Business Library: Driven (Kobo)

Driven Robert Herjavec Kobo

Business Library: Driven Kobo Review – Robert Herjavec

I highly recommend this for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Source: Kobo

Price Paid: $11.99

Bottom Line:

A great read for any immigrant entrepreneur, and especially anyone who is a fan of Dragon’s Den. Some great advice, and not what I expected. Herjavec has a nice guy image, and after reading this its clear to him that friends and business are two very separate things. Definitely some good advice tidbits in here!

Detailed Review Below:

In both my personal and professional life, I am fascinated with entrepreneurship, and read quite a bit on the subject. Despite this, I’ve never really taken the time to blog about my business reads. This inspired me to start this series of blog entries, to reflect and share on some of the better business reads that I stumble across. I have quite a few business books in my library (both electronic and in print) so I figured I would start with one that I recently finished – Driven, by Robert Herjavec.

While Dragon’s Den fans will certainly know the name, this is a great read for any aspiring entrepreneur. As founder and CEO of the Herjavec group, the author talks about his humble roots as an immigrant, and how he amassed a fortune between focus, dedication and hard work. This book is full of great stories, as well as some good lessons on business and life in general.

As a Dragon’s Den fan, I always had this image that Herjavec was a nice guy, almost too nice for business. After reading his book two things became clear: 1) Dragon’s Den isn’t really about business and 2) Herjavec makes a clear distinction between business and personal life.

It is clear that Herjavec, in contrast to entrepreneurs such as Tim Ferris, places a high value on hard work and dedication, and demands the same from those around him. This means sacrificing time with family. Herjavec is quick to let aspiring entrepreneurs know that in many cases business will come before family. Herjavec doesn’t sugar coat anything: he makes it clear that many will mortgage themselves to the hilt, work hard, and even then still fail. He identifies common pitfalls, and what he feels truly sets the successful apart from the wantrapreneurs.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and found some good, common sense and accessible advice. Also, I found this book to be very well written and probably one of the best formatted e-books I’ve ever read. More than once, I have had a good read ruined by poor presentation.

I recommend this to both seasoned and aspiring entrepreneurs, and particularly those that are interested in seeing what an immigrant entrepreneur can achieve. Herjavec’s family arrived from Croatia with $20 in their pockets; later he would go on to sell his first company for $100 million. This is what immigrant entrepreneurs can achieve.

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