QUAY Book Review: Entrepreneur Revolution By Daniel Priestley

Are you ready for a revolution? Not a global revolution, just a small personal revolution.

According to Entrepreneur Revolution by Daniel Priestley, the global shift is already happening, and this book sets out to change both you and your mindset – preparing you to take full advantage of a ‘brave new world’ that is taking hold in business.

Author Daniel Priestley kicks off the book with a brief history lesson, giving us the background to the societal shifts that have led our global community to this modern epoch.

It provides a brief foundational understanding of how, and why, the world moved from the agricultural age of 250 years ago, through the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, and into the 20th, culminating in what Priestley titles ‘The Entrepreneur Revolution’ of the last couple of decades.

The remainder of the book takes the reader through the practical implications of this changed thinking in terms of how to build a modern business that succeeds in today’s fast-moving, globally connected economies.

He describes the idea of ‘Leaning Into’ our work, and outlines the responsibility of doing something that adds value to the world. For Priestley, ‘a great life is made up of great days’, in contrast to a career of dull work finally followed by a retirement of unknown length.

This Reader’s Review

Having read plenty of business books on entrepreneurship, I started this one not entirely convinced that I would learn much at all, and certainly not expecting it to have the impact it did. I was fully prepared for it to be the same old content in a slightly different wrapper, but by halfway through it I was a convert.

Far from being a dry study of systemic economic systems or a purely academic tome, Entrepreneur Revolution is very accessible and highly practical. This is more of a self-help book than a business book, but don’t let that put you off, as it doesn’t read like your average introspective self-help book.   

The book is subtitled ‘How to develop your entrepreneurial mindset and start a business that works’, but I really don’t think that subtitle does it justice. There is so much more in this book that is groundbreaking – not necessarily in the concepts it covers, but certainly in the useful application of those concepts.

According to Priestley, the world is moving fast, and the window of opportunity to take advantage and ride the entrepreneurial wave is closing, so he provides lots of simple, practical, and actionable tools (e.g. personal challenges and strategic frameworks) to move the reader and their business into this new way of thinking, so they can benefit from the new global age of entrepreneurship.

The book contains clever challenges to help entrepreneurs break out of their current ways of thinking about business, and step-by-step frameworks to help them build real value, create loyal fans, develop a legacy, and thoroughly enjoy the journey.

This book helped me to understand in a new way some of the frustrating issues I’d been experiencing in my own business but had not been able to fully articulate. The more I read, the more I got engrossed and went ‘down the rabbit hole’ until the book finally
arrived at something close to my heart; the need to bring purpose and love into business.

We all need to bring the emotional connection back into business, and this book really drives home that concept, grounding it in a sensible understanding of the current reality and helping people to take genuine action instead of seeing it as a lofty, impractical ideal.

Be warned, Entrepreneur Revolution is simple. But it may just change your perspective on life and on business.

If you’re happy being employed, then this book is not for you. If you’re happy being self-employed and making a salary, then this book is not for you. But if you are feeling like you want more from your business, and are prepared to face some challenging truths and do hard work on both yourself and your business, then there is plenty in the book for you to get your teeth into.

The only part that confused me was right at the end when Priestley tells the reader to stop wasting time, put down the book, and get to work, right after telling the reader that they might need to reread the book a few times to get everything out of it. 

I’ll forgive him for that paradox, as I will definitely be revisiting the book since there is too much to take in from one reading. 

My Recommendation: If you are an entrepreneur, small business owner, or are thinking of starting a business, read this book. It’s an easy read which is full of highly practical thinking that you can implement straight away.

I for one will be making it a priority to put the book’s insights into practice.

About Benjamin Drury

Professionally, Benjamin is known as ‘The Culture Guy’ – the man that makes workplaces awesome!

He’s a compassionate optimist, always seeking to create a fairer world that works for everyone. He works with extraordinary, forward-thinking leaders to help build authentic, purpose-led, people-centred organisations that are fit for the 21st Century.


Book Review by Benjamin Drury

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