This book had been sitting on my shelf for a while before I finally got around to reading it. I received it in a Sparkle Hustle Grow box last year and never read it. I mainly wanted a quick inspirational read in-between my recent literary fiction picks.
I didn’t have high expectations for it because some of the self-published books that I’ve gotten in Sparkle Hustle Grow boxes weren’t always great, but I figured it would at least provide some inspiration.
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Review & Thoughts
Climb Your Own Ladder by Dana Malstaff
Overall this book was a quick read that offered snapshots of inspiration. The flow of the book was good and the content was decent. It had some tools that can help people grow their business, however, it was completely opinion-based and written through the experience of what worked for the author when she was working her way up her own ladder.
I enjoyed the ladder analogy and the book was somewhat inspirational. The poor editing on this finished and printed novel was extremely distracting and took away from the readability and professional impact. For the book content itself, I would give it a 3.75 but the terrible editing pushes it down to a 2.75 for me. It pains me to be judgmental but a finished work should be free of typing and grammatical errors. Perhaps the author will re-publish in the future with edits that would make the content of this book more enjoyable and less distracting.
In a Nutshell: Overall this book was a quick read that offered snapshots of inspiration. The flow of the book was good and the content was decent. The poor editing was too distracting for me and I wouldn’t recommend it.
One of my favorite quotes: There is no way to avoid making mistakes. You can try to run a perfect business, but we live in an imperfect world with imperfect people, and mistakes are bound to happen. Some will be your fault, some will be your team’s fault, some will be your client’s fault, and some will just be the world’s fault. If you want to be successful then you don’t waste time trying to place blame. The successful entrepreneur gets back up, takes ownership no matter what, and keeps on climbing.
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My Rating: 2.75 / 5 Stars
Details From the Book Jacket
Published: December 21, 2018
I bet sometime in the last week you have felt stuck, frustrated, or tired. I bet in that same week you have felt excited, empowered, and productive. Starting your own online business is a rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs.
We all want to create businesses that will give us financial freedom, allow up to make a positive impact on the world, and free up our time to do the things we want with the people we love.
The challenge is getting stuck in your own business trying with all your energy to make it grow and wondering why it’s not all growing as fast as you hoped.
Climb Your Own Ladder is a field guide to show you what each step in your business growth looks like, how to know where you are, and how to get your self up to the next step.
If you want permission to enjoy where you are at in your business right now, and a framework to understand how to progress into a leadership role in your own business so that it can grow to whatever size you want…then you need this book.
Books by Dana Malstaff