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Rebel Entrepreneur: Porn, Paradise, Pot and Prison - Life, Business and Lessons Learned Paperback – 10 Sep 2013
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About the Author
Mark Lyford has been called 'The Rebel Entrepreneur' when it comes to his outlook on life and business. Never one to stick to the rules, Mark has always made his own. With his many websites and being an in-demand public speaker, coach and consultant, he is globally recognised as an expert of online business and a unique inspirational and motivational character.
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His story of how he ended up in some situations shows just how easy it could be to end up in a similar situation. It also shows that no matter how bad things get there is always something to be learned and light at the end of the tunnel. What you've been though makes you who you are today so although at the time Mark would have said otherwise he wouldn't be who he is today without this past. Where a lot of people would try to hide this, Mark is completely open and honest about everything which really takes some guts.
The practical side of the book isn't just theory and is based on Mark's experience. It's not over-written (to fulfill a publishers word quota like some books!) but concise and include simple bullet points, processes, and even links to websites and other material to help you put these things into action.
A great read overall and there's some advice I've already implemented already and other things I want to investigate further. I'm sure with another read (I read it pretty quickly over 2 days) in a few weeks I'll pick even more up from it.
Highly recommended for anyone already in business or thinking about/starting out in self-employment.
I like the biography part, but when it came to his lessons there was not much new.
Might be a good idea to embed the lessons into the biography, as opposed to spending 1/4 of the book telling your life story, then the 2nd and 3rd quarter giving the lessons and then final segment sharing loads of resources.
Anyhow ive read LOADS of self improvement, autobiography's and books about business but I find a lot of them leave me feeling very skeptical, both about the content within them and the fact that some authors make more money as a publisher than they actually do using the methods they teach within them.
Mark's book was a breath of fresh air though and something i could totally relate to in major parts of his story, almost scarily so but it's good to know your not alone.
Now I'm sure most people reading this have never been to prison or had the threat of going to prison, have grown or even smoked weed or been a millionaire and then lost it all BUT that really doesn't mean you shouldn't get this and read it ALL!
It's packed full of REAL advice, based on REAL events and tells you both the good, the bad and of course the ugly... which is a LOT more than most people reveal about themselves and makes Mark a REAL person, much better in my opinion than the 100's of posers out there.
Mark (or Marky as i should now call you) - I hope this is just the start of your publishing ambitions as im really looking forward to hearing how your story unfolds over the next 5 to 10 years and seeing if you hit your goals (yes im now holding you accountable :D)
The ONLY reason i wouldn't suggest buying this is if your the kind of person who loves the whole "rental car wanna be" marketer and doesn't appreciate REAL value from a REAL person with a very REAL story.
It took guts and extreme confidence to write this Mark and im happy you did :)
This is a book with attitude. Many of the attitudes do not appeal but some really do.
It is some comfort to read that should you be in prison, there will be decent comrades and some staff. The author recovers from the shocks of being sent down and manages to maintain his sense of self. The author's account of developing under such difficult circumstances was extraordinarily moving.
Few people in business will admit to living with depression. The stigma of mental illness is slowly reducing and every voice against prejudice counts. This honest account of struggles with depression will ring true with many readers.
Forget the get-rich-quick schemes, look beyond the references to earnings, jets and mixing with go-getters. Here is an account of one man's fall and his realisation about what is really important in life.
Look beyond the swearing and the frequent use of business speak; you will find the true value of his message.
Some things need to be mentioned:
this reader was not able to access the parts needing a smart phone
websites listed have not been visited
this reader is from the UK
this reader is middle-aged and not impressed by wealth
there are some errors the proofreading missed.
Great business advice is intertwined within Mark's story, which both inspires and motivates.