Are You a Business Owner or a Leader? (EntreLeadership with Dave Ramsey)
If you’re a freelancer, business owner, or entrepreneur – this book is for you.
If you’re THINKING ABOUT becoming a freelancer, business owner, or entrepreneur – this book is for you.
Focusing on being a “leader” sounds super-corporate, but being an “entrepreneur” doesn’t have the same ring to it. Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership combines the two concepts, starting with a list of qualities EntreLeaders have:
Mavericks who have integrity
Disciplined risk takers
Courageous while humble
Driven while loyal
As someone who has been in business for herself for 15 years, I can definitely support that list!
Like all of Dave’s writing (I’ve read + currently working through his Total Money Makeover steps), he doesn’t beat around the bush. He tells you exactly what you need to know, why you need to know it, and what to do about it.
Specifically, in the first chapter, he gets right to the point with:
I am the problem with my company and you are the problem with your company. Your education, character, capacity, ability, and vision are limiting your company. You want to know what is holding back your dreams from becoming a reality? Go look in the mirror.
Blunt, possibly a little harsh, but oh so accurate.
Dave delves a lot into the art of delegation and choosing team members, as well as time management, marketing + sales (many entrepreneurs two most uncomfortable subjects), and communication.
While some content may seem like it’s geared only toward businesses that want to have 50+ employees and lots of office space, this is a valuable book for online-based entrepreneurs as well – ESPECIALLY the money chapter.
Dave’s entire business is structured around financial knowledge, so he knows his stuff. Both people and businesses DO NOT need debt, and I’m confident that Paul Jarvis and The Minimalists are on board with that too. The money chapter alone is reason enough to read this book.
Overall, I’d say at least 70% of this book can easily apply to online-based entrepreneurs, making it 100% worth reading.
You are the problem in your business and you always will be, so make yourself LESS of a problem and get MORE of the help you need.
(Thanks to the Austin Public Library for having this book available to borrow.)