Additional Resources for The Self-Made Myth by Brian Miller and Mike Lapham
How to Challenge the Self-Made Myth
Miller and Lapham outline in
The Self-Made Myth
(Berrett-Koehler; March 2012) how people in various roles can challenge the self-made myth.
If you are a business leader, owner, or CEO
- Spread the story of how your success was supported by external assistance such as public investments and fair rules.
Be vocal in meetings at local Chambers or business associations about the need to fund vital infrastructure that builds a foundation of prosperity.
- Join Responsible Wealth, an organization of business leaders and wealthy individuals who believe that the economic rules of America’s economy are unfairly titled in their favor.
If you are a progressive activist or community leader
- Get others to recognize that not all business leaders are against you.
- Seek out businesses in your community with an open mind and build cross-class alliances that build greater political power.
f you are an elected official
- Frame policies using language that moves toward a deeper understanding of the origins of individual and business success.
- Build and perpetuate an honest narrative that highlights the importance of investing in the common good.
If you are a student or an academic
- Organize programs at your university to involve other students and use this book as part of class curricula to spread awareness.
The Self-Made Myth: and the Truth About How Government Helps Individuals and Businesses Succeed
By Brian Miller and Mike Lapham
Paperback; $17.95; 192 pages