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Marvin Liao (Partner/500 Startups)

Work the System (Carpenter), which is one of the best books you can get on scaling yourself & your business. It’s excellent & wish I had read it earlier in my career.

Andrew Youderian (Founder/eCommerceFuel)

Question: What five books would you recommend to young people interested in your career path & why?


  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Getting the right things done)
  • Entreleadership (Great primer on management)
  • Let My People Go Surfing (How to build a business on your terms, that embraces your values)
  • Essentialism (The Importance of focus)
  • Work the System (A primer on building systems in your business)

Sa El (Co-Founder/Simply Insurance)

This book is about creating systems and holding the systems accountable as well as the people who function inside of them. These systems can give you the ability to spend less time at work and more time enjoying life. If you plan to run a small business, systems will be essential.

Amazon description

Work The System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less, Third Edition, guides the reader in modifying his or her fundamental perception of the world, moving from an inaccurate vision of barely controlled chaos, to a more accurate one: that life is an orderly collection of individual linear systems each of which can be improved and perfected one at a time. The reader is guided through the process of ''getting'' this new vision, and then through the specifics of applying it via Carpenter's "system improvement" methodology.

For start-ups or multinationals, the methodology is simple, believable, and mechanical; not mystical or theoretical. Carpenter developed the "systems mindset" protocol in the business he purchased in 1984 and still owns today. With that company, he moved from an 80-100 hour workweek to a one hour workweek, while multiplying his income dozens of times. He is CEO of an international business consulting firm, and several other spin-off businesses, as well as an international non-profit, all of which are operated in the same systems mindset fashion. With a diverse background in engineering, construction and business management, publishing, telecommunications, journalism, and politics, he calls his approach a "workingman's philosophy." See

Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less will show the business owner how to achieve a positive macro result by looking at business and work on a micro level; by analyzing and refining the separate internal sub-systems, the systems that, added together, comprise the whole primary system business entity. Readers will learn how to "tweak" this "system of systems" in order to maximize profits, create client loyalty, and develop autonomous employees.

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In an unusual publishing arrangement, Carpenter gives away his unabridged book in both PDF and audible formats via his website This adversely affects Amazon, NY Times, etc. book sales ratings but meets his objective of wide distribution. The book is also available in hard copy in multiple languages including Chinese, Russian, and Japanese.

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