Four Thousand Days – Duane Jackson
I got this awesome book from an, even more, awesome author Duane Jackson, after a discussion on Twitter where we realized that Amazon.co.uk decided that Croatia was not on the list of countries that would be eligible for the free ebook (even though the author marked the book as free). In the end, the author said that I should contact him and that he'll send me a physical copy to my address.
The book arrived:
And I was just joking with my friends after I told them about it: "How awesome would it be if the book would be signed?!". Aaaaaand, what do you know:
In my book, Duane Johnson is da man! So, thanks again, you really made my day!
In the book, the author writes about how he managed to build the business after doing the time. He summarizes it really well at the end of the book:
I hope that by reading this book you've found out the secret of how to do this. The secret is that there is not secret. There was no overnight success or magic button to press. It was a case of being determined, working hard and not allowing yourself to be at the mery of fate of other peoples will.
Other quotes (and funny situations) that I liked from this book:
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. ~ Jim Rohn
I've never been great at getting up in the morning, but staying up till 3am certainly didn't make it any easier.
We're in the infamous Blind Beggar in London's Whitechapel, where Ronnie Kray shot dead George Cornell. (Legend; great movie starring Tom Hardy as Kray twins)
Everyone knew I never took drugs, so they quite literally took the piss out of me. My urine became incredibly valuable on testing days.
You can' hit Jacko said Dodger, That's like hitting a part of the furniture.
Ben picked me up in his BMW convertible. It was a summer day and the roof was down. I shouted at him to slow down, as I thought he was doing 100 mph but in fact, he was only going at 25. For the last 18 months nothing had gone faster than a quick walk.
I learned the valuable lesson of never doing work without getting paid something up front.
Actually getting started in business wasn't as difficult as I thought. It really was as easy as finding people who needed what you could offer and agreeing on price.
I'm sorry, Duane he said in ear shot of the others. We won't be able to have our daily management meeting tonight.
Enerpreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't.
Duane, it's your mate will.