Total Rethink: Why Entrepreneurs Should Act Like Revolutionaries

Total Rethink: Why Entrepreneurs Should Act Like Revolutionaries

by David McCourt


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In business, and life, everything is changing fast, apart from how we behave. Our ways of thinking and making decisions have changed little since we lived in agricultural and industrial societies, but the problems we now need to solve are entirely different. It requires a revolution in thinking and behavior to meet the challenges that now face us and avoid disaster we need to totally rethink the model. The traditional wisdom has been that such improvements are best done incrementally, just as big, established corporations will plan to increase their turnovers and profits incrementally and governments will change their laws incrementally. However, things are moving too fast for that to be an effective solution any longer and we must all revolutionize the way we think and the way we behave in order to be more truly entrepreneurial. Part business biography, part business blueprint, Total Rethink explains how this can be done. Successful telecoms entrepreneur David McCourt lays out the reality of the dangerous situation we find ourselves in and suggests solutions which will empower everyone, including business people, politicians, diplomats and teachers, to repair the damage we have already done, and prepare for the dramatic changes to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119565352
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 12,513
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Born in Boston, David McCourt is an Irish American businessman and entrepreneur. He is one of the world's most successful, award-winning business people, with a personal worth of $1 billion. Over the last 30 years he has founded or bought twenty companies in nine countries and won an Emmy as a television producer. The Economist described him as having '"impeccable credentials as a telecom revolutionary." He is currently Founder and Chairman of Granahan McCourt Capital whose European offices are in Dublin.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1 Visualize the Future 1

Chapter 2 Start a Bottom-Up Revolution 7

Chapter 3 When the Revolutionaries Become the Establishment and Stop Blowing Up the Model 21

Chapter 4 Entrepreneurial Thinkers Can Be Found in Every Walk of Life 33

Chapter 5 Can You Teach Entrepreneurship or are Creative Entrepreneurs Born that Way? 39

Chapter 6 Work on Your Strengths, Forget Your Weaknesses 53

Chapter 7 Being Interested in Everything 65

Chapter 8 Getting Taken Seriously 71

Chapter 9 Achieving the Impossible 77

Chapter 10 Tell Your Story to the World 81

Chapter 11 Radical Ways of Getting Paid 85

Chapter 12 Taking Risks and Grasping Opportunities 91

Chapter 13 Connecting Computers to One Another 105

Chapter 14 Finding a Mentor 113

Chapter 15 Trying to Do Everything at the Same Time 123

Chapter 16 If You Are Persistent, Your Plan B May Be Better Than Your Plan A 137

Chapter 17 Crowdsourcing Is the Future 145

Chapter 18 The Death of the Middlemen 157

Chapter 19 Ten-Year-Olds Have Great Ideas, Too 163

Chapter 20 Never Be Afraid to Think Big – or to Think Young 167

Chapter 21 Future Generations 181

Chapter 22 The Power Shift 189

Chapter 23 The Power of Immigration 201

Chapter 24 The Sheer Joy of Being a Creative Revolutionary 207

Epilogue 213

About the Author 217

Notes 219

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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Total Rethink: Why Entrepreneurs Should Act like Revolutionaries by David McCourt is a book for forward-thinking professionals, and although it is written for entrepreneurs, it has lessons for everyone who wants make changes, improve their standard of life, or work their way quickly towards success. The book opens with a powerful thought, one that intersects with Stephen Covey's "Start with the end" in mind. When the author speaks about visualizing the future, he cautions that people, in many walks of life, tend to live in the present, working their way with a lot of caution into the future, and this is the category that doesn't make much progress. Themes in this book include the power of visualizing the future, the concept of bottom-up revolution, focusing on strengths and building on these, radical ways of getting paid, telling one's story to the world, mentorship, and a lot more. This book offered me lots of lessons and it is interesting how the author effortlessly weaves real life situations and personal stories into the message of the book, allowing readers to look at life from a unique and new perspective. I particularly enjoyed chapter six where he talks about working on our strengths. He makes a fascinating observation: "The paradox here is that when you are young everybody tells you to 'work on your weaknesses," but those weaknesses, almost by definition, can only be improved by small, incremental amounts, while you can improve upon your natural strengths almost infinitely if you go about it the right way." David McCourt is a brilliant writer and he uses a popular, conversational style that is engaging and that makes the book very interesting. It is filled with insight, strategies for growth, and tools that will change the way we live and work. Total Rethink: Why Entrepreneurs Should Act like Revolutionaries is one of the best business books I have read in a long time and it offers great lessons on personal and business transformation.