Maybe we can learn something from the Amish. Amish businesses on average are 95% successful, while US businesses in general have an 85% failure rate. The Amish seem to understand the difference between practical knowledge and academic knowledge. Even though the Amish go against almost all conventional business advice (no computer skills, no degrees or advanced business marketing plans, etc.), their success speaks for itself.
The book description at Amazon sounds rather boring, but facts about Amish business success could make the book an interesting read. Most Amish businesses are based on organic farming, construction and building things so I decided to include this book suggestion even though it may seem off topic. Leave a comment if you read the book.