Useful if buying a building; highlights address the broader topic of contemporary entrepreneurship.

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THE ENTREPRENEUR'S SECRET TO CREATING WEALTH

HOW THE SMARTEST BUSINESS OWNERS BUILD THEIR FORTUNES

A revealing if overlong guide to helping small business owners grow their wealth.

Hurn’s book states that small business owners are better off if they own the commercial property in which they do business. Although purchasing commercial property is frequently prohibitively expensive for fledgling businesses, there is a little-known loan program from the Federal Small Business Administration—the SBA 504 loan—that can provide small business owners with advantageous financing. Author Hurn, who left a job at GE Capital to found a business that helps entrepreneurs finance the acquisition of commercial property, proves to be an engaging advocate, although he occasionally sounds like an infomercial for his company. After explaining his fascinating background in business and politics, Hurn argues for owning over renting, offers advice on finding the right property and the right commercial broker, and then gives tips for successfully applying for an appropriate loan. Each chapter closes with an engaging Q-and-A with a businessperson (and Hurn client) who discusses life as an entrepreneur, as well as the experience of purchasing commercial property. Although there are a number of useful technical points here, making the case for property ownership and putting a spotlight on SBA 504 loans doesn’t require a manuscript of this length, and the book feels drawn out and repetitious. For a casual reader, the meat is in the Q-and-As, where Hurn paints a portrait of contemporary entrepreneurship, as well as in the details of his own business career, which convincingly captures the excitement of a life in finance. Overall, Hurn’s engaging mix of clarity, enthusiasm and nuts-and-bolts humility mark him as an author to watch in the finance genre.

Useful if buying a building; highlights address the broader topic of contemporary entrepreneurship.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2012

ISBN: 978-1599323152

Page Count: 280

Publisher: Advantage Media Group

Review Posted Online: Nov. 9, 2012

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Gucci demonstrates all the bravado and ferocious self-confidence that he counsels—and the photos are a nice bonus.

THE GUCCI MANE GUIDE TO GREATNESS

A hip-hop star who went on his first international tour wearing an ankle monitor explains how to succeed.

“The words you are about to read can help you,” writes Gucci. “That’s because there is truth in them. These are words of wisdom, like the Bible and its proverbs.” Unquestionably, Gucci likes to aim high, as many of his proverbs attest: “Stop Underestimating Yourself”; “Whatever You’re Thinking, Think Bigger”; “Nobody Cares. Work Harder”; “When They Sleep, I’m Grinding”; “Do More, Get More.” And never forget, “Women Are Brilliant.” Gucci not only shares his recipes for success. As in a cookbook that shows pictures of the end result, the author includes dozens of dazzling photos of himself and his beautiful wife, among them a series on his surprise wedding proposal at an Atlanta Hawks game. After the success of his bestselling debut, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, Gucci has realized there is money to be made in the book business. In addition to the Bible, he has his eye on Malcolm Gladwell and his reported $5 million advances. While he is “cool with Malcolm Gladwell being more celebrated than me as an author…the difference between Malcolm Gladwell and me is that I’m going to make more money because I’m going to make so many books for my following….You can enjoy this book or not, but I’m going to make my fifty-second book, my hundred and eighth book.” Many readers will hope that one of them will be a diet book, as the 100-plus pounds Gucci has lost and kept off are a frequent topic—alas, he doesn’t reveal his weight loss secrets here. Until the next book, try to live the Gucci Mane way. “Avoid lazy and miserable people,” and “Find something to be excited about every day.”

Gucci demonstrates all the bravado and ferocious self-confidence that he counsels—and the photos are a nice bonus.

Pub Date: Oct. 13, 2020

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Sept. 10, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2020

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Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our...

THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

A psychologist and Nobel Prize winner summarizes and synthesizes the recent decades of research on intuition and systematic thinking.

The author of several scholarly texts, Kahneman (Emeritus Psychology and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.) now offers general readers not just the findings of psychological research but also a better understanding of how research questions arise and how scholars systematically frame and answer them. He begins with the distinction between System 1 and System 2 mental operations, the former referring to quick, automatic thought, the latter to more effortful, overt thinking. We rely heavily, writes, on System 1, resorting to the higher-energy System 2 only when we need or want to. Kahneman continually refers to System 2 as “lazy”: We don’t want to think rigorously about something. The author then explores the nuances of our two-system minds, showing how they perform in various situations. Psychological experiments have repeatedly revealed that our intuitions are generally wrong, that our assessments are based on biases and that our System 1 hates doubt and despises ambiguity. Kahneman largely avoids jargon; when he does use some (“heuristics,” for example), he argues that such terms really ought to join our everyday vocabulary. He reviews many fundamental concepts in psychology and statistics (regression to the mean, the narrative fallacy, the optimistic bias), showing how they relate to his overall concerns about how we think and why we make the decisions that we do. Some of the later chapters (dealing with risk-taking and statistics and probabilities) are denser than others (some readers may resent such demands on System 2!), but the passages that deal with the economic and political implications of the research are gripping.

Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-374-27563-1

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Sept. 4, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2011

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