The truth is I don’t like non-fiction all that much. For me to like non-fiction, particularly the self-help/how to style books, it’s got to be really well written and really different. Reading things that are blatantly common sense or cliche feels like a waste of time to me, no matter how good the advice within may be. The only reason I read Knockout Entrepreneur because the book was free (courtesy of the Book Review Bloggers at Thomas Nelson) and I have been trying to expand on what genres I read. In regards to this book, sometimes it met those requirements and other times it didn’t.
George Foreman clearly knows what he’s doing in the business world and on top of that, he seems like a genuinely nice guy. (Though he is most well-known for the George Foreman grill, he has had many other successes in the business arena.) He uses his own boxing and business experiences to exemplify each of his points as well as includes interesting bits about other large chains and corporations (Walgreens, Walmart, LearJet, FedEx…). The book is well organized and clear, each chapter separated into subtopics and ended with questions to think about.
The parts about his boxing in particular was really interesting but at points it felt preachy (or like a sales pitch) and the book itself felt a little too much like every other book about succeeding. At points it felt redundant, the same few points being hammered in repeatedly throughout the course of the book.
While I won’t be running out to read another of Foreman’s (ten) books I don’t regret having read this one.
Buy it here: Knockout Entrepreneur (Nelsonfree)