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Why the blog?

It’s to talk about the issues raised by my books The Art of the Sale and Ahead of the Curve. I’ve received emails from readers all over the world with all manner of questions. I thought this would be a useful way to answer them and to expand on the discussion of life and work and how to balance them which is at the heart of my book. Call it an ongoing investigation into entrepreneurial living, if you like – finding work which engages you, doesn’t compromise you (too much) and allows you time to pursue those relationships and interests which together add up to a fulfilling life. For more content on selling, please visit my Art of the Sale tumblr blog.

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  1. Ed Riley #

    Mr D-B,

    First, congratulations on the book. I really enjoyed reading it, as a similar 32 yr-old looking around wondering “what should I do?”, an MBA occasionally being considered, it has been illuminating. In particular, for confirming my belief that I should try to find something I really enjoy, and concentrate on that. So, more soul-searching needed. In contrast to your Bain & Co reviewer, I found the writing style ideally suited to the subject matter.
    Anyway — my questions:
    firstly, did your novel, mentioned occasionally in the book, get published? or did it turn into this book?
    secondly, are you still working on the podcast venture (I read somewhere that you were)?

    Many thanks,

    October 1, 2008
  2. Vincent Liew #

    Hi Philip,

    You may receive such compliments on an hourly basis but after I read “What They Teach You at HBS” I decided that I must find a way to say thank you for writing that book. I am 21 and pursuing my business degree in a local University in Malaysia.

    Thank you

    June 30, 2009
  3. Dear Philip

    I’ve just finished your book “what they teach you at Harvard Business School”.
    It was a fascinating read. In particular I admired your honesty.

    I couldn’t be more opposite to those who you describe at HBS. I left school at 16 with only 5 O’levels to become a runner for Bank of America on LIFFE. I quickly deplored the corporate politics of the bank and decided to set up on my own to trade independently. Being self employed has given me the freedom I always wanted and the ability to use my own resources without relying on anybody else. However, after working for 25 years, becoming a multi millionaire in the process, I feel Ive missed out on something. Perhaps the benefits of a higher education. After reading your book I’ve decided to go to University. Not to do an MBA, but a humanities and social sciences degree. Your book is inspiring. It’s a blessing you didn’t take any job at Goldman or Google !!!!

    Oli Simmons

    August 10, 2009
  4. rajesh subramaniam #


    I enjoyed reading your book. An idea popped in my head as I read the book. This book screams a reality show about life at Harvard. We have had HBO cover NFL football training camps and it has been well-received. Maybe you could have a reality show about the life of an MBA at Harvard.

    I imagine it would be a great success. Since it is human tendency to attach oneself to something larger than oneself or something that has celebrity appeal, seeing life as a Harvard MBA or Harvard Law student would draw large viewership.

    Once again, I enjoyed the book and I admire your writing skills, your candor and humility.


    August 21, 2009
  5. I am reading your book right now and it is a very realistic take on business school. I am attempting to finish an Yale Open Course ECON 252. It takes a lot of perseverance and some of the emotions you express in the book are so real to me right now. My favorite line is ‘Finance is about only one thing – valuation.’ Good luck with your future ventures.

    March 26, 2010
  6. Evita #

    I have about 20 more pages before finishing “What they teach you at Harvard Business School”. Extremely enjoyable, insightful and funny. I don’t agree with everything but I am really finding it one of the best non-fiction books I have read in a long time.
    I am however, a little confused, is “Ahead of the Curve” the same book but with a different title?
    I will be checking out your thrillers too.
    A great find!

    March 25, 2011
  7. Kamal #

    Dear Philip
    Thank you for this very informative and fun book to read (I am on page 170 but could not wait to thank you.)
    You did us, those who thought about going for an MBA and could not make it or those who still thinking about doing it, a great service. Your status as a foreigner to the U S and a “less” than a full-fledged Anglo-Saxon gave the book a universal value. I read it as an existential story of a struggling soul in a world that had been made inhuman.
    I am glad that your book was a success and you no longer have to comprimise your values by having to do what you do not want to feed your family and live a decent life. But you have a bigger chelllanging to face: helping those of us who still do not know how to live in this inhuman world without selling our souls to the corporate greed.

    December 16, 2011

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