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Books I Keep Recommending for the Beginning Entrepreneur

Books I Keep Recommending for the Beginning Entrepreneur.

I’ve noticed a common occurrence recently, I was finding people who wanted to follow their passions yet didn’t know how. See I was spending 5 weeks abroad, from Budapest to Bratislava to Vienna to Prague (where my father’s grandmother hails from) to Split and Dubrovnik with a quick stop in Mostar with superstar tour guide Marko – wow what an adventure that 24 hours was! Then off visiting my delightful pal from back in MBA grad school at the University of South Florida, super stud Olivier,  in his hometown, the wild port city of Marseille. Afterwhich I went to hang with my best friend Drew Edwards, who married the beautiful, brilliant, lovely French Helene on the 4th of July 2015 (celebrating his loss of Independence – my words, really – haha) at my gorgeous unique wedding and event venue NOVA 535 here in beautiful sunny downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Congrats to Drew and Helene!! =D

Drew and Helene wedding at NOVA 535 st pete florida

I’ve met a ton of friendly, warm and welcoming, smart and kind Europeans along the way. The one main thing that differs in our culture, aside from the upside-downness of the tiny espresso vs big cup of Americano – see if things were are they are stereotyped to be, then our fast paced hurry hurry the F-up American culture would embrace the tiny powerful and quick espresso, while the more relaxed and engaging Europeans would be enjoying their coffees longer….but that ain’t the case. So anywho, in reality, the major difference between us is that we Americans are much more Entrepreneurial.

Key person of influence book

We are not afraid to fail, to stop talking and get to the doing, to jump off that bridge w/out always having a plan (up front) on hitting the bottom. We Americans love to meet new people, to start new conversations and to mix / mess / mash / fuck things up. Yes there are pockets of Entrepreneurialism here in Europe, it’s a French work for godness sake, however, today October 14, 2015, the good ol USA is clearly in the top spot for, in my experiences (41 countries visited and counting) and humble opinion, Entrepreneurialism. Not that Europeans aren’t yearning to do their own things and live their passionate lives, they just don’t have the same mechanisms and supporting casts like we Americans do. So I’m always helping pushing people to do what they love, and suggesting books to help get them started. So is our fellow ESC and KPI member Chris Jenkins aka I’m Their Web Guy, who helps run the ESC while I’m off playing Johnny Entrepreneurial Seed across Europe!


See every Thursday night, most always at my wedding and event venue NOVA 535, we meet for drinks and smokes, laughs and hugs and stories and for helping each other become better business people, better Entrepreneurs and better humans –  all via my Entrepreneur Social Club – where we FORBID religion and politics. Funny how we seem to always get along. My suggestion to save our species = ride the world of politics. It’s like Polio and Cancer, all bad, no bueno.

So here are the authors and books I recommend for any of you want to be / ready to be Entrepreneurs:

Daniel Priestley   Key Person of Influence Facebook

Daniel Priestley Key-Person-of-Influence-KPI-crowd

From Daniel’s website ” Daniel Priestley started out as an entrepreneur at age 21 and built a multi-million dollar event, marketing and management business before the age of 25. A successful entrepreneur, international speaker and best-selling author, Daniel has built and sold businesses in Australia, Singapore and the UK. Daniel is the founder of Entrevo, which runs a 9 month growth accelera- tor programme for small enterprises, working with over 500+ entrepre- neurs each year to develop their businesses. Entrevo has offices in the UK, USA, Singapore and Australia. Daniel uses campaigns to help raise up to $100,000 for charity each year and is connected to some of the world’s most known and celebrated entrepreneurs and leaders. With a passion for global small business, Daniel is the author of the three best-selling books “Key Person of Influence”, “Entrepreneur Revolution” and the newly released “Oversubscribed“. ”

BOOKS : Becoming A Key Person on Influence   and   Entrepreneur Revolution  and  Oversubscribed

One of my favorites, Napoleon Hill, according to Wikipedia, “was an American author in the area of the new thought movement who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature.”  Napoleon was born October 26, 1883, and died November 8, 1970. He was WAY WAY ahead of his time. His words are like gold – old but always valuable. 

Napoleon Hill headshot

BOOKS  Think and grow Rich by Napoleon Hill  and The Law of Success in 16 Lessons by Napoleon Hill

Quotes by Napoleon Hill: 

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
The starting point of all achievement is desire.
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
Action is the real measure of intelligence.
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.
(Below is Drew (right) and I, always reminding each other that we’re blood brothers, though likely this is our last adventure with just “the guys” for now it’s time for him and wifey and baby making… so … wow, I’m the last single one left standing.)
Drew and Mike Lisbon Portugal blood brothers
I hope you enjoyed my blog, stay tuned for further wisdom and adventures. If you are in Tampa / St. Petersburg, Florida  JOIN US at the Entrepreneur Social Club!  It’s EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT, most always at NOVA 535. Remember we FORBID religion and politics, that’s  how we get along!
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