Knockout Entrepreneur

Knockout Entrepreneur

by George Foreman

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ISBN-13: 9781418577414
Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership
Publication date: 12/13/2010
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 395 KB

About the Author

George Foreman, once boxing's heavyweight champion of the world, is best known today as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is a frequent speaker at nationwide events and a New York Times best selling author. George is an ordained minister and preaches twice a week in his church in Houston. He is the father of ten.

Table of Contents

Before You Step into the Ring vii

1 See What Can Be 1

2 Listen to Your Corner 24

3 Never Listen to the Crowd 47

4 Make It Good 52

5 Pain Is the Middle Name of the Game 61

6 Do the Unexpected-The Counterintuitive Entrepreneur 70

7 Deal Breakers-Be Willing to Walk Away 95

8 You Gotta Make 'Em Love Ya! 109

9 Know Your Foe 129

10 The Toughest Step to Success 149

11 Success Comes in Cans 162

12 Make the Most of What You Have 171

13 Keep Answering the Bell 185

14 Celebrate Your Success 205

Notes 223

Acknowledgments 225

About the Author 227

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Knockout Entrepreneur 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
ABM More than 1 year ago
Knockout Entrepreneur by George Foreman and Ken Abraham was a nice read. It tries to relate Foreman's expriences as a heavyweight boxing champion and as an entrepreneur after his boxing career was over. It is always interesting to read about someone who is a high achiever in his chosen field (like Foreman in boxing) and then goes out to achieve success in another unrealted field. It proves that success is based on certain attributes like hard work, perseverance and the ability to think and act for oneself. This is as true in the boxing ring as in real or business life. The book is simplistic in it's approach and readers who are looking for some guides on how to star a business will be disappointed. This is more of a story of how Foreman made it big in business rather than a how-to guide. The book contains mostly common-sense approaches to starting a business which is available in nearly all this type of books. People who know George Foreman and have some liking of boxing would find it an interesting read as Foreman gives examples that parallel his boxing and business life. Overall, a pretty average book.
FivePack More than 1 year ago
George Foreman - most people know his name. They may know that he is the two-time Heavyweight Champion of the World. Or that he has an incredibly successful George Foreman Grill. In this book, George brings his faith and his unique perspective to give would-be entrepreneurs advice for their endeavors. He covers topics ranging from risk to perseverance to integrity. I have read a lot of business books. And while this book doesn't have any secret to success that you aren't going to find anywhere else, it does cover all the foundational principles. And it covers them from a very unique perspective. George Foreman brings his experience as a world champion boxer to provide stories and a new angle on those principles in a way that is very entertaining. I really enjoyed reading about how he learned business principles, first by promoting himself as a boxer, and then later by building the George Foreman's Lean, Mean, Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine into a 100 million dollar business. This book has one other feature that I really like. Nelson free gives you this book in eBook and audio book formats when you buy the print version. You can read the eBook on an iPad, Kindle, or other eBook reader, or you can listen to the audio book version on any mp3 player. This really makes it easy to read or listen to the book at your convenience, while driving, or working out.
RevDamien More than 1 year ago
George Foreman, one of a handful of legendary Boxing Champs to successfully come out of retirement and regain the Heavy Weight Championship of the World. This was achieved after 10 years in retirement. What set George apart from many Champs to be drawn out of retirement, was his drive, preparation and principles. It is there same elements that have made him a force to be reckoned with in sales and business. Is this all hype? Am I talking it up? No Way! George Foreman has proven himself time and time again. The George Foreman Lean, Mean, Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine is the best-selling electrical appliance in history. Wikipedia states, "In 1994, Foreman once again sought to challenge for the world championship after Michael Moorer had beaten Holyfield for the IBF and WBA titles. In an instant, Foreman had regained the title he had lost to Muhammad Ali two decades before. He went back to his corner and knelt in prayer as the arena erupted in cheers. With this historic victory, Foreman broke three records: he became, at age 45, the oldest fighter ever to win the world heavyweight crown; and, 20 years after losing his title for the first time, he broke the record for the fighter with the longest interval between his first and second world championships. The age spread of 19 years between the champion and challenger was also the largest of any heavyweight boxing championship fight." A great read for business people, sales people and leaders alike Knockout Entrepreneur - Read Why George Foreman is the Heavyweight Champ in Business Knockout Entrepreneur weaves the success Foreman has tasted in the ring, the success he has enjoyed in business, with his life principles and faith. It is the life principles and faith that have seen him rise to the top again and again. He values success, not purely monetary success, but in all fields and aspects of life. Success is built upon hard work, integrity and belief. Throughout Knockout Entrepreneur, Foreman talks about having the right people in your corner, holding onto your integrity and reputation, working hard and seeing opportunity and potential. This book has been a great read, with its analogies, and easy to read enjoyability, I think this is a great book for any entrepreneur, sales person or leader to have in their library. It's not about complex formulas and 16 step approaches, it is about standing strong, preparing well and doing the work. Fantastic read.
Tucker-out-n-about More than 1 year ago
The title of this book is a little misleading. Although it does encourage the Entrepreneur, it was written to help every business person, not just the Entrepreneur, to be better, stronger and more successful. This book is full of helpful advice and "nuggets of wisdom." The second part to this book is the strong emphasis on doing business with Integrity and with Christian Values. Integrity and Christian values are important to George Foreman and everything he puts his name to. This book places a lot of emphasis on doing business and everything in your life with integrity and Christian values. Although this book is titled Knockout Entrepreneur, it is a great book for everyone. As I read, I found myself constantly applying what I was reading to just about every aspect of my life. The wisdom found in this book is great for business, but it is also great for families, for individuals, relationships with friends, how we interact in our churches, and all the other places we interact and take on responsiblities in our lives. Knockout Entrepreneur could have been titled How To Win in Life because that is what it teaches. I loved this book. If far exceeded my expectations. This book was the inspiration that I needed to get parts of my life back in order. I highly recommend this book.
Vishaal More than 1 year ago
I have always been a book person, as they never hurt you and when there are no friends around they keep you company. Well after joining this program and browsing through the books on offer, I selected a book by the boxing legend - George Foreman. Now, boxing isn't big here in India (Cricket rules), so I did not know what to expect. It took about 3 weeks for the book to arrive, and the more I waited, the more I regretted opting for the book. Thoughts like, What will i do with it?, Will it be any good?, Will I understand any of the writing? etc.. started swirling in my head. When it arrived last week, I was pleasantly surprised at the thought behind the book!! George Foreman for me was a boxer who made umpteen comebacks in his career, apart from that I knew nothing of his life. So it was with trepidation that I began reading this book. I thought what will this athlete know about successful business? The few athletes I knew who set shop didn't last for long. But after turning a few pages and delving into the written word, I was hooked and read through the various somewhat unimaginative chapter titles such as "Pain is the Middle Name of the Game" or "You Gotta Make' Em Love" and other such. The writing though is very stress free and easy to understand. There are not many breakthrough ideas though; just practical daily thoughts which most of us do not seem to have! The good thing about this book , is the matter of fact presentation of the authors failures and how he saw an opportunity in them to succeed. This is very much highlighted, when he loses his final boxing game, but uses it as an opportunity to hard sell his Barbecue Grill. This book is quite good and might help each one of us to look at things differently and turn failure into success. A welcome addition to a range of books in my library, though definitely not in the same league as books such as The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari and such.
TheoA More than 1 year ago
I was reluctant to review this book. I was so certain it was going to be a very, "boring-put-me-to-sleep" kind of book. After reading reviews by others who had read it, I decided to give it a try. I was in for a pleasant surprise,and found this book to be insightful and motivational. This is a motivational book. I enjoyed reading every chapter. Chapter 5-tells you to do the unexpected, to be counter intuitive.To do the opposite of what people expect you to do. In the same breath,he encourages you to be humble. He states that the most aggressive thing you can do, is be humble. The reason he encourages this, is because meekness is not weakness, but power under control.I found that very contrary to the message you read in most business books. Where it is often recommended that you toot your own horn. There are important nuggets in this book that will help you in business and in life.
PhilNaessens More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of the sport of boxing and especially George Foreman so when I was offered the opportunity to read and review Knockout Entrepreneur from Thomas Nelson Publishers, written by George Foreman with Ken Abraham, I was thrilled and I must say I wasn't in the least bit disappointed and neither will you! I enjoyed the easy to read style and the stories about how Foreman has succeeded as a businessman as he shared each triumph as well as the not so triumphant parts of his professional life as a Christian entrepreneur. Very few "Self help" books rarely if ever tell you about failure and Foreman tells the reader how he turned his failures into successes! There aren't any "get rich quick" schemes found in this book and Foreman gives the reader quite a bit of practical common sense advice based on his own success utilizing traits he has always been known for such as hard work, honesty and integrity and these solid biblical principles resonate throughout this book. I particularly enjoyed the story Foreman told on how he almost missed out on the Foreman Grill as it took someone else to "sell" it to him as he had set the grill aside and basically forgotten about it! Had he not listened to "his corner" he would have lost out on 100's of millions of dollars, not to mention the very real fact that popular grill might never have taken off. This book is a winner and I urge one and all to pick up a copy of Knockout Entrepreneur by George Foreman and Ken Abraham today. You won't be sorry that you did! I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
D_Nare More than 1 year ago
Knockout Entrepreneur by George Foreman and Ken Abraham is a great blend of an autobiography and a business guide. George Foreman shares his principles and views about business and life. Many of you, like me, have never known that this two time Heavy Weight Champion of the World is also a great entrepreneur. This book portrays that for being a good business man you first need to be a good human being. The way in which the writer narrates us the illustrations from his life endeavor us to knockout every barrier in our path of success. All the chapters are easy to understand, not making it a routine business & economics book. It's hard to squeeze up the experience of a lifetime in a book but George Foreman has done a fantabulous job. The only negative thing about this book is that after some point it becomes monotonous, however George Foreman never tries to preach but the boxer inside him comes out in every example. This is a great book if you are planning to start your own business and/or desire to be an entrepreneur and even if you not, this book teaches you to improve your effort in day-to-day life to be a good person which makes it a good read!
AnAvidReaderNJ More than 1 year ago
Everyone probably knows that George Foreman was the heavyweight champion of the world... twice! What they may not know is George is a real heavyweight in business and in faith. Knockout Entrepreneur is a faith based business management book which takes you through the steps necessary to build and maintain your business. George does not shy away from telling how his faith plays an integral part in his business dealings. I admit, it has taken me longer to read this book than it normally does. I have just started a direct sales business and read this book to get ideas on how to take my business to the next level. There was so much GOOD information to digest, I didn't want to rush through this book. George Foreman gives great tips for getting into the right mindset of being a reliable, smart, and trustworthy business person to what you should do once you reach your level of success. George ties in Christian Principles wonderfully, things like honesty, trust, generosity. At the end of each chapter, he provides you with a series of questions/prompts to help you think through what you just learned and apply it. I enjoyed this book so much! I love that it's written from the perspective that everything we do is done to glorify God, I love that George gives examples of how his faith has sustained him, I love how the chapters are short but chock full of information, I love how George let's you know right off that there is no "magic pill" when you are in business. Sometimes you will do well, sometimes it will be lean, anytime when you put your faith in God, you will be successful. I highly recommend this book for those just starting out in business as well as those who have been in business for a while and need a fresh new perspective. This book was provided to me by Thomas Nelson for the purpose of sharing an honest opinion.
JustCallMeWoman More than 1 year ago
Knockout Entrepreneur not only gave me the entrepreneurial hints and ideas that I was looking for and expected, but it introduced me to a man that has led a truly impressive life. George Foreman is / was a boxer who won the Heavyweight Boxing Title not once but twice. The second time, he was over forty. This alone is an amazing achievement, but he also has earned millions selling his lean mean grilling machine and continues in other entrepreneurial ventures. For me, the most unexpected part of the book was revieled as we learned that George acheived his greatness while adhearing to his Christian values. Often we hear that the only way you can make something of yourself is to look out for yourself, step over those in your way, and maybe look for loopholes and shortcuts. George flies in the face of this and reminds the reader of the good old fashioned values: hard work, honesty, humbleness, perserverance, and faith. I enjoyed this book and intend to pass it on to others for both its business perspective and its inspirational aspects. Note: This book was provided to me as a Thomas Nelson Book Reviewer, but I am free to express my own opinions about what I read. For more information, see
grapes63 More than 1 year ago
This is a powerful, important, interesting and fun to read book. I feel it has every step a person needs who would like to be an entrepreneur. Page after page George Foreman in layman's terms is leading a person through the right and wrong ways of becoming a successful businessman in his community. One important thing is to see a need and fill it. I loved the way he described seeing the first George Foreman Lean, Mean Grilling Machine. It wasn't handsome and pretty like the ones we see in department stores today or like the ones demonstrated on television. Well, it just wasn't attractive. Proving that sometime you have to go for and recognize the future look of a product. You have to take a risk. You need vision. I have to admit to not being or really desiring to be an entrepreneur. However, George Foreman almost had me sold on a new career in my later life. This is a book that is a knockout punch. It's great! Read it and learn without feeling like you are being taught. I bet your dream to become an entrepreneur will come true.
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RamblingMother More than 1 year ago
This is an okay book. I found it a bit boring and difficult to finish. There is some interesting personal stuff about GF's boxing career and comeback,though. Someone who can relate to boxing would def enjoy it. I liked his weaving how his conversion to Christ played a role in his comeback as well as his business dealings. I would recommend this book to someone who was looking to start a business or someone who is struggling in business needing a bit encouragement.
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Silvia More than 1 year ago
As a small business owner this this book was an interesting read for me. This book is well written and easy to read. It gives you the basics principles and strategies on how to start and run a business. At the end of each chapter there are "Knockout Ideas to Stimulate Your Success" which I really enjoyed reading. It makes you think about what you read in the chapter and answer some questions. This book is a Nelsonfree book and along with the hard copy, you also get an ebook and an audio version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The truth is I don't like non-fiction all that much. For me to like non-fiction, particularly the self-help/how to style books, it's got to be really well written and really interesting. The only reason I read Knockout Entrepreneur because the book was free and I have been trying to expand on what genres I read. In regards to this book, sometimes it met those requirements and other times it didn't. George Foreman clearly knows what he's doing in the business world and on top of that, he seems like a genuinely nice guy. He uses his own boxing and business experiences to exemplify each of his points as well as includes interesting bits about other large chains and corporations (Walgreens, Walmart, LearJet, FedEx...). The book is well organized and clear, each chapter separated into subtopics and ended with questions to think about. The parts about his boxing in particular was really interesting but at points it felt preachy (or like a sales pitch) and the book itself felt a little too much like every other book about succeeding. At points it felt redundant, the same few points being hammered in repeatedly throughout the course of the book. While I won't be running out to read another of Foreman's (ten) books I don't regret having read this one.
DaveAnthold More than 1 year ago
George Foreman's latest book, Knockout Entrepreneur, bobs and weaves, jabs and hooks his way into your heart. George takes you on a journey to give you key skills in learning what will help guide someone to success in life and business by illustrating his success from his boxing life. Some highlights of the book include: Being successful depends upon having a great team around you & especially someone who will tell you the truth Success depends upon what you put into it - life, business, career & family Success often includes failure at some point - how you respond to it defines you Know your competition - study them, learn what makes them good & what their weak points are Take responsibility for the products & services you endorse, its your name and reputation at stake Significance and legacy - are you leaving behind something that is honoring to your friends, family & God George pulls many great insights from his own boxing career as well as from great leaders. If you love boxing or sports, you will identify with the examples George provides. If you love grilling, then you will love the story & success of the George Foreman grill (and how it almost didn't happen). Opportunity, having the right team around you, uncompromising morals and ethics are the key foundations of this book. It is worth the read.
JosieKramer More than 1 year ago
Always liking to listen to other people's thoughts on business, I jumped at the opportunity to review this book. I wasn't let down. George Foreman has a way of making every business he attempts turn to gold. Whether it be cookware, clothing, boxing, charity work or any other of things he is involved in and heads. This book is an easy, practical way of learning the in and outs of how to run a business successfully. Running a business is not difficult. People run businesses into the ground every day. But to do this successfully you need tools and tips from those that have done so before you. The way that George Foreman has done it is brilliant. He speaks about his own experiences. None of it is told in a lecture method so you aren't made to feel beneath anyone. This is an empowering and uplifting book for all those starting out or looking to maintain and grow their businesses.
C_A_Lajos More than 1 year ago
Here former Olympic gold medalist in boxing (1968) and two-time, World Heavyweight Champion (1973, 1994), Foreman (also a best-selling author of ten books; founder, George Foreman Youth and Community Development Center, Houston, TX; ordained minister; philanthropist; father of ten children), a successful entrepreneur whose portfolio includes the infamous George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine, George Foreman Knockout Cleaner, a clothing line with Casual Male, and more, shares his personal secrets, principles, and strategies for business success. Defining the successful, "knockout" entrepreneur as a visionary and risk-taking, doer, who wants to succeed, is willing to do the hard work, and seizes the opportunity to grow and prosper, the author sets forth his way of doing business, which serves as the model for the "knockout" entrepreneur. In fourteen chapters that are filled with recollections of his lifetime experiences as a boxer and businessman, Foreman sketches a plan for achieving success that is based upon a plethora of real-world experiences, sound advice, good judgments, and faith in oneself and God. While the first several chapters provide the foundations for becoming successful, the remaining sections encompass ways to overcome obstacles and continue to achieve. The author covers topics not limited to recognizing and seizing opportunities, building a "corner" team, persevering, pursuing the counterintuitive, facing deal breakers, public relating, knowing your foes, overcoming obstacles, making the most of what you have, continuing to the play the game, celebrating success, and more. He ends each chapter with a list of knockout ideas in the format of questions to further stimulate readers. Nicely- presented, well- organized, and insightfully- written, this inspirational and sometimes humorous publication by one of the world's most beloved athletes and personalities actively will engage general readers and business audiences. Unfortunately, given Foreman's emphasis on the importance of reading for success (pp. 180-4), it lacks a selected bibliography and back-of-the book index but does include endnotes. After being purchased in print, this Nelsonfree book is available as a free, downloadable audiobook and ebook from the publisher's website. Recommended for public library collections.