Book Notes: The E-Myth Revisited

Book Notes: The E-Myth Revisited

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Book Notes: The E-Myth Revisited

Nov 12, 2020

  • Author: Michael E. Gerber
  • Type: Non-Fiction
  • Genre: Business
  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences

  1. The book tells us about how to make a business “work”, though the story of Sarah, a small shop owner.
  2. It speculates that we all have 3 personalities in us
    1. The Entrepreneur
    2. The Manager
    3. The Technician
    4. and how they all struggle for control and more time, but key is to use them strategically.

  3. There is a system in everything, including business, once a business owner understands and applies the system, their business will strive.

🎨 Impressions

I can say that the book gives really good insights if you plan on starting a business, what mistakes other people made and how to avoid them, as well as some really good examples of businesses that did well.

How I Discovered It

Ali Abdaal, a YouTuber I watched labeled the book as life-changing in one of his videos, he didn’t do a book review on the book, just casually mentioned it.

I was interested in what mistakes people made when going into business, and how to avoid them if I ever decide to start one.

Who Should Read It?

Well, anyone that plans to start a business and anyone that works in a seizable business, especially technicians as it shows that not everything is black and white in the world, that different people have different needs and view things differently.

☘️ How the Book Changed Me


How my life / behaviour / thoughts / ideas have changed as a result of reading the book.

  • The book gave me perspective and insight on all of the components needed to run a successful business
  • It showed me that we all crave perfection, and a business that offers that is a business that will thrive
  • You don’t necessarily need skilled people to run a good business, you need to give non-skilled people precise instructions, but they also need to share the same vision in the business as the boss

✍️ My Top 5 Quotes

I highlighted a lot of good quotes in this book, so I had to increase it from the usual top 3 quotes to 5.

  • "I believe it’s true that the difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing. The difference between the two is living intentionally and living by accident."
  • "In a world without purpose, without meaningful values, what have we to share but our emptiness, the needy fragments of our superficial selves? As a result, most of us scramble about hungrily seeking distraction, in music, in television, in people, in drugs. And most of all we seek things. Things to wear and things to do. Things to fill the emptiness. Things to shore up our eroding sense of self. Things to which we can attach meaning, significance, life. We’ve fast become a world of things. And most people are being buried in the profusion."
  • "A system is a set of things, actions, ideas, and information that interact with each other, and in so doing, alter other systems. In short, everything is a system. The universe, the world, San Francisco Bay, the office I’m sitting in, the word processor I’m using, the cup of coffee I’m drinking, the relationship you and I are having—they’re all systems. Some systems we can understand and some we can’t."
  • "Unfortunately, in a world of accelerated change there is little time for rules to take hold. As soon as the new rules are upon us, they too are swallowed up in the insatiable vortex of change, followed all too quickly by more rules, and then still more."
  • "The world’s not the problem; you and I are. The world’s not in chaos; we are. The world’s apparent chaos is only a reflection of our own inner turmoil. If the world reflects a lack of good sense, it’s because each one of us reflects the same. If the world acts as if it doesn’t know what it’s doing, it’s because each one of us acts the same. If the world is violent, and greedy, and heartless, and inhuman, and often just plain stupid, it is because you and I are that way."

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