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The Pumpkin Plan

A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field
Narrated by: Mike Michalowicz
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

Each year Americans start one million new businesses, nearly 80 percent of which fail within the first five years. Under such pressure to stay alive- let alone grow - it’s easy for entrepreneurs to get caught up in a never-ending cycle of “sell it- do it, sell it - do it” that leaves them exhausted, frustrated, and unable to get ahead no matter how hard they try. 

This is the exact situation Mike Michalowicz found himself in when he was trying to grow his first company. Although it was making steady money, there was never very much left over, and he was chasing customers left and right, putting in 28-hour days, eight days a week. The punishing grind never let up. His company was alive but stunted, and he was barely breathing. That’s when he discovered an unlikely source of inspiration - pumpkin farmers. 

After reading an article about a local farmer who had dedicated his life to growing giant pump­kins, Michalowicz realized the same process could apply to growing a business. He tested the Pumpkin Plan on his own company and transformed it into a remarkable, multimillion-dollar industry leader. First he did it for himself. Then for others. And now you. So what is the Pumpkin Plan?

  • Plant the right seeds: Don’t waste time doing a bunch of different things just to please your customers. Instead, identify the thing you do better than anyone else and focus all of your attention, money, and time on figuring out how to grow your company doing it.
  • Weed out the losers: In a pumpkin patch small, rotten pumpkins stunt the growth of the robust, healthy ones. The same is true of customers. Figure out which customers add the most value and provide the best opportunities for sustained growth. Then ditch the worst of the worst.
  • Nurture the winners: Once you figure out who your best customers are, blow their minds with care. Discover their unfulfilled needs, innovate to make their wishes come true, and overdeliver on every single promise.

Full of stories of other successful entrepreneurs, The Pumpkin Plan guides you through unconven­tional strategies to help you build a truly profitable blue-ribbon company that is the best in its field.

©2012 Mike Michalowicz (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“Another great read from Mike Michalowicz! Mike’s off-the-cuff sense of humor and business savvy ensure that The Pumpkin Plan is a book that entrepreneurs should read for years to come.” (Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment and The Art of the Start)

“Hard-hitting advice aimed directly at the entrepreneur who is stuck being a wandering generality instead of a meaningful specific. Plenty of seeds worth planting.” (Seth Godin, author of We Are All Weird)

“Michalowicz hits it out of the park, yet again. The Pumpkin Plan is chock-full of Mike’s wonderful humor and is an extraordinary step-by-step guide for entrepreneurs whose business growth has plateaued.” (J. J. Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s Your Business)

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  • Germán ZT
  • 04-08-19

Se paga solo

Lo mejor es que es divertido y al mismo tiempo revela muchas estrategias efectivas pero de forma sencilla y entendible.

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  • Kasey
  • 03-08-19

inspiring

I have heard some people review this book as fluff. I do not agree. really pushes you to think differently. I feel like with enough thought process I could make multiple big pumpkins. inspires you and your thinking. loved it.