The E-Myth Revisited

Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

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E-Myth \ 'e-,'mith\ n 1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work

Voted #1 business book by Inc. 500 CEOs.

An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points...

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Dave Ramsey Author[Dave Ramsey recommended this book on his website.] (Source)

Timothy Ferriss Author & EntrepreneurAfter reading The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber and The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch, I decided that extreme questions were the forcing function I needed. (Source)

Simon Sinek AuthorRecommends this book

Brian Scudamore Founder & CEO/1-800-GOT-JUNK?The book that’s had the biggest impact on me is The E-Myth by Michael Gerber (I even wrote about it in my own book). I read it front to back, then reread it right away. Gerber takes you through every step of a running a business from start to finish, and shows you what you need to make it successful. I read it when I was looking to take 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to the next level, and I had an epiphany: people don’t fail, systems do. Reading his book got me to take a good, hard look at my business and focus on developing our systems and hiring happy people. His book is one of the reasons we were able... (Source)

Darrah Brustein The first time I read Michael Gerber's The E-Myth Revisited, I was just starting my first company and it opened my eyes to the difference to between working IN your company and working ON your company. I realized that I needed to strategize all of my decisions in my business to support me not being the cog in the middle of it, but to be sure it could function well without me. (Source)

Nick Loper In The E-Myth Revisited, I remember this distinct realization that I'd built myself another job, not a business. That book got me really excited about creating systems and processes in place and delegating as much work as I could. Letting go wasn't an overnight thing, and it's something I still struggle with, but the message of working ON the business instead of IN it was something I was able to run with right away. (Source)

Andreas Zhou So around 10 years ago I stumbled into starting a small digital design agency with John Goleby who I met at school. We both dropped out to pursue this business which quickly became all consuming. I think at around the 2-3 year mark we were dealing with all the typical small business problems like growth and staff when I came across this book. Reading it for the first time many of the points brought up by Michael Gerber hit so close to home I was left wondering if somehow he'd written the book just for me. It completely changed the way I thought about my own role in the business, and how to... (Source)

Derek Sivers Absolutely everyone who is an entrepreneur or wants to be one needs to read this book. (Source)

Dean Roller Just a simple read, straight forward advice about running a business. It helped clear up any overwhelm I was feeling when thinking about everything that needed to be done. (Source)

John Doherty It pointed past being a solo entrepreneur to building a team and a company that can run without me. (Source)

Shaen Yeo The E-Myth, because it explains clearly how to start a business the right way. (Source)

Alan Pierce This book is a great read for anybody interested in getting into business, because it lays out in a very practical and clear fashion what to do and what not to do in order to make your business predictable and repeatable. (Source)

Irina Botnari As a marketing & strategy addict, I'll go beside all the books mentioned above with Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down by John P. Kotter and Lorne A. Whitehead, The E-Myth: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber. (Source)

Daisy Jing I've been reading that while I was working out of my kitchen. It was learning how to delegate and learning that you cannot be the technician if you want to run this company. So, after reading that book, I was making maybe three grand a month, so not a lot. [...] I realized, wow, that was such a big help, to have an assistant and to learn how to manage her and delegate tasks. Without that book, I probably would have tried to do everything on my own. That's a great book to start out. (Source)

Mircea Scarlatescu I don’t really have some sort of Top10 of my books but I enjoy reading things my friends read and also things from people I get inspired by. But, to choose something, a very interesting business book is the E-Myth by Michael E Gerber. (Source)

Yaro Starak “The E-Myth” was big for me in my early days by Michael Gerber because it showed me how you can build a business that runs without you. That was one my main important criteria back then and still today, really – it was to find a way not just to create a business that’s a job, I didn’t want a job in the first place. I didn’t want a business that would become a job either, so I needed to make sure I’d build something that would ultimately function (at least) almost completely without me or as close as I could get to it. So, “The E-Myth” really helped ram home those kind of ideas. (Source)

Jacqui Pretty, Founder of Grammar Factory Having said that, here are some [books] that might help: [...] The e-Myth for business mindset (Source)

Christopher Lochhead Question: What five books would you recommend to young people interested in your career path & why? Answer: I know this is sounds self-serving but I’d recommended both of my books, the soon to be released, “Niche Down: How to Become Legendary by Being Different” and Harper Collins’ “instant classic,” “Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets” In addition: The Effective Executive, by Peter Drucker The E-Myth, by Michael Gerber Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott Back from the Dead, by Bill Walton The 22 Immutable... (Source)

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