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The E-Myth Revisited Audiobook

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

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Publisher's Summary

In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed, and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have listened to The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.

©1955, 2001, 2003, 2004 Michael E. Gerber; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Gerber loves to exhort people to develop powerful visions for their companies." (Fortune)

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    Nathaniel 08/02/2016
    Nathaniel 08/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "This sounds like the Hubbard management system"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is good for people who don't have a clue about business, structure or organising their live.It is not good for people who have managed, know business skills or looking for an insight to gain an edge.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I didn't find it interesting.

    However this may be because I have an MBA and I have been a part of similar coaching Hubbard Management programs which I was not impressed with.

    I have found the Hubbard Management system not to be in line with my beliefs or personal practices.

    Some people may really respond to this story and the way they tell allegorical tales to illustrate the point.

    The good key takeaway is build your business to sell, OR just be happy being employed.


    Did Michael E. Gerber do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    The speaker told the tale well - reminded me of the old "read-along story time" voice actors. Great voice for radio. very nostalgic.


    Did The E-Myth Revisited inspire you to do anything?

    Focus on systems and reread my MBA notes on McDonalds and the franchise theory. There are better books out there for "franchise" models and building a business to sell which is the underlying theme of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not a bad book, I would recommend this to people who have read business books before or have any training in management. It is a great segue into understanding you don't know much about running a business. Maybe look to investing in an MBA or getting a business coach.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel 19/09/2016
    Joel 19/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good content but..."

    I liked the content and found some things I related too. only problem I had was I was zoning out alot due to the sound of his voice. Otherwise it would of been great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 03/09/2016
    Ellen 03/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Thanks for firing the rocket I needed up my behind!!!"

    What a great book to listen to when I was feeling how I was feeling, which was totally disenchanted about my career and unmotivated to do anything about it. This book gave me the kick up the butt that I needed to change my life. It has lifted the haze and made me realise how different things can be. I want to press play and listen to it all over again but I can't, I have a business to build!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 26/08/2016
    Laura 26/08/2016
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    "Franchise based book"

    Was really hoping for more. I am not a business looking to grow a franchise model so I have found this book a bit of a waste of time. Others may find it more useful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tania Marisela Moreno 11/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Masterpiece of advice."

    Love it! Amazing narrator! the best word of advice for small business. Exceptional and practical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie 15/05/2016
    Natalie 15/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great principles. looking forward to implementing"

    Found the book contained many "aha" moments that once implemented will make a radical difference. Just a matter on looking outside the technical perspective and seeing the whole picture. Parts of the storyline did lose my interest but I am stoked I stuck with it until the end. Well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nat Dixon 03/05/2016
    Nat Dixon 03/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Secret sauce"

    If you are thinking about starting a business, this is compulsory reading.
    Set your idea up for success.

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    Cassandra 20/04/2016
    Cassandra 20/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it..."

    The narrator was enjoyable and listening to the facts applied to real life scenario made easy listening.

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    Stephen 23/03/2016
    Stephen 23/03/2016
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    "Very insightful and depth of analysis"

    Loved it! Well worth a read even if you don't find the thesis on the franchise model relevant to you (although this was on point for me).

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    Bradley 12/02/2016
    Bradley 12/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book for small business in my collection"

    Best book for system management and setting up a small business. now I have to put it into action

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Christopher
    SF Bay Area
    15/02/09
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    "Life Changing, I Gotta Say"

    I had heard about this book for years, but Gerber's writing style, with its endless dependent clauses, bothered me. However, when I got the audio book, and heard him reading it, and got the way it was meant to be taken in, I got it.

    This book has radically helped me in the past month and a half since I read it, and dramatically changed how I look at my (*CURRENTLY*) one-person business. I cannot recommend this book enough to those of you who started a small business without any entrepreneurial training or experience.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvia
    Clear Lake, WI, USA
    30/10/08
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    "Ideas to build a life, not just a business"

    This book is helping me understand how a clear vision for my life and new business will help me accommodate changing markets, staff roll over, and evolving partnerships. E-Myth has changd my perspective and goal -- to develop an enterprise with a clear mission, and to plan this business to thrive without me.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Rockwall, TX, USA
    17/09/08
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    "Saved my Life"

    I am a small business owner just like the woman he describes in the book. After listening for 20 minutes I felt hope for my business, by the end of the book I had a plan in action to turn that hope into prosperity. This book saved my business and my sanity.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    Seaford, Australia
    3/01/10
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    "Well worth the download"

    I cannot understand why there are negative comments for this book - it is one of the better foundational books for any small business person who wants their life back. I highly recommend it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    7/01/10
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    "E-Myth Revisited Review"

    Excellent read and recommend listening to it once a year. Challenges small business owners to work yourself out of your job and to delegate. In order to build a self sufficient company with total freedom, one must develop systems that the "least" qualified employee in your organization can follow. It's all about the SYSTEMS in your company.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    Littleton, MA, United States
    20/06/05
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    "A must have business book."

    I was going into this book with apprehension, a fear that this was yet another "I'll show you how it is done and you will live a great life forever". But I decided to buck the critic on audible who said it was awful and got it. Well I was surprised. It gives you the basics on running a business, a department, or anything...really. It shows you some of the obvious things that you never think about and then allows you to expand on them for yourself. It's a book that I have read a number of times...well listened to, but the first that I took notes on. E-Myth Mastery is next.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Chanon
    BangkokThailand
    28/04/05
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    "Must have/Life changing book"

    This book was *very* good. It's perfect for people who want to start a business. The author's narration was easy to listen to and really made the listening experience enjoyable.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Marian Hanganu
    Ploiesti, Romania
    18/06/08
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    "Must listen for would be entrepreneurs"

    The audiobook is a bit too long. The stories about Sara's problems are a bit too long and too emotional at the first sight. However, when you look closer, you realize the story is about someone like you. If you try to think like Sara, the main character, it is about life and meaning of life. Then, you understand the real substance of what the author is transmiting using an emotional story. There is knowledge inside: how to start a business; how to not be consumed by your business; how to balance business with life; how to grow; how to be successful etc.
    It is the true substance of the book that made me to upgrade from 3 to 4 stars.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Amaraa
    Lehi, UT, USA
    14/08/07
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    "Wow! Does this guy know me?"

    I couldn't believe this book. It seemed like the author had a hidden camera into my life and my business. He knew everything about me! As he went through the stages of a new business, it was like as if he were telling my life story. His suggestions were timely and relevant. His methods were clear and easy to follow. I found this book to be particularly exciting and motivational. He reawakened the vitality in me that I had when I initially started my business. And most importantly, this book made me realize that my business ups and downs were not unique, and gave me hope that there was a way out. This is a perfect read for someone in the small, then big, then small again place in their business. However, I imagine it is relevant at any point in the growth of a small business. Hopefully you will read this book early so you can avoid some of the pitfalls he describes and I have already experienced. This is a MUST READ for any small business owner.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tak
    rego park, NY, USA
    31/05/05
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    "Attitude changing but no practical solutions"

    This book illustrates business ideas through a story between a teacher and a student, much like that of The Goal. But the author put too much effort into developing the characters and too little into teaching the business. There were lots on how Sarah smiles, and grins, and have the looks of someone on the verge of enlightenment, and on and on. There were lots on describing the pitfalls of the average business owner. But there were very little on solutions to solve these problems and almost no examples given to demonstrate how to apply the solutions in practical situation in day to day business.

    The idea is to set up your business in a way you can put everything about the business in an operations manual. You need to do it in a way such that if someone else was given the manual, he/she will be able to run the exact same business. This way, your business will have repeatable and predictable results. If you were on vacation, someone else will be able to run the business with same results. The author spent may be 20 minutes on illustrating these ideas, and the rest of the 8 hours describing how excited Sarah became hearing these.

    If you'd like to read about the touchy feelys, pick up a real novel. If you want to have practical ideas about how to run a business, pick up a real business book. If you'd like to spend 8 hours learning the ideas I've already outlined above, get this book.

    51 of 65 people found this review helpful
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  • KipSoton
    8/06/14
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    "Small business owners - you must listen to this!"
    Where does The E-Myth Revisited rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    We all get bogged down in the doing. This book explains why and what to do about it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Practical application.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because you need to ponder the ideas being suggested. It's better to listen to a chapter, think and then move on. But you also want to go back and listen to it again.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Greg
    21/07/15
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    "3rd time of reading, 1st time of listening."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A super business book.

    If you run a small business as I do, read this book as it'll give you a reality check.

    This audible version is easily the best format for this very worthwhile book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very sound advice for anyone running their own business.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • H. Wood
    Surrey, England
    19/05/16
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    "Insightful. The ideas behind the success of a small business. Your business."

    A must read for all small businesses starting out and for those small businesses that have become all consuming and overwhelming. This book will give you the ideas needed to enable you to set up your business in the best possible way. Working on your business not in your business. Setting up the systems at the outset so that your business does not become another job, but once set up, allows you the freedom to live the life of your choosing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    27/02/15
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    "Every small business owner should listen"

    This is a great book for small business owners. I run a number of businesses and advise many others (not as part of Emyth Worldwide, I should add!) and the themes covered in this book, the systems and processes it introduces are excellent. The only reason it isn't 5* is because the story is a little too sickly at times and the narration is too slow (like so many narrators). I listened on 1.25x to make it sound normal!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. Gulamhusein
    UK
    23/11/16
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    "best book I've read"

    amazing. very relevant and a must read for any business owner. The key is to follow through and be bold and take control of your business

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    18/11/16
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    "A brilliant book that's made my future brighter."

    Loved it. simple knowledge that's been staring me in my face for years but never reached my brain. half way through it started implemented what in was learning and got immediate effect by having the stress removed, somewhat, and giving me real direction for the future of my business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob Parker
    16/11/16
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    "Great actionable points, story a little OTT"

    there were some great take away points that I can definitely see being useful to small businesses. I did find myself getting a little distracted when he was giving examples and story's to get his points across, they just seemed too over the top and a little long winded at times. Great book overall and would definitely recommend just for the actionable points alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • eamon hartnett
    16/10/16
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    "Gets you on the road!"

    Very good book to getting you on track. It's a must read for small business owners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E. Garcia
    UK
    1/10/16
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    "Eye Opener"

    This audiobook is really intriguing. Gave an understanding how my business should be clearly set out. Based on what I listen to I am going to make changes to give my business a chance for survival and to thrive for many years to come. I must remember whether I'm 'on' the business or 'in' it to ensure that I do enjoy the lifestyle I wish for. 😉😉😙

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    30/09/16
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    "Success starts here!"

    Well read and written. Micheal Gerber delivers the key that will either save your business or help develop one which is a beautiful master piece. This book will help you overcome the many problems riddled through out small businesses!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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