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The year is 2009. It’s at the height of the recession; back when the app store was still brand new and I was an awkward-but-ambitious 16-year old accidental entrepreneur. News spread fast about the teenager from New Jersey who built his own website business by going door-to-door, and my company Chop Dawg and I became an overnight media sensation. But just four years later, I was forced to reverse-engineer myself and my company back from the brink. By becoming a student of entrepreneurship, I developed a framework to follow containing the principles that make up the successful entrepreneur’s DNA.

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DETAILING TEN YEARS OF LESSONS, FAILURES, AND (SOME) SUCCESS

So many decisions we make as entrepreneurs are interdependent on factors outside of ourselves, such as consumer demand, timing, and economics. Some founders follow a business plan; others operate by the seat of their pants. But as a collective, entrepreneurs need a personal strategy to follow. With humor, personal reflections and stories from other entrepreneurs in the game, The Entrepreneur’s Framework explores the set of principles inherent to the successful entrepreneur alongside actionable steps to take for yourself and your business.

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In a perfect world, every entrepreneur would score 100% on each principle within The Entrepreneur's Framework and be done with it. But that’s not reality; no matter where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, you’ll never stop finding ways to innovate and improve upon what you’ve built. It’s part of what makes a successful entrepreneur: Striving every day for a better version of 100%.

Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is the key principle behind The Entrepreneur’s Framework. Being self-aware is not only about identifying why you feel and do the things that you do; it’s also recognizing the what. By asking what, you not only know the result that needs to be changed, but what can be done to change it. Be open about your thoughts and feelings with others, and you will have a fighting chance to overcome the ways that you self-sabotage every day. Self-awareness is also about being open with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses and holding yourself accountable. No one else is looking, so it’s all up to you. Think of self-awareness as the guiding star that will allow you to become successful with every other principle of the framework.

Empathy

There’s a unique challenge we face in the New Economy because of the wealth of information we have at our disposal. People feel well-informed by reading articles about problems that others are going through, and mistake having knowledge as empathy. Real empathy is the ability to understand other’s experiences, and going beyond the Band-Aid solution and investing in an actual cure. Of course, to understand and feel for the lives of all people is a gargantuan task. That’s why entrepreneurs should pick a slice of humanity to truly understand. Empathy can turn a passion into a purpose. It is what allows you to discover what it is that fulfills you, drives you, moves you to impact others and create value at scale.

Leadership

Leadership is a shared mindset. Whether you’re a brand new startup founder or run a company with 500 people, you can encourage each person on your team to tap into the best version of themselves. Every person on the team should feel like a leader of change. Rather than getting caught up in your own power, help others discover their own and you’ll become more powerful yourself. The reality is, leaders create leaders. Leadership is about being real with others and yourself, for the greater good of becoming better. Not acknowledging your weaknesses is not a strength — it’s a weakness in itself. Outsource your weaknesses and embrace your strengths as a leader; you never get to superstar level alone.

Short-Term Thinking

Whenever I am doing anything, I always ask myself the same question: Is what I’m doing related to and contributing to the system I set in place for getting my company to the moon? A lot of what makes us feel frustrated, annoyed, or even overly happy is the short-term stuff; short-term stuff we weren’t prepared for, mentally, emotionally, or physically. But it doesn’t feel like the short-term stuff at the time. It’s about training your instincts. Can you remember what you were upset about a year ago? Probably not. These things take up all of our energy and distract us from accomplishing bigger, more important goals. Once you understand this concept, you can begin to leverage long-term thinking to help block out the noise.

Long-Term Thinking

Truly game-changing visions take time to form in individual lifetimes. The long-term thinkers who are quick on their feet realize the opportunities before they are ever spoken of on the news. They are able to not only understand the tides of opinion and desire, they are the ones creating these ripples in the first place. The truth is there is no way to know what your business, product or service will be like in a decade — so it’s always the right time to question yourself on whether or not you can do better.

Economics

A healthy economy is one where many people feel like they have a hand in the system and are producing something of value and making money doing it. When the economy caves in, there are always pioneers who are able to take advantage of the momentary dip. I was able to do this during the Great Recession with my website business, and it afforded me my low startup costs and limited competition, increasing my odds at the time for success. Similar to a nurse checking your vitals at the hospital, you don’t know how your business is doing until you check up on your economic vitals.

Operations

Here’s a little secret: if you feel like you are working too hard at something, you probably could find an easier way to do the same thing. This is where instituting real operations helps, because it puts everyone on the same page of working smarter, not harder. You and your team could be considered the brain of your company, bringing the logic and decision-making needed to execute your vision. But it is the clearly defined roles each team member plays that create the heartbeat. Without a company process, logic can easily get confused or obscured by emotions and short-term thinking. I’ll never stop tinkering with the Chop Dawg formula to improve on it. We’ll always come up with new ways to bring the team and clients closer together. It’s a life of constantly overhauling things while maintaining the parts that work. The same goes for you.

Purpose

I’m sure you’ve heard the sage advice, “Find your passion” before. Passion should be something that pushes you, moves you, and motivates you. But passion alone can’t do anything productive for you; think of it more as a cluster of energy. While you need that cluster of energy, passions alone aren’t sustainable because they can really change over time. That’s where purpose comes in. Follow your passions to find your purpose as an entrepreneur. Only through hindsight, and the years of experience and of knowing myself, have I been able to look back and determine my purpose. I believe that purpose gives you a bit of a chip on your shoulder. Once you’re clear and honest to yourself about what you want to accomplish in life and open about it with others, you set out to prove that, no matter the stakes.

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Grade yourself on each quality to visualize your entrepreneurial attitude

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Self-awareness is the key principle behind The Entrepreneur’s Framework. Being self-aware is not only about identifying why you feel and do the things that you do; it’s also recognizing the what. By asking what, you not only know the result that needs to be changed, but what can be done to change it. Be open about your thoughts and feelings with others, and you will have a fighting chance to overcome the ways that you self-sabotage every day. Self-awareness is also about being open with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses and holding yourself accountable. No one else is looking, so it’s all up to you. Think of self-awareness as the guiding star that will allow you to become successful with every other principle of the framework.

Empathy i %

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There’s a unique challenge we face in the New Economy because of the wealth of information we have at our disposal. People feel well-informed by reading articles about problems that others are going through, and mistake having knowledge as empathy. Real empathy is the ability to understand other’s experiences, and going beyond the Band-Aid solution and investing in an actual cure. Of course, to understand and feel for the lives of all people is a gargantuan task. That’s why entrepreneurs should pick a slice of humanity to truly understand. Empathy can turn a passion into a purpose. It is what allows you to discover what it is that fulfills you, drives you, moves you to impact others and create value at scale.

Leadership i %

0% 100%

X

Leadership is a shared mindset. Whether you’re a brand new startup founder or run a company with 500 people, you can encourage each person on your team to tap into the best version of themselves. Every person on the team should feel like a leader of change. Rather than getting caught up in your own power, help others discover their own and you’ll become more powerful yourself. The reality is, leaders create leaders. Leadership is about being real with others and yourself, for the greater good of becoming better. Not acknowledging your weaknesses is not a strength — it’s a weakness in itself. Outsource your weaknesses and embrace your strengths as a leader; you never get to superstar level alone.

Short-Term Thinking i %

0% 100%

X

Whenever I am doing anything, I always ask myself the same question: Is what I’m doing related to and contributing to the system I set in place for getting my company to the moon? A lot of what makes us feel frustrated, annoyed, or even overly happy is the short-term stuff; short-term stuff we weren’t prepared for, mentally, emotionally, or physically. But it doesn’t feel like the short-term stuff at the time. It’s about training your instincts. Can you remember what you were upset about a year ago? Probably not. These things take up all of our energy and distract us from accomplishing bigger, more important goals. Once you understand this concept, you can begin to leverage long-term thinking to help block out the noise.

Long-Term Thinking i %

0% 100%

X

Truly game-changing visions take time to form in individual lifetimes. The long-term thinkers who are quick on their feet realize the opportunities before they are ever spoken of on the news. They are able to not only understand the tides of opinion and desire, they are the ones creating these ripples in the first place. The truth is there is no way to know what your business, product or service will be like in a decade — so it’s always the right time to question yourself on whether or not you can do better.

Economics i %

0% 100%

X

A healthy economy is one where many people feel like they have a hand in the system and are producing something of value and making money doing it. When the economy caves in, there are always pioneers who are able to take advantage of the momentary dip. I was able to do this during the Great Recession with my website business, and it afforded me my low startup costs and limited competition, increasing my odds at the time for success. Similar to a nurse checking your vitals at the hospital, you don’t know how your business is doing until you check up on your economic vitals.

Operations i %

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X

Here’s a little secret: if you feel like you are working too hard at something, you probably could find an easier way to do the same thing. This is where instituting real operations helps, because it puts everyone on the same page of working smarter, not harder. You and your team could be considered the brain of your company, bringing the logic and decision-making needed to execute your vision. But it is the clearly defined roles each team member plays that create the heartbeat. Without a company process, logic can easily get confused or obscured by emotions and short-term thinking. I’ll never stop tinkering with the Chop Dawg formula to improve on it. We’ll always come up with new ways to bring the team and clients closer together. It’s a life of constantly overhauling things while maintaining the parts that work. The same goes for you.

Purpose i %

0% 100%

X

I’m sure you’ve heard the sage advice, “Find your passion” before. Passion should be something that pushes you, moves you, and motivates you. But passion alone can’t do anything productive for you; think of it more as a cluster of energy. While you need that cluster of energy, passions alone aren’t sustainable because they can really change over time. That’s where purpose comes in. Follow your passions to find your purpose as an entrepreneur. Only through hindsight, and the years of experience and of knowing myself, have I been able to look back and determine my purpose. I believe that purpose gives you a bit of a chip on your shoulder. Once you’re clear and honest to yourself about what you want to accomplish in life and open about it with others, you set out to prove that, no matter the stakes.

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One of the things that I've learned about myself is that I am very self-critical at being an entrepreneur. I always feel things are not good enough, continually reiterating trying to make my business better. I didn't honestly take the time to consider entrepreneurship as an evolution of growth until I read Joshua's book. The framework forces you to be self-reflective. If you use the framework daily, weekly, or monthly you can indeed track your growth not only as an entrepreneur but personally too, which is something extraordinarily special that Joshua has taught me through this book. Joshua has completely changed my perspective on how entrepreneurship should be practiced, and I couldn't put his book down once I dove deep into it.

Muzzie Jafari Founder of TeamDental

So, when I saw the name The Entrepreneur's Framework, it brought me back to my consulting days and the overuse of the word framework, so I was a little skeptical at first. But, when I read through Joshua's book, I liked that in addition to Joshua building out the framework he included stories on how he failed (and succeeded). You don't get to read about failure too much in business books, and it wasn't just about Joshua's company Chop Dawg either, but tons of different companies. There was a lot in this book that any entrepreneur, or someone who wants to become an entrepreneur, can learn from. The stories in there are real, and as I read more of the book, it made me think about my own experiences and my path in entrepreneurship to this point. I enjoyed this book and can see myself recommending it to friends and colleagues interested in becoming entrepreneurs themselves.

David Yastremsky Founder of VeganWear

The best part about the book is the actionable takeaways at the end of each chapter, and a real framework that you can apply to any business in today's economy. You don't need to have a digital business as Josh does; you can have a brick and mortar too. Whether you're looking to learn how to build leadership skills, or maybe you're trying to define your purpose and what kind of business you're passionate about. Or perhaps your company is experiencing some short-term success, but you realize that in the long term your business won't be able to scale effectively - then this is the book for you. Josh has created the framework that any new entrepreneur needs to grasp to be successful.

Chris Coleman Founder of Hero Nation

I was very impressed when I finished reading The Entrepreneur's Framework. It is a very touching book. I think that Joshua told his story masterfully. You could honestly connect with him and empathize with him. And then, I was equally impressed with the thoughts and experiences and the work he did to study other entrepreneurs as well. He pieced it all together with precision, organization, and with care. And to tell a story that is not only helpful and insightful but that you could relate with, it is the perfect mix that a book such as this needs. Being an entrepreneur is not easy. It's tough. It's a lonely job. And I think Joshua has put together a book that I've long felt was missing in the market, where you don't need to get an MBA to become an entrepreneur but need to waste years making mistakes to learn from too. He candidly explains what the lows and the highs of entrepreneurship are really like. I already purchased a copy of the book for all of my employees after I finished reading it, I was that impressed.

Zikria Syed Founder of PatientWing

I was excited to finally get this book! I have followed Joshua on social media, have watched his company grow, and go through those 'transformations'. NOW, I KNOW what was actually happening! Brutally truthful, Joshua lays out, even the best of plans, intentions, and dreams don't always pan out. This isn't just a 'learn to fail' redux. I would liken this to a complete examination of the entrepreneur's soul and mindframe. He opens up about his own faults and brings a wonderful retrospective view. Joshua doesn't drum on soley of his struggles, tooting his own horn... no. He has gone above and beyond that, by interviews and reflections of some of the greatest business minds out there. He SHOWS the steps of mentorship, struggles, and those things that can drain the finances and souls of others while they make this venture. This would be a 'must read' if I taught a business course. He lays out economics, literally giving a lesson of 'the big picture' in business, with examples that make this an easy read.

Susan Harrison Business Development at Procter & Gamble

It is remarkable to see what Joshua has been able to achieve at such a young age, but at the same time, he's been an entrepreneur for much longer than most of the individuals that I get to interview for a living! I couldn't recommend his book enough to any first-time entrepreneur, or those interested in becoming one. Joshua has gone through the trials and errors that entrepreneurship unfortunately brings, and shares his knowledge and experiences so that others do not have to go through the same things as he once did. That, plus the good-will nature that is Joshua's unique personality, makes it no doubt to me that The Entrepreneur's Framework is the book any entrepreneur should have in their arsenal. I couldn't recommend this book enough.

John Boitnott Writer for Inc Magazine, Forbes, and USA Today

I’ve been a huge fan of Joshua for quite awhile, but I never knew his full story outside that he founded Chop Dawg. After completing his book, it’s flipped my world upside down and my entire perspective of him! This book is genuine, it’s sincere, and it’s raw. It talks about the failures and emotional strains in entrepreneurship that I’ve never read in a book about before, and Josh lays his entire story transparently out in the open for others to read. And, from the lessons that Josh learned to create the framework that he lives by... wow. I’ve already taken dozens of pages worth of notes to apply to my own business!

Danielle Brown Singer for Danielle and Jennifer

I recently opened my own barbershop, and had a crash course in learning what it means to be a successful entrepreneur. Joshua’s book has done a masterful job at going through all of the lessons you need to fully comprehend and appreciate when being an entrepreneur and running a business on your own. I use The Entrepreneur’s Framework daily when growing my own brand, and I can’t thank Joshua enough for writing such a valuable, impressive, and detailed book!

Kenny Cairns Founder of the Philadelphia Barbershop Company

What a refreshing read. Josh does an absolutely brilliant job, giving readers a humble and relatable story of how he built his business, both the ups and downs. It's such a genuine perspective that lets you see it doesn't take a genius or some robotic dedication to a "mission" to make it as a success. The framework is clear and concise and should be easily adapted for each person, even if your job isn't in the tech space. A definite must-read if you are an entrepreneur or are considering it.

Arie Mangrum Founder of Agile Hires

One of the things that I appreciated the most when reading The Entrepreneur's Framework was its brutal honesty. Joshua didn't hold back the punches; whether that was sharing how the New Economy works, to his personal story, to the facts we as entrepreneurs need to understand if we are to be successful in this game as he puts it. I appreciated his writing style. It is refreshing in a sea of boring, repetitive business books. Joshua's book set out to be something different, and you can tell right from the first few pages that he wrote it not with an agenda, but a specific purpose to sincerely help others! Listen, this is a great book. I would not be leaving a review on Amazon if it wasn't. I wish I had it before I became an entrepreneur, but I am grateful that it now exists and that I can now leverage on it moving forward. I'd recommend this to anyone on the fence about entrepreneurship, for sure.

Pablo Tavarez Founder of Red Fusion

I breezed through this book start to finish in one sitting. I’ve been considering opening my own small business for some time, and this book discussed topics that I never once considered! I intend to apply the framework and lessons that I read into my daily routine. Highly recommend this book for any entrepreneurs starting out!

Amanda Gagnon Aspiring Entrepreneur

Too many first-time entrepreneurs get burdened down with the day-to-day grind and are often blindsided and overwhelmed by things they did not expect. This is typically due to being ill-prepared, and not taking the time to learn and realize what obstacles, challenges, and opportunities a path in entrepreneurship will bring. Joshua has done a fantastic job in his book The Entrepreneur's Framework breaking down that entrepreneurial path, and documenting in great detail an actionable framework that can prepare any entrepreneur, especially a first-timer, on how to be successful. This is a significant value-add, and by following the structure that Joshua has described will help teach entrepreneurs not only how to become more sustainable, but to have a more cohesive game plan plus approach towards their craft as they move forward in entrepreneurship.

Shantanu Sharma, Ph.D Founder of STEM Lending

Here at Big Brothers Big Sisters, our tagline is that we're the defenders of potential. We believe that inherently in every child there is potential. Here is the thing, we don't create potential, it is already there and already exists. It is our job to help ensure we protect and nature that potential in children by giving them mentors to guide them on their journey. Josh's book The Entrepreneur's Framework matches that vision for entrepreneurs early in their journey. Josh takes the role of a mentor, helping entrepreneurs understand his own failures, lessons learned, and expertise so that they can avoid making the same mistakes and setbacks that Josh himself encountered. Josh through his book is helping entrepreneurs not lose their potential, but instead accomplish great things and meet the potential they've always had within them.

Marcus Allen CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters (Independence Region)

One of the big takeaways for me was that to be a successful entrepreneur you have to want to solve a problem, not want to be an entrepreneur... Davidson calls these “wantrepreneurs“... and they’re doomed to fail because they’re in the game for the wrong reason. Don’t be like them, read this book!

Jude Buffum Founder of Jude Buffum Illustration + Design

There are too many books out there that I want to read and too little time for me to read them all. It forces me to be selective when choosing the book I want to read next, and often I find myself deciding what to read next based on the expertise of the author that wrote them. It is why reading Joshua's book is a no-brainer for me, I know what he has accomplished in his entrepreneurial career, and how he helps others every single day through Chop Dawg and his non-profit initiatives. Joshua is an entrepreneur. You're either an entrepreneur or your not. It is in him. But, entrepreneurship is a challenging path. Without the right guidance and advice, you can make the same mistakes that many entrepreneurs before you made. It is life-saving, and business saving, to have direction from people who have been there, which is what Joshua's book has set out to do.

Brad Aronson Startup Investor and Entrepreneur

I've started countless companies in the past, but if I had this book before I became an entrepreneur, I probably would have saved myself years of struggles and growing pains. Josh's framework once you understand it almost seems like common sense, but I realized that is the point of his book... what should be common sense is taken for granted, and then forgotten in the daily grind of being an entrepreneur! This book forced me to take a step back, analyze myself, and really question what my purpose is with what I do for a living. I've never had a book do that for me before. I also loved the fact that Josh is so candid in this book. You forget he is only twenty-five years old after the first few pages thanks to him running his company Chop Dawg for a decade already. His stories are raw. You share his same emotions. You empathize with him. Then, he uses data and other entrepreneur stories to back it all up. I wish I had this book when I first became an entrepreneur, but I'll take the next best thing which is having the book now as I continue my career in entrepreneurship. I can't wait to reread this book!

William Smallwood PWR Supplements

Joshua is as honest as the come. What’s most real here is that he talks about how he arrived at creating a framework, why its important, why you need one, and how it can affect you as an entrepreneur and a growing business. Instead of looking at all of what he did right, he points out where he may have went wrong and how he fixed it to create such a successful business! I highly suggest reading this book if your in virtually any stage of building a business, especially if you feel “stuck”. It’ll really put things in perspective and your guaranteed to learn SOMETHING, as I know I have.

Nate Frisella Software Engineer at Twilio

I have watched Joshua's journey for over 5 years and am astounded at the traction Joshua has developed and the amazing trust he brings to the marketplace. Joshua has found an elegant way with The Entrepreneurs Framework to share all the trials and tribulations. I highly recommend this book for any Entrepreneur rather established in the space or just starting out.

Jake Tital Founder of Synapse Synergy Group

Joshua H. Davidson

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Since founding my company in 2009 at just 16-years old, I've been on a mission with my team at Chop Dawg to help as many entrepreneurs as possible. To date, ChopDawg.com has helped launch over 245 web and mobile applications for startups, SMBs, non-profits and Fortune 500's around the world. Named one of Brand24's Top 100 Marketing Influencers in the world, my work has been featured by Forbes, MSNBC, NBC, Fox, CBS, Technically, AOL, Mashable, Startup Grind, Startups.co, Startup Digest, EliteDaily, Huffington Post and The Examiner. When I'm not running my company, I love to share my experiences as a young and experienced entrepreneur as a nationally syndicated radio and podcast host, and as a professional keynote speaker for conferences, universities and events across the globe. But above all else, I remain a passionate student of entrepreneurship.

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Before I even wrote this book, I decided I would donate ALL profits to Big Brothers Big Sisters in Philadelphia. It seems fitting to me that a book about a young entrepreneur’s journey - written to provide other entrepreneurs a framework to succeed - should benefit the next generation of entrepreneurs in such a tangible way. At any given moment, there are 1,200 kids on Big Brother Big Sister Independence Region's waitlist for the support of a Big Brother or Big Sister. It costs $1,700 a year to support each match. Mentorship is so important when it comes to entrepreneurial success, so when you buy a book, you are directly supporting this initiative to help the next generation of entrepreneurs. Thank you for your support!

Available for purchase
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All book proceeds go to

Before I even wrote this book, I decided I would donate ALL profits to Big Brothers Big Sisters in Philadelphia. It seems fitting to me that a book about a young entrepreneur’s journey - written to provide other entrepreneurs a framework to succeed - should benefit the next generation of entrepreneurs in such a tangible way. At any given moment, there are 1,200 kids on Big Brother Big Sister Independence Region's waitlist for the support of a Big Brother or Big Sister. It costs $1,700 a year to support each match. Mentorship is so important when it comes to entrepreneurial success, so when you buy a book, you are directly supporting this initiative to help the next generation of entrepreneurs. Thank you for your support!

Available for purchase
  • amazon
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