Monday, 11 April 2011

Book ~ "Driven: How to Succeed in Business and in Life" (2010) Robert Herjavec

From Chapters Indigo ~ Robert Herjavec has lived the classic "rags to riches" story, from having only $20 in his pocket to starting up technology companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The son of Croatian immigrants, Herjavec overcame the odds and amassed incredible wealth, doing it through pure hard work and determination. Today a star on television's Dragon's Den and The Shark Tank, he bankrolls the best inventions and shoots down the best intentions. And now, for the first time, he shares his hard-won wisdom in one of the most inspirational business books of the season.

Driven is organized by the work and life principles that made Robert Herjavec both wealthy and successful (indeed, these terms are not synonymous). Herjavec reveals the secrets that took him from waiting tables to growing his nascent technology company, The Herjavec Group, into a world-class conglomerate. His principles are as valuable in the living room as they are in the boardroom. Anyone can succeed, on their own terms, by following his sage but simple advice -- as long as they're willing to take chances, take control of their future and stay true to their vision.

I like Dragons' Den and Shark Tank and I thought Herjavec had an interesting and inspiring story as a Croatian immigrant starting with nothing to become wealthy and passionate about what he does.

It was interesting to read anecdotes from the shows, most of the contestants mentioned I remember.

If you are looking for a detailed intense "how-to" book, this isn't it. But for me, it was enough as I'm not an entrepreneur. It's not a bad book, though. It gives lots of advice from a high kind of fluffy level. You have to have fun at and enjoy whatever you do ... hopefully you're doing whatever that is.


highheeledlife said...

I can't wait to pick up this book ... he has done good for a local guy too! The purchase of his home 10M is the largest $$ in paid for a home single family home ... Happy Tuesday HHL

Cindy said...

That sounds like an interesting and inspiring read.

Suburban Princess said...

Did you read about him in the Star? Last year some seemed kind of weird to me that he has this huge house but it isnt furnished or decorated. Makes me wonder what his wife is like - she didnt impress me on the show about where they all came from.

Teena in Toronto said...

I read that article. They just have a dining table and chairs, I think. Easy to rent it out, I guess.