- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Canadian First edition (Sept. 21 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155468708X
- ISBN-13: 978-1554687084
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.5 x 23.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 635 g
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Driven: How To Succeed In Business And In Life Hardcover – Sep 21 2010
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About the Author
Robert Herjavec launched one of the first companies that provided corporations with Internet security systems, and later sold the business to AT&T for over $100 million. His other ventures include the sale of a Silicon Valley-based technology company to Nokia for $225 million and the creation of The Herjavec Group. He and his family live in a 50,000-square-foot mansion that he has lent to such celebrities as Mick Jagger, John Travolta and Michael Bublé. A co-star of ABC TV’s Shark Tank and formerly CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den, Herjavec supports several charities that fund cancer research. He divides his time between Toronto and Miami. Visit him online at www.robertherjavec.com or on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @robertherjavec.
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The book is written as a series of lessons drawn from this experience and his appearances on Dragon's Den and Shark Tank. He tells an account of how and why he became involved with both shows, some lessons that we can learn from the pitches, and a behind the scenes look at some of the program's best moments.
Unfortunately, Herjavec's anecdotes are interrupted with generic business management advice that is all too common. Consider these two samples: "...a constant shortage of cash to pay all bills in full is a serious symptom of trouble for your business." "How you fix things with clients is as important as what you fix." There is nothing wrong with this type of advice, but it could come from anyone running any type of business. There are no intriguing insights here about entrepreneurship in Canada or the unique challenges of building an internet security business. There are scant details about his current business (The Herjavec Group), the company that he sold to AT&T, BRAK Systems, (the proceeds of the sale being the base of his wealth), or any of his other business investments.
If you are a fan of Robert Herjavec on Dragon's Den or Shark Tank, you will enjoy the book. His success story is inspirational, he comes across as a generous and warm person, and the lessons serve as an entertaining reminder of the business truisms that apply across all industries. However, if you are looking for thought provoking writing about entrepreneurship or high-tech business success, you need to look elsewhere.
"I've achieved a lot of success because I'm obsessive, other people (like you) might be content with having less but I'm not and that's why I'm better than you".
He comes off sounding like such a self-rightous douchebag.
You would think that his immigrant background and coming to Canada with $20 would make him more humble and grateful and honestly want to help others succeed. Turns out, inside he's the classic insecure narcissistic millionaire that will likely be sad, lonely and full of regret in his old age.
Maybe I'm wrong, but it sure comes off this way in the book which is not very well written at all. You would think that if someone is going to yammer on about giving the customers quality for 200 pages that they would have higher standards for what they write. If he wasn't a TV star nobody would care about this book.
The advice and stories he gives help give you the right mindset for entering the business world.
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