Book Review. An Everyday Entrepreneur by Paul Bassi

As I mentioned in an earlier post one of my goals this year was to read 12 business books in 2016. It is now March and I’ve only just finished the first. Not a good start.

January and February were really busy. I had a couple of small projects on, a larger development project and I’m also working on a new commercial product that I will be releasing over the coming months, as well as significant updates to both R10Cipher and oneSql!

Along with Reading, my Guitar Playing, Archery, Shooting, Family, Wildcamping, TV and Biking have all taken a recent back seat in order to get work done.

I’m not complaining though 🙂  It does however explain why I took so long to read my first business book of 2016 and brings me nicely onto my review.

An Everyday Entrepreneur by Paul Bassi

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Firstly I should say that although the first few chapters didn’t really grip me, the latter two thirds of the book had me highlighting passages, making notes, grabbing screenshots (I read it on my Tablet) – It really is very readable and full of good, old fashioned common sense mixed up with a refreshing and enlightened way of looking at the business, learning from mistakes and moving forward.

Paul takes a practical approach to building his business and the advice he imparts is all the better for it. He is not going to tell you how to go from ÂŁ0 to ÂŁ1M in 21 Days, but he is going to tell you how he grew his business and how his simple, methodical methods and systems could also work for you.

As a Software Developer I am always into something deeply and Paul’s book really did motivate me to put my head above the trenches, smell the coffee and investigate my time more wisely on working on my business not *in* the business.

All in all, I recommend it highly for well written, everyday, practical advice on how to be an Everyday Entrepreneur. 5 Chollies Awarded 🙂FiveCholliesSmall

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An Everyday Entrepreneur

During 2016 one of my goals is to read at least 12 business / technical books, one per month. This month (January) I am reading this: An Everyday Entrepreneur by Paul Bassi.

I’ve known Paul for several years now as I once shared an office with him and Kaye Booth in Loscoe, many years ago. Paul is a great guy, quietly spoken, calm and knowledgeable. I’m very much looking forward to reading this book.

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Funniest Review Ever :-)

THIS IS AN ACTUAL CUSTOMER REVIEW FROM A MAN ON AMAZON.CO.UK AFTER USING VEET HAIR REMOVAL CREAM FOR MEN ...

After having been told my danglies looked like an elderly Rastafarian I decided to take the plunge and buy some of this as previous shaving attempts had only been mildly successful and I nearly put my back out trying to reach the more difficult bits. Being a bit of a romantic I thought I would do the deed on the missus's birthday as a bit if a treat.

I ordered it well in advance and working in the North Sea I considered myself a bit above some of the characters writing the previous reviews and wrote them off as soft office types...Oh my fellow sufferers how wrong I was. I waited until the other half was tucked up in bed and after giving some vague hints about a special surprise I went down to the bathroom. Initially all went well and I applied the gel and stood waiting for something to happen. I didn’t have long to wait.

At first there was a gentle warmth which in a matter of seconds was replaced by an intense burning and a feeling I can only describe as like being given a barbed wire wedgie by two people intent on hitting the ceiling with my head. Religion hadn't featured much in my life until that night but I suddenly became willing to convert to any religion to stop the violent burning around the turd tunnel and what seemed like the the destruction of the meat and two veg. Struggling not to bite through my bottom lip I tried to wash the gel off in the sink and only succeeded in blocking the plughole with a mat of hair.

Through the haze of tears I struggled out of the bathroom across the hall into the kitchen, by this time walking was not really possible and I crawled the final yard to the fridge in the hope of some form of cold relief. I yanked the freezer drawer out and found a tub of ice cream, toe the lid off and positioned it under me. The relief was fantastic but only temporary as it melted fairly quickly and the fiery stabbing returned. Due to the shape of the ice cream tub I hadn’t managed to give the starfish any treatment and I groped around in the draw for something else as I was sure my vision was going to fail fairly soon.

I grabbed a bag of what I later found out was frozen sprouts and tore it open trying to be quiet as I did so. I took a handful of them and an tried in vain to clench some between the cheeks of my arse. This was not doing the trick as some of the gel had found its way up the chutney channel and it felt like the space shuttle was running its engines behind me.

This was probably and hopefully the only time in my life I was going to wish there was a gay snowman in the kitchen which should give you some idea of the depths I was willing to sink to in order to ease the pain. The only solution my pain crazed mind could come up with was to gently ease one of the sprouts where no veg had gone before.

Unfortunately, alerted by the strange grunts coming from the kitchen the other half chose that moment to come and investigate and was greeted by the sight of me, arse in the air, strawberry ice cream dripping from my bell end pushing a sprout up my arse while muttering “ooooohhh that feels good” Understandably this was a shock to her and she let out a scream and as I hadn’t heard her come in it caused an involuntary spasm of shock in myself which resulted in the sprout being ejected at quite some speed in her direction.

I can understand that having a sprout fired against your leg at 11 at night in the kitchen probably wasn’t the special surprise she was expecting and having to explain to the kids the next day what the strange hollow in the ice cream was didn’t improve my status…so to sum it up, VEET removes hair, dignity and self-respect ~ Cerys