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An inspirational and practical guide for anyone who wants to incorporate the dynamic skills of entrepreneurs into their own lives and work. A new generation of life entrepreneurs is emerging: people who apply their vision, talents, creativity, and energy not only to their work but to their entire lives, changing the world for themselves and those around them. In this book, An inspirational and practical guide for anyone who wants to incorporate the dynamic skills of entrepreneurs into their own lives and work. A new generation of life entrepreneurs is emerging: people who apply their vision, talents, creativity, and energy not only to their work but to their entire lives, changing the world for themselves and those around them. In this book, successful entrepreneurs Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek draw on numerous interviews with fifty-five leading entrepreneurs worldwide as well as the wisdom of multiple thought leaders to provide vivid examples, moving vignettes, concrete frameworks, and practical strategies for revving up our work and play through entrepreneurial leadership. This book starts by providing strategies for integrating life, work, and purpose and ends by capturing the implications of the current entrepreneurial boom for our workplaces, learning institutions, communities, and families. Christopher Gergen (Washington, D.C.) is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures, co-founder and chairman of SMARTHINKING, Adjunct Professor and Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Duke University, and a life-long entrepreneur, Gregg Vanourek (Thornton, CO) is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures, former CEO of Vanourek Consulting Solutions, and former Senior Vice President of School Development for K12 Inc.


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An inspirational and practical guide for anyone who wants to incorporate the dynamic skills of entrepreneurs into their own lives and work. A new generation of life entrepreneurs is emerging: people who apply their vision, talents, creativity, and energy not only to their work but to their entire lives, changing the world for themselves and those around them. In this book, An inspirational and practical guide for anyone who wants to incorporate the dynamic skills of entrepreneurs into their own lives and work. A new generation of life entrepreneurs is emerging: people who apply their vision, talents, creativity, and energy not only to their work but to their entire lives, changing the world for themselves and those around them. In this book, successful entrepreneurs Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek draw on numerous interviews with fifty-five leading entrepreneurs worldwide as well as the wisdom of multiple thought leaders to provide vivid examples, moving vignettes, concrete frameworks, and practical strategies for revving up our work and play through entrepreneurial leadership. This book starts by providing strategies for integrating life, work, and purpose and ends by capturing the implications of the current entrepreneurial boom for our workplaces, learning institutions, communities, and families. Christopher Gergen (Washington, D.C.) is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures, co-founder and chairman of SMARTHINKING, Adjunct Professor and Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Duke University, and a life-long entrepreneur, Gregg Vanourek (Thornton, CO) is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures, former CEO of Vanourek Consulting Solutions, and former Senior Vice President of School Development for K12 Inc.

30 review for Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kỳ-Nam

    I was assigned this book for a fellowship in D.C. where we workshop our ambitions and develop a plan to make it happen. Overall, any life manual that helps the reader get motivated and methodical about how to achieve their highest potential is a good thing. This book was fine in terms of providing a roadmap to personal success. What irked me about it was the consistent spin that framed my generation as a collection of nimble, inspired seekers unafraid to hop from job to job as we seek our our indi I was assigned this book for a fellowship in D.C. where we workshop our ambitions and develop a plan to make it happen. Overall, any life manual that helps the reader get motivated and methodical about how to achieve their highest potential is a good thing. This book was fine in terms of providing a roadmap to personal success. What irked me about it was the consistent spin that framed my generation as a collection of nimble, inspired seekers unafraid to hop from job to job as we seek our our individual path. The fact is that my generation has come of age during the utter decline of labor and the uncontested rise of corporate capitalism. Workers have been reduced to mere commodified cogs in the employ of heartless transnational corporations who have no allegiance to any country (let alone community). Focusing on a few captains of industry who've made it work (often with the unmentioned benefit of first class educations, high powered social networks, and lives of privilege), tells an all-too-rosy story of success in America. Modern day Horatio Algiers can still make it through pluck and luck, but the fact is that if you're born poor in America, you'll more than likely stay poor. If you're born rich, you'll likely stay that way unless you're bereft of individual drive.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Surprisingly interesting and fluid, "Life Entrepreneurs" is more narrative than a typical business book. The essence of the book is that with focus and timely effort, you can create a well-balanced and purposeful life for yourself. A few striking quotes: "'A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a writer must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.'" - Abraham Maslow “'Follow your bliss.'” – mythologist Joseph Campbell “'Don’t worry about what Surprisingly interesting and fluid, "Life Entrepreneurs" is more narrative than a typical business book. The essence of the book is that with focus and timely effort, you can create a well-balanced and purposeful life for yourself. A few striking quotes: "'A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a writer must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.'" - Abraham Maslow “'Follow your bliss.'” – mythologist Joseph Campbell “'Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.'” – Howard Thurman , American author & civil rights leader

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Farris

    This book was timely and wildly life-changing. It's not that I'm going to go start my own business tomorrow. That would be silly. The "strategies and stories of integrating life, work, and purpose" hit hard for someone who has compartmentalized work and life for so long. I feel liberated from the tethers of too much structure at a point in my life that it finally needed to change. So good. 5-Star: Everyone should read this. 4-Star: Everyone in this specific field should read this. 3-Star: This was This book was timely and wildly life-changing. It's not that I'm going to go start my own business tomorrow. That would be silly. The "strategies and stories of integrating life, work, and purpose" hit hard for someone who has compartmentalized work and life for so long. I feel liberated from the tethers of too much structure at a point in my life that it finally needed to change. So good. 5-Star: Everyone should read this. 4-Star: Everyone in this specific field should read this. 3-Star: This was a decent read for the specific field, but there are better options. 2-Star: It got me to the end of the book, so there is that. 1-Star: It was bad enough that I didn't finish it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monkey

    Read for a non profit leadearship course.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    I was assigned this book for a leadership training I'm doing, and I both liked it and disliked it. The stories of the people who they interviewed seemed very condensed and fairy-tale-ized--while people had struggles, they always had happy endings, and they always managed to balance hard work with their personal lives. I suppose for the inspo genre this is the kind of stories they would select. It also seemed to lionize a lot of very corporate aspirations as "socially conscious", and it didn't po I was assigned this book for a leadership training I'm doing, and I both liked it and disliked it. The stories of the people who they interviewed seemed very condensed and fairy-tale-ized--while people had struggles, they always had happy endings, and they always managed to balance hard work with their personal lives. I suppose for the inspo genre this is the kind of stories they would select. It also seemed to lionize a lot of very corporate aspirations as "socially conscious", and it didn't point out the role of privilege in the successes of many of the entrepreneurs. Again, it's all about "self-made" people, which I resist as a concept. I did appreciate just taking time to think about what kind of work I want to be doing, and thinking about how people take control of their own schedules. Like these entrepreneurs, I would like to be able to carve out a work-life balance outside of the conventional, and that is focused on social change. Read the book for some reflection on those ideas.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Semi-Academic Eric

    Three reviewers, and their reviews, intrigued me enough to begin this: "Pick up this book and read it. It might change your life." - Stephen R. Covey, author of some favorites "Gergen and Vanourek have done a spectacular job shining a light on a new approach to professional success and personal fulfillment… Belongs on the nightstand of every thoughtful business person in America." - Daniel H. Pink, author of some other favorites "This book is true, smart, honest, hopeful, and helpful. Here's the go Three reviewers, and their reviews, intrigued me enough to begin this: "Pick up this book and read it. It might change your life." - Stephen R. Covey, author of some favorites "Gergen and Vanourek have done a spectacular job shining a light on a new approach to professional success and personal fulfillment… Belongs on the nightstand of every thoughtful business person in America." - Daniel H. Pink, author of some other favorites "This book is true, smart, honest, hopeful, and helpful. Here's the good news: entrepreneurship isn't just a way of making a living — it's a way of life. Buy this book, read it, and then do it!" - Alan M. Webber, co-founding editor, Fast Company magazine Life Entrepreneurs. Deep Intrapreneurs?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm Bastien

    I started off not really liking the book. In fact, while I read it i thought to myself "I should just be doing stuff rather than reading this book!" The book had a weird mix of too many stories that all sounded similar, of people leaving their jobs to pursue a social or creative endeavour. It complemented those stories with a really broad approach to the topics discussed in each chapter. What I actually liked best in the book was the appendix, which summarized each of the book's chapters. Without I started off not really liking the book. In fact, while I read it i thought to myself "I should just be doing stuff rather than reading this book!" The book had a weird mix of too many stories that all sounded similar, of people leaving their jobs to pursue a social or creative endeavour. It complemented those stories with a really broad approach to the topics discussed in each chapter. What I actually liked best in the book was the appendix, which summarized each of the book's chapters. Without all the stories of the same faceless people leaving their jobs, that's I was able to internalize the lessons and enjoy the book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Gray

    I was sort of assigned this book for a leadership training course I am participating in. Incredibly schmaltzy, bland vanilla self-help/inspiration. A lot of personal stories of success which I generally don't find helpful. In the case of this book, half of those success stories involve the protagonist overcoming whatever by starting their own business or organization--that's the entrepreneurship part, right? I found that impossible to relate to, myself, but if you're in a fortunate enough positi I was sort of assigned this book for a leadership training course I am participating in. Incredibly schmaltzy, bland vanilla self-help/inspiration. A lot of personal stories of success which I generally don't find helpful. In the case of this book, half of those success stories involve the protagonist overcoming whatever by starting their own business or organization--that's the entrepreneurship part, right? I found that impossible to relate to, myself, but if you're in a fortunate enough position to have easy access to credit/capital, maybe it's your cup of tea.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was one of the better "popular books" on leadership and work/life balance. It focused on telling a lot of qualitative stories, but the distilled points and activities are very useful. The text is broken down into the following chapters: 1. Discover your core identity 2. Awaken to opportunity 3. Envision the future 4. Develop goals & strategies 5. Build healthy support systems 6. Take action, make a difference 7. Embrace renewal and reinvention This was one of the better "popular books" on leadership and work/life balance. It focused on telling a lot of qualitative stories, but the distilled points and activities are very useful. The text is broken down into the following chapters: 1. Discover your core identity 2. Awaken to opportunity 3. Envision the future 4. Develop goals & strategies 5. Build healthy support systems 6. Take action, make a difference 7. Embrace renewal and reinvention

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    This has dozens of brief case studies of individual entrepreneurs, so there is breadth at the sacrifice of depth. There's some useful concept-diagramming regarding the difference between having "direction" and having the "drive" to do something about it, and between having creative ideas and translating them -- through a reflective process -- into action. This has dozens of brief case studies of individual entrepreneurs, so there is breadth at the sacrifice of depth. There's some useful concept-diagramming regarding the difference between having "direction" and having the "drive" to do something about it, and between having creative ideas and translating them -- through a reflective process -- into action.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shreya

    Had to read this for a SJ fellowship, Some good info that I didn't know. but n most stories and examples were not very relatable, very white and middle to upper class, many spoonfuls of neo liberalism. Leaves me wondering what books are good for folks wanting to sustain a social justice project or business??? Had to read this for a SJ fellowship, Some good info that I didn't know. but n most stories and examples were not very relatable, very white and middle to upper class, many spoonfuls of neo liberalism. Leaves me wondering what books are good for folks wanting to sustain a social justice project or business???

  12. 5 out of 5

    Devin Partlow

    This book just came at the right time. Its about the lifestyle of an entrepreneur and how to maintain a healthy approach to it. It definitely helped me reflect on my current approach objectively and hopefully I'll be able to improve it in the coming months. This book just came at the right time. Its about the lifestyle of an entrepreneur and how to maintain a healthy approach to it. It definitely helped me reflect on my current approach objectively and hopefully I'll be able to improve it in the coming months.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I was inspired by this book to think more deeply about how my dreams and values can be incorporated into a fulfilling career.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kendall Fowler

    Great book for discovering your path.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Slemberger

    Inspiring for anyone who wants to make a difference in the world combining politics, business, and positive values.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Want to follow your passion and create your own path? This is the book for you--

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really enjoyed the success stories in this book. I think it shows that inspiration for success can come in many different forms.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    It was okay. Not sure there was anything standout about it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yang

  20. 4 out of 5

    James

  21. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  22. 5 out of 5

    William Graham

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Daniel

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Lee

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Gerty

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ted

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

  28. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Page

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tawny

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