Summary of Business Brilliant

Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons

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Business Brilliant book summary
Thinking like a self-made millionaire is the first step toward financial independence.


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Wealth doesn’t occur in a vacuum. People rise from the middle class to become self-made millionaires for a reason. Although luck and good fortune play a role, successful businesspeople are remarkably similar to the average worker whose fantasies of financial independence somehow never pan out. The difference, author Lewis Schiff makes clear, is that self-made millionaires understand the principles of wealth-building and are willing to implement them. getAbstract recommends Schiff’s hard-nosed, real-world advice to those who want to get ahead.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What separates self-made millionaires from middle-class strivers,
  • How these millionaires prepare for business negotiations and
  • Why they willingly embrace the lessons learned from failure.


A Cut Above
In 2006, author Lewis Schiff and wealth management consultant and coach Russ Prince conducted a survey to identify the distinguishing traits of self-made millionaires with a net worth of “between $1 million and $10 million” each. The results found striking similarities between...
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About the Author

Lewis Schiff, co-author of The Middle Class Millionaire and The Armchair Millionaire, is the executive director of the Inc. magazine’s Business Owners Council.

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