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Where The Barefoot Executive Book Delivers And Fails

the barefoot executive bookCarrie Wilkerson’s latest business book, The Barefoot Executive Book– The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss & Achieving Financial Freedom is getting tons of rave reviews. I heard about Carrie Wilkerson quite some time ago, but I never really took the time to learn what she was all about, and I never purchased any of her products. Since I knew of her, I jumped at the chance to review her latest book.

The author of The Barefoot Executive talks to her audience like the personal coach she is. She gives advice, backs the information with facts and figures and sprinkles encouraging stories of success throughout the pages. The book is also peppered with tons of quotations.  My favorite quotation from this book is in the introduction and reads as follows:  “Ignore the naysayers and avoid the status quo”.

The book offers a step by step guide on discovering what your motivations are, and how you can translate that into a business. Readers start by making a list of what they can , and know how to do. Then, readers are encouraged to evaluate the space they have to work, skills they have developed, software programs they have available and the services they can offer.  Coaching videos are also part of this curriculum. By reminding people that 30% of new businesses never reach their second year, she strongly encourages planning and offers strategies to help readers succeed.

This book is well written and is easy to read. The Barefoot Executive shows people how to develop a success strategy and how to find the fire inside them that makes getting up and going to work fun. However, it has one major failing; this book does not tell a person exactly what to do to actually start a business.  Instead, what the book does is offer guidance on how to find the passion that makes life worth living. So people looking for a concrete answer on how to actually go about starting such business will not find it in these pages.

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Despite the shortcomings of this book, I would still highly recommend it to those who are looking to get out of the rat race and go into business for themselves.  This business book is very inspirational and will get you fired up and ready to start your business!

To learn more about the Barefoot Executive, please visit the author’s site here.

Product Details:

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159555369X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553690

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the product mentioned above to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own. No monetary compensation has been received.

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About the author

Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "


  • Sounds like a good starter book for those who may be unsure if they want to have their own business or not. At least the new business seekers will be able to narrow down what they could actually do and what will work for them before taking the next big step.

    • Agreed. It is great for beginners trying to decide if entering into a business is the right step for them.

  • Thanks for the honest review. I enjoy seeing when people say that they didn’t like something about whatever they’re reviewing. Then I know that they really read, used it. lol

  • Totally agree – a review is a review good/bad/both. Like Nicoyle said it looks good as a starter book for those with an idea of wanting to own their business.

  • Thanks for your honesty in your review, first off.

    I also like that this book faces the harsh realities of what it means to embark on your own business these days. With the current financial situation, I would hope people would really plan carefully and thoughtfully before jumping into starting their own business. Without proper (and realistic) preparation, it can be financially devastating if your business doesn’t succeed.

  • Great review and honest even when there was a shortcoming in the book!

  • I enjoyed this book and agree 100% with your review. I really do wish there was some more concrete advice listed.

  • I really enjoyed this book. I do agree that that is the one part that was lacking and really didn’t think about it until you mentioned it in your review… Thank you for sharing.

  • Love that you touched on how it lives up to expectations. Sometimes even the best info can be tempered if you expected more from it. Can’t wait to check this out for myself!

  • I love the honest review! Sometimes I think the honesty review that are bad are hard to find because several of us are afraid of making someone mad.

    • Agreed! I am sometimes suspicious of reviews that don’t mention any negatives.

  • I haven’t read this, but I enjoyed your review. I may take a look at it now. I review books and appreciate knowing the pluses and minuses when I read a review. I was talking to someone today about the entrepreneurial opportunities in blogging. How did you feel about the book in that aspect?

    • The book didin’t really touch on blogging per se, but You could apply some of the principles to blogging if you treat your blogging as a business.