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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (13 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118800559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118800553
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As business books go, it is hard to find anything that comes close to this in both style and feel–good factor, and it is well worth picking up. (Talk Business, August 2014)

A good, practical introductory business book, with guidance for life in general as well (The Gateway, November 2014)

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Turning passion into business while still being as weird as you want

Bestselling author and successful entrepreneur Chris Brogan has created a real–world business playbook for everyone out there who simply doesn′t fit in. In recent years, the business world has changed dramatically, and there have never been more opportunities for the freaks, weirdos, and misfits among us who are unwilling to conform to traditional business structures and career paths. Disruption has become the norm in business. But this doesn′t always mean massive and world–changing disruption. Sometimes, it just means that the world is a bit more open to conducting business the way you′d prefer to do it these days. The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth turns conventional business wisdom upside down and shows the freaks among us exactly how to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality.

Are you a freak? This books help you to answer that question and to embrace the fact that you think differently from most business professionals. Chris Brogan explains how to harness the power of thinking differently to overcome your fears of entrepreneurship, establish a structured vision for your venture, and begin your journey toward making your business dreams come true.

With a straightforward approach and inspirational examples, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth pushes readers to take the plunge into entrepreneurship and explains how to truly enjoy the adventure, even if the first attempts fail. The book also offers insights and ideas for Employeepreneurs, the people who prefer to focus their creative and innovative abilities on making their employers the best they can be.

Even though freaks, by definition, think outside of the box, the author points out that entrepreneurial success still depends, to a large degree, on establishing the proper structure for your venture and committing to a system of work that will ensure consistent productivity. This book helps you understand how to build the right structure to fit your personality and your business model, and also offers specific insight on how to market your business and to leverage the power of communities of like–minded freaks.

The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth takes readers from a promising idea to a functional business venture, all without compromising the unique mindset and personal values that make you a freak in the first place.

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Disclosure: I've been a fan of Chris' work for a while now and have been taking some of his courses for a few months.

This book is another gem from Chris. It gives us permission and tools to be different, to stand out, to follow an untrodden path. I always find inspiration in Chris' work and this book is no exception. There's no bull either, he tells you to take ownership, get off your backside and get on with it without excuses ... or don't and achieve less than your potential.

The only problem with this book was that I had to regularly stop reading it to make notes about how I want to work hard at becoming the proud freak I want to be.
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I have read so many business books I have become quite cynical about how useful they are. But with this one, you can tell it has been written by a do-er, not a theorist. Despite that, Chris Brigan sets out his ideas really clearly, in a human and friendly manner. So, plenty here to like: useful, easy to read, supportive and realistic. I have actually been using the techniques he suggests, rather than just reading through the text and leaving it on the shelf.
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HASH(0x8b29dd64) out of 5 stars Well worth reading! 19 April 2014
By Bruna Martinuzzi - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading this book, you get the feeling that you are sitting with a friend, sipping a cup of coffee, and talking about your path to success--a friend who is knowledgeable and genuinely cares. I read the book in one sitting and took copious notes. Brogan makes an important point at the outset: most people tend to think that "freaks" (those who march to the beat of their own drum) are generally young, but as the author points out, as they age, a lot of people grow comfortable with who they are and are not interested in "fitting in." So why wait to be old to do what you want to do? Why indeed! This book may well be a kick in the pants to get you started.

Brogan gives valuable, actionable advice for seasoned and budding entrepreneurs alike, including soloproneurs, small business owners, as well as employeeproneurs. Check out the 6 steps for building discipline, 10 things to quit, garbage and gold questions, and lists of awesomeness (or helpfulness) to name a few. I also appreciated that the advice is in short chapters, with bite sized nuggets, and bolded headings which makes it so much easier to read a book without having to wade through reams of detail. "Brevity is [indeed] the gold standard in business" as Brogan says.

I loved the concept of Monchu, an Okinawan word meaning one family, "the family you choose." Brogan explains how this is better than just networking; this is a list of people you care about. Monchu is the extended network you nurture. The mind-set of Monchu is that you care more about some people than as merely customers or a part of your network. It's the idea that you're not just looking to make money and "sell and run" but that you might want to build a community beyond just selling. If this book inspires you to work from a Monchu mind-set, you will be richer for reading it. Not to mention all of the other useful advice.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a876024) out of 5 stars Welcome by fellow weirdos and freaks 9 April 2014
By Barry Moltz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I am a Chris Brogan fan. His daily writing seems to talk directly to me. In his new book, "The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth", he writes a manifesto of entrepreneurship for the rest of us. It includes:

Admit you are a freak. Do business on your terms. Follow your passion.
Define success for yourself.For me, it's being able to support my family at something I love doing.
Learn a new skill. Take joy in improving your weaknesses.
Have a disciplined routine to be productive. This is necessary in always on, 24/7 culture.
Fall in love with not knowing. This is what having your own business is definitely all about.
Look forward to obstacles. There is satisfaction in overcoming them.

As I read through the book, I kept saying, yes and yes. Chris knows who you are and knows how to help!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a7e3fcc) out of 5 stars This is the Missing Link 14 April 2014
By Jeremy M. - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read my fair share of business books over the past few months, but this one stands out: it isn't the same old song-and-dance. It doesn't simply repeat the "just be authentic, be yourself" advice that can be fairly easily found many places now. Nor does it just give you the nuts-and-bolts to making a business happen and extol the benefits of, for example, choosing yourself or starting your own online business.

Brogan's key insight is to link the two discussions. Choosing to do business on your own terms is an integral part of being a "freak" and owning it. The two shift together, and choices made on one axis affect the other.

Brogan's second key insight--which I dearly wish more folks would talk about as systematically--is that "business is about belonging."

This insight has revolutionized the way I think about doing business. It used to be a slightly sordid thing that would need to exist as a necessary evil. But in making his statement and working through the implications, he persuaded me that there is much more to business than just the gross.

And that observation makes all the difference in the world. If larger corporations (I'm looking at you, U_____ Airlines and U_____ P_____ Service) actually paid attention and began to focus on their customer as the foundation, I don't think commerce (air travel, overnight delivery) would ever be the same. If smaller businesses began to pay attention to this principle, though, the world would be a manifestly better place.

And what better compliment can be paid to a book than to say that the world would be a better place if more people would read it and act on the thoughts in it?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a79be88) out of 5 stars Finally! A business book for the rest of us. 17 April 2014
By Irina Baranov - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Freak, outsider, introvert, unconventional, different, odd-ball, misfit, unqualified/underqualified… many of us have felt some version of these labels. Traditional success either eluded us or sucked our souls dry. So we kept marching to the beat of our own drummer (or desperately wanted to).

Enter "The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth" - Chris Brogan's brilliant how-to guide to success (business and personal) on our own terms. He opens the book with this fundamental question: "how can I do business my way and be successful?" and then continues to share a roadmap filled with road-tested advice and real-life examples of what works and more importantly what it takes from us to make it work. He distills the subjects of discipline, mindset, progress, failing/learning, staying flexible and surrounding ourselves with helpful people and resources.

Business is about belonging and he makes us feel like we belong. In the pages of this book, I felt understood, inspired and challenged.

I immediately took Brogan up on two of his suggestions:
1. To "print it, write it down, tear it out of the book and post it in a place where you can see it!" Then pick a goal, and do the work! Simple but brilliant advice. Did it. Doing it. Daily.
2. To write to him (he gives his personal e-mail!). He didn't disappoint - wrote back with more wit and wisdom.

I'll end with my favorite quote from the book - "One of the biggest mistakes freaks and owners make when starting out is believing that they should have all the answers, and that asking questions is an admission of weakness. This couldn't be any further from the truth. Asking a smart question often saves you a lot of time, provided you are willing to run with the answer."

Running, Mr. Brogan. Running…

Thank you for this gem of a book. I'll be buying more copies as presents for my favorite freaks!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8304e0) out of 5 stars I'm Not a Freak 24 April 2014
By Joel Libava - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm always excited to check out the latest and greatest from Chris Brogan. Always.

But, I wasn't sure how much I would like the book after kind of being called a "Freak" in the beginning of it.

I guess I don't like the word. It's kind of ugly...freakish, really.

But, I put my wounded ego aside, and dug deeper into the meaning of the word "freak." (Chris's definition, anyway.)

A chapter or two in, I got a lot more comfortable with the concept of freaks...and of me possibly being one myself.

I'm comfortable saying I'm not a freak...but I'm "different." Maybe that's my word for freak. I'm not sure. But, what am I am sure about is this: Chris Brogan's new book will be a hit. It's really a "how-to" more than anything. There are lots of specific steps described and a lot of actions related to the steps to be taken.

Chris likes to use lists...or rather, wants his readers to use lists to break down project-related things.

It's a book about running a small business...a better one. One that is defined not by what society defines...but one where we define it. And, because of the internet and technology, we can. We get to define our own businesses...or our future businesses.

Grab Chris's book. It will make your brain hurt.

All of Chris's books seem to do that.

In a good way.

The Franchise King®, Joel Libava
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