Register for Ramsey’s classes at Calvary Christian Assembly in Seattle http://tinyurl.com/4xal6sq
EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches, Hardcover, by Dave Ramsey, Howard Books, 2011, 320 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1451617856, $26.99
Dave Ramsey, well-known author, financial guru and nationally syndicated radio host calls his new release a “playbook” that led to his financial success, satisfaction and joy. His unconventional practical advice, devoid of theories and formulas, comes from twenty years of practical, hands-on business experience that began on his living room table after bankruptcy.
His initial flush of business success brought Ramsey a million dollar net worth and over four million dollars in real estate holdings built on leveraged bank loans, a common practice then. The bank recognized he had overextended and called in his loans. Ramsey’s wealth vanished. Suddenly he was faced with law suits, foreclosures, bankruptcy and ultimate brokenness. At age twenty-six—unable to pay bills or care for his family he was a “broken man,” with two kids and a marriage he didn’t know would or could survive.
Although that brokenness and surrender was the beginning of his eventual success, this book isn’t about failure. It’s about personal surrender and lessons learned from failure. An experience that “deepened” his faith and brought about a dramatic life-changing decision: to “run every area of his life as consistently with the Bible” as possible.
And that’s what his playbook is about, valuable Christian principles such as humility, passion, discipline, loyalty, hard work, integrity, honesty and treating others as you want to be treated. Business principles he likens “to common sense.” Mike Huckabee writes its “…a guide for the complete business leader” in his endorsement.
Fifteen chapters offer solid, simple, yet profound battle-tested business concepts on how to grow a business. His playbook is like being taught by a professor trained in the “University of Hard Knocks.”
Topics range from dreams turned into visions, defined by a mission statement that in turn becomes business goals. Ramsey calls them “dreams and visions with work clothes on.” The chapter on time management teaches how to discriminate the important from the urgent and how to control your time with a “to do” list.
Another insightful chapter on decision making includes topics of procrastination, passivity, indecision and fear, whether fear itself, fear of criticism or fear of making a mistake. Ramsey encourages readers to talk to experts, determine their options, as well as their best and worst case scenarios, and then make a decision.
EntreLeadership’s insightful anecdotes, wisdom, practical tips and business advice benefit anyone, from the mom and pop startups to large businesses and corporations. Dr. Laffer, economic advisor to President Reagan, and Ramsey fan writes, “EntreLeadership…shows not just the ‘how-to’ but also the ‘why to’” of business.
It’s that and more—it’s everything you need to know about “building and growing a business” successfully. Even if you’re time-challenged, make time for Ramsey’s new release, the benefit is worth the price and effort. http://www.daveramsey.com/home/
The Seattle Christian Book Review Examiner: http://tinyurl.com/23gtm4
The Washington Christian Book Review Examiner: http://tinyurl.com/6cvj94t