You Call the Shots by Cameron Johnson is an amazing book for aspiring and current entrepreneurs.
My wife bought me this book as a gift about seven or eight years ago.
It was in the clearance bin at our local Border’s Bookstore in Frederick, Maryland.
She bought the book for $3.99.
When she gave me the book I looked at her like she was crazy!
I didn’t really like the cover AND the book was about a kid!
As a result, I was a bit reluctant to read it.
The only thing that held my attention was that Cameron was a successful entrepreneur at a really young age.
Since I’ve always enjoyed studying other entrepreneurs I decided to read the book.
I’m glad that I did!
From the time I started reading it, I couldn’t put the book down.
This kid was amazing.
Here I was, a guy in my early thirties, fascinated by what a teenager accomplished at such a young age.
You Call the Shots turned out to be one of my all time favorite books.
I’ve since re-read it several times and still enjoy it.
I’ve even given away a few copies as gifts.
You Call the Shots follows the entrepreneurial ventures of Cameron Johnson, a normal kid from Roanoke, Virginia who started his entrepreneurial ventures selling vegetables and then expanded into many different things.
He became a successful eBay seller, website developer, and even managed a car dealership with his family.
In the book, Cameron Johnson shares many tidbits of advice, such as:
• Starting Small
• Look Close to Home for Great Ideas
• Make Yourself Your Brand
• Adapt or Die
• Find Great Mentors
• Seek Out New Knowledge Every Day
• Stick to Your Guns
• And So Much More!
He elaborates on each topic and does a great job explaining things in a simple and easy to understand way. The book is to the point and fun to read with no fluff!
Cameron Johnson Quotes
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book. Each quote is in bold and italics. I share my own two cents on each quote immediately after it.
# 1 “Don’t ever let anyone convince you that winning doesn’t really matter: it does and it should.” Winning is vitally important. You only get one shot at life, so make it count. To me, winning means getting what you want in life.
# 2 “I think your ideal goal should be to build a business that is working for you and that can run itself one day, not one that keeps you more and more involved. Starting your own business is about earning the freedom to live your life and make your own decisions, not becoming a slave to your creation.” This is advice every entrepreneur should read and remember. The purpose of a business is to free you, not take over your life. Most entrepreneurs are a slave to their business. Even worse, they have no exit strategy.
# 3 “Listen to your customers and give them what they want.” Find out what your customers want and offer it to them. Talk to your customers. Listen to them. Ask them questions. Find out what type of products and services they are actively looking to buy.
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About Cameron Johnson
Cameron started his first business at age seven. By the age of 17 he was a self-made millionaire. By the age of 23 he sold more than a dozen successful businesses and has been featured in more than 250 different media outlets. He is a respected author, speaker and entrepreneur.
About the Book
You Call the Shots was published by Free Press Publishers in September 2007. It features 272 pages. The ISBN is 978-1416536093. It comes in Kindle and soft-cover format. It is available anywhere books are sold. As of April 2016 the book has a 4.3 out of 5 star rating on Amazon with more than 64 reviews.
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In conclusion, if you have never read Cameron Johnson’s book, You Call the Shots you should.
The book is fun, easy to read and is absolutely pack filled with great information that will benefit any entrepreneur.
The book is published by “Free Press” and retails for approximately $13.00. You can buy it anywhere books are sold. I give it a 10 of 10.
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