Million Dollar Maverick: Forge Your Own Path to Think Differently, Act Decisively, and Succeed Quickly

Million Dollar Maverick: Forge Your Own Path to Think Differently, Act Decisively, and Succeed Quickly

by Alan Weiss

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When it comes to how to succeed as an entrepreneur, we are besotted with advice. According to bestselling author Alan Weiss, success is a combination of opportunism, very disciplined work, luck, timing, and ignoring most advice.  In other words, it means striking out on your own, original path to success.  In Million Dollar Maverick, he explains that entrepreneurs don't take advice, they create value and then monetize it. They do what they love and are great at and find a way to sell it to people. They do not--contrary to "conventional wisdom"--chase money. They attract money. And most of all they think differently, act decisively--and, if talent and timing are with them, succeed quickly.  Drawing on over thirty years of experience as a consultant, speaker, and global expert, Weiss shares his story and "Million Dollar Tips," not found in any of his other books, to help entrepreneurs gain influence, build confidence, and develop the critical thinking skills they need to discover the inside track to rapid success

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Weiss (Million Dollar Consulting), a consultant and speaker, dispenses sage advice to entrepreneurs worldwide in this combination of memoir and motivational guide. The book starts with a discussion of the benefits of standing out, either by being better or just by being different. Weiss shows, with examples from his own personal and professional experience, how taking a contrary view can lead to success. He examines the importance of perspective, failure, resilience, and ego, while also identifying influence, critical thinking, and self-promotion as essential components of success. He shows how to be deliberate in relationships and "attract people who attract people." He also lists four levels of success—survive, alive, arrive, and thrive—and explains how to rise to a new level. Throughout, he offers short, pithy statements he calls mindsets, such as "Don't bemoan your fate; figure out how to change it" and "If you're not failing, you're not trying." Less frequently, he backs up his advice with case studies. Engagingly written and refreshingly ego-free, this book hold valuable wisdom for everyone chasing success, both those following their entrepreneurial spirit and those who choose more mainstream pursuits. (May)

From the Publisher

"A fearless contrarian, and an inspirational success, Alan Weiss is the original million dollar maverick.” – Daniel H. Pink, NYT best-selling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human

“This breezy, engaging book is filled with pearls, emeralds, and diamonds of wisdom for anyone who wants to build a business, a life, or both.” – Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of the best-seller Stumbling on Happiness

Million Dollar Maverick continues Alan’s amazing work – it is pragmatic, immediately applicable, and fun! – Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers 50 world’s top rated executive coach and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“This book is another extraordinary demonstration of how thoughtfully and purposefully Alan Weiss approaches his work. He is a genius at interpreting complex ideas and principles in easy-to-understand examples and applies methods that help us achieve success and significance at work and in life. Don’t just read this book. Savor it.” – Nido Qubein, President of High Point University, chairman of General Harvest Bread Co., recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, member of National Speakers Association Hall of Fame®

“Alan Weiss has improved my health, wealth, and happiness far more than I could have ever dreamed was possible. His work is revolutionary.” – Colleen Francis, CEO of Engage Selling and author of Nonstop Sales Boom

“Implementing Alan’s advice for more than ten years not only contributed dramatically to the qualitative and quantitative growth of my firm, it encouraged me to think differently—in a more holistic way and with an abundance mindset for which I am deeply grateful.” – Prof. Dr. Guido Quelle, Managing Partner of Mandat Consulting Group and author of Profitable Growth

“I’ve listened to Alan Weiss speak three times, and I was extremely impressed three times. This third time was by far the greatest day of speaking I’ve ever attended… If you’ve never heard Alan speak, and pass up a chance to hear him speak, then you’re crazy. If you have not heard Alan Weiss speak yet, make sure that you do. Alan possesses two of the qualities that I most value: genuineness and sincerity. Alan is genuine and sincere. He keeps it real” – Steven David, Bloomberg

“I have three master’s degrees and a doctorate. These degrees were obtained at great effort, time, expense, and energy. I have just graduated from Alan Weiss’s Million Dollar Consulting® College. In terms of showing me how to provide value in my life and the lives of others, this experience was of more value than any of my degrees. Let me amend that: It was more valuable than all of them put together.” - Dr. Sally Wright, Alliance Consulting

"One of the most highly respected independent consultants in the country." – New York Post

"One of the top motivational speakers in the country." – Providence Journal

Library Journal

The basic line of reasoning contained in consultant Weiss's (Million Dollar Consulting) book is that the secret to success is simply taking a contrarian or one-off view. The rest of the text fleshes out this concept with suggestions and illustrations for readers to apply to their own situation. One of the key ideas consists of finding out what others are doing in order to know what not to aim for—this helps shift a person's thinking to the untapped areas that have room for future growth. Discovering the path least trod is the goal and provided are principles for utilizing that space once it is found. However, the author does not help uncover those areas of opportunity. The "million dollar" title is probably overstating the actual return on the investment of the book, but the approach of challenging the status quo does have some value. While geared to entry-level entrepreneurs, this work will benefit professionals from various fields as the author's examples span different industries. VERDICT Significant for anyone looking to gain insight into the methods behind successful marketing or business proposals.—Mark Hanson, Maranatha Baptist Univ. Lib., Watertown, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351861236
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/14/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 210
File size: 1 MB

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