Each year Americans start one million new businesses, nearly 80 percent of which fail within the first five years. Under such pressure to stay alive - Let alone grow - it’s easy for entrepreneurs to get caught up in a never-ending cycle of “sell it - do it, sell it - do it” that leaves them exhausted, frustrated, and unable to get ahead no matter how hard they try. This is the exact situation Mike Michalowicz found himself in when he was trying to grow his first company. Although it was making steady money, there was never very much left over and he was chasing customers left and right, putting in twenty-eight-hour days, eight days a week. The punishing grind never let up. His company was alive but stunted, and he was barely breathing.
That’s when he discovered an unlikely source of inspiration - pumpkin farmers. After reading an article about a local farmer who had dedicated his life to growing giant pumpkins, Michalowicz realized the same process could apply to growing a business. He tested the Pumpkin Plan on his own company and transformed it into a remarkable, multimillion-dollar industry leader. First he did it for himself. Then for others. And now you.
So what is the Pumpkin Plan?
Full of stories of other successful entrepreneurs, The Pumpkin Plan guides you through unconventional strategies to help you build a truly profitable blue-ribbon company that is the best in its field.
©2012 Mike Michalowicz (P)2012 Gildan Media, LLC
“Hard-hitting advice aimed directly at the entrepreneur who is stuck being a wandering generality instead of a meaningful specific. Plenty of seeds worth planting.” (Seth Godin, author of We Are All Weird)
Yes. Michael really makes his points simple and concise and then backs them up with very practical examples. He also makes it very entertaining and believable. I immediately listened to it two times in a row and will probably listen again every few months. I wished this book was around years ago.
This has to be one of the top books that I have read (listened). Simple to understand, entertaining, and very practical to implement.
The vendor collaboration is pure genius.
It's read by the author and it's like he is on steroids, a torrent of words comes your way the moment you press the Play button.
Have it read by a different person
It's one of the few books that I haven't finished.
I would if he did not narrate it.
The ideas are good. The metaphor is good. It's clear and helpful.
The narrator really distracts the listener from hearing the information. He makes up voices for everyone he quotes and they sound constipated or mentally challenged. His humor is that of an insecure freshman trying to impress - lame and more embarrassing than keeping quiet. I usually cut the narrator a lot of slack, especially if it is their book, but this one I couldn't let go. It actually made me angry while I was listening to it. I was frustrated to be thinking about how stupid it sounded instead of how I can be a better business person. I think the book would probably be a great one if it were just read out loud without all the angsty guffaws.
This advice works. Very practical. Yet not common sense. I highly recommend this book. Mike is a great reader easy and enjoyable to listen to.
this book details a simple concept yet its very powerful in business. Understand how to grow a pumpkin and you will succeed at business.
this was a great listen. mike is s fantastic story teller and really engages. the business principles are spot on.
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