All posts tagged: book reviews

Exchange Networks, Not Markets

Ramblings / Readings

Why is the real world made up of exchange networks rather than markets? In a word: trust. Relationships in an exchange network quickly become stable (we go back again and again to the person who gives us the best deal), and with stability comes trust, i.e., the expectation of a continued valuable relationship. This is different than in a typical market, where a buyer may deal with a different seller every day as prices fluctuate. […]

Changing Your Mindset May Be the Key to Success


Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset? The question didn’t even make sense until I read Mindset: the new psychology of success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Dweck’s thesis is that internal beliefs about one’s and other’s ability to learn is the key to lifelong success. Do you believe that people are born smart or that high achieving people worked hard to attain their position? Do you believe that with time and […]

The E-Myth Revisited


The E-Myth Revisited has changed my perspective on owning and growing a small business. There are parts of the book that are an obvious advertisement for Michael’s consulting business, but who can blame him for that? He’s on to something. Thinking of myself in terms of the Technician, the Entrepreneur, and the Manager has been insightful. I started Blue Ridge Solutions as a reluctant entrepreneur. There was an immediate need to supplement my cash flow […]