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Book Review: Shortcut to Prosperity

March 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Review, Entrepreneurship

I’ve found throughout my coaching career that there are certain steps we walk people through to help them move forward. They are fairly well documented in hundreds of books on the market. Mark Hopkins has taken us beyond the common – and moved us outside the proverbial box – in his book for entrepreneurs, “Shortcut to Prosperity: 10 Entrepreneurial Habits and a Roadmap For an Exceptional Career”.

Throughout the first 6 chapters, you will nod your head and acknowledge that you’ve heard this before:

1.      Discover your passion by looking at what makes you angry or what excites you.

2.      Determine if you have a fixed or growth mindset. Why? The more you learn, the more prosperous you will be. Now, what interests you?

3.      All leaders or entrepreneurs must be self-aware. You need to know what makes you tick. Review your values and principles. Be aware of your strengths, talents, aptitudes.  Keep a journal.  It will provide you with internal insights you might discard on a day to day basis, but being able to observe a pattern will serve you well.

4.      Create a vision. Make it big enough, outrageous enough, to create a palpable stretch to achieving it; moving from current reality to a specific vision for the future. Mark terms this creative tension – giving you only two choices to relieve the tension: Take the steps to move your current reality toward your personal vision or give up. Without a personal vision, it is unlikely you will be able to create your best life.

5.      Learn from the best, keep your mind wide open, a smile on your face, commit to thousands of hours mastering your craft and indulge your curiosity in order to find your passion. 

6.      Intentionally increase your confidence by tackling each opportunity as a challenge to make it a remarkable success. Consider it a quest, one right step at a time. Find a coach/mentor to help inspire, encourage and support you.

It is at this point that we begin to step outside the box. Others may have spoken about this, but you rarely see these steps in other books of this nature.

7.      Learn to spot an opportunity, determine the risks and rewards, and if it makes sense – run with it! Now you have the foundation; learn to color outside the lines. 

8.      Be authentic and show people that you care by developing strong and lasting relationships. This creates trust and people have your back.

9.       In this shortcut, we learn about netgiving.  Oh, how I wish people would always use this term rather than networking (this makes me shudder).  It’s all about influencing others to make a difference. It is about love.

10.   We all need a mentor – at least one, maybe more. Mentors inspire, encourage and support you. They often tell you things you don’t want to hear. The fundamental lesson here is that you don’t have to fall into the trap so many fall in to, i.e., I have to go it alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help; it facilitates your growth and helps you understand the dynamics of the path you have chosen.  

So where is the magic that takes us outside the box? The magic for me came in the final chapters of the book. I have long said that success in life is all about relationships. Not just for entrepreneurs, the community this book is aimed at, but for every person I know. 

I also believe that every person, regardless of intellectual abilities, business savvy, or position, has the ability to be a leader. And, in shortcut #8, Mark speaks about leadership – and the art of caring about others.  He goes on to talk about giving, and love for your fellow human beings.

This is the magic that doesn’t just take you outside the box; it removes the box. This is prosperity. It is the prosperity we all want. It is the concept of Be-Do-Have rather than the in-the-box definition of success – Have, Do, Be.

The Author: Mark Hopkins earned engineering degrees from Cornell and Stanford and then spent the next twenty-five years deciphering the factors that make some people prosperous, successful and happy After building a leadership career with companies like Hewlett Packard and Emerson Electric, Hopkins founded Peak Industries, a medical device contract manufacturer, which he grew to $75 million and later sold to Delphi. He then founded Crescendo Capital Partners, a private equity firm, and Catalyst, a private foundation supporting Colorado-based nonprofits and micro-lending in the developing world. 

 

The Book: Shortcut to Prosperity: 10 Entrepreneurial Habits and a Roadmap For An Exceptional Career. www.shortcuttoprosperity.com

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