Ingredients for Success: 10 Best Practices for Business and Life by Joseph James Slawek

10bestpracticesFounder, chairman, and CEO of FONA International, Joseph James Slawek explains the 10 best practices for success that he uses in his own life and career.

Drawing from biblical principles such as the parable of the talents, he encourages readers to boldly yet compassionately tell the truth, plan ahead but be ready for surprises, be ready for accountability (there is always an accounting), invest your talents faithfully for maximum return, and more.

This is a wonderful book for christians who are looking to make a deeper, more meaningful impact on life. It centers completely around giving all that you have to God, and treating others with selfless compassion.

Slawek provides examples from his own personal life and career where he has used these 10 practices, and the effect they had on the situation and people involved. He explains that “mediocrity, not failure, is the worst thing that can happen. Failures can be fixed and are a learning opportunity.”

This book is full of wonderfully inspiring ideas and stories, and I think that any christian, regardless of whether or not they are a business owner, would do well to read it. Slawek writes with a succinct, to-the-point style that makes for a short (119 p.), but purposeful read. You certainly won’t have to muddle your way through this book, which I love. There were a few stories here and there that, to be honest, sounded like flat-out PR for his company, even though the message behind the stories was helpful. However, all-in-all the book is very well written and thought-provoking.

Rating: 4 stars


I received a free copy of this book through Kickstand Books, a division of Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:

Joseph James Slawek, founder, chairman and CEO of FONA International, is a 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner. He is also a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. FONA is the only full-service flavor company on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States, and has held a continuous spot on the National Association for Business Resources list of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. In 2011, FONA received the competition’s top honor, Best of the Best in Chicago. In 2013, FONA also received the Elite Award for Compensation, Benefits, and Employee Solutions. Joe and his wife Mary have been married for 34 years and have three grown children.

You can buy the book on amazon HERE.

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