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)
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.
If you don't want to be "the old guy sitting on a broken lawn chair with your junk hanging out when you are old and retired" then read this book. This book literally aims to keep you from being that old guy, by helping you to organize your business -and your mind- towards making your business profitable, and offers suggestions for how to target your strengths and create a customer base that is appropriate.
There is a lot of useful info, and it is presented in a light, entertaining format. The author is a successful businessman, and knows what he is talking about. Narration (by author) is above average (especially for an author-read book).
This book didn't give me a lot. I found the narration a tad irritating but told in an entertaining way. The idea communicated seems sound but with little proof and many examples/anecdotes. It would be great if told in a shorter book or seminar but the audiobook was a waste of time for me since I've read similar before.
Still I would recommend it to some friends who are reading less than I do.
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.
Businessman, Technologist, Marketer. Loves to learn and enjoys books. Mostly nonfiction plus historic novels.
I purchased this audiobook hoping to learn about growth strategies to apply in the context of a medium or large company. My mistake was not reading the reviews or listening to the sample, this is not at all what this book is at all.
The book is a guide on the key challenge most independent professionals, consultant and entrepreneurs face: they work too hard, pursue every opportunity, and chase every client. After years of grinding, there seems to be no end or no major break in sight.
This book hit home because it is based on very sound marketing principle: focus and differentiation. Becoming a specialist, focusing on a niche market is the single best strategy for success in a competitive market and to escape a price war.
I have seen this strategy work many times in real world. I have seen companies grow successful following this strategy and I have seen companies, entrepreneurs and individuals struggle year after year when they don't have a focused strategy.
I liked this book so much I gave it as a gift to a good friend who is an awesome, super creative, super hard working independent professional who has not seen the success he deserves. I hope this book helps him and helps you.
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.
the pumpkin plan has solid concepts for just about any industry and really makes you think a little more deeply about how to break the curve in your own industry. a lot of the information is obvious but sometimes the obvious is right in front of your face and you don't see it because it's too close to the everyday hustle and bustle. there are plenty of golden nuggets in this book or audio book so it's worth listening to probably more than once
I like the value of information given in this book, and the ease of explanation and real life comparisons that the author has. However at times his satirical tone & commentary is off putting, but not enough to discourage me from reading.
I recommend this book not only to my fellow entrepreneur friends but to all of my personal circle. This book teaches valuable lessons in decision making and strategizing your business for growth but this information holds true for many aspects of life.
I chose a 5 star overall rating because I would forward and insist on someone reading it, it's not just a book that you can read and forget, all of the lessons to be learned here are to be implemented into long term use.
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