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Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life [Paperback]

Kevin O'Leary
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Book Description

May 29 2012

Kevin O’Leary shares invaluable secrets on entrepreneurship, business, money and life.
Can you make millions just by “visualizing yourself rich” as some business prophets suggest? Don’t buy it, says Kevin O’Leary. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur and amass wealth, you’re going to have to work for it. But the good news is: with the right guidance, focus and perseverance, you can turn entrepreneurial vision into lucrative reality and have the personal freedom that only wealth can buy.  

Kevin O’Leary would know. The much-feared and revered Dragon on the immensely popular show Dragons’ Den (and Shark Tank in the U.S.) started his company in his basement with a $10,000 loan from his financially savvy mother. A few years later, Kevin sold that company for more than four billion dollars. In this compelling, candid and, above all else, brutally honest business memoir, Kevin provides engaging, practical advice and lessons that will give anyone a distinct competitive edge.

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 “O’Leary’s book reads exactly like he talks on Dragon’s Den. He’s a consummate marketer, so it’s no surprise he does a masterful job of telling his life story with the right mix of swagger and humility. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for his business acumen, drive and determination. And if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or someone who’s debating whether to pursue your passion, you’ll get some invaluable advice and cold hard truth for the bargain price of just $29.95.”
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“[Kevin O’Leary] is a master at relaying the cold, hard truth to people, even when it makes them cry and stomp their feet. That's why the title of his new memoir, Cold Hard Truth, cuts to the heart of his philosophy of life and money, which really boils down to one thing: focus on making cash or get out of business.”

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About the Author

KEVIN O’LEARY is one of North America’s most successful business entrepreneurs, as well as a star on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and ABC’s Shark Tank. Kevin founded and built SoftKey (later The Learning Company), the global leader in educational kids’ software, and negotiated its sale to Mattel for $4.2 billion in 1999. Since then, he has successfully co-founded, funded, and sold numerous companies in a range of industries, including storage, entertainment, and finance. Today, Kevin is the Chairman of O’Leary Funds, a $1.7 billion mutual fund company. He is also the co-host of CBC’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange and Discovery Channel’s Project Earth, and the host CBC’s new reality series, Kevin O'Leary’s Redemption Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful informative read May 17 2013
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I loved Kevin`s cold hard truth about money and it is the cold hard truth. I have recommended this book to my son who is just starting his career. I wish I had read it 30 years ago! I would be millionaire now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly about Kevin's life May 20 2013
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This book gives some pointers and has a couple suggestions for you and me, but it's mostly about how Kevin got rich, and what he had to do to achieve success. I'm pretty sure you will not be able to copy/paste most of his suggestions into your own life, but it might give you some direction if you're an entrepreneur.

I thought this book was more "entertainment" then "learning something", and even then, it's more about entrepreneurship than anything else.

Go read The Richest Man in Babylon, Millionaire Teacher and The Wealthy Barber for "personal finance learning".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars money, life, love and death. March 15 2013
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After listening to an interview with Kevin O'Leary on PBS about this book I knew I would enjoy it before reading it. It's extremely engaging and full of enlightening aspects about money, life, love and death. He explores topics that are difficult but necessary to discuss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! Feb. 17 2013
My wife and I both really enjoyed this book. There are a lot of practical tips and advice/rules of thumb, and stimulated a lot of conversation about our financial goals, habits, etc.. There is no "Silver Bullet" solution proposed to personal finances or accumulating wealth - as those don't exist!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REview for Men, Women and money Jan. 2 2014
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The best book I have read on money management. I bought one for myself and one for our daughter and grandson. Excellent book that should be read by all grade 12 students, and all university students in their fourth year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 6 2013
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Kevin O'Leary was really honest and direct on how you should treat your relationship with money. I have read the book and have passed it on to a few buddies now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the cold hard truth on men, women and money Feb. 19 2013
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i found this book to be very informative and a great read,for young or old. my two sons are sharing it now. would definately recommend it to all ages.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I have read better March 14 2013
This review is from: The Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women and Money (Kindle Edition)
I must say I am quite disappointed in this book. Nothing new in it. I only read it for curiosity's sake of course, because of O'Leary, the man we love to hate. I was not looking for advice. I borrowed it from the library; I would not spend money on a book on how to save and get rich; that would be oxymoronic... It is one of my rules: if you can borrow it from the library, don't buy it! By all means, do make a commensurate yearly donation to your library though.

I find that the first part, where Mr. O'Leary tells the reader to write down every single expense for three months, is totally unrealistic. No one, just no one is going to do that except someone who is already extremely disciplined with money and therefore doesn't need the advice.

I found nothing very original in the book. However, it will sell because these books are like dieting books and other self-help books; people who need to lose weight or to make money are addicted to them; it never changes their life but they feel better while they read the book and plan on using its techniques.

Too many typos in the book reminds us that editing isn't what it used to be, and even one sentence whose meaning just doesn't make sense: P188 (by the way, a few areas of the book don't even have page numbers; this is one of them.) "Even if living on one income for a few months will save you thousands of dollars in transportation costs, it might be worth it to forgo daycare." I think it was meant to be: "Not only will living...."
Where are the proofreaders? the editors?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important lesson from a shark star
Well, it's a very interesting book and unique perspective way of thinking about life, money, relationship. It's such a valuable lesson for young generation to take. Read more
Published 3 months ago by qing yin
4.0 out of 5 stars Gave this to my niece on her wedding day
I think everyone could take a little advice about finances - from newlyweds to old hands like me, Kevin has sensible advice for just about everyone.
Published 4 months ago by cj mackinnon-scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good points
He has a good points on spending and saving, but then again, these are just his opinions. He clearly doesn't like things like owning animals/pets, and he has a fairly black or... Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. Vanderpool
4.0 out of 5 stars Truth about what it takes to build a big company
Kevin's book explains how he made his fortune. In contrast to all those motivational books, he tells the truth about how much work it really is. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Herve Goffin
5.0 out of 5 stars must reading for young/old alike
I am almost finished this book and loved it, some I already knew and some was new to me. I like the easy manner it was written, and the chapter headings I liked the candor and no... Read more
Published 11 months ago by needleartlover
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
Still browsing and haven't read this book yet... but it looks promising to me.

I love watching Kevin O'Leary on Shark Tank and Dragon's Den, and I'm curious what he... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Fido 7
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
I only read the first couple chapters and have learnt so much already! You'll be happy with this purchase! It's such a great price too!
Published 15 months ago by amanda
1.0 out of 5 stars Typical conservative blowhard
I can't stand advice from some guy who lives in a 20 million dollar mansion, lecturing the middle class on how they should live. He puts a dollar value on absolutely everything. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Judy Lehtola
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - great practical discussion on being money smart
Very impressed with Kevin's down to earth practical, common sense discussion of saving and protecting money. This is a very well to do guy that still knows the value of a dollar.
Published 16 months ago by Joseph F. Michel
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