Twenty years ago I had the good fortune to help First Nations communities develop successful small businesses. Of the 50 or so new businesses that opened over the course of a few years, 47 succeeded. The norm would have been for 17 or 18 to survive.
These new Native business owners were assisted by other experienced entrepreneurs and supported by key people in their communities. They were open-minded, willing to learn and had perseverance. But the biggest factor in their success was our training program. Although some of the training was industry-specific, taught by industry experts, most was based upon five great writers whose work is available to you today.
We started with Napoleon Hill and lectures based upon his great book Think and Grow Rich and summarized in the CD series The Science of Personal Achievement. Hill focuses on the basic principles and values for a rewarding and successful life. Continue reading