Posted by: Mark Tayar | August 2, 2009

The Dream: A Young Entrepreneur’s Compelling Story

Gurbaksh “G” Chahal created, managed and sold two Internet advertising companies for more than US$340 million. In his recent book, The Dream: How I Learned the Risks and Rewards of  Entrepreneurship and Made Millions, G shares his incredible story of business triumph. I thoroughly enjoyed this funny, inspiring and insightful book which I recommend to all young entrepreneurs. The main lessons shared by G are as follows and I encourage you to read this 230 page gem.

Check out the Dream on Amazon

Check out The Dream

  • Listen to your heart and do what you love
  • Success comes from wanting to win, forget noble motivations
  • Adjust your attitude and believe in yourself
  • Figure out what you are good at
  • Trust your gut and listen to your inner self
  • Do your homework before you start anything
  • Be frugal except when it comes to paying good staff
  • Hire the smartest people you can find
  • Don’t expect perfection from yourself or others but never stop striving for it
  • Learn to listen, even to people you disagree with
  • Own your mistakes
  • Never compromise your morality
  • Never lose sight of the competition
  • Watch your back
  • Don’t procrastinate it’s just another word for wanting to fail
  • Mediocrity is for losers so don’t do anything by half-measures
  • “Be nice to people on the way up because you will probably never meet them on the way down” (quoting comedian Jimmy Durante)
  • Always negotiate from a position of strength
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Perception is reality, what people see is more important than reality
  • Don’t get emotional, logic and emotion don’t mix
  • Be fearless, if you are afraid to fail you won’t succeed
  • Pick your battles
  • Grow a very thick skin
  • Take chances, without risk there is no reward but take only intelligent risks
  • Over-commit, become unstoppable and never quit

It seems I have given away all the good bits here but this book teaches these lessons in an exteremly entertaining and fun tone. So get your copy of this exceptional book, at Amazon or Fishpond (for Australians)


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