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1,000 Things to Love About America

by Henry Gottlieb Agnes Gottlieb Barbara Bowers Brent Bowers

From jazz to the Gettysburg Address to baseball to the White Castle hamburger-here are the 1,000 greatest things about America! The Pilgrims called their new nation "a shining city upon a hill." Abraham Lincoln praised it as "the last, best hope of mankind." In times of boom or bust, this remarkable land we know as America has been a beacon of hope illuminating the world. Now the authors of 1,000 Years, 1,000 People: Ranking the Men and Women Who Shaped the Millennium have teamed up once again to pay unabashed tribute to the greatness of our country-in a fascinating, fun, and informative celebration of the concepts, inventions, institutions, icons, history, social trends, geographical wonders, and consumer products that have made the U.S.A. such an awesomely amazing place! The Constitution Mount Rushmore Backyard Decks Monopoly Internet Shopping Duct Tape Yogi Berra The Super Bowl Ultimate Frisbee The Fifth Amendment The PTA The Indy 500 Freedom of the Press Hollywood Sesame Street ChapStick Poker The Wizard of Oz Fast Food The Cleveland Orchestra The Barn Owl Glacier National Park Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Patchwork Quilts Soap Operas Joy of Cooking West Point A Streetcar Named Desire The Florida Keys The Red Cross Wikipedia Deodorant The Hubble Space Telescope Grizzly Bears The Beach Boys The White House Recycling Meat Loaf . . . and many, many more Things to Love About America!

The 8 Patterns of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

by Brent Bowers

"As unique as it is valuable, [8 Patterns of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs] achieves where so many business books fail. It provides practical advice for individuals . . . [I]t delivers what few business books ever aspire to achieve--wisdom regarding business and decision making, within a special context: start-up firms. " --From the Foreword by Carl Schramm, president and CEO, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation At age seven, Cameron Johnson sold tomatoes door-to-door from his family's farm. Pete Amico quit his job on his first day because he didn't feel like taking orders from his boss. Greg Herro built a successful business selling diamonds made from the carbon extracted from ashes. If any of these people remind you of yourself, you just might have the kind of personality to take the small business world by storm. In8 Patterns of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs, Brent Bowers reveals the eight patterns that highly successful entrepreneurs share--and what we can learn from them. In covering small business for decades at theWall Street Journaland theNew York Times, Bowers has chronicled the rise and fall of hundreds of start-ups. In this book, he draws on extensive interviews and research,as well as on the experiences and expertise of business consultants, venture capitalists, academia, and the entrepreneurs themselves, to describe the key characteristics shared by dozens of successful small-business owners and their companies. Among them: The ability to spot and seize opportunities An overwhelming urge to be in charge coupled with a gift for leadership The flexibility to come up with creative, out-of-the-box solutions to problems or obstacles Incredible energy and tenacity in the pursuit of their goals Unwavering faith in their business The ability to take smart risks The ability to bounce back from setbacks and see failure as just one step on the path to ultimate success This book offers invaluable lessons and insights for anyone thinking about starting a business or attempting a start-up a second or third time.

If at First You Don't Succeed...

by Brent Bowers

At age nine, Cameron Johnson started an Internet company. Pete Amico quit his job on his first day because he didn't feel like taking orders from his boss. Greg Herro built a successful business selling diamonds made from the carbon extracted from ashes. If any of these people remind you of yourself, you just might have the kind of personality to take the small business world by storm. InIf at First You Don't Succeed. . . , Brent Bowers, the small-business editor for theNew York Timesreveals the eight patterns that highly successful entrepreneurs share - and what we can learn from them. Brent Bowers, in covering small business for decades at theWall Street Journaland theNew York Times, has chronicled the rise and fall of hundreds of start-ups. InIf at First You Don't Suceed...,he analyzes the common characteristics shared by dozens of successful small-business owners and their companies. Drawing on extensive interviews and research,as well as on the experiences and expertise of business consultants, venture capitalists, academics, and the entrepreneurs themselves, he describes the key traits that successful entrepreneurs have in common. Among them: * The ability to spot and seize opportunities * An overwhelming urge to be in charge coupled with a gift for leadership * The flexibility to come up with creative, out-of the-box solutions to problems or obstacles * Incredible energy and tenacity in the pursuit of their goals * Unwavering faith in their business * The ability to take smart risks * The ability to bounce back from setbacks and see failure as just one step on the path to ultimate success For anyone thinking about starting a business, or attempting a start-up a second or third time, this book offers invaluable lessons and insights.

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