The Entrepreneur's Guide to Mastering the Inner World of Business
by Nanci Raphael
July 2010, 152pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38002-0
$64, £48, 56€, A87
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Entrepreneurs dream. Many dream big. But as dreams get bigger, more obstacles loom—obstacles like fear, doubt, anger, or stress. These are emotional challenges that too often get in the way of the daily tasks of running a company and managing people. These struggles can be overcome. Here’s how.

This practical book takes the entrepreneur past the business plan and into the toughest business game they'll ever face—self-management for daily and long-term success.

Focusing on the internal blocks, obstacles, and struggles all entrepreneurs face sooner or later, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Mastering the Inner World of Business shows how these unrecognized self-imposed barriers make it difficult to work at peak levels of performance. This guide will help readers explore perceptions of themselves, utilize leadership competencies, and identify weaknesses, frustration, and fears, managing each of these factors to enhance business growth and profitability, work performance, and a more satisfying life.

Each chapter of the book concentrates on a difficult, universal problem entrepreneurs may face, such as managing doubt, worry and indecision, remaining innovative even during stressful times, coping with loneliness, confronting overwhelming “busy-ness,” discovering the meaning of success and managing it, climbing up from failure and despair, and knowing oneself. “Ask Yourself” questions help the reader identify the particular issue within him/herself. “Practices” suggest proven solutions for those issues based on those the author has taught to thousands of business leaders.


  • Foreword by Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People become More Successful and Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back When You Lose It
  • "Ask Yourself" questions and key "Practices" at the end of each chapter
  • A summary of key points at the end of each chapter
Nanci Raphael, the founder of Leadership & Executive Development, LLC, ( and Voom Factor (, brings together over 20 years of experience in the field of business and executive coaching—and presents a deeply fulfilling and effective way to make more money, be more fulfilled, and leave a greater legacy for generations to come. She developed a groundbreaking new way for entrepreneurs and business leaders to grow their businesses across multiple bottom lines: personal and professional development, financial growth, and impact on the lives of the people they serve and the world around them.


"Nanci speaks from her heart, in straight forward no-nonsense terms. I know this woman and I trust her emphatically. I strongly support her vision."—Dr. Wayne Dyer, best-selling author of Excuses Begone!

"When the economy is unpredictable and we don't know about the next quarter let alone the next year, how do we find our way? Where do we look for stability?
As Nanci Raphael teaches us, the kind of stability that will guide us comes from inside. In this wonderful guidebook, she teaches us how chaotic life can become when we devote our energies to avoiding what we are afraid of. And she carefully shows us the many benefits we derive when we are able to slow down, reflect, meditate, find what success really means, and ultimately develop faith in our own creativity and resilience.
And she does this through practical examples, helpful exercises and gentle guidance. She is the guide any entrepreneur needs today. And tomorrow." —Daniel Gottlieb PhD, Host of "Voices in the Family" WHYY FM Philadelphia, and author of Letters to Sam, Learning from the Heart, and The Wisdom of Sam

"In this masterpiece Nanci delivers some of the most important lessons you will ever need to learn in business! One of my favorite quotes is by Oliver Wendall Holmes which is: 'We all need an education in the obvious.' Nanci is delivering an advanced program of the most important obvious education you will ever need inside this book! Don't just read this book, devour every single word!"—Peggy McColl, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Your Destiny Switch

"In The Entrepreneur's Guide to Mastering the Inner World of Business, Nanci Raphael describes in beautiful gut-wrenching detail what it's like to live in the mind, heart (and the body) of a business owner. She is qualified to offer proven action steps to take to make change happen."—Marcia Wieder, CEO/Founder, Dream University

"It's been said that most business problems are personal problems in disguise. If you want to do big things in business (or life) the inner game is the game you must win. If you do, you'll create breakthrough results. The Entrepreneur's Guide to Mastering the Inner World of Business is your playbook. Study its strategies, principles, and techniques. Your future depends on it."—Michael Port, New York Times Bestselling Author of Book Yourself Solid, Beyond Booked Solid, The Contrarian Effect, and The Think Big Manifesto

"If you ever get a sense, as an entrepreneur, that you're the only one feeling or acting a certain (strange!) way, then read Nanci's book immediately. Her insightful and inspirational stories will help you push through the pain and reach your goals."—Verne Harnish "Growth Guy", CEO Gazelles

"Nanci Raphael has shifted the way small business owners can achieve true, long-lasting success. This is not another step-by-step, how-to book on getting rich. This is a book that looks at how to 'have it all,' -- money, meaning, and success. She shows you how to get it (the easy way), how to keep it, and how to get it back if you lose your way. If you're an entrepreneur, you owe it to yourself to read this book!"—Christine Kloser, author of The Freedom Formula: How to Put Soul in Your Business and Money in Your Bank
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