finding one's way through a thicket of challenges. He has a keen ear for details that make this compelling, even if – like me – you've never actually thought about founding a company. As Raz explains in the book, he hadn't either, until he started a podcast that interviewed others about their dilemmas. Whatever our vocation, we all take decisions and deal with the outcomes. These stories share insights on how to keep going if (to quote the old saw) you don't succeed at first. It's not simply a matter of trying again – there are numerous practical tips that have wide applications. A rich source of ideas, and an entertaining read.
Awesome book, this book funnily represents exactly how I started my business. I love all the business ideas I get from reading it. Also every time I start to read this book I get inspired to do more. I intend to see if I can find more books from Guy Raz. Thanks Mr. Marvellouss!
Finally got around to reading the book and must say it’s easily the most concise and comprehensive in its category. I was honestly rather hesitant to purchase it initially as I listen to the HIBT podcast every Monday, so I was worried that the book would just be a written recount of Guy’s interviews. I took the plunge primarily to support Guy, since the HIBT podcast continues to motivate me in my own endeavors each week. While it does contain many summaries of founder stories heard on the podcast, Guy does so merely to provide anecdotal evidence to support a particular concept (e.g. funding, pivotal moments, etc.).
If you’re someone interested in, or currently in the midst of, starting your own business this book will provide immense value. Guy concisely buckets many considerations/milestones to starting and growing an effective business based on the common experiences heard across many founders along with his own. Even if you’re just someone interested in memoirs, you’ll enjoy this. The chapters discussing iterations, perfection paralysis, and generating buzz were huge personal takeaways. Do note, however, this isn’t a book guaranteeing success - it’s merely a tool to equip you with the proper mindset. I’m sure if you’re here to buy the book you know that a guaranteed success manual doesn’t exist, otherwise you’d be spending money on a “get rich quick” guru eCourse from a Youtube ad.
For anyone that loves business memoirs, I’d also recommend Creativity Inc (Ed Catmull co-founder of Pixar) if you haven’t read it yet. I think it pairs really well with the HIBT book especially to the points of iterative processes and what to do when you feel like you’ve achieved your goal.
Everything in this book was super blase. All of the entrepreneurship story examples are widely well known. If you've read a few books on entrepreneurship you'd be familiar with all of the general principles in the book. Overall, it was roughly 100 pages too long. As someone who's read dozens of similar books this book surely didn't live up to its hype. Most books from the same genre are honestly much better. I can't understand the hype.
A lot of entrepreneurship books over the last decade have felt like they were aimed at the tech space or they presumed that you would raise hundreds of millions from silicon valley. It was refreshing to hear stories about successful companies that make normal every day stuff that real people use--like chips and protein bars and lotion and those thingies you plug into your iphone so you can use headphones. The stories were really inspiring and I felt like I got a ton of info I could actually use if I ever had an idea I wanted to pursue. Great read. Couldn't recommend more.