Daring & Disruptive by Lisa Messenger
Here’s a secret (well not so secret now) but Daring & Disruptive is possibly going to be my number one ‘go to’ book for the year. A wild prediction as there’s still seven months of the year (and lots of reading) to go.
It’s a powerful and incredibly inspiring book with the underlining message ‘anything’s possible’ throughout…it’s not only about author and serial entreprenueur Lisa Messenger’s roller-coaster ride in the business world, but also about her passion to help encourage entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and innovation.
Whether you are a budding entrepreneur, seasoned game changer, or a corporate ladder-climber dreaming of creating your own gig, or making positive change from the inside, or a employee, or a Mum at home looking to turn a hobby into a business…then this book is for you.
As described on the back jacket…”this book will help you dig deep, stay on purpose, back yourself, be true to your ideas, and ensure that if you’re thrown to the wolves, you’ll have the strength to come out leading the pack.”
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes…The ones who see things different – they’re not fond of rules…You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but they only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
What I personally liked and thought made Daring & Disruptive fun (because let’s face it, who wants to read a boring book these days?) was the inclusion of photographs (although possibly too many of her) and the simple yet very effective graphics showcasing her quotations…these would make gorgeous artworks if you can bring yourself to rip them out of the book…although Lisa has obviously thought of everything (surprise surprise) and has made these into prints which are available to purchase from her website.
The first time I read it I physically felt butterflies in my stomach the whole way through. After the first two pages I’d already recommended it to two people…halfway through the book I had my ‘lightbulb’ moment, a massive idea that just came out of nowhere (and is still simmering away on the backburner for now)…and then by the end of the book I had a queue lining up after me to read it.The second time around (last couple of days whilst doing this review) I read completely different things…timely things I needed to ‘hear’, inspiration and common sense for me to take away not only as an employee, but as a small business owner. She’s given me a timely kick up the backside it would seem.
What I love about Lisa is that she’s honest, and a straight talker, she tells it how it is and has no time for those that dither…she says there are two types of people in this world, “…the ‘implementers‘ and the ‘gunnas‘. The ‘gunnas’ always say they’re gunna do this and do that, but really, they never do. As so it doesn’t matter how good their idea is, it’s just an idea..whereas ‘implementers’ are those that put their arse on the line and commit. They reach inside of themselves and get a little uncomfortable, because at the end of they day, they get out there and do.”
Which one are you?
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