Hermanisms: Axioms for Business & Life

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Business owners, entrepreneurs and anyone else wanting to succeed in life will find these axioms — with true examples — helpful in reaching their goals. Hermanisms offers readers an assortment of straightforward advice, blunt commentary, and engaging stories based on Herman's more than 35 years of surviving the real world of business — and especially surviving failure. While the book discusses the likelihood of failure when you're an entrepreneur, it's not intended to discourage you from starting a new venture. Instead, it is intended to make you realize issues you may want to ignore, but shouldn't. And it has another goal: to make you understand that playing the game gives you more than just money. There are other “profits” to be derived from being your own boss. While your company may not make you rich, or last a lifetime, it will definitely enhance your being—if you choose to let it. With short, easy-to-read chapters for each of the 77 sayings that Herman lovingly refers to as “Hermanisms,” this is a great book to have nearby. Use the few free minutes in your day to hear from someone who's been there — and perhaps learn something that may helpful.

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About the author (2007)

John L. Herman Jr. ("Herman") is a business failure expert — not because he fails in business, but because he knows why businesses fail. Of the companies Herman has owned, 15 succeeded and six failed. One became publicly traded, sold stock for 20 times the opening price, and soon went bust. Herman then ran a brokerage firm that consulted with over 1,000 owners of failing companies. In effect, he was a "corporate hit man" for the banks. They would convince owners to hire him, to recoup their loan money. And he did it well — because he understood what the owners were facing. In fact, he was recognized across the country as an expert witness in corporate bankruptcy cases. Herman's two books establish his credibility as a failure expert and show readers why they need to face failure head on and deal with the realities of life, so they can achieve (or get back to) that great feeling of success. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, Maggie. They have five grown children.

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