I find it refreshing and an entrepreneurial act by itself that brave new authors are promoting their books by sharing free downloadable visual summaries, packed with inspiring and funny images carefully sculpted into quotes and key take aways. Here, LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha show how the key is to manage your career as if it were a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you.
The following example “The Startup of You” in 190 images, kept me causally entertained and inspired on my 20 minute morning train ride. It reads as a light weight presentation slide deck and works perfectly as a light read with headliners.
In the past 50 years, the start-up handbook has been re-written in Silicon Valley. the thesis hoffman and casnocha submit is that the primary lesson this modern hive of economic activity has for each of us, as “entrepreneurs of our own lives”, is to understand ourselves as actors in a fluid/chaotic system; and moreover, one in which the better-trodden path to success is massively impacted by others — our network. in a profound sense, then, the “i” is really a “we” … and everyone will find nuggets in the authors’ practical and insightful counsel on what this means to chart a more flexible, and ultimately more rewarding, course in our professional lives.