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The E-Myth

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1986 Copyright: by Michael E. Gerber- One person writes- my whole life has changed since enrolling in this program 3 months ago.
Paperback, 162 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by HarperBusiness (first published January 1st 1988)
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I'll be honest - I was a bit skeptical at the value of reading a business book that's nearly 30 years old. After all, haven't things changed? We've seen great shifts in the economic, technological, and intellectual environment in that time! Despite my concerns, this classic proved timeless in it's words and wisdom.

Sure, I was thrown a little bit by the use of the term "business development" which is now predominantly used to refer to "outside sales development," and not the author's concept of a
James Carroll
Many small business owners go into business to get away from the “boss,” thinking that proficiency with the technical aspects of a business is sufficient to successfully run a business, and that self-employment will give them freedom. In truth, business requires three skillsets: Entrepreneurial, Managerial, and Technical, and that self-employment is not business ownership. Many small businesses balloon in size during early success and then reflexively collapse, and finally fizzle out, as
Sep 03, 2007 Dave rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: business owners
Shelves: business
I like this first edition of the book better than the updated subsequent editions under the title "The E-Myth Revisited". Unfortunately, this one is now out of print... Essentially, what Gerber advises is to create your business using a franchise prototype. Create a flow chart putting your name in every box, and starting at the bottom of the chart, create a manual/handbook for each position and train each person for the position until they "own" it. Keep doing this until every box in the flow ch ...more
David Eldredge
I liked his philosophy of creating systems that you can replicate regardless of who the employee is. An overall good perspective on how to look at your business.
May 27, 2012 Tabari marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book , several times I had ah ha moments. One of those times was when the author said just because you understand how to do the technical work of a business does not mean you understand a business that does technical work. I would recommended this book to anyone who wants to start a business to help them to think differently about how to run a business. I am not sure if this book gives you all the tools you need to implement the ideas but it is a very good start.
Nov 03, 2007 Kathie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: business owner/operators
I read this book many years ago, probably just before it got really popular. I was fortunate to spend a day in the company of Michael Gerber when he was in Melbourne, Australia. We were doing a pilot for a TV show and I was the interviewer. The show was ahead of its time, focusing on home based business before that really took off but I really enjoyed learning from both the book and the man and have applied many of the principles I learnt from there over the years in my own business.
Combine this book with Unique Ability, and you have a winner.

Also enjoyed "Power Point."

Couldn't stand E Myth mastery . . . yuck.
Awesome book for entrepreneurs - it reminds you to be an owner, to work ON the business more than you work IN the business.
Sarhn McArthur
If you are in business for yourself and you have not read this book - THEN READ IT NOW! I have read this book many times.
Interesting approach for a business development book. The ideas have really stuck with me years after reading this.
Simple book, great principles. We refer to them often in the running of our business and the creation of our culture.
Highlighted the need for systems, the difference between DOING your skill and running a business.
This book is too true. The ideas are great, but acting on them is difficult!
Katie Q
Starting a business or in business. This is a good book to have on your side
A must read for anyone thinking of starting a business.
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