Has someone ever recommended a good book to you and you know you have to read it?
I hate when that happens.
This time, the someone was a writer with Tech Crunch, and he suggested a book “Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos”. Now I haven’t read Sarah Lacy’s first book, so I’m not sure of her writing style. But the article in Tech Crunch convinced me to at least go to Amazon, and check out what others have said about it.
BIG MISTAKE! Go to Amazon and just ‘shop’? Right; no way. It was available for the kindle and so in 2 seconds I downloaded it, and couldn’t put it down for the first hour of reading. Lacy spent forty weeks traveling through Asia, South America and Africa, from Rwanda to Brazil, from Israel to India, “looking for the most impressive up-and-comers the developed world has never heard of….yet. ” She tells stories of opportunity in the midst of chaos.
A student came to me yesterday and said he didn’t realize how many business opportunities he ‘didn’t see before’. He told me that when he tells his friends he is an entrepreneurship major, they jump and tell him their ideas. He remarked but they don’t know what to do with them. I told him to tell them that you do. But, I told him, “You have to do it!”
The difference between the entrepreneurs in Lacy’s book and the ones walking around campus in San Antonio Texas is only culture and language. “There are many paths to entrepreneurial success, but none of them are easy. Each requires a compelling and intoxicating combination of guts, hard work, talent, timing, and luck.”
A must read!!