- Audio CD
- Verlag: Blackstone Audio Books; Auflage: Unabridged (21. Oktober 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1483028909
- ISBN-13: 978-1483028903
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,8 x 3,2 x 16,5 cm
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Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, CD, Ungekürzte Ausgabe
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“The hard-learned wisdom laid out here is a road map for success that anyone can benefit from.” (John Varvatos, from his foreword for Me, Inc.)
“You literally can turn to any page, pick a random sentence and likely find potent words of wisdom.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Underneath Kiss bassist Gene Simmons’s makeup is a shrewd businessman. In this advice book, he doles out tips for entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to get ahead.” (Parade)
“The only time it’s acceptable to take advice from someone in Kabuki makeup and a metal plated codpiece is when he’s sold more than 20 million albums and has 10 platinum records. And let’s not get started on the thousands of Kiss licensing deals Simmons helped bring to the band.” (Fortune)
“Why should we do what Simmons says? Well, for starters, Simmons-a notorious rock star, raconteur, and business maven-has a global cultural recognition just a few pegs below Mickey Mouse, Coca-Cola, and Superman.” (Men’s Health)
“Brutally honest business advice . . . Simmons . . . distills 40 years of leading the global-phenomenon rock band, which has franchised into a billion pieces of merchandise, including everything from comic books to a coffee shop.” (New York Post)
The quintessential self-made man, master of brand identity, New York Times bestselling author, and award-winning executive—KISS's Gene Simmons—shares his manifesto for business success.
KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident. Long before he first took the stage, Gene Simmons had a clear-cut operating plan for the business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold more than 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages 5,000 licensed merchandise items—from comic books and coffins to action figures and video games. The band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2014 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to KISS, Simmons's lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record label. A recipient of the Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award, this brilliant executive runs all of his businesses on his own—no personal assistant, few handlers, and as little red tape as possible.
In Me, Inc., Simmons gives aspiring entrepreneurs the critical tools they need to succeed. He discusses how to build a solid business strategy, harness the countless tools available in the digital age, educate yourself, and be the architect for the business entity that is you. Inspired by The Art of War, Me, Inc. is organized around thirteen specific, easy-to-understand principles for success—"The Art of More"—drawn from Simmons's own triumphs and failures. From finding the confidence necessary to get started, to surrounding yourself with the right people, to knowing when to pull the plug and when to double-down, these principles can help you attain the freedom and wealth of your dreams.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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I do this a lot. It's standard practice for me right now. But today I tripped over this title that I was completely unaware existed until about 7 hours ago and I grabbed the audiobook, then just now the Kindle AND an autographed hard copy. Yes, I spent way more than I should have but this is one of those few things I decided to allow myself to be frivelous with.
Thanks to what I proclaimed on Facebook to be the best audiobook ever recorded I had a drill sergeant pumping me up the whole time I worked this morning. I haven't had that before. I do now. Thank you, Gene, for writing this book, and for recording the audiobook YOURSELF. It makes all the difference, and I haven't felt so sure that all the long hours and hard work are worth it the way I did today in a long time.
For my review - The book is hard hitting at times. Gene regularly says things that aren't "politically correct" and openly admits it. For instance, the point he makes about learning to speak English clearly and without an accent if you are a foreigner or his advice to cut people out of your life that are sucking your life away may hurt feelings. If you are overly sensitive to straight forward and sometimes harsh statements he clearly proclaims that you should buy another book. But if you want a real life rags to riches icon explain exactly what you need to do in order to prepare yourself for your own personal journey who won't pull punches and will tell you the TRUTH in a way that you can clearly understand and utilize this is a terrific title.
(Metaphor Ahead!) Of course there is no way anyone else can drive the car for you as you make your way across country to whatever destination you choose, but Gene Simmons is someone you can trust to help you decide what supplies you'll likely need to pack and what stops you may want to make along the way. He's been there. He came to America from nothing. He didn't know the language. He didn't know the customs. He had plenty of opportunity to allow pride and excuses dominate his life. He chose to do his due dilligence, learn the world of finance and business, adapt and win.
The first half of this book explains how he did it and why he did what he did. The second half of this book directs his accumulated lifetime of wisdom directly at Y-O-U and although they are only his opinions, if you put your pride aside, put on a thick skin and dedicate yourself to making YOU a success, you won't find another self help book that comes anywhere close to being in the same league as ME, INC. If you're like me and already have a basic understanding of what is necessary to find success and already have the drive to do whatever is necessary to win you should find yourself frequently getting pumped.
I highly recommend at least one listen to anyone out there who has a desire to build a better life for themselves, for those they care about and for humanity in general. Because one other great point he makes is this: Winning is not meant to be beneficial to the winner alone, but rather it allows the winner an ability to bestow blessings upon everyone around them. (Not a quote, but that is the idea)
Check it out for yourself. If you accept the fact that you alone are responsible for your own success then you will probably enjoy it immensely.
If you like watching TV for hours every night after work, partying your weekends away and tend to let life happen TO you, you'll probably hate it.
Unless it changes your mind and gets you to think about starting down a new path.
The choice is yours.
There is an astounding amount of honesty here. He explicitly states that this book is not a formula for a 'happy' life - you will sacrifice a lot if you live life this way. He warns that this lifestyle is not for all people. He admits that some of his experiences can't be duplicated by most readers because he has name recognition that assisted him. He explains that even if you do everything suggests, there is no guarantee of success. He writes a lot of truths that most people would shy away from. There is a tremendous amount of humility displayed here - something I certainly didn't expect.
There isn't a lot about the band here - there are other books for his music fans that want more info about KISS. He writes more about his life before the band, which I thought was very interesting.
I feel it's worth a read. It was a quick read - it's written for the common person, and pretty straightforward. It doesn't pretend to be a catch-all guaranteed ticket to success. Like I said to start, he could have gone more in-depth and given more examples.