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Find Your Lightbulb: How to Make Millions from Apparently Impossible Ideas [Paperback]

Mike Harris
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15 April 2008
Would you love to start your own business but feel daunted by the slim odds of success? Do you dream about making millions but simply don′t know where to start? Find Your Lightbulb answers all these questions, helping you to harness your ability to make millions from nothing more than a simple idea. You don′t need to be superhuman, you don′t need to have funds in the bank – you don′t even need to have an amazing idea in order to get started. Serial entrepreneur Mike Harris shows you that all it takes is enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn. And Mike should know – he′s spent the past 20 years creating successful businesses from apparently impossible ideas – ideas which everyone told him would never work. With invaluable business advice and case studies from entrepreneurs and innovators on both sides of the Atlantic, this make–it–happen manual will help you fix the odds of success firmly in your favour.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (15 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906465045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906465049
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 13.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is a really useful and practical A–Z of how to take a business idea and make it successful.” May 2008 “…the chapters on brand–building, culture and leadership are filled with sensible advice”. Management Today May 2008


"...Harris outlines the means by which he was able to harness technology platforms previously unseen in the retail banking industry..."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a corporate thing 21 Aug 2012
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I had very high expectations for this book, as I had researched Mike Harris before buying "Find Your Lightbulb". During my online browsing, I discovered that Mike Harris was very good at helping people come up with their "perfect pitch" through his involvement in Daniel Priestley's "Become a Key Person of Influence" programme. Amongst other things, Mike Harris had also been involved in some heavyweight businesses. Which lead me to believe he would be an interesting person to learn from. Especially when promised that a business idea, no matter how crazy it may seem, could potentially be successful, or in his words, turn into a million dollar company. Although I've never been interested in running a multi million dollar company. And that's perhaps exactly where the problem is. That and the fact that I feel like the title is both misleading and accurate.

You see, Mike Harris draws from his vast experience in the corporate world, but really doesn't come up with anything worthwhile for the 'average guy'. Don't get me wrong, there are things you can learn from and no doubt you will learn from his book. I particularly liked the passage on Apollo 13 and why according to Mike Harris is the best example of Leadership (funnily enough, I've seen this example used in a few different books lately). But if like me, you're not a large multinational in the making, and you're looking to launch a business that has a social impact, rather than an ever growing bank account, this book is not for you.

And if you're wondering why I mentioned that the title of this book is both misleading and accurate, well I don't believe by reading this book you'll find your lightbulb. At least I didn't find mine. Still very much in the dark.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing 14 Feb 2010
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I was looking for some practical advice was extremely disappointed with this book. It is stuffed full of quotes from the likes of Henry Ford, Roosevelt, Pathos, etc. They failed to motivate me as I have read them all before in the many other business books on the market. This book contains nothing new; except for the author's own personal experiences (how he has met Bill Gates and bumped into Warren Buffet) and how terrified he felt when embarking on a new venture. I also doubt whether the average person can relate to the start up business examples the author includes in the book such as Egg, First Direct bank, etc.

For those of you who are trying to start a new business from scratch, with no previous track record, or cash of your own to invest, the author offers little practical advice other than to state the blindingly obvious, E.g. the banks won't touch you, go find a business angel and/or fund yourself with the help of friends and relatives; and then goes on to recommend that you will need sufficient funds to live off for at least one to two years, whilst you get your business up and running...

If you are looking for a book with practical constructive advice and information I can strongly recommend "From Acorns: How to Build a Brilliant Business by Caspian Woods", which is an excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Your Team to GREATNESS! 4 July 2012
A lovely read including how to fire up your team

Mike Harris launched FirstDirect and Egg and has just sold Garlik. His book "Find your Light Bulb" is an entrepreneur's handbook and step-by-step guide to move successfully from idea, through start-up and launch to revenue and expansion.

With many quotes, stories and models, Harris shows us in clear and manageable chunks, what is required to launch your business - unquenchable enthusiasm and a vision of a Bold and Inspiring Future - BIF.

He flips the inevitable criticism that you will encounter into constructive research and advise, calling them insights.

He details how to brainstorm properly and to create your brand identity (name what you promise to deliver and expand upon your company's personality and values.)

My favourite part is his explanation and examples of the Dynamic Action Plan for the first year of your business, with its flexible means and non-negotiable ends.

Another excellent contributions was in explaining what makes a team "hot" and how you can engineer a winning culture from the outset and therefore bypass the default and uncertain culture that will emerge unaided.

If there is a criticism, and there must be one in every review, it is that he inevitably refers back to his own war stories many times. Whilst the stories make a good point, they may distance the reader not involved in digital security or consumer banking.

His wisdom is at its best, and it is where most text books and leadership training do not go - Phase two when you have successfully launched.

After initial success a new enemy emerges. The danger shifts from time and cash flow to the activity of the competition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Inspiring! 7 July 2008
I've been devouring books by CEO's and management leaders for the last few months as I'm starting my own venture. Most offer good advice interspersed with anecdotes and a bit of self congratulatory trumpet blowing. They tend to lack the day-to-day and long term tactics you need to get your idea out into the world. You pick what you can and try to shoe horn the scattered ideas into your business plan. However, I was totally knocked over by the impact this book has had on me. Mike describes in simple to understand terms how to ignite and fan an unstoppable fire of enthusiasm in both the inventor or leader, and how to transmit this to a team around him or her.

I've been struggling to put together an inspiring and compelling business plan for my idea for about 6 months, which has led me to doubt the idea, and therefore make the task of creating interest amongst potential supporters difficult.

I put down the book having devoured it, and penned a concise, grand and unashamedly bold plan. The impact it has had is difficult to measure. Suddenly everyone around me is really enthused and excited for the project. My enthusiasm has become infectious. The future looks so exciting!

What is clear is that this special little book is a must read for every manager, leader or team. It is the distillate of 20 years of cutting edge management techniques and distinctions which I'm sure you will find blessed to have read. His straightforward approach makes it accessible to all.

I'm not normally somebody who writes reviews with such fervour and gushyness, but something definitely shifted in my outlook on business life when reading this book. I strongly recommend it to you unless you are a competitor! In which case forget you read any of this review at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Inspiring!
I wanted to read this book for long time and I finally made the leap.
I am so pleased I did because it's definitely worth it, a thousand time worth it I should say. Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars Why dont give you a chances to flip few pages?
A good book before you start your business. Just flip few pages, you can make your choice whether to continue reading or give up yourself at first. Read more
Published on 14 May 2011 by Ozly
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible - just buy it and more importantly - read it!
Man, I am so glad I read this book. I received 'Find your Lightbulb' book in a pitch workshop a year ago and as I had so many other books on the go in my reading list, I didn't... Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2011 by Adele Theron
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a good read - an ambitious entrepreneurs playbook
This is a lot more than a good read. This is a reference guide that could literally sit by your side for your entire business career. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2009 by Daniel Priestley
5.0 out of 5 stars Harris shares secrets on success
Mike Harris has written a generous book in a simple and engaging style.It takes some of the deep lessons from innovation leaders such as IDEO and summarises in a step by step... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2008 by Steve Mostyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivering true Innovation
Having spent a rollercoaster part of my career working with Mike and his colleagues in creating and launching egg - in many ways the most challenging yet the most satisfying 6... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2008 by WilliamJones
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book for people with Big Ideas!
I got so much out of reading this book it really is a gold-mine of advice.
Mike's advice shows you what to focus on and I particularly benefited from Mike's advice concerning... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2008 by Mark Garwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Inspiring & easy to read. Full of straightforward advice
A superb book. It shows you step by step how to take a great business idea and make a fortune from it. Read more
Published on 17 July 2008 by Charles Rudgard
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric inspiration for getting going in business
I met Mike Harris when he was helping his friend Dr Mosaraf Ali build a web site to publicise his work on integrated health. Read more
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