Review by Gianina Buda -- Pivotal Moments

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Review by Gianina Buda -- Pivotal Moments

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Pivotal Moments" by Susanne Birgersdotter.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The non-fiction book Pivotal Moments by Susanne Birgersdotter is an autobiographical blend of personal experiences and business lessons acquired along the author’s journey “from high-school dropout to serial entrepreneur.” The reader is walked through the extraordinary events—the pivotal moments—that shaped Birgersdotter’s life, from being bullied in her teenage years to running a successful app company and continuing to build thriving ventures. Today, Birgersdotter is also a world-renowned speaker and a business advisor who seeks to empower women in the entrepreneurial world.

The book begins with a particularly powerful chapter about the author’s childhood. Her father, Birger, was himself a self-starter and businessperson during the socialist-heavy 70s in Sweden. His scattered, unconventional lifestyle—strewn with adventures and parties—made a strong impression on young Birgersdotter (which literally means “Birger’s daughter,” a name she took by choice later in life). Gifted with incredible ambition even as a child, the author shares an especially compelling memory; at age six, she earned her first money at a convention taking place at the hotel her father owned: “The room was big and it was loud in there, but I coughed a bit in order to get some attention. Then I started singing a little song.”

Reading this book is like talking to a very interesting friend over a glass of wine. Birgersdotter narrates her life with an honesty that is impossible to fake. The author’s background story serves as a foundation for her professional life, shaping her career choices and ways of doing business. For example, developing a healthy distrust from experiencing betrayal and bullying served her well in choosing partners, hiring staff, and dealing with potential investors. Birgersdotter also shares about finding hope and determination through being a single mom, an experience that bears similarities to caring for a budding company.

This book takes you on a roller coaster of events. While other autobiographies might follow more linear life paths, Pivotal Moments depicts a meandering journey of highs and lows. What I liked most about the book was the sincerity and the author’s ability to bounce back, always ready to learn important lessons from any failure, no matter how disastrous. On the other hand, what I disliked most was the number of typographical and grammatical errors. I encountered about a dozen mistakes in the second half of the book, which gave the feeling that the author was in a rush to finish. Along with a few instances of unidiomatic English and awkward constructions, these issues were slightly distracting. Nevertheless, the book compensates through the unique advice provided based on the author’s experience as a CEO and investor. In a casual and engrossing style, incidents, mistakes, and lessons are candidly shared, which is refreshing among the plethora of existing business books that seem to offer only ambiguous guidance. For these reasons, I rate this book three out of four stars.

The book does not contain any profanities or erotic content, rendering it suitable to any audience who might find the author’s openness to experimentation and persistent optimism contagious and inspiring. To anyone curious about the possibilities in life when one removes the barriers of what can or cannot be accomplished, this book delivers exactly what it promises: a round-up of the pivotal moments in an entrepreneur’s life.

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Wow! Susanne is sure a gem! This book will do a lot to encourage people especially business owners. Failure is inevitable, but what do you do? You bounce back.

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Susanne truly sounds like an inspiration to all! It seems that all those that become great have gone through a few hardships and turmoil through there lifetime, and I think rightly so, otherwise, there would be nothing to learn from them :) Thank you for your wonderfully detailed and informative review :D Happy reading :techie-studyinggray:

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Adanna Inya wrote: ↑
01 Jun 2020, 19:57
Wow! Susanne is sure a gem! This book will do a lot to encourage people especially business owners. Failure is inevitable, but what do you do? You bounce back.
Thanks, Adanna, for your comment! There is definitely a good number of very hard falls that the authors talks about. For example, when her first business venture (a luxury retail shop in Stockholm) is starting to have problems, her business partner ends up backing out and letting Birgersdotter deal with filing for bankruptcy. You really feel for her every time things seem to be going great, and then something rather unfortunate happens.

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MeganDJ wrote: ↑
01 Jun 2020, 23:27
Susanne truly sounds like an inspiration to all! It seems that all those that become great have gone through a few hardships and turmoil through there lifetime, and I think rightly so, otherwise, there would be nothing to learn from them :) Thank you for your wonderfully detailed and informative review :D Happy reading :techie-studyinggray:
Great comment, MeghanDJ! What you say is definitely true. Perhaps with daring to have out-of-the-ordinary experiences, a good amount of mistakes also piles up. Thanks for reading my review!

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The book sounds amazing, Birgersdotter's story is also quite inspirational. It's not everyone who can begin their entrepreneurship journey at the age of six. It's a must-read for me, thanks for the excellent review.

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It is strange: I like hearing about success stories but I do not like reading them :O So probably won't be adding this to my shelf. But I utterly enjoyed reading your review! :) Certainly very informative. Thank you!

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Sounds like a useful and encouraging book for those who run or want to start their own business :) Thank you very much for a great review!

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Gianina Buda wrote: ↑
02 Jun 2020, 01:53
Adanna Inya wrote: ↑
01 Jun 2020, 19:57
Wow! Susanne is sure a gem! This book will do a lot to encourage people especially business owners. Failure is inevitable, but what do you do? You bounce back.
Thanks, Adanna, for your comment! There is definitely a good number of very hard falls that the authors talks about. For example, when her first business venture (a luxury retail shop in Stockholm) is starting to have problems, her business partner ends up backing out and letting Birgersdotter deal with filing for bankruptcy. You really feel for her every time things seem to be going great, and then something rather unfortunate happens.
Oh my! And then it feels like a repetitive event. The self doubt, frustration, and heartbreak sets in. But with them comes the determination to succeed.

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Adanna Inya wrote: ↑
03 Jun 2020, 12:16
Gianina Buda wrote: ↑
02 Jun 2020, 01:53
Adanna Inya wrote: ↑
01 Jun 2020, 19:57
Wow! Susanne is sure a gem! This book will do a lot to encourage people especially business owners. Failure is inevitable, but what do you do? You bounce back.
Thanks, Adanna, for your comment! There is definitely a good number of very hard falls that the authors talks about. For example, when her first business venture (a luxury retail shop in Stockholm) is starting to have problems, her business partner ends up backing out and letting Birgersdotter deal with filing for bankruptcy. You really feel for her every time things seem to be going great, and then something rather unfortunate happens.
Oh my! And then it feels like a repetitive event. The self doubt, frustration, and heartbreak sets in. But with them comes the determination to succeed.

This is such an interesting subject to me actually. I think that at some point you get used to failures and they don't hurt so much anymore. :)

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Although I don't like memoirs, I'd like to read about the business experiences. This was a nice review
Your success is not completely deserved, and the failure of others is not completely deserved either :D

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JM Reviews wrote: ↑
04 Jun 2020, 02:02
Although I don't like memoirs, I'd like to read about the business experiences. This was a nice review
Thanks, JM Reviews! You can definitely find a lot of business-related stories in there.

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This sounds like an inspiring memoir. When I was just a young bookworm, my mother went out of her way to buy me books where the female protagonist was successful and heroic. I will always be grateful for that. This sounds like that type of book. Thanks for your preview.

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djr6090 wrote: ↑
06 Jun 2020, 08:13
This sounds like an inspiring memoir. When I was just a young bookworm, my mother went out of her way to buy me books where the female protagonist was successful and heroic. I will always be grateful for that. This sounds like that type of book. Thanks for your preview.
Your mom sounds quite amazing, djr6090! Such books are definitely inspiring and communicate to our subconscious that there are no barriers to what we can achieve. Thank you for your comment!

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I like the positivity from this book. Obviously the author is doing well for herself in spite of the drawbacks of bullying when growing up. Nice review.

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