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?A business without a dream is like a life without a purpose.?
Dream ? Vision ? Purpose ? Mission
These words have been defining the life of Michael Gerber, bestselling author and international small business guru. He created E-Myth Worldwide in 1977 to transform the way that small business owners grow their companies. Now he's created In The Dreaming Room as a place where entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs come to ...
“A business without a dream is like a life without a purpose.”
Dream • Vision • Purpose • Mission
These words have been defining the life of Michael Gerber, bestselling author and international small business guru. He created E-Myth Worldwide in 1977 to transform the way that small business owners grow their companies. Now he's created In The Dreaming Room as a place where entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs come to discover how to make their dreams a reality.
Michael's Dream: to inspire people to dream by awakening the entrepreneur within them.
Michael's Vision: to be the authority for helping dreamers everywhere create the small businesses they once could only imagine.
Michael's Purpose: to transform the lives of ordinary people by providing them with the thrill of creation while creating the means to generate their own and others' economic freedom.
Michael's Mission: to create a turnkey system for awakening the entrepreneur within every person who wishes to go into business for themselves, while providing them with the support for doing it.
And he has done it. In Awakening the Entrepreneur Within you are invited into the Dreaming Room, where your own entrepreneurial dreams will come alive and become reality. Michael will help you shape your dream into a viable, economically successful company! As he writes: “It is time to dream. It is time to care about something bigger than you. It is time to imagine something sorely needed in the world—the world you live in—that somebody would pay to have. It is time to look around you and ask yourself, 'What's missing in this picture?'”
If you see something missing in your world, it's time to start dreaming. Let Michael Gerber welcome you to the Dreaming Room.
A Conversation with My Mother Leads to the Dreaming Room
All the influences were lined up waiting for me. I was born and there they were to form me, which is why I tell you more of them than of myself.
—Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March
My mother is ninety-six, lives an active life, looks to be no more than sixty, and has a wonderful sense of humor about it all. "One day I won't be here," she says with a twinkle in her eye, "but don't give me up for dead yet!"
My mother loves to talk, and she loves it even more when I talk. She loves it when I visit her and share my life with her. She eats up all my stories when I tell them, which I usually don't because I can't bear to hear them since I'm living them. She has read every one of my seven books, which amazes me since she has no interest in business.
She puts it this way: "Your books are you, Michael, and I get to experience you when I read what you've written. I love your books," she says, her eyes going deep when she says it, "because I love you. You're a remarkable man, Michael. I know I'm your mother, and that's what mothers are supposed to say and feel, but, please know that I mean it; even if I weren't your mother, you are a remarkable man." It's always difficult for me to hear that when my mother says thatbecause I don't feel like a remarkable man. I just feel like me, which is not remarkable. But don't we all feel that way?
So, in 2005, my mother asked me, "So, what's going on in your life, Michael?"
"I'm feeling lost, Mom," I said. "I'm sixty-nine years old and I'm feeling like I used to feel when I was a kid. I don't know who I am anymore, or where I'm going. I feel disconnected from my company and disconnected from myself. I want to do something new but I don't know what. I feel at a loss, disconnected from the past and the future, and not doing very well in the present, either. I don't even know how to say it."
My mother smiled, "Michael, if there's one thing I know about you, you're never at a loss for words! Tell me what you would tell me if you did know how to say it." She sat there with that lovely enigmatic smile of hers.
"It's just that, for the past twenty-nine years, I have been so immersed in creating my life, my books, my company, the world I live in, the speaking—all of it. It's been my passion. And while it's been difficult at times, it's also been extraordinary beyond belief. I have been someone, have done something that few people have ever done, have come to this place in my life knowing that I've had a positive impact on millions of people in the world, and yet . . ."
I paused, feeling that I was missing the point somehow, but continued to push through it.
"Oh, God, that's not really it, Mom; it's something much less obvious. It's that, yes, all that is true, but at the heart of it something is missing in all of it. I have been so consumed with the path I was on I stopped looking at where it was taking me. It's like the path became the purpose. But the path I was on . . . still am on . . . is simply that, one path among many. And it could have been a million different paths, had I paid attention somewhere along the way; it could have been anything. I could have done anything, other than what I have done. And I'm feeling the loss of the many paths not chosen because of the one I did take. I have committed myself to becoming 'Mr. E-Myth' and I don't know how to disengage from him now that he's become such a reality to so many people, and to me. I guess what I'm saying is that I need to find a new path, and, at sixty-nine, I feel foolish and lost because I don't know how, or even why, I want to do it."
My mother said, "Michael, pardon me if I don't take what you've said seriously. You've never been at a loss for ideas. You're one of the most imaginative people I know. So, we both know it's not that you can't figure out what to do. It's that somehow you're not really dealing with the problem. Somehow you're avoiding what's really eating at you. What is it? What's making you feel so off?"
I suddenly knew what it was. It came to me so quickly, so immediately, so sharply, and clearly, that I was amazed I hadn't seen it until that minute.
"I'm afraid, Mom. I'm afraid to start something brand-new. I'm afraid that I won't have what it took me to start E-Myth all those years ago. That I could actually create something new that is as powerful as E-Myth has been. I'm afraid I'm too old, too used up, too stuck in my E-Myth rut. And, at the same time, I'm afraid to let go of E-Myth for fear that all the work I've done, all the life I've put in it, will simply lose force and die a slow and ugly death. I'm afraid that the people I've left it to won't cherish it as I do. Won't respect it as I respect it. Won't honor it the way it deserves to be honored. And, if that happens, then none of what I've done will really matter. It will end up being just a book. One book among millions of books, but what it has done for tens of thousands of people will stop. And I would hate that."
My mother had not stopped smiling during my rant, but her smile softened to a sadness, which was reflected in her pale eyes as she looked at me.
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Foreword Ken Blanchard xxvii
Part 1 The Preparation
1 A Conversation with My Mother Leads to the Dreaming Room 3
2 The Five Realities of the Entrepreneur 9
3 The Four Dimensions of the Entrepreneurial Personality 15
Part 2 The Dreamer and the Dream
4 The Awakening 23
5 The Realization 31
6 The Negative Reaction 37
7 The Personal Dream 45
8 The Impersonal Dream 49
9 The Sudden Shock 57
10 The Dream Is Born 63
Part 3 The Thinker and the Vision
11 Taking the Dream Apart 73
12 Taking the Dream Apart Again 83
13 The Vision Begins to Take Form 87
14 The Vision Continues to Take Form 95
15 Coming to Grips with the Business Model 103
Part 4 The Storyteller and the Purpose
16 Defining Purpose to Capture Your Imagination 121
17 Pursuing Your Story 133
18 And the Story Grows from Within 143
Part 5 The Leader and the Mission
19 The Leader 153
20 The Leader Goes to Work 169
21 The Wisdom of Process 175
22 Beginning the Strategy; Beginning the Plan 199
23 The Mission Is Under Way 207
24 The Mission Reveals Itself 217
25 We Suddenly Understand 227
26 The Mission Is Being Realized 235
27 The Revelation of the Golden Pyramid 241
Epilogue: All Systems Go! 259