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Aug 30, 2005
| 490 Minutes
Aug 09, 2005
| 273 Minutes
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Aug 30, 2005 | ISBN 9781415928158
Aug 09, 2005 | ISBN 9780739322482
Copy This!, Paul Orfalea’s inspiring personal story of turning lessons into lemonade, may be the most unusual business memoir ever published.Paul Orfalea struggles mightily to read, to write, and to sit still through business meetings. So what’s the problem? By working with the obstacles life dealt him–he call his dyslexia and ADHD "learning opportunities"–he grew a 100-square-foot shop named Kinko’s into a $1.5 billion-a-year company that Fortune named one of the best places in America to work.The is the story of a boy who flunked out of second grade–a boy who was fired by a gas station for writing illegible receipts. But it’s also the story of a boy who learned from the world directly, who was brave enough to fail, who knew he had to rely on other people. When Paul Orfalea first looked out on the worried, hopeful faces of his customers, he knew that he was in the problem-solving business–at four cents a page. Kinko’s doesn’t much handle paper as it handles dreams.Paul Orfalea really did do it his way. With humor, wisdom, and compassion, he shares his invaluable experiences and unorthodox business lessons with the millions of those who are just a little bit "different," and who wonder if there’s a place for them in the world. There is: at the top.
No business autobiography has ever let it all hang out like this one. In building an unconventionally democratic multinational company that has been named by Fortune, Forbes, and Working Mother magazines as one of the best places to work in America, Paul Orfalea never tamed his impulsive, rebellious nature, and he discusses his flaws and failures with as much enthusiasm as his successes. COPY THIS! is destined to become a classic tale of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Reading. A charismatic, heart-warming business memoir that’s filled with life lessons on overcoming obstacles, COPY THIS! is an audiobook for every business owner looking to grow a company, every manager helping his team perform, every visionary trying to launch a new idea –and for every mother and father of a child suffering from dyslexia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Because COPY THIS! is the story of how Paul Orfalea opened a small copy shop called Kinko’s in 1970 and turned it into a $2 billion-a-year company, while barely being able to read, write or sit still through a business meeting. Here is the story of a dyslexic, hyperactive boy who flunked out of third grade–twice–yet succeeded in using his learning disabilities as opportunities, molding the compassionate, unconventional, partner-driven culture that allowed Kinko’s to thrive, and made it, according Fortune, Forbes and Mother Jones, one of the best places in America to work. In fourteen chapters narrated with the engaging voice of a born storyteller, Orfalea takes as much pleasure in discussing his shortcomings as he does his successes, and imparts the valuable lessons he’s learned along the way: Manage the environment, not the people. Fail forward. Be "on" your business, not "in" your business. Let your soul catch up with your body. Keep a poker face–and a poker mind. And know when –and how –to walk away. Which Orfalea did in 2000, having made millionaires out of dozens of his friends and partners, after an extraordinary 30-year run.
In 2000, Paul Orfalea retired from his position as chairperson of the company he named in honor of his childhood nickname… More about Paul Orfalea
Ann Marsh first met and wrote about Paul Orfalea as a staff writer for Forbes magazine. She lives in Costa Mesa,… More about Ann Marsh
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