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8 Overall

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7 Innovation

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In this tell-all, personal account, serial entrepreneur Sheryl O’Loughlin – the former CEO of Clif Bar, co-founder of Plum Organics and now CEO of REBBL super-herb beverages – lays bare the joy and the agony of running a start-up. She blames the stress of entrepreneurship for sending her into anorexia and laments that long work hours made her a stranger to her two young sons. Yet O’Loughlin remains enthusiastic about the thrill of risky ventures. In a business world that reveres obsessive achievers like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, O’Loughlin offers a reality check: Running a company can be glamorous, grueling, rewarding and harmful to your health. getAbstract recommends her guide to entrepreneurs, to those who work for them and to those who live with them.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why entrepreneurship is exhilarating,
  • How it can destroy your health and damage your relationships, and
  • Which tested strategies can help you strike a balance between work and family.

About the Author

Sheryl O’Loughlin is the former CEO of Clif Bar, co-founder and CEO of Plum Organics, and current CEO of REBBL super-herb beverages. She also served as executive director of Stanford University’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.



The “Dark Side”

Entrepreneurs are the daredevils of the business world. They feel a rush of excitement when they see a customer walking down the street holding their product. Popular culture and glossy business magazines make entrepreneurship seem like a glamorous quest, but that’s only part of the story.

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    Emma Weir 6 months ago
    Really useful read
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    Andew Ayerume 7 months ago
    The summary is quiet revealing on common mistakes entrepreneurs make and how to avoid similar pit holes

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