Don't think you have what it takes to run a business? It's time to reconsider. Carrie Wilkerson offers the opportunity to live life on your terms. Want to start your workday with e-mail and coffee on the back patio? Want the flexibility of joining your fourth-grader on an all-day field trip? Are you ready to take that vacation you’ve been planning for years? Then you have a choice to make, and The Barefoot Executive will help jump-start your transition. You’ll learn:
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I have listened to many audiobooks and enjoyed nearly all of them.After reading the other reviews on the site, I thought it sounded like a good listen.The book is very repetitive and has nothing of any real substance.I got through 2/3 of the book and could not take any more.In the first chapter carrie sets up her credentials - she runs many successful businesses from home, lost over 100 pounds, has 4 kids, overcame depression etc - which is good.But she keeps repeating these same facts again and again during the book about how amazing she is for overcoming these obstacles.There are no real deep insights about anything.The whole message of the book seemed to be - if you have an interest in something you can start an internet business advising on the topic, and if you work hard you will build a successful business.I am not disputing that this is true but there has to be more meat in a 6 hour book.It is supposed to be a book for people starting a business or people already running a business, but I think only newcomers to business will get anything out of it.This may sound like a harsh review, but maybe I am just not who the book was aimed at.
The title is completely misleading.
It was sophomoric.Self-centered. It was simplistic. Non-specific. Definitely not executive material.
I wouldn't have published this book. it is more of a pamphlet that belongs in the lobby of a christian motivation center
all the faith-based assertions. the simplicity and assumptions
It is a useless book for anyone who has been or wants to be in the business world. I can not imagine it being useful to anyone, whether you are starting out as a network marketer, an entrepreneur or a small partnership.
Carrie read the audio herself - that is sincerity at its max. Because she wrote the book and now she is reading it to her listeners, you feel that she is speaking to you directly and sharing with you all that she knows. The most amazing first audio book experience for me!!!
I wouldn't call it the ultimate guide to anything other than Carrie Wilkerson self promotion. However I do think it was worth the money. This review may seem harsh but keep reading to the end to understand my point.
The book is not a straight road-map from business idea to creation to profit. She presents ideas and concepts in a non-linear fashion and often repeats herself. The repetition of ideas is very common in self-help/biz development books so I expected it. What I didn't expect was the shameless self promotion.
She mentions her 100lb weight loss, adopted kids, mountains of debt, professional contacts (Zig Ziglar, etc) a lot! Her story is very inspiring! I applaud her will, dedication and commitment to success. However, rather than hearing about all of the things she had to overcome, I'd like to hear HOW she overcame them. I was expecting a more in depth discussion about how she built her business, the hurdles, the successes, the choices, etc. She briefly mentions her first business and extensively covers how her current business can help us reach new heights but never peels back the curtain.
I'm always leery about authors/speakers/teachers who make their living from teaching people how to make money. I find it a bit disingenuous for people who've never built a business outside of the "make money online" industry to claim to be able to help people how to make money outside of this industry. I don't think that describes Carrie 100%. I think she used the steps she outlines in this book to grow her business to the point where she expanded in to this industry. However, I wish she would have spent more time talking about THAT part of her growth.
Every chapter references how her current business and products can help us do the things she is teaching us to do. It is clear that the book is a marketing vehicle for her business. And for that reason I wanted to give this book 1 star. However, after listening objectively and ignoring the self promotion, I definitely see the value in the book.
This book is great for someone who is considering getting in to business for themselves and is not sure how or why. The action steps she gives will help you get an idea of what YOU can do to build a business that you are good at and care about.
It is not technical, so it is great for beginners and not so great for experienced business owners. There are a few insights for current biz owners but I think the greatest value in this book is in finding, evaluating and starting your business idea.
This book gave me ideas that will allow me to make 100 times the cost of the book within the next 6 months, so it was definitely worth reading. However, It could have been a 2 hour book without all the self-promotion and marketing, but then she wouldn't be following her own advice from the last chapter.
I prefer books that give the history of a business or CEO and talks about the tactics, ideas and tools they used to start and grow their business. (see Tony Hsieh, Steve Jobs, Starbucks, etc)
READ THIS BOOK but take notes so you don't have to go through it again.
The title should be Carrie Wilkerson, My Self Serving, Self Centered Autobiography.
I gave up after about an hour and a half. No, I would not purchase anything by her again.
No Chance. Zip. Zero. Nada.
She does have a very "happy" voice, but no.
Editing wasn't the issue. It is holding the book out as helpful when it is just endless self centered "go to my website" sort of marketing.
This is a no-nonsense guide to get away from your excuses and finally follow your heart. Carrie does an amazing job of simplifying the scary world of being an entrepreneur.
Carrie rambles on a lot about her life experiences, but I guess that's her style. She gives lots of good ideas to get you started in a very up beat fashion.
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