Book Review: Burdens of a Dream

Burdens of a Dream: 33 Actionable Nuggets of Wisdom for the Creative Entrepreneur, by Craig M. Chavis Jr.

My review: ★★★★

This book is part memoir, part entrepreneurial best practices. It follows the story of the author’s first business venture. The story is broken into 33 pages, with each page accompanied by a summary of the lesson contained within.

I’ll be honest, when I first started reading this book, I wasn’t that into it; it has a lot of empty pages so that it’s 4 times more pages than actual author content. I wasn’t that into the side quotes (each of the author’s pages is accompanied by a page with a quote from some other source). With only 33 pages of actual content, I could have saved a few bucks on the cover price had it been packed tighter. But anyway, as I went, I really did find the author’s learnings and reflections valuable and inspirational.

This is a quick read; you can probably get through it in an hour. But if you’re an entrepreneur – or have a dream or idea that may lead to becoming one – this book is a good reminder of the value of creative problem-solving, flexibility, and good old hard work. You might find it a source of new ideas, or a new infusion of confidence and energy.

The author is a business coach and brings his experiences to work helping other entrepreneurs run successful businesses. I’m actually convinced his experiences would be of great value to any small business, and would definitely consider taking advantage of his advice if I needed it.

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