Everyone Is an Entrepreneur
Selling Economic Self-Determination in a Post-Soviet World
by Gregory Diehl
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Pub Date 11 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 06 Oct 2022
Westerners today grow up with abundant opportunities to determine their own values, identities, and roles in society. But for generations, millions who lived under Soviet rule in the USSR had these essential freedoms withheld, determined instead by a central authority that claimed the right to choose for them and enforce compliance. Thirty years after the Soviet Union’s decisive collapse, the old communist paradigm continues to limit those who come of age in a post-Soviet world.
Everyone Is an Entrepreneur showcases the experience of an American author acclimating to life in the developing post-Soviet economy of Armenia. Along the way, he examines how the intelligent and hardworking people he lives among are stuck in a state of transition away from all-encompassing, bureaucratic control. They struggle to adjust to the responsibilities of economic self-determination because they have never learned how to see the world through entrepreneurial eyes.
Entrepreneurship is a principled way of seeing the world, a paradigm that applies to people in all cultural and economic circumstances: Artists, office workers, doctors, teachers, farmers, and laborers alike. By adopting this universal outlook, anyone can produce more wealth, accomplish bigger goals, and take control of their life like never before.
"""I grew up in a third-world country and moved to the West in my 20s, and the mental barriers Diehl describes are issues I still see every time I return to my home country. The book is intelligently written without being pretentious and will be comfortable to digest by even the most reluctant of readers. Diehl, who has chosen to live in Armenia, is a first-hand authority on witnessing the failings of the barrier and the success of those who can knock it down. I most connected with chapter eleven and its focus on a social structure that smacks down a productive spirit, which speaks of cultural anti-entrepreneurial attitudes with profound honesty.""
""Everyone Is an Entrepreneur explains how the world works, in terms of exchanging value, and how people can benefit and improve their lives from having this knowledge. Gregory V. Diehl's decision to migrate to Armenia exposed him to the limitations of a post-Soviet economy that still experiences the consequences of the restrictive government in the USSR. Gregory expresses that dictatorship discourages people from thinking as an entrepreneur would and optimally employing available resources. In this distinctly educative and intellectual book by Gregory V. Diehl, readers are taught some fundamentals of entrepreneurship and economics, including what wealth is, how entrepreneurship attracts wealth, anti-entrepreneurial biases, and a real-life depiction of entrepreneurship.""
“Few writers can illuminate a subject like Gregory V. Diehl; this book opened my mind to endless possibilities. Gregory V. Diehl’s insight into the entrepreneurial mindset can help anybody scale a business to make them more profitable. This book is not only worth reading, but studying repeatedly.”
“Absolutely fabulous take on entrepreneurship in a socialist society. Every once in a while you stumble across a book that has an impact long after you've finished reading it. This is one of those titles and I feel lucky I got to read it. The writing has depth and I dare say ‘soul’ to it. I would never expect a book on ""entrepreneurship"" to leave me feeling so grateful for all the opportunities we tend to take for granted.”"
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This was such a fantastic book that I hope gets the attention it deserves. I was first introduced to Gregory Diehl when I came across one of his previous books The Influential Authors. Much like the previous book, with this new one, Gregory offers a fresh and unique perspective on the topic. This book isn’t just about entrepreneurship, but it also provides readers with a look into what it’s like in post-Soviet countries where the citizens don’t even have a point of reference for how they can be entrepreneurial. Gregory currently resides in Armenia, so aside from his wisdom, he also provides stories about how he’s teaching people in his village about entrepreneurship and how it can better their lives.
By reading this book, Western readers will gain a newfound appreciation for the opportunities we have due to our ability to be entrepreneurial. For others around the world, they’ll learn about economics, human nature, and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. But as someone who thought I wouldn’t learn much from this book because I’ve had various entrepreneurial ventures since my teen years, I was surprised at how much value I gained from this book. So, overall, I don’t think there’s anyone who wouldn’t benefit from this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn and take a bit more control over their life.
Today everyone likes to think of themselves as an entrepreneur. Unfortunately, many people still ask themselves all the self-defeating questions that limit them to staying in the same "work for someone else" mindset. Whoever that is should read this book. Everyone is not an entrepreneur, but listening to the advice of Greg Diehl will get you started on a whole new life.