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Make Your Mark

The Creative's Guide to Building a Business with Impact, The 99U Book Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Joyce Bean
Series: The 99U Book Series, Book 3
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
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Finally, a business book for makers, not managers.

Are you ready to "make a dent in the universe"? As a creative, you no longer have to take a backseat. In fact, stepping up and embracing entrepreneurship is the fastest route to impact. But where do you start? And what sets the businesses that succeed apart?

To find out, we asked the bright minds behind companies like Google X, Warby Parker, Facebook, O’Reilly Media, and more to share their startup wisdom. Featuring hard-won wisdom from 20 leading entrepreneurs and designers, 99U’s Make Your Mark will arm you with practical insights for launching a purpose-driven business, refining your product, delighting your customers, inspiring your team - and ultimately - making something that matters.

Make Your Mark features contributions from: Will Allen, Rich Armstrong, Warren Berger, Sean Blanda, Neil Blumenthal, Craig Dalton, Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, Aaron Dignan, Andy Dunn, Joel Gascoigne, Seth Godin, Chris Guillebeau, Emily Heyward, John Maeda, David Marquet, Tim O’Reilly, Shane Snow, Sebastian Thrun, Keith Yamashita, and Julie Zhuo. Plus, a foreword from Behance founder Scott Belsky.

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They actually have ads within the audio book... I honestly wouldn’t suggest buying this book...

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  • Da'lo
  • 08-02-2015

Motivating and inspiring book

The stories are different but filed with inspired outcomes.
I am taking my stand today...because the world needs to share my ideas.
Planning for the perfect entry into any industry is keeping an idea from blossoming.
Start first and learn as we go!
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  • Anthony
  • 24-06-2018

Rehashed insights curated poorly... and narrated without affect.

I have no issues with information being presented in useful or novel ways. Often times, substantial value is created for the reader (or listener) when seminal works are presented from a specific angle or perspective. When done well, this information becomes either 1: more actionable, or 2: busts a myth or creates insights on a well-known but misunderstood concept.

This work misses the mark on (at least) three counts
1: the case studies cited are basic reportage at best and rehashed fluff at worst. This could have been improved greatly by demonstrating *how* the cited instances could actually help the reader achieve the outcome the title of the book hints at.

2: “focus on listening to and pleasing customers” was a quote the author attributed to Amazon. After reading this book, I do not feel that this book hit either mark. Rather, I feel the book was written as an opportunity to network and reward promotional partners.

3: narration was mechanical. Though not unpleasant to listen to, the narration was the female equivalent of “Ben stein” reading. While the narration is clear and intelligible, it is absent of any affect or connection. When combined with the previous two points, this final point truly makes me wonder how much the author cares about serving their audience vs putting out another title.
Sad.

Tl;dr summary:
If you are a marketing, CX, or are business analysis pro who is sick of hearing yet another author cite Cialdini... poorly, you will gain nothing by adding this book to your library.

If you are new to business or are transitioning to being an entrepreneur (hint, you already are one) and Cialdini, Deming, Hopkins, Ries are new names to you... start with another book, or start at the source.

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  • The Mrs.
  • 31-01-2017

Excellent, practical information

I really enjoyed this book. I evaluate books of this type by the practical take aways. This book was filled to the rim with great advice.

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  • Dan Portnoy
  • 16-09-2015

Invest in Yourself

This is a great overview on multiple different topics by experts in their field. I liked the individual tactics and behaviors suggested to achieve the win in each category.

Another solid piece from 99u

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  • Satisfied Customer
  • 18-04-2015

Inspiration for those who want to make an impact.

Make Your Mark is a perfect place to start once you discover that happiness is found in making an impact with what you do and what you make. It's practical advice for building a business on the principle of giving.

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  • noiseonport
  • 23-02-2020

In Line to be in line

Impactful and full of major points for anyone in desire of changing their life and tackling the evolution that brings being focused and empowered.

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  • Shad1991portugal
  • 01-01-2020

I have learned so much from this book

I've learned so much from this book, even though I have been a CEO for three years.
Yeah, experienced CEO over here!
Well, this audiobook proved I have a lot t ok learn.

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  • TonicShopper
  • 19-10-2019

The best book out there for entrepreneurs

I love it so much. I've now heard it three times and read it twice.

the best

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  • Cliente de Amazon
  • 12-09-2018

awesome series of books

I just loved this book, it has so many great insights, it's so simple and rich of knowledge.

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  • Hans
  • 20-04-2018

Awful experience

The book is not what I supposed it to be.
Full of round sentences expressing virtually nothing and examples without any rhyme or reason.
No evidence behind the statements, which are so general that they bring no value.
I cannot see any feasible outcome coming from listening to this book.
No takeaways and no meaningful content.
I definitely not recommend to anybody buying this piece of advice.
I felt deeply disappointed and dissatisfied by this book.

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  • R.Saeeda
  • 23-04-2015

Amazing book

I think the best thing about this book, is that it explains how the creative can use their creativity most effectively in the world of work or self employment.
There are so many highlights and points that I wish were given to me on my overprice degree.
Truly is the 'Missing Curriculum 'and is is recommended reading for all artists,creatives and entrepreneurs.

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  • Tina
  • 17-03-2017

Very helpful

This book has helped me define my purpose and focus my business towards a goal I truly believe in. I've read countless business books and none of them was as eye-opening as this one! I wish I had found it sooner, it would have saved me quite a lot of time and struggle.

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