I always evaluate a book based on what stuck with me after reading it. At first, I didn’t think “Winning without losing” would be the type of book that could have an impact on my life. Boy, was I wrong!
I met Martin Bjergegaard during the Startupbootcamp-Copenhagen program back in 2010. He is a Rainmaking associate and acted as one of our mentors at Startupbootcamp. He gave a speech about achieving balance in life, practicing Yoga and what it truly means to be happy, which got me thinking that maybe this guy was too soft :). The only thing that stuck with me was: “At Rainmaking, we don’t deal with assholes!”, which was kind of a side note of something that he said, not actually related to the subject of his talk.
It got me thinking because (and I’m sorry to say this), dealing with assholes is what we were trained to do. By “dealing” I mean keeping our guard up and trying to make things work even though our gut feeling tells us it is not worth it. This was a remnant from a time when we were either too inexperienced or too nice to say NO, when there weren’t that many good people around or we were having difficulties spotting them.
Martin’s statement changed the way I deal with people ever since: I have started to develop an asshole filter, which I refined over time and morphed it into one of my most trusted senses. This helped us sanitize our business and was one of the best things that ever happened to us
That being said, Martin’s side note preceded the impact that his book would have on me.
I got my hands on the book while I was in Dublin, at the Startupbootcamp Alumni Day, back in May. I read it all in one big gulp, absorbing the contents of each and every page and feeling sad that it it’s only about 300 pages long.
Winning without losing by Martin Bjergegaard and Jordan Milne comprises a set of 66 strategies for succeeding in business while living a happy and balanced life. Even thought it sounds utopian, after reading it I couldn’t stop recommending it to friends around me.
It’s the type of book that simply touches you at the most deeper level: I can definitely guarantee that at least one of those 66 strategies would relate to your case. Just start with the first one