Free-To-Download Awesome Motivational And Inspirational Book For Entrepreneurs: The Bootstrapper’s Bible by Seth Godin (Plus Quotes)

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“This is a manifesto about how to make the odds work in your favor, how to keep playing until you win.”

If there is any book that any budding entrepreneur should read, it is the Bootstrapper’s Bible. It is a book filled with principles to help you get your ideas off the ground with no capital. And it has stories that illustrate how real-life entrepreneurs have been able to win in the business game.

A come-back-to-reality inspirational book, it contains practical steps. It contains get-off-your-ass nuggets, you-can-win-against-all-odds prep talks and here-is-how-others-have-done-it advice. And what is great about it is that it hasn’t been written by a poser.

It is not one of those 12-principles-of-success books written by someone who has spent his or her life on a desk doing nothing. It is a book written by the master of marketing and a guru in creating startups that work: Seth Godin.

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What Is Super-Awesome About It

What is even great about this book is that it is absolutely free. And that is legally free! Seth gives off this book for free, and even encourages you to do so, so as to spread the entrepreneurial magic around. It is worth a read. And also worth a re-read.

Ready for the book? You can download a FREE LEGAL pdf version of this motivational and inspirational book here

So, who is a bootstrapper according to Seth Godin?

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Here are Seth Godin’s own words:

“ For me, a bootstrapper isnʼt a particular demographic or even a certain financial situation. Instead, it’s a state of mind."

“Bootstrappers run billion-dollar companies, nonprofit organizations, and start-ups in their basements. A bootstrapper is determined to build a business that pays for itself every day.”

“ … In many ways, itʼs easiest to define a bootstrapper by what she isnʼt: a money-raising bureaucrat who specializes in using other peopleʼs money to take big risks in growing a business.”

The Manifesto

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The book is not just a collection of meaningless success anecdotes. It even contains its own manifesto, the Bootstrapper’s manifesto. A complete creed to live by as an entrepreneur.

Here is the bootstrapper’s manifesto that the master marketer Seth Godin wants you to memorize, stick on your fridge door, attach to your mirror and even save a copy on your phone, and of course, READ OUT LOUD:

I am a bootstrapper. I have initiative and insight and guts, but not much money. I will succeed because my efforts and my focus will defeat bigger and better-funded competitors.

I am fearless. I keep my focus on growing the business—not on politics, career advancement, or other wasteful distractions.

I will leverage my skills to become the key to every department of my company, yet realize that hiring experts can be the secret to my success. I will be a fervent and intelligent user of technology, to conserve my two most precious assets: time and money.

My secret weapon is knowing how to cut through bureaucracy. My size makes me faster and more nimble than any company could ever be.

I am a laser beam. Opportunities will try to cloud my focus, but I will not waver from my stated goal and plan—until I change it. And I know that plans were made to be changed.

I’m in it for the long haul. Building a business that will last separates me from the opportunist, and is an investment in my brand and my future. Surviving is succeeding, and each day that goes by makes it easier still for me to reach my goals.

I realize that treating people well on the way up will make it nicer for me on the way back down. I will be scrupulously honest and overt in my dealings, and won’t use my position as a fearless bootstrapper to gain unfair advantage. My reputation will follow
me wherever I go, and I will invest in it daily and protect it fiercely.

I am the underdog. I realize that others are rooting for me to succeed, and I will gratefully accept their help when offered. I also understand the power of favors, and will offer them and grant them whenever I can.

I have less to lose than most -- a fact I can turn into a significant competitive advantage.

I am a salesperson. Sooner or later, my income will depend on sales, and those sales can be made only by me, not by an emissary, not by a rep. I will sell by helping others get what they want, by identifying needs and filling them.

I am a guerrilla. I will be persistent, consistent, and willing to invest in the marketing of myself and my business.

I will measure what I do, and won’t lie about it to myself or my spouse. I will set strict financial goals and honestly evaluate my performance. I’ll set limits on time and money and won’t exceed either.

Most of all, I’ll remember that the journey is the reward. I will learn and grow and enjoy every single day.

17 Memorable Seth Godin Entrepreneur Tip-Quotes From the Bootstrapper’s Bible – Free PDF Download Motivational And Inspirational Book

1. " You have to go where the other guys canʼt. Take advantage of what you have so that you can beat the competition with what they donʼt.

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2. "Surviving is succeeding. YOU CAN’T WIN IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE GAME."

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3. "You donʼt need everyone. Just enough to keep you busy and the cash flowing!"

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4. "There are enough obstacles to success in choosing your business. Overcoming a flawed business model shouldnʼt be one of them."

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5. "Donʼt rush it. Donʼt just pick what you know, or what you used to do, or even what you dreamed of doing when you were a teenager. Itʼs way more fun to run a successful vegetable stand than to be a bankrupt comedy club owner."

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6. "The first law of bootstrapping: Great ideas are not required. In fact, a great idea can wipe you out."

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7. "Staying in a losing business because youʼve already lost a lot of money is a bad business strategy."

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8. "Donʼt fall into the trap of doing the easy business, or the fun business, or the sexy business. In the long run, any failed business, regardless of how cool it seems, is no fun."

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9. "So many opportunities to fail, so few to succeed, it seems. But when it clicks, the magic that takes over is intoxicating. Your work, embraced by a stranger. Itʼs a rush."

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10. "Stop planning and start doing."

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11. "If you donʼt run out of money, you get to keep playing. If you end up with more money than you started with, you win. Plan for the money!"

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12. "A company with plenty of sales can almost always fix its other problems. But a company without sales is close to dead."

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13. "Follow the money! The money leads to power—the power to make decisions, the power to build the business you want to build, the power to hire and fire and shape and dream and succeed."

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14. "Learn as you go. Change as you go."

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15. "Building a business from scratch is like walking through a maze with many, many doors. Once you open one, 100 new doors present themselves. As you move your way through the maze, you need to stop and check your location. Look at a map. If youʼre in the wrong place, move. But if youʼve discovered a new place, thereʼs nothing wrong with exploiting it."

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16. "Most businesses wouldn’t even consider firing a customer. But sometimes it’s the smartest thing you can do."

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17. " Donʼt take this survival advice too far. But take it. Money now is better than money later."

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Useful Links

Click here to download the free pdf copy of the Bootstrapper's Bible 

Go to Seth Godin's blog by clicking here

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21 Super-Awesome Elon Musk Photos Showing His Entrepreneurial Journey to Building Billion-Dollar Empires

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Elon Musk's fortune continues along a sky-high trajectory thanks to the soaring stock of Tesla Motors, the luxury electric car maker he founded right after successful entrepreneurial endeavors with PayPal and Zip2. The South African-born Musk wants to take over a million people to Mars and dabs in renewable energy through his venture with Solar City which seeks to provide solar energy to American homes. There is no stopping him just yet, he has a proposal to create a high-speed transportation system which will re markedly reduce transportation time and cement his stature as the living real life depiction of Marvel's superhero Tony Stark and has been immortalized in the screenplay Iron Man 2 in which he also made a cameo. 

 The Early Years

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Elon Musk as a child

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Elon and  his mother  who is a model and a nutritionist

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Elon and his brothers growing up

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Elon Musk hanging out with friends, he is described as being too studious and staying away from everyone's way in school spending most of his time in libraries

Middle Life and School

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Musk was also interested in computers and by the age of 12, he had written the code for his own video game, a space game called Blastar, which was the first product he ever sold

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Elon Musk pictured with his brother

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Right after he and his brother sought out to lease a building for their video game business which failed because they lacked parental consent.


Moving to Canada The USA

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He emigrated to Canada in June 1989 at age 17 to attend. He left Canada in 1992 after getting a scholarship to study business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania."It is where great things are possible" he says on moving to USA

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Him during his  undergraduate years in economics and stayed on another year to finish a second bachelor's degree in physics

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 Elon and his campus girlfriend who would become his first wife

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In 1995, Elon Musk headed to Stanford University in California to pursue a PhD in energy physics. However, he only attended the school for two days before dropping out to start his first company, Zip2 Corporation, which provided online content-publishing software for news organizations.He is seen here preparing a meal in school

Creation of PayPal

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A young Elon during PayPal's formative years

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In 2000, bought a company called Confinity, which had started an Internet money-transfer process called PayPal. Elon Musk renamed Paypal and dropped the company's online banking focus to concentrate on becoming a global payment transfer provider.

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In February 2001, changed its legal name to PayPal. In October 2002, PayPal was acquired by eBay for US$1.5 billion in stock. Before its sale, Musk, the company's largest shareholder, got a good chunk of that money.

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Celebrating the success of Paypal's acquisition with close friends

Success and Family

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In 2002, Musk founded his third company, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, with the goal of building spacecraft for commercial space travel. SpaceX develops and manufactures space launch vehicles with a focus on advancing the state of rocket technology.

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In addition to trying to compete in the Space Race, with the NSA and countries like Russia and China, Elon Musk has conquered the electric car market by giving the world the first fully-function and viable electric car.

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Elon Musk during his wedding in 2010

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Elon and his family

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Elon's Next Conquest - The Red Planet

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And who says that earth should be enough for an ambitious billionaire? Elon Musk's next project involves interplanetary conquests, starting with Mars. And although it might seem like the stuff of  comic books and science fiction, by now, people have learnt never to bet against Elon. And neither should you.

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17 Incredibly Amazing Larry Ellison Pictures That Tell His Billion-Dollar Success Story

Known to many as the Samurai Warrior of Silicon Valley, Larry Ellison has made himself a megalomaniac and a force to be reckoned with in Tech. Over the course of a four-decade plus career, Ellison turned Oracle from a small company into one of the companies powering close to about every sector of human existence. And in an industry marked by turbulence and near-constant change, Ellison has proved to be great leader as he clawed and grasped and battled to build Oracle into one of the biggest and most successful software makers in the world. Here is his life's success story in 21 pictures.

The early years

In the beginning: Larry Ellison as a toddler

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Larry Ellisons' adopted parents

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Ever the explorer: testing himself against the Rocky mountains

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Larry hanging out with his classmates before he dropped out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Not really in rags, but still miles aways from his billion-dollar lifestyle: A grown Larry with his dad

Growing a billion-dollar empire

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The beginnings of the billion-dollar empire: Ellison co-founded Software Development Labs (later Oracle) with late friend and business partner Robert Miner and Ed Oates in 1977

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Plotting strategy with his founding team

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The launch of the NT4: Larry Ellison's big mistake

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Finally, the smell of success: He managed to build Oracle into a billion-dollar company, with head offices to match his new-found success

Larry Ellison's Billionaire Lifestyle

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Larry Ellison and his fourth wife

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Testing out his new private plane

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 The Samurai Warrior' in his $200 million Japanese-styled mansion

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The billion-dollar power "couple": the billionaire with one of his many girlfriends

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Addicted to winning: the winner of the American cup - brought the trophy back to America after a 15-year trophy-less drought

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Larry Ellison's $377 million yacht, the Rising Sun, is the 8th largest in the world

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One of the billionaire's estate, complete with his own private golf-course

Watch this video for more on the incredible rags-to-riches success story of Larry Ellison: