Lessons from New Zealand's top entrepreneur on surviving tough times. Michael Hill believes it's possible to succeed in a downturn - in fact, it is the perfect situation in which to perfect a business. International jewellery store-chain owner Michael Hill believes the struggling economy can be a good thing for businesses and entrepreneurs. Instead of fearing the side-effects of recession, wallowing in gloom and convincing ourselves the only safe haven is at home under the blankets, entrepreneurs can use this period to their advantage. With the right attitude, you can not only survive, but also emerge from the crunch with a new feeling of prosperity and strength. Over the years, Michael Hill has had just about every possible experience in business: from lie-awake-at-night nerves to the joy of unexpected success. He's reshaped the landscape under his feet and he has ventured into new territory. And at every moment, he has relished the excitement of it all. Once, he was an outsider in his industry; the cheeky startup whom nobody expected to succeed. The established players had no reason to view him as a threat. Now, his business is the establishment. It dominates the markets in which it operates. Michael Hill Jeweller is a respected part of the business culture in a large part of the world - and they are continuing to expand in both size and ambition. This book encapsulates the ingredients of Michael's philosophy. There are no secret herbs and spices. It is not a magic recipe - it is just a collection of solid ideas, firmly grounded in reality. All these concepts are remarkable only because they make common-sense - but you'd be amazed how rarely they are fully understood and embraced in the business world.
About the Author
Michael Hill is the award-winning entrepreneur and author of the very successful book Toughen Up: What I've learned about surviving tough times. His second book Think Bigger shared his secrets to achieving success and fulfilling one's dreams, no matter what they are. Michael Hill Jeweller has more than 250 outlets across New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States of America, and the company is renowned as a world leader in efficient and innovative business. Michael developed the world-renowned The Hills golf course at Arrowtown, in the South Island of New Zealand, and supports music through the Michael Hill Violin Competition.
I have always believed that family and business do not mix successfully. This book has refreshingly caused me to rethink. And the mixture of innovation and hard decisions makes a heady mix. Inspirational.
THIS BOOK WE TOOK TO FUJI, MY HUSBAND READ IT IN 1.5 DAYS AND THEN I READ IT, WE BRAINSTORMED ABOUT OUR BUSINESS, CAME HOME FROM HOLIDAY AND RESTRUCTURED OUR BUSINESS. WE ARE 3 MONTHS DOWN THE TRACK AND THINGS ARE AWESOME, VERY MOTIVATING MAN,IF YOU ARE IN BUSINESS ITS A MUST READ, WE BOUGHT A SECOND BOOK TO SHARE WITH OTHER BUSINESS FRIENDS, EVERYONE WHO HAS READ IT ENDED UP BUYING THEIR OWN COPY. THANKS MICHAEL HILL, AWESOME BOOK.
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