What are entrepreneurs and business builders made of? Who should you bring to your team at different stages of growth, and why? The answers, according to venture capitalists and business leaders Anthony K. Tjan, Richard J. Tackling the human aspect of entrepreneurship, leadership and management, the book surmised that each of us are biased towards one of four traits — namely heart, smarts, guts, or luck — in our decision-making processes. Encouraging business leaders to heighten their sense of self-awareness, HSGL blends psychology, entrepreneurship, and business strategy into a compelling new science of entrepreneurial leadership.
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Do you have what it takes to build a great business? In this book, three prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs--now venture capitalists and CEO advisers--share the qualities that surface again and again in those who successfully achieve their goals.
The common traits? Heart, smarts, guts, and luck. After interviewing and researching What's your entrepreneurial profile? After interviewing and researching hundreds of business-builders across the globe, the authors found that every one of them--from young founder to seasoned CEO--holds a combination of these four attributes.
Indeed each of us tends to be biased toward one of these traits in our decision-making, and figuring out which trait drives you will lead to greater self-awareness and likelihood of success in starting and growing a business. T , a simple tool to help determine your specific profile. Though no single archetype for entrepreneurial success exists, this book will help you understand which traits to "dial up" or "dial down" to realize your full potential, and when these traits are most and least helpful or even detrimental during critical points of a company lifecycle.
Not only will you know how to build a better business faster, you'll also take your natural leadership style to the next level. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 1.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 21, Michele rated it liked it. It took me awhile to finish this one, mostly because I didn't learn a whole lot from it so I drudged my way through just to finish.
That's not to say the book was bad. I'm not the intended audience, which the authors say are folks just getting started in entrepreneurship or thinking about it. This book definitely would've been handy a decade ago when I left the veiled security of a traditional FT job to go on my own. I found myself breathing, "Yep Feb 17, Pranav Saxena rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Whilst generally averse of typical business books, I took this up as a change to the genre I was reading, and in context of having recently become an entrepreneur. The books offers a simplistic read, and none of it will come as a surprise to a reader. Goes without saying that to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be smart, and need to have all aspects of smartness bookish, street etc. Similarly, you need to have the guts to start the business, to see it grow, and the guts to see it evo Whilst generally averse of typical business books, I took this up as a change to the genre I was reading, and in context of having recently become an entrepreneur.
Similarly, you need to have the guts to start the business, to see it grow, and the guts to see it evolve and change.
The authors to attempt to put a scientific framework around some of these concepts, example around what aspects of guts, and what combinations of smarts and hearts work best at what stage of the business. What personality traits constitute luck etc. Again, great concepts to digest, however I do believe these are more naturalistic attributes that play themselves out better, than manual interventions made on the basis of these theories.
All in all, I would recommend this book in 2 ways: 1. As a nice reminder to some of the obvious things you would know before becoming an entrepreneur Example, the authors talk about a naive optimism as being essential to run a business, which is something that struck a nerve 2.
In lieu of the above, use it as a personality test to ascertain any gaping holes which should be obvious otherwise as well, but we all can do with reminders Jul 02, Robert rated it it was ok Shelves: selfhelp. It was just OK, mostly the usual stuff. I have read a few different books in the "entrepreneurship inspiration" genre, the best one so far is "Unleash Your Inner Company" by John Chisholm.
I liked it because it gives very specific advice for each stage of a company, from coming up with idea, to growing the business. I also liked "Founder's Dilemma" by Noam Wasserman, which goes into great detail on common pitfalls within tech startups. By contrast this one felt very generic. The basic idea is that It was just OK, mostly the usual stuff. The basic idea is that there are four traits of entrepreneurs: Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck and as an entrepreneur you have to know which traits you are stronger in and maybe get business partners who are stronger on the traits that you don't have a lot of.
In general they emphasize the importance of being self aware as far as your own goals and priorities and strengths and weaknesses. They then give a few chapters of fairly general advice such as how to learn from failure and that sort of thing, but nothing that felt really ground breaking. Note: This is not necessarily a bad book. If you haven't read any of the other "entrepreneur" books out there, all this stuff may be new to you, but it just didn't have a lot of meat for me.
Oct 23, HH1 rated it did not like it Shelves: business. Almost a farce. Apparently, it took 3 bigwigs to write this. Well, I've seen a lot of kooky charts and graphs before but this I got so frustrated with this, it made me want to pursue it further.
The graphics on this "test" are so bizarre, so mind-numbingly weird and Escher-like - I actually took Almost a farce. The graphics on this "test" are so bizarre, so mind-numbingly weird and Escher-like - I actually took out a ruler to try to make sense of it. Just for fun, find this book in the library and skip to the back pages so you can see what I'm talking about.
Surely, the Art Department produced this test to say a big "screw you" to the Editorial Dept at this publishing company. That can be my only conclusion. After torturing my eyes for about 10 minutes, I threw the book against the wall.
I wanted to like this book. I want to like every book I attempt to read but some books are simply at war with the reader. This is one of them. Oct 05, Georgia rated it liked it. It may sound like another trip to Oz, but Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck is a true story of what it takes to be an entrepreneur and business- builder.
It is a straightforward, enjoyable read, as well as an inspirational tool for anyone who wants to take their passion and ideas to the next level.
Not interested in the business genre? I challenge you to pick this one up, get creative, and apply it to your life. I think it will change your mind! Feb 16, Cristobal rated it it was amazing. Excellent book that deserves more than one reading.
The authors have struck gold with their insight of the four ingredients that makes a great entrepreneur: heart, smarts, guts and luck. A book to think over, highlight and come back often to. View 1 comment. Feb 04, Jacki rated it really liked it. This was the first book I read about entrepreneurship, and it made the process seem far less daunting than I initially believed.
Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck : What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur and Build a Great Business
Tony Tjan, a serial entrepreneur-turned-VC, gave his test to more than 25, business-builders from around the globe to help find a handful of traits that can help explain what drives entrepreneurial success. He came up with four archetypes of business leaders. These entrepreneurs make products that are different in a way that you may not be able to see, but that you can feel. This type of entrepreneur is successful because they understand how the world works.
Heart, Smart, Guts, and Luck
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