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Crazy Is a Compliment

The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags

Linda Rottenberg


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Digital Audiobook (10/1/2014)
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"If people aren't calling you crazy, you aren't thinking big enough."
These days taking chances isn t just for college dropouts in hoodies. Whether you work at a Fortune 500 company, a nonprofit, or a mom-and-pop, everybody needs to think and act like an entrepreneur. We all need to be nimble, adaptive, daring and maybe even a little crazy or risk being left behind.
But how do you take smart risks without risking it all? That's Linda Rottenberg's expertise. As the cofounder and CEO of Endeavor, the world's leading organization dedicated to supporting fast-growing entrepreneurs, she's spent the last two decades helping innovators think bold and execute smart.
Now Rottenberg draws on her unrivaled experience to show you the proven techniques to achieve your dreams: from overcoming fear to facing down critics, from stalking supporters to exploiting chaos. Crazy Is a Compliment combines inspiring stories, original research, and practical advice to create a road map for getting started and going bigger.
Rottenberg brings to life iconic entrepreneurs like Walt Disney and Estee Lauder and reveals how companies like MTV, GE, and Burberry found their best successes by breaking the corporate mold and embracing the entrepreneur mind-set. She also introduces us to some of the one thousand entrepreneurs she's advised, like Leila Velez, who started a hair-care company in her kitchen sink in Rio that now earns $80 million a year. As Linda writes:
Every day I meet people with a dream. Maybe you re serving coffee and fantasizing about launching a microbrewery; maybe you ve skipped college and yearn to start your own design firm; maybe you re sitting in your cubicle and brainstorming a new idea that can improve your company.
You have a dream, but you don t know how to turn your dream into reality. Or you ve already launched your dream but you re unsure how to take it to the next level. This book can show you the way.

Praise For Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags

“Call me crazy, but I think Linda is onto something big here. She delivers powerful insights with her legendary wit and candor to show how everyone can think and act like an entrepreneur.”
-- Michael Dell, founder and CEO, Dell Inc.
"For nearly two decades, Linda has been teaching and learning from the boldest entrepreneurs around the world. In this terrific book, she shares what it takes to master the chaos of starting your own business -- or simply to grow your own career in today's fast-changing world of work."
-- Reid Hoffman, co-founder/chairman of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Start-Up of You

Portfolio, 9781591846642, 263pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2014

About the Author

Linda Rottenberg, the cofounder and CEO of Endeavor, has been named one of America s Top Leaders by U.S. News, one of 100 Innovators for the 21st Century by Time magazine, and the world s first mentor capitalist by Tom Friedman. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, author Bruce Feiler, and their twin daughters."