Knockout Entrepreneur: My Ten-Count Strategy for Winning at Business
Easy Read, Great Book
Do you bring the one, two punch to your business? Want to take things to the next level? George Foreman's Knockout Entrepreneur is a great read for any entrepreneur or anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur.
In George Foreman's In his book, "The Knockout Entrepreneur," George Foreman, perhaps known best for his boxing career and self-named grill, focuses on successful tactics for enhancing one's career, mixing practical advice with anecdotes from his own life and that of other famous people. At the end of each chapter, there's a questionnaire for applying the strategies discussed. Some of the tips included seeing what a product can be rather than what it is, avoiding listening to the crowd, maintaining close relationships with partners or associates, and be willing to break deals if they take away from the bigger picture. A lot of the advice included was broad, and George Foreman's opportunities certainly are nowhere near that of the average person, but nevertheless the read was entertaining and inspirational, occasionally coming across as Donald Trump-esq. Nevertheless, George is a sympathetic character and certainly wasn't born with the connections he now enjoys. Perhaps his most valuable advice is to stay open to whatever opportunities come your way--the more established you become, the more opportunities. After posing for various food related commercials, a company offered George to put his name on their grill and to split the profits. Although George was hesitant, he agreed if for no other reason than a free grill. It was his wife who noticed it's cooking potential. That's how the successful George Foreman grill franchise came about, and just one of his many entrepreneur experiences mentioned in the book. Overall, an interesting read with a good message.
March 9, 2011
While encouragement is always refreshing, this book may rank a bit higher for those who have an interest in boxing as Foreman often refers to his own life and the lessons he has learned along the way. I found the material to be a bit more focused on Foreman's history than I had originally hoped when I got the book. Certainly we can all learn from the lives of others, but this didn't quite suit me personally. The book is one of Thomas Nelson's Nelson FREE books which means you are really buying 3 books in one- hard copy, ebook, and audio. This might not be a top rating book on my shelves, but the exposure to the Nelson FREE material is certainly incentive to pursue more of their books in that program.
September 24, 2010
I read Knockout Entrepreneur by George Foreman and Ken Abraham during January 2010 whilst reviewing the direction and performance of my business. I was surprised by how much I liked it and how useful it was in helping me assess where things were at and make some key decisions.It is well written book. I liked its direct style and simplicity using stories throughout. Each chapter is written expounding a different principle drawing upon George Foreman's experiences as a heavyweight boxing champion and as an entrepreneur when his boxing ended. Most people may know George Foreman as a former boxing heavyweight champion of the world, but has clearly transitioned well to become a very successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. I liked that for him business is key but so is his spiritual life and how one informed and influenced the other. It was clear that for him his spiritual life helped him conduct his business with character and integrity. On one occasion he even walked away from a very lucrative deal as he felt it compromised his faith. It was refreshing to read a book that incorporated a much neglected area of business and spirituality and how the two can work together successfully and that there can be a mission and a margin.The chapters dealt with numerous issues such as: the importance of finding a need and filling it; listening to your corner - your team of at least three people in your corner who help you/your business to be/do its best; the importance of never listening to the crowd but remaining focussed on what you feel you are called to do and how you operate.Whilst the content isnt anything new per se it provided a succinct and to the point set of principles that allowed me to review my business at the same time as being a good read. It was almost a good checklist of points to review performance which then enabled me to set some new goals and make some key decisions about the future direction of my business. Thanks George!
February 16, 2010
When it arrived last week, I was pleasantly surprised at the thought behind the book!! As the author says on the first page - this book is about success and significance -not just mine, but yours!George Foreman for me was a boxer who made umpteen comebacks in his career, apart from that I knew nothing of his life. So it was with trepidation that I began reading this book. I thought what will this athlete know about successful business? The few athletes I knew who set shop didn't last for long. But after turning a few pages and delving into the written word, I was hooked and read through the various somewhat unimaginative chapter titles such as "Pain is the Middle Name of the Game" or "You Gotta Make' Em Love" and other such. The writing though is very stress free and easy to understand.There are not many breakthrough ideas though; just practical daily thoughts which most of us do not seem to have! The good thing about this book , is the matter of fact presentation of the authors failures and how he saw an opportunity in them to succeed. This is very much highlighted, when he loses his final boxing game, but uses it as an opportunity to hard sell his Barbecue Grill.This book is quite good and might help each one of us to look at things differently and turn failure into success. A welcome addition to a range of books in my library, though definitely not in the same league as books such as The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari and such.
February 14, 2010