Title: “Flip the Script: How to Turn the Tables and Win in Business and in Life“
Author: Bill Wackermann
Publisher: Free Press, 2012; 240 pages; $20.80
Since time eternal, there has been a polarization between the haves and the have-nots, the rich and the poor, the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Knowing, as I do, many folks on both sides, it’s clear that at least some of the antipathy between the groups is rooted in perceived oppression from one side against the other.
But I also believe that a big chunk of the bad blood is due to a widespread belief on the part of the 99 percent that most members of the 1 percent were born with unfair advantage — that things come easier to the wealthy, and that they simply don’t have to overcome the same challenges and obstacles as everyone else.
Our entrepreneurial heroes — and the coverage they get in the press — don’t help correct this belief. While our cultural heroes of old always came complete with a rags-to-riches story, these days, it’s easy to believe that most business winners came out of the womb with a vision and had to scale nary an obstacle before achieving it by their 25th birthday.