eSCAPE: The 4 Stages of Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur

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eSCAPE Business Selby Marketing Associates, Inc Kindle 266 pages

Are you an Entrepreneur or trying to become one? 

This book reveals the exact 4 Stages of Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur. There are exactly 20 characteristics and behaviours that most Successful Entrepreneurs share. This book takes you through each of these in great detail.

I came across this book in Dan Lok’s forum as it was being recommended there. It’s essentially a manual for being an entrepreneur, breaking down each of the key areas you need to gain skills in – Self, Catapult, Authority and People – into further sub-categories such as time, money, struggle, paradigms, accountability and focus.

This is ideally used in parallel with the free assessment you can take at which assesses each of the sub-categories and gives you a score of how likely you are to be an entrepreneur, thus providing you with a template showing where you need to put in more effort if you want success. The chapters in the book tie in with each sub-category and act as a cross-reference tool.

Having a low score doesn’t mean you won’t be an entrepreneur, it may mean you have further to travel to get there. The book also talks about intrapreneurs; folks who have a ‘regular’ job but act as innovators and ‘internal entrepreneurs’ within their company.

Overall, an excellent tool in your toolkit for assessing your strengths and weaknesses as an entrepreneur. There were a few takeaways I highlighted which reminded me that your continual learning should not be just about business skills, but also a more holistic approach including Spiritual, Health, Wealth and Relationships.

There are numerous systems out there such as Brendon Burchard’s High-Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way which looks at 10 areas of life, Vishen Lahkiani’s The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms with 12 areas, et al. The system is not the key, it’s the balance.

I liked that he spoke of Bob Proctor’s paradigms, which are essentially subconscious models we often incorrectly develop when young, and Anik talks about the importance of properly structuring these. Anik seemed fortunate in his own deck of paradigms, but some of us need to rework them to remove our own limiting beliefs. Again, there are numerous systems for this (including Bob’s own programmes) and many other books/tapes which can help such as No More Mr. Nice GuyHomecoming: Reclaiming and Healing Your Inner Child and How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety.

At the outset, he makes it very clear that it’s not (or it should not be) about the money. It’s about the people: “Money is irrelevant—The key is to love what you’re doing and feel a true passion. It’s all about strategy, planning, and having contingency plans — Make wise decisions, not gutsy ones. Serve those in need — It’s NOT about the money; it’s about the people.”

If you’re a budding entrepreneur or are looking for a tool to help you level up in some area, this book coupled with the assessment may help you more surgically address areas which may be underperforming.

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