What would it take for us, as individuals, to pursue entrepreneurism and be world changers? That’s the principal focus in John Byrne’s compilation, “World Changers: 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business as We Knew It.”
John A. Byrne is chairman and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media Inc., a digital media startup Byrne was previously executive editor and editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek.com and founding editor at Fast Company. Byrne is the author or co-author of eight books on business, leadership, and management, including Jack: Straight from the Gut with Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric.
Through discussions with 25 entrepreneurs and selections from their published interviews, John Byrne pieces together an inspirational book of stories of entrepreneurism and fascinating insights into what it takes to succeed as entrepreneurs.
The 25 entrepreneurs featured in Byrne’s book come in a dizzying variety of backgrounds and pedigrees and possesses distinctive attributes —from Apple’s Steve Jobs to FedEx’s Fred Smith, Virgin Group’s Richard Branson to India’s Ratan Tata. Yet, Byrne deduces three common threads that seem to unite them:
- The first is that entrepreneurs routinely see opportunities where everyone else sees problems.
- The second is that entrepreneurs possess an ability to live with risk and failure.
- The third feature uniting the world changers is a determination to run their own lives, and a sense of purpose and direction. In fact, entrepreneurs tend to have a problem with authority and begin their ventures by challenging the status-quo.
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