From the founders of the acclaimed Summit event series and community comes the story of their unconventional journey to business success and the hard lessons they learned along the way.
“If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, Make No Small Plans shows how the Summit team did it.”—Ray Dalio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order
In 2008, with no event production experience and two college degrees between the four of them, Elliott Bisnow, Brett Leve, Jeff Rosenthal, and Jeremy Schwartz became business partners and set out to build a global events company. With passion and tenacity, they began cold calling as many inspiring company founders as they could and tried to convince them to attend their first event. In the beginning, only nineteen people said yes.
Since then, they have grown Summit into a global community with events all over the world, hosting luminaries including Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Shonda Rhimes, Brené Brown, Kendrick Lamar, and Al Gore. In 2013, the Summit founders—with help from their behind-the-scenes co-founder and partner Ryan Begelman—acquired Powder Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States, with a dream of building a mountaintop town of the future.
In Make No Small Plans, they reveal the triumphs, mistakes, and cornerstone lessons from their journey, which began during the Great Recession and continues today. Alongside teachings from some of the most inspiring entrepreneurs of our time, the authors offer takeaways such as:
• No idea should go unspoken.
• Reputations are earned by the drop and lost by the bucket.
• The road to success is always under construction.
• Become a favor economy millionaire.
Entertaining and empowering, Make No Small Plans shows that anyone can think big and—with a thirst for knowledge, a talented team, and a little humility—accomplish the impossible.
Couldn’t put it down
I first heard of Elliott and Summit through reading "The Third Door" a few years ago and have followed what the team has been doing at Summit since then. I had seen speakers for some of the more recent events, but I had no idea of how they got to the point they're at now. It's amazing to learn the stories of everything that has gone into building this - the ups and downs. It reads like an adventure - one that you can't put down. I was immediately hooked and finished it in 24 hours. Somehow, the authors manage to turn a 15 year journey into an easily digestible story. I'd recommend this to anyone, whether they're 20 years into their career or just starting out.
Book is pretty boring. Well accomplished guys just sharing their business stories. Nothing that gave insight to an entrepreneur that can build a company, grow a brand and have deep insights into strategy and execution. I stopped listening halfway through.
Wow, Just Wow
This is definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read. The stories are so good, preposterous, and inspiring it’s almost hard to believe. The writing is beautiful, funny and poignant. So many lessons I will take with me.
Thank you for writing this book — it’s a story I would recommend for anyone, whether they’re just starting out on their journey or could use a little spirit and encouragement injected in their life or career.