Make Your Own Rules: A Renegade Guide to Unconventional Success Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Former star of the classic TV series M*A*S*H, Wayne Rogers has, over the past four decades, become an enormously successful entrepreneur and businessman - and in Make Your Own Rules he shows you how to retain your own identity and reap tremendous rewards in your career and business while doing so.
Using fascinating examples from his wide array of experiences - all of which involved leaping into situations where he lacked the traditional background in a particular field - Rogers presents a clarion call to the creative-minded person who isn’t quite sure how to apply that creativity to the world of business. How do you make your way in the business world without becoming a robot? What are the secrets to distinguishing yourself and finding out-of-the-box solutions?
Make Your Own Rules encourages you to see things from a fresh perspective, color outside the lines, and avoid becoming a slave to convention. Whether you’re trying to move up the ranks, make a career transition, or develop your own business, the advice in this audiobook will help you realize your full potential.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 47 minutes|
|Author||Wayne Rogers, Josh Young|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 01, 2012|
|Publisher||Gildan Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #394,297 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#253 in Banks & Banking (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,160 in Biographies of Business Leaders
#1,352 in Small Businesses
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The ideas, information, true-life stories of business deals, and stories of the people he worked with are focused on doing business your own way, not merely following the crowd or the "standard" way to do things. From my experience in doing business my own way, I can say this book is very realistic. Rogers does not advocate or describe any illegal or underhanded deals; in fact, he's clear that ethics are top priority in his business transactions, and one need not be unethical to be successful.
He does describe a number of business deals using some specialized terminology, for example referring to the concepts of 'return on investment' and 'tax strategies' when quickly describing the in's and out's his deals. I understood most of the concepts, but I recommend that if you are a beginner in business and investment terms, start with a simpler book.
If you order it and find it somewhat over your head, I'd say put it on your bookshelf, and later, after some other experience in investing, open it again and it may make more sense.
The writing itself is down-to-earth and not flowery or self-promoting. It really is a pleasure to read, and even if you don't understand all the details of the deals he describes, there is a positive spirit to the whole book.
If you have paid attention to current events, or are a student of history, what Mr. Rogers imparts in this book will not be new to you. What I did find refreshing, however, is he is able to boil it down to an everyman's language vs. what you would expect to find from an economist. Basically, Rogers gives you real life examples of his own business and entertainment experiences with practical advice: if you are going to operate in today's economic environment, you have to "learn some of the rules of the road to success," the free-market economy isn't free but way over-regulated, and you had better understand it if you want to succeed.
Of course, he also gives you some great advice on how to change a lot of the regulation. One can only hope! I'm looking forward to hearing more from Mr. Rogers.
I felt that this book is a bit like having a mentor. He tells it like it is, tells you the things you need to know to get ahead, gives examples on how to follow your own path and illustrates these concepts with great stories from his own life.
This "guide" throws in a few aphorisms among many long bitches about how government is killing The Holy Free Market.
The main thrust of the book is a long catalog of deals made by Rogers.
Oddly several times he starts an anecdote and then moves to the next chapter.
There are, sadly, no anecdotes of his time at the TV series M*A*S*H.
The index takes up 12% of the book. Normally I'd find that excessive. But with this book I was delighted to get to the end and grateful I didn't have to read the last twelve percent.