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Audie Award, Business and Educational, 2010
Paperboys and girls symbolize our country's relentless, indefatigable entrepreneurial spirit. They bought, sold, and delivered papers. And they did it alone, often in the dark and cold - and they were kids!
In this witty and wise story, best-selling business author Jeffrey J. Fox reveals why the lessons paperboys learn so often establish them on the early road to success. The story follows a young New England paperboy named Rain, as he navigates the business of being in business and quickly becomes the best paperboy in town. Through a series of humorous and often poignant vignettes, Fox illustrates "rainmaker" business lessons that can be applied not only to paperboys, but to anyone in business and sales facing obstacles and challenges. While working his paper route, Rain gradually discovers the value of planning for an interview, the ten customer commandments, his ability to negotiate, why it's necessary to innovate, how to create an exit strategy, and much more.
Ultimately, Rain's time as a paperboy proves to be a valuable foundation for business success. Rain includes "The Rain Reader," a series of actionable business takeaways and practical advice to make anyone a rainmaker.
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Classic Jeffrey J Fox. A must read for anyone who is interested in being a rainmaker. Highly recommend his book "How to be a Marketing Superstar" as well--a book that helped me grow my business from $5M to $22M in annual revenue. Forever grateful to JJ Fox.
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A Delightful Listen
This is a refreshingly delightful listen to a delevoping entrepreneur as he learns to care for his customers and looks for ways to enrich their lives as well as the lives of those providing services.
2 people found this helpful
A book you must listen
Like every other audiobook by Jeffrey J. Fox this one is a good write speaking about how to create a character, how to build the mindset of a successful person.
If this one is you first listen by Jeffrey J. Fox than I recommend you "How to become a rainmaker", another great audiobook that will introduce you to the concept of the "rainmaker".
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- MR JOHN PUGH
Being a Paper Boy taught me business
Good little listen on how being a paper boy carries all the same things we do in the world of business everyday from how to handle unruly people who enter our lives. To spotting opportunities and then putting them in play, to picking ourselves up after nasty falls and mistakes .
Great business lessons for me and life lessons for the kiddos! We absolutely loved it!
Repetitive and boring
After an interesting start this book take a turn for the repetetive and downright boring. Often it reads like a children's book, other times it is a cascade of numbers in long calculations in conversations between the characters. It seems there is not enough material for a book and would have worked better as a long article instead.
Quite a disappointment.
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Too homey and sapey after a while
I don't know why I ordered this one. Probably because I delivered papers as a kid. The first chapter or two is fairly interesting. But then it gets old quick and appears written for a fourth grade mentality. With variations of the same theme over and over: Paperboy's worked hard to wake up early and deliver the paper to Mr. Goodwin's doorstep. Therefore, they were cut and bread on the "good 'ol" American work ethic. And that's what we need to return to today.
I disagree. It was a mild form of exploitative child labor. Big corporations, like newspapers need to employ more adults with livable wages and health care. Kids can help. But it shouldn't be a kid's seven day responsibility. They're kids for cryin' out loud!
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