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From the Introduction
My life has been about entrepreneurship from start to finish – or at least to present. I was raised by an entrepreneur who was raised by entrepreneurs. I married entrepreneurs and, although I started out working a regular job, I quickly became an entrepreneur. After building and running several companies, I switched my focus to helping other entrepreneurs learn how to impose a degree of balance between their passions and the rest of their lives.
So what, exactly, is an entrepreneur?
Someone who wants to work independently, not corporately or for someone else. Someone who has an idea – or a whole series of ideas – that becomes their dream, and drives what they want to do with their life. Someone who wants to build a business and control how it functions, how it grows -- even how it dies.
Entrepreneurs will find any way to fulfill their dreams, even when people consider their ideas silly or a lost cause. In fact, they persevere in the face of tremendous odds specifically because entrepreneurship is the belief that I can do what I want to do.
Somehow, entrepreneurs find the solutions they need to do exactly that.
And it doesn’t matter if they suffer through a whole series of failures before finding the one business that does work. Entrepreneurship is an approach to life that says I’m going to keep doing it, keep doing it, keep doing it until I get it right.
Corporate people have a different attitude. They want the security of knowing their paycheck will be there every two weeks. They’re not interested in having an entire company’s success or failure ride on their shoulders. Corporate people have a driving need to be financially responsible and secure, not for pursuing an all-encompassing dream and its inherent all-encompassing liability.
As far as I can tell, I was probably hatched as an entrepreneur. My parents brought me up to think the phrase “you can’t do that” only meant that I, as their child, could not do something right then – not that I, as a woman, could not do it at all. In my house, if you wanted to do something, you were encouraged to do it. I had no idea women were treated differently from, or had more obstacles in business than men. When I discovered that truth later, I wished someone had told me earlier! But aware or not, being a woman never deterred me, because my parents’ language and attitudes during my formative years were such that I was bred to be an entrepreneur.
Which is how entrepreneurs are produced.
The conviction that you can be an entrepreneur comes from an internal belief system created by your environment and by the way you are raised. It’s all a question of language and attitudes. The Director of Entrepreneurial Studies at USC once explained it by describing a father playing catch with his son. Where some dads might say, “Oh, too bad, you missed the ball, ” when their son misses a catch, the entrepreneur-breeding parent would say something more like, “Oh, you almost got it – if you just stretch one more inch, you’ll have it.”
It’s never: “Too bad, those are the breaks.” It’s always the more motivational: “You can do it, you can do it, you can do it.”
Of course, sometimes the desire to be an entrepreneur is so great the obvious gets ignored. People get so enthused about their big ideas they want to jump in with two feet without pacing themselves – which is certainly part of the entrepreneurial “I can do it!” attitude. As an affiliate of Startup Nation, I get calls all the time from young people saying, “I want to quit my day job and start this company.” ...
- 'Confessions of a Resilient Entrepreneur: Persevering to Success' demonstrates the balancing act that women - and men - have to perform in order to integrate a business life with a family life. This book speaks to the starry-eyed young entrepreneur who has big business ideas but no idea of what it takes to have it all, as well as the well-established business leader who has achieved success and now wants to somehow fit a life into those dreams. It describes and encourages the attitudes and belief systems that “grow” an entrepreneur – and illustrates what happens when those attitudes and belief systems come up against hard reality.
About the Author-
Frumi Rachel Barr, PhD, a veteran entrepreneur, has founded or been a partner in numerous companies, holding both Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) positions. Her hands-on experience ranges from manufacturing to service industries to direct-marketing enterprises; her consulting and coaching experience has taken her into virtually every type of corporation and small business. Her success has been so encompassing that clients, associates, and fellow coaches have dubbed her a “Catalyst for Change.”
Dr. Barr specializes in inspiring leaders to rediscover the strengths and values that energize them so they can, in turn, renew their colleagues, employees and business operations and has a proven track record for helping entrepreneurs and leaders balance the needs of growing their businesses and with the needs of their personal and family lives.
Dr. Barr holds a Bachelor of Physical Therapy (BPT) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University, Fullerton, California (CSUF), a Coaching Certification from Hudson Institute, Santa Barbara, California and a doctorate in Business Administration from Pacific Western University. She is a board member of The Entrepreneurship Institute in Orange County and immediate Past President of the National Board of the Professional Coaching and Mentors Association (PCMA). She has also been a member of the advisory board for Chapman University’s new Business Coaching Certification Program, International Coaching Federation (ICF), and the Mentorship Program of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners).
Table of Contents-
- Introduction: What is an entrepreneur Part I: Frumi’s Story Chapter 1: Hatched for Success Chapter 2: Starting Out Strong Chapter 3: Setbacks are for Working Through Chapter 4: New Adventures Chapter 5: Another Stale Marriage Chapter 6: I Got the Clocks Chapter 7: Out with the Old, In with the New Chapter 8: Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On Chapter 9: Building—and Breaking—From Scratch Chapter 10: New Company Chapter 11: New Man Chapter 12: New Me Part II: Your Frumi Fix Chapter 13: How Coaching Works Chapter 14: What Really Matters Chapter 15: Where Are You Now Chapter 16: Work and Family Epilogue Appendix A: Book Summary
- Cara Good, President, WunderMarx Inc. "No one is better equipped to coach and nurture female entrepreneurs than Frumi, herself a successful entrepreneur, mother, friend and community leader. If 'The Little Engine That Could' were re-written just for women entrepreneurs, 'Confessions of a Resilient Entrepreneur' would be it. Frumi understands an entrepreneur's excitement, temptations and fears intimately because she's 'been there, done that.' Reading her story is like swallowing a big dose of courage. You feel as though you could overcome anything because she has faced life's hardest challenges with aplomb and transformed herself into a stronger, happier and better woman each time.”
- Ann Hult Crowell, A Recovering CEO, Author & Speaker "The Frumi Fix is a recipe for turning yourself inside out so your true self can shine. Frumi reminds us it is in the stew of our total life experiences that we have every ingredient necessary to create, and serve, our special offering to others. What she delivers is not her personal ingredient list, rather the inspiration and courage to mix up our own - from the inside out. And that’s the magic. Once you've digested the Confessions and get your first taste of The Frumi Fix, you'll experience inside-out at it’s best. And I guarantee you'll return for a daily helping."
- Marilyn August, Author, 'Journey to Wealth & Wisdom' "Don't miss this book filled with personal courage as Frumi bares her soul telling how she overcame whatever obstacles were put in her way. Resilience is Frumi's authentic real deal -- what it takes to create a purposeful, fulfilling life. A definite must read for everyone (not just women) who wonders if they have what it takes to follow their dreams."
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