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Hopping over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into Success

Anthony Scaramucci, Peter Diamandis (Foreword by), Tony Robbins (Introduction)
ISBN: 978-1-119-11633-2
208 pages
October 2016
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Develop the Scaramucci mindset that drives entrepreneurial success

Hopping over the Rabbit Hole chronicles the rise, fall, and resurgence of SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci, giving you a primer on how to thrive in an unpredictable business environment. The sheer number of American success stories has created a false impression that becoming an entrepreneur is a can't-miss endeavor—but nothing could be further from the truth. In the real world, an entrepreneur batting .150 goes directly to the Hall of Fame. Things happen. You make a bad hire, a bad strategic decision, or suffer the consequences of an unforeseen market crash. You can't control what happens to your business, but you can absolutely control how you react, and how you turn bumps in the road into ramps to the sky. Anthony Scaramucci has been there and done that, again and again, and has ultimately come out on top; in this book, he shares what he wishes he knew then.

Your chances of becoming an overnight billionaire are approximately the same as your chances of being signed to the NBA. Success is hard work, and anxiety, and tiny hiccups that can turn into disaster with a single misstep. This book shows you how to use adversity to your ultimate advantage, and build the skills you need to respond effectively to the unexpected.

  • Learn how to deal with unforeseen events
  • Map a strategic backup plan, and then a backup-backup plan
  • Train yourself to react in the most productive way
  • Internalize the lessons learned by a leader in entrepreneurship

For every 23-year-old billionaire who just created a new way to send a picture on a phone, there are countless others who have failed, and failed miserably. Hopping over the Rabbit Hole gives you the skills, insight, and mindset you need to be one of the winners.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Shape of Things to Come 3

Seeing Around Corners

Chapter 2 From Peril to Pivot 25

Acknowledging Mistakes & Transitioning Ahead

Chapter 3 Fear. Failure. Focus. 33

Early Lessons in Entrepreneurship

Chapter 4 Snap Out of It! 41

Looking Back to Move Forward

Chapter 5 An Entrepreneurial Blueprint

The Don’ts of Building a Business 49

Chapter 6 Holding Grudges

Brush that Chip off your Shoulder 63

Chapter 7 An Introduction to the Important Things in Life 75

The Key to Living a “Rich” Life

Chapter 8 Partnering Up 87

The J-Curve They Don’t Teach

You About in Business School

Chapter 9 Negotiating Need Not Be War 101

Leaving Money at the Table

Chapter 10 Don’t Hire Quarterbacks, Hire Linemen 111

The Simple Formula for Building a Successful Team

Chapter 11 Person to Person 121

From Management to Corporate Citizenship

Chapter 12 Image Is Everything 133

Owning Your Message

Chapter 13 Networking, Sprezzatura, & Being Your Authentic Self 141

The Keys to Building Relationships

Chapter 14 Sell without Selling Your Soul 155

Chapter 15 Be Bold—Marketing Takes Courage 167

Standing Out by Sticking Your Neck Out

Conclusion I Am Enough 177

Acknowledgments 183

About the Author 187

Index 189

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Author Information

Anthony Scaramucci is an entrepreneur, financier, bestselling author, and philanthropist. In 2005, he founded SkyBridge Capital, a multi-billion-dollar global investment firm and producer of the SALT Conference, the premier thought leadership forum on alternative investments and alternative thinking. Prior to founding SkyBridge, he co-founded investment partnership Oscar Capital Management.

Scaramucci is the co-host of Wall Street Week and a contributor to the Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel. He also hosts a podcast on entrepreneurship called "The Motivation Inside (TMI)." In 2016, Scaramucci was ranked #85 in Worth magazine's Power 100. In 2011, he received Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year®—New York Award in the Financial Services category.

A native of Long Island, New York, he is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School.

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"In Hopping over the Rabbit Hole, Scaramucci provides invaluable and pragmatic advice on how to start a business, continuously improve your professional acumen and transform failure into opportunity. An insightful and resourceful guide for any entrepreneur, dreamer or Presidential candidate."

- Mark Cuban, Owner of Dallas Mavericks & Chairman and CEO, AXS TV

“The most valuable thing Anthony Scaramucci teaches us about success is how important, even necessary, failure is. As he shows, we all face setbacks — but it’s how we learn from them that governs whether we ultimately succeed or fail.”

- Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post & Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

"A captivating, inspirational, and thoughtful book on dealing with setbacks and successes - and generating more of the latter than the former - by a leading entrepreneur, investor, and television host of extraordinary energy, vision, charisma, and brains.  A great read!"  

- General (Ret.) David Petraeus, Commander of the Surges in Iraq and Afghanistan & Chairman of the KKR Global Institute.

“All entrepreneurs are risk-takers. There are good days and bad days. But you learn one thing: ‘All sickness isn’t death.’ Anthony’s book is a good blueprint for how to recover from those occasional stumbles. It all begins with a plan. A fool with a plan can beat a genius with no plan any day.”

- Boone Pickens, Chairman & CEO, BP Capital

"This is something exceptionally rare in the entrepreneurship literature: someone telling you how he overcame his problems and made lemonade out of lemons. Anthony has skin in the game. He is funny, direct, deep, and insightful. The book is so gripping you can read it standing up. A must read."

- Nassim Taleb, Bestselling-Author of The Black Swan & Distinguished Scientific Advisor, Universa Investments

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Press Release

October 24, 2016
New Book Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole Shows Entrepreneurs How to Pivot from Challenges, Setbacks and Failure to Achieve Success

In Hopping over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into Success (John Wiley & Sons – to be published October 31), Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, shows entrepreneurs how to thrive in an unpredictable business environment.

The book explains how to pivot from failure, adversity and plain old bad luck with lessons that include:

  • Dealing with adversity and taking advantage of unforeseen events.
  • How to find the right partners and build a winning team.
  • Why it’s better to speak up than to suck up.
  • How to create and promote your personal and professional brand.

“What you will learn from Hopping over the Rabbit Hole is that SkyBridge was teetering and close to failing,” says Peter Diamandis, founder and chairman of the X Prize Foundation and New York Times bestselling author, in his foreword to the book. “I often fear reading autobiographical books by entrepreneurs since most sanitize the facts, and forget their failures … You won't find any of that here. While the story hits rock bottom on a number of occasions, both the company and the culture never break—they bounce.”

In the book, Scaramucci shares entrepreneurial lessons he learned the hard way. The book draws upon experiences that include founding SkyBridge in 2005 and leading it through the 2008-09 financial crisis to make it a global powerhouse with $12.3 billion in assets under management or advisement (as of July 31, 2016), as well as creating the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference (SALT), now one of the highest-profile events in the global alternative investment community.

“This book captures the essence of the Gladiator spirit with Anthony’s own inspiring and profound story of reinventing his business after the financial crises to become the 2011 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year,” says Tony Robbins, New York Times bestselling author, in his introduction to the book. “Anthony is an extraordinary example of what’s possible when you won’t tolerate failure or excuses within yourself or others involved in your mission.”

Hopping over the Rabbit Hole, slated to be published October 31, 2016, can be pre-ordered from Amazon at: www.amazon.com/Hopping-over-Rabbit-Hole-Entrepreneurs/dp/1119116333/. Reviews from Mark Cuban, Arianna Huffington, General (Ret.) David Petraeus, T. Boone Pickens and Nassim Taleb are also available via the link.

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