Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive

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About the Author

ERIK WESNER is an independent expert on the Amish and their business practices, and previously spent a decade as a sales manager and record-breaking salesperson at Nashville's Southwestern Company. He divides his time between Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he has strong ties to the Amish community, and Poland, the country of his roots. He also writes the popular blog Amish America at, covering Amish business, culture, and other topics.


"I loved Wesner's comment that the Amish 'don't need an M.B.A. to run an effective business....There's life in commerce for those more dedicated to the Golden Rule than the Golden calf.' Nonprofit managers and employees would do well to take the lessons of personal responsibility, hard work, and a cheerful attitude to heart. After all, they really do engage in work that matters.", April 11, 2010

"Erik Wesner's new book, "Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive," might have been titled "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Being Amish." This fascinating and engagingly written book spells out the principles that guide Amish business owners, based on interviews with 60 Amish CEOs employing about 400 people in various enterprises.", April 10, 2010

"How can a people whose preferred mode of transportation is a horse and buggy do so well in the modern marketplace? That question intrigued Erik Wesner, a former sales manager. His exploration of the Amish approach to business can be found in his fascinating book Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive. Despite the group's insular nature, Wesner was able to live and work among its members for three years. 'We're not going to become Amish, ' he says, 'but I think some of the cultural values that the Amish display consistently are things that non-Amish people can adopt and incorporate.'"
--Time magazine, April 8, 2010

Articles, excerpts, slideshows, and mentions with the author also from:
--MSNBC Live with David Shuster, April 2, 2010
--Slideshow,, April 1, 2010
--Michael Dresser, Business Talk Radio, March 23, 2010
--Q&A, The New York Post, March 22, 2010