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Publisher's Summary

As statistics tell us that most of the "ventureholics" who go out on their own to start a business will ultimately fail; and, as readers will learn, the main reason for this is because most businesses are not started the right way. Based on decades of experience working with small business owners, Michael Gerber will teach budding entrepreneurs his one-of-a-kind seven-step method - which is meant to be conceptualized long before the doors are ever opened, and what will ultimately position business' for long-term success and growth.

Not by writing a business plan or spending countless amounts of resources on marketing will readers learn what is essential to creating a successful small business. By following the methodology outlined in this book small business owners will be able to build a solid structure for their business - what it looks like, how it works, the fluency of performance, etc. It is not until these seven-steps are considered and fully-executed that the business will be prepared for growth.

MICHAEL E. GERBER is a best-selling author and founder and chairman of E-Myth Worldwide, a company that transforms the way small-business owners grow their companies. He has coached, taught, and trained over 60,000 small businesses in 145 countries, which has led him to become the world's preeminent small-business guru.

©2010 Michael Gerber (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

If you're ready to make your business dream a reality and do something bigger than you ever imagined, Michael Gerber provides you with a stunningly original process for thinking yourself through it. 

"Gerber's powerful insights have given thousands of entrepreneurs new control over their businesses...." (Success Magazine)

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Goes a bit to gospel partway through and killed it

I didn’t pick this book up to be chastised for not viewing a business as only being truly successful when God is the focal point of the driving why for creating and running the business

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  • 02-22-18

He Phoned This One In

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Something new or fresh from him, this is just everything rehashed.

Has The Most Successful Small Business in the World turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyed with the preaching in lessons 8-10. Got old real fast.

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Inspirational and Thought Provoking

If you are looking for a book that discusses the importance of spirituality in your business, then it is worth listening to this book. It is only one of the ten principles but one that is often overlooked. Michael Gerber is very passionate about the principles, so it is great to hear him read/ share his ideas. Thank you, Mr Gerber.

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What a Boreeeeeeeeeee

This author will put you to sleep, don't listen to this book while driving. The content is all common sense stuff but can't say definitively cause I just could not listen to this more than an hour ...

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Too much God!!!

I am a huge fan of the emyth revisited and the premise of this book as well but a bit too much God and Philosophy.
We are forever indebted to Religion for advancing mankind and to each their own but I believe in evolution and the Big Bang.

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Could have been the best business book ever...

I was thinking this is the best business book I have ever read as I was walking into a bookstore to buy a few copies...when he had to interject intense personal opinions. It was as if he had bumped his head. This book has great ideas and material that if taught in schools and workshops that could turn our country around and could bring some out of poverty. A good editor could have kept Mr. Gerber from looking like a jerk in public. I have listened to this book at least four times and have to skip past his diatribes.

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Please never

I don’t purchase a book on business to hear republican talking points. Stick to business.

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Not practical; not useful

Weird religious overtones and barely any useful content. Skip this one. The author manages to turn what should be a practical guide into a weird religious journey.

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A Credit Waster

This book was the most boring unnecessary book I have ever purchased. Do not waste your credits as I did.

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excellent book

good job on writing this book, it is helping me in setting goals and vision for my business 😀

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  • 08-31-21

Not on the same calibre as theE-Myth

I loved the E-Myth but this book takes no direction and finishes into a sermon and more about faith. I learned next to nothing. The story purports to come from a mechanic expanding his business. Little is mentioned about the mechanic throughout but Gerber isn't long in ramming his faith into you, especially towards the end.

Really disappointing and more the ramblings of an old man than a decent business book.

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  • Adam
  • 04-04-15

Inspirational

Michael takes the lesson on entrepreneurship to a whole new level. Not all listeners will make it to the end of this audiobook, the message will seem so fantastic that they will not be able to connect with it. But those that do will hear a philosophical and spiritual lesson that will transform the way you do business, and in doing so inevitably lead to success you could not have imagined possible. I'm going to work on my dream right now!

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  • Ernest
  • 10-14-10

good but gets a bit repetitive sometimes

i bought the audio book based on the sample available on audible and on the reviews. the book has some gems, but i couldn't bear the repetition in the book!
if you can get past this, you will find some useful thoughts in there.

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  • Ray
  • 04-21-22

Metaphorical

Not enough, Michael is primarily into his own believes but fails to share them in a practical business manner. Only thing captured was the vision of expanding to 10,000. However he does not take the listener past vision.

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  • Oli
  • 01-25-22

The Most Spiritual Business in the World

Pretty amazing...starts off with some great ideas to build and develop a small business and then takes a deep dive into the spiritual realm and how a relationship with God can be built through building a business. Inspirational

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  • Drew
  • 11-23-21

Ridiculous proselytising blithering idiot.

First review after 30odd books and 6 months subscriptions. First three hours of the book is plausible advice, if a little derivative. The last hour or so the author declaring God exists and is the only reason a business will succeed - this completely ruins the narrative and makes me believe the author has no understanding of what makes a business actually successful and is thus pointless to listen to in the context of business advice.

Author is incredible though! Such a good voice.

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  • Nathalie
  • 08-20-16

Tosh

Style over substance . Not much more than that. A couple of good bits but generally tosh

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  • Christophe
  • 10-09-12

Not suited for listening in the car

I recently bought "The E-myth revisited" and love it. I will forever thank Mr. Gerber for this book and the inspiration it brought me. I drive alot and wanted to learn more from Mr. Gerber so I bought this audiobook. I wanted to learn Ten Principles to use in my business, but this book is way to philosofical to listen to for hours when driving. I am sure Mr. Gerber is a very wise person who has alot to tell and to learn us, but that is not why I bought this audiobook. At a certain moment in the book he keeps firing one deep question after the other but you can't 'put an audiobook down' when driving and it got to much and I gave it up.

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  • Richard
  • 06-03-10

Fantastic

This is one of the best books I have ever listened to on business.
If you havnt listened to it and run a small business, it could transform the way you think. Gerber unifies the practical and the spiritual in one coherant text.

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  • Jeremy
  • 01-07-22

Repetitive and irritating

Fluff, repetition and unnecessary god talk. I found the tone irritating and nothing extra you wouldn’t get from the emyth

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-21

Stop the three repeats.

I’m sure there is a valuable story but I am personally sick of the constant repetitions get it, if you repeat yourself three times it sinks in but you must have done it a 100 times in three chapters. After the E-Myth this is a huge disappointment.

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  • Kenneth Gomez
  • 10-03-21

A big disappointment

I was very disappointment with this book. I expected to gain some ideas on how small business can survive and thrive but unfortunately this book was just motivation.

Now I realise why Audible released this freely to all paid members.

This book is not worth the price. You will not get any ideas as a small business owner.

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  • Lisa Maree Wain
  • 12-16-19

a bit too preachy, but many gems of wisdom

it was ok, a bit too preachy at times, but many gems of wisdom. maybe the blinkist version would get to the point a lot quicker.