This week’s business book is “Success Made Simple” by Erik Wesner.
It is a fantastically thorough look at how the Amish do business. “Amish business practices don’t have a place in our modern society” is something you might be thinking but don’t be put off just because mainstream media has passed them off as simple folk. They know how to do business and do it well – Amish businesses have a 95% success rate.
Don’t get me wrong, you won’t read stories about successful Amish mobile phone makers, even Amish business people are very traditional but you will glean a heck of a lot of tried and tested business advice.
The Amish are people of faith which is another reason I was attracted to this book. I am a believer to. This book sheds some light on running a successful business based on Biblical principles.
Erik Wesner is an expert on the Amish, he has lived and worked with them for years. He is also a records-breaking salesman so he has the credentials to write this book.
To the books structure… In the beginning it starts by detailing how Amish businesses are founded. Topics such as developing a vision and education are covered. It then moves on to topics which are more of a concern for established businesses – hiring, firing and how to handle growth.
What sets this book apart from other books is the people we learn about throughout – successful Amish business owners. Business people who are down to earth, patient, honest – good all round people. We can learn an awful lot from them, an awful lot of just plain good advice which is usually lost in today’s world.
All of what is contained within the book has been researched through interviews with successful Amish folk. This isn’t an airy fairy “you should do this book” but a “we have lived by the advice we are giving in these pages, so it might work for you to”.
I spent around 6 days reading this book which is 206 (useful) pages in length. There is an average of 365 words per page so reading isn’t too heavy. In addition at the end of each chapter, all of the principles explained throughout a chapter are neatly and concisely summed up in a few bullet points. Is the book scannable? Check!
This book is a fantastic book and I found myself underlining snippets everywhere. It is filled with practical, real-world knowledge. The advice within is proven. It is a fantastic account of how the Amish do business and really helps us to see how we can apply their principles in our businesses and our everyday lives. The Amish aren’t backward, they are just traditional in their approach to life.
Erik has done a wonderful job.